Wednesday, October 29, 2008

not just for candles...


I've been collecting crystal and glass candlesticks ever since we were given a couple as a wedding present all of 12 years ago. I enjoy searching for them in op-shops and at markets and have set myself a strict $5 per candlestick limit which makes finding one all the more special. Not throwing very many dinner parties nowadays, I seldom get more than a few out at a time - too much dusting to have them displayed permanently! However, borrowing on an idea I saw in an old Home Beautiful magazine, I also love them using them as little vases. I just love the way they catch the light and look so delicate. Notice the essential plate I have clustered them on so that I can very quickly whisk them out of the way of eager little hands!!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

run, run, run...

JJ's two and a half year old, Harvey, is a little bit obsessed with the gingerbread man. It is his absolute favourite bedtime story at the moment, and despite suggesting other books, JJ often finds herself repeating the familiar "run, run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man." She probably only encouraged this obsession by making a stuffed and painted gingerbread man with Harvey last week. Harvey now uses this little fellow to act out the story with his Dad, who willingly dresses up in  scarf to be the little old woman (got to get a photo of that!) This morning, all Harvey's dreams came true when JJ suggested they make the real thing. Funnily enough, these gingerbread men didn't run away, but they were sadly neglected once the icing  and sprinkles had been licked off!

We have been busy making Christmas cards and tags and what do you know .... we even have a selection of gingerbread man tags. These little guys are beaded and stitched on to card, complete with ribbon ready to tie on to a special present.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

hip hip hooray...


A very happy birthday to one third of the mondo cherry three.... my little sister JJ. Here she is as a gorgeous little one year old with me standing protectively over her. Of course, she is even more gorgeous now! (You can pay me later JJ)  And while it is fantastic to have a sister who I enjoy working creatively with, it is even even better to have one who is simply great to hang out with.

Friday, October 24, 2008

enjoy...


It is a beautiful sunny Friday in Brisbane with great weather forecast for the weekend too. We are looking forward to the cricket games happening tomorrow and some quality family time spent outdoors enjoying this great time of year.

Here is a photo of one of our favourite fabrics, beaded and displayed on three mini canvases. The little toadstool salt and pepper shakers were a find in a Sydney op-shop. The holes on the shakers are way to big and dump far too much salt and pepper. Although they are never used for their intended purpose, they are pretty cute just the same.
 
Hope your weekend is relaxing and rejuvenating and/or exciting and adventurous depending on what you most need (I'll take relaxing any day!)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

finally...


Hooray! It seems as though my little Jemima has finally decided to walk at 18 months. Having two big brothers and two big sisters, who are constantly picking her up and carting her around, she certainly hasn't had any need to walk before now. Either that or it was just plain laziness! She is now working out though that there might be some advantages to this walking business and loves the cheer squad that appears clapping and screeching when she attempts a few steps. I alternate between feeling relived that I won't be carrying her heavy little body around all the time (can you see those chubby little legs?), and very sad that my baby is growing up. Time for another one! 

Only kidding...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

red delicious...


JJ bought these apple shaped candles on a recent trip to IKEA. They are beautifully painted and look very realistic in a bowl on her dining table. Obviously they fooled her 2 year old, Harvey, as JJ found him with a very surprised expression on his face having just taken a large bite out of one of the apples! Definitely not as tasty as the real thing.

Monday, October 20, 2008

2 months to go...


It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the mondo cherry workroom. Early, we know, but if we don't get started we will never be ready in time. This range of little Christmas robins are printed on to 100% cotton, with beaded wings for a bit of sparkle, they are stitched on to card. We know the robins are not exactly Australian, but we mondo cherry girls are originally English, and robins have always reminded us of Christmas in the northern hemisphere. This printed cotton range will also be available in a snowflake design (not exactly Australia either!) - Santas in boardshorts just don't seem to do it for us :) 

They will be available for sale on our website within the next couple of weeks.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

white and lacy...


Many people associate doilies with a great aunt or grandma who may have had them scattered around occasional tables or over the arms of a sofa.  However, for those of you in the know, doilies have made a bit of a comeback and, together with many other handmade items, are once again appreciated for their workmanship and beauty. I picked up these three doily bowls the other day and they look gorgeous alone or with tea-light votives shining through. Bowls like these are actually very simple to make (been on my to-do list for ages!) and there are easy instructions on Design Sponge for those who are feeling a bit creative and want to get messy!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

milkshake mums...

Every second Tuesday we forget our work completely and get together with a bunch of lovely ladies and their children for our playgroup called Milkshake Mums. Despite the name we never have milkshakes. However, there are plenty of cups of tea and coffee and always lots of delicious nibblies. With the children who come ranging in age from 6 weeks to 4 years, the noise level is always high and there is plenty of activity and mess. But we always cherish this time spent with good friends, sharing with each other the ups and downs of bringing up kids. This week was my turn to host - here is what my balcony looked like when everyone went home! Don't kids bring a wonderful burst of colour to our interiors? hehe


Monday, October 13, 2008

white blossoms...


At the moment we are busy completing a number of orders from our beaded and button range, But this morning we were itching to create something with paper so we have been playing around with this design. We have had this concept in our heads for a while now. Inspired by floating dandelion clocks and spring blossoms and also stemming from our love of white, we are aiming for a less structured feel for our new range. We are really enjoying the simplicity and sereneness of this artwork.

Friday, October 10, 2008

silver sparkles...




















A very good friend of ours asked us to add a bit of 'bling' to this lovely silver dress that she is wearing to a wedding on the weekend.  We had such fun working on this project - it was a change to work on a plain background and we enjoyed the opportunity to bead something different. We are very pleased with the way it turned out, and we are sure that Anna will sparkle in her dress! The photos don't do this dress justice, it has been a dull, rainy morning in Brisbane.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

you can never have too many...


Here are a some simple tote bags from Lantern Paper with heaps of style. JJ loves them so much she has started a collection. They are fantastic for holidays as thy take up practically no room in a suitcase, make a great gift as they fold up smallish for posting, and they are the perfect size to chuck in purse, sunnies and a bottle of water for the markets, shops, beach etc. These bags are part of the company's cloth range, they also do beautiful range of paper products. Visit their website here.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

showtime...




The morning after! We had such a great time at our "mondo cherry evening". What a lovely bunch of ladies - we really enjoyed everyone's company and felt so appreciative of their support. It was really satisfying to see so many of our creations displayed and together in one place, and we have to admit that we felt quite proud of ourselves. One of the most wonderful things that came out of the evening was all the feedback we received about what people liked best and ideas for our next mondo cherry range. We feel very excited and inspired to move forward from here.

Thank you so much to our wonderful husbands for putting up with the chaos, minding the kids while we tinkered around, and popping out for last minute bits and pieces. Special thanks also to Carla who did such a wonderful job with the food, and to Dad S for babysitting so many un-fed and over excited children!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

rainforest patterns...


This is such a beautiful place - we wish we could stay much longer! On our rainforest walk we took these photos of interesting patterns and textures in the trees and vegetation - heaps of inspiration there!  Unfortunately it's back to reality tomorrow but at least we are returning relaxed and refreshed and perhaps a little heavier. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a breakfast buffet by the pool, every morning?
 
We are looking forward to our Saturday "Spring Collection" Evening... you are still welcome! Email us for details.