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Archive: Jun 2012

  1. LOVING :: Hello Naomi

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    Lovely Naomi of Hello Naomi teaches the children’s cupcake and cookie decorating class at Megan Morton’s The School. As I mentioned in my previous post, Roxy announced that the class was the best day of the whole of the last school holidays. (The next class is scheduled for July 5th) Naomi is such a sweet person and so incredibly talented.

    Naomi left a career as a robot programming compeer engineer (!) to follow her passion of creating these incredible confections. She has since taught classes as far afield as London and she told me that she will be opening a Hello Naomi shop in Newcastle in the near future. Lucky Novocastrians!


    Visit the Hello Naomi website to see more, and pop along to Naomi’s gorgeous blog too.

  2. Classes and Courses

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    There was a time, before I was a parent, that I was always taking one course or another. Sadly they are few and far between for me now. Do you take courses, either online or IRL? Do you have any that you’ve done and would recommend? Please share them with links in the comments.

    Here are a few that look kinda fab.


    Get Your Paint on : Beyond the Basics
    with artists Lisa Congdon and Mati McDonough
    This is an online painting course, commencing July 9th for 5 weeks.
    I am still seriously considering signing up for this one (I just need to allow myself to take some time out for it), it sounds great and is aimed at all levels including beginners.
    All the info is on the Get Your Paint On website.
    Feedback: Yay! As a newbie I was so worried that I was going to be out of my depth, but the two of you & everyone else made this space so relaxed and easy to take risks and the support and encouragement made me want to paint more and more and more. I have loved every moment and will be looking out for the next class. Thank you!



    with Susannah Conway
    Another online course, starting September 3rd for 8 weeks.
    Using photography and journalling the course aims to unlock how we see ourselves and the world we live in.
    Find out all the info on the Unravelling website.
    Feedback: When I began Unravelling, I wasn’t sure where I wanted the course to take me; I simply wanted to know a little bit more about myself. Very quickly, though, the adventure of the assignments, and the personal insights from Susannah, raised questions that demanded answers. From there, the process of self-discovery really seemed to take on a life of its own. The photography assignments were wonderful in the way they were able to bring out the individual in everyone, and the journaling exercises took me — an avid journaler my whole life — to new depths in my writing. 

    Master Classes with Megan Morton
    Super stylist, designer, self-described “house whisperer” and all round lovely person Megan Morton is running a series of master classes from The School in Sydney. The classes are: Finding Your Own Style, Prepare a Property for Sale, and Science of Styling and they look like they are going to be fantastic. The first Science of Styling class in July is booked out, but there are more scheduled for the coming months.
    Find out more and see the timetable on The School website.
    As these are new classes there is no feedback from past students, but here is something from Megan:
    I am a sharer. I can’t help it. For years now I have wanted to formulate what I have learnt in all my time styling and making beautiful. A last! I am ready. Please come and let’s share, your house will thank you for it. As you know I have long-believed in the power of house whispering. I know you know that it works. But behind this there is a visual science to everything that a stylist does.

    If you visit the Temple & Webster blog and comment on their post before midnight on Monday 25th (that’s only a couple of days away) you could WIN a Master Class with Megan. Woohoo! Get on over!

    Megan has also released her school holiday timetable for children’s classes. Roxy did the cookie and cupcake decorating class last holidays and declared it the best day of the whole holidays… a big call!

    Don’t forget to comment with any classes or courses you’ve done and would recommend!


  3. LOVING :: Emily Winfield Martin

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    I’m a long time fan of Emily Winfield Martin’s and I’m totally smitten with her new series of portraits. They are, in Emily’s words:
    Flower portraits, meaning portraits of girls/ladies with flowers, but also loose personifications of the flower itself (or what I imagine my favorite flowers might be as a human girl.) These are inspired mostly by my own flower garden and my mother’s garden, pretty girls, WPA/1930’s & 40’s oil portraits I admire, and though the execution is different, the idea surely has something to do with C.M. Barker’s Flower Fairies, which I’ve loved all my life.


    You can see Emily’s works in progress on her blog, The Black Apple, and purchase her previous work from her Etsy shop.


  4. Exploring Tokyo :: Ebisu

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    These photos were taken around Ebisu on my trip last month. There are some lovely little streets to wander around in and sweet little shops to be found. A word of warning though if you’re heading to Tokyo armed with shopping directions from blogs: make sure they are current, or be prepared for the possibility that shops have closed or moved. I spent hours walking around with various maps and directions (in other parts of Tokyo too) and didn’t find a single one of the shops I’d hoped to visit… not because I’m directionally challenged, but because they weren’t there! Once I got over my frustration I did enjoy Ebisu though!


  5. Birdy pick of the week: Erdem silk scarf


    I do love a good scarf and when British fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu turns his attention to a single silk square, the exquisite artistry of his prints can be truly appreciated.

    I personally don’t know whether I’d frame or wear this beautiful piece, but I really love the simultaneous sense of abundance (of flora and fauna) and restraint (of design and colour). The dove grey silk crepe lifts it beyond any sense of chintz – not that you’d find even a whisper of that in Erdem’s sophisticated designs. £225 from Net-a-porter.

  6. Wee Birdy on top of Jubilee parties around the UK


    I’m tickled red, white and blue to see my Jubilee cake picks on top of many a cupcake, scone, pork pie and Victoria Sponge cake around the UK. Hurrah! Thanks to everyone who sent me a pic: you made me feel like I was part of your long weekend, all the way from Sydney.

    From top, left to right: Owltwit‘s Jubilee scones; The Pastry Tip‘s Jubilee biscuits with icing toppers.
    Second row, left to right: Sewhipfolkie‘s Jubilee spread; North Rock’s cake; Scamp’s festive cupcakes.
    Third row, left to right: North Rock’s pork pies and incredible Jubilee spread with cut-out corgis.
    Fourth row, left to right: Little_Emilou‘s chocolate cupcakes; and TheJenBug‘s cupcakes with Union Jack toppers and bottoms.
    Fifth row, left to right: Pamplemousse’s cupcakes; Monkey and Bo‘s cupcakes; and 30skellum‘s red velvet cupcakes.

    Here’s a round-up of Wee Birdy’s Jubilee blog posts – hope you enjoyed them:
    Click here for a gallery of British street parties from decades past.
    Click here for the best Jubilee shop windows around the UK
    Click here for the best non-tat Jubilee souvenirs.
    Click here to download your free Jubilee cupcake toppers and cake banner printables.
    Click here for the best Union Jack souvenirs.
    Click here for my top 10 Jubilee tea-towels.

  7. Wee finds: Street parties from decades past – how Britain celebrated


    Did you have a street party for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee? Did you beat the rain?

    I love this photo of a 1953 street party celebrating the Queen’s coronation in Heriot Hill Terrace, Broughton (via Edinphoto). Look at the party hats! And the line-up of glass bottles with straws in them. I wonder what’s in the parcels wrapped up with string?

    It led me to search for more historic street parties in Britain – there are some real beauties. I’ve assembled my favourite ones in this gallery. Enjoy!

    Wee Birdy is celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee!

    Click here for the best Jubilee shop windows around the UK.
    Click here for the best non-tat Jubilee souvenirs.
    Click here to download your free Jubilee cupcake toppers and cake banner printables.
    Click here for the best Union Jack souvenirs.
    Click here for my top 10 Jubilee tea-towels.

  8. Wee finds: Jubilee shop windows


    Happy Jubilee Tuesday! I love the way that Britain’s retailers have fully embraced the pomp and pageantry of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with patriotic window displays. Not a bad retail strategy, actually, considering it’s a golden opportunity to showcase the very best of British products.

    I also adore the very British sense of humour that’s evident in so many window displays – from bunting fashioned out of knickers in Frome to the Queen dressed in a sparkly Union Jack in Hebdin Bridge.

    But no-one else could quite capture the splendour, eccentricity and wit of Selfridges, which outdid itself with its magnificent “Big British Bang” campaign, with each window portraying a typically British scene. The “food of royalty” window features a Pearly King and Queen in an East End caff, while punks take over the “changing of the guard” window. Brilliant.

    I’ve pulled together a gallery of some of the UK’s best Jubilee shop windows. Which one is your favourite?

    Special thanks to all the Wee Birdy readers who contributed their photos.

    Wee Birdy is celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee!
    Click here for the best non-tat Jubilee souvenirs.
    Click here to download your free Jubilee cupcake toppers and cake banner printables.
    Click here for the best Union Jack souvenirs.
    Click here for my top 10 Jubilee tea-towels.