I'm Shannon and Rabbit & the Duck is my label of lovely supplies for packaging, baking, crafts and parties. This space is for sharing my inspirations, creative projects, favourite recipes, studio news, and other happy stories.
Gosh, it's been a while since I've posted a Sunday Stash pic. Though not for lack of fabrics to show you - I've been adding to the stash far too regularly lately : )
I've got quite a thing for spots and checks at the moment, they are just perfect to pair with my patterned prints for journal pockets or purse linings. Speaking of purses, I better get back to the sewing machine - I have about 30 new zip pouches waiting to be finished off!
New skinny pencil cases! Available at a market near you soon. Well, near you if you live in Melbourne : ) For all my lovely interstate and overseas readers, I promise a shop update is coming....soonish.
Saturday Day: Snapped some shots of my new work neighbourhood while on lunch. Enjoyed spanish food while sitting in the sun. Much nicer than previous shopping centre environment.
Saturday Night: Visited friends for dinner. They cooked Thai Green Curry (from scratch!) which was amazing. Drank too much white wine sangria while listening to 80's music. A great night!
Sunday Morning: Slept. Slept some more.
Sunday Day: Finally dragged myself out of bed, put on my red shoes and headed to Abbotsford Convent to visit the Shirt and Skirt Market. Bought something I shouldn't have. Had a relaxing morning wandering about in the sun.
The project was conceived by Sheena Matheiken, who has pledged to wear one dress for one year as an exercise in sustainable fashion. Here's how it works: There are 7 identical dresses, one for each day of the week. Every day Sheena reinvents the dress with layers and accessories - some vintage, some hand-made (including lots of Etsy buys!) and some which are hand-me-downs.
The project is also a year long fundraiser for the Akanksha Foundation, with all contributions at the end of the year going to the Akanksha School Project to fund uniforms and other educational expenses for children living in Indian slums.
To read more or to donate to the cause (this is a great reason to spring clean your wardrobe!) visit The Uniform Project website.
The rabbit & the duck have ventured north and have fallen in love with the delightful shop Nook, in sunny Brisbane. Our first delivery of journals, clutches, and pouches arrived in-store yesterday! In a few weeks time I am heading off to Queensland for a much needed holiday and cannot wait to visit Nook for myself. I have a feeling I will leave with a suitcase much fuller than when I arrived : )
The Rabbit & the Duck are excited to announce that their journals can now be found at the gorgeous Southwood Home store on Queens Parade in North Fitzroy.
Southwood Home offers a stunningly beautiful range of furniture and homewares, all with a focus on ethical and environmentally responsible production. Their range is predominantly sourced in Australia and includes organic cotton sheets, pure cotton and wool throws and cushions, hand printed textiles and artisan made ceramics, glass and woodware. Their furniture range is either made locally from recycled or native managed timbers, or is restored and re-covered to give old classics a new lease on life.
This is a bit of a strange 'i heart' post but it is in keeping with the 'live simply' theme I seem to have started so just go with me on this one : )
I've just returned from a trip to my local green grocer (these photo's are unfortunately not from my local, but you get the idea!). I love shopping here for several reasons:
The fruit and vegies are always super fresh and delicious.
The staff are friendly and helpful and are always laughing and chatting with each other.
The store closes early occasionally for 'team award nights'. I love this!
They have a great selection of other goodies such as cheeses, olives, chocolate, and general supplies - so you can do a big chunk of your weekly shopping in the one place.
The store is walking distance from my place - perfect for a Sunday afternoon stroll!
Today when I visited I overhead a conversation between one of the staff with a customer, they were discussing the different ways to cook a certain style of potato. I love knowing there are knowledgeable staff who are happy to answer any question I may have. I came home with a bulging bag (one of my reusable ones of course!) of colourful fruits and vegetables and daydreams of all the delicious things I am going to cook this week.
After my green grocer outing I had to venture into the supermarket (one of those large chain ones) to get a few remaining items from my list. What a contrast! Trolleys jostling in the narrow aisles. Rows of pre-packaged fruit and vegies. Fluoro lighting. Staff who barely say hello when you go through the checkout. I was in and out of there as fast as I could be, vowing to myself to never go there again on a Sunday afternoon!
Isn't it funny how things happen at just the right moment? I was catching up on some favourite blogs today when this post from All Toile and No Reward caught my attention:
The NannaTechnology Project starts today- living simply for our future
Spring has sprung and there is no better time to launch the NannaTechnology Project. With spring comes light and growth and the urge to get active again after months of hibernation- perfect for launching a project which aims to bring people together, and learn and share the skills from our Nannas across the country. The NannaTechnology Project is all about living simply for our future.
Today we no longer have to knit late at night, garden when nobody is looking and pretend not to enjoy baking. From today we can celebrate the skills we have learnt from our Nannas and share them with others who also enjoy them.
The NannaTechnology Project shines the spotlight on a silent movement emerging in our communities. The return of homemade, handmade, knowing your neighbours, growing your own and slowing down. NannaTechnology represents a lifestyle that is better for us, better for our communities and better for the planet.
The NannaTechnology Project is harvesting Nanna's wisdom, experience and skills to create a new wave of Nannas. The Project identifies the skill-set we need for our future and is now actively seeking them from Nannas across the country. These skills will be matched with a new generation of Nannas and distributed far and wide to be shared with anyone who is seeking a simpler, healthier life.
Visit the shiny new website Its starts with the website that brings together people and organisations living the Nanna lifestyle and Nannas across the country to share and swap information, tools, tips, tricks, recipes and thoughts on how to live a simpler, more sustainable life. It will evolve as Nannas young and old bring their wisdom to the project - so we need you. It is split into sections to capture the skills we are seeking - Cook - Grow - Clean - Save - Make - Live
Check it out - www.nannatechnology.com.au. Why NannaTechnology - how the project came to be The NannaTechnology project grew from a group of young women realising that they were becoming a Nanna ahead of their time and loving it. They found by taking time to smell the roses, learning to garden, bake and cook and learning to make stuff, it made them happy. It was a much needed escape from an ever busier world. And they weren’t alone. By embracing their inner Nanna and telling others about it, there were many more Nannas just waiting to be unleashed.
Let the cooking, growing, cleaning, saving, making and living begin!
I have been thinking a lot lately about how to simplify my life - to create time for the things that make me happy. I love sewing, and love the time I spend working on Rabbit & the Duck - there is nothing that makes me happier than to be at home with a big pile of fabrics around me, listening to some favourite music, perhaps the smell of cookies in the oven (not the other night, when I burnt them, but when they reach that smell-so-good-you-can't-wait-to-eat-them stage).
So, this brings me to some news! Next week is my last week of full-time employment. After that I start a new part-time job, which will give me a lot more time to focus on Rabbit & the Duck. I might even have time to develop all those ideas on my to do list.
I am looking forward to this new phase of my life, one filled with lots of handmade loveliness and time spent at home working in my pajama's. Did I really just admit that?
The Melbourne icon that is the South Melbourne market is kicking off a different style of market in a couple of weeks time. Every Thursday night in Spring the pavements along Cecil and Coventry streets will be filled with stalls featuring vintage and locally designed clothing, accessories and homewares. Plus there will be great food and live music - a perfect way to spend a warm (fingers crossed) Spring evening!
Rabbit & the Duck will be appearing at the market for 5 weeks from 29th October until 26th November. There will be new products to see (still in 'design mode' at this stage!) and I will also be offering complimentary gift wrapping so you can get a head start on your Christmas shopping. Hope to see you there!
Continuing the theme of all things vintage after featuring an old-fashioned telephone in my last post, I remembered I had snapped some pics of this gorgeous typewriter in Zetta Florence on the weekend.
Thank you lovely sales assistant for allowing me to take this picture despite your 'no photography in store' policy.