Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Bringing some colour back in to the Outside!!

Today I am having a chat with Terri from Moteef.. she brings some colour to your outdoor and in actual fact of late she is bringing divine smells and some monochromes for those who like it that way :)

I’m a trained graphic designer so I’m no stranger to creative business. After taking and abstracting photos for fun for at least a year, a chance conversation with my sister in 2012, inspired me to look into how I could develop my digital patterns into a collection of outdoor scatter cushions. Finding the right fabric base, having it printed in specific colours and then lab testing them for durability and colour stability was a journey over 1 year as I slowly learned about the processes involved - as well as marketing, social media promotion and ecommerce. I was finally ready to officially launch my first collection in September 2014. 
A year later I launched my Luxe outdoor candle range which I’m very proud of too. I teamed up with Self Organics, in Perth, to create 3 unique, hand poured soy wax candles, using our collaborative blend of essential and fragrance oils known for their insect repelling properties. The cherry on the top was the gorgeous vessel we had custom made for the project – a reusable double walled coffee glass with a snug bamboo lid. The packaging incorporates 3 signature patterns I designed for the project.

I love all my designs but ‘Circles’ is very close to my heart. In 2013 we discovered, the hard way, that my young daughter Lauren, who was then 3, suffered anaphylaxis to some tree nuts. This diagnosis very quickly brought to the family's attention that research into new treatments and cures for allergy and other immune diseases, as well as community education and improved access to care, was urgently needed.

So, as a family commitment to raising funds and awareness, I digitalised a design that my son Ben painted and that our family loves and we now donate $5 from the sale of every Circles outdoor cushion as part of our CUSHION FOR A CURE initiative to help fund medical research into allergy and immune diseases through the efforts of The Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA). Of course, Ben also gets a royalty for the use of his artwork with every sale – something that the now 9 year old is very proud of.

I absolutely adore a donut! Nothing fancy, just a fresh, unfilled traditional glazed! Shhhh!!

I’m drawn to bold abstract art, 70’s Op art and modern, mid century influenced furniture. I’m particularly inspired by the decorative arts of Africa, the Middle East and South America - I love their textured, painted urban decay and their tendency towards striking colour and pattern. I try to draw on these things when I create my designs.


Conversation starters - It sounds like a joke answer but it’s not.

There’s so much information that we can graze on daily that it’s hard to find the time to digest it all, discuss our findings and grow ourselves and our own ideas. I imagine a world where people are supportive, in-touch, considerate and curious. They share their food, experiences and knowledge, enriching each others lives with challenging ideas, fun experiences, humour and culture. 

I design so people are inspired to relax, share food and really connect in comfort all year round.

Paulo Cohelo’s The Alchemist. I’m not a spiritual person but this book has a very simple message – the importance of having a dream, going after it and never giving up. It’s a simple book that you finish and instinctively “know” what the story means to you.

In early December my family holidayed in Queensland. While in Noosa, I bought myself a delicate, silver ring with an ‘XO’ stamped into the top of it - I’m my own worst critic and I wear it daily to be reminded to be kind to myself. It’s working too!

I have extremely eclectic taste so I tend to pick music for the situation.

Designing – I prefer music with few words, ‘cos I’m easily distracted, so I listen to any kind of trip hop/chillout music that I generally stream online.

Chores – Something high energy. I’m fond of Sia and David Guetta at the moment.

In the car – Nova, on the radio (gotta stay up to date with my kids!) Faves we’re enjoying at the moment include Birds of Tokyo, Rudimental and Maroon 5.  

Sunday morning breakky on the Patio - usually a mixture of oldies including Cat Stevens, Bread, Joan Armatrading and Bob Seger. (A nod to my upbringing!)

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

A Gourmet Crafternoon

Do you judge how an event is put together and presented? Do you think it says a lot about the person hosting it?  I am not one to judge a book by its cover but in a world where visual feasts abound on social media and event styling has come from being a few candles to personalised and on theme items from start to finish, it does take quite a bit to impress me.

The other week Sonia and I rocked up to Acme in Kings Cross for a lunch hosted by Ferrero Rocher and from the moment we opened the door to the time when we had to depart it was eye candy galore in the literal and metaphorical sense.

We all know Ferrero as the gourmet chocolate gift, its luxe gold wrappers are perfect for Christmas and as time has passed the range has expanded so I can buy a little duo wrapped combo or the big kahuna box for the family..

I took a few snaps between eating the most amazing Italian food and you can see for yourself what you think of how Ferrero looks as a dining experience.

So what do you think? The florals were actually pretty simple and contained lots of foraged items but of anyone know what that gorgeous draped hanging stuff id in the tall vase with holly etc I am very keen to know..

Do you go the whole hog for parties?
Are you a theme person or are candles and a bunch of flowers more than enough? 

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Kitchening in Style

I have no idea if kitchening is such a thing but to be in the kitchen is and lots of us spend a huge amount of time there. For me it is the heart of the home and even when guests are over they hang there with you too..

Its hard to stay looking stylish to new friends when you are still faffing away at the kitchen bench and until now I would always be in a daggy apron.. I recently went to the launch of The Apron Studio's first collection and immediately had to invite them to be part of DTLL.

I went home with the Shibori Apron and Sonia who was with me took the Linen one. we wear them at the workshops but my next dinner party I am so bringing it home so I get to stay looking trendy even when I am still prepping on their arrival (tell me I am not alone and that it happens to you too?)

This store has you covered for decorating the table with stunning runners, chic aprons for full length coverage or mini for the more confident or even restaurant owners . I particularly like the mini me options that are identical to the larger making the kids feel like a real pro. Just like Mum or Dad!

Got andy chefs in the family? Why not update them for Christmas?
Mini Masterchefs needing some encouragement? Make them feel like a pro!!
The short aprons are also fab for gardening!!.. SO many uses and such a great price 

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Voices 2015

I can't really call myself a 'blogger' as I am just not consistent enough.. It is not that I have nothing to say.. au contraire, I am just time poor and it is not how I make my living so it just gets forced to the back of the pile.

I still read a fair few blogs and follow all the people I love on Insta so I know what they are doing and what is going on in their lives which of course makes you feel like you are besties despite never having met!..

There are a host of those people that I do actually see and speak to regularly and thats why when I was invited to Kidspot Voices 2015 Awards I was totally up for it.

Good food, great people and the chance to finally put some names to faces with others? .. total no brainer.

I went with Sonia, Lila and Jayde and Lila won Alumni!!.. She was so surprised and we were so happy!!. The main event went out the The Thud and the rest of the night was spent staring at the Insta wall.. scoffing chocolates and climbing in and out of Ford Cars being totally inappropriate.

After all was said and done we were collected by Steve, Iggy and Coco Bear.. we went home talking trash and saying how nice it was to see everyone..

I got to finally give Eden a hug, I found out what Sharni looked like (watch out for 2016 at DTLL Workshops.. she is coming to town) and wanted to give Viv the wooden spoon for looking so amazing post 2 kids..

Bron was there with hubby and Robyn, Sam and Shannon rocked up looking all glam  

All in all an awesome night surrounded by fab people that really are a very supportive crew!..

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Just bottle it..

I found this amazing store whilst pottering the markets... just the way it should be with any stores on Down that Little Lane..

At the time there was a far smaller range, the labels were not as varied and there were no gift packs on offer but as with any start up that was just the way it should be. I am always really excited to see any brand I have known from the start flourish into something I know they are proud to call their own and this is one of those..

Everything delivered to you by Sweet Health is still handmade from the heart and all by the one gorgeous Debbie so you know you are supporting local talent to the core.

My kids are buying their teachers the teachers kit and I think I might get Santa the Night Before Christmas Kit after I have ordered a set of take home gifts with stripey blue labels to go with Harrington's Pool Party he is having for his B Day!!

Yep Sweet Health is going to get some White Family loving!!..

What do you buy your teachers?