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I’m well back in the land of reality after a [insert many superlatives here] time overseas and of course my ultimate highlight being the Marimekko weekend!

Ready for the recap? Settle in as this is a long and pic heavy post!


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In a break from tradition, I have been doing a little home deco sewing. Our vibrant but unadorned lounge was in urgent need of some sexy cushions. When you have some amazing fabric and a sewing machine on hand there’s no excuse not to whip up some simple cushion covers!



Seven weeks AWOL on the blog! I have missed it so but life can present you with challenges that leave only room for doing what’s necessary to make it through the day, with precious little else to spare.



For some reason I have a bit of a shortage of skirts at the moment, so instead of making a versatile, go with everything item, I chose a fabric that takes a children’s story book and puts it in a blender, then spits out the results onto fabric. Practicality be damned!


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Vogue Australia held a big fashion event this week- “Vogue Fashion’s Night Out” – with events held across the city between 5-9pm. It was complete bedlam with throngs of people and pop up stands everywhere, but of most interest to me was the spring sew off at the Marimekko Sydney store. Take 5 fashion students and give them four hours to create an original design in some fabulous Marimekko fabric.

I have to say I was mightily impressed with the results. Creating, drafting, cutting and sewing in such a short amount of time is no mean feat in itself, but the outcomes were truly amazing. If I were to take part in a Marimekko sewing challenge I would need 4 weeks, not 4 hours!


Drafting and cutting begins…


Early in the proceedings and not too stressed yet!


What a year 2012 has been in so many ways. The absolute highlight for me was an amazing and unforgettable trip to Helsinki, Norway and Iceland with my wonderful partner (the image above was taken at Skaftafell national park at the base of a huge glacier). You can see more images at our holiday blog.

As for resolutions, I resolve in 2013 to continue expanding and challenging myself with more creative goals. I have a huge stockpile of ideas which I am very excited about!

Forgotten Fancies is starting a sketch a day project for 2013 – check out the blog to see her progress. I am not so brave as that but I would like to join this 365 initiative.


A quick trip to IKEA on the weekend proved the usual theory about the Swedish shopping mecca – you stop by for one thing (in this case some storage containers), and end up walking away with stuff you didn’t plan on buying.


In this case I was happily browsing the food section (five bars of dark chocolate for $5 – yes please), and spotted this amazing cookbook. Apart from the fact there are some very simple and very delicious looking treats contained within, the design is one of the cleanest and clever I have seen in the cookbook genre. Very Scandi in style indeed! I may file this under “why didn’t I design this?”

What a clever way to display ingredients…

And the end result…mmmm.


During our visit to Scandinavia, we took a lot of the usual photos, landscapes, architecture and the like. Being a bit of a type nerd I also have a fondness for snapping pics of great outdoor typography – and Scandinavia provided some fantastic examples. I just love the retro style of these.

As my ‘about page’ will testify, I am a little mad for all things Scandinavian, especially Marimekko. I was incredibly lucky to be able to travel with my partner earlier this year to Helsinki, Norway and Iceland (Denmark and Sweden are on my list for future travel!). In Helsinki we of course made a visit to the Marimekko flagship store. I was just a wee bit excited. Below you can see I am happily perched on the artfully strewn beanbags out front.

As this was the start of our trip, I exerted some restraint with my purchases (regrettably), but bought some amazing fabric and a top. The yardage was still pricy but less expensive than what you pay here in Australia – which is the case for a lot of things, alas.
Now they have opened a Sydney store, which did elicit a high degree of excitement from yours truly (I have now been twice).