Saturday, 31 July 2010

Cookie Stamp

LOVE this cookie stamp from the Remo store! Even better, they have it on sale today, yay!

Friday, 30 July 2010

New Belle & Boo

A big box of prints arrived today and I have just added the two newest Belle & Boo prints to our website, aren't they lovely?

Poppy's Puddle

It Was The Perfect Summer's Day

Mandy and her team have been working extra hard lately, you wont believe all the Belle & Boo loveliness that is coming down under over the next few weeks! My goodness, there will be Belle & Boo wall stickers, more fancy tapes, pretty little children's outfits, new Pirate badges, and even a Belle & Boo book. Here's a sneak preview just for you. Gosh, I feel so privileged to be looking after Belle & Boo in Australia, everything is made with such skill and love, it is impossible to choose my favourite product, but I think when you see the Belle & Boo To Do Book you are especially going to like it - I do! x

Winter again

Sigh - the little glimpse of spring we had last week has gone and Daylesford has once again been plunged into misty, foggy, dull dampness. This has been the coldest and longest winter since we moved here four years ago. Don't get me wrong, Daylesford is SO pretty in winter, but you do find yourself longing for a bit of sunny sunshine after a few months of it! We've been holed up at home all week. Paul has been baking delicious bread. We did a photoshoot for a new project for one of my fave magazines. Harry had his dog injections (he will be ready to go for his first walkies in a few days). My friend and I watched a preview of the Making It Handmade documentary. Jacob made a book, 'The Adventures of Indiana Stick'. We ate soup. It's all good - but I'm still longing for a bit of sunshine! x

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Pretty wallpaper

I came across two rolls of this very pretty wallpaper, to add to my little collection. I am quite taken with it, I love the images of the girl and her rabbit, they remind me of Belle & Boo, and the pretty pink and lilac colours, oh how I wish I had a little girl's room to decorate! Might have to use it in my office instead! x

Monday, 26 July 2010

We're hiring - designer wanted!

If you've been reading my posts lately (or noticing the lack of them) you'll see that I'm pretty busy at the moment, and I'm finally being forced to admit that, after nearly five years of designing and making things for Lark, I am in need of some help with this part of my job. So I am looking for an in-house production person to work with me on a fantastic new range of Lark gift products.

We're hoping to find someone with experience in product development, design, sourcing and costing. Someone who loves cute vintage design and will stop at nothing to make the perfect product. The position will be based in Ballarat - this could be a great opportunity for a designer looking to relocate to the country. If you know anyone who'd be perfect, please ask them to send a brief email to me (allison@ and we can talk further. Thanks!

Two lovely blogs

My blog and shop have been lucky enough to feature on two lovely blogs today, I have had fun this morning reading them (instead of working) and looking at all the pretty pictures - if you're sitting down with a cuppa today and looking for inspiration, I recommend you check these out! x

Little Miss Emma is a photographer based in rural Victoria who loves to bake and sew. Her crafty cottage looks amazing.

Maxabella is the blog of a craft mum who has a very pretty blog and adorable kids. Nice work!!

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Busy week

Saturday morning - finally catching up with the ol' blogs. How's your week been? I haven't stopped for breath. In work, it's all been about getting the orders out from our (overwhelmingly popular) sale - still a few to go out on Monday, getting our new designs off to the printer, writing my Maeve column, and preparing for Life in Style, which is only 2.5 weeks away now.

Home has been busy too, with plumbers, electricians and chippies around the house building a new bathroom, trips to IKEA, planning a birthday party and our summer holiday, kids, dogs, cats to feed and organise.

And it has also been busy on the social/foodie/shopping/telly watching front. We loved the Trentham farmers market last week (it has become one of the best around), hung out at the new Stables café at the Cosmo hotel, as well as at our old fave Red Beard bakery café, bought lovely flowers from Sandy for friends, made veggie lasagne with the rainbow chard from our garden, had a surprise visit from Jackie and Hannah, drank lots of coffee, shopped in Kyneton (love the pretty new children's shop Hennie & Fox), visited our friends' awesome new home in Ballarat, found some great things at the Daylesford bazaar (5 huge old Italian food jars, a vintage telly for the shop and an old record player for the garden den), was given a lovely gift of Bonne Maman jam, my favourite (love the jars), watched Herbie goes to Monte Carlo, the new series of Mary Queen of Shops and Jamie's Food Revolution USA, and did more food shopping in Prahran, one of our many 'old stamping grounds', visited a special little girl whose birthday it is, read the latest issues of my fave magazines. I just downloaded the week's pics from my camera, here are a few...

Saturday, 17 July 2010

"Hello" from London

On my last trip to Sydney I picked myself up a little treat in Kinokinuya, a Japanese Cath Kidston magazine with lots of extras. It's called "Hello" from London! and is in the shape of a box.

There are several pages of lovely patterns like Britannia, Bath Flowers and Provence Rose.

Then there is a sort of catalogue of the latest products, but with a Japanese styling that I really love.

There is a review of lovely crafty and vintage shops around London including The Cloth Shop in Portobello Road, a favourite of mine where Angela and I hung out when we went on our UK jaunt.

My favourite part is a six-page feature on Cath Kidston's office, which was fascinating (for a CK nerd like me).

And looky here, inside the box was apretty washbag, white flowers with a blue dotty pattern inside and with a little tissue holder and make-up mirror. Sweet!