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A lot has happened since I started this blog in 2013.
We’ve sold our house in the big smoke (Sydney) and made a sea change to a small coastal town called Yamba,
and we’ve built our dream home on a budget in 5 months.
I’ve created the Yamba Scandi Collection, it’s inspired by the patterns and shapes I see in our new environment with a splash of black and white Scandinavian design. You can view my new collection here.
And we’ve become a retailer on The Block Shop! Super exciting stuff if you’re a fan like me.
You’ll see more home DIY ideas as we layer our new home.
There’ll be easy DIY ideas, inspiration, and free printables as usual.
It’s been a long (and not always easy) journey, but I think we’ve found our dream destination.
I’m doing what I love, who would have thought that could happen to me?
Come, join us and see what we create from one crazy dream.
Maybe we might even inspire you to follow your dreams too. x
Why do I write as Sarah Preston? Apart from the fact that I always wanted a pen name, it’s a tribute to the heritage of my family and one awesome guy named Tom. My grandma was June Preston and nanna was Doreen (aka Sarah) Collins I took a bit from both of them as they were the women that started it all, I always knew that family is the most important thing in the world, even more so when I became a mum… My real name is Lisa Wright (nee Collins), I come from a family of four kids (one brother and 2 sisters), my mum and dad came from big families in the country.
I’m married to a wonderful guy who has an amazing passion for surfing, is the best dad and husband and we have a beautiful little boy and one pretty special dog named Murph. I’m a graphic designer and love creating things and spending time with my family and friends, I’ve been publishing the Family Organiser since 2001. Click here to purchase my 2020 family calendar printable.
My dad was thirteen of fifteen and my mum was one of six. So back in the day when we were kids, trips to the country for christmas were pretty big. Soooo many kids, aunties and uncles, we had to hire a bus or put tents in the backyard to fit everyone in. I loved it as a kid, and now we do that at my mum and dad’s place every christmas. Seventeen people in one house (plus friends and neighbours), the lilos come out and we all find a place on the floor. It really is a magic time – my guy is lucky cause he has two sets of grandparents now!
My extended family of aunties and uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews stems from those two families in the country (and now my husbands side too) I am so grateful to have such a magic family. We lost one of our beautiful guys last year, he was my cousin Tom, such a funny guy, always had a great one liner, never complained, was the butt of many jokes, enjoyed banter over a footy game and many a gathering with his amazing family. He was one in a million. I am in awe of how he lived with love.
I like to think our family is like a spider web, it extends and grows with fabulous family and wonderful friends from both my husband and I and our families before us, its so delicate and beautiful all at once. Did you know spider silk, in general, is widely regarded as the strongest natural fabric known, at least half as strong as a steel thread of the same thickness, and much more elastic? I’d like to think we are all entangled in that precious web. Hey my little guy loves spiderman so he’d be happy with that!
I’m not saying my life isn’t crazy and unorganised sometimes, just the other day as I was in my car at the lights, worrying about dinner on the way to pick up my little guy and thinking of all the things I had to do for work, I thought to myself… remember…live with love!
I think that’s a magic gift from Tom and every time I think OMG my life is too busy or too hard I hear “live with love”.
That’s food for your soul I reckon.
All of us have special people in our lives that really make a lasting impression on our lives, if someone out there, starting with me, stops for a minute and chooses to live with love because of what I write, I think Tom would think that’s pretty cool.
So make your own spider web or become part of ours, come and live with love too, everyday is for enjoying and laughing and spending time with family and friends.
Live with love,
Looking for my 2020 family organiser printable? Click the image below to purchase your pdf to print yourself.
Hi I'm Sarah, I'm a blogger and an artist who’s made the sea change and moved to the north coast of Australia. I love an easy DIY and making my house my canvas, my new home has become my greatest project: Yamba Scandi. Come visit me in my shop to view my collection of prints, canvasses, home decor and paper goods READ MORE.
Yamba Scandi Collection // Black and white prints and canvasses // Home decor //Paper goods
Lovely bio “about me” written with love from the heart. I can see you are all real family people.
Alexa from Sydney, Australia
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Awhhh thanks Alexa, that’s so nice to hear… It really is all about family… everything we do, straight back at ya.
Love this bio hun – but do we call you Lisa or Sarah? Whatever it is lovely to get to know more about you and I look forward to catching up with you at problogger. xx
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Thanks Sonia, well yes, Lisa is my real name, but I love it when people call me Sarah…. my friends sometimes say “hello Sarah”, or “see ya Sarah Preston”, then I know they’ve been reading the blog. I remember when I asked Mum and Dad if that was ok to write using their mum’s names and the quiet smile on my dad’s face was priceless. You chose, I don’t mind either way. Looking forward to PB too. x
So Lisa, I mean Sarah, I mean… I LOVED reading this and getting to know a bit more about you – and I’m blown over by the size of your family. I grew up with 2 cousins and that’s it!!! Can’t wait to meet you at PB! Em x
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I’m so glad you stopped by, big families ruled back then, we only have one son in our family…but we say he has heaps of sisters and brothers. Looking forward to meeting you at PB also. I’m a fan of your laughs! x
Oh Sarah, just came across your blog and it is divine! So inspiring and beautiful. I love your seaside move to Yamba, its a beautiful spot and I loved holidaying there as a kid. The blue pools at Angourie were my favourite. Cannot wait to follow you and catch your posts. Hope your having a great weekend x
Same to you Ashley, love your stuff too. We are really enjoying the move, best decision we made yet. Likewise, just found you and looking forward to following more of your beautiful work. x
Fab website. So glad you and family are settling into Yamba and a pleasure to meet you and your man at the “Casino”.
Thank you and lovely to meet you too. Yamba is all we dreamed and even more. x
This is lovely. xx
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