Tuesday, October 27, 2009

It's a girl!


It's a girl! Little Matilda Lucy has finally arrived weighing 7lb 1 oz. She is totally scrumptious!! Tilly will be one much loved little girl with 2 older brothers, 3 older sisters and a bunch of adoring aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. CB is doing well and looks fantastic but we will be sure to give her a few days off mondo duties (aren't we kind!?) to recover and enjoy her precious little bundle.

JJ and Susie Q




Monday, October 26, 2009

another year older...

Happy Birthday to my gorgeous little sister, JJ, who turned 33 today. Who would have thought that we would be working together, having so many laughs and enjoying each other's company, after all those years that I bossed her about and she messed up our shared room (though you would never guess it from her spotless house nowadays)! JJ has changed a lot since this photo of course, but those huge shiny eyes and infectious smile have never left.

JJ, thanks for always being there for a chat, for coming up with so many brilliant ideas, and for being my constant inspiration. Love you lots!

Friday, October 23, 2009

an adorable alphabet...




We love living in Brisbane - it has great weather which is perfect for outdoor entertaining, it is an easy city to get around, and there are lots of great places to day trip. However, originally from England, there are a couple of things we miss from that part of the world... the chocolate and donuts (they really do taste different there!), 'Boots' the chemist where you can just about buy anything, and of course the beautiful English countryside with its wild flowers. We have mentioned before that none of us have green thumbs, but even for those who do, it is almost impossible to have a pretty cottage garden in this climate. When I stumbled across these beautiful alphabet cards in a local gift shop, and saw that they had many of the flowers I remember from when I was young, I couldn't resist them. The forget-me-not is my absolute favourite. My two youngest girls love having them in their room, although it has encouraged them to stand and jump on the beds trying to spot all the little fairies that are hidden amongst the flowers!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

busy making business cards...



We used to have our business cards printed in the normal way, but one day we experimented with making something a little more memorable. With our beautiful little vintage pictures and our signature stitching, we wanted to produce something that hopefully people will hang on to for a little longer. The original intention was to use the nicer offcuts leftover from our artwork, but in reality we end up choosing extra cute illustrations. Yes, it takes a lot of work for a freebie, but this is one of our favourite mondocherry jobs and it gives us a real kick at the markets to see people sifting through the pile choosing their favourite card. We notice that we are giving away a lot more business cards than we used to... maybe the little bit of extra effort is worth while!

Friday, October 16, 2009

nesting...


Pregnancy hormones are funny things. Here I am blogging at a ridiculous time after waking up in the wee hours of the morning with a sudden and uncontrollable urge to clean the front of my kitchen cabinets. After finishing those, I moved on to sorting out a couple of drawers and then felt the need to go through the contents of the bathroom cupboard. I thought about cleaning the oven too and have only managed to stop myself from doing so by coming to the computer instead. I'm definitely nesting! I only hope it means the baby will be coming sooner rather than later, as I really would prefer to be sleeping than cleaning... Maybe I should pack my bags for hospital just in case.

Please tell me your nesting stories, or those of a friend, and remind me that this is all normal!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

a trip to IKEA...

We have a love/hate relationship with IKEA. We love the great storage, the reasonably priced fabrics and curtains, the relatively child-proof slip covered sofas, and the great styling in the catalogue which makes everything look more expensive that it is. On the other hand, we dislike putting the flat-pack furniture together (usually a job we leave for the husbands who loathe it even more than we do), the way that the one thing you go for is the one thing that they have sold out of, and the queues at the check-out on a weekend!


We took a trip out to IKEA this morning with the three youngest children, and while we didn't end up buying too much, we were pleasantly surprised by some of their new stock. They had just put out their Christmas range and we loved the reds, whites and greys of this year's decorations and wrapping.




They also had a new patchwork range which was quite pretty.




We then popped into the group of shops next door with the sole purpose of showing Susieq the Pip Studio wallpaper which both JJ and I would love to use in our girl's rooms. With vibrant colours, gorgeous patterns and interesting texture we think it is pretty special, and the styling of the rooms in the wallpaper sample book is incredibly inspiring too. Bed, Bath N' Table here in Australia stock a couple of the Pip Studio bedding lines which are also gorgeous.





Monday, October 12, 2009

how we spent our Sunday morning...






We had another great morning at the Boutique Markets yesterday and only just managed not to spend all our profit at the many gorgeous stalls (it helped that our new set-up made it very difficult for me to squeeze my rather large tummy out from behind the tables!) The rain held off until the very end and it was fabulous to meet lots of lovely blog readers and other bloggers, including the vivacious A-M. The next markets will be on Sunday November 8th, so if you live around the Brisbane area pop that date in your calender now. Christmas is not that far away and it is a great place to pick up beautiful, original and very special gifts. If you live elsewhere, remember that the Boutique Market website has links to the online shops of all the retailers who participate, and our work can be found on our mondocherry website.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

new chair love...


I was so excited to receive the two gorgeous Riviera Maison chairs I ordered through the wonderful A-M. They are from a new outdoor range by the Dutch furniture company and are to go on my deck, along with a daybed or two that I am yet to purchase. However, here is one pictured in my living room (the deck resembles a dump more than an entertaining area at the moment) where they actually fit in just beautifully and will make great chairs to bring in when extra seats are needed. I just love the faded grey colour of the vintage rattan and the extra details like the handle on the back.

A-M takes orders for these chairs, and for other gorgeous items from the Riviera Maison range (sold in Australia as Villa Maison) through her web shoppe Armchair Trader. Unfortunately, she is having technical problems with the server that hosts the website, so the best thing to do is to head over to the Armchair Trader blog and send A-M a message. Just don't blame me when you end up spending lots of money after seeing all the fabulous things she stocks!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

bookcase...


We have often thought thought how useful it would have been to be married to a doctor (no more wondering if the kids have an ear infection), car mechanic (would save us a fortune on servicing) or architect (to design our ideal homes free of charge!). However, although our husbands are none of these things, they are pretty useful. My hubby is a whiz with all things technical and does a superb job with our mondocherry website, and JJ's husband loves to build things for around the home and for our market stalls.

This is a open fronted bookcase that JJ's hubby whipped up on the weekend to display some of their children's books in the playroom. Rather than simply painting it, we were thinking how lovely it would look with some wallpaper along the back - any ideas on where we can get a small amount of wallpaper rather than having to buy a whole roll (a quick look on ebay didn't reveal much)?

Friday, October 2, 2009

spring series...

While we work with both paper and fabric, we are especially loving paper cutting from pre-loved, damaged vintage books. We love the colours of the old illustrations and we just get such a buzz to see them completed in their box frames. Here are 2 we have been working on this morning - all hand cut and then stitched onto recycled card and text. We are very happy with the result.

Stay tuned for other designs in this spring series... flowers and hearts in progress below.