Wednesday, December 28, 2011

christmas memories

a few perfect little celebrations to end my time in tasmania.
it is a true blessing to spend such an amazing time with my darling family and friends.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


there are not even any words for how cool this stuff is.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

a little festivity with friends

last night i threw a dinner party for my musketeers (+ their boys).
we had an absolutely amazing night sitting out in the still summery night at des and sylvia’s.
hours of good food, great wine, fantastic conversation and so much laughter.
i am truly blessed to have such beautiful friends.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

james bond

inspired by the the typography, illustration style and colours of these james bond prints by michael gillette.

Monday, December 12, 2011

style icon

my aunty christine was my style icon when i was a kid.
she was (still is) arty and interesting and I wanted to be as stylish as her.
visiting her (and her gorgeous house) the other day was no exception.
her space is filled with gorgeous details, tiny patterned tiles from spain, old photos of oma, beautiful textures, pottery she made in her uni days, jars of art supplies and on and on...
walking around and admiring her space made me feel like that child again, and as always, I am beautifully inspired.

Friday, December 9, 2011

mara's little joy list

1. holding hands with my husband
2. puppy kisses from Ginger
3. the smell of chocolate cookies baking in the oven
4. singing Christmas songs in July
5. watching the leaves change colors
6. sitting around a table with my best friends
7. getting hugs from my nieces and nephews
8. smiling at someone and getting a smile back
9. listening to rain as I fall asleep
10. snuggling in bed with husband, my best friend in the whole world!

thanks to the VERY gorgeous mara from the blog m loves m.
it is all just soooooo sweet.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

new in my etsy shop...

a gorgeous geometric design birthday calendar + some very fun greeting cards.

real living mag: diy gifts

i do love the australian real living magazine.
and getting my mum a subscription for her birthday means i get to enjoy it every month lately.
(usually while enjoying cup of green tea on her couch).
the december issue is fantastic and has adorable diy gifts.
i'm inspired!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

loft love

love love love bri's loft.
and she's a pretty rockin' graphic designer to boot.
(shot for the latest rue mag by bonnie tsang)

feeling like a day at the beach with...

ah the memories.
i really love the sportsgirl rewind collection.
reminds me of my childhood obsession with the brand.
i'll always have a soft spot for the 80's.
(and i'm missing the beach lifestyle)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

30 before 30 update

13. watch a movie at the cinema by myself [done]
fantastic movie – the hunter.
very appropriate to watch a movie about tasmania in tasmania.
the going alone thing was actually great.
slightly surreal but great.

25. design my own stationery set [done]
dear musketeer has a very happy little brand now.
business cards, little note cards and stickers.

28. learn to make a paper cranes without instructions [done]
took a little while to get my head around it, but paper cranes are now extremely easy to make.

30. open an etsy shop [done]
another list item i didn't think i'd complete but i did!

Friday, December 2, 2011

artist in the arctic

how strangely beautiful are these hand painted rocks by artist in the arctic.
like a grown up version of a pet rock.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

roll up! roll up!

niece 1 wanted a circus themed party.
so a circus themed invite she got.
designing invitations is my new favourite thing.
especially with carnival fonts.
and this one is a little poster for extra fun.

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