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My friend Shauna gave me this fab Burberry trench from the seventies, picked up on a charity store jaunt in Boston. It was a bit worse for wear with its much-abused lining, falling-off buttons and dirty hem from jumping one too many mud-filled puddles, but it had potential.
You might remember that I found some divine silk fabric from Ginger & Smart not long ago, as well… I ripped out the signature Burberry check, replaced it with the silk, and bought a set of shiny raspberry-coloured buttons from All Buttons Great & Small to affix before snipping away the grubby hem. Voilà – you have yourself a reinvented trench.
See the July issue of Australian Women’s Weekly for instructions on re-creating your own.
Jessica of Coco Repose visited last week for morning tea, and was wearing the most amazing necklace by Kirstin Ash. This is really beautiful vintage-inspired jewellery, made with rare papers and prints from earlier eras. I’m definitely buying… the only question is, how to choose just a few pieces, or even one? Seriously gorgeous.
Motherhood pushes me to the absolute limits sometimes, and it’s hard to remember what life was like when I only had myself to look after, but it’s made me more motivated than ever to write and be creative. It’s because having Olive has thrown into stark relief what is, and what isn’t, important these days. I meet women all the time who say the same thing: children really focus the energies.
My gorgeous & supportive friend Jacinta interviewed me for this Sunday Life piece published last weekend – it’s a look at eight different women and their take on juggling career and motherhood.
I often read Mia Freedman’s columns and blog, and always appreciate her humour and sanity… Mostly, I just really appreciate it when women can be real, and admit when things are a challenge. All we can ever do is our best.
* Image of me and Olive taken by photographer and working mum, the lovely Amanda Prior for Sunday Life.
Speaking of illustrations, I’ve been investigating the work of Antoinette Fleur, a French artist my friend Olivier introduced me to through his blog, Dossier 37. Olivier tells me her drawings are published in all the top French magazines and super-popular in Europe.
I haven’t seen her work before – at least, I wasn’t aware if I have – but think there’s something so free and spirited about Fleur’s fashionably illustrated girls, don’t you? I am loving them.
I made these the other night while watching one of my favourite films, The Royal Tenenbaums (because, just like the cobbler with holey shoes, I didn’t have one when the temperature dropped, having given all mine away).
But back to the film – it’s one I love so much, it warms my heart every time I see it. And I thought the same thing last time I watched it: I must dedicate a wall to family pictures, just like Etheline did (the Tenenbaum matriarch, played by Angelica Huston). Naive prints in texta, pencil and paint, in different-sized frames.
I’ll start with a painting of Olive, on a postcard-sized canvas, and maybe one of our home with its shiny red front door, open in welcome. No need to be precious – they’ll be simple, just whatever I can manage. And we’ll add to our collection over the years with all her artwork and ours. Yep, that’s what I’m going to do.
14″ x 35″
14″ x 39″
14″ x 21″
Last Thursday, journalist Germaine Leece visited me at home to share a cup of tea and a chat about our home for her website Some Home Truths. It’s a lovely blog about the importance of our living spaces and the comfort they bring… I urge you to stop by for a leisurely read. And if you’re interested, here’s the interview.
Well, dear readers, you can imagine how totally over the moon I was to see this for the first time. Yes – it’s The Crafty Minx in German! Love it. Christian Verlag, I could kiss you.
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Here’s some snaps from yesterday’s workshop at Shearer’s. I had such a great morning wandering about and chatting to everyone as they stitched and got creative. I suggested people make brooches or fridge magnets, à la some of the pieces in the new book, but as always it was great to see the variety of ideas people came up with after such small direction. It made me itchy to sit down and try some new techniques I picked up from those crafters with different skills to me, like this cute & tiny blanket stitch below.
We also had a few kids on board, which was lovely to see – there’s nothing nicer than watching mother & child lost in making something together.