Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Dear Laurie

In memory of my dear Grandfather who passed 26.12.2010. Now at peace. x

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Animal Love

animal barn, originally uploaded by fede shop.
Recently we had the pleasure of sharing a weekend with my friend Fi and celebrating her son's 4th birthday at an Animal Farm Barn outside of Adelaide. Here is my boy cuddling a baby chicken and sporting his new short haircut. So sweet.

A Winters Tale in Summer

Some treasuries in the Etsy treasury collection just make you *sigh* with their beauty. Some people just have the knack. To celebrate the Winter-esque weather Melbourne is currently experiencing (what happened to Summer?) I'm sharing this treasury entitled "A Winter's Tale", by HouseofChintz.
Featured are:
SmallWondersArt : Crafts2Cherish : Middleburg : Mainichi
SquirrelsNest : CinnamonNSugar : PeggyWolfDesign : RaceyTay
Crosswiredesign : honeytree : LBCpaper : UsefulBooks
Janalovablehandknits : divergentlayers : DestinysCreations : AnthroPoMorphCo

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

100 Yen Shop

Image via Japan In Melbourne
Has opened in Melbourne - did you know! Found via this article on the Japan In Melbourne website, the new Daiso shop is inside "The Hub" shopping centre in Victoria St, Abbottsford (near the Punt Road end - you can't miss it). Just in case there was a whole load of cool Japanese stuff you never knew you needed but had to buy. Everything is $2.80 (yes a little more than 100yen!) and it's cash only.

Thursday, November 25, 2010


I love a surprise in the mail...and today I received this lovely piece handmade by Tess McCabe, for her label TeaHouse Handmade. I think I'll be sporting this every day for the next week, at least!
You can purchase your own TeaHouse creation at Craft Victoria, Gallery 34 and Onabee.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Circa 1989

Interior by Inarc (Sue Carr & Ken Lloyd) 1989, from "Interior Design" Issue 18
A touch of modernist Australian style I'm sharing with you here, yes indeed it is circa 1989. Dragged out of an old "Interior Design" magazine (no longer being published). This interior is by Sue Carr, I'm not sure if it's appropriate to call her a "legend" in the interior design industry here....although she has just won the Gold Medal for Interior Design at the recent IDEA Awards. 
I think her work is incredibly enduring, classic, yet always contemporary. I could quite easily live in this space, what do you think?? Oh yeah, and it happens to be a converted warehouse with Loft bedrooms. Did I mention that bonus??

Monday, November 22, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

My creative space

Joining in for this meme over at Kootooyoo, it's been a while, but I thought you might like to see what has been distracting me from jewellery making for the last two weeks. Or thereabouts!
First comes a set of Christmas Advent booties, a request from the 3year old, pattern courtesy of my Mum's December issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine. This project began as a crafty day with Grandma, so the vision I had of making these from lots of bright, groovy fabrics that weren't too "Christmassy" went out the window! Thanks to Mum's stash there is a bit more gold and glitter in there than I would like. But the boy loves them! And he has big plans to fill each one with a chocolate. Should be bouncing off the walls by the time 25th December arrives.

I did get a Japanese fabric in there - just one! See, just there....

In the process of adding embroidered numbers (as opposed to the wooden ones called for in the pattern).
And the other project on my desk, which has actually been here for quite a while, is another quilt. This time for the Master Bedroom. It's black and white, and utilises loads of thrifted and left over fabrics from my stash, so it's been quite cheap to make so far.  I'm following Oh Fransson's quilt-along for the Mod Sampler. The straight lines are driving me mad. Now I'm off to unpick and resew - again - to try to match the vertical lines of each row.....grrrr......

Oh dear, I just spied Oh Fransson!'s Tokyo Subway QuiltAlong, love it! I may contemplate making that next.....then again, perhaps I should finish this one first.....always nice to think ahead though, right!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Rose Holzer "C'est pour cela qu'on aime les libellules" 1988, detail, from the artist's website

Rose Holzer "Silence" 2005, detail, from artist's website
Found amongst the so called "filing" on my desk....I've just discovered an old catalogue of work from MARS Gallery for Rose Holzer's work. Stunning, textural, rich. Some of it is reminiscent of cave drawings or scratchings, ancient graffiti! Here's her website if you'd like to enjoy more of the same.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Via The Cool Hunter
I love this apartment, recently spotted on The Cool Hunter. Can't get enough of that colour *blasting* out from a white backdrop.....yummy.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Craft gets local

Article on Pg 30 Leader Newspaper 26/10/2010
So impressed that my local paper recently mentioned we "crafty types", and even quoted Carmel from Craft Victoria in a recent "Smart Shopper" article. Who would have known that "craft is big in Melbourne"!???
On another note, I love those handpainted brooches that Emily Green makes.

Monday, November 8, 2010

More Tassie Photos

Leaving Derwent Bridge, Tasmania
Yes more holiday photos.....am I boring you yet?? Is this the longest lasting slideshow ever? At least you can turn away or visit again another day! It's hard to believe that we drove from this experience above, and less than 48 hours later we were here:
Bruny Island beach, from Truganini's steps
Still can't believe the difference in landscape, and the beautiful beaches in Tassie. Pristine sand and incredible coloured water. Reminded me of my childhood, growing up in Queensland. I must say it was a real come down when we visited Elwood beach here last week......certainly drives home the impact of population on the natural environment.

Cocco brooches by Oceanides
Onto more cheery things....finally I'm going to share with you some of my favourite shopping destinations and purchases from my trip to Tasmania.....first are these gorgeous cast copper brooches, above, which are modelled on a microscopic plankton by Jeweller and Marine Biologist (how impressive!) Dr Karin Beaumont. I was lucky enough to acquire one of these at "the market" in Hobart. But you can share the love and see, or purchase, these and her other amazing creations in Karin's Blue Caravan shop online here.

Lemon Juicers by Strahan Woodworks
Beautifully created huon pine products can be found all over in Tasmania. If you'd like to know a little more about Huon Pine go here, but what I should tell you is that these trees are now protected by a World Heritage listing due to their slow growth and the mass logging that occured after Europeans arrived in Australia. All Huon Pine is now collected by Tasmania's State Forestry or those with special permits, and only logs that have fallen are salvaged - no more trees are being cut down. At Strahan Woodworks I purchased a beautiful cheese knife with turned huon pine handle. They also make these lemon juicers, above, based on a traditional English design that dates back over one hundred years. 
King William Pine tree - photo courtesy of Tasmania Special Timbers website
Adjacent to Strahan Woodworks is a timber mill where you can purchase off cuts and small pieces of Huon Pine, and see the mill working. But I think the real gem is at the other end of the building where Tasmania Special Timbers has a collection of huge slabs of pine that would make the most beautiful table tops and benches. The lovely Diane there will help you out and she was kind enough to allow me to scavenge offcuts that will be perfect for making more woodblock necklaces like this one, so keep an eye out for those!

Lastly a couple of spots worth checking out in Hobart - Store & Co. is a beautiful shop with everything covetable from homewares to candles, jewellery, books, baking supplies....you name it.  And "Love and Clutter" in Murray Street, which I think is the smaller sister shop to "The Maker", which Pip talked about over here. It has the most beautiful selection of local, quality crafted works, other things you don't need but must have, all presented in a groovy, vintage chic kind of manner which would fit right in anywhere really!

So here's to a week of hopefully a few more frequent blog posts.....sorry for the absence, Mainichi has kept me very busy making of late!

Monday, November 1, 2010

A new Etsy favourite

Scandi DIY Colour Poster
There are some Etsy shops in which I could browse for hours, and buy everything in there. Summersville is one of those shops.  Recently I purchased one of her DIY colour posters - like the one above. It's currently a work in progress on my messy desk, and looking very bright and lovely (unlike my desk)!

Summersville Scandi Fabric in Seafoam on Oatmeal
Her fabrics are gorgeous too, printed on yummy oatmeal coloured linen......

Summersville Totem in Raspberry Red

Monday, October 25, 2010

Ripponlea Mansion

Ripponlea Mansion, courtesy of National Trust Ripponlea Estate website
Have you been to Ripponlea Mansion near Elsternwick? If you are into sustainable gardens it is one awe inspiring place. It even has it's own windmill to pump water (rebuilt two years ago)! Ripponlea was designed in 1868 and originally was the home of the Sargood family - of the department store fame.
If you are looking to while away a few hours on a sunny weekend afternoon it really is worth a trip there. You can tour the gardens only or take a guided tour through the amazing interiors of the mansion.

Friday, October 22, 2010

New necklace designs

Recycled felt and leather medallions with strands of handmade rope created from recycled wool thread - these Mushi rope necklaces are just some of my favourite colour combinations from a bunch I just created for the Artisan Cherish Christmas exhibition. Do you like? They will be selling for $64 each.....and take a whole lotta time to make! But worth it.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Digit Leather Necklace

New in the Etsy shop - in a very fashionable "nude" coloured leather! $39US Pop over here to see more.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


On my kitchen bench.....
.......bread! I know! I've been inspired by that clever cookie Emma. Not anywhere near as fancy as her sourdough rye, but thanks to Stephanie Alexander's "The Cooks Companion", a couple of very tasty loaves are being devoured in our house at present. I quite impressed myself. And turns out the 3 year old is quite good at kneading bread!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Snow white

I know it's taken me a time to get around to instalment two in our Tassie adventure.....just easing my way back into blog world. That and a whole load of work to make for Artisan's Christmas bonanza "Cherish", which I shall regale you with at a later date (soon, I promise!).

Our cabin accomodation in Derwent Bridge, Tasmania
Last post I mentioned our overnight stopover in Derwent Bridge, due to snowfall. Well, it fell alright. Overnight there was another 25centimetres of it added to the 10 we had on the first day! Above is a shot of our cabin (centre) with snow covered roof. Below is a shot of the road outside just after half of it was cleared by the snow plough in the morning..............

A couple of times in my life I have wished I owned a 4WD, this was one of those times.
Well on checkout lucky me drew the short straw and was behind the steering wheel (more thanks to the fact that I was the only one - out of two of us - who managed to reverse the car out of the cabin carport without getting it stuck in snow and needing two burly blokes to push it out!!). Off we set on a road half covered by snow, following two 4WD's and a crazy bloke in a small sedan.
Snow driving day two!
This was the view from the windscreen. It was a white out indeed. Driving veeerrrrryyyy slowly and cautiously with a few close calls, thanks mainly to the dimwit we were following, we finally made it the 45km to the next town of Taraleah. It took about one and three quarter hours - a trip that would normally take about one hour....And this was the vision that greeted us at Taraleah, it's a town built for the workers on the nearby Hydro Electric scheme, and the whole lot was bought by one man and restored to it's original Art Deco era beauty. The little houses are all pastel colour schemes and the neatest little cottages you have ever seen. It's like stepping into a storybook, especially when covered in loads of snow!

Houses at Taraleah, Tasmania
We continued our white adventure on and thankfully about 5minutes outside of Taraleah the snow was all but gone from the roads. Whew. Talk about white knuckled. The rest was smooth sailing. We spent a few days around the Huon valley and Hobart, and oddly enough on the beach! Where else can you go from snow to sand in a matter of hours??

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I am back!

You may have been wondering why it has been so quiet here of late. We've just returned from two wonderful weeks exploring Tasmania. Thankfully I had very little mobile phone reception and access to the net - what a way to escape technology! So now you are going to hear all about it - be prepared for a word and image heavy post!

Spirit of Tasmania car ferry from Station Pier, Port Melbourne
We sailed overnight aboard the car ferry, the "Spirit of Tasmania", across Bass Strait, from Melbourne to Devonport, which was quite an adventure! Upon arrival we drove from Devonport to the beautiful Cradle Mountain. Unfortunately we weren't really prepared with gear for the very changeable weather, so any chance of trekking was soon put aside.

Tasmanian Devil - Devil's at Cradle
Instead we met some Tasmanian Devils at the Conservation Park, and a very friendly little wallaby outside our hotel balcony. The 3y.o. was in heaven with all these animals around!!

great teeth - so clean!

Our little friend outside the hotel room
After a night at Cradle Mountain we lamented that we were leaving just as it was forecast to snow that afternoon.....We moved on to Strahan, a tiny village on the water, the gateway to visiting the magnificent Gordon-Franklin Rivers (a 6 hour boat cruise can take you there). We had wanted to catch the old steam train to nearby Queenstown, but it was booked out 2 weeks in advance; so we decided to drive on after collecting a big box full of Huon Pine offcuts (destined to be made into jewellery one day!).

Dad, it is getting really cold - can we get back in the car?!
It was lucky we did make the choice to move, because on the road from Queenstown - through the stunning Heritage Listed Gordon-Franklin National Park - we stopped to have fun with a little snow. We drove on to see more snow (getting very excited by now). The temperature began dropping, sleet began falling, and then snow was falling. Aside from being stunning and beautiful to look at, we were now driving on snowy, slippery roads to what was definitely going to be our next stopover. Thank goodness we drive a European car built for these type of conditions....

View through our windscreen - yes that is snow falling
We arrived at around 2pm at Derwent Bridge - basically a town with a petrol station and a pub! Found some gorgeous cabin accomodation and settled down with the heater blasting away the less than 0degree temperature. The boy couldn't help but get out amongst what was now a 10cm deep carpet of snow outside our cabin.

Thankfully we packed gumboots.
The first time I've seen snow (since I was a baby anyway!)

Snowing - again!
There is something so amazing about seeing Australian Gum Trees covered in snow....it really is a beautiful sight to behold.

Gum trees and snow outside our cabin
Next post I shall continue with our snowy adventure - hope you enjoyed the story so far!