31 October 2012

Loving: hundreds and thousands jewellery for girls

These adorable rings and pendants for little girls are selling like hotcakes. Handmade in Sydney by Kelly Slip of My Third Wish, the jewellery is created using hundreds and thousands sprinkles, set in resin. They look good enough to eat! Kelly's preschool class loves them and they are a great alternative to lolly-filled goodie bags for a little girl's birthday party. You can find them in the My Third Wish online store. Contact Kelly directly for bulk orders. More goodies on the My Third Wish Facebook page.

Image: My Third Wish

30 October 2012

Winter Avenue Press wall art for kids

Sally Gross of Winter Avenue Press (formally Little Skipper) in Melbourne creates beautiful illustrations with a magical, fairy-tale quality for children's bedrooms and toy rooms. Sally's work has such personality - the characters are sweet and soulful, and just made for kids' active imaginations. I hope you love them too...

29 October 2012

Tutu du Monde 2013 exclusive sneak peek with party inspiration

One of my favourite Australian labels for girls is the ever-beautiful Tutu du Monde. There isn't a piece I don't love from any of Andrea's collections and this exclusive sneak peek of two tutus from the 2013 collection is no exception.

These are the Dew Drop Tutu in Frangipani with Enchanted Butterfly Hairclip and the Silver In the Spotlight Dress in Biscotti with Plie Caplet in Offwhite. The girls are gorgeously photographed by the amazing Alexandrena Parker (whose work photographing children I am more than obsessed with).

I was imagining two sweet party girls in these Tutu du Monde concoctions and was inspired to pair them with some fun party decorations. Enjoy!

1. Purple stripe paper drinking straws from Sweet Style
2. Whiteware skirted pedestal cake stand from Sweet Style
3. Grosgrain lavender/white stitch ribbon from Sweet Style
4. Grosgrain taupe/white stitch ribbon from Sweet Style
5. Ivory and white striped lollipop from Pink Frosting
6. Purple spots cupcake baking cups from Pink Frosting
7. Purple stripes cupcake baking cups from Pink Frosting
8. Lavender party streamer from Pink Frosting
9. Peach tissue paper ball from Lark
10. Lavender tissue paper ball from Sweet Style
11. White irridescent pom pom decorations from Pink Frosting
12. Lavender tissue paper bell from Lark
13. Purple glittered bird decoration with clip from Pink Frosting

Images: Tutu du Monde

28 October 2012

Loving: Dinosaur bones birthday cake

This is one of the best kids' birthday cakes I have ever seen. Period. Mum Cheryl made the cake and frosting, and Dad Scott made the fondant dinosaur bones for their son's first birthday. Phenomenal team effort guys.

Image: Scott Gledhill via Bondville

27 October 2012

13 by 2013

I read a really inspiring post on August Empress last week, sharing the top 13 things that Jo would like to achieve before 2013. Why wait for New Year's resolutions, when you can get git r done, I ask you?

I'm all about getting up to exercise the day before I am supposed to start. And I love making lists. Then I read Jaclyn's 13 before 2013 goals over on Little Paper Trees, and felt like it was a great sign to put together my own: 

Re-launch Bondville on Wordpress with brand-spanking new design (can't wait).

Clean up the craft room/office.

Try liquid eyeliner and find the perfect rose gold glitter nail polish.

Make a cute singlet top for myself using this Libery fabric (a sweet gift from my friend Karla) and this Wiksten pattern.

Try a Zumba class.
Visit my friend Kim and meet her daughter.

Book at mini holiday trip to Melbourne.

Host my first online marketing + social media for small businesses workshop.

Do the Spit Bridge to Manly walk.

Make bunting for my little one's room.

Go camping in the Bouddi National Park.

See the 2012 Sculpture By The Sea exhibition.

Buy my big girl's first school uniform.

I'd love to see your 13 goals too! Let me know, and I will link back to them right here :) 

Image: Steph Bond-Hutkin | Bondville

26 October 2012

I'm selling these Marc Jacobs heels - with charms!

Last shoes for sale - promise! I'm sad to say good-bye to these very special Marc Jacobs shoes that I bought when were were living in New York City. Ther are strappy heels in tan leather with the cutest MJ charms - look great with jeans and frocks; bit perfect for Spring Racing too. They are a size US 8 which are a little too small for me (I'm an Australian size 8 - these shoes are more like 7.5 Australian). I only wore them twice. Get yourself a major bargain over on eBay.

Image: Steph Bond-Hutkin | Bondville

25 October 2012

Real Kids Room: Maya's 2-Year-Old Bedroom

Nicolle Kasper and her husband bought their first house 6 weeks before their daughter arrived and moved in two days before her due date - eeek! They didn't know if sweet Maya would be a boy or a girl, so designed the nursery with fun, non gender-specific colours that would work for both. They completely overhauled the rocker and made the book pocket themselves. What a fantastic result!

Room: Maya
Age: 2
Designed by: Mum Nicolle Kasper (Cultiver)
Location: Sydney, NSW

24 October 2012

Lucky Door Prize: Print Paper Cloth art prints

You might remember the gorgeous artwork of Print Paper Cloth artist Maraya Rodostianos featured on the Ten Fab Australian iPhone Cases feature last week. Maraya is generously giving away two of her beautiful wall art prints - the Wild Spirit design and the Feathered Nest design - to two lucky Bondville monthly newsletter or daily email subscribers!

These gorgeous art prints are 8" x 10" original watercolour, pen and ink illustrations reproduced digitally onto 100% recycled satin matt card. They are packed in cello sleeve with acid free backing card and retail for $19.95.

Maraya is based in Byron Bay and her surface art designs are licensed for homewares, interiors and stationery industries. Maraya also has her own collection of art prints, cushions, teas towels, notebooks, note cards and calendars - all available in the Print Paper Cloth online store.

Look out for the winners in the monthly newsletter, coming your way in the next few days. Thanks Maraya!

Terms and Conditions:
1. Lucky door prize will be allocated to two Bondville monthly newsletter or daily email subscribers.
2. There are no entry requirements.
3. This Lucky Door Prize giveaway is open to all Bondville subscribers in Australia only.
5. This Lucky Door Prize giveaway is hosted by Steph Bond-Hutkin via the Bondville blog at blog.stephbond.com.
4. The prize consists (1) x Wild Spirit art print RRP $19.95, and (1) x Feathered Nest art print RRP $19.95, plus postage within Australia and internationally from Print Paper Cloth.
5. Lucky Door Prize winner will be notified in the Bondville Monthly newsletter, sent to subscribers the week commencing 25th September 2012.

Images: Print Paper Cloth

23 October 2012

Harvestbox snacks delivered to your desk and door

The good people at Harvestbox must know that I get the munchies mid-afternoon (hands up - are you with me?) because they generously sent me a box of snacks to try out. I can tell you now - this is a very good idea.

Kate Spade NY and Florence Broadhurst sneakers

I'm reluctantly selling these cute US size 7 Kate Spade New York sneakers with Florence Broadhurst cockatoo design. I'm a size 8 and they are just too small. They are Summer 2012 limited edition and you won't find them in Australia - I had to have them shipped over by family. Brand new with tags in box. Head over to eBay if you're looking for a bargain. Did I mention that they are NEON orange?!?! Wishing them to a loving new home.

Image: Steph Bond-Hutkin | Bondville

22 October 2012

Hey Maker! creatives rejuvenate Murwillumbah town centre

When Ellie Beck and four friends noticed that 32 of the 70 store fronts in their home town of Murwillumbah, NSW, were empty, they decided to do something about it. By mobilising friends, family and artists around the region, they are developing a creative Hub in their town, and bringing fresh blood and life to their wilting town centre. The entirely community-funded Hey Maker! initiative encompasses a pop up shop selling locally-made products, a series of workshops, and art installations.

It's amazing and inspiring to see what these women have been able to achieve in such a short time; a template that we could apply across all our regional areas and even outer suburbs and neglected inner city spots. I'll let Ellie do the talking...

Let's start with the elevator pitch. What is Hey Maker! in a nutshell? Do you have a mission statement or goal?

Hey Maker! is a group of five passionate creative women who came together with the mission to change the the vacant spaces of our town, Murwillumbah, in Northern NSW. We are Jo Olive, Belinda Smith, Kathy Egan, Christy McLeod & Ellie Beck.

Our goal is to defy 'small town' thought about art and modern craft, and show people that the act of gathering and sharing in a creative manner can bring about change in any environment. We wanted to bring a little bit of inner-city zest into our beautiful art-deco streets.

Basically we facilitate pop-up art events and community gatherings, based around people's creative needs. We hope to show people that art, design and craft are accessible and affordable, and something that everybody can participate in (especially using recycled materials).

We are lucky that we live in one of the most creatively diverse regions outside of any metropolitan city in Australia. It must be the (extinct) volcano that drives such a strong artistic community. Most of these creatives live out in the hills, and work from their studios at home. We aim to bring those people into our town's cbd and share their love and handcrafted goods with the wider community. 

Where is your shop and where do you hold your workshops? When can we start attending?

Our shop is in the spectacular Austral Building, right at the entrance to Murwillumbah. It's on the corner of Commercial Road and Proudfoots Lane. Look out for the art installations in our windows!
Our workshops and retail shop share the space harmoniously, with a cane lounge for enjoying a cup of tea, some crafting, and gossip! Our doors opened on the 12th October 2012. You can book workshops instore, or through our online shop

I was amazed to read that 32 out of 70 shops in beautiful Murwillumbah are empty. How have you managed to secure some of these spaces? Was it difficult?

Yes, there are so many empty shops. It's sad walking along the streets and seeing all these once thriving businesses closed down, and vacant shops standing quietly waiting. This is a reality for many towns, and it takes a little bit of imagination and a lot of hard work to change things. It has been difficult to talk with real estates and land lords, who don't want to lower their rents or allow pop-up shops (which to bring light and fresh air into their empty spaces). We'd love to sit down with them all and hear their stories, but often that doesnt happen. Luckily we knew someone who knew someone, and we have found our beautiful shop for our pop-up. We truly believe that by bringing fresh paint and creative eyes to this long-vacant shop, that people will look at it in a new way. Even now, before we've officially opened our doors, simply setting up the space has created colour and vibrancy on the street corner. 

Hey Maker!'s aim is to help other creatives host their own pop-ups; we'd love to build relationships with the landlords and work together to change the look and economic situation of our town. 

Have you had any support from your local council for this project? Are they also excited about creating an artistic hub in the town?

Council is mostly very excited about what we are doing. Unfortunately there is always a lot of red tape and endless talks to make things happen within council structures. We do hope that within the next year things can change and progress in this manner. Until then, Hey Maker! is content to forge ahead.
We've had a lot of support from our local Chamber of Commerce, and other organisiations from the valley and surrounding villages. We're forming connections and partnerships. There is lots of talk about a Creative Hub or Precinct for Murwillumbah, and council is very much a part of this.

How far is it to Murwillumbah from Brisbane, the Gold Coat and Ballina/Byron?

Less than 2 hours to Brisbane city, and about 45mins to Byron Bay (South) or Gold Coast (North). The drive from Brisbane through the back roads past Natural Arch is particularly stunning. Murwillumbah town is about 15 minutes to Mt Warning National Park; the iconic mountain, called Wollumbin by the local Aborigines, catches the first sunlight in Australia.

How long will you have your shop and workshops space open to the public?

Our pop-up is from 12th October, right up to Christmas eve. We have workshops and social gathering events through out this whole time, as well as our retail space showcasing handcrafted work of locals (and wanna-be locals!). After that time, we'll see what happens. Hey Maker! has grands plans for many events, gatherings and creative pop-ups, as well as art installations and public art throughout our town.

Do you have any advice for other creative souls in regional areas or outer suburbs who would like to create their own art hubs?

The biggest thing for us has been to keep at it, despite the hard work and long hours (mostly volunteer). We wanted to make something happen, and knew that we just had to go for it and push through any obstacles to make it work. Once we started, it seems everyone around us wanted something like Hey Maker! to happen, yet it's a hard thing for most people to get going on their own. The strength of five women is pretty amazing! Forging connections and making relationships with other creatives is super important as well. Talk with everyone, share the love for what you do - there's many more out there wanting to do what you are doing, but have no idea how.

Also - we took the chance on setting up a campaign through Pozible, and asking people to donate for our dream. Reaching our goal was wonderful - what was even better was connecting and meeting people, and finding our community. For us, community is really what it's all about.

Congratulations to Ellie and team on an amazing job. If you are in Northern NSW up until Christmas, make sure you check out the Hey Maker! website for workshops and store opening hours. This week kickis off a great series of Creative Business Talks featuring inspiring locals Jess van Den (Epheriell Designs), Peta O'Neill (Love Mae), Christy McLeod (Creative Village) and Jen Djula (Blue Caravan) - amazing! Maybe you can take inspiration from the Hey Maker! model for your own area? If you, do, please let me know!

Images: Hey Maker!

19 October 2012

10 Fab Australian iPhone cases

Are you still rocking a plain black iPhone case? Or none at all? Here are ten fabulous iPhone case designs by Australian illustrators, photographers and artists to give you some phone cred and brighten your day. And hey - you'll be supporting Australian design, and we need more of that.

So what do you think? Which would you choose? I'm tossing up between the Maraya Rodostianos feather design or Jake Stollery's neon-geo amazingness. And I can't even tell you how hard it was to choose just one design from Nicole Arnett Phillips' range of great iPhone case designs.

These iPhone cases are all found on Society6 - a great platform for independent artists to have their work professionally produced in a variety of formats, from art prints to iPhone skins, clothing, stationery and more. You'll love it there. (Don't forget - Christmas is only 2.5 months away).

18 October 2012

Loving: MOZI parrot melamine plates

It's BBQ time! I'm quite taken with these Australian parrot plates in outdoor-friendly melamine from MOZI. Choose from three cheeky designs to brighten up any picnic or BBQ. You can find them in the MOZI online store and select stockists.

Image: MOZI

17 October 2012

Me & Amber homewares

This is my friend Kylie's (paper boat press) dreamy bedroom in her new home + ceramics studio + store + gallery (opening 27th October!) in Ashgrove, Brisbane. It just looks like such a relaxing, cosy space with all those gorgeous pillows. The Life Is Beautiful cloud pillow by Me & Amber had me at Hello and had to find out more...

Me & Amber is the brainchild of childhood friends and graphic designers Karen and Amber. Based in Sydney, Karen and Amber design a range of products including tea towels, cushions, table runners, greeting cards and artworks, all produced in Australia.

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