Monday, February 28, 2011

Art and About - St Peters, Sydney

Following on from our 2011 quest to visit more art spaces  this weekend we dropped by May Lane located in St Peters.    May Lane is an outdoor gallery space which allows street artists to show off their talents including graffiti, tags, paste ups and other forms of urban art .  You can read more about how and why the lane was started here.

Sometimes controversial, not always popular with the locals but not all art ever is.   Here are a few of our favorite ones:

Location:  May Lane, St Peters Sydney
How to get there:  The lane is located within walking distance from St Peters train station and King Street Newtown.

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Click on this link for past artists gallery

Friday, February 25, 2011

5 minute repurpose project - New dishwashing liquid decanter

Take 1 old Scotch Whisky glass bottle.  Remove the label with warm soapy water.  Replace the cap with an oil pouring spout and....

VOILA!!   A new glass (my fave) decanter for our dish washing liquid!   Stylish and Green (or brown)
Now to replace the hand wash and hand creme bottles  from plastic to glass......
 oh and I could not is our little apartment all dolly sized!   Playing with our new camera before the trip and I simply love how teeny tiny our little place looks.  
don't mind the mess....and the brown chair awaiting its makeover!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Freshness from the net - February

A great mix of art, interiors and fashion this month.

A beautiful Apartment in Gothenburg  I am in   L O V E   with via Fresh home

Art work by Taiwan born artist Pei-San. These series of works are made entirely of matches

 Pei San "Passion"- This piece was made of approx 2500 matches taking 24 hours to create. check out her site for more awesome works

When the walls become your canvas.  These 3 pieces are by British artist Charlotte Mann.  All room installations and wall drawings are drawn directly on the wall using black and white marker pens.  The detail and scale are simply stunning.  For more of her work check out her site here

Another gorgeous Scandi apartment- blonde floors, white walls, wall paper and a retro stool - yes please! via Freshhome

Ahhh are almost here.  My fave season. Filled with layered fashions and yummy knits. Like this Buttered Rum Cowl by Fringe available from her Etsy shop

And this one.  Love the square cut coconut button detail. Sky blue Cowl available via Phydeaux on Etsy

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mop and Llama love.......

Paris, April 2004

This week has been a great week for planning and design inspiration.  We are now counting down the weeks till we jet off on our Northwest USA trip for some much appreciated time off.  We are very excited at the prospect of seeing some artists/crafters/makers we have been reading about. Good times.  I have also continued taking pictures for my craftyclaudes project 365 - 2011  which always gets me excited about creating.  Seeing patterns in simple things, appreciating colours and designs always guarantees the creative juices will continue flowing.

I have also started designing a couple of new softies that I would like to experiment with a llama and a mermaid.  A little different from the owlies but fun all the same :)   They both began from some sketches and now am working on designing a pattern to start creating him/her.

"Luisito" the llama awaiting pattern design
Also very excited as I think I have found THE perfect fabric for the foot stool I am reupholstering which I rescued from The Bower .

Oh and some chandelier and mop love.....Check out this very clever installation by design students from Stockholm.  At a recent furniture fair they were given the task to decorate some chandeliers that were over 150 years old.

all pics via here

After treating each mop with fire retardant and using chicken wire to create a frame on which to suspend the mops on

 this was the end result. 

A  M  A  Z  I  N  G  !

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Quiet Times.....

Its been a little quiet on the creative front.  A few life events have meant that my mind has been less on creating and more on organizing myself and my family, which I am grateful to have had the opportunity to do.  I am fortunate to have a wonderful and very supportive family. I am also thankful that when it matters, we are all there for each other. 

Now its time to continue challenging myself and creating what is in my heart.  In the meantime, here is a beautiful quote I read recently that has been going round and round in my head.  A little mantra/affirmation that is helping me move forward and  believe in my talents.

"Once you clarify your purpose for doing something, the way to do it becomes clear"

Big love to you all.....