STUDIO HOURS: WATERMELON BOWLS

You’ve probably heard the saying ‘a party without cake is just a meeting’. In the studio recently we’ve decided to turn that oh-so-true sentiment on its head – by energising meetings with a few treats, sometimes cake and sometimes a watermelon bowl of fruit salad. In that way, our meetings usually turn in parties (here’s hoping),  or more likely,  impromptu photos shoots!

I’m guessing you won’t need a schooling in how to make this – s long as you have opposable thumbs with which to wild your spoon I’m pretty sure you can figure it out. (hint: scoop and away you go).

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Photos by Nicola Lemmon

DIY TASSELED RUG

Ready to get outdoors this summer? Me too. Well and truly! Now’s clearly not the time in which to hang on the couch and watch netflix (as much as you may want to). A few weeks ago I flew down to Australia to work with Westfield Carindale on 3 very fun workshops, and even though the weather down under is moving in the opposite direction, it was just as perfect for a picnic! The workshops were an absolute blast, it was such a pleasure to meet so many other craft lovers. To celebrate what looks to be a perfect season to be out and about, Westfield and I got together to create this tasseled picnic rug. We made the tassels using a little cheat that I think you’ll love!

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Picnic items: Kikki K journal, Country Road napkins, cushion and tray.

You Need:

  • A Rug
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Thread

DIY Tasseled Rug

How to:

1. Cut 2 pieces of string which are long enough to tie around the ball of yarn.

DIY Tasseled Rug

2. Take one piece of string and tie the string approximately three quarters of the way across the ball of yarn.

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3.  Once secured, cut along the bottom of the ball of yarn to create the tasseled effect.

DIY Tasseled Rug

4. Cut off any stray bits to make the tassel an even length.

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5.  Turn your tassel upside down, take the second piece of string, fold it in half and tie it to the centre of the tassel.

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6. Using something long and thin like a paintbrush, push the looped end through the centre of the tassel.

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7. Created as many tassels as you would like!

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8. Place your tassel loop under your blanket.

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9. Take your needle and thread and start sewing them onto the edge of your blanket.

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Voila!

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DIY OFF THE SHOULDER BEACH DRESS

Greetings from the Greek Islands guys! It’s my first time here and I have to say all the hype is completely worth it, such an utterly jaw dropping place. I’m writing this from my bed in Santorini, and wanted to share with you this dress I made recently – the white and frills certainly give it a Mykonos vibe (my next destination in fact!). This dress is ridiculously easy to make, and just as easy to wear :) Basically all you’re doing is created two gathered skirts, one the length from your bust to your mid thigh, and the other a mini skirt that just sits around your arms – you then attach them together as shown below and away you go!

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You need:

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1. Decide on how long you want your dress to be. This is pretty easy can be done by draping the fabric around yourself.

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2. Wrap your elastic around yourself over your bust, stretch it a little but make sure it isn’t too tight.

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3. Double the width of your elastic and mark this measurement by draw a line along the length of the fabric.

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4. Fold the top of your fabric from the top towards the line and pin it in place.

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5. Sew along the bottom of your folded fabric, leave a small gap between the start and finish.

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6. Attach your elastic to something structured and thread it through the fabric loop you have created.

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7. Thread it thought until the elastic appears at the other end. Sew the elastic together.

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8. Sew along the bottom closing the gap you left previously.

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9. Hem the bottom of your fabric by simply folding in under and sewing along the bottom.

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10. Using the same technique, create a smaller piece of fabric which will fit around your shoulders.

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11. Place the smaller piece over the top of the body of the dress. Pin together the centre front point and also the centre back point.

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12. Stitch along the elasticated section.

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13. This will keep the two pieces attached and allow you to adjust how far off the shoulder you want your dress to sit.

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Voila!

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Photos by Nicola Lemon

HONG KONG GUIDE: SHOPPING

Hong Kong, known world wide as a mecca for week long shopping trips with every single luxury store imaginable (including a mall with not one but two Celine stores – Harbour City Level 1 & 2). But in case you’re all malled out (it happens!) Discover Hong Kong have asked me to share with you my favourite hidden shopping spots – the places where you can find pieces unique to Hong Kong.

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Vickie’s
A favourite when I first arrived and somewhere my friends visit on every trip, this shoe shop stocks lots of different designs, and given that their factory makes shoes for lots of well known Australia designers you know you’re going to get quality (at an affordable price!). If you have time, you can even have them make you a custom pair.
3 Queen Victoria Street, Central, Hong Kong

Loveramics
This has to be one of my favourite specialty stores in Hong Kong, modern ceramics loveingly hand made. Perfect as a gift for that special someone, or in my case – yourself!
95 Leighton Road, Hong Kong

Mee & Gee
It’s pretty tricky to track down vintage clothing in Hong Kong, and you pretty much need a compass for finding this store. But it’s worth it! Rack and racks of retro and mod pieces straight from Japan, I always pop here to look for new (old) trends that crop up on the runway.
 64 Tung Choi Street, Mongkok and 9 Li Yuen Street West, Central

CN Square
Love stationary? This store spread over 4 floors in Ya Ma Tei will have you excited at all that’s on offer. Now the only problem is fitting it in your suitcase!
530 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei

Gao Shing Street
Just downstairs from my studio, this street is lined with stores selling all manner of dried goods, from seafood to mushrooms. Although the dried seahorses can bring a tear to your eye and the lizards on sticks won’t be at the top of your list, if you look closely you’ll find jars and jars of dried tea of all kinds – rose tea, jasmine pearl tea, camomile tea and everything in between. Lovely!
Gao Shing Street, Sheung Wan

Tung Wah Ceramic Store
Can you tell I’m a sucker for ceramics? This store located in Central is more on the traditional side when it comes to its wares, and is the perfect place to pick up your weight in oriental patterned bowls.
Stauntan Street, Soho

Button Hole
The best place to pick up cut label designer ‘inspired’ dresses, this tiny hole in the wall is the perfect pit stop while you explore the surrounding area of Soho.
Corner of Peel & Elgin Streets Soho

Gough Street
Head to Gough street in Central for a handful of small boutiques on the street and on the stairs up towards Hollywood Road. Have a bite at a local Dai Pai Dong while you’re at it!
Gough Street, Central

Cat Street Markets
The markets themselves offer up a slew of antique and faux antiques, and are great for a photo opportunity. But what I really love is the junk shops located on the stairs on the surrounding streets, never before will you have seen such varied antiques from all eras, all mixed together.
Upper Lascar Row (below Hollywood Road), Sheung Wan

Joyce
You won’t be short of department store options when you come to Hong Kong, on the contrary you’ll find it hard to avoid them! Chances are you’ll visit them all, and ones like Lane Crawford are delivered to an exceptional standard. Myself? I’m a fan of Joyce on Queens Road. Aspirational window shopping at it’s best – it’s a look but don’t touch situation.
New World Tower, Central

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Gough Street

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My favourite porcelain shop

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Tai Ping Shan Street

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Tai Ping Shan Street

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PMQ

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The Flower Markets

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Cat Street Markets

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Sham Shui Po

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Cat Street Markets

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More porcelain!

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Hollywood Road

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Gao Shing Street

Hong Kong Shopping Guide

Cat Street Markets