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I’ve had a thing for etchings ever since my friend Lisa and I took a Printmaking course together at Pine Street Studios by accident a few years ago (we thought we’d be designing fabric… the course description was a little sketchy and I was woolly-headed from pregnancy, but it was a happy accident).
Adore these drypoint etchings by Clare Young. So inspiring for a moment of pure, quiet reflection. Along with ceramics, etchings are such good value art to invest in, and a range of textures and mediums add so much character to a home.
Popping these in a Corban & Blair box frame would do the trick.
I’m restless. As far as relaxing goes, I think I’ve lost the knack.
Behold, the evidence: two tea cosies salvaged from leftover Echino & Liberty fabrics, and a decorated doily thingummy for afternoon tea parties. I had the urge to make something useful – can you tell how I spend my time these days if these are the first items which spring to mind?
And a bag full of goodies from Calico & Ivy. Told you I was heading over there quicksmart. What a divine, delicious shop. And they were lovely to Olive, too.
Great to hear this popular Perth store has opened new digs in Sydney. I haven’t been in yet, but planning to scoot on over and pick up some Liberty print asap – they appear to stock a vast amount, along with wonderful Milla Mia patterns (featured here earlier).
Calico & Ivy
10 Birchgrove Rd
Oh I love this new online store with products I’ve not seen elsewhere:
“STORY is the curation of ideas through product, word & the exploration of a new kind of narrative. We take pleasure in exhibiting the work of individuals who make a significant contribution through the production of exceptional art & design. We also take great pleasure in exhibiting the brands of like-minded others that produce items that transcend conventional market standards. STORY reveres authenticity above all & pays homage to this as a style unto itself. In other words, we were born rural and remain so. Most importantly, we honour the act of storytelling as an art form.”
- Monique Germon, Proprietor
What does the perfect weekend consist of? Good weather, good food, a family trip to the beach, high tea with friends and a spot of market hopping.
Here’s a few of the bargains I didn’t buy: an antique Singer, leather doctor’s bag, and these sweet ballerina prints texted by my neighbour Anna, and seen too late.
You snooze, you lose.
Such a cute idea – Adele Enerson spent her maternity leave blogging pictures of her daughter, Mila, against imaginative backdrops while she was sleeping. To be published in a book soon.
I know it’s très boring to bang on about how much you love your iPhone, but I’ve gone all gaga over the old-school effect of the Hipstamatic Camera app… this is what all our family pics from my childhood looked like! Who needs high-def when you can be livin’ in the seventies?
A while before xmas I went hunting about for some fabrics and embellishment to zhoosh up a couple of otherwise-plain vintage finds for the party season (a fifties bolero made from a rich ottoman fabric, and a simple black sheath dress). Here’s what I found at the ever-inspiring Tessuti. I could never grow bored of this place!
We’ve just returned from a few days in Coffs Harbour, where I was speaking at the Vintage Fashion Fair and reading from A Life in Frocks. Thank you to the lovely blog readers who travelled from near & far to say hello, and to organiser Jeanette Luke, owner of From Here to Eternity, for inviting me to attend.
If you’re in Sydney this weekend a couple of the same dealers – including Coco Repose – will be trading at Becky Sharp’s Vanity Fair vintage market, held from 10-5 at the Paddington RSL on Saturday. Go forth and plunder a fab frock or two…