Thursday, 28 February 2013

Behind the Scenes: I heart Canberra tea towels

A behind the scenes look at my tea towel design for the Centenary of Canberra being printed by Copperhead Printers.

Amazing machinery, lovely people and very cool that they listen to my favourite station: Triple J

Images of the printed tea towels can be found here


Thursday, 21 February 2013

In the studio - creativity and chaos

I always find it interesting to see inside other people's studios - its a fantastic mix of creativity and chaos...
a much loved sewing machine borrowed from Mum. Its about as old as I am.
 So I thought I would invite you into my studio
I just love all the colours of these spools of thread

This is where the messy stuff happens 
An attempt to throw a very tall vessel

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Hello Beautiful

Hello beautiful!

Thats what I say every time I see Melbourne.
The streets of Melbourne
Everything is done so stylishly and effortlessly, from the graffiti in Hosier Lane in the CBD, woven wicker sculpture in Federation Square by Patrick Dougherty and a spot of tasteful yarn bombing just up the road, a project that was supported by the City Council.

Graffiti in Hosier Lane in the CBD
Wicker work in Federation Sqaure
Views of the City from inside the sculpture
Yarn bombing
And talking of tasteful, we indulged in a delicious slice of Chocolate Fig tart from the charming 19th Century Hopetoun Tea Rooms -  a real treat and a must if you are in the area. 

Chocolate Fig Tart
We spied some beautifully presented macaroons ...
and found some non homogenised milk by Jonesy's Dairy Fresh - and enjoyed scooping the cream floating in the top of the carton. Yum! Decadent top quality milk at regular prices (only $4 for 2 litres. I refuse to buy the cheap milk from Coles or Woolies)
Jonesy's non homogenised milk
By this stage we were travelling through the countryside and found a charming some charming scenes

and a fabulous shop that sold local produce and delicious home made cakes, including an intriguing Persian cake that was flavoured with cardamom. Unfortunately I was too full from lunch to indulge, but Ive found a similar recipe here.

Inside Cliffy's Emporium

Love letter from the resident jam maker - cute!
 And to top it off a National Trust plaque that reads:

"On this spot on the first day of March 1755 nothing much happened. It was a very, very peaceful day".


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