Wednesday, March 23, 2016

'Iris glided down to earth along her many-coloured bow'

A little ceramic rainbow. Made by me, for Iris, because she is swift-footed, golden winged and brilliant at communicating, just like her namesake the rainbow goddess.

*title from Ovid's metamorphoses

Friday, March 18, 2016

A slow-stitched envelope

I've shown you unfinished photos of this project before. Well, now, many moons later, it is finished. A kantha-inspired envelope, currently housing my kindle - although it may be gifted to my dad at some stage (as originally intended). I may also make a ceramic bead or button for the latch, but it doesn't feel necessary - and may even detract from its current lovely softness.

And below - pinned to my noticeboard, the original envelope, which I completed (in a quick couple of hours) at one of Alex Falkiner's inspiring workshops.

Hope everyone has a magical weekend.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Bilpin + Mt Tomah

We wandered up the mountains yesterday and everything was so magical.

When I reviewed the photos I took, I knew immediately I wanted to share them here. So here I am, back again, after my dramatic declaration, only a few days ago that I would be blogging no longer. I began blogging without an audience - and with no idea about the blogging community out there, so just because all the fanfare has died down, doesn't really mean I should quit. It really is a personal diary of sorts. Just a public personal one. Taking Georgina's advice, I'll just blog when I feel like it (which is what I do anyway), maybe aiming for once a month or so ... more or less! Maybe sometimes only a couple of times a year.

Anyways, we went apple picking at Pine Crest Orchard, where we filled our baskets with jonathons (which as they don't survive well in cold storage, you are unlikely to find in your supermarket anymore) and quinces. We arrived early - not too long after it opened and by the time we left, round 11ish, the place was packed. So if you head up, then definitely get there early. Afterwards we went straight to the Botanic Gardens for a picnic and an explore. So much wonder and love for those gardens, AMAZING! I'll definitely head back come spring to see all the bulbs.

ps in photo two that's Iris with my mum. In the photo with The Bower, Nora and Iris are pictured with their bisabuela, who they call sisa.

Thursday, March 10, 2016


Marrickville Open Studio Trail happens for one weekend every year, coinciding with Art Month Sydney. I've never managed to make it along, even though, many of these stunning artist studios are within walking distance. This year, with the girls in tow, we scooted to a few studios and discovered so much beauty, generosity, creativity and magic hidden behind unassuming walls. We only scratched the surface of all the discovering that could be done, I'm already looking forward to next year.

1. Lisa Hoelzl of The Bakehouse and one of her pots.
2. Inside The Assembly on Sydenham Rd - a shared art space containing potters, textile designers, woodworkers and a seriously talented florist / illustrator.
3 - 6. Inside Scratch Art Space, where textile designer Georgia whipped up some magic parcels for the girls, using salt left over from a performance.
7. Wandering through Mess With It.
8. Alli Sebastian Wolf's creative space.

In completely unrelated news, I'm thinking of stopping blogging (not that I was ever that consistent anyways). Feels a bit dead out there - other bloggers have either become full-on businesses (which is great for them) or jumped over to instagram. I know there is still a few of you, but I don't know, this isn't the vibrant, exciting pastime it once was. Do you think it's time to move on? Call it quits? Or is that just me?

Ps although Hossein Derakhshan is from a totally different world to me, and used blogs in a very different way, I enjoyed this article and reading his perspective on the death of the web.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Flourless Orange Cake

So, total disclaimer: this post has been sitting in my drafts, for about, say three-ish YEARS or so. Give or take. Was going to just delete it, but then I thought, why not just post it? Not much other activity happening on this blog anyways. And with today being the first day of Autumn, and orange season to be starting soon, figured today was a good a day as any.

Original draft below!:

Isn't that the most gorgeous cake? Now, I'm totally cheating here, as I didn't bake this one, my sister Amy did, but I thought I might share it here anyway.

This recipe was given to us by our Aunt Louise, just as the Raspberry and Pear Cake recipe was. It is superbly moist, incredibly dense and rich, and great with a cup of tea.

2 whole oranges
185g almond meal
200g sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp cointreau or triple sec (optional - I never use it because, well we don't have any in our cupboards and it seems a bit weird to buy it just for a cake).
6 eggs lightly beaten

Place oranges in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and cook until soft (about 20 minutes). Drain, cool, cut into quarters and remove seeds. Process in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add remaining ingredeants, except eggs, and pulse until just combined. Add eggs and process until just blended. Pour into a greased and lined 25cm springform pan and bake at 190 C for 45 minutes or until firm to touch. Cool in pan, before turning out.