Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Guerrilla Knitting

This isn't the first time I've seen 'guerrilla' knitting, but I was inspired by the photos in the Artspace Mackay Flickr pool. It looked like so much fun, I had to have a little go myself...

I heart Australia Post

I mean it! After trying to send a couple of postcards from a post office in Rome, and getting home before they did, I developed an even greater adoration for AP. Cam and I had one of those old married couple discussions over the local newspaper this morning about the price of stamps increasing to 60c. He said 'Didn't they go up to 55c just a while ago?' and I commenced my monologue about the incredible magic of placing a tiny square of sticky paper onto a larger piece of paper with written directions on it, and sending it into an enormous system filled with millions of other little bits of paper with directions on them, and knowing that your one little missive will find its way!
I've always been a letter sender. Invites, thank yous, "I was just thinking aboutcha"s. Knowing that sometimes my sister will get home from a long day of work to be greeted by a colourful envelope filled with things to make her smile, makes me feel good.
And opening a parcel of loveliness from my latest Etsy obsession? That's a bundle of all my favourite things - Australia Post, shopping, supporting handmade, and making new connections.
When I opened the parcel from Tammy at Boorah Designs, and saw the cuteness inside, I just had to take a photo. It's hidden now, waiting for Pom Pom's birthday, but I know she's going to love it.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Dancing with Fred and Ginger

My vintage buttons-turned-earrings were featured in an Etsy Treasury by Yoshiko from Euphorianchic. They sit well in this beautifully vibrant colour scheme. I named these earrings "Fred and Ginger" because the swirling folds of glass, combined with the deep dusty rose colour, instantly made me think of the divine gowns Ginger Rogers wore while dancing with Fred Astaire in all those 1930's movies.

A covet list - my Treasury on Etsy

Sally from Flight Industries contacted me to let me know my Etsy Treasury had made the front page, and I confess after a dreadful, worrisome weekend, it really made the sun come out. This was my first attempt at a Treasury, and it was so much fun telling a story with images. There is so much gold out there! If I wasn't hooked on Etsy before, I sure am now.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Domestic Construction

There is beauty in the simple things, and much to be admired in those who can see it. Trish and Maureen from Domestic Construction in New York just kidnapped my sensibilities with their 'hearts and hammers' approach to design. I can just see their teacup light installation in my kitchen - it's adorable!

Sunday, June 13, 2010


How can I be cranky at all the ruined garden when this is the end result?
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Wait a minute Mr Postman

Little Pompom doesn't know it yet, but there is a lovely gift on the way to our house. I just had to order a gorgeous, original skirt from Tammy at Boorah Designs. We were neighbours at the BrisStyle markets, and I couldn't stop staring at the colours and pattern combinations the whole day. Of course by the time I'd made up my mind to buy it,we were all in the mad scramble to pack up our stalls and clear out. Luckily I caught this one-of-a-kind skirt before it sold! If you have kids or know a kid or are just unusually small, you should have a look around Boorah Designs!
Oh, and the trade of clutch purses between Tammy and I - I may only be able to get one leg into Pompom's skirt, but the clutch will be all mine!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

BrisStyle Markets

Kirsty, Melanie (I love the weird reflection on my lips! A bit Gaga?) and Cass

What a gorgeous day! The sun was shining, the stalls and stallholders all looked wonderful, and the sausages were piping hot. The grounds at St Augustines in Hamilton were perfect, leafy and relaxed. We had stripped off our scarves and coats by 9am, and joked with a couple of BrisStylers who were trying to thaw out because their stalls were in the shade.

In between chatting and laughing with shoppers I managed to have a quick look around and buy some gorgeous things. There were plenty more that I would've loved to grab, if only I had the money! For now I must stick to cute fridge magnets, like this one from Pannikin

I also met the delightful Natalie from Miss Dish, who makes the most amazing hairpieces and jewellery. I can certainly see one of her creations adorning my tresses, perhaps the "Black and Gold Baby"?

There were so many remarkable people and covetable artworks, I intend to talk about it way more. But today I must prepare to host playgroup in my tiny house... ten small children and their mums? No problem!
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