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A spot of sewing

May 2, 2012

Hello lovely people! Time has flown by and been filled with shoots involving kids, food, dogs and the outdoors, phew! I did get chance to do a bit of sewing the other weekend though which was fun as the old gal (mrs sewing machine) hasn’t been out for a while.

I also got chance to use one of my chrimbo pressies, the Liberty Book of Home Sewing which i’ve been dying to put to good use.

I’ve been helping a good friend design her nursery and we both loved the idea of a little beanbag/pouffe that would be perfect to pop her feet on when nursing but could also be used later on as the little one grows.

We painted the walls soft grey and decided on accents of white, coral, yellow and teal blue. We wanted to keep the palate gender neutral as they didn’t know whether they were having a boy or a girl. With a gorgeous retro Danish set of drawers and a scandi rocking chair i thought some Skinny La Minx fabric, Cloudbird in Sky Blue, would be perfect!

Voila, here it is, looking a little on the wonk in this picture but i’m pretty chuffed for my fist attempt! Little Emily arrived about a month ago so it’s already being put to good use, hurrah! Obviously she is a little young to read the books but i thought the colours looked nice….

All in all a pretty simple pattern to follow, the hardest thing i found was drawing a circle template, my pencil and string technique was a little tiresome. The basting or tacking of the zip and the top and bottom pieces is such a good idea, it allows you to make mistakes before attempting it with the machine. One flaw i did find is the pattern states you should be able to fill your liner with your 56 litres of poly beads (i used less) and insert into your cover, which, “may involve a little bit of wrestling”. Well i wrestled and wrestled, so did the husband, but to no avail, i ended up splitting some of the stitches so gave it up as a bad job. I emptied the liner, inserted into the cover and then filled it with the beads. Got the job done but it did involve unpicking some stitches.


Ceramics {Mod Collective}

April 18, 2012

Love, love, love this new collection of ceramics and lighting from The Mod Collective. Bang on the geometric trend and i’m always a sucker for those aqua and yellow hues (other colours are available!). Darn good Aussie design.

Branching Out

April 12, 2012

Feeling inspired by all things ‘twiggy’ at the moment! Delicate porcelain split branch vases from Otchipotchi; Cute hand painted wood connected necklace from Marukiko’s etsy store; beautiful porcelain and driftwood sugar spoons available here and i’m head over heels for the ‘Rod’ standard lamp crafted by the talented Sebastian Cox who hails from my home county Lincolnshire.Woop!

Easter Crafts {Blank Goods}

April 5, 2012

A couple of weeks ago Blank Goods dropped into my inbox, a lovely new online shop full of colourful paper goodies. Perfect for those who like to get creative with their gift wrapping! Also full of cute ideas and inspiration for their products, and here are a few for Easter using their blank wooden eggs, muslin bags and  wooden berry boxes. 

New Prints {Bold & Noble}

April 3, 2012

Love these prints, part of the new geometric collection from Bold & Noble, due for release in a few weeks. They also all come in a rather fetching monochrome palette as well. Nice.

Fresh Start

April 2, 2012

Thank goodness for a brand new week, the last one was just terrible! A collision between the laptop and an ill placed glass of orange juice caused many drama’s and boy doesn’t bad luck always come in three’s?!

So a weekend camping trip to Jervis bay was a welcome tonic, how could it not be with beaches and weather this stunning, pure heaven.

ps. Thankfully the laptop was repairable so i’m back in business, it’s crazy how much i rely on this machine!

Friday Flowers

March 23, 2012

Op shop glass bottle bought last week for $1 and flowers picked on my way home from work, happy weekend folks x

British Design {Gray & Turner}

March 21, 2012

Love this new furniture collection from Bethan Gray, award winning designer for the likes of Habitat and John Lewis, and respected furniture developer Thomas Turner, aka Gray & Turner. As the blurb says, ‘Bethans designs are warm, honest and liveable…with this new collection focusing on intriguing combinations of natural materials’, spot on i say.

The collection launches at Clerkenwell Design Week in May, but do take a peek online here.

Objects {Lara Hutton}

March 20, 2012

I love organic shapes and colours especially when i come across them in ceramics {think Mud Australia, Brickett Davda etc…} so it was inevitable that i was drawn to Lara Hutton’s Objects. For those of you not familiar with Lara, she is a very sought after Aussie stylist and designer with impeccable taste and a delicate sense of style. I’m a big fan.

Objects is an extension of her styling work that started as a creative hobby. Photography by Anson Smart {another uber talented Aussie} has captured the subtle, delicate feel of the objects perfectly i think.


Wednesday Wishlist

March 14, 2012

Things have been keeping me from the blog just lately, not all of them fun, but i’ve not forgotten you! I’ve been piling stuff in my mental ‘blog’ drawer to share with you all,  so first a bit of a wish list of things i’m loving right now.

{From top} Beautiful blue crockery from Elephant Ceramics, nautical inspired wall flag from Blacklist Studio Prints, and finally the new collection from Toast is as always right up my street but i have fallen head over heels for the Mimosa bedlinen, yum!