Self nourishment VS improvement

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A little while ago I had this epiphany that my self improvement regime was actually stressing me out and it was having the opposite effect on my well being. I decided in that moment to take the pressure off myself and switch from living in a constant quest for a better me, to loving myself as I am now. Loving myself enough to really listen to what my body, mind, soul wants and needs to feel nourished and then make decisions on how to deliver it. With this attitude my overloaded brain has completely eased up, I have felt more reconnected to myself, and the self improvement aspect has been taking care of itself!

WE are a world full of self-improvement NUTS. Everyone is striving for a better version of themselves. Does that mean we are never really feeling as though we are good enough as we are? So many books and podcasts and workshops... Life is stressful enough and then adding on top of that all of this pressure to be BETTER, it doesn't necessarily make you feel fantastic.

So lately I have put myself on a new path, not one of self improvement but one of self-nourishment. They look kinda similar, but one is heaps easier to maintain and actually ends up leading to the other anyway...

I have kept my plan really simple...

1. I have started moving my body. I have joined a gym! But for the first time in my life I haven't joined up with an expectation that I will look like a supermodel in 8 weeks. I simply want to live a healthier lifestyle. And I have been actually going!

2. I have joined a ceramics class. My creativity is my fuel for life. Especially as I make my living in creative industries, when my creativity wanes my whole world suffers. So I am nourishing my creativity by giving myself space to explore something new without the pressure of an outcome.  Learning a new skill for love, not money, has my creative brain ticking over at a hundred mph in all aspects of my life. And once I am tired of ceramics, I will try jewellery, and then lead-lighting, and then......

3. Self love. I am learning how to listen to my inner dialogue. I am really thinking on what ILOVE and ENJOY. I can't believe how much I LOVE daisies. Is there a more beautiful flower?! Warm fires. Fresh sheets. Late afternoon walks. Morning snuggles. Vanilla scented candles. gardening. Vintage craft books. Crochet in bed. Avocados. Pink and red, together, My favourite colour combo of all time! I feel like everytime I stop and think on what I love, I reconnect with myself and and what truly inspires me. I listen to my bodies wants and needs and I am paying close attention to both. I have been eating healthier foods more regularly. But I have also been treating myself to afternoon tea and cake whenever I feel the need. Taking longs baths. Long walks. Long naps. Podcasts and guided meditation one day, netflix in mypyjamas the next. Balance.

I am totally making it up as I go, but I suppose the whole point of it is finding flow and going with it, rather than the constant hustle of achieving! How do you find balance? Anyone else been feeling the pressure of the self-improvement culture?

Bec xx

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Milc + Sugar

Milc + Sugar

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You can't always count on the weather but one thing you can count on is that Byron Bay phenomenon Spell & the Gypsy collective will ALWAYS create beautiful clothes and the latest collection 'sayulita' is no exception... Pastel floral prints, ruffles, lace and flattering cuts, TAKE MY MONEY!!! Local boutique Milc asked me to grab a few of my favourite pieces to photograph on our pillow-lipped muse Rosie. 

Spring is on the horizon but unpredictable weather led us to the newly renovated Amelia Park lodge - an old homestead that is now an amazing restaurant. We planned for a little bit of frolicking in their ancient ivy covered pavilion, and, in a brief moment of sunshine, we ended up dancing around on the lawn in front of the old windmill. It set the perfect scene for our washed out/Australiana/nostalgic/vintage inspired shoot.

I love, love, LOVE winging it on a shoot. Some things you just can't plan for and making it up as you go can lead to all kinds of magic. And of course having a cruisy model always makes for a fun morning (thanks Rosie my love, its always such a pleasure seeing that smile of yours).

My favourite FAVORITE piece from this range is the lace dress with the flared sleeve detail and yes, I have added that particular piece to my collection...  Everything available in store and online from Milc homewares. 

Happy weekend lovely folk.

Bec x

CREDITS // All clothing & accessories from MILC // photography & styling REBECCA WILLIAMS aka Sugarshack styling co // model ROSIE WOODWARD // location AMELIA PARK LODGE

Granny square cushion DIY

Granny square cushion DIY

The last two years I have been working on a granny square blanket for my baby girl. Now that its finished I have a basket full of scrap wool to use up and the granny square addiction continues. I love a good cushion so this was always going to happen...

These cute cushions look complicated but there is actually a sneaky trick in making them. I reckon even a beginner should give it a go... 

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You will need assorted yarn in your favourite colours. I like to be completely random with my colour selections. The less the colours compliment each other the more crazy beautiful the cushions tend to be. Purple, yellow, brown, fluro anything, peach, pink, acid green... Go nuts. 

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You will need to know some basic crochet techniques. I found the best way to learn was through watching youtube tutorials. There are so many comprehensive tutorials and I am not quite at the stage of making video tutorials yet so I am going to share this link.

Making granny squares is a great way to practise your beginner crochet skills. The stitches are repetitive and its easy to see if you have made a mistake so you can go back and fix it up nice and quick. The process is relaxing and meditative. I suggest using good quality wools as you will want to treasure your cushion for a long time to come. 

I used 8 ply acrylic yarn with a 4.5mm crochet hook and I recycled a nice tidy cushion from the thrift shop. My cushion measured 40cm x 40cm but you can use any size...

Now, the trick is you basically keep making your granny square until it is large enough to diagonally wrap around your cushion to cover both the front and the back. You stitch up your sides making an envelope for your cushion and then finish joining the remaining two sides. 

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Enjoy!! Love Bec xx

Welcome to the sugarshack...

Welcome to the sugarshack...

There has been one piece of advice I have readily given out over the last few years and that is -   JUST START! Whatever it may be, we ALWAYS come up with excuses to delay those first steps toward whatever big plans we have. Out of fear, mainly. Fear that we haven't got everything in place for it to work and fear that the outcome will be less than perfect. 

I have been delaying this blog post for those exact reasons. So today I am taking some of my own advice and jumping in. Fuck perfection. So here I am with my introductory blog post, welcoming you into my creative and humble home, imperfections and all. 

I DO have big plans for this blog. I want this to be the place where I share my inspiration with you and hopefully in turn I can inspire you. 

My passion in life is for interiors and handmade. I love styling and creating beauty all around me. I love feathering my nest and I DO love beautiful things, I am not a minimalist and that is for sure. But in this day and age of mass consumerism I want to put an emphasis VINTAGE, RECYCLING, and D.I.Y. because sometimes we need to be inspired to make do with what we already have. 

Sugarshack style is FUN! It is quirky and it is eclectic. It takes inspiration from all over this globe. Sugarshack style is ALL ABOUT vintage and handmade. Most importantly Sugarshack style is warm, welcoming and unpretentious. 

So I hope you will join me! I can't wait to share this space with you all. Take some time to get familiar with the new website and while you're at it sign up for my newsletters so that you never miss a post! Thanks so much for stopping by.

All the love,

Bec xx