Rifle Paper Co sale on Notemaker

Rifle Paper Co sale on Notemaker

I’ve been a long time admirer of Rifle Paper Co – I’ve seen some custom illustrations that are nothing short of adorable! Notemaker has a flash sale on all Rifle Paper Co stationery at the moment and I have my eye on a couple of bits and pieces. I would love to get some blank cards to frame, although I’m afraid I have very little wallspace left to hang anything up. Maybe for now it will just be looky-lou only!

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Not that I’m engaged, but this card is so sweet. Such a cute idea for pulling together your super special bridal party. The colour combinations are always spot on and I love the overall aesthetic of their illustrations.

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Paris will always have my heart. This would be a perfect candidate to frame and put next to some of the snapshots I have from France. Reminder to self: print out European trip photos!

Check out the sale here.

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Recent crafty endeavours

Recent crafty endeavours

I’ve definitely dropped off the face of the blogging-planet. I can’t even remember what my last post is about. Probably something about how I don’t blog as often as I’d like. I love blogging as an outlet for my thoughts – possibly because I always wanted to have a paper diary but never got around to it.

I started pottery classes a few weeks ago. I only enrolled to do one term but I’m loving it so far. I’ve had some hits and some misses, but it’s just fun to meet new people (as much as I say I hate it – hi introversion!) and get messy! I spent last class playing with underglaze.

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Last week, I welcomed a new niece and she’s the most adorable squishy thing ever. Plus she is so tiny. Plus she has that mystical new baby smell that I thought was something new mums made up because they loved their babies so much. In conclusion she smells amazing.

I’m dreading how cold winter will get this year. This morning I found myself shivering in my thick winter coat and wooly hat. It’s only autumn. :| I was even contemplating whipping out the gloves and the boots, but I held off. It’s becoming harder and harder to get out of bed in the mornings. I really don’t like winter.

I’m obsessed with my Cricut. H travelled to the USA for work a few months ago and  brought me back a Cricut machine. They retail for 500+ in Australia so I was never going to get one here. Basically it’s a printer that cuts instead of inks. If you’re still confused there are plenty of videos on YouTube ;) I made some gem stone table placeholders for a recent dinner party.

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Hello accidental hiatus

Hello accidental hiatus

Well isn’t that the giant understatement of the year. Yes, I’ve had an inadvertent blogging lull. No excuse other than the combination of life slash work slash a busy holiday season got to me a little too much. If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’d have seen I took a short (never long enough) trip around Europe.

In the span of 4 weeks, we visited a total of six countries and eleven different cities. Needless to say it was a jam packed trip and I’ll be the first to admit that I was ready to come home at the end of it all. My one regret is not being able to experience a white Christmas. I’m not the biggest fan of the winter season but I had grown quite fond of it and enjoyed seeing real Christmas tree trees rather than artificial plastic ones. Next time.

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Calendar talk

Calendar talk

For two years straight, at the beginning of each year I would buy a Frankie calendar to stick up on my wall. Then last year I waited too late and they sold out before I could get my hands on one. I decided I was over calendars and the tedious exercise that it was to flip over the months as they went past.

Then yesterday during my lunch time stroll through Westfield, I noticed Frankie diaries and calendars on sale at 25% off. With only one calendar left, I knew it was a sign to get one. If you’re still looking for a diary, there are still a bunch of them available from The Lucky Charm newsagent in Sydney Westfield!

I did in fact have a short list of calendars that I had at the end of last year in anticipation of potentially purchasing one for 2014. It probably is a bit late to post about them now, but, I like me some designer eye candy.

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Love these floral yearly calendars. The black contrast [left] just really stands out, and what a great idea to frame a pretty blooming calendar [right].

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I have a soft spot for little feathered friends [left], and gorgeous little geometric botanical designs [right].

il_570xN.504888716_m8nhThis last one is another a pretty floral print, available on Etsy. The artist advertises the versatility of being able to remove the calendar portion and retaining the top for a lovely art print after the year is done.

How do you feel about calendars? Do you have one for this year? Would love to see what you guys have up on the wall!

My day out at Sydney Contemporary

My day out at Sydney Contemporary

H has a thing for obsessing over the latest thing for the apartment, and so after a weekend of dragging me accompanying him to peruse at all sorts of ovens with pyrolytic functions and catalytic liners (cue: eye roll) he offered me a weekend to do activities of my choosing. Naturally I chose to go to a large international art fair, Sydney Contemporary. Early bird tickets were 40% off, I couldn’t say no.

Needless to say there were galleries showcasing pieces from not only around Australia, but around the world. There were some art paintings that were priced well into the hundreds of thousands. I spied some Yayoi Kusama prints from one of the Japanese galleries. There was. So. Much. Eye. Candy. It was all scattered around Carriageworks in Redfern.

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Sydney ContemporaryMy favourite piece has got to be this collage of images from Lyndi Sales. I’m not sure what I like most about it, the colours, the geometry, or the shadows that it casts on the stark wall behind it.

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Sydney Contemporary

Petaluna had a pop up bar deep amongst the artwork. I love how they’ve put up wine glasses as an installation above the bar area.

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There were some taxidermy pieces made from stillborn animals. The calf below was so striking as it hung from the ceiling. It was embedded with precious and semi precious metals and gems.

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H loved this installation of beer and wine bottles that were each fitted with a computer fan that spun at irregular intervals, filling the space with an eerie sound.

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Sydney Contemporary

Sydney Contemporary

Sydney Contemporary

Sydney Contemporary

Oh and Longrain had a pop-up restaurant there, so naturally we had to eat at Carriageworks for lunch. Sydney Contemporary

We got the crispy chicken wings, and a yellow curry with some jasmine rice and roti. It really was the perfect way to end my perfect day of art and culture. <3Sydney Contemporary

Frankfurt the puglet

Frankfurt the puglet

First up, I gotta say, HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRANK!

So my friends own a pug named Frank, and it’s his birthday this month. To celebrate I thought I’d have a go at making a pug softie. I’ve made other sock creatures and bunnies and bears before, but never a puppy.  I wanted to make it palm sized, so I opted to use some sheets of felt that I had laying around (from when I was *obsessed* with making cases for tech gadgets).

I found a cute basic pattern in one of my books and altered it a little to make it look a little more like Frank. Luckily I had the right colours at home so I didn’t need to buy anything new. He looked very alien until at the very end when I applied the eyes and the nose. Overall I think he’s pretty cute!

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Oh and just to emphasize how scary he was prior to getting his appendages.

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I’m itching to make the next thing now. What do you think I should make next? (And a pic of the real Frank for some added cuteness.)

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Iyama design studio

Iyama design studio

I have a thing for washi tape. Something about the pretty pastels and bright coloured masking tape just keeps drawing me in. There is nothing more that I’d love than to visit the washi tape museum in Japan. But. Not for a while to come I think. I saw this MT installation by the Iyama Design Studio. Swoon.

I would however wonder what would happen with the dust sticking to the tape. It might not even be sticky. Who knows. Anyway. I like it.

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What creative stuff have you made with washi tape?