Friday, January 29, 2010

flair. infatuation. love. inspiration.

1. vintage movie posters
2. vinyl record clock – more of a statement than a time piece
3. funky journals
4. cardboard decor – a boring material made exciting
5. black and white graphics
6. anything pantone inspired – pantone matryoshka (nesting dolls)
7. clarendon font – bold, elegant and neat

Thursday, January 28, 2010

valentines card giveaway

here's a little card i created for all you lovers out there ;-)

if you would like the a copy of the free design to print please email me at
with the subject title:
'dear musketeer valentines giveaway'
and I will send it to you!
the PDF includes a print ready file and instructions.
please allow a couple of days for a reply.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

designers for good

help haiti.
$25 a shirt.
a great initiative by thread & water.
check it out!

happy australia day

...for yesterday.
BIG breakfast(s), aussie themed dress, friends, triple j, lazing in the pool*.
good times.

*and of course the boys found an old shopping trolley down the street and used it as a device to launch themselves into the water at rapid speeds.

Monday, January 25, 2010

I heart schweppes limited edition beverages

i know i got on about packaging, but how gorgeous are these!
mission: hunt them down.
would look adorable as a display on a shelf.

image via here

Friday, January 22, 2010

just another logo

for the Australian Association for Reformed Political Action.
my dear little cousin (well second cousin) nicole asked me to design this for the committee she is in.
she prefaced the email with 'Dear Mandy! I have a favour to ask of you' in the subject title.
who could resist this sweet girl.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

usually it's the small things that give you the best laugh this pic housemate mel stuck up on the fridge.
makes me smile every time i walk past it.
more joy than the bills that are usually there I must say.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

personalised stationery

these are the designs for the personalised stationery christmas presents i made last year.

the most beautiful place in the world

i love coles bay (tasmania).
i really do.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

unsuspecting victims

i love taking photos when the subject is not even aware.
you: not looking?
me: click click.
these are just some of the latest from tasmanian holiday.

yep, the last one is darren realising he's being spied on.

photos top to bottom: finn, elise, mum, christine, katie + sylvia, katie + bump, ben, alannah, imogen, darren.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

a lazy new years eve afternoon

out at josef chromy wines with (come to think of it) all previous flat mates!
sylvia, katie and sarah.
was a great afternoon drinking wine in the sun.
thanks girlies.

disclaimer: katie (quite pregnant) only a tiny glass, sylv (just pregnant) a sip, sarz and I (not pregnant at all!) a few glasses.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

coffee cozy by christine

yes i'm into the new year still bragging about how cool my family is.
the latest and greatest is another christine creation.
she made me a gorgeous felt coffee cozy!
it's even reversible.
the idea solely hers after her visit a few months ago and her bemusement about me wrapping my percolator (a very well used gift from musketeer heidi) in a tea towel to keep it toasty warm while it brews up nice and strong.
I drink strong black coffee with no sugar.
the kind that stands up by itself in the cup ;-)
(not every day though)

anyway i adore it sisal.
me: 'how did you know the size?'
christine: 'i measured it when i was over'
of course you did miss-super-organised!
i don't know how she manages to find time to be so thoughtful and creative since she's in the middle of buying/moving/selling house(s), looking after 3 children and has been entertaining lots.
love you supermum.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

family + food + frivolity = christmas

christmas was fantastic!
(even despite my lack of sleep from coming in on the red eye the night before)
great to see loads of my family again – there are literally truck loads of them.

deeeeelicious lunch

me and my opa (up to his usual silliness)

lees and ed having a spot of tennis in the warm afternoon sun

ben's chocolate cherry cake

lan and little cousin zali playing hide and seek

relaxing in the heat

no leftovers when the dingemanses are around

Monday, January 11, 2010

b&k art

painting i did for ben & katie.
looks great in their funky 'flat'.

i'm back

back from tassie.
back in perth.
back at work.
first day in always hurts a bit.
especially when you fly in late the night before.

side note:
dear melbourne airport.
thanks for being so incredibly boring last night.
2 hours of solitaire on my ipod is pretty sad.

more posts of my latest adventures to follow.
miss you already my tasmaniacs.

self portrait at dusk in coles bay

Saturday, January 2, 2010

christmas presents 09

yes, i made christmas presents this year.
lots of hours but very rewarding.
katie and ed got recipe bookmarks.
my (i think quite clever) idea.
they both have lots of gorgeous recipe books.

stationery sets for the girls in my family - mum, christine, katie, elise, and for the best friends - sylvia and heidi.
katie got an extra pressie since i hadn't given her a birthday one yet.
my little brother jamie got note cards in blue with a boat design.

tounge-in-check sign for benny.

spesh bottle of wa wine for dad with a personalised label - bit of a laugh really.
darren got a birthday calendar with black and white designs (in my previous post).

little photo frames with pics of us for my darling little neices.
the girls and mister finn also got books, of the non-handmade variety.
some things are so much easier to buy than make!
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