Saturday, February 26, 2011

folly by Julie Fleming

'Cheeky Girl' belt

'Butterfly Kisses'

In my previous post I said I'd share more about my neighbour at Life Instyle. I feel quite privileged that I was beside Julie Fleming. We'd met at Melbourne Life Instyle so it was like meeting up with an old friend. There were many stories shared during as well as a few giggles here and there.

Julie is regarded as Melbourne's leading Milliner, she is also extremely talented and knowledgeable across several mediums. Above are photos of some of the pieces Julie was showcasing at life instyle. They are all modeled by Keva (so pretty, isn't she) who is one of Julie's studio and shop assistants. To read more about this inspirational friend head to the blog, explore the website or pick up a copy of Handmade in Melbourne.

To see more creations by Julie Fleming start with the Fascinators or visit her shop in Melbourne:

456 Malvern Rd, Hawksburn VIC 3181
Tuesday - Friday 10am till 5:30pm
Saturday 10am till 3pm

Friday, February 25, 2011


I always feel more awake while travelling interstate for Life Instyle. The trip to the venue and the sites along the way some how make me feel like a country girl with eyes wide opened in the big smoke!

I love that Sydney still has old boats and ferries. It adds so much character to the city.

This is a photo of Hyde Park and St Mary's Cathedral taken from the bus. One morning I noticed a lot of people walking through the park on their way to work and amidst that was a scene of serenity - a lady in her own world practising Tai Chi.

I really enjoy meeting both existing and new hot toffee stockists too. It's lovely to be able to chat face to face with someone you've been dealing with mostly by email.
(The above photo was taken by my neighbour who I will share more about shortly)

What I love most about when I'm in Sydney is the chance to share meals, wine and stories with my sweet sister x

This time I even squeezed in a movie (and popcorn) one evening at this gorgeous old movie theatre.

So now I'm back in my little home studio working away on orders which is fun and rewarding in a completely different way to being out and about in the world.

PS. If you are in Brisbane and looking for something exciting to do this evening then why not head to the BrisStyle twilight market in King George Square. 5-9pm

Saturday, February 12, 2011


These pretty pictures were amongst some photos I've just transferred from my camera to my computer. I've written about this little vase used to have 2 wings but somewhere along the way one was broken. It sits in my tin of pens & pencils right next to me here at the computer...and when the afternoon sun shines in's so pretty

I'm just as mesmerised by the all those sparkly shapes the light and glass are making now as when I was taking the photos.....

the days seem to be blurring into one with so much still to do before flying to Sydney on Wednesday for Life in Style so it's lovely to be distracted by simple prettiness.

Friday, February 4, 2011

miniature daisies & singapore orchids

some of these daisies from last week are still going strong so have been transferred to smaller bottles.

these singapore orchids are so elegant - white, simple, strong yet delicate

Thursday, February 3, 2011

make your dreams happen...

cerca trova : seek and you will find

It was over many delicious meals and glasses (sometimes bottles) of wine when we lived in Japan that I intently listened to and encouraged a dear friend who dreamed of opening a restaurant. To make the dream come alive this friend went to cooking school, worked in a restaurant to learn more, practiced and perfected cooking methods and basically lived and breathed food.

About a year ago cerca trova opened. When we returned to the town we used to live in we headed to the restaurant to surprise and congratulate said friend. Simple and elegant, serving beautiful food... including creme brulee to die for.

There's nothing I love more than seeing friends make their dreams happen.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

green chrysanthemums...

Just popping in to say hello as I've not been blogging much. I'm in full preparation mode for life instyle which is in Sydney in two weeks time. There is still so much to do but taking time out to play with flowers from the local florist has been quite fun and therapeutic so thought I'd share them with you too xx
I will more than likely be absent for a while but will try to pop in with photos of the pretty flowers... I know they are lifting my spirits so am thinking 'why not share a bit of that'.
Also, I've scheduled a post for tomorrow which I'd started to write late last year after returning from Japan. Enjoy - let me ask you 'what is your dream?' x

Aren't these green chrysanthemums cute - almost like little pom poms!