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21.9.13

SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE

Great Barrier Reef here we come. To me, Queensland is like Indiana's Temple of Doom; at every turn something will attempt to finish you off.

If I'm not back here in two weeks, you can assume that either this, this or this has got me.

20.9.13

An Eye On: HOUSES

My sister and my sister-in-law have both moved from flats to houses this month. I'm not jealous at all *wails*. I'm not jealous of their multiple bedrooms, their gardens and en suites, and I'm most definitely not jealous of the antique market and junk shop finds my sister keeps joyfully emailing me. Nope, not at all jealous. Really.

Living in our rented garden-less flat has its benefits; hours spent on house renovations, clutter-juggling (we moved here with two suitcases apiece), and gardening, are now occupied by adventurous outdoor pursuits, but I do mourn the creative freedom that owning your own property affords. Not to worry though because in my head I actually live here. One day, it will all be mine. 


1. Lundby doll's house via Circa Obsolete. This renovated retro doll's house was found for sale on ebay. What a find.
2. Re-purposed trunk; 'The Hotel' by Bo Christian Larsson.
3. Play area in Emilia's house, photographed by Jenny of Dos Family.
4. Treehouse inspired bunk prototype by Aalto+Aalto, via Dobranoc Pchly Na Noc.
5. I'd love one of all the houses I've lived in. Custom made mobiles by Kim Baise.
6. Ideal house-warming gift; 'The Nomads' by Sarah Ogren via Society6.
7. Double-sided paper wall ornament, by Karin Kramer, of Eddy & Edwina.
8. Tiny Christmas house decoration by Hello Sandwich, via Hand Made Love.
9. Houses on stilts are perfect for hiding under...in my nightmares; 'Night House' by the incredibly talented Amy Borrell.
10. An oldie but a goodie; 'House With Bell Tower' by Egon Schiele, 1912, via Drawing Detail.

19.9.13

BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE

I was lucky enough to spend some time photographing the Marimekko store on Sydney's King Street yesterday. Perfect measures of vibrant colour and careful detail make browsing their collections a total pleasure. Their latest offerings, inspired by coastal autumnal weather phenomena are breathtaking and emotive, and sit beautifully alongside their signature prints and uplifting colourways.

If you're having a bad day, don't reach for the chocolate, head to Marimekko.


Chopping board hide-and-seek, that old favourite.


Thank you Celine and your super helpful staff, everything looked perfect!

15.9.13

PERSONALISED PATCHWORK

Here's a quilt I made for the gorgeous Remi when he was born. For those of you keen to try a patchwork project but who feel daunted, you needn't; this project is for you. It's probably the easiest kind of patchwork quilt you can make. I say easy; the instructions below indicate otherwise, but if you have some basic sewing knowledge, this should at least help you with the process.

(Excuse the crumples!)

I don't have a photographic 'how to' of this, as I only took photos after the project was finished, but in essence (confusing sequence of bullet points to follow) this is what you do:

Quilt front:
- Cut 20cm squares from a variety of printed cottons (I use a very sharp scalpel and a cutting mat for precision and speed). Work out how many squares you'll need to make the size quilt you'd like.
- Lay out the squares to create your desired composition.
- Machine stitch your squares together into rows.
- Turn your fabric face down, and open the seams out flat and iron.
- Stitch your ironed rows together. Turn face down again, open seams and iron flat.
- Basic quilt front COMPLETE.

Applique (optional):
- At this point you can add your personalised applique. I use Bondaweb for this, followed by machine stitching around the edge, and seed stitch to finish.


Preparing quilt layers:
- Iron your finished quilt front carefully, and measure it.
- Cut the back of your quilt from a single piece of cotton fabric, the same size as the front.
- Cut the quilt batting/wadding to the same size. I use a bamboo/cotton blend.
- Lay these three quilt layers on top of each other, sandwiching the wadding in the middle. So, the 'quilt back' should be face down, followed by the layer of wadding, followed by the 'quilt front' face up.

Joining layers:
- Loosely baste these layers together (you will remove these basting stitches after you've secured the layers together) so they don't shift as you add the finishing stitches.
- Sew layers together by stitching through all three layers at once. I put my joining stitches (orange) in the corners and centre of each square. Tie each stitch into a secure knot on the front of the quilt. Cut threads, leaving ends about 1cm long.
- YOU'RE NEARLY THERE.

Binding quilt edges:
- Cut four 5cm wide strips of fabric, slightly longer than the four edges of your quilt, to use to bind the edges. These will hide the rough edges of the quilt, giving it a smart finish.
- Attach these fabric strips like this then this.
- DONE.

You didn't make it this far? I don't blame you; visual 'how to' on my next quilt. Happy Monday!


12.9.13

JELLY BABY

My friends and I put together some decorations for beautiful Jo's surprise baby shower last night. Here are the jelly baby favours; the most delicious babies in the world (no offence to my own children). Can't wait to meet her Jo! x


Printed cottons are all by Liberty for the V&A Museum in London:

'Leaves'

'India Flower'


'Ikat'

'Rose'

'Stick Flower'

3.9.13

FINGERPRINT FLORALS

My son's other kindergarten teacher (not the one with the birthday) is getting married on Friday. She's an ex-cop, beautiful, and plays Tag with half of the kids in the lunchtime playground at once, actually "running as fast as she can" (Sonny) and they love her. The children in the class offered up their fingerprints and signatures to create this wedding gift. The sheer volume of faint lines and pencil dots showing where they could and couldn't put their fingers and names almost took the fun out of it, but not quite.


Fingerprints on 280gsm watercolour paper:


I added fine-liner detailing to create the flowers, using Uni Pin Fine Line pens in nib widths 0.05mm, 0.1mm and 0.2mm; one of the only brands I found that didn't bleed onto the paper.


Hand drawn lettering using Vermandois font:


And a spring bouquet of Ranunculi, Poppies and Narcissus Tete-a-Tetes to accompany... Happy wedding weekend!


Frame from Ikea.