8 August 2008

Vacation

We're on holiday! See you back here on September 1st, 2008.

7 August 2008

Drool-worthy Design: Sweet Fanny Adams

I love supporting handmade products, particularly by local artists, and the markets are always a great source of new design. A stand-out at the Eumundi Markets on the Sunshine Coast this week was the lovely Rachael of design label Sweet Fanny Adams who creates one-off pieces of wearable art.

Gorgeous tops and skirts are screenprinted or handpainted with Rachael's sweet illustrative designs. Many pieces are created using recycled and organic fabric, so the brand is easy on the conscience too. Rachael says that her inspiration comes from the natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast.

The Sweet Fanny Adams Website is coming soon but in the meantime savvy shoppers can find Rachael's pieces at the Eumundi Markets (while I was at her stall a beautiful Danish girl was snapping up pieces to take home to Denmark), Synergy at Noosa, and by email at mattray at optusnet dot com dot au.

Image: Steph Bond

6 August 2008

Events: Park(ing) Day


Start planning now for the annual Park(ing) Day event, held yearly in September. Part public art project - part activism, Park(ing) day is devoted to turning public car parking spots in urban areas into mini parks. Goodbye concrete and cars, and hello greenery, grass and chill-out zones.

In 2007, more than 150 temporary parks sprung to life in parking spots in over 50 cities worldwide. Park(ing) Day was conceived by REBAR, a San Francisco-based art collective. It is also supported by The Trust For Public Land and Public Architecture. It's a great way to make a statement, have some fun, and create some public art, which all our cities need. Anyone can get involved and makeover a public carpark by joining on the Park(ing) Day Website. This year, the event will be held on September 19th, 2008.

Image: The Trust For Public Land on Flickr

5 August 2008

Special: Free Mozi Postcard Book with $40 order

Mozi, one of my favourite Australian design brands, has just announced a special offer for August - a free postcard book when you spend $40 or more at the online shop. This is very easy to do as the Mozi products are gorgeous! The postcard books (one of three designs) contain 21 occasional postcards including seven 'happy birthday', seven 'thank you' and seven blank cards and normally retail for $15.95. Prices are in $AUD and Mozi delivers internationally by weight. (International sales receive 10% discount as GST is removed).

P.S.: check out the sale section; the tea towels are fantastic.

Image: Mozi

4 August 2008

Softies for Mirabel

It's Year 2 of the online craft-for-a-cause phenomenon Softies For Mirabel. Last year Melbourne-based Pip from the Meet Me At Mike's store and blog orchestrated a huge global craft-a-thon to create adorable soft toys to auction for charity.

The recipient charity is The Mirabel Foundation - an organisation that supports the children of families affected by substance abuse.

The online craft community has gotten behind Softies For Mirabel in a big way and handmade stuffed animals and dolls are being created all over the world for the auction on eBay (428 at last count). All funds raised from the auction are donated to the Mirabel Foundation.

You can find photos of the softies on the Flickr Group Softies for Mirabel, and you can bid on your favourite softie now on eBay. And if you are a crafty type, there is still plenty of time to make your own softie for the cause (information here).

PS: And while you are visiting The Mirabel Foundation, check out the great t-shirts in the Mirabel Collection illustrated by the talented author and artist Emma Magenta.

Image: Meet Me At Mike's


1 August 2008

Sex and the City Kids Style

I'm still thinking about how much I enjoyed the recent Sex and the City movie. The homewares, fashion, and style have provided much inspiration to the blog community. Our friends at Baby's Got Style put together a genius post on what our favourite foursome would wear on the streets of New York City if they were kids. I think they totally nailed it!!! Check out their post Kids In The City here.

Image: Baby's Got Style
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