Saturday, 26 July 2008

I wish I lived in Seattle...

... so I could visit this one-woman show by Heidi Kenney. I have always admired her My Paper Crane toys and this looks gorgeous!

Friday, 25 July 2008

New things in my web shop # 2: Lisa Jones Greeting Cards

As soon as I saw Lisa Jones' brilliant greeting card designs I fell in love with them. She is influenced by Scandinavian folklore, 20th century pottery and vintage illustration.

I love the use of vintage fabric and wallpaper patterns on the Kapok Creatures range, and the references to 1970s hand-made toys.

This hand-printed 'Fingers Crossed' card is also a favourite, as it reminds me of old shop advertising, and is a really nice way to send a good luck message.

But the best of all, Lisa's cards are either hand-printed by her, or printed on 100% recycled card using vegetable inks.

See the full range in my shop!

Thursday, 24 July 2008

New things in my web shop # 1: Meet Me at Mikes

I've just updated the Lark web shop for Spring (which seems very odd to me as I am sitting here rugged up on a very chilly day). As well as new lovelies from Lark, you will see lots of gorgeous things from other designers. We've recently launched 'Lark & Friends' which is a small group of like-minded independent designers from Australia and the UK, to sell our products jointly into the best shops.

The first Friend I'm going to introduce you to is Meet Me at Mikes, who most people will already know from their bonza blog and very special Fitzroy store. Pip and Cam are launching a really sweet range of gifts and accessories that will soon be available at the cutest shops near you. Here is a sneak preview and you can find more at my website .

Monday, 21 July 2008

This is what makes me happy...

The thought of a little boy's face on his 5th birthday in two weeks time, when he gets to meet this cutie called Jim. He will be soooo happy as he has wanted a puppy to come and live with us for soooo long! Mr Lark and I went to visit Jim and his mum and brothers today, he is an 8 week-old golden retriever, with a gentle and very inquisitive nature.

Thanks to Jacinta for a great theme this week - you too can join THIS IS on Angela's Three Buttons blog!

Sunday, 13 July 2008

View from our verandah

Today we woke up to see a rainbow over our little town!

Saturday, 12 July 2008

Just Lovely...

Lark got a really nice mention in the current issue of Junior Baby magazine (UK). I am so pleased as it refers to us as 'lovely Lark'. You see, 'Lovely' is kind of the motto we have for our little company. We like to work with lovely people (our makers, customers, and the other designers we work with), make lovely things that don't cost the earth, put lovely things on the Lark blog, and to just generally be very lovely. Why be anything else? Well, because maybe it's not so fashionable to be lovely at the moment. I could be all, like, edgy and cool and write about the things that annoy me, and make baby clothes with skulls on and stuff, but it just isn't me. So if you don't like lovely, please avert your eyes.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

I could never be a scientist!

I did this fun Personality Test through a link on Brooke's blog. Is it accurate? I don't know, maybe. I have certainly worked in at least 3 or 4 of these professions. I couldn't become a scientist though, I was never smart at science in school and I still don't get it, although I can see that there could be a creative side to it.

Your personality type:

Quietly forceful, original and sensitive. Tend to stick to things until they are done. Extremely intuitive about people and concerned for their feelings. Well-developed value systems which they strictly adhere to. Well-respected for their perserverence in doing the right thing. Likely to be individualistic, rather than leading or following.

Careers that could fit you includes:

Counselors, clergy, missionaries, teachers, medical doctors, dentists, chiropractors, psychologists, psychiatrists, writers, musicians, artists, psychics, photographers, child care workers, education consultants, librarians, marketeers, scientists, social workers.

Sunday, 6 July 2008

This Is...

This is... my most treasured childhood possession. Panda moved in with me in about 1971 after I begged my mum and dad for a cuddly panda for what felt like forever. She has been through many house moves all over the world, and knows all of my secrets. Lately, my own children have been playing with Panda (she is currently 'Kung Fu Panda')and I think she might need a bit of TLC!

Thanks to Danielle for a great theme this week - you too can join THIS IS on Angela's Three Buttons blog!

Saturday, 5 July 2008

More cookies ... or should that be biscuits?

Since I wrote my last post I am seeing cookies everywhere. I bought the new Frankie magazine and it contains a feature on biscuits. And also today, I came across a set of desktop icons based on biscuits that made me smile so I am using them on my Mac (but they make me hungry!).

Anyway, what IS the difference between a cookie and a biscuit? I have always wondered. Is cookie just an American word for the British biscuit, leaving us Australians as usual in the middle and hopelessly confused? Or are cookies only allowed to be round and hand-baked? Here are more cookies, they are hand-knitted by the womens organisation I work with in Bangladesh and they will soon be available through Lark. These are definitely cookies, although the British version we are also making (which includes jammy dodgers, custard creams and party rings) I will probably call biscuits!

Pretty Cookies

100_3594, originally uploaded by Flying Time Designs.

Sugar & Meringue makes the prettiest iced cookies I've ever seen. Do visit her blog if you would like a big dose of sweetness! AND she is hosting a cookie exchange for bloggers on 9th July for National Sugar Cookie Day, so join in and get baking...

Tuesday, 1 July 2008