Friday, September 4, 2015

We are on the move

Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files. 




We have been very fortunate to have had our lovely Warrandyte home featured in the media through magazines, newspapers and on line over the past 4 and a half years. Some of the highlights so far have been The Design Files, Country Style Magazine, The Age and The Herald Sun. I am very grateful that our Warrandyte home has been documented in this way as we will be moving on and leaving it soon. I have mixed feelings about this; excitement as Pete, the kids and I face our next big adventure of moving into Melbourne city for a more urban lifestyle and sadness as we leave behind our much loved Warrandyte cottage, local friends, community and amazing natural beauty. This cottage has served us well and I am sure the next family who is fortunate enough to dwell here will love it just as much as we have. Our home has been listed with Fletchers if anyone is thinking of living in this beautiful part of the world - here's the link.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

My trip to Ireland to visit my brother and family

My brother, Myles, is a wonderful chef. He is married to a lovely Irish girl called Jane. They own and run a very successful cafe in StrandHill called Shells Cafe, they have won many awards, they have also published two cook books and successfully renovated a beautiful cottage. Their latest and most admirable accomplishment has been the addition of Arlo, their first child and my gorgeous nephew! Of course I traveled from Australia to Ireland to meet him. I love this quote by Anthony Brandt: 'Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.'

Myles and myself with little Arlo in his baby sling, taking selfies
Beautiful collections in my brother's home
Their very clever cottage renovation

Myles and Jane 

The beautiful view from their living room

Little baby Arlo!

Summer flowers in their garden

A walk in Esky, Ireland


Jane, Arlo and myself

The wild West Coast of Ireland


Can't go by with out taking a snap - so pretty



StrandHill

Artwork I created for Arlo, available as an art print here


My lovelies - Myles and Arlo

Monday, July 13, 2015

Water Colour Workshop Wrap Up

Me sharing some skills. Photo's by Aim Aris
Magdalena Franco from Unleash Creative

Photo by Jody of @lemonrhodes on instagram




Amazing cakes and treats from In A World Of Cake.



I stepped out of my comfort zone over the weekend, did some teaching and loved it! The Paperlicious workshop hosted by Unleash Creative was a very successful event. The venue was All Press Studio, a beautiful open, loft style space in Colingwood, Melbourne. The most amazing cakes and treats were available for us to enjoy from In A World of Cake - there was even edible paper! The highlight for me was being able to share what I have learnt about watercolours and drawing, encouraging people to let go and enjoy the creative process - the results were wonderful! The lovely photos posted here were all taken by Aim Aris unless otherwise stated. The workshop was featured on lenzo.com.au too where you can find out more about the colourful whole day.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Water Colour Workshop with Unleash Creative





I am very excited about being asked by Unleash Creative to run a water colour workshop in Melbourne on Saturday the 11th of July 2015. I will be alongside collage artist, Pete Cromer and illustrator Kate Pullen who will each be running their own workshops, all under the banner of Paperlecious.  It is going to be one brilliant, creative day! Pop over to Unleash Creative to get all the details. Tickets are limited. Photographs of me, in my home studio taken by Sallyanne Hartnell.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mother's Day Specials


Sweet William Melamine Plates available through Lalaland

Hello friends! Here are a few gift ideas for Mother's Day from Sweet William. 
Our greeting cards are currently on sale, with 30% off! You can view them here. 
All our prints are available from our esty shop and through hardtofind.com.au. 
Brand new Sweet William phone cases are now available from thedairy.com
Sweet William also has a range of greeting cards and beautiful new Melamine plates produced by Lalaland, which you can view here
See our previous blog post to find out about winning a $500 etsy gift card!
We hope you are spoilt rotten if you are a Mum and have a wonderful time blessing your Mums! 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Celebrating Mums everyday

Sweet William Mother's Day card from Lalaland
Shot of my dressing table from Instagram
Dotty Heart Archival Art print available through our Etsy Shop

In response to @etsyau  #everydaymum campaign here is a shot of my dressing table. A collection of precious images of some of the female mentors who have shaped and made me who I am today; my mum, my sister, my grandmother, my mother in law and of course my three girls plus the Mother heart of God. My mum is no longer with us yet her love is still my everyday strength.

Win an etsy gift card worth $500! Simply follow @etsyau on Instagram to find out more.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

Unslumping






In the previous post I shared about being in a bit of a creative slump. I am going to carry on with sharing my un slumping story. Fresh flowers always pick up my mood and inspire me. I bought a bunch of Dahlias from our local corner shop and decided to work on some small compositions. I had a few 20x20 cm canvases in my studio which I painted in bright pink tones - trying to capture the ultra colour of the dahlias with a bit of fluro pink paint, creating backgrounds. Once they were dry I decided to fill in the negative spaces with a dove egg blue/grey sort of colour. I am quite pleased with the effect so far, almost abstract but enough form to suggest the flowers. This is still work in progress - I will get back to the paintings at some stage and finish them off but I have so enjoyed the process and am grateful to have my creative juices flowing again.