Sunday, November 25, 2012

Back to work..

After the fun times of last weekend away - and the not so extra 2.5 hrs it took to get home - it was back to work. This week was Christmas gift guide time! I had sourced product to style 4 shots.
There was a lot of stuff to unpack, style, and repack!
18 boxes full, in fact.

It'll be out in Good Weekend on Dec 8.
will show you how it turned out then...

Are you thinking "Christmas" yet?

Brisbane part 2...

After catching a British black comedy at the Brisbane film festival,
and waking up to a reviving Sunday morning yoga class in West End - we headed to Southbank..

(above) bit of urban art..

view looking back to Brisbane city from Southbank
(taken a couple of years ago)

view of State Library (taken a couple of years ago)
we had a quick wander around the State Library to catch a printmaking exhibition by Ron McBurnie



As seen while lunching at the Collector's cafe.

While GOMA are preparing for their next major exhibition I did discover - thanks to Shelbyville
the Artisan  gallery, which has a fab shop too.
But we were there to check out the Steampunk ...

I do love a few cogs and stuff..

2 and a half days in Brissy - a blur of funtimes...!

Brisbane part 1

Landing late Thursday night - i was ready to set out to see the Brisbane sights last Friday.
First on Shelbyville (my trusty tour guide's) list was the atmospheric Outerspace.
Perfect for brunch the converted church was a lovely space for a chat and the accompanying toddler.
The haloumi, avocado, beetroot salad set us up for the day..

We wandered around Fortitude Valley..

which was colourful and varied..

After walking around in 34 degree heat we collapsed
in Winn Lane for an iced apple + mint juice whilst admiring perhaps the worlds' smallest bookshop?

During my visit with Shelbyville i also discovered The Burrow,
would've been quite happy to be a local and try out the new beer garden..

But was content to check out the vibe and admire the cool interior - complete with blackboard art.

And try a local brew - best to keep up fluids - when in tropics.

Next morning.. it was under 8's cricket - to watch the nephew play.

There was clapping here.

The only bit i understood was how 'cool' it was when the mobile slushie
van turned up with ice ginger beer.

Duty done - sister and i headed off round the corner to Woolloongabba.. for brunch.
At this point there was a massive storm - but my phone cut out, so no incredible images
of black sky, lightening and tropical downpour. Just cute oasis where more haloumi + avocado was consumed.

When the storm stopped we headed to Woollongabba antique Centre

Quite liked this cat...

Could've started a collection with this jug...

Was tempted by these yellow beads - but thought the 3 looked perfect together..

There was something about these guys that appealed to me.. wasn't sure the rabbit
would fit in my case though..

OH! my Nan had this guy to store her flour in, I have the mini ones that match.

A toast rack - of course!

Really liked this pen holder - but had this thought: spend half my time getting rid of stuff, the other half - making and accumulating it. Sound familiar?

Then it was back to Bullimba... love this old church - recently renovated.

capsule wardrobe going well at this point...

weekend away - capsule wardrobe

Last weekend i had a long weekend in Brisbane.
I was visiting my sister and a friend, staying with each of them.
I wanted to stick to carry-on baggage - a first for me! So i had to plan the wardrobe extra hard.
I found  that a long sleeve chambray shirt, light weight scarf and
ankle boots were just the thing to build around. Obviously wearing the boots while travelling saves on valuable space!

The climate was tropical, with burning sun and freak storms. 
The scarf was multi functional: sunburn avoider, warmer in air con,
wet down for extreme temperature and handy accessory!

Layers are always good, and sticking to a harmonious colour scheme.

The only thing i couldn't plan for was the extended delays each way,
which is why i had time to do these sketches!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Making a bit

Okay, so in case i'm not back here for a few days, and incase you haven't been bombarded with my instagram pics (i'm dudleyred), you may like to know what i've been making.
It was nice to get out the fabric on the weekend..

And craft a gift for a little friend. Meet Steggie-sore-us.
That's why he has a band-aid.

Then there was time to think ahead a little..
...and decorate these mini trees.
Then yesterday it was back to that lovely clean desk to carve a stamp...

and play around with colour...

and a few dots...

What have you been 'playing' around with?

Doing a bit...

All this getting about town recently meant the studio has seen better days..

I thought i needed a visit to:

Yuh, it was time to get me an... assistant... (daughter)

And install the.... EXPEDIT!
Loving all the boxes too - one just for washi tape!
There's still a few details to do, but overall..
Can't wait to get back in there!


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