30 June 2009

Australian Artist Spotlight: Nadine Sawyer

Oscar-worthy dramas are all very well and good, but sometimes you just want a movie that makes you happy. And for me, the same goes for art.

Brisbane-based Nadine Sawyer's "Art with Heart" fills that role beautifully with whimsical and fun paintings, prints, greeting cards and designs. Angels commune with birds and flowers in bold, happy colours that would be just as at home in a child's room or a grown up's living room.

Nadine also designs for a line of children's clothing under the Toetum label featuring her delightful artworks.
You can find limited edition prints on canvas, Toetum children's clothes and greeting cards (coming soon) in Nadine's online store. For original art and commissions, contact Nadine directly. And check out Toetum at the upcoming Mathilda's Markets in Brisbane on 19th July, 2009.

Images: Nadine Sawyer

29 June 2009

Hip Products: in-sync design jewellery

If you're a little tired of acrylic brooches but still need something to pin to your scarf, check out the cool powder-coated stainless steel and silver pieces from Melbourne-based in-sync design.

Designed by Iris Saar Isaacs and Jane Barwick, in-sync design is a range of brooches, bangles and earrings that transport their botanical and geometric drawings through modern industrial processes. I'd love a rings brooch, a few coil bangles and those cool poppy earrings for my collection. In all four bold colours please.

You can find in-sync design jewellery at the online store as well as stockists online and across the world.

Images: in-sync design

26 June 2009

Stylish Kids: Three Little Trees children's clothing

I wish I could crochet well enough to make the incredible duffle coat that Kate and Jacqui have designed for their Three Little Trees kids label. It's incredible! There is also an adorable collection of clothing, bedding and accessories for little boys and girls that you have to check out (the kimono top and geisha dress have been runaway successes).

The Winter 09 range has been created in collaboration with talented UK illustrator Sandra Isaksson of ISAK. I can't wait to see what Summer looks like!

I also love that Jacqui and Kate attach native seeds to each swing tag (country-specific of course) so that the little ones can plant and watch them grow wherever they are in the world.

You can find Three Little Trees in the online store as well as at stockists around the world and online including La Toriana. Read more about Three Little Trees on the blog. And check out Three Little Trees at the upcoming Mathilda's Markets in Brisbane on 19th July, 2009.

Shop online for kids fashion from great stores in the Australian Online Kids and Baby Store Directory.

AND, if you haven't already, make sure you pop over to fabulous children's site KidStyleFile to fill in the Annual Reader Survey before 30th June, 2009. You could be in the running to win from an amazing prize pool of more than $12,000 (for Australian residents) and know that 50c for every survey will be donated to Make-A-Wish Australia (for all entrants around the world).

Images: Three Little Trees

25 June 2009

Welcome New Sponsor Magnolia Square boutique fair

It's not only Brisbane that has some happening markets in July, Sydney-siders are so lucky to have the fabulous Magnolia Square shopping event pop up from Thursday 2nd July - Saturday 4th July, 2009 at The Teahouse, Royal Randwick Racecourse.

I would like to extend a huge welcome to Magnolia Square as a new advertiser on Bondville and encourage everyone in Sydney to get along to this boutique fair and support your local designers, crafters and independent artists. There will be more than 50 retailers to browse, including a "Tiny and Small" section to get your stylish gear for little ones, and late-night shopping on Thursday night. And the first 500 guests will receive a complimentary Magnolia Square tote filled with goodies.

Here are the important stats:

Venue: The Teahouse at Royal Randwick Racecourse
Address: Alison Rd, Randwick NSW
Dates: Thursday 2nd July, 2009 - 2pm to 9pm
Friday 3rd July, 2009 - 10am to 5pm
Saturday 4th July, 2009 - 10am to 4pm
Admission: $8 (children under 18 years free) includes all-day parking at the venue

For more information, check out the Magnolia Square website and the excellent Magnolia Square blogs Snippets (which features lots of great indie designers) and Little Snippets (which features fabulous things for kids). You can also join the email list here to hear about new dates first.

Image: Magnolia Square

24 June 2009

Hip Products: Sharon Muir ceramics

While stopping in at KILN Gallery a few weeks ago during the Paddington Art Walk, I noticed the beautiful work of ceramicist Sharon Muir. Sharon is another artist who has managed to maintain a strong body of exhibiting artwork, as well as producing ceramics for a commercial audience.

These bird vessels are so delicate and could have a myriad of uses. I particularly love the pink and blue "baby bird" pieces with silver heart at the bird's neck that can be engraved with the recipients initials. Darling.

You can find Sharon's work at stockists around Australia and New Zealand including KickArts online.

Images: Sharon Muir

23 June 2009

Events: Winter Brisbane design markets

Start counting your pennies. July is a stellar month for independent design in Brisbane with at least four great markets to spend your dollars on. Support handmade local artisans and get yourself along to one of these dates:

BrisStyle Indie Designers Market
(as seen on Channel 7's The Great South East)
Saturday 4th July, 2009
9am - 2pm
St Augustines Church Hall
Racecourse Rd, Hamilton

Sunday 5th July, 2009
10am - 4pm
Little Stanley Street
South Bank, Brisbane, QLD

Boutique Markets
Sunday 12th July, 2009 (same day at Coffee & Chocolate Affair at Portside, 10am-4pm)
8am - 1pm
Portside Wharf
Hamilton, QLD

Mathilda's Market for kids fashion and goodies
Sunday 19th July, 2009
9am - 1pm
Brisbane City Hall (Main Auditorium, floor level)
Between Adelaide and Ann St, King George Square
Brisbane City, QLD

22 June 2009

Hip Products: Hot Toffee jewellery

If you like your jewellery to remind you of lollies and sugary goodness, then check out this fun range from Brisbane jeweller and Bondville reader, Nicole from Hot Toffee. After living in Japan for six years, where she learned how to make Togei (pottery), Shodou (Japanese calligraphy), Ikebana (flower arranging) and kiln-fired glass accessories, Nicole returned to Australia and launched her first range.

Inspired by all things sweet, Japanese art and design and Australian beaches, Hot Toffee jewellery are mini pieces of wearable art. To tempt you even more, Nicole's pieces have enticing names like orange and lime drops, mint and strawberry sorbet, and burnt toffee apple. The current range includes earrings, pendants, hair pins, pocket mirrors, magnets, badges, cards and totally delicious cufflinks. (I'm a huge fan of cool cufflinks).

You can find Hot Toffee jewellery from Nicole directly, on Etsy, as well as stockists across Australia and markets around Brisbane. Find out more about Hot Toffee and upcoming markets on the blog Bits of Toffee.

Images: Hot Toffee

19 June 2009

Stylish Kids: Bluebird and Honey

Launched in March this year, new kids (and soon to be all-ages) brand Bluebird and Honey has taken the market by storm. The clothing range for kids age 0 to 6 includes appliqued t-shirts, pinnies and rompers. You'll also find accessories including cards, cool softies and snuggly blankets with the signature applique.

I'm really taken with the elephant design - simple, hip and unisex. And the pinwhale corduroy and denim pinnies have been selling like hotcakes with their sweet characters and attention to detail. Too cute!

Bluebird and Honey clothes are available at stockists across Australia including online stores The Hip Infant and Little Styles. For behind-the-scenes info on the label, check out the Bluebird and Honey blog.

Find more great Aussie clothes for kids on Bondville Kids: Australian Designer Baby Clothes.

Images: Bluebird and Honey

18 June 2009

Australian Artist Spotlight: KT Doyle wallpaper and textiles

KT Doyle is a successful exhibiting artist who has recently made the move to commercial product development of environmentally-sustainable textiles, wallpaper and print artwork. KT won a Creative Sparks grant from the Brisbane City Council in 2008 to develop a range that sits at the junction of art, craft and design - beautiful pieces with depth and story that could live equally on a gallery wall, or covering your favourite chair.

You may have noticed KT's most recent work in the window of SPACE Furniture in Brisbane where she collaborated with Porter's Paints for Moooi to create a still life display window - much like the Dutch masters' - in 3D. The Falling Leaves design is gorgeous, as you can see above.

KT offers commissions, and a growing collection of limited edition original works on paper. Wallpaper and textiles are now offered commercially - contact KT directly for more information. And if you didn't catch KT at the great Pecha Kucha event in Brisbane last week, you can check out the slides about KT's Creative Grants journery on her blog.

Images: KT Doyle

17 June 2009

Hip Products: Lyssy May handmade bags

In 2003 after returning home from London, Alyssa launched the fun and sassy Lyssy May bag and accessories label. Six years, two cities, her own store and a new studio later, Alyssa is now based in Melbourne and selling her handmade creations all over Australia.

The Lyssy May range includes handbags, satchels, purses, travel bags, wallets, cardholders, and adorable mini-bags for little girls-about-town. Bags are fully lined and fabric-protected and include reinforced stitching, heavy duty interfacing and hand-stitched embellishments. I fell in love with the Lyssy May peacock satchel made in collaboration with Thea & Sami at the Stitches and Craft show. And the Sushi Sister bags with chopstick handles are real head-turners.

You can find Lyssy May bags in the online store and at stockists around Australia. You can also find more information about upcoming designs on the Lyssy May blog One Day At Lyssy May.

Images: Lyssy May

16 June 2009

Tagged: Things About Me

I've been tagged by the lovely Sarah from Hardaker and Pope to share some more things about me. I'm touched to be tagged - thank you Sarah!

And I pass this tag on to: Danielle from Craft Labratory (who has put together a really nice overview of the Melbourne Design Market), Maaret from Visual Notes, The Cottage Cheese, Alischa from Bespoke Letterpress Boutique, Bec from Beckybean.

Simply answer the questions below, and if you like, replace a question with one you have made up. Here goes:

Q whats your favourite colour?
A I can't say I have a "favourite", but red seems to be my standby although I've gone all blue (pale and turquoise) in the bedroom this year. It's probably some kind of pinky-orangey-red.

Image: Steph Bond

For the full list of Q&A, please check out my About Me page.

Tagged: Things About Me

I've been tagged by the lovely Sarah from Hardaker and Pope to share some more things about me. I'm touched to be tagged - thank you Sarah! And I pass this tag on to: Danielle from Craft Labratory (who has put together a really nice overview of the Melbourne Design Market), Maaret from Visual Notes, The Cottage Cheese, Alischa from Bespoke Letterpress Boutique, Bec from Beckybean.

Simply answer the questions below, and if you like, replace a question with one you have made up. Here goes:

Q whats your favourite colour?
A I can't say I have a "favourite", but red seems to be my standby although I've gone all blue (pale and turquoise) in the bedroom this year. It's probably some kind of pinky-orangey-red.

Q whats your favourite clothing in your wardrobe?
A Jeans.

Q whats your dream job?
A Something I can do with Sophie at home that has a creative element and helps people. I'm pretty close at the moment with my web publishing, but to be a dream job it would have to pay the bills!

Q whats the last thing you bought?
A Some Thea & Sami fabric and elastic to make Sophie a sassy little skirt.

Q what are you listening to right now?
A Birds in the trees and construction on the enormous house behind us.

Q whats your favourite ice cream?
A Very, very hard choice - probably some kind of nut with chocolate. Almond or hazelnut are tops.

Q whats your favourite fruit?
A Passionfruit. Then stone fruits and berries.

what inspires you?
A Sunshine, light, nature, helping people out, new ideas, creating something.

Q whats on the walls of your bedroom?
A A collection of white frames with wedding and family photos and lots of blue artwork (fabric, cards, calendar pages, prints, photos).

Q who is your favourite artist?
A Rebecca Cool - a WA-based artist with an amazing naive style who currently uses vintage fabric as a starting point in her artwork.

Image: Rebecca Cool

Q do you admire anyone's style?
A I think back to people I have known who are really in touch with what colours look good on them. They don't give into whims (or hide behind black) and just stick with shades that make them glow.

Q describe your personal style?
A Casual and easy. It's not often that I wear heels or much makeup, or much jewellery for that matter. But I do like to add something quirky to anything I wear. Maybe it's a cool hat, or a fluffy vest, or a diamante brooch, or a contrasting bag.

Q what language would you like to learn?
A Spanish. I have to keep up with Dora the Explorer! And I'd love to spend some time in Spanish-speaking countries.

Q what is your favourite quote (for now)
A "What a wonderful bird the frog are. When it stands it sit almost. When it hops it fly almost. It ain't got no sense hardly. It ain't got no tail hardly either. When it sits, it sits on what it ain't got almost." - anonymous.

Q what is your favourite magazine?
A Delicious, Frankie, and then any home shelter magazine. (I have different favourites all the time).

Q if you had $100 what would you spend it on?
A I'd put it towards a designer to come up with a fabulous design for my new project (stay tuned).

Q What is your current obsession?
A Masterchef. I'm really inspired to put more into my domestic cooking, and have started actually tasting my food while I cook (I can't believe that I never did that before).

Q what are you wearing today
A Skinny jeans, converse (sorry fair trade folks, when they wear out I'll get something more ethical), stripey burgundy long-sleeved top with long grey sweater-vest on top.

Q whats for dinner?
A Tacos! Soft tacos, seasoned mince and onions, coriander/cilantro, fresh lime, truss tomatoes, grated cheese, a little lettuce, salsa and a spot of Crystal hot sauce.

Q what would you eat for your last meal?
A Dungeness Crab, roasted and stirfried in garlic.

Q what do you think of the person who tagged you?
A Sarah has such a lovely eye for beauty and a genuine warmth. She's encouraging, a good soul and someone I'd like to get to know better.

Q if you could have a house paid for and furnished anywhere in the world what/where would it be?
A A light-filled modern home with huge deck and combined indoor/outdoor living areas. Built from sustainable timber and designed to fit the environment (with as many eco-friendly elements as possible). Views of native forest and surrounded by wildlife and birdlife. Anywhere on the Australian East Coast or northern California, but can't get too cold. And nearby access to good quality food.

Q if you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour where would it be?
A To San Francisco to catch up with some friends and check out how much has changed in 6 years.

Q what are you going to do after this?
A Write a blog post on Bondville and reply to lots of emails.

Q what are your favourite movies?
A Happy movies and anything quirky - The Life Aquatic, The Darjeeling Limited, Little Miss Sunshine, etc.

Image: EW

whats your favourite book?
A I think cookbooks - they are always inspiring no matter how many times I have opened them.

Q do you collect something?
A I have a very small collection of demitasse cups, but no - not really. I'd like to purge more rather than collect more.

Q What is your pet peeve?
A People throwing cigarette butts on the ground. It's part of the ritual that drives me crazy as butts are clogging our waterways and take an incredibly long time to degrade. I've seen people throw their garbage in a bin and then stub their butt out on the ground right next to it!!! Crazy!!!

Q whats the most important rule for life?
A Respect yourself, respect those around you, and respect your environment.

15 June 2009

Event: Catherine Campbell art show

If you love Catherine Campbell's work (and who doesn't), you'll be excited to know that Catherine's new art show opens 8 July and runs untli 25 July 2009 at Kick Gallery, 239 High St, Northcote, VIC, sponsored by Kick Gallery and Frankie Magazine. For more information follow this link for opening night details on 10th July and gallery hours.

And for more details about Catherine's art, check out this Australian Artist Spotlight on Bondville.

Image: Catherine Campbell

12 June 2009

Stylish Kids: Tikiboo Kids clothes

Kathryn from Tikiboo Kids was the winner of the MyMonkeymoo giveaway and I have long loved her beautiful kids fashion clothing range. Brisbane-based Kathryn and her Mum Christine design high quality clothes for girls and boys aged 2 to 6+ years. You'll find lots of pretty designs with sweet embellishments in fun and hard-wearing designer fabrics.

I'm a sucker for the damask skirt and rosette duo (top image) as well as the too-adorable Olivia The Pig ruffled pants (bottom image).

You can find Tikiboo Kids in the All You Need online store as well as at stockists including Australian online retailer La Toriana. Find out more about Tikiboo Kids on the blog where you might even win a giveaway. And check out Tikiboo Kids at the upcoming Mathilda's Markets in Brisbane on 19th July, 2009.

Kathryn is also the blog author of the great Mama Loves To Shop blog that is worth checking out, as well as co-author of Blog This! - a fun blog meme project with weekly goals (that I have just joined).

For more Australian Kids fashion, check out Bondville Kids. And shop online for kids fashion from great stores in the Australian Online Kids and Baby Store Directory.

Images: Tikiboo Kids

11 June 2009

Hip Products: Button Tree accessories

Annemarie Blades creates fun and quirky handmade bags, accessories, art and clothing under the Button Tree label. Based in Melbourne, Annemarie uses vintage materials, old book illustrations and a huge dose of imagination to put together fun pieces for your wardrobe. Annemarie aims to use as many second had/recycled materials as possible while creating original pieces - an ethos I can really respect.

I love the idea of a steely-eyed deer or bird-in-flight on my scarf peaking out from my winter jacket. And replacing all my jacket buttons with bird-covered tweed buttons. And adding a roomy bag with requisite doily fawn. And of course a doily-covered badge to top off my outfit.

If you like that idea too, you can find Button Tree in the online store as well as stockists around Australia.

Images: Button Tree

10 June 2009

Alischa's Husband's Banana Bread

We've had heaps of bananas in our house recently so I have been looking for good recipes to use them all up. This banana bread recipe from Alischa's husband is super-yummy and easy to make too. It's quite sweet with more than 1 cup of sugar to 1 banana, but very moist and I especially love the crunchy almond and brown sugar topping. You can find the recipe here. I swapped out 1/3 of the sour cream for thick yoghurt, and used self-raising flour instead of flour + baking powder (only because I had run out of plain flour). Cooking time was 1.5 hours for me. Yum!

Image: Steph Bond-Hutkin

Australian Artist Spotlight: Mel Robson ceramics

Super talented Brisbane ceramicist Mel Robson is also a really nice person. Even when I wrote to her to find out about her latest info thinking that it had been a while since she updated her blog (oops! I was looking at an old post from January 2008!), she very graciously forgave my dingdong-ness and even shared some kind words about Bondville.

So with that introduction, let's check out some of Mel's fantastic work. You'll find a range of ceramic pieces including beautiful bowls and vessels (see top image), as well as clever cut pottery (such as the cool pigeon display above). Some earlier works include bowls covered in recipe notes and road maps, and other typeface graphics. There are some great wall tiles featuring delicate birds and patchwork-like designs. I love the quirky The Absence of Objects pieces, and am really drawn to the nod-to-patriotism cut pieces from the Keep Calm and Carry On series.

If you love what you see, you can find Mel Robson ceramics at
* Sydney - Object Gallery, Pablo Fanque in Sydney,
* Melbourne- Craft Victoria, Pomme (Mornington Peninsula)
* Brisbane - QLD Art Gallery, Jan Manton Art, Museum of Brisbane, Craft QLD
* Cairns- Kick Arts
* Perth - Aspects
* ACT - Beaver Gallery

You'll also find all the latest Mel Robson designs and behind-the-scenes info on her blog Feffakookan.

Images: Mel Robson

9 June 2009

Hip Products: PretaPawte pet collars

It's our miniature schnauzer's birthday today (Happy 13th Birthday Molly!). I thought she'd like a new collar, but she's definitely not the diamante kind of girl. Luckily, Brisbane-based PretaPawte make very stylish collars for dogs and cats that are less about the bling factor and more about the chic factor.

PretaPawte uses 100% cotton designer fabrics and durable hardware and cat collars come with a jingle bell. The only trouble is trying to pick one!

You can find PretaPawte pet collars on Etsy and at various markets. Read more about Pretapawte's latest designs, market appearances and cool finds for pets on the blog. And you can become a PretaPawte fan on Facebook.

Images: PretaPawte

8 June 2009

Hip Products: Fukutoshi Ueno Dress-Code stools

Holy cow. Thanks to talented designer Nicole from Hot Toffee, I found these amazing Dress-Code stools by Fukutoshi Ueno. Based in Brisbane for the last 16 years, Toshi is inspired by the concept of bringing Nature indoors to connect more closely with it.

Produced in three fantastic designs, (Botan, Tsubaki and Kiku), the Dress-Code stool was designed in collaboration with Akira Isogawa. The stool is inspired by Toshi's Japanese heritage - partly by the fine art of the tea ceremony and partly by the lesser known incense ceremony. This ceremony, dating back to the 9th century, evokes the romantic story of nobleman Hikaru Genji. Genji had many lovers and different symbols to signify each lover. These symbols were printed on individual incense boxes and Toshi has used these symbols as the basis of his design, fleshed out into three dimensional pieces.

Expertly handcrafted using heirloom woods such as rosewood and teak, Toshi's pieces are made for longevity with the intention of passing from generation to generation. I would adore a Dress-Code piece for our living room, or as a bedside table, or a special piece for a nursery.

If you would like to know a little more about Toshi, you can find a great interview with him on the Living Edge blog.

Update 13th June 2009: Dress-Code stools are now available from Living Edge (although I don't see them on the website yet) or you can order from Toshi directly. There are now 2 collections available: the Premier Collection, made from solid silver ash (only 50 pieces of each pattern produced); and the Cafe Collection, made from fine quality marine plywood.

Image: Fukutoshi Ueno

5 June 2009

Stylish Kids: Ivy Designs clothes for girls

I love hearing from Bondville readers, especially about your talents and creations. I was thrilled to hear from Wynona who introduced me to the children's label that she has developed with her sister Anna - Ivy Designs. I immediately feel in love with the stylish range of clothes for girls.

Based in Sydney, Ivy Designs are fun, bold pieces featuring gorgeous detail such as appliqué, quirky buttons, and ric rac. Designed to mix and match, you'll find delicate peasant blouses, fun pinnies, pocket skirts, cord pants, kimono jackets, rosette hair clips, bibs and t-shirts.

I'd love the flannel and cord Love Birds skirt and matching kimono jacket (see top image) for a special occasion and the Audrey cord pants with Amy peasant blouse (in gorgeous Amy Butler fabric of course) for every day. Well done Wynona and Anna on a beautiful collection. I can't wait to see Spring/Summer 09/10!

You can find Ivy Designs in the online boutique as well as stockists around Australia. Check out the behind-the-scenes action on the Ivy Designs blog. And if you're eager to know more, check out the lovely interview with Wynona and Anna on the Baby's Got Style blog.

Find more cool clothes for kids at Bondville Kids: Australian Designer Baby Clothes. And shop online for kids fashion from great stores in the Australian Online Kids and Baby Store Directory.

Images: Ivy Designs

4 June 2009

Hip Products: Loop jewellery

I'm quite taken with the stunning, simple, modern jewellery designs from Loop by Danny Sheiner. Based in Fremantly, WA, Danny has been creating jewellery for men and women under the Loop label since 2002.

Loop jewellery is made from recycled silver and bio-resin, a water-based resin with less than 10% petro-chemicals, which Danny notes is EPA and LEED compliant. The range includes earrings, rings, bangles, pendants and cufflinks. This is bold, timeless jewellery. It's truly difficult to pick a favourite and at these reasonable prices, this is definitely the site to bookmark for gift time.

You can find Loop jewellery at the Loop online store as well as stockists in Australia and New Zealand.

Images: oye modern and Loop

3 June 2009

Drool-worthy Design: Redheads Matches

If you're a redhead, you'll probably know that there is a secret unspoken Redhead Club. That is, the knowing looks you reserve for other ginger-tinted cohorts that include shared childhoods spent doused in sunscreen, using lemon juice to erase those freckles, being teased with all sorts of ungodly nicknames and enviously watching all those brown berries at the beach while you glow with your milky white skin. And that includes the auburn redheads like me.

However, I think we also share a special affinity with the hue and a slightly smug knowledge that we're in the minority and somehow a bit special? (maybe that's the natural defense for all that teasing). Anyhow, I've long loved the iconic redhead image on the box of Redheads matches, but it wasn't until I spied a vintage sign in the ultra-cool home of my friends Mellissa (a fabulous redhead) and Geordie that I thought I should check out more about a much loved Australian design icon.

It turns out that Redheads are this year celebrating 60 years of fire-lighting domination in Australian homes. Originally manufactured in Richmond, Victoria by Bryant and May, the matches are now manufactured in Sweden by Swedish Match. The matches have had four design iterations featuring "Miss Redhead", starting in 1946. The 1971 version (bottom left) was created by Brian Sadgrove and then updated in 1975 to cleverly match the hair colour with the matchbox, therefore bypassing any hairstyle fashion trend issues.
"Miss Redhead" today is an Australian cultural icon and the subject of hundreds of caricatures and makeovers in annual contests sponsored by Redheads. Winning entries are featured on collectors' series and commemorative theme matchboxes.

You can find out more about Redheads and other Australian design icons in the book Symbols of Australia by Mimmo Cozzolino and Fysh Rutherford. And I'll be glowing with the fact that our iconic Australian lady sports flame-hued locks.

Images: top - Steph Bond; middle and bottom - Redheads

2 June 2009

Drool-worthy Design: Mondo Cherry art and stationery

Bondville readers are so talented. Clare recently commented on the post about the Donna Hay General Store and I was prompted to check out her fantastic range of art and stationery under the Mondocherry label.

Mondocherry is actually made up of three women - sisters Clare (CB), JJ and their Mum SusieQ who collaborate on their designs. They use vintage book paper and fabric which they personalise with hand-stitching and beading to create stunning framed artworks and cards. I adore the covered button and 3D paper flower pieces.

I'm also inspired by Mondocherry's commissioned artwork - you provide the fabric that is special to you (Nanna's linen tablecloth/baby's christening wrap/the vintage handkerchief that Dad gave to Mum), and the Mondocherry team will create a beautiful keepsake to cherish.

You can find Mondocherry art and stationery on the Mondocherry online store and Etsy. Also take the time to check out the Mondocherry blog where this arty family highlight all things art and craft that inspire them (as well as showcasing up-coming designs).

Images: Mondocherry

1 June 2009

Hip Products: Blu Moose booties

How are your tootsies faring now that the temperatures have dropped in the Southern Hemisphere? If you're feeling a little frost-bitten, you might want to check out these super-fun booties from Blu Moose.

Imagine taking your doona and wrapping it around your feet. Mmm, toasty! That's exactly what Melbourne-based Natasha Wells did with her cool Blu Moose booties. Based on a Swedish concept, the booties are cuddly mini feet doonas made from 100% feather down with ankle straps and optional EVA soles. Add to it a cool moose design and you might even give up your uggs.

Thanks so much to Bondville reader Natasha for writing to me to introduce her great products. You can find Blu Moose booties for men, women and children at the Blu Moose online store or at stockists around Australia.

Image: Blu Moose
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