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DEAR DIARY // etsy made local



Being a designer I’m always on the lookout for inspiring new artists and makers. On the weekend I went to Sydney Made at Centennial Park, which is the market held by Etsy Made Local. Crafters and artisans are able to sell their wares straight to the community as well as meet customers in person from their Etsy online store.

It was lovely to wander the beautiful grounds and see the variety of products available while meeting the creative talent. It feels good to support small businesses and also discover a unique find that is not mass produced.

My personal highlight was visiting my friend Catherine’s stall of stunning homewares for her brand Splendid Wren Ceramics. The display was amazing and her handmade clay creations were very popular with the locals. Her style is natural, textured and earthy and she deserves every success doing the work she truly loves. A new bud vase (like the ones you can see above) has found a spot in my home and it brings a smile to my face as bright as the yellow flowers that came with it.

INSTA-JAM // sending off 2017


I admit I have been slack and absent from social media in 2017 but it has been a huge year! It’s been great but extremely hectic on all fronts (home, family and work) so I’m definitely needing a well earned rest. It will be a short break as 2018 is gearing up to be a time with lots of changes coming, which is exciting. Here’s a few highlights from my Instagram that I shared (albeit sporadically). I hope you have all had a good year and the upcoming one is even better. Happy holidays!

DEAR DIARY // the big design market




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In perfect timing for Christmas, The Big Design Market was on at The Royal Hall of Industries over three days this weekend in Sydney (Melbourne is on 2-4 December). Starting in Melbourne in 2012, this is the first year it’s come to Sydney and I think it’s debut was a success. Showcasing the best of local and international art, craft and design with over 200 stands of unique, exclusive products. There’s an emphasis on ethical production, sustainability, quality, originality and good design. This shopping mecca caters to all ages with a huge choice of everything you could ever need – or just really, really want!

There’s also a limited number of showbags on offer with a selection of pieces from the designers involved. Another innovative extension to the stalls are the creative workshops hosted by stallholders and renowned designers such as Sibella Court, Beci Orpin and Home-Work. With free kids activities and areas to sit and relax, it’s an enjoyable day out for the whole family. You may need to refuel for energy, so there’s plenty of delicious food and drink from all your favourite local taste-makers.

DEAR DIARY // the finders keepers




The Finders Keepers markets just keep getting better and better every year. They started in 2008 and are now held in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide. I went to the opening night in Sydney for the Autumn/Winter event, held in the historical Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh. The spirit behind the markets is to promote and support small, local businesses while endorsing conscious consumerism to the shoppers.

It has created a community that independent artists, makers and designers showcase their amazing pieces at individual stalls. With talent from all over Australia, it’s a great environment to discover talented artisans that you can meet in person. There is always a variety of homewares, fashion, lifestyle and food products to try and buy. It has a creative, festival atmosphere complete with live music, bars and food trucks – a fun day out and a great inspiration!

WEEKEND WRAP // coffee and beer


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I do love the outdoors and getting back to nature on the weekends, but sometimes it’s lovely to just wander around those hidden gems in the suburbs. Last weekend I found myself browsing through books while enjoying my coffee in a dark terrace house. These are common in Paddington but this one has been transformed into a three level cafe and second hand bookstore. Cosy rooms filled with vintage furniture and jammed with books in every possible corner. A perfect start to the morning…

After visiting a few more bookstores it was eventually time for lunch and in true Australian fashion the pub was the location. Years ago many old pubs were being stripped of their character and refurbished in a sterile and modern style that just didn’t work (well for me anyway). Lately I have seen many pubs transformed to reflect the history of the building but still have a current and fresh feel. Maybe this natural and honest approach is why it’s so easy to hang around in the garden courtyard for so long!

DEAR DIARY // french crafternoon

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felt love // pom pom perfection // bunting fun // chalk style

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My gorgeous friend and super talented designer Juanita Field hosted an incredible French inspired afternoon of arts and crafts. This was a special day in preparation for the upcoming launch of her new business which is still in the works (but I will keep you posted when it’s all up and running).

We feasted on cheese, baguettes, croissants and champagne while we made pieces at allocated workstations for each project. There was hand sewing felt macarons and hearts – confusing when the macarons looked identical to the edible ones! A fun highlight was constructing our own paper pom poms, which I’m looking forward to using as party decorations. Then the ever popular bunting was recreated in felt flags and paper doily versions which was so simple but clever. We also showcased our calligraphy and typography skills on individual chalkboards, using as many French phrases as we could remember from our high school lessons.

Merci beaucoup Juanita, c’était un expérience inoubliable! (Thank you very much Juanita, it was an unforgettable experience! – I confess that I had to google this one)

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