the beauty of brown

October 30, 2009

Some lovely textures snapped earlier this week while visiting a friend in Healesville:

Unfortunately a little birdie got to that strawberry before I could, I had to use my styling techniques to disguise the nibbled bit : )

on the sewing machine

Well, not quite on the sewing machine yet, more like on the sewing (erm dining) table. New journal covers, all cut and ready to be pinned. I'm excited to finally have the scooter journals back in stock!

Journal pockets - waiting for their labels to be stitched on. How sweet is that double spot fabric? I am such a fan of dots - to find a print with a pin spot and a polka dot together = much happiness : )  

proof that stuff is happening

October 27, 2009

I'll admit things have been a bit quiet on the blog front for the past little while, but it's not because there has been nothing going on. Quite the opposite! Rabbit & the Duck are busily getting ready for the Christmas market season, and have been working on lots of new lovely things. Such as these linen cushions. I am quite liking the look of them on my sofa. I can't keep them all though, as they actually don't leave much room for sitting. But boy would they be fun to jump into... 

go green this christmas

October 25, 2009

I'm usually a strict red and white only type of girl when it comes to Christmas, but this year I have decided to go green.

At all Rabbit & the Duck market stalls in December, I will be offering gift wrapping for a small fee of $2, which will be donated to The Wilderness Society at the end of the month. The Wilderness Society is an independent, non-profit community based organisation who work to safeguard our sources of clean air and water, to tackle climate change, and to create a safe future for life on Earth. 

Go green this Christmas and support a great cause!

now available at...

The rabbit and the duck have been sewing night and day to make pretty things for the following new stockists:

230 Brunswick Street
372 Little Bourke Street

image credit: open

345 Lygon Street
Brunswick East

image credit: the design files

sunday stash: paris in the springtime

OK, so I know you've seen it in the red colourway in my previous post, but I love this fabric so much I wanted to show you the green version also.

Oh Paris how I love thee in the springtime....

clutch me

October 22, 2009

New clutch designs! I think I'm going to keep one of these for which one?

sunday afternoon fun @ the carnival

October 18, 2009

You have to love a good school carnival! 

@ Coorparoo Primary School, Brisbane

breakfast with desmond and molly jones

Desmond and Molly Jones
615 Stanley Street
Woolloongabba, Brisbane

brisbane bound

October 17, 2009

Yesterday morning I was up and out of the house by 6am to catch a train down to Brissy for a few days catching up with friends and family. I was met at the other end of my journey by the lovely Alarna from Little Jane Street, who would be my tour guide for the day : )

First up - Nook Shop, in West End. It was so great to finally see this gorgeous shop in person and meet the lovely Michelle. Nook is filled with so many beautiful things, it was difficult to resist buying one of everything! 

Later in the day we discovered Cafe Bouquiniste in New Farm - there were milk crates, daybeds and tables outside, and cupcakes and delicious treats inside! We sat in the window sipping our cool drinks and taking sneaky photographs.

I could get used to this lifestyle : )

Thank you Alarna for a lovely day!

i heart: aprons

October 14, 2009

Do I need this dress? Probably not.
Do I want this dress? Definitely yes.

Available from pip-squeak chapeau etc.

Found via 3 sheets.

cupcakes and craft and all things lovely

It seems that even while on 'holiday' I still manage to find time to do some 'work' - though I'd hardly call discovering a gorgeous new stockist in the Sunshine Coast hinterland 'work' : ) Today I met the lovely Lisa, who runs Petit Enfant in Eumundi - her shop is the perfect mix of handmade loveliness and old world charm - think beautiful children's toys and gifts, hand decorated cupcakes, and lollies in jars served the old fashioned way in cute paper bags. And bunting! Any place with red and white polka dot bunting wins my heart.

In addition to the shop, Lisa also runs craft classes, parties and high tea (Alice in Wonderland style!) for children in the adjoining studio. Such fun! It's times like these I wish I was a kid again....but then again, I do get to craft on a daily basis now, and I couldn't be happier!

Shop 1, 101 Memorial Drive
Eumundi QLD
Phone 07 5442 7769

9.30am-4.00pm Tuesday-Friday
9.00am-3.00pm Saturday

garden of eden

October 12, 2009

With all the talk of parks and gardens in my last post I thought I would introduce you to my newist stockist - Garden of Eden Nursery.

Located in the old Albert Park railway station in bayside Melbourne, the nursery is a perfect mix of hand selected plants and other essential garden needs, together with a gorgeous homewares store stocking lots of handmade products and locally produced wares. 

It has quickly moved to the top of my 'favourite places in Melbourne' list : )

the weekend that was

It was a busy but fun weekend as the Rabbit & the Duck took on not one, but two markets!

First up on Saturday was the Yarraville market. A quiet day but great to chat to other stall holders and I enjoyed relaxing and snacking on lots of chocolate : ) Melbourne was blessed with perfect spring weather this weekend, so after the market a friend and I headed to the park for a walk, a chat, and lots of lazing on the grass (with the occasional interruption by over-excited puppy dogs who wanted to see if we had any food, or pats, for them!).

At 5am on Sunday my alarm went off - a friend and I were sharing a stall at the Camberwell market. What a great day! Perfect weather again (though I did get a little sunburnt), lots of stuff cleared from the shed, and a few finds for my upcoming stalls including a beautiful old chocolate brown leather suitcase. More park time in the afternoon - I really had forgotten how relaxing it is to walk barefoot on the grass, and just sit and enjoy the quietness of a garden. It was certainly a perfect way to end the weekend.

Today I am dashing about like a mad woman as I tidy up some Rabbit & the Duck things before packing my bags for a trip to Queensland tomorrow. I'll be away for a week but hope to get online when I can, hopefully with photo's of sunny beaches to share! Now, where are my bathers.... 

out and about in melbourne

October 9, 2009

Spied today in South Melbourne : )

say hello to...

... my two newest stockists:

Gorgeous Japanese clothing and accessories + Rabbit & the Duck wallets and clutches.

Find them at:
120 Smith Street

Beautiful home, gift and accessories store featuring lots of local talent and one-off pieces. Now home to Rabbit & the Duck wallets and zip pouches.

Find them at:
842 Glenferrie Road

sunday stash: on your bike

October 4, 2009

image credits: sprout design

Last week this lovely bicycle and roads fabric arrived in my mail box courtesy of Bianca from Hollabee, who was generous enough to give these gorgeous prints away on her blog. I'm feeling quite lucky at the moment, this is the second giveaway I have won recently!

Let's hope my good luck continues - there have been some developments in Rabbit & the Duck land. Let's just say I now have a lot more time to sew for the coming months. There will be many markets to come so stay tuned for dates and details.

feeling productive

October 1, 2009

Today I finally got a few things checked off my to do list for the Sisters Market this weekend. 

First up - new journals! A big pile of them.

An idea of the designs to expect....

Also finished today: more button sets, more gift tags, plus a few new zip pouches.

And in case you are under the illusion that my work space is always neat and tidy, here is an example of what it looked like last night while I was in the middle of making buttons:

I made sure I tidied it before I went to bed. 

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