Art for your walls can get pricey. When I grow up, I hope to have an impressive collection. In the mean time, I’m a fan of a teeny bit of DIY.We went to Fiji for our honeymoon and I found this heart shaped shell washed up on the beach. I recently mounted and framed it with a vintage map bought from a thrift shop. It’s now hanging near our front door so every time we leave home we are reminded of that special holiday. Handy Supplier: Corban & Blair and good ol’ IKEA make great box frames. What else could you frame? A special champagne cork perhaps? Any more ideas?
The TV series I am working on required a traditional middle-eastern restaurant and our location manager secured the classic, any-hours Fatima’s in Surry Hills. Don’t be alarmed, I don’t think this is a stunning interior – I just want to share a décor with you so original that it’s beautiful. Original signage, a faux sandstone wall, to a pinboard that looks older than me - yet for some reason, I couldn’t put the camera down. I did find a piece of classic beauty as I was leaving – the lovely bentwood chair. Next time you visit, take a seat and look around at an interior that made my job redundant for a day. (And make sure you try a delicious ‘golden falafel’.)
I want to chat about the Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer. Every kitchen needs one. Seriously. We received a shiny cream one for our wedding 3 months ago, and our kitchen has been producing the extraordinary ever since. The dough needle for the mixer helps you make bread and pasta dough perfectly and quickly. These pictures were taken a few weekends ago when the husband made fresh ravioli, using his trusty Marcato Pasta Machine – with a recipe he learnt from Robin Murray, the chef at Centennial Restaurant in the Southern Highlands. Yep, I married a man who makes his own bread and pasta. What a keeper.
Theming christmas gift wrapping is one of my favourite pastimes - and I delight in creating a personalised package for a birthday. My lovely friend Rachel turned 30 recently, and I set aside some time in the afternoon before her soiree to wrap the 'Heart' felt embroidery by the super talented artist, Rachel Castle.
Can you tell I am a little bit obsessed with rubber stamps at the moment? Ribbons deserve their own blog – and possibly their own cupboard soon. I’m getting quite the collection.
Handy Supplier: E&M Greenfield – there is a bargain bin at the checkout with discontinued braids and ribbons. Just lovely!
This is one of the purchases I am most proud of. It was a Saturday in 2006 when I handed over $15 to St Vincent De Paul in Chatswood, NSW. That afternoon, the travel case was introduced to our eclectic home as a storage chest where it has remained since. I love that vintage items pose this kind of question. When I buy a teapot from the 1960’s, I imagine the lady who previously enjoyed tea from it, when I find an Australiana tea towel with ‘Coffs Harbour 1978’ printed on it, I imagine the young family who hung out at the Big Banana that year.
‘Sunday Collector’ will be like a travel case that I fill with my finds and inspirations. I welcome you to share the journey with me.