Tassel Embellished Tea Towels

If you follow me on Instagram you might’ve seen these cute Morgan & Finch tea towels I found in the op shop recently.

They’re definitely brand new, and so pretty!

But you know me, I get the urge to upcycle things, and I felt these would look cute with tassels added to them!

So I made a bunch of little tassels using my tassel frame (but using a book works too)

Then I sewed them to the top and bottom edges of each tea towel

They fit in nicely with my kitchen….

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Rainbow Rug

I have recently fallen completely in love with the gorgeous range of rugs from Sukhi

Sukhi are an ethical fair trade business who champion for fair wages in the countries where their beautiful hand made rugs are produced. You can read all about their business on their website but in their own words:

We believe in only the fairest wages:

That’s why our Sukhi artisans deserve to earn a fair living. Our company enables them to reach that goal. Their salary is about 2-3 times the average pay in the region! They can live comfortably. Their families are well cared for and their children can prosper in school. The artisans also enjoy knowing that their work really means something to its buyer. Even outside of their community, their rugs carry meaning and worth. Many of our Indian artisans haven’t completed a formal education. However, they value the on the job training we provide. We often hear from our artisans that they get a sense of pride from their work”

So when they approached me to collaborate with them I was really pleased to do it.

They have so many beautiful rugs it was really hard to choose…

How gorgeous are these beauties from Nepal:

And Turkey:

And India:

In the end I couldn’t resist the bright rainbowy chevrons in the Sukhi Sai rug from India.

Made from soft wool, the colours in this rug are so gorgeous!

When it first arrived I placed in my “happy spot” which is right where I do my Kundalini yoga every week…

In the warm afternoon sunshine the cats often sit here, but they weren’t posing for me today.

This rug is so versatile though, I keep finding new places to put it!!!

Here it is in the entrance…

And then I put it in the kitchen….

It looks fantastic everywhere!

Follow Sukhi on Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/sukhirugs/

For more info check out their website : https://www.sukhirugs.com/

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House Tour

A few weeks ago (sheesh, it’s probably a few months now actually) I was asked by a follower on Instagram to do a house tour.

I am no professional when it comes to videos, but I thought it was such a great idea!

Given my lack of video editing skills, the video I took is 100% raw footage with all my stumbling and random nattering on about goddess knows what.

It took me a while to get around to it, it’s not easy to make sure the whole house is tidy all at once, there always seems to be washing to be sorted or dishes to be put away or cat toys on the floor or some sort of arts and crafts chaos in the house!

But here we are. You will finally get to hear my voice (and unless you’re a fellow Aussie you’ll also get to laugh at my accent! 😂)

There’s even a couple of moments to prove that real life gets in the way of perfection, and that’s only how it should be.

I hope you enjoy it!

House Tour Video

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Blog Break

I have been busy with this blog for over four years. I love blogging, and I love all you guys who read my blog and come along my journey with me, but it’s time for me to take a little break.

Don’t worry! I will be back, I promise!

But I need to take a little bit of time out to regroup and re-centre, so I can bring my heart and soul back to this platform.

In the meantime you can still follow me on Instagram ✌️

See you soon!

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Revamped Office Chair

For ages I struggled to find a chair to use as a desk chair in my studio . I hate ugly office chars but nothing else was comfortable enough to sit in all day.

Eventually I relented and picked up this very boring (but surprisingly comfy) office chair at the op shop for a measly $7.

For months I have wondered what to do to Aixie-fy it and reduce the ugly.

Eventually I decided on my old standby of decoupage.

I bought this paisley duna cover also in the op shop purely because I loved the paisley fabric. It was a single, so no use except for the fabric itself, which I thought might decoupage nicely over the chair.

A pair of scissors, Mod Podge and a brush, and I got to work.

As the Mod Podge dried it made the fabric look a lot darker than before, but that’s probably a good thing, it will hopefully not show the odd paint drip or pen mark when I get messy!

It will do for now!

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Sofas and Studios

You know how I love a good op shopping bargain? Well last time I was there, I found a 1940s green sofa and armchair that I really really wanted.

And I left them in the op shop and went home.

And thought about them. Over and over for a week.

I had no chance they would still be there, but 10 days later I phoned the shop and asked the question anyway.

Miracle! They were! I rushed over to pick them up….that turned out to be a task fraught with difficulties, but that aside, I brought them home eventually!

Next I had to decide where to put them! The chair fits nicely in the library:

I’ve wanted a comfy chair in the studio for a while now, as I often find myself drawing, painting and creating in the living room just so I can curl up on the sofa while I do it, so it seemed a good idea to put it there.

Naturally this led to me tidying, decluttering and making over the studio!

It started with a throw and cushions.

Next came curtains made from a pair of pink Kantha quilts and a coffee table.

Plants, candles, a mandala cloth, and some of my brass collection also made its way in!

I’m not sure I’m done yet, I seem to have started quite a process in here and I think there’s more to come!

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Sketchbook Project 2018

I received an email this morning from The Sketchbook Project to let me know they have received my sketchbook and it’s on the shelf in The Brooklyn Art Library in New York!

So I thought you guys would like to see it…

There’s always one page in a sketchbook that I really hate. This year it’s this one! ^

I really enjoyed this year’s SBP, more than ever before. I’m looking forward to signing up for 2019!!!

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