Monday, 30 April 2012

In need of a little love...

...I'm feeling pretty sorry for myself at the moment. Struck down with a hideous cold at 39.5 weeks pregnant, I'm unable to breathe, talk or sleep properly. Whinge, whinge, I know - but it certainly did make me smile yesterday to find this bay leaf at the bottom of the jar as I was making soup. 

And this could become a theme: just over a year ago I found this at the bottom of a chip packet - I reckon someone's looking out for me when they know I need it. 

Friday, 27 April 2012

Our home scrubs up ok...

...slight pity about me and my helmet hair! Check out today's Herald Sun Home magazine, they've done a lovely feature on our home. I'm just happy I have it on record for the future that it did once look neat and tidy. Thank you Home girls, Louise Surette for the beautiful words and Laurent Villeseche for the amazing photos! 

Spoonful of Colour prints...

I'm busy printing a selection of prints for my (much neglected) store. Reckon they'll be up ready to buy in the next few days.... 

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Loving handwritten love notes

A confession: I used to be the girl who left notes every morning for her boyfriend (now husband) or hid notes in his suitcase when he went away. It's something I really liked doing (and receiving, but that's not the reason I'd do it). But it appears real life (kids, work, mortgage) has gotten in the way and I just don't write like I used to. Well, actually, I'm one of those annoying mums who writes notes in permanent marker on her daughter's lunchbox (so she gets a surprise when she lifts up her lunch), so I suppose I'm still writing love notes, but not romantic love notes - and it's something I'm aiming to change... So you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled across this beautifully appropriate book, Handwritten Notes to My Lover illustrated by Carla Shale of NZ based design company The Invisible Hand - I'll call it my inspiration.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

A spoonful of 'protea pink'

I love proteas. I love their pinky red colour. (And I love the fact that they last f-o-r-e-v-e-r.) Yesterday my mum gave me a surprise present in this beautiful handmade porcelain ceramic bowl by Samantha Robinson. It matches the proteas perfectly - I just can't stop looking at them together - the strong shapes of the protea contrasted with the intricate swirls on the bowl contrast so well. Yes, it's small things in life that make me happy...

Monday, 9 April 2012

A crafty Easter...

Yep, yep, I know, it's been ages. As usual (to make up for my absence) I'm going to spoil you with TWO gorgeous Easter-inspired craft projects.

The first is this beautiful bowl that my mum made me. It's probably about 5cm in diameter (they're mini chocolate eggs). I'm not quite sure how she made it - but she explained that you take four strands of wool and run them under the zig zag on your sewing machine - so they become extra thick/strong strands of wool. You then coil the strand under the zig zag so you end up with a large circle which you can then shape into a bowl. Think I'll try this one and post as a How To if I can get it right!
The second is a bunny I made with my daughter - and it's crazily easy. Apologies but no photos to show How To (three year old wouldn't allow it).
Step 1: Choose a piece of fabric (I used some grey felted wool I've had in the fabric box for over 10 years - great because you don't need to seam or treat the edges against fraying). Fold fabric in half and then cut a rectangle the size you want your bunny's body (mine is about 10cm x 15cm).
Step 2: Cut out bunny's ears - you can do this either by folding fabric and cutting one ear shape (which will make two because the fabric is folded), or you can cut two separate ears if you want them a little different.
Step 3: Using some wool (I chose bright orange because I LOVE bright orange and grey together) and a thick needle, sew bunny's eyes, mouth/nose on one side of the body, and his tail on the other.
Step 4: Fold bunny's body inside-out (ie. so the back side of the eyes, nose/mouth and ears is visible). Starting at the bottom of the fold (using a small needle, and thread that matches your fabric) sew along the bottom of bunny's body and all the way up the side, leaving the top of his head open.
Step 5: Turn bunny's body the right way around so you now see his eyes etc and you cannot see the stitching on the sides.
Step 6: Fill bunny's body with either old scraps of fabric or cotton wool until he's nice and cuddly.
Step 7: Fold the fabric at the top of bunny's body inside by about half a centimetre and then position bunny's ears and pin them in place. Using your small needle and matching thread, neatly sew along this top seam (removing the pins holding bunny's ears when they are safely in place.
Step 8: Give him lots of cuddles!