Sunday, August 31, 2008

up and running...

Well we have finally launched our new website -  There are still some tweaks to make and a lot of artwork and cards to add, but it is exciting nonetheless.

Friday, August 29, 2008

a bit of colour...

We are feeling quite cheery because it is almost the weekend. Here is some new button art ready for framing that reflects our mood today. We will have them on etsy by Monday, we promise!

Hope you have a fantastic weekend.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

a creative day...

These new vintage cards are the result of a late night phone conversation between JJ and I. After a crazy day, we called each other with a cup of tea and a sketch book in hand.  Our respective broods were tucked up for the night so were able to have a fantastic brainstorming session on the phone. As a result we have had a creative high today, combining vintage papers and stitching, and seeing one of our sketch pad ideas come to life.

We cannot wait for Saturday when susieq arrives from Dubai for a small holiday (more like a working holiday ha ha). Can't wait to see you, Mum!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


JJ and I spent the afternoon taking photos for the new mondo cherry website that we hope to get up and running by early next week. We had a couple of little "helpers" who kept readjusting props and adding the paper teddies that they had been making to help make the shots more interesting. They also interpreted one of us crouching down to take a photo as an invitation for a piggyback ride which doesn't do great things for picture stability.

We know children grow so quickly and we should cherish every moment, but today we were not in a cherishing mood! We do love the earrings and eyelashes on the bear above though - very chic!

Monday, August 25, 2008


We are always on the lookout for interesting things at markets and garage sales, so imagine my excitement at spying this rocking horse from afar.  On closer inspection, the price tag of $600 was way beyond my market budget, but I found it hard to walk away.  As I stood there falling in love the seller brought the price down a couple of hundred.  My bargaining skills are not very impressive, but my sheer indecisiveness seemed to work a treat, and I ended up staggering out of the market with the rocking horse for much less than $200. "Sally" the rocking horse is now part of my family, stabled in the living room, and climbed on by many little ones. If it can't be touched in my home, it doesn't belong.

We all love combining new and old when decorating our houses. It seems to take the 'showroom' element away and make a house more livable. 

Friday, August 22, 2008

vintage flowers...

We've been working again with a vintage children's book that we picked up at a market in very bad condition. With pages missing and the spine falling to pieces, we decided to give part of it a second life as three dimensional art.  We have purposely taken this photo from a rather strange angle to show you the layered effect. We covered buttons with textured barkcloth  to create the flower centres.  As we love both paper and fabric, it is especially satisfying when we get to combine both mediums in our designs.

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Here are more buttons ready to be framed. Love the classic colours.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Thank you so much Amanda, from Swish and Swanky, for giving us a blog award - you really brightened up our day. 

Have a look at Amanda's lovely blog - she has a great knack for finding fabulous items on ebay which she posts for those who might be tempted. We are very jealous of the super dressmaker's model she snared for herself.

And now to pass on the award to... Porchlight Interiors, fellow Brisbane bloggers. They never fail to find inspiring photos of gorgeous interiors from around the world - we want to move in to every one they show!

last one for the year...

I'm gearing up again for another party - this time for my son's 9th birthday.  As the boys have got older, I have found it has been harder to bring in the creative touches that I so enjoy doing. Of all things party related, I most enjoy creating original invitations. Master almost-9 decided he would like an Olympic games theme this year, and so we bought some very cheap singlets and transfered on a flag from the Country that each child will be representing.  I used photo transfer paper, which you run through the printer and then iron on. It was very easy to use with good results. I'm sure there are lots of other fun things you could use it for - Father's day presents, personalised tea-towels for Grandparents, fabric place mats - oh for more time!

To make the invitation, each singlet was wrapped up and presented with an "official" letter from the Birthday World Games of the Millennium Committee inviting the athlete's attendance!  Hope the boys like them.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

cushion addiction...

We admit to having a thing for cushions.  We find one  of the easiest ways to change the look and feel of a room is by changing the cushions and maybe a few accessories.  We are always on the lookout for beautiful new ones, or interesting fabric.  We have all gone through stages of loving a particular colour, but always seem to alternate with neutrals.

Here is one of my favourites - a beautiful linen with white embroidery.  We sometimes make our own cushions, but when I saw this one I couldn't resist buying a couple. They have been gracing my sofa all winter and have stood up well to the fairly rough treatment my cushions get from my 5 children - they have been hidden behind, used as a substitute napkin, been involved in pillow fights and used as a mountain for toy animals! 

I have loved having the simple linen and white colour scheme but a few days ago I bought myself some very colourful ranunculus and my thoughts are turning to adding more colour. Maybe a shopping trip required?!

Monday, August 18, 2008

vintage bunnies...

It has been so much fun working on these cute gift tags after weeks of working with fabric.  We love this collection of vintage bunnies and hope they go to a good home. Hop on over to our Etsy shop to find them!

Friday, August 15, 2008

I'm hungry Mum...

Isn't this a gorgeous photo of JJ's little girl trying to eat her Daddy's nose?  She is just the happiest little soul and we all love her to pieces.  Not too sure about her choice of morning tea though!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

cute as a button...

Thought this framed design from our new mondo cherry range would be perfect in the room that my three daughters share. It can be so hard to find artwork for children's rooms that won't date as they grow.  This works beautifully with the reds and pinks already in their room and, when it is time for a change, it will look super in the living areas of my house when I bring in some colour for spring.  I love the flexibility of being able to move art and decorative objects in and out of different rooms. It can be like getting a whole new look for no cost!

We have had such fun designing these new button pictures and will post some more photos soon.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

a break from routine...

It is a public holiday here in Brisbane... Hooray!  The EKKA (Exhibition) is in town, but we are going to skip the crowds this year and go for a bike ride instead. 

Hope your day is enjoyable too. Having these violets in the house makes me feel that spring can't be too far away.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

wrapped with love...

We all love wrapping presents and have been known to have some friendly competition between each other to see who can come up with the most original idea at Christmas.

Here is a birthday present we wrapped for an especially special friend. We simply stitched a few petals on the sewing machine, gathered it together with a fabric button, and finished the whole thing off with some purple ribbon.

Monday, August 11, 2008

simply stunning...

Isn't this ceramic tealight holder just beautiful?

Saving up for the beautiful napkin rings that match!

Friday, August 8, 2008

something different...

We have been thinking for some time how we could best use this beautiful fabric that JJ picked up at markets in Sydney. It has a very large scale print of floating swan feathers, taken from an original photograph, and screenprinted.

We often bead our designs, but thought this fabric needed a different approach. We have been ohhing and ahhing since we started experimenting using the fabric to cover buttons. The finished artwork will be posted soon!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

a flower card...

It is always special to receive a handmade card with a beautiful message inside.  We mondo cherry girls all have boxes full of gorgeous cards we have received from friends, family and of course our children. We are all a bit sentimental like that!

This pretty card will soon be appearing in our Etsy shop.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I'm so excited...

I found them! I have been looking for a very long time for some of these French cafe chairs for my garden, and yesterday I stumbled across them when I wasn't really looking. Isn't that always the way? They are perfect - a nice amount of weathering (so I don't need to worry about the occasional drenching) and sturdy enough for my hubby to be comfy. This style of chair is quite hard to come by in Brisbane, so I must just have been in the right spot at the right time. Now to find a table....!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Favourites from Etsy - Cotton Bird Design

We absolutely adore these birds made by Angela, a very talented UK designer for Cotton Bird Designs. There are some very cute fabric birds, but we think the clever paper ones (anything from stamps, vintage maps and even crosswords) are even more special.  Each bird is hand stitched, has little wire feet, and would make a very special gift. For lots more gorgeous birds, visit the Cotton Bird Designs Etsy shop.

We think we must have a lot in common with Angela - this quote from the artist sums up our feelings precisely!

"I mainly use vintage fabrics and papers in my work and have a lovely collection that I have been adding to over the years - but as with most collectors I am always on the lookout for the next most inspiring piece of fabric or paper!"

Monday, August 4, 2008

a spotty bug...

JJ had the need to sew something unrelated to mondo cherry this weekend, and this cute bug is what she made.  It  looks adorable hanging on the antique wardrobe in her little boy's room. The pattern came from a great Australian book called Softies which has 22 gorgeous toys to sew, with very simple instructions.

Friday, August 1, 2008

the high and lows of working from home...

Friday seems to be our day for half finished projects.  Here is a photo of what we started working on today before having to pack up because of the three youngest mondo cherry children being totally miserable with bad colds.  We know how lucky we are working from home and having the flexibility to work around sick kids, appointments, school meetings and the like. The gorgeous rich colours in this variation of a favourite fabric are going to look stunning when finished.