Month: May 2017

DIY Love

We haven’t featured DIY for a while so to tempt those DIY fingers, check out these ideas … DIY Backyard Makeover: Fantastic inexpensive ideas to transform a concrete patio using a fake grass rug and chalk stencils on the wall. Read more about Sarah Khandjian, author of DIY blog Sarah Hearts, and her backyard makeover at Popsugar. Handmade Clay Letters: Transform a party or a wall with your own handmade letters using Sculpey or FIMO clay. The Oh Happy Day blog is so colourful and fun, I defy any DIY sceptic not to fall in love with their ideas! Pressing Flowers with Beci Orpin: If these gorgeous pictures don’t inspire flower and foliage pressing, then nothing will. Find out how to make your own pressed flower art at We Are Scout, which also talks about Beci Orpin’s new craft book, Sunshine Spaces. Homemade Lunch/Snack: After all that making a scrumptious snack is needed! Goats cheese toast with walnuts, honey and thyme satisfy our taste buds and are easy-peasy. Bake multi-grain toasts in the oven for five minutes with goats cheese, walnuts …

Companies Going Bananas for Sprout

Companies around the world are going bananas for our plantable Sprout Pencils. Sydney-based marketing company Basic Bananas recently had Sprout Pencils etched for giveaways at their workshops. And The Cathedral School celebrated 100 years with Sprout. Sprout Pencils are a fantastic, innovative initiative for corporate social responsibility programs. Watch this fun video about Adam, the challenged CSR manager  … But beware fake Sprout pencils! The ones we sell are authentic and protected by an international patent application. The fake ones contain either unidentified seeds or no seeds at all (eek!). They may feature different logos and be in different packaging. So, don’t be fooled. This is what the real Sprout Pencils look like and you can buy them from us here.

Interview : Issy Hutton| Sustainable Jewellery

‘Creation with a conscience’ is at the heart of one-time costume designer now jewellery maker and artist, Issy Hutton. Based in Melbourne, Issy fashions jewellery, especially earrings, from recycled plywood and eco-friendly materials. Her pieces are bold, fun and colourful. I caught up with Issy to find out what prompted her career change and how creativity and sustainability fuel her. Tell us about yourself – who are you, what’s your background? I’ve always been creatively inclined, even from a young age. I grew up in a very isolated rural area of Queensland and when I was in pre-school I was the only child in my year. I made friends with the older kids and they used to ask me to draw things for them all the time – as well as take giant bites from their apples and give them the pieces! I was a latecomer to university, starting my degree at 23, studying Design for Theatre, Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts. I then pursued a career as a costume and …

Duncan Meerding Lights Up the New MACq01 Hotel in Tasmania

Our favourite lighting designer, Duncan Meerding, whose Cracked Log Lamps we feature on the store, has been hard at work creating lights for the soon-to-open MACq01 Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania. Calling itself the ‘storytelling hotel’, the MACq01 aims to tell the stories of Tasmania’s history and, specifically, 114 of the characters who famously or infamously make up its colourful past. Duncan’s lighting, which uses salvaged logs destined to be burnt, will be perfect for this hotel. His specially created Log Banker’s Lamp and Cracked Lop Lamps will offer the ideal ambience for a place that wishes to exude history and tell tales of the past. Click the image below to watch a beautifully produced video on Duncan and his work … We can’t wait to see his lights in situ when the MACq01 Hotel opens in June this year, 2017!