Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pocket Pillows

Last weekend I enjoyed our Annual Boarders Weekend with the girls, and while there was plenty of champagne, catch ups, food, shopping, deep & meaningfuls and did I say champagne (?), we also managed to get our Craft On.

Yep. That's right. We dragged the gals off for a secret activity of some old fashion crafting to blow off the cobwebs from the night before.

The ladies at Makers Loft have relocated to Cammeray; and while they are still in the middle of their refurb - deluxe coffee station and cafe about to be opened within the space - nine of us managed to take over the studio and create ourselves (or rather the little people in our lives) a little keepsake and memento from the weekend.

Pocket Pillows will be perfect for the tooth fairy to deposit her coins, or for secret notes to be stashed. Fashioned out of off-cuts from old clothing, the recycled effect was cute beyond words.

Foxes, Owl, Cats and even a monkey were the end products of just 2 x hours of labour. We did drink coffee and we did chat, but mostly, we had to actually concentrate to pull these off in the time frame!








Despite a few initial groans, the group retreated to a bit of schoolyard girly competition, and knocked these out in no time. 
Satisfying too, taking home a little souvenir crafted by our own hands. Some of the recipients however are still rather doubtful as to who actually made them. 
Women of many talents us Mums.
Sx

Monday, July 28, 2014

Wrap Up


I do love the chance to forage.

At the end of the day, it's not even about the find, but the foraging process....

Just back from a holiday and side-trip to see my ballet flat supplier, I snapped photos of hand-made & repurposed inspo to share with you here....

Here's a visual wrap up (don't forget to can follow find...found...forage on Instagram for more eye candy):

The ice bucket getting some palm & banana leaf treatment:




Are they a neckpiece or are they an artefact? Your choice, but we had many versions decorating our Villa in Canggu




Welcoming us to a morning of White Water Rafting out of Ubud, was this pebble mosaic:



The quirk factor was off the richter scale at La Favela in Seminyak. Recycled and repurposed is what they do best:



Their menu on the street outside the restaurant is displayed on this old movie camera:



Just a reminder to any would be thief at Butter Cake & Coffee Shop in Canggu:


More repurposed goodness at Butter :




Hubby sporting a rattan backpack made by hand in Borneo...Thinking of stocking them in my shop. What do you think?
Could also look fab hanging as a pendant light shade....


New favourite coffee stop of the trip, Bungalow Living had photo opportunities around ever corner:


Welcoming us each morning were these fresh flowers:


Why not add a pop of fluro to your crucifix?


And look at the way they hand-wrapped each brownie slice:


If you have a cushion crush, check out the Bungalow Living  website for many divine designs....


Popped into Coco & Ginger - have been meaning to get in there for the past few trips - and snapped this colourfully painted pot on the way in:


And finally, I have to share the lush setting for our ablutions for the week in Villa Maxceo:


All in all, another inspiring, relaxing, motivating, rewarding, sunny, fun, family holiday to Bali.

And great to be home too!
Sx

Friday, June 27, 2014

IT'S SALE TIME @ find...found...forage



Nothing beats a good sale. Not the waste of time 10% off type sale, but one where you are truly nabbing yourself a real, deal.

Enter the find...found...forage online shop SALE!

To clear out stock and make way for some new finds arriving very soon, I am offering a whopping great 20% off everything.

Let me do the sums for you:

Ballet Flats @ $80 = now $64


Baskets @ $20 = now $16



Macrame Hangers @ $48 = now $37


Necklaces @ $15 = $12












Just enter "Year End" at the checkout to receive your 20% discount!

Shop 'til you Drop.
Sx





Thursday, June 26, 2014

From little things, big things grow


"If you can dream it, you can do it"  - Walt Disney.

I watched this clip thanks to the recommendation of Pip at Meet me at Mikes,  of small people letting their imaginations run wild designing themselves an "Imagination Castle" for Disneyland Paris and wanted to share. Do yourself a favour and:

Click here to be reminded that Dreams can come true!

Other child related & hand-made craft goodness was on show at our local school this week. The senior children held their very own Rhino Trail to raise money and awareness for the conservation of our endangered Rhinos.

Each child painted their own Rhino in a theme that meant something to them, then the school community viewed and voted on their favourite. The colours, dedication, talent and enthusiasm were a sight to behold. Look.




And the winner was:



Onto other news - The Boathouse team are full steam ahead fitting out their new venture at Shelly Beach in Sydney's North. It hasn't even opened, but it's got my vote as their best venue yet. Can't wait to enjoy my bucket of prawns looking back towards Manly.

In the meantime, they are doing takeaway coffees in a set up that can only be described as beach chic. Unparalleled.



Speaking of Manly, how cute, effective and colourful is this bunting adorning the front of Manly Wine? Bunting -  transformative triangles. Love it.



And finally, it's that time of the year again. At the End Of the Financial Year everything, everywhere seems to be on sale.

Far be it from me not to jump on board and embrace the sales season.

So watch this space. Everything in my online shop will be on sale for one week only - starting tomorrow!!

Offering a whopping 20% off EVERY item.




Never fear. I'll remind you again tmrw!

Until then.
Sx




Sunday, June 8, 2014

Best in Show...

I spent a very civilised Friday night sipping red wine, enjoying live music and perusing the many offerings at the Sydney Finders Keepers Markets.

Great people watching was coupled with all sorts of lovely, creative & enterprising craftspeople showcasing their wares.

My faves included Fizzy Lime Creative , where woven geometric patterned lampshades and wall hangings in bright colours and funky patterns looked fabulous in their various shapes & sizes, colours and textures:





Another stall to catch my eye was Milkcart. Designing and restoring furniture and making all pieces themselves by hand in Sydney, Ryan and Marnie of Milkcart have tactile, sophisticated, Scandinavian inspired pieces.
The concrete stool was a fave as were the side tables, the crates and a a gorgeous, cement based lamp. Here's a pic too of Ryan. They haven't heard the last from me!




Sam and his wife Leesa are living the dream. Espousing the virtues of drinking their own home brewed beers and ciders, Leesa has put her graphic design skills to work designing the packaging and Sam's IT background is put to the test with the Hop and Grain website.

Four different styles of beer, that can be ready to drink in as little as 3 weeks, I think these starters kits would make a fab pressie for the fella in your life.





I bought some of Mavericks colourful laces. So simple, so effective and 3 x pairs for $20, they made perfect, wallet friendly, gift box sense....





Finders Keepers Markets were held at the Locomotive Workshop at Australian Technology Park. The venue, stallholders, food, wine and music oozed charm and charisma.





Loads more inspo to share, I'll wrap up my other top picks for you very soon.
In the meantime, check out the dates for the Pre-Christmas Finders Keepers Markets. They'll be in Melb, Sydney and Brisbane and come highly recommended for a unique & personalised shopping experience.
With wine!
Sx