Monday Blogday :: A Thing For…

I know it’s Friday and not Monday, but I just couldn’t wait three more days to show you this beautiful-beyond-words blog.

You know how sometimes you come across something that actually makes you catch your breath? That’s what happened when I first visited A Thing For… I’m sure you’ll agree blogger Maritza Teodoro has an incredible sense of colour, composition and style. The way she combines images is nothing short of breathtaking.

Isn’t that a beautiful way to end the week?

I hope you have an equally beautiful and inspiring weekend. See you Monday.


A Thing For… found via Lobster and Swan via Once Wed

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Inspiration :: Mimi Kirchner

How fantastic are these tattooed men by Mimi Kirchner! The inspired use of the toile fabric, the embroidery detail. Love it. Not to forget the tattooed ladies too…

all images: Mimi Kirchner

Mimi is a fiber artist who lives in Boston. She also creates wonderful mini worlds in tea cups and other lovely dolls and animals. You can find them all on her ever-inspiring blog.

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Mast Brothers Chocolate :: 3 of My Favourite Things

Brooklyn based Mast Brothers Chocolate combines 3 of my favourite things: design, craft, and of course, chocolate.

packaging images via lovely package

A friend sent me the link to this wonderful Cool Hunting clip. Mast Brothers byline is American Craft Chocolate and when you watch this video you’ll see why. I’m so inspired by these guys. Rick and Michael Mast’s chocolate is lovingly handmade in small batches and they seem to be all about the craft, the process and the detail. Take a sec out of your day to watch this… they even talk about importing their cocoa beans by sail boat! So cool.

eep! I can’t quite get that to fit inside my layout and look nice. But I guess if you’re looking at it in your reader you won’t know the difference anyway :)

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Mother Love

I was a long way from my Sweet Pea on Mothers Day this year (at the Stitches & Craft Show in Melbourne), but the best part was arriving home after 10pm and snuggling her warm sleepy little body after 5 days away. Roxy half woke up when she sensed I was there, opened her eyes and went back to sleep smiling. She’s the best Mothers Day present I could ever wish for.

My own beautiful mum passed away some years ago now, but I still miss her so much and was glad of the distraction of the show this year.

that’s mum on the right when she was in her early 20’s

My kind, gentle, nurturing, loving mum.

The road to motherhood was long and difficult for both mum and I. But oh, so worth it.

I hope you had a lovely Mothers Day with your children, your mum, or your memories of her.

Alix included me in her tribute to modern mums. (pity I wasn’t around to give her a better photo) Thanks Alix!

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Two down, one to go

I’m still in the thick of things here. It’s almost 4am and I’m still busy preparing for Stitches & Craft. And drinking copious amounts of green tea with mint. It’s keeping me awake. At this stage it looks like sleep will have to wait until tonight. But I have this terrible vision of me snoring, mouth agape, on the one hour flight to Melbourne!

My weekend was lots of fun, with the Notebook Craft Room on Saturday and Mathilda’s Market on Sunday. The hand printing class I ran for the Craft Room was really enjoyable – the gals were so lovely. I felt like I was hanging out with friends, not teaching a class.

There’ll be another hand printing class in the next month or two. No date has been set as yet. I’ll let you know when I do.

And Sunday at Mathilda’s was busy and successful and I got to catch up with lots of lovely people: other crafty lasses with stalls, shoppers and blog readers. And I got to hang out with Roxy all day. She was such an eager helper and loved skipping around visiting the other stalls. She especially loves Sarah’s softies, and I spoilt her with 3 of them! A pear, a strawberry and an angry cookie. They have now been reunited with previous purchases from Sarah: an apple and another cookie (who’s not angry).

My stall at Mathilda’s. All but one of the Ooshka’s went to new homes.

My apologies for the lack of links in this post… I still have a mountain of mail to open and bills to pay. As well as things to finish and pack. So I’m feeling a bit lazy. There are links to The Craft Room, Mathilda’s and The Stitches & Craft Show in my previous post if you’re curious.

If you’re in or around Melbourne in the next 5 days come along to The Stitches & Craft Show. It really is going to be fantastic. Support craft and support those who are supporting us (that would be the Show organisers). Jodie wrote an excellent post about the show and this circle of support, so pop on over to her blog and read it.

I’m not sure that I’ll be posting again until I get back home on Monday. I need a break. After a few weeks of very late nights, I’m looking forward to making some deposits into my sleep account.

See you at the Show? Just give me a nudge if something on my stall takes your fancy or if you want to say hello. I’ll try to string a sentence or two together.

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