Friday, July 29, 2011

Sunny Winter Days









We have been having the most glorious, sunny, winter days here in Melbourne and I must say I am thoroughly enjoying my new surrounds. It is wonderful being able to walk the girls to school, we spot things on our way such as heart shapes and pretty colours, the girls bring them home and turn them into the prettiest little collections. I decided not renew my gym contract and have being exercising out side instead - so much better! Here are a few sunny shots from around the house and the girl's lovely little collections. Happy Friday to you all! P xx

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Vienna Art and Design exhibition at the NGV

Egon Schiele self portrait with hands on chest 1910
Gustav KLIMT Italian garden landscape 1913
Gustave klimt drawing three stages of woman

Gustav Klimt - Emilie Flöge 1902
Koloman MOSER Self-portrait c.1916–17
Gustav KLIMT Johanna Staude 1917–18

I went to see the amazing Vienna exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne the other day. It covered the art and design work of Klimt, Schiele, Hoffmann and Loos. It was hugely inspiring and well worth the visit. I particularly enjoyed the work of Egon Schiele and just love the way he painted hands - one of my drawing weaknesses and it has inspired me to do some studies of hands - practice, practice, practice!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New house update - picture wall completed







The next part of the house that is being sorted out is the living area. There is a lot going on in this space, we have the pink dinning table, my computer and some storage cupboards which is all open plan onto the lounge and kitchen. Non the less we still felt excited about putting together a group of pictures and images, that we have collected over the years, up on the main facing wall - may as well add to the busyness! I am quite pleased with the result so far...it may change.....we shall see.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

miso, ghostpatrol, breakfast and tokyo

The work of the hugely talented duo miso and ghostpatrol

Two images above artwork by miso and two below by gostpatrol


Lia (age 9) sticking one of ghostpatrols stickers in the streets
Ghostpatrol sticker
Fantastic chai latte at Almentari in Fitzroy
Rice crackers in the cutest wrappers from Tokyo!
My lovely gift from Japan above and origami for the girls below

Oh what a funny morning we had! I took the girls for breakfast at Alimentari in Fiztroy and spotted Miso and Ghostpatrol (amazing talented street artists) at the table next door. We are huge fans of their work, the girls and I wanted to say hello but felt a bit shy...so we scribbled them a note on a napkin. They were very gracious and in return gave us a pile of stickers! We then headed out and added to the wonderful street art scene in Melbourne with Ghostpatrol stickers. Woohoo such fun! My husband then returned from a business trip to Tokyo (lucky bunny) armed with cute Japanese gifts including my lovely cotton pajamas and slippers from MUJI, crackers and origami packs for the girls hence the pretty random shots of street art and cute things from Tokyo! Happy weekend to you all! P xx

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

hello memo and clever siblings

My lovely Hello Memo package received in the post today
Packaged pigs - do you get any cuter than this?
Lovely poster about tea and coffee in Hello Memo's shop




Quirky images from Hello Memo's flickr stream
My brother's cafe menu featuring one of my illo's!

My lovely sister sent me a little package in the post from hellomemo. Love the quirkiness of her designs and am inspired by all the hand drawn type. You can have a look at Hellomemo's shop here, blog here and flicker stream here. Thanks Shell's. Then talking about siblings and Shells, my clever clogs brother and his lovely Irish wife sent me their new look menu from their Irish beach cafe in Strand Hill called Shells. It all looks great and they put one of my illo's at the back of the menu! So nice to get things from family in the post : )

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

things around the house

Charity shop found frames with some of my art prints in them
Display on old filling cabinet in our lounge
Inspirational spread in August issue of Vogue Living Australia
Vintage blackboard in my kitchen
My little Liberty in front of the gas heater
My kitchen shelf above and my kids art work display wall below

The lens on our Canon EOS is damaged and so I have had camera withdrawal but I am so glad to find that the iphone is just as good. I love how quick and easy it is to capture shots when I see them. Here are a few snaps taken from around my home this morning, which I then put through instagram - a wonderful iphone app. I am still slowly finding the right places to put my many things in our new little house, I collect old metal frames and am always on the look out for them at charity shops; bought the Australian Vogue Living and was inspired by this spread; Liberty is relaxing infront of the gas heater to keep warm; we had plenty of fun choosing pictures from the kid's many beautiful artworks and putting them up on the wall that leads down to their bedroom. Isn't it amazing that all this technology can be carried around in ones pocket?! (oh dear I sound like such a gen. x er...)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Mini Camille on Imaginative Bloom


Oooh so lovely to see our little mini Camille featured on Imaginative Bloom - a wonderful place to find all sorts of creative, hand made inspiration - thanks Irene!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Slowly settling in






I am so enjoying settling into our new home one room at a time. Today I sorted out our bedroom a little bit more. It feels so good to be able to bang nails in where ever I like after renting for so long. What our little cottage lacks in size it makes up for in character and it has been fun finding the right space for our things in this new home. We are surrounded by trees and as it is the middle of winter here the shots are a little gloomy but also rather cosy. My very clever husband has been doing all the lighting in our new place - including these lovely twine hanging side lamps. I do feel a little more settled now that I have sorted out my dressing table : )