Monday, May 14


As you may or may not know, I've been doing a little surface pattern design course called the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design, developed by designer Rachel Taylor. So far it's been 'back to basics' with colour theory, developing motifs and sketching. We've been looking at colour this last week and as part of that I've photographed some of the colour schemes I'm seeing around my bedroom and kitchen. Didn't realise I liked dusky pink so much!
 b'day card from my sister (covered with fabric)
little notebook and sketchbook pile on my bedside table
 beautiful mug designed by Kim Parker
 my Australian seed pod collection (banksia, bottlebrush and gum)
 vintage glass bottles on my bedroom mantlepiece
 a 'pin cushion' given me by my husband - it's actually a magnet out of a speaker, but it keeps my pins off the floor!
pottery and cup collection on my kitchen windowsill

Friday, May 11

World Environment Day

World Environment Day 2012: Think Outside the City Block

Start: Jun 05, 2012 10:00 AM
End: Jun 05, 2012 11:00 AM
When: 10am, Tuesday 5 June 2012, Melbourne CBD
Where: Corner of Bourke and Elizabeth Streets (bottom of Bourke St Mall)
WEDCityBlockthumb.pngHundreds of people will join hands around one of Melbourne CBD’s 1 hectare city blocks on World Environment Day as a measure of the threat to our forests, oceans and wild places from logging and mining.
- Every day, 10 city block sized areas of Victoria’s forests are logged, mostly to make cheap products like Reflex paper.
- An area the size of 3,500 city blocks of the Kimberley’s stunning landscape is at risk of being converted to an oil and gas mining site. Come and join hands with hundreds of others on the United Nations’ 12th World Environment Day and show your support for Australia’s world renowned natural environment.
- And in a once in a lifetime opportunity, the equivalent to 108,000,000 city blocks of our marine territory is up for protection in 2012!
For more information and to RSVP contact

What are you doing this World Environment Day?
For more information, please contact:
The Wilderness Society Victoria Inc
288 Brunswick St
Fitzroy, Vic, 3065
Phone: 03 9038 0888

Monday, May 7

bits and pieces

Here's what I've been up to lately.
Left to right from top:
Last summer's dahlias (1-3)
Dress I made, chair I restored, painted and covered, birthday flowers
Digitally printed mugs with London houses design for Mum's birthday
Bottlebrush in my garden (is it finally flowering?), bottlebrush new leaves (no, it's not flowering!), Rhododendron buds, Rhododendron flowers in my garden
Enamelled pots and things in Portobello Rd market on a Sunday, Portobello Rd, Roman Baths in Bath
Brighton Pavilion, retro ceramics in Brighton Pavilion Museum, Brighton Beach.

Thursday, May 3

Tuesday, May 1


Here's something I haven't done for a while: photography! I took this a few months ago and it's taken me this long to post it here. It was fun making the pav, styling the photos and eating it too! Notice the real bone-handled cutlery I bought in a local charity shop for my styling... as well as my grandmother's china plate.


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