when next in Paris...

May 27, 2010

image credit: pour toujours

I need to visit this shop. It is just perfect. OK. So it happens to be a children's store and last time I checked I don't have kids, but let's move past that.

The blackboard counter. The cakes on their pretty stands. The perfectly ordered goods on the shelves. The ladder! Ah Paris, you know how to win a girl's heart! 

in the studio

May 23, 2010

Working from home comes with certain positives, and also certain negatives.

Positives include:
  • You can work in your pj's if you feel the urge.
  • The commute is great!
  • You save $$$ not having to rent a separate studio space.
However, there are a few downsides:
  • When you live in a one bedroom apartment, making space for your work can be tricky.
  • Every surface - kitchen bench, sofa, ironing board, dining chair - is used for various projects.
  • You sometimes forget you are working in your pj's and open the door at 3pm to receive a delivery, to the surprised look of the delivery driver.
After a few months of running Rabbit & the Duck from home, things were getting a bit out of control. To say I was feeling a bit flustered with the amount of 'stuff' in my place is an understatement. Yesterday while catching up with my neighbour, she suggested we try moving things around. At first I dismissed the idea, thinking I already had the best configuration and simply needed to tidy and declutter. But as the day progressed I got a few ideas and it wasn't long before I was pushing bookcases across the floor.

Here is the result! I wish I had taken a 'before' shot - previously, two of the bookcases were stacked on top of each other and acted as a room divider - my work table (dining table) was on the kitchen side, and I had a sofa, coffee table and more storage on the other. 

The coffee table is now in the shed and the bookcases are along the wall, making space in the centre of the room for me to fully extend my work table - an extra 50cm of work space - hooray! There's even room at the end of the table to fit in some shelves, but that will happen in Stage 2 : )

Finally, I can get some of my fabric bolts off the floor and stacked neatly.

Journals journals journals - all tidy and waiting for new homes to go to : )

I'm feeling very inspired to go to work on Monday morning now!

and on that farm he had a....

May 17, 2010

Seems I am developing a habit of using lines from songs as blog post titles....

Anyhow, today I met a friend at the Abbotsford Convent for lunch. Forget the fact I was meant to be writing a business plan. Or sewing. Or doing anything even slightly resembling work. It was sunny outside and I couldn't resist the urge to be out in the fresh air.

I had my favourite red shoes on - just perfect for an afternoon walk around the Convent grounds.

Right next door to the Convent is the Collingwood Children's Farm. Oh, how I love this place! Horses to talk to, chickens to chase, pigs to giggle at. Hard to believe that such a place exists right in the middle of the city - you could easily forget where you were. Of course I couldn't resist taking a picture of this cheeky duck.

There's even a horse named Shannon! It has an allergy to lucerne hay. I found this amusing given my own allergy to wheat. 

Ah....I'm now feeling all inspired to pack up my sewing machine and move to the bush! 

the hills are alive

May 16, 2010

It was a gloriously sunny afternoon in Melbourne and what better way to spend it than to take a drive out of the city. My destination was Olinda in the Dandenongs, and this shop - Heaton & May - in particular. 

Heaton & May stock a tempting mix of stationery, fashion accessories and homewares and I'm pleased to say that from this week they will also be stocking Rabbit & the Duck journals, tote bags, clutches and wallets! 

How sweet are these flowers in the watering can?

I decided to take the road less travelled on my way home, and was lucky to escape the hordes of weekend traffic. For once I actually wanted to drive at 40km/h to be able to take in some of the beautiful Autumn scenery. So many wonderful shades of green, brown, red, orange and yellow. I'm now home feeling very inspired to enjoy the coming Winter months. Tonight the wool quilt is going on the bed and a big pot of sweet potato and ginger soup will be on the stove. Bliss!

i heart: my new dress

May 11, 2010

It's going to be cold and rainy in Melbourne today. Perfect jeans and boots and jumper weather. But instead, I'm going to try to find a way to wear this new dress that I found at the Camberwell market on the weekend. I've never been the most practical Winter dresser....

and the winner is...

May 5, 2010

I'm a bit slow off the mark, but I have finally drawn a winner for the $50 gift voucher competition that ran last month. A big congratulations to Angela Chapman! Angela, please check your email to find your voucher and details on how to spend it : )

something old, something new

May 4, 2010

Winter is on the way and so are our new wool journals! This year we have reinvented some favourite designs and added a few new ones:
XO Journal (yes, I hand-stitch the XO onto every journal!).
Emergency Notebook - don't leave home without it! 

Button Up Journal 

Find these and more this weekend at the very first Modish Creators Market!

Saturday 8 May

Malvern Town Hall
Corner of Glenferrie Road and High Street, Malvern

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