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Archive: Nov 2012

  1. Frock on Friday: Marimekko

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    Here in Sydney we’re heading into a hot and humid weekend with temps around the 38 degree celcius mark – yikes! So I can’t think of anything better than swanning around (a freezing cold air-conditioned mall or cinema) in this bright and sunny one hundred per cent cotton dress by cult Finnish textile company Marimekko. The Käly dress, AU$529, is from their Spring/Summer 2012 collection, which was released in the Northern Hemisphere earlier this year. I love Marimiekko’s signature vibrant and oversized florals in this frock and graphic sunny stripes. You can find it at Funkis in Sydney and online.

    Marimekko Nopsa dress via we-are-scout.com

    Funkis has also reduced some of the Spring/Summer 2012 Marimekko frocks, like this very sweet Nopsa dress (reduced to AU$150 from AU$199), featuring cute pocket details and a contrasting blue trim.

    Marimekko Sattuma dress via we-are-scout.com

    And this smart Sattuma dress is great for those who love Marimekko’s sleek lines and graphic prints, but prefer a more conservative look.

    Northern Hemisphere birds who are heading into a bitterly cold winter might like to check out the new arrivals from Marimekko this season, including the Manteliptsi knit dress, the Huuru dress and Matilda shirt.

    Marimekko dress via we-are-scout.com

    Marrimeko Manteliptsi knitted dress.

    Marimekko dress via we-are-scout.com

    Marimkekko Huuru dress.

    Marimekko dress via we-are-scout.com

    Marrimekko Matilda shirt.

    Click here for Marimekko stockists.

  2. How to make your own Hobbiton Miniature Garden


    Look what I made! It’s a Hobbiton miniature garden – complete with Hobbits! I made this project for my brand new gig as editor over on Crafttuts+. Please come over and say hello if you love making stuff – I’ve pulled together an awesome team of contributors including Lisa Tilse from The Red Thread and Cinti from My Poppet. They’re making some really cool stuff and the tutorials are high quality with lots of beautiful photography. And we’ve got some gorgeous Christmas tutorials lined up for the festive season.

    Hobbiton Miniature Garden via we-are-scout.com

    We’ve been running a series of geek-themed craft at Crafttuts+, so I thought I’d get my get my Tolkien geek on to celebrate the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Wellington yesterday. I love miniature gardens and terrariums and I’ve always wanted to make a themed one, so this felt like the perfect opportunity.

    How to Make a Hobbiton Miniature Garden via we-are-scout.com

    In the tutorial, I take you through in step-by-step detail how to make each element for your Hobbiton miniature garden, including the teeny-tiny toadstools (hint: red nail varnish gives the most brilliant shine!). I will also show you how to plan and landscape your garden, and what plants are most suitable for your micro cosmos. Click here for my Crafttuts+ tutorial.

    What do you think? Are you a Lord of the Rings fan? Do you like miniature gardens? Tell me in the comments below.

    Photography by Lucas Boyd.

  3. LOVING :: The Design Files Open House


    The Design Files Open House officially opened today in Melbourne, and I SO wish I was there. It looks even more incredible than last year – chock full of amazing art, brands and creations. There’s so many fab and colourful things in that house. So much to love. Next year I’m there!

    Lucy (Feagins, of The Design Files) and her team have put in a massive effort over months to pull the Open House event together and they have done a truly awesome job. You can see a whole lot more photos on The Design Files.


    Images Brooke Holm and John Deer for The Design Files.



  4. INSPIRATON :: Swarm


    Leslie Oschmann makes beautiful bespoke objects from reclaimed oil paintings. Her re-inventive use of vintage finds is unique and unexpected, preserving original beauty while giving them a new context and life.


    Leslie has been collaborating with Anthropologie for a few seasons now, and these fabulous still life monograms (on my wish list!) and light shades are the latest in the Swarm for Anthropologie range.

    I love seeing people creating things that are truly unique and original and Swarm certainly is all that.


  5. Pimp your diary


    One of the things that I dislike about the end of the year is the crammed and messy state of my diary. One of the things I love about the end of the year is buying a new diary. A clean page. A fresh slate. It’s that time of year!

    For the past two years I’ve used and loved an A4 diary from Muji in which each spread has a week to view on the left and a blank gridded page on the right. This seems to be the perfect set up for me with lots of space for lists, sketches and washi tape embellishment. I was all set to get my 2013 diary form Muji again via a friend traveling to Tokyo, until I fell in love with the Leuchtturm 1917. At 23 x 31.5 cm (9 x 12.5 inches) it’s BIG, and it has the most beautiful quality paper and lots of extras like a large pocket at the back. My diary doesn’t have to be portable so the practicality of the layout is more important than the size. It has the same layout as the Muji diary, but with a ruled page instead of the grid (sad, because I am partial to the grid).

    The smaller Leuchtturm diaries come in a variety of lush colours, but sadly not this one. Black only. Cue neon pink and gold stickers.


    Have you bought your 2013 diary yet?


  6. What to order now for Christmas: Presents for babies & kids from Etsy


    Do you have any little people to buy for this year? There are loads of mass-produced samey toys around for babies and kids, so why not consider getting something handmade? Here are my top picks for babies and kids from Etsy.

    1. Morris little owl, US$40 from Wassupbrothers.

    2. Organic colorful little worm teething toy, US$10 from BoutiqueBeauties.

    3. The Owl & the Pussy Cat went to Sea Paper Craft, US$15 from Ellen Giggenbach.

    4. Newborn and toddler girls’ dress, US$36 from April Scott.

    5. Mario baby onuses set of three, US$42 from The Wishing Elephant.

    Etsy Christmas Gift Guide for Kids

    6. Hippopotamus pillow, US$150 from Austin Plush.

    7. Edie fawn print, US$14 from TinyFawn.

    8. Boys shirt-little chef, US$55 from WildThingsDresses.

    9. Chevron stripe sailboat, US$20 from Tweet Toys.

    10. Fox felt mask for kids, EUR18.15 from Frida’s Tierchen.

    Etsy Christmas Gift Guide for Babies and Kids

    11. 10 minifigure people crayons, US$2.80 from Posh Paper Creations.

    12. Party bunting newborn dress, US$40 April Scott.

    13. Peggy retro doll, made with original vintage fabrics, £35 from Alice Apple.

    14. Baby white elephant mobile, made to order, US$109 from Patricija Garden.

    Etsy Christmas Gift Guide for Babies and Kids via we-are-scout.com

    15. Waldorf toy rainbow forest, US$24 from Applenamos.

    16. Pretend felt veg box, £23 from Mummy Made It Me.

    17. Balance birds, US$65 from Mama May I Handmade Learning Toys.

    18. Hand-knitted children’s sweater, EUR67 from KuDum.

    19. Crochet amigurumi rabbit toy, AU$30 from RosieOK.

    Don’t miss that perfect present! Click here for my 2012 Etsy Christmas Gift Guide.

    Have you got a little one to buy for this year? Anything take your fancy? Let me know in the comments below!

  7. What to order now for Christmas: Presents from Etsy, Part 10

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    Here’s the final instalment in my Etsy Christmas Gift Guide for 2012. Hope you’ve found a gem of a gift for someone special, and you’ve enjoyed all of my favourite wee finds.

    1. Ahoi Marie Schifferbecher Anker, EUR9.90 from Ahoi Marie.

    2. Silk yellow neck scarf with lace pattern, CHF75 (with free worldwide shipping) from Zafran.

    3. Plush woodblock elephant pillow. Available in customisable colours and made to order. US$16.50 from Laura Frisk.

    4. Sushi print leggings, AU$70 from Uptightso.

    5. ‘Double Rad’ Gocco print by Gemma Jones, US$29 from Paintergirl.

    Don’t miss out on that perfect Christmas present! Click here for my entire series of posts for my 2012 Etsy Christmas Gift Guide.

    Have you bought anything from Etsy for Christmas this year? Tell me about it in the comments below!

  8. What to order now for Christmas: Presents from Etsy, Part 9


    Got a tricky person who seems to have it all ? Never know what to get them for Christmas? Bet they don’t have any of these little beauties from Etsy!

    1. Bird house lamp, US$49 from Les Papillions de Nuit

    2. Gold vermeil ‘Forget Me Knot’ ring, US$90 from White Fly.

    3. A pair of diamond hanging planters, £50 from Raw Dezign.

    4. Hand-stamped gold-filled monogramed necklace, US$34 from Tomi’s Treasures.

    5. Magnolia and flower illustration no. 6688, US$25 from Kari Herer.

    6. HOLIDAY SALE 14k Gold Twig Ring, US$212.50 from Colby June Jewellery.

    Don’t miss out on that perfect Christmas present! Click here for my entire series of posts for my 2012 Etsy Christmas Gift Guide.

    Do you get overwhelmed on Etsy or do you have your favourites? What’s the best thing you’ve ever bought on Etsy? Tell me in the comments below! Go on.

  9. What to order now for Christmas: Presents from Etsy, Part 8

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    I don’t wish to alarm you, but it’s now less than a month ’til Christmas Day. Stuck for ideas? Here are some awesome handmade presents to get you started:

    1. Christopher Raeburn limited edition Giclee print, £25 from Lesley Barnes.

    2. Simple macrame plant hanger with pom poms, AU$20 from Kitiya Palaskas.

    3. Design your own custom bracelet, US$24 from Orange is the Sun.

    4. Herds pillow in deep red, US$38 from Skinny LaMinx.

    5. Mouse Party teacup and saucer, US$26 from Yvonne Ellen.

    Don’t miss out on that perfect Christmas present! Click here for my entire series of posts for my 2012 Etsy Christmas Gift Guide.

    Seen anything you’d like for yourself? Why not forward this post to your nearest and dearest as a bit of a hint?