27th February 2014
I’m ecstatic to let you in on something that’s been on the boil for a while now – the new a pair & a spare studio! My boyfriend and I have been searching high and low here in Hong Kong for a space that could house staff, office and creative spaces for us to let loose. Now let me tell you, it wasn’t easy. We saw a whoooolllleee lotta crap – overpriced crap btw – what else would it be in the most expensive city in the world? We finally stumbled upon a space in our favourite part of town, with lots of natural light and the cutest bay window. Did we care that it’s what an overly positive real estate agent would call a ‘fixer upper?’. Hell no! That only made it more special.
We’ve been busy putting the pedal to the metal (as is the only way in Hong Kong), setting up the office and workshop space in preparation to move in! I’m pretty lucky to have amazing Ben to help design it just the way we want it – so excited to be sharing this space together. I wanted to share some ‘before’ shots with you, I can’t wait to share what it looks like after, and all the fun things we’ll be doing here - videos, photoshoots, installations and all new DIY workshops (!!!). I’m seriously so excited I think I might wet my pants. TMI I know!
Photos thanks to Marion
25th February 2014
Ever since I was little my mum, brother and I have played a game where on a morning walk we would sneak up and throw a ball of tiny Lantana flowers (it’s a pest that’s pretty much killing all the native plants in Australia so we didn’t feel that bad) over each others heads in a rain of floral confetti. It’s kind of fun to start with, but then you spend 15 minutes removing the flowers from your hair and you’re pretty much like ‘arrrrgh’. In all likelihood flower balling was dreamt up by my mother during a weekend bush walk with two screaming children in toe, but for some reason it’s stuck. I’m flower balling’s biggest fan! With Easter just around the corner, recently resident flower guru Gemma and I took an afternoon out to create a wholly different kind of flower ball. This type of decoration has been used for time eternal at weddings, but what Gemma showed me is that you don’t have to wack them on a stick as a banquet table centrepiece (if you don’t want to that is), in fact there’s hundreds of ways to make them so they integrate into a cute, modern home (sans monogrammed place settings).
- a few bunches of flowers (you’ll need more than you think)
- a round oasis
- floral sheers
- ribbon or twine
- a pin
1. Cut all your flowers so they have about 5cm (2 inch) of stalk. Remove any flowers than are looking at bit wilted or sad. We found that if you cut the stalks with a little point it’s a bit easier to get them into the ball.
2. Start working them into the oasis, pushing then down to the beginning of the flower and clustering them together so there’s no gaps. Make sure they’re all at the same height so your ball is nice and round.
3. Work the flowers all the way around. You can add some different coloured ones in if you like, we added a few white ones in so there was a bit of variation (oh and also we ran out of purple ones… doh!).
4. Pin your ribbon or twine into the flower bomb, we ended up needing a few pins for this one because the ball had become quite heavy. If your ball is too heavy to pin the ribbon on, you can loop thread it through close to the base of the oasis and tie it on.
5. Once you have done that, run the ball under the tap to fill the oasis with water. You will need to do this for a few minutes so it fills up with water. This is something you can do before you add the flowers, but Gemma and I found it easier to do it after.
A little but too pretty use for a game of netball, right?
5th February 2014
I hate to sound like a complete cliche but for me, the most important part of giving or receiving is the card. While that perfect Zimmermann bikini or a new sewing machine hits the spot, it’s what’s written in a card that takes the cake. I guess that’s because, while it’s pretty easy to slap down your credit card, it’s not so easy to open up your heart and put it on paper, particularly for many of the opposite sex. (My boyfriend has, perhaps under duress, come to understand the significance of the card and now behaves accordingly. And they say you can’t change a man!)
Although that’s not to say it’s only men that struggle in the written sentiments department. In the event that you’re having trouble putting into words your thoughts and feelings for your Lover this Valentines Day, Jasmine Dowling and I got together to create some sweet cards with a few of our favourite thoughts. What we love about these cards is that they’re perfect for your Valentine, and even better, in the words of Leslie Knope, for your Galantine. Or for your mum, your cat, the postman, or yourself!
Download them here:
Card 1: I love you more than…
Card 3: Love you to the moon and back
For the first card you’ll see it’s two pages, we’ve left a space for you to be imaginative about how much you love your lover. More than coffee? More than candy crush? More than your last boyfriend? You decide! Just make sure you print the first page and then reload that page into your printed to print the other side.
In this version I printed the cards out on pastel paper and then cut them out, adding some simple heart shaped confetti in the envelopes – a two minute job that will have you ecstatic with your own creativity.
The cards will print best on A4 and you should cut them out where shown on the corners like I have below. They should fit in any envelope, but you can always snip them down bit to fit in yours.
Then fold them in half!
And add some confetti, and enjoy! I’ve got another DIY idea for these cards coming next week so stay tuned!
Big thanks to Jasmine for her gorgeous (and generous) typography, as usual. Have you checked out her new online store? I’m DYING over those pillow cases. Can you say – get on my bed?