Off on holiday!

I'm off on holiday tomorrow - very exciting!! My sister and husband are out visiting us on their honeymoon, so tomorrow we are off to Sydney for a few days, followed by a couple if days in the Blue Mountains and then onto Byron Bay (see picture).

I can't wait to visit Byron Bay and lie on that beautiful beach! It looks tough I know - but I'm sure I'll manage to enjoy myself!

See you in a few weeks time :-)

My little house on The Design Files!

I was really excited today when my little house was featured on the ever brilliant The Design Files!
You can see the full post and more images at: The Design Files

A big 'thank you' to Lucy over at The Design files for making my house look lovely and for featuring my home and it's treaures on her wonderful blog (it really is the best blog!)

It's quite nerve-wracking knowing your home is going to be looked at by lots of people - especially as we're still in the process of renovating it. It's also nice though to share it with people, and I love having a peek at other peoples homes so I guess its only fair I share mine! Enjoy :-)

Me Old China photo-shoot

'Fancy a Cuppa?' pendants and brooches

'Polly put the kettle on' wall plates
Last week I arranged to have some of my new 'Fancy A Cuppa?' range of jewellery and 'Polly put the kettle on' wall plates professionally photograhed.

It was great to have a photographer with all the equipment (and I mean so much equipment!) to take the photographs - and it's always very exciting to hand things over to a professional.
A very big thank you to Cliff at Omega Advertising for spending so much time with me and helping out at such short notice!

Sweet smelling treats!

I was lucky enough to win the 'MOR' giveaway over on the fabulous Design Files last week! I never win anything so I was delighted to win the beautifully packaged range of MOR products - gorgeous packaging, not tested on animals and made in Australia - what more could you want.
A big 'thank you' to The Design Files and to MOR :-)

Fab purchases in Ballarat!

I thought I'd share some of my fabulous purchases from the op-shops and vintage stores in Ballarat.... I had a wonderful day shopping and it was fun finding some new places for second-hand plates and clothing.
A very big THANK YOU to the gorgeous Julie from Ballarat Vintage Style (check out her blog - I'm very jealous of the wonderful clothes she finds and would love to rifle through her wardrobe!) for meeting with some strange woman (me!) wanting to know the best vintage shops to visit!!

I found the fab retro plates above, with many of the designs manufactured by Broadhust and designed by Kathie Winkle. I just love her designs - classic retro patterns and colours :-)

It's funny how sometimes I buy in colour combinations - it's totally accidental, but when I got home I realised the plates grouped themselves perfectly into specific colour combinations!
Also quite funny were my other purchases....I'm not really a red person, but I was really drawn to the red costume ring from Dear Prudence (this shop is definitely worth a visit) and this fantastic vintage red bag from Ruby Rouge. I then found a red and white polka-dot dress - phew - that's quite enough red for one day!

Ballarat Art Gallery

I was delighted last week when The Art Gallery of Ballarat contacted me to stock my Me Old China range of jewellery! The gallery shop is having a bit of a revamp and I'm really excited that my work will be part of the new-look shop amongst many other fantastic Australian designer products.

It had been several years since I was last in Ballarat and so visiting the gallery was a great chance for a long overdue visit. I had forgotton what a lovely city it is with original colonial style buildings and wide tree-lined streets.

For any non-Australians Ballarat is an old mining town where Gold was discovered in 1851 (the second largest gold nugget ever found in a Australia was found in Ballarat in 1858!) At one point during the gold explosion there were up to 20,000 diggers in the shafts of the Ballarat Goldfields all searching for gold.

Thanks again to the Art Gallery of Ballarat for their support and enthusiasm for my work!