Friday, September 19, 2014


Tyler Knott, what can I say? The man moves me, enough to make me do a 3pm happy dance standing on a chair with his new book, Chasers of the Light. Random, I know, but such is the Tyler effect... Plus, to be brutally honest, I wanted to get his attention for the #chasersofthelight photo sweepstakes, because the only thing better than his poetry would be working with him on a photoshoot. Just as his words illuminate small things and grand gestures, Tyler has pledged to fly anywhere in the world to photograph the winner of his IG-driven comp. It's all about readers snapping a pic of his exquisite work and showing the world poetry isn't dead. I have loved his typewriter series and photos for so long, to now be able to see them as one in his little book is very, very cool. For the record, this is my fave of Tyler's poems...

Flowers grew where you stood, 
sprung from the soles of you,
strong despite the shade
from the shadow you left.
You leave gardens
every time
you walk away.

Fall hopelessly in love with Tyler's words here and here and here.
Then go dance on a chair.


Thank you to my best friend, Esther, for these pics. So much laugher and light...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

sitting pretty

Poor peach. She's survived five rounds of wardrobe cuts, yet hasn't seen a spring since 2009 when I snapped her up on sale. So here she rests, her tulle crumpled over a chair waiting for white paint. Why do we always save favourites for special days, only then never wear them at all?

Monday, September 15, 2014


Another day, another pot of gold dust, this time pooled on paper for a French lesson with Kiki & Coco in Paris. Who needs lead pencils anyway? Je t'aime, Coco; je t'aime, Kiki ...

Friday, September 12, 2014

a fairy banquet - make me!

One of my favourite materials to craft with is glitter. I'd eat it if I could (with a side of sequins), I love it THAT much. So I'm just a teeny bit jealous of the spring banquet Alice and I threw her flower fairies this week. I can't imagine anything more delicious (for Tinkerbell, at least) than three courses of golden shards served in pure white egg shells on a porcelain squirrel dish. Chin chin. 


To cook up a flower fairy banquet: hard boil two eggs. Cool. Roll each egg on a chopping board (pressing down on it at the same time). The shell should peel off neatly in two halves. Leave overnight - with time, the shells will go the most perfect shade of white. As soon as the sun comes up, fill each half with glitter (Alice and I love copper & gold), carry them out to your garden in a cute dish and watch the flower fairies dig in! You might like to leave them some glitter-dipped toothpicks, too...

Monday, March 17, 2014

life & co

Hello! Today you'll find Alice and I over at Nia Neve's delightful blog, life & co. As part of Nia's Around the World series, I talk about my home town - Hahndorf, in the Adelaide Hills - a very cute mouse house and why I like to hang figs from barn lofts. See you there!

Friday, February 14, 2014

be my mailentine

There's mail and there's mail. And then there's mail from Amber Carlson, author of A Thoughtful Blog. It's crafted over weeks, after months of thought, and arrives on Valentine's Day in a box so pretty it's almost a shame to peel off the tape and reveal what's inside. It's rich in detail, from the choice of paper stock and stamps, to the wax embossing (a wreath on mine) sealing handwritten notes. It's layered with surprises too - a matchbox of fairy fare here, a glitter heart and crepe paper rosette there and somewhere, in between, three ivory candles fastened with an ink bow. It will remind you that you're loved and of friendships forged across seas. It's mail you'll keep forever.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A few weeks ago I signed up to The Creative Exchange. Organised by Sam, of Dunne with Style, the Instagram-driven swap is a perfect excuse to wrap and write! Each person is paired with a fellow creative for whom they must prepare a box of treasures. The contents is meant to inspire them to make something new, relative to their interests and style. Since my exchange partner loves flowers, I decided to put together a kitchen garden kit. I started by making a hanging vase and planter (I will show you how later this week) using a thrifted doilie and a teeny jar found underneath my old house when the kitchen was demolished. I packaged some sweet pea and rosemary seeds in cute little bags designed by Yvestown - one of my fave blogs - and put them inside a book from le petit paperie, my go-to place for beautiful stationery and tape. I also included enough dried petals and wool to make a flower garland (see my last post) and a recipe for homemade tea-in-a-test-tube, which I tied with string and placed in a cute jar with a cork lid. I packed it all in a box finished with a simple brown paper wrap.