Thursday, June 18, 2015

Purchasing Power...

There have been a whole load of handmade treats to tempt me while styling the updated pad.

Some I've succumbed to, and others are still firmly on my wish list.

Here's a few that have made the cut:

This print by Oh Eight Oh Nine is providing some luxe in the laundry. A3 size is AUS $20.

This lovely marble look handmade cotton pouch by Behr & Co spectacularly sets off greenery of any sort. From AUS$13.95

This sweet little handpainted wooden feather garland combines my two loves: glitter and fluro! By The Great Lakes Goods. Their motto is "handmade goods with good vibes" - that's a mission statement easy to adhere to!! US$18


The kid's playroom has a pinkish theme going on, so one of my find...found...forage macrame hangers is doing it's thing in there. AUD$$45:

And in DIY news, I took some humble HB Lead Pencils (it's amazing how many of these I found lying around the house!) and covered them with some Japanese Paper to improve their look and use as party bag fillers.  Click here for a tutorial to do something similar yourselves.

Support the independents and embrace the charm.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Home and Hair

As mentioned, the past 8 months have seen me embarking on two things of note:

1) a home renovation

2) and growing my hair

Here is a before photo of both. As both projects were to be of similar duration; I was wondering which I would tire of most quickly...

We are 8 months down on the house with about a month to go, and I think 9 months might just mark the end of the hair growing efforts also....

Here's where we are at:

One more month and I should be able to get my hair in a ponytail and should be able to empty our storage unit and move in entirely to the updated abode. 

And then crack the champagne.

Although I am ready for them both to be over, neither has sent me entirely mental (yet!).

Having worked side by side for almost 5 months before he told me, one of my very talented builders Nik, has a sideline business with his wife called Top Knot Designs. They make these beautiful shelves and shadow boxes using materials such as Natural Marine Ply and Australian Western Red Cedar.  I'm currently deliberating on just which one/s to order for our 'new' home (when really I should be researching driveways...yawn!).

photos courtesy of Top Knot Designs

I can't believe he kept this info from me for so long?!!

Check these beauties out and follow TopKnot Designs on Instagram or Facebook to see the full range. Prices start from AUD$50 + postage.

As for the hair and the house, I will report back in 30 days...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Who doesn't wear ballet flats?

As Autumn is here, it's the perfect season to bust out your ballet flats.

Touted by French Women Don't Get Fat author Mireille Guiliano as the answer to keeping mobile and shedding kilos; the comfort and versatility of a pair of Ballet Flats means you can wear them all day and on all occasions. 

If you spend your day on your feet, or if you wish you could - get yourself a couple of pairs and wear them all week.

Cue some style inspo from all the big names....

Don't overlook the coloured ballet flat....

There are 11 ballet flat colour choices on my website and each pair is AUD$80 incl postage. 

If the shoe fits....


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Anyone else possessed with the endless scrolling of images on Instagram?

Stalking people, businesses, destinations; it's all possible on Instagram and it offers the added bonus of voyeurism through delightfully filtered lenses.

I've found some cracking small enterprises via this fabulous photo sharing app.

Here are some of the Instagram users I follow and am vowing to shop from this Christmas:

koh woman - bohemian elegance with hints of luxury & decadence. Accessories, Clothes, Shoes and Jewellery. This Feather & Chain Harness is on SALE for $100!

Click here to Follow Koh Woman on Instagram

Indigo Babe - Funky Bandit Kids X  Marks the Spot pants. Up to Size 8. My little 6year old will find a pair of these in his stocking. AUD$60.

Click here to follow Indigo Babe on Instagram

South Of The Border - sparkly pants & shorts. Need I say more? These ones are AUD$169

Click here to follow South of The Border on Instagram

Palmaira Sandals Australia - not sure I can come at giving these away. Might be popping a pair of these under the tree for myself. AUD $110

Click here to follow Palmaira Sandals Australia on Instagram

Sakura Textiles - Something for everyone.  Tea Towels AUD$22, Pillow Cases AUD$35, Jumpsuits AUD$60 and THE cutest bloomers (for adults!) for only AUD$10!

Click here to follow Sakura Textiles on Instagram

Look beyond the traditional methods when gift buying this year.

Instagram - it's is just photos and comments. That's it.

Follow find...found...forage on Instagram for my own hit of hand-made visuals.


**images are not my own**

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Stock in the find...found...forage online shop!

The fast pace in which Christmas approaches each year always seems to catch me out. Despite all good intentions of having the pressie list nailed by October and the gifts shopped for by end November, there is always one or two people still to buy for when the shops are their busiest and energy levels are lowest.

Why is it that I tend to overlook presents for the teacher / coach / neighbour year after year??

Well not this year.

Enter the find...found...forage offerings.

Unique and economical. Hand-made (surely after all these years this goes without saying?!), and complimentary postage Australia Wide. **

I've got new stock and some old favourites. Here's a little peak, but do pop over to the shop to see more....

Newly arrived; beaded tassel charm bracelets. Adjustable. AUD$20ea.

Sara Dolls - AUD$10ea. Supporting Street Kids of Bali:

Delicate & glamorous beaded necklaces in coral, fluro pink and grey. AUD$15ea

 More sizes arriving next week of the perennial favourites, my all leather Ballet Flats
11 colours to choose from.  AUD$80ea

New colours of these versatile baskets just arrived. AUD$25ea.

Stocks have been replenished of these three Sophisticated Sparkles. AUD$15ea

Which little kidlet wouldn't love their very own Personalised Christmas Stocking?
 Order now for Xmas. AUD$65ea.

A personal favourite, this beeswax candle looks so much like the real thing. And it smells divine. Banana Leaf Candle - AUD$35.

Key Ring - fluro tassels. I'm in heaven! AUD$15ea

Double Strand, pastel hued, tassel necklace. Ceramic pink beads. Chic & Classy. 
Head will turn. AUD$30ea

Stock is limited, so while they will sell out quickly, you're also guaranteed to be giving a unique gift this Christmas.
Skates on Peeps!

 ** there are a couple of items in the shop where I can't offer complimentary postage because of their size **

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Coveting Copper

Copper is so on trend and so on my radar right now.

I'm talking the shiny, rose gold copper, not the old plumber's pipe type copper.

It's being used all over The Block interiors, and I've been Pinning Copper touches like crazy.

We are about to embark on a renovation. Is the copper trend here to stay? Will it date? Do we invest in a copper tap or go it safe with one of these non-permanent nods to the current copper craze:

A mug for the toothbrushes? This one is from Moscow Mule and is AUD$20

I've been eyeing off this stunning, hand-formed Tom Dixon Champagne bucket for years....sigh.... From the Owl are selling them for AUD$348

In the meantime, I'll settle for one of his copper candles - AUD$154

Crafted in Japan, this beautiful copper clock is available at Nasty Gal for AUD$203. I'd be happy for this little beauty to wake me each day...

Or perhaps I'll simply adorn myself with one of these beauties, Copper being the new black and all. Made in the Ukraine by Wirefoxjewellrey they are currently on SALE for AUD$21.

Here's my predicament.  I'm sure copper tap-ware is completely impractical (which is probably part of the appeal) and AUD$400+ is quite a lot of coin for a tap, isn't it?? These two styles below are from Astra Walker who are family owned and make their products here in Australia.

Join me in the droolfest...

On other embarkations, I'm attempting to grow my hair. Apart from a dabble in shoulder length locks about 7 years ago, it's always been short. 

Which will drive me the most crazy? The renno or the hair? Both should take about the same time to eventuate. I'll be sure to report in. 

First world problems.

On the anniversary of 9/11 and with all the other tragedies getting around, let's keep it light and concentrate on the fun stuff eh?

S x

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.

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!