Lovely weather and a lovely morning with Charlie and Nora at the Malmö Garden Show yesterday. I forgot my camera, but Charlie took my iPhone and off she went. I love seeing the garden show from her perspective!
While we are on the topic of lovely papier mache creatures (see yesterday's post on Julie Arkell), some weeks ago I found a wonderful blog called do you mind if i knit, written by artist and illustrator Vanessa Cabban. Now this is not a new blog, so I wonder why it took me so long to find it????
Reading Vanessa's blog is like sitting down to a nice cup of tea and a chat with an old friend. I love her papier mache creatures (which she makes in this beautiful studio), she posts a tonne of photos from her open garden visits around her little corner of England (love those posts almost as much as her papier mache posts), and she has a hilarious Miniature Dachshund called Douglas who pops up regularly on the blog.
Here is one of Vanessa's wonderful creations below (Sir Henry Brambles) - you can see more on her blog, and she sells on etsy too! Make sure you keep an eye out for Audrey and Happy Louise. They are fabulous!
For those of you who love Julie Arkell and don't already know about it, there is a lovely article about her in the current issue of Making magazine. Thanks to my gorgeous friend Clare in Wales who gave me the heads up, I managed to track down a copy in Malmö. Thanks Clare!
I love this house! Built just three years ago (can you believe it?), Red Brick Barn looks like it is decades older, like it has always been right there in that beautiful spot. It was built completely from recycled building materials, and most of the work was done by the owners, Daniel and Glenny. I think they have done an amazing job!
Red Brick Barn is located in Chewton, Victoria (Australia) and is rented out as holiday accommodation. What a perfect weekend getaway! There is even an outdoor bathtub, a donkey field (see last pic) and the house overlooks a creek and heritage bushland. How perfect is that?!
Red Brick Barn also featured in an article in the December 2010 issue of Country Style (Australia). See more pics here and read more here.
A few weeks ago, Pia Jane Bijkerk posted about this lovely weatherboard cottage in Newcastle, Australia. Built in 1918, it still retains many of the beautiful original features like wooden floorboards, decorative plasterwork on the ceilings and gorgeous wooden window frames. My favourite shot is this one of the kitchen below.
Rag Rescue salvages vintage fabric, trims and haberdashery and, in owner Sandie’s words, “brings them into the future, clean and fresh ready to start a new life”. I have found so many beautiful fabrics at Rag Rescue, including the lovely paisley fabrics pictured below (sourced from vintage eiderdowns), and have to say that the customer service is excellent, perhaps the best I have encountered during my many (many, many) online shopping experiences. Sandie is incredibly friendly and helpful, and service is always fast and flawless.
Selfishly, I would like to keep Rag Rescue a secret so that I have more of a chance of scooping up Sandie’s wonderful vintage finds, but I believe she deserves the good publicity! Sandie lists new items almost daily at the Rag Rescue website, and each evening you can get a sneak preview of the next day’s listing at the Rag Rescue blog. Happy shopping!
Inspired by Joanna, the creator of this wonderful heart, I made this flower on the weekend (using a technique I learnt at a Julie Arkell workshop). I thought Joanna's combination of pale blue floral and red and white ticking was perfect! The petals are made of my two favourite fabrics - the blue floral is a relatively new fabric from Quilt Gate, and the red and white patterned fabric is from a shirt I made just over twenty (!!!!!) years ago when I was still in high school. Sadly, that much-loved shirt is now just a bit too worn to wear.
Hi! My name is Sam and I am an Australian blogging from Sweden, where I live with my Australian husband and our two daughters, five year old Charlie and wee little Nora.
This blog is a place to keep a record of all the amazing and inspiring finds I discover on the internet, via friends, during our travels, or that I am lucky enough to stumble across in person during my daily life here in Malmö, Sweden.
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