Thursday, January 31, 2008


I don't quite know why, but this odd little video somehow appeals to me ....

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Have I ever mentioned how much I love green roof technology?

(Images: MaHKU, epoch times, ecogeek, inhabitat, ASLA online)

Sunday, January 27, 2008

This is ..... what scares me

Three Buttons hosts a 'This is...' meme every week. This week's theme is 'What scares me'.

I really love darkness when it's quiet and still and fragrant and calming, but sometimes, when I'm out of my normal element and can't see what's around me, it generates a visceral sense of fear.

Although I love scuba diving I haven't yet had the courage to go on a night dive. I'm sure it would be fascinating, and hardly more dangerous than a standard dive, but I fear the sense of extreme vulnerability that I'm sure would accompany the darkness underwater.

One day I'd like to try it though! :-)

(Pics: Uni of London Sub-Aqua Club and Michael McFadyen Scuba)

Friday, January 25, 2008


At the night market on Wednesday evening I bought some beautiful jewellery, made by Barbara van Oost and Ben Paola of Klei. Everything at their stall was wonderfully tactile with smooth, unglazed porcelain and silver pieces in soft organic shapes.

I think I may be in danger of becoming addicted .... a new collection of Klei products might have started with two little purchases on a hot Wednesday night!

These pictures are from the Klei blog .
I'll post a picture of my little elephant rhune necklace and tiki-style brooch soon.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


My sister sent me a link to this little owl, created by Ann Wood:

I love his quirky denim style and the way he seems ready to waddle toward the camera!

...and I adore these magnificent owls by Kathryn Spence
(found via Dear Ada):

Aren't they stunning?!

I do love owls. Here's another pic of the very serious little chap who visited us last year:

Monday, January 21, 2008

Mobile swap

Wow - three posts today!

I'm very excited to be taking part in Elsie Marley's Mobile Swap - there are so many options!

I just hope I can make something good enough to be a real treat for my swap partner, who's all the way across the world in chilly old Washington.
I know she likes green, orange, yellow and turquoise, so I'll try and make something cheerful to brighten up the bleak Winter days ...

This is .... my favourite cup

Oops! I'm one day late in joining Angela's 'This is' game.....
Her theme for this week is 'My favourite cup'- seems easy but it turned out to be trickier than I thought! My first thought was of a little black and white cup that I've had since childhood, but I could't find it anywhere at home.

Yesterday at the National Gallery I saw some beautifully illustrated dinnerware by Eric Ravilious, and a pretty little cup with a gardening theme caught my eye (it would have been perfect for me!). Unfortunately I wasn't able to take photos and the gallery didn't have any postcards showing the cup.

So ... as I can't find my favourite childhood cup, and I can't find an image of the beautiful porcelain I saw yesterday, here's my favourite cup for this week:

A buttercup!

(image from here)

Thread Den (again!)

Can't get enough of Thread Den at the moment! It's just what I've been looking for: a friendly, bright and creative space for learning about sewing with people who also love fabrics and design.

I'm really excited about improving my pattern-making skills (having oodles of ideas about clothes I'd like to make; the next step is learning how to construct them myself .....)

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Face

My sister sent me a link to this little story about a man's search for the origins of his father's mysteriously abstract sketches (and cake decorations!) - supposedly of a face.

The story's quite long, but rather sweet!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

'Give a man what he wants ....'

Many an hour could be easily lost rambling through the vintage-themed discussions and pictures on The Fedora Lounge.

This fabulous set of hat advertisements caught my eye in the Lounge this week - there were four pages of goodies at last count!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Wednesday's eye candy

I love these felt badges from Tas-ka!

To see more of their lovely products, click on the Produktlijn link in their website ....

I've also fallen for these beautiful tiles from Marlborough (... found on Another Shade of Grey). The Contemporary Classics range is particularly worth a peep.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Warm and fuzzies

It's funny - as a child I was always quite a tomboy, and while I've always had an interest in design and beautiful things I've never thought of myself as being particularly 'girly'. As I frolick through blogland though, I find myself being drawn more and more to the pretty, cutsie stuff that would have left me cold not so long ago.
For example - today I revisited the lovely pages of Enfant Terrible for a bit of a French fix,
then swooned over the pretty pastel colour and textural combinations created by Rose Hip for her cupcakes, woolly house pillows, matryoshka dolls and other delights,

before losing myself in Red Felt Flower's pretty photos documenting her creative home life.

Eek! It's all getting a bit too sickly sweet! Maybe it's time to return to strong dark clean lines and more adult designs ....

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Thread Den

I spent yesterday morning at Thread Den in North Melbourne at a dressmaking class. I'm really glad to have discovered such a creative outlet for people interested in fabrics, design and sewing.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Please sir, I want some more!

I love being able to just switch off from daily life, if only for a few days. Our little roadtrip was so much fun I wished I could stretch it out for at least another week!

:: pictures coming soon ::

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Slowing down ....

With so many fond memories of happy summers camping at Wilson's Prom in my childhood, I'm really looking forward to the week ahead. Here are just a few of the things that are calling me back:

(photo: lenymo)

(photo: Sasho)

(photo: the beethoven connection)

(both photos: valleyguy)

(photo: cypressbob)

The top photo of bushland regeneration (after the fires at the Prom in 2006) is from the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority. This one's by Niels Endres. It shows the very rare occurence of grass trees sending up flower spikes - they can resist the extreme heat of bushfires and actually need them to initiate flowering...

.... what a stark and beautiful landscape!

I'll post some of my own pics when I return.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008


This evening I found a beautiful Japanese woodblock print from the 1880s, depicting contemporary doyennes of western-style fashion (youfuku) - available through Caroline Staley Fine Japanese Prints:

Unfortunately, I don't mean that I found the actual print .... I just stumbled upon the gallery website (I'm not in the market for this kind of artwork, regardless of how well I think it might brighten up a wall at home!).

Silver swoon

....more lovely jewellery, this time from Ana Ventura & Abigail Percy:

Thanks for the link, Camilla.

... also ...

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