Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I am still here....
you can catch me over at
Fiona KAte

I will still write here but sydney isn't Bali and it does seem that time is not as elastic as I first supposed!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

There are changes afoot.

our business is getting smaller & we are excited
… We are getting all touchy and feely. A new hands-on approach from a product just for you. The wire baskets are just the beginning... great as they are. Better the older they get. 
It's  a  base and it's getting dressed up, bespoke , hand done to your specs. For 6 months I stitched, wove, played with string paper and lights to see if this was the product we were hoping for…
The base is a wire basket … Designed by us and made by Ketuts daddy… Our first product to be made overseas. Harry sent it all back in a container by ship. Some were carried on the plane. 3 sizes available and yes they do nest

If you need a particular look for your space, prop for a story or shoot we can make it with this gorgeous basket as a base. A storage story that's cuddly and warm. A DIY lighting, dipped in neon… Ombre range of paint colours yep we can do it too. 
Wrapped in paper christo style… Strings and buttons…  Sacking or scarves, gardens, recycled fabric, pom poms or spots….. Nude works too –it always does.... 

Strong, durable easy to use and recyclable like all of our range. This is an item you can change with the seasons, change it's look, update colour or strip it back. Hang on a wall or put near a door. Endless possibilities.

They have been used to store fruit, toys, cart fish & fabric, grow plants and as lighting both indoor and outdoor. One product with many different looks and as many uses. It's up to you.

We are starting out small. Each item is handpacked and finished in house. Yes that's my writing on the address label
After 5 years on storage we know everyone needs it. They just like what they like. We like making things that are going to lovely homes and spaces.

I am sure this has the creative juices flowing. 

did going away have an impact..... 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

I am getting it together...
I am 
I promise

Lots of stuff half done. Talking to creative people... working a little hoping to work alot more... making doing, props... illustration
There is chat about a book maybe... ( secretly I would love this)... design layout. 
the how whys and wheres of getting away...

Looking like a cross between a sketchbook and a journal...

fingers crossed. It's just a dream at the moment. Possibly a labour of love...
How do you go about it anyway?

Have to stop reading blogs ... it makes me feel average after awhile instead of inspired...
you can find me at www.fionakate.com.au also

Thursday, October 4, 2012

It's been a month at home today. 
We still feel calm. 
A bit other worldly still.
There is one major difference. No More micro managing. Organising the kids social lives.... no . If they ask and organise something themselves absolutely. Risks we are embracing them. Choices letting the kids make them. The result some viewing at a friends we wouldn't have chosen. A few days of nightmares followed.
Speeding down hills. 
Riding ahead. 
No car means we are all walking a lot. also makes you really think about if you want go.
Completing the whole recipe unaided ( slight grating of fingers and a little too much garlic) The lesson less is more learned.
The festival of cooking continues as do the drop ins from friends. 
It's calm at home.
Lots to be done still.
Our tenants were not kind to the little blue house.
Charlie Sparkle has gone walk about ...
Lost pet signs to be made again
A sense of de ja vu

Another merchandising project... I am excited. Possibility of book design in the works also. New product has arrived. Orders going out...seeds planted 

School holidays

Monday, September 24, 2012

Yes life as usual . At the same time not. The concept of time has changed... this means the creation is not a matter of time just outcome. I have stopped counting.... 
Props for a new window planned this week. Had an absolute ball planning. It is a prerequisite of this store that nothing is wasted. Eco with style for spring. 
several of the props will behold or given away at the end of spring...

Practicality combined with purpose. A store with whimsy...
A bit of yarn bombing
Wrapped the branches now running through a thunder storm trying to save the "twigs" 
Many questions this week why I get to play with sticks and no one else is....

am having a ball. So many ideas

The new car night need to be a ute...

this guy had to come home with me...
he has been all around sydney this week

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

holidaying at home....
A weekend in pictures

 we are now adventuring in our own town

using lessons learned from our time away

slowly slowly

so slowly somebody missed the ferry 

and had to catch the next one

Monday, September 17, 2012

Inspired by chatting to a friend about seasons, colours and craft today...
A little deconstruction. Nothing better than destroying something to get the creativity going.

wilting flowers

Let the kids know you are about to pull it apart....
let them lose with the camera


8 years old

4 years

left the flower on the table. It became the centrepiece for dinner.
 Bizarrely no one moved it... or wrecked it further

and the next morning charlie sparkle ( our rabbit) ate it for breakfast