INSPIRATION :: Mimi Krichner’s embroidered portraits

These little sweet and quirky embroidered doodles are by American fiber artist and doll maker Mimi Kirchner.

 

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The works are postcard size and are currently in a show called Good Mail Day at the Artstream Gallery in New Hampshire. If you’re not familiar with Mimi’s amazing dolls check out her blog.

 

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LOVING :: An all Australian Christmas gift / wish list

Believe it or not we’re only six weeks out from Christmas. I’m not sure how that happened so quickly, but there it is. Time to start making those lists and hitting the shops, or avoid jostling for a car park and hit the online stores with a glass of something refreshing in hand. As part of an old school blog hop I’m sharing some of my favourite gifts to fill an all Australian Christmas stocking.

At the bottom of the post you’ll find links to the other Aussie lifestyle bloggers who are sharing their gift lists today. Click through and visit them, and why not go completely old school and leave a comment too. Show your love for Australian bloggers and local design… and get started on your list and shopping before the remaining weeks slip by.

 

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Shibori leather clutch  /  ther.a.py

White & rose gold watch  /  The Horse

Pink stripe beaker  /  arro home

Adhesive note gem  /  kikki.K

Stacker rings  /  Naomi Murrell

Heirloom vegie seeds  /  Lark

Awareness Love Rug  / Basil Bangs

Dipped blueglaze dish  /  Koskela

La Lune print  /  the adventures of

Summer Harvest 2 print  /  Tiel Seivl-Keevers

Circle necklace  /  Country Road

2015 wall planner  /  Poppies for Grace

Weave bowl – Crayon Chick

 

Be sure to follow the blog hop to these lovely blogs for lots more Australian gift ideas for the holiday season:
Bondville
PottyMouthMama
Checks and Spots
eat read love
Sunday Collector
Concrete & Honey
Honey and Fizz

 

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LATELY IN MY LIFE :: Byron Bay Holiday

I have a lot of things that I’ve been meaning to post that seem to slip through the blog cracks after I’ve shared little bits on Instagram. Our road trip to Byron Bay in the last school holidays is one of them. We rented six beach houses with four other families (and extended family members too) which were grouped together in a gated area right on the beach just outside of Byron. It was perfect. There were four 10 year old kids – all only children – who had such a fun time hanging out during the day and having sleep overs at each others houses at night. We took turns at cooking dinner and hung out together on the deck at night. There was swimming, beach combing, sand sculpting, walking, kite flying, board games, sparklers and glow sticks, and water bomb fights.

The weather was a bit patchy but we didn’t want to hang out in the sun all day, so it was perfect.

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I bought this gorgeous big hand carved spoon at the Byron Bay markets.

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We visited the Crystal Castle which has the most divine lush gardens and a labyrinth with an amazing calming and peaceful energy. The kids and a couple of the mums spent an afternoon horse riding on the beach.

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And I spent a morning teaching children to felt, and an evening teaching a workshop making woven fabric vessels, both at Meet Make Create, hosted by lovely Nikki of Paper Runway. Her studio space is light and bright and the perfect space for workshops, especially because it is upstairs from the fabulous cafe 100 mile table. If you’re up Byron way check out Meet Make Create for creative workshops, and keep an eye on Paper Runway for the fabulous events Nikki runs.

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There was a mandatory visit to the Big Banana at Coffs and the Byron Bay light house, as well as lots of cafes and a few local markets.

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All of which made it the perfect family road trip.

 

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LOVING :: Happy Block Paintings by Me We

I think these lovely Happy Block paintings are so aptly named. Michelle Atzemis of me we uses off-cut oak and red gum solid wood blocks as a canvas for her colourful geometric layered art. The range of colours Michelle uses is beautiful and she will also create an artwork to order in the palette of your choice. The simplicity and balance of the shapes and the combination of layered colours make these freestanding chunky Happy Blocks a lovely addition to any vignette at home.

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Happy Monday! You can purchase these lovely artworks online at the me we shop. I bought one in aqua, soft blue and white. What colours would you choose?

 

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Interiors Scandinavian Style :: Fantastic Frank

Fantasic Frank is the new wave of real estate agents. Based in Stockholm and Berlin, Fantastic Frank employs freelance photographers and stylists who work in interior design, fashion and architecture to make every home look like it’s straight from the pages of a magazine. The properties on their books are presented in a way that makes me want to move right in and slip into the cool lifestyle they ooze. The perfect sales pitch for design savvy buyers right? I mean can you imagine a real estate agent in your area styling a bedroom like this in a property for sale? I love it so much.

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This 28sq metre studio apartment is the epitome of cool in the hip neighbourhood of Södermalm. I love that they use detail and vignette images as well as the usual wide angle views.

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All images via Fantastic Frank

 

What do you think? Sold?

 

 

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