Friday, August 3, 2012


Yesterday marked 4 months since my online store opened! Yay!!

I have really loved being my own boss and I have been so blessed to have the opportunity to do what I enjoy

I have not had to push sales in my store nor have I had to get out and chase business for the styling side and I am so grateful that I haven't had the pressure to make money. Thanks to my wonderful husband and to the Bank for thoughtfully providing me with a redundancy :-)

It has meant that the last month and a half while I have lacked motivation and felt pretty miserable with morning sickness I have been able to relax, rest and put my feet up with no pressure to perform.

Yep, we are double celebrating 4 months for McCarthy Designs & Occasions and on Monday we head into our 4th month of pregnancy.

If you have followed my blog for a while you will know that we have been trying to expand our family for the last two years and unfortunately we suffered 3 miscarriages through the first 13 months. It has been a tough journey but perhaps the hardest was losing our bub at 19 weeks. You can read more about that here.

So while we have passed one milestone and have made it through our first trimester we still have a ways to go, however we are thrilled to be here and we are trusting in the Lord through it all.

So to celebrate I have chosen 4 of my favourite items from my store and I have reduced them by 40%

Yep, a huge 40% off but only for 4 days or until sold

I love this wine cooler, it is a lovely solid piece and can hold 6 bottles of wine or sparkling easily. 

It would also make a great Father's Day gift!

Was $195

Now $117

These stylish horse head bookends

Were $99

Now $59.50

Was $80.85

Now $48.50

and finally I love these raw linen cushions,

 perfect to use outdoors or extra seating on the floor

Were $54.95

Now $33

All four of my favourites will be on sale until midnight 

Monday 6th August 2012

or until sold

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend



  1. Nellie that is the most wonderful news, I am so very happy for all of you. Congratulations for two fantastic bits of news. xx

  2. Oh Nellie,
    I am absolutely THRILLED for you my friend!!~
    I know how much you and your husband have been through and I will keep you all in my prayers!! Take care of yourself!!~
    And congratulation's on your business doing so well!!~
    Lot's of love.

  3. Oh my goodness nellie, thats the best news!!! i am so so happy for you!!! I wasnt sure if you made it this far previously; four months is a great start, and any risks would have dropped dramatically by now! As they will every single day and make sure you take things very easily and look after yourself!! Your little baby has one very special mumma!!! congratulations on everything- its all very well deserved!! Lots of love always, Laura xxxx

  4. Congratulations Nellie! This is wonderful news! Take it easy and stay safe and healthy!!!


  5. Happy news indeed Nellie. Now's the time to enjoy your pregnancy and plan for the baby. I couldn't be happier for you.

  6. Wishing you all the best Nellie. Have faith.

  7. YIPEE that is the bestest news..........yay made my day, so happy for you nellie, this little bubs is gonna so be loved even through blogland hehehehe and congrats on the business you deserve everything that comes your way smooch lisa xx

  8. For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

    Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

    Ephesians 3:14-21

  9. Oh Nellie, I have goosebumps I'm so excited for you! I just want to reach through the screen and hug you and jump for joy :) What wonderful news and hopefully over your morning sickness all eases off now. I found 4 months was where my energy levels improved dramatically and I felt SO much better. Big hugs to you my friend xx

  10. Congratulation Nelli! only good things to come,sending Love your way xx

  11. Nellie, I'm having a blog hiatus at the moment but when I saw this on Facebook I just had to pop across and wish you and your family all the very, very best. What wonderful news and thank you very much for sharing it. It put such a smile on my face :)
    bless xx

  12. Oh my! How happy I am for you. Sending you lots of love and hope and good wishes. xx

  13. Congratulations on hitting the 4 month mark and a double celebration!


  14. Oh WOW - congratulations on your pregnancy. This is wonderful news.

  15. Alison Helmrich03 August, 2012

    I am so excited for you and Nick! Congratulations ! Did you know at the wedding?? May God bless you, and honor your committment to him. I know he will. xxx

  16. Nellie, I am so thrilled to read this. Congratulations lovely lady! When I spied that little bubba's scan on my list of posts there, I had to click in straight away, what wonderful news.
    Hope you are feeling well and rested, take good care of yourself and enjoy this magic time xoxo

  17. Hi Nellie, A huge congratulations, I am very happy for you. Your blogs are always a pleasure to read, when I read them I imagine you are always carrying a smile on your face. I can't wait to send you something from my collection. x

  18. Lou Selles03 August, 2012

    I'm so excited for you all!!! I can't wait to make you your very own 'Stitched Up with Buttons' quilt.

  19. Oh Nellie, what wonderful news. Congratulations to you and your family. It's great you're in a position to relax more this time and to work at your own pace. Sending you lots of love and best wishes,
    Sam x

  20. Oh Nellie I am so thrilled for you! That is brilliant news, coming on the day that my little niece was born. She was worth the wait and so will your baby. Big squeezy hugs, Sar xx

  21. Congratulations Nellie and family. What wonderful news to read and I am so happy for you all. What an exciting time you all have front of you. I have a huge grin on my face for you all. Whooo hooooo. BTW congrats on reaching four months of being your own boss!!

  22. Wishing you the bestest of luck for the next few months. Sending you positive thoughts and lots of love, Penny x
    P.s. Glad your business is going well! xx

  23. Congratulations, wonderful news.xx

  24. Nellie, that is wonderful news, congratulations. I hope you and bub both remain happy and healthy. Deb

  25. Congrats!

  26. Congrats to you both. Hope all goes well. Enjoy.

  27. Congratulations Nellie! I'm so sorry I didn't leave a comment earlier...I must have missed this post somewhere along the line! I'm very excited for you :)
    Cas x

  28. Nellie! What wonderful news, I am so very happy for you and your family. Emma x

  29. Congratulations on your new online business. I'm happy for you. This is truly an accomplishment.

  30. Oh Nellie, I'm just catching up on your gorgeous news. I am so delighted for you. What a blessing. Just wonderful! J x

  31. I love those horse heads. What are they made out of?

    1. Hi Mike, thanks for stopping by, I love them also and we have a set that have become quite favourite. They are made from aluminium.