Monday, March 29, 2010

Hot Toffee goodness

I do love a nice parcel. This special one arrived from Hot Toffee the other day - I have many pairs of these fused glass stud earrings made by the super talented Nicole and I felt the need to update my collection with some soft green and grey hues.
Nicole's attention to detail in both her designs and her presentation of her products is to be admired!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Secret

On Sunday some friends and I were chatting about Peppermint Mag and we thought that the next issue mustn't be too far away and how fabulous it is. Less than 24 hours latter it arrived in my  mailbox. Yay! Now I am off to concentrate on the arrival of Johnny Depp on my doorstep whilst I flick through Peppermint's gorgeous pages. Good things can happen for those who wish for them!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Giddy Spinster: platform garden

Apart from loving the name 'giddyspinster' I am also loving these 'upcycled' platform and stilletos planted with cactus and succulents. I am not a high heel wearer but I could handle one of these on on my window sill. Check them out on Etsy.

Which also reminds me that I hope to get along to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show next week (Mar 24 - 28). Having studied floristy I still like to keep my eye on what's happening in the industry!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bread winner

Have you seen Thea and Sami's latest homeware creations? I remember my mum had a similar breadbasket in the 80's and I love that Thea has brought the idea up to date with her gorgeous new range of fabrics.
Plus don't forget the tea cosy (a personal favourite!).

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Floral threads

This morning on my way out the door I thought I must pick up some flowers to brighten my coffee table today but plans went astray. Instead I have made the most of my current sorting of hundreds of skeins of embroidery threads and thrown them in a bowl to add some colour and texture to the table - if they can't be used for projects at the moment at least they are doing some work!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I'll be brief

Retro inspired plywood briefcases - just perfect for a decorative storage solution (could see some sewing projects kept in here!). Created by Sam's Garage.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Knock on effect

A couple of weeks back I was in Brisvegas and stopped in at the Martha St (Camp Hill) precint which has some lovely shops and I was thrilled to find this resin door knob at Kim and Judi. I couldn't wait to get it fixed to my studio door and I have finally had time to do so. I have tracked down that they are produced by Jackie Brazil which has the most amazing range of resin jewellery and objects - here's a link! (they have loads of Australian stockists).

Friday, March 12, 2010

Notable purchase

A casualty of my studio flooding was my much loved kikki K notebook that I used for all my bag ideas and notes. Fortunately most of the contents are still readable however it is too damaged to use again - I will need to trot back into their yummy store this weekend and choose some new stationery. I am loving this 'fashion notes' journal!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Shall I be mother?

One of my most favourite possessions is a caravan teapot my friends gave me from England which has little union jack curtains. This Sunday is Mother's Day in the UK and what could be more British and cute for Mum than a collector teapot? Visit The Teapottery for an awesome selection which you can order in time for mother's day here.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Anthropological study

Anthropologie have recently started to ship to Australia - looking at the jacket featured on today's email bulletin I can feel a little pain in my credit card region.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Knees up for autumn

Today was a first hint of autumn and I took the opportunity to show off my new pair of knee socks I had been waiting to wear (these aren't my pins pictured by the way). I found the Sox Trot range like I had been given at this Canadian website but I think mine were purchased in a store in Brisbane (in Edward St I think?).

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sunday night tea time

It is a long weekend here in Victoria but today was a long one for all the wrong reasons. Yesterday's wild weather conditions in Melbourne led to considerable damage at the Lyssy May studio resulting in a lot of mopping up the floors and shelves (and the odd tear at some of the precious items that are now waterlogged such as a stitchery guide my grandmother gave me for my 15th birthday). However fortunately the stock and fabrics are all ok which I am thankful for and at least I have a nice dry roof to sleep under unlike some Melbournians tonight as the rain falls again (plus I cannot imagine how those in Queensland are dealing with the devastating floods when just a few inches of water is so awful to deal with).

It was nice however to come home to see what is in the fridge for a quick meal and a lovely Sunday night dinner of poached Daylesford Organics farm eggs with ham on toast has made me a bit more sunny side up tonight!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Too good to use...

A recent treat for my sewing box - a gorgeous handcarved and painted quick-unpick. Available at Mac Pelican (they had tape measures too!).

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

thaw magazine

Many thanks to Thea who discovered a lovely Ballarat self published zine - thaw - and let me know about it. I was thrilled to see a little feature of Lyssy May bags inside of the summer edition which are available at Blonde Vintage 425 Sturt St, Ballarat (thanks to Kim the editor for including them!). I recommend checking it out even if you are not local to the area - you can subscribe here for just $3 an issue.