Thursday, November 29, 2012

our Christmas window...

We had such fun planning for and styling our Christmas window. We wanted it to incorporate our signature mix of white and colour, and old and new, and we thought we would stay away from the traditional Christmas colours and be a little more adventurous. We started with an old fireplace that we rescued from a reclamation yard in numerous pieces. Our clever husbands fixed it up and refurbished it beautifully and it now forms the perfect backdrop for some colourful stockings in mondocherry fabrics.

Not the usual Christmas colours, but we think it is festive nevertheless.
We then mentioned to our talented men our idea of a having a wooden tree on the side wall - the next thing we knew they were in Clare's driveway hammering together some old fence posts that Joy's next door neighbour was chucking out. If we had known what they could do before now, we would have had them building things for our own homes long ago!!

We designed a graphic button artwork created from colourful linens for our Christmas theme. It ties all the colours together perfectly.

Our recycled timber tree with simple ribbon bows. Artwork and lampshades  by mondocherry.
Stockings in some of our fabric designs.
Lots of presents under the tree (of course!)
The finishing touch - felt carrots for a very hardworking reindeer.

Christmas continues inside too... here is a little peak...

mondocherry tulle wreaths, colourful bird decorations, gorgeous Danish baubles in glass and silver and lots more...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

pretty plates...

I have been so busy working lately that I just haven't found the time to get to my favourite thrift shops as often as I'd like. However,  I managed to squeeze in a quick browse between ballet class and kindergarten drop off the other day which resulted in the purchase of these gorgeous vintage dishes.  They have such cute, delicate patterns and are just perfect for containing some little treasures on my dressing table.  Thank you Polly, for the pretty bracelets!

Monday, November 26, 2012

guess how much I love you...

We have just completed a special custom order felt garland for a 3 year old girl's birthday party which is going to be based on the well loved book "Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBratney. The garland consists of hand-stitched bunnies with little pink bows (to match the birthday cake) as well as some bright orange carrots for a cute little twist. We think this garland could double up perfectly as an Easter decoration too!

Friday, November 23, 2012


I felt like a fresh look in my dining room earlier this week so decided to use an old mirror for a table runner. It's a great way to reflect light around the room and splatters, spills and finger marks are a breeze to clean up (it certainly beats washing fabric runners or tablecloths!) During the day I have had extra value from a beautiful bunch of peonies with their perfect pink petals reflected in the mirror, but I particularly love the reflections the mirror casts in the evening with the flickering of a few tea-light candles. Simple, yet so effective.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

surrounded by colour...

We are surrounded by loads of spectacular colour in both our studio and our shop this week and we are loving it! We've been super busy working on Christmas orders (no, it isn't too late to order a custom artwork for Christmas!),  setting up our Christmas window and reorganising the shop to fit in our Christmas range of decorations, wreaths and cards.

 Hope your week is colourful too.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

a fashionable party...

The new Mathilda's Magazine is out and featured on page 44 is a party I held for my eleven year old daughter earlier this year.  We brainstormed ideas for a party theme for ages - we've done pink, princesses, flower, and a garden tea party over the years and this year she wanted something a little more grown up. We finally hit on a "funky fashion' party which was loads of fun to put together and actually one of the easier ones to plan!

Decorating was simple as we decided to go with classic (and classy) black and white with a touch of fuchsia to liven things up. I rolled out spotty wrapping paper over the black and white tablecloths (this made cleaning up a breeze too) and we decorated the walls with clothes and accessories I made from old newspapers.

The invitations were little round boxes found in a craft store that we painted. Inside we tucked a tiny felt hat that I had stitched in front of my favourite tv shows to give the girls a taste of the party. The party details were printed on a circle of card stuck to the inside of the box.

Take home bags involved more painting (I farm out these jobs to the kids!) and the white paint pen 'stitching' finished them off perfectly. These bags had a pocket in the front for a photo - before the gueats left to go home we slipped in a crazy photo of each one taken during the party .

The main attraction was a photo booth which we set up using an old board, rolls of photo frame wrapping paper, our trusty iMac with it's photobooth program and an old trunk filled with a weird and wonderful selection of dress ups. There was everything from parasols and feather boas, to animal masks and cardboard moustaches! The girls spent ages dressing up and posing, all of which involved plenty of giggling.

We played a few games including a dress-up relay and a treasure hunt which involved solving fashion puzzles in different areas of the house which we had labeled with the names of famous fashion houses. For example, the girls had to match different styles of dress with the eras they were from and sort through a variety of photos from a red carpet event and work out who was the 'best dressed' and the 'worst dressed' according to the critics.

I love to have a craft activity at the parties I hold for my children. I find it settles things down, gives everyone a chance to chat and gives me a quiet moment or two to get food ready or organise the next activity. For this party I found out the shoe sizes of everyone who was coming and bought cheap canvas shoes ($5 each!) which the girls painted. They had an absolute ball doing this activity and I know a number of the girls have been wearing their personalised shoes regularly.

For more details and photos pop over to the Mathilda's Magazine here.

Monday, November 12, 2012

in the window - turquoise and yellow...

Our window has been looking very summery for the last couple of weeks with an turquoise and yellow theme inspired by the gorgeous Darlington chairs and a trip to the fruit shop. Yellow is such an easy way to freshen up a colour scheme and add a zingy touch - we can't get enough of it!

We arrange our shop shelving by colour and what we've noticed after being open three months (it has gone sooo fast!)  is that customers tend to walk into our shop and gravitate towards the colour that most appeals to them as though it has a magnetic force! The yellow area and turquoise/aqua area seem to be very popular. What colours draw you in?

This turquoise 3d paper artwork was in the Herald Sun's Home feature on Saturday

Yellow really is a happy colour. New cushion designs appearing on our web-shop soon!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

right next door...

We all love a cup of coffee (skinny lattes all round - half strength for Joy and Sue, full strength for Clare) so we absolutely love that our little shop is right next door to the most fantastic family-owned cafe, Cafe Claremont. They make the BEST cup of coffee, their muffins are totally scrumptious, and their delicious home-cooked breakfasts and lunches are a constant temptation. Plus, it all comes with great customer service - well worth making a trip across town for. Find them at 5 Claremont Ave, Malvern and then pop in to mondocherry to say hello!

Thanks Angus, Gabby and Mel for making us so welcome and keep those coffees coming... :)