Monday, 12 December 2011

Dear Jean so far

My grandmother and my great-grandmother had a market stall at the Victoria Market in Melbourne; they made hats, kids sleepwear, and knickers. My great-grandmother called the money she made pin money and she used it to put her two daughters through Penleigh.

My childhood wardrobe brimmed with handmade frocks, everything made just for me, and as a result, I have never felt comfortable buying mass produced items from big brand stores and never wore my school uniform, until my nana made me one.

I have been itching to use my sewing skills, but I did not want to just sew the same thing repeatedly - I had done this for a shop years ago and got so bored my brain nearly fell out of my head.  

The project idea I arrived at was a combination of all these experiences, I want to create unique children’s clothes using new and recycled materials. I shall design each piece as a one of a kind – just as my grandmother and great grandmother did for me.

I have been working towards this project for the last few months. Combing my local op-shops for fabric and drawing up some designs. Once I had cut out my patterns I finally reached my favourite stage: sitting on the floor and surrounded with fabric. This moment was made even more wonderful by BF’s mother, I had told her about my project and she sent me a package of over 6 metres of the sweetest fabrics I have ever seen. 

I have been on a sewing rampage ever since. 

This is what I have so far

Tuesday, 6 December 2011


I remember coming across Naoshi's work years ago, I think perhaps in 2007 when I spent a lot of my time searching myspace for super rad art.
Her work was like a candy rainbow of delightfulness, so this morning I was super excited to find out via this Etsy post that she has a little shop - You can read more about her in this little interview here which includes a free wallpaper (Yay) and this is her website and her blog.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Colour Addiction

Really enjoying this Colour Lovers presently
Follow me/check out my palettes Here

Be warned it is addictive

Late but great

I love bloglovin because I never miss posts; the flipside is I get excited about things posted a month or so ago. So as sweetly as one can say - Some something’s you may have missed or should take time not to

Monday, 15 August 2011

Baskets on Etsy

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,

A Home For Alice

I have been admiring the A Home For Alice project since sometime 2008.
Just one of those truly simple and engaging ideas that makes you wish it was your project.
The most recent letter was just so honest and sweet my eyes welled. Read it here
You can participate by sending three things:

1) A POLAROID picture
of the facade of your home,
with nothing written on it !
BUT at the back,
your first name and location :)

2) A little text about your home,
and why you feel home there.
Make it pretty !

3) On a second paper, your email, or Flickr, etc...
so, I can contact you :)
And an authorization signed from you that tells me I am allowed to publish/display your picture.

send everything to:

"A Home for Alice"
26 rue Claude Bernard
44 600 Saint Nazaire

I have been wanting to send something to for a really long time, in fact I have lived in about 5 houses but none of them have felt like a home as yet, hopefully this one will soon.


The Secrets of Roan Inish

If you have not found a foggy, raining afternoon to watch The Secrets of Roan Inish you have a wonderful day filler to tuck under your wings. It is one of the dearest films to share with little ones.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Internet Love

Found this sweet little give away via Honey Kennedy, the treasures on offer are from jeanjeanvintage if you would like to enter visit here

Friday, 5 August 2011

Wood and Wool

Ingrid Jansen created these sweet seats a few years ago. What I especially like about this creative venture is that not only is she creating really beautiful work but that it seems she has been able to grow a business from the creation of something I imagine she really loves. 
This is what I have been thinking a lot about and although I am sure it is a lot of peoples' dream I think its now mine too.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Book Plates

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