Friday, November 18, 2011

Recycled Aussies

Presenting a new addition to the Mainichi range, these gorgeous handmade recycled Aussie bush timber beads that I source from Western Australia have been carefully selected for their shape and strung onto a length of my handmade rope. I've got a bunch of different coloured thread from which to make this rope, so if this piece looks like something you'd like in your Christmas stocking give me a hoi!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Kawa Necklaces

These colourful Kawa necklaces jetted off interstate to find new homes via the lovely crew at Breathing Colours Gallery in Balmain, Sydney. If you are in the 'hood stop by and check out the latest exhibition "Two Views" by Neil & Steffie Wallace.  I particularly love Neil's gorgeous painted landscapes of the Bay of Fires in Tasmania - you can see how inspiring the landscape is - who wouldn't want to paint this:

 and waves breaking!

Funny, it's been just over a year since our trip to Tassie, and the boy just asked recently if we could go back and take his baby sister to see the snow! If I could I would be there in a flash......

Friday, June 3, 2011


How exciting - Mainichi is the featured artist in a new series on the Breathing Colours Gallery blog, over here, go say hi, if you please! Lovely photos to accompany the post - thanks Jess and crew!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


....boxes always come in handy around here after unpacking....although they tend to live out their welcome!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A bunch of firsts

Reminiscing.....possibly because of the impending arrival of a second. Baby that is. You might like to join in!?

First graduation - senior high school (with my buddy Ky).....wearing loads of silver roses around my neckline to bump up the cleavage!!

First big party - my black and white themed 17th (Mum in the background). Knife was for cutting the cake - black and white iced, of course!

First house - before

...and after.

First brand new car of my very own. I miss you little Mini!

and First babe.....what a cherub. Looking forward to meeting number two.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fashion Loves World Environment Day

Our local council, the City of Port Phillip, is holding a special event in St Kilda to celebrate World Environment Day on 3rd June. Future Fashion Now is a celebration of all things fashion with a focus on sustainability, recycling and vintage.

Held in the main auditorium of the old St Kilda Town Hall, there will be clothing swaps, fashion parades, live music, jewellery and craft workshops, you name it....and all with a focus on being kinder to our environment (as well as fashionable!).

Mainichi was lucky enough to be invited to feature some jewellery in the fashion parade, and if you attend there is a chance you may even pick up a necklace as a door prize (amongst other equally tempting goodies).

They are also running a competition "I Made This!" via Facebook, for amateur makers and designers.

For more information visit the CoPP website and Facebook page.

Friday, May 20, 2011


Today, I am loving ruby red......

Mainichi Mushi rope necklace $64AU

Leather mosaic - from a brochure collected at Milan Salone de Mobile 2006

Katsura fabric by Kalla on Etsy
Mary Mee Studio pottery vase from Etsy
Butterfly Leggings by prettypennydesigns on Etsy
Red Forest photo by Raceytay on Etsy
Glass Mushroom Beads by Avedisgems on Etsy

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Daylesford Delight

Owners of Daylesford Store "Can't Think Straight" - Miriam & Tiana
Tempting treats at Can't Think Straight, Daylesford
Some months back my friend Fe came to visit and we spent a lovely day together at Daylesford, outside of Melbourne. Facials, coffee, scones, lunch and shopping, not necessarily in that order, were all on the cards....nice pampering to give to two preggy ladies, sans older children in tow!

While wandering the main street we came across a new store, "Can't think straight", run by the lovely Mim and her business partner Tiana, stocking work by local artists and supporting the local GLBTIQ communities. There is a fantastic array of work stocked there with a focus on recycling and upcycling. And now a selection of Mainichi recycled leather necklaces is available in store too!

If you are visiting Daylesford do pop in, and don't forget our other favourite shop, Mimosa, a few doors away on Vincent Street, which has been a long time stockist of Mainichi recycled leather brooches, and makers and stockists of the Babies Only range of organic skin care products (love the Baby bum cream and Mum's belly oil!).

While exploring Daylesford I can also recommend:
"Lark" behind the main street (gorgeous, everything in there, take your credit card)
"Cliffy's Emporium" for lunch, coffee or some indulgent deli goods
"The Mill Market" for hours of browsing of reasonably priced secondhand furniture, bric a brac and vintage clothing
"Acqua Viva" in nearby Hepburn Springs, for all kinds of pampering, especially if you prefer a small, intimate and quiet setting.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Work in progress

Things have been quiet around here lately, 35 weeks pregnant and suffering from a nasty bout of flu is not something I would recommend! Still slogging away at getting jewellery made, because I know there will be period of quiet in about 5 weeks time....or a period of chaos....or both!!
These Dots necklaces are on the list to be made. This one from recycled leather, but I've also been making them from recyceld PVC off cuts. I hope the making list shall start shrinking shortly.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Exhibition opening

"Through the forest" courtesy of artist Emma Coulter
My former classmate, interior designer and visual artist, Emma Coulter, is holding an exhibition of her work entitled "Shedding Skin", opening next week on the 3rd May and running until the 14th May, at FortyFive Downstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Get along!!

I am loving the colours in these new creations. I can imagine one of these paintings would be a perfect wedding present for a young the couple getting married today (yes I know, a loose connection but what the hell!?) I was glued to the TV set as a child in 1981, no doubt I will be glued to the TV set again tonight. Love a bit of glamour on a Friday night!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Celebrating 100

Nuimasu necklace, felt and leather/vinyl $59AU
My Etsy shop recently achieved sales of 100 - I feel like that's a milestone, although it pales in comparison to some expert Etsy sellers! To celebrate, if you fancy anything in the shop, you get free shipping (refunded after checkout) when you mention my blog in the message section on checkout.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bathroom envy

L House photos via The Cool Hunter
Loving this bathroom, top left hand corner, found via The Cool Hunter, from the "L House" in Buenos Aires. Actually, I wouldn't say no to the rest of the house too, never mind the location!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Felt inspiration

Can't wait to start chopping into all this beautiful hand dyed felt recently purchased from a very clever lady here in Melbourne. I think her rich colours will add such life to my necklaces. Thanks to the universe (and the boy's kinder) for allowing her to find me!
And I found this little treasure amongst my photos - my boy, much younger, amongst all my felt scraps - and no doubt in small person heaven!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

New Work! New Work!

Just listed on my Etsy shop:

New Recycled leather and Japanese paper "Dots" necklace $79AU this one red, white and blue

Mushi handmade rope strand necklace $64AU this one a beautiful deep red

New French Knitted necklace with Mushi felt and leather medallions $44AU this one green and black

And listed over on my Blue Caravan shop:

New "Dots" necklaces in white/floral and khaki/floral $79AU each

Mushi handmade rope strand necklaces $64AU, in red/navy and green/purple

Of course, free shipping for anybody who mentions this blog post when purchasing! Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Today Melbourne does not know if it should rain or shine. What's new!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

My Creative Space....

....better late than never! Joining in over here. Taking up space on my desk these last few weeks is this charming fellow, being created for the other little, charming fellow in my life.  I know he doesn't look quite right at the mo' - what with his head not being connected to his body. Oh, and he needs a bit of a haircut, and his little face finished off.

Made under the careful guidance of Shelley at Little Sparrow. I highly recommend her doll making workshops (and the tea drinking and biscuit eating too!).

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mushi Handmade Rope Necklaces

Mushi Rope necklace detail
Just listed on my Blue Caravan shop (which has been sadly neglected of late, oops) are a couple of my Mushi Rope Necklaces - one in the classic Navy & Red combination and the other in yummy, rich Purple & Green pictured above, $64AU each.

I'm quite stoked with how the photo above looks, you really get to see all that luxurious handmade rope up close. Amazing how wool that was destined for the rubbish heap has been transformed (I rescued a bunch of wool thread from a skip outside a St Kilda knitting mill a few years back). Yay for recycling.

I've also listed some of my new "Dots" leather necklaces over there too. These babies will be $79AU each. If you are interested and you mention my blog on checkout, heck you might even get free postage!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pastel Lamps, yes please

Moooi Lolita Pendant Lamps, photo from Space
I am loving these new "Lolita" pendant lamps in pastel pink and grey (and of course black & white!) by Moooi. Available in Australia through Space, and designed by Nica Zupanc, who apparently "seeks out female archetypes intentionally, making frivolous and naive objects her focus". I rather like frivolous and naive when it appears in this form!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Black was back in 1988

Reminiscing on account of receiving an email from my dear friend Bern and catching up on all the latest news from her. This is us young and "artistic" in 1988 at our Drama class break up party. Nice touch with my sweaty armpits from dancing like a fool - oh and the bottle of "Passion Pop" in someone's hand behind us. Classy.

I often think of Bern when I watch "Glee" and I know if it had been around in our heyday we would have LOVED every corny minute of it. Hooray for musical theatrics.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wishes across the water

Photo by Mainichi Design 2006 - Temple in Tokyo, Japan
Like many around the world, my thoughts are with all those in Japan affected by the recent devastation after the earthquakes. It is a wonderful, inspiring country full of resilient, steadfast people who I'm sure will rebuild their towns and cities with their usual pride and stoicism.

Wishes also to the Christchurch earthquake victims, our very close neighbours, who although they may be overlooked by the media at present, our thoughts are still with them. St Kilda's Espy Hotel will hold a benefit concert "Hands Across The Tasman", next Wednesday, 23rd March, to raise money for the people of Christchurch, New Zealand. Tickets available here.

Friday, March 11, 2011

New recycled leather necklaces

Sometime ago a lovely friend gave me some divine Japanese paper and said "use this in your jewellery making"!  Well I've been saving it and waiting for that idea to come, and finally my light bulb moment arrived.

Dots Leather & Paper necklace Copyright Mainichi 2011
I've created two new designs, one using circles and the other squares. Recycled leather samples on one side and the lovely paper on the other. Sealed so they are water resistant. What do you think?

Please note: all images and designs Copyright Mainichi 2011.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Finally finished, framed and hanging on my wall. The Summersville print project - TICK.