Monday, August 27, 2012

in the emerald city...

Did you spot our artwork in the latest issue of Home Beautiful magazine? Our "3d blossom heart" has found a spot with a collection of emerald items which prove that it is easy being (or living with) green!

Each one of our 3d blossom artworks is unique as we cut all the tiny hearts that make up the blossoms with scissors and don't follow a particular pattern to arrange them. We find each one takes on a life of its own which makes them lots of fun to do! 

We also use our original blossom design to create larger artworks like the one pictured below which we finished just a few days ago. We love this particular mix of blues, aquas and greens - perfect for the warmer weather which we hope is just around the corner....

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

for a little present..

I loved an idea I saw on pinterest for wrapping little gifts like a bon bon in a cardboard tube with paper and cellophane, and couldn't wait to give it a try next time I had something small to give. I finally tried it today, using scraps of fabric wrapped around the tube instead of paper, and it was everything gift wrapping should be - quick, easy, cheap and a little different! I'll be definitely be trying this wrapping idea again.

Saturday, August 18, 2012


We had a lovely time pottering around our shop today finding places for new stock, adding a few mondocherry touches and chatting with our fabulous customers.

  Hope you are having a fantastic weekend too! xx

Friday, August 17, 2012


What do you do when you have a million and one things on your to-do list? Why you paint rocks of course! A least that is what I have been doing to avoid my much neglected ironing pile, the pile of school and kindy papers that need sorting, and the oven that could do with a clean. I am usually pretty good about doing my jobs, but just sometimes (when the lists gets too long and I can't decide which job is most urgent or more important) I look for a way out, and painting rocks is one of my very favourite procrastination methods! I find it so relaxing.

I used pens for these ones - no mess to clean up and easy to get fine detail.

I'm all out of rocks now though, so I'm interested... what's your procrastination method of choice? I'm after some new ideas!

Monday, August 13, 2012

we are open tomorrow...

We are very pleased to announce that our new shop is opening.... tomorrow! 

3 Claremont Ave

opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am to 3.00pm

We would love for you to come and visit if you live in Melbourne, but for those who are interstate and overseas, here are some 'sneaky peak' photos. We will be updating our website (once we have caught up on a little sleep) with lots of our new products and other items we love. In the meantime, you can always contact us for information on anything that catches your eye.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

a curtain of flowers...

We've been finalising the window display for our shop (eeek!) and spent a couple of hours this afternoon making a curtain of flowers. We used silk hydrangea flowers, cut off the individual flower heads and then used invisible thread to suspend them in graduated colours. They certainly brought a bit of pretty colour to a very miserable rainy day. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

an exciting announcement...

 ...No, none of us are pregnant or off on a trip to Paris! But we are very excited to announce that we are opening a shop in Malvern, Melbourne... A real one with a counter and a front door - not just our online store. You might have noticed that our posts have been a bit few and far between, we have been ever so busy creating new products, sourcing other items we love, and organising the fit-out. And we could spend all day displaying, arranging and rearranging the shelves! It was very exciting to go to our first trade show on the weekend and to meet the lovely Kellie, Keren and Julie. It was hard to restrain ourselves from filling a dozen shops with so many gorgeous products on display.

We will be opening our shop sooner rather than later and we promise to let you know first, so check back soon for all the details.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

cabbages and tea...

The other day I was walking past a garden centre and couldn't reisist buying myself an ornamental kale plant. I don't really know why I am drawn to this plant as much as I am - maybe it is the beautiful varigated colour or the way the leaves are all crinkly around the edges. Whatever it is, I just love it!

Once I got it home it reminded me to get out an old tea set from the back of the cupbaord that hasn't been used for ages. I love the shape of this cabbage-y tea set, especially the milk jug and sugar pot, but unfortunately I seem to have lost the lid for the teapot in our move. I'm hoping I can track  replacement down somehow - any ideas on where to start?