Tuesday, 30 March 2010


This past weekend I planned to sew these lovely fabrics together to create a colourful strip for the centre of a cushion. It didn't happen, they still look very much like this. I have used hexagons which I created the templates for here (a very very helpful site!) This is a very old form of patchwork (according to one site dating from 1813), known as English Paper Piecing.

You can see some wonderful examples of this artform here and a great tutorial here.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Solar Beat

Completely mesmerising! Click here or on the image above for the planets creating music.

Friday, 19 March 2010

A surprise!

I thought I had lost this! I remember being presented with this for my 8th birthday, I believe. This poor little piglet has suffered over the years (as evident by the big, glued crack) but the little saying on the side is something I could do very well to follow!

"Start each day in a happy way." Adorable! Does anyone else still have Holly Hobbie items from their childhood?

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Quan Yin

Commonly known as the Goddess of Mercy in English, Quan Yin possibly originated as a Taoist deity, but after Buddhism was introduced to China, Quan Yin was neatly amalgamated into Buddhist lore, making it difficult for scholars to ascertain her true origin.

I have very fond memories from when I lived in Malaysia as a child, eating at a Buddhist vegetarian restaurant - my favourite dish being "Goddess of Mercy Tofu" - I've been a fan of Quan Yin from a very young age!

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Monday, 15 March 2010

Lunch at Red Poles

The boys and I decided to have lunch at Red Poles on Sunday, as Leon was out all day at the Clipsal 500. Red Poles has been my most supportive of all the galleries I supply, and I'd never been there for more than a coffee or a glass of wine, and a meal there has been on my "to-do" list for ages!

William showed me some gorgeous little pods he found. I was delighted with him "getting in touch with nature" until I realised that the boys had found some bamboo, split it in half, and were flinging these furry little missiles at each other!

Our lunch, prepared by chef Nat Wilson, was quite incredible.

My lunch: soy poached duck fillet, carrot and daikon coleslaw, baby zucchinis and aillade.

William's lunch: kangaroo fillet with tabbouleh, green tomato and caper relish, chickpea chips and glaze (Jacob had to help him with this one!)

Jacob's lunch: gnocchi with tomato fritto, basil and reggiano.

William's desert: rhubarb and honey ricotta baklava with saffron fairy floss. (Jacob also helped with this one!)

Jacob's dessert: mandarin souffle with pouring cream.

And my dessert: yoghurt and soused fig pannacotta with muscat and almond sauce. (Jacob kindly helped me complete this dish - the joys of having a growing 12 year old accompanying you to lunch!)

It was a gorgeous day. The boys played in the scrub near the grassed area, while I sat and relaxed. It was the first time that I have been to Red Poles on a weekend without it being busy, which was lovely for us, not so good for them!

I still haven't taken "lunch at Red Poles" off my to-do list. It definitely needs to be done again. And if you should happen to visit the McLaren Vale area, I would absolutely recommend a lovely glass of wine in the gardens, at the bare minimum. Oh, and you can also see some beautiful art - and some of my jewellery and brooches - while you are there.

Sunday, 14 March 2010


Buddha's Tears (white tea) and teapot from the T-Bar.
Much beloved hand painted mug (at least 15 years old!) from the Auburn Gallery
Eat Pray Love courtesy of my gorgeous friend Sonia.
Lotus bookmark from Tatsuko.

Not a bad way to while away an hour or so on a Sunday!

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Alice in Wonderland

My family and I went to see Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland on the weekend. The makeup and sets were incredible, the acting was impeccable, and the costumes...ah the costumes! They were to die for.

Alice's character was given many different dresses throughout the movie - especially during the "eat me"/"drink me" moments; the blue dress was actually her character's first costume.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

New Designs

A few new designs which I have not yet shared with you.


As ever, more to follow!

Friday, 5 March 2010

Brian Walker

Brian Walker's images are initially all clean lines, pop art and accessibility, but upon further perusal, they are a little disturbing. So well executed - I am very taken with them!

You can see more here.

Monday, 1 March 2010

Mark A. Reigelman

Mark A. Reigelman II’s “Bite” silverware was designed to draw attention to the ongoing problem of global hunger.

“Each day millions of individuals lay in hunger while millions more are wastefully overeating,” Reigelman says. “This set of ‘bitten’ silverware highlights the daunting reality of both worldly plagues.”