Thursday, May 28, 2009

the end of May...

...means that it's time for The Little Market at Avid. Held in the courtyard behind the popular Avid Reader Bookshop at West End. This little market promises all kinds of lovely handmade goods, food + drinks and a cozy atmosphere. 5.30 - 8pm. 193 Boundary St, West End.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

boutique markets at Portside Wharf

polaroid by jez s

I'm really excited to say the Boutique Markets (formerly known as the Designers Emporium) have found a new home at Portside Wharf in Hamilton. The markets will be held on the 2nd Sunday of each month beginning June 14. This market aims to promote and cultivate the talent of artists, designers, stylists, crafters and artisans. For more information head over to the Boutique Markets website or their new blog. Stall applications are still open so if you are interested visit the trade page for more information.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

suki na mono x 7..

collecting + using Japanese plates and bowls...

enjoying a coffee on the deck at *Mia's..

finding little treasures..

sun showers...

sharing green tea with R on a Sunday afternoon...

painting... even looking at paint brushes makes me happy :)

an afternoon walk along the beach...

*Mia's = mia's gifts & coffee bar. 1 kesley street cooparoo

Thanks to Lyssy May, Peg & Kate and Taryn Newland for awarding me the Kreativ Blogger Award. I've been asked to share 7 of my favourite things (above) along with 7 of my favourite blogs (below).

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Meet Your Maker

I mentioned the 'Meet Your Maker' exhibition in my last post (which was far too long ago!) and thought I'd tell you a little more about it. It showcased furniture by Brisbane's makers and designers. Beautifully crafted, clean lines, gorgeous wood patterns and functional - I love it when all these things come together. Some of my favorite pieces were the 'Harvest Table' by Roy Schack along with his 'Samford Sideboard' - it feels like you are being told a little secret when you discover the removable panel at the back as it reveals the detail that goes into making the drawers!
The photo above is of 'BOTAN' by Fukutoshi Ueno - a piece of furniture I'd love in our home. Fukutoshi also collaborated with Hiroaki Eba to design the 'MORI' stool which was inspired by the children's book 'The Giving Tree'. Both the 'Botan' and 'Mori' stool can be seen at Hanasho - 5/235 Boundary St, West End.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

still here...

Last week was quite busy for me, teaching & planning lessons, sourcing supplies, visiting stockists, popping into the Stitches & Craft Show and attending the opening of this amazing exhibition. Add at least 3 hrs driving each day to all that and it will be pretty clear why my blog has been neglected ; { BUT, I'm here now and will try my best to catch up over the next few days...

one of the giant crafts on show

Ok, the Stitches & Craft Show!!! Wow - It has recently been taken over by Living Creatively and they have put a fun new twist on the original show. This was crafters paradise - with work stations where you could learn a new skill, demonstrations & workshops, inspirational talks, and the popular reconstruction zone where you could choose from op shop finds, patches of fabric and make them into something entirely different. New to the show was also the Incubator section which showcased the best of Australian contemporary craft and design from emerging crafters and designers. The talented Thea of Thea & Sami was also there, along with many more creative souls. I'm proud to say that the following BrisStyle members were amongst them and their goodies and displays looked awesome!

Helen from Ruby Red Studios
Christina from Little Diva Craft
Olivia from Scampsville
Louise from made by miffy
Well done ladies!

irish damask linen hand towel. reclaimed into pillowcase

Amongst all the talent was my absolute favourite - old yarns. reclaimed linens, Kristina uses antique linens, reclaimed damask & hemp to make simple new pieces like pillowcases and tablecloths. She mentioned she tries not to do too much to the original pieces as she likes them to tell their stories through their threads and imperfections. Simply beautiful!