Friday, 6 December 2013
In lieu of a proper holiday this year (our UK trip doesn't really count, as it was more about visiting family and friends!), Adam and I have been making the most of our weekends by getting out and seeing more of Victoria. The other week I posted about or visit to Wilsons Prom, and just a couple of weeks later we packed up the car and headed north east to Victoria's High Country. The region has a rich history in gold mining (see what I did there?) and bushranger folklore, and features Victoria's highest mountains as well as a host of national parks, lakes, snow resorts, vineyards and boutique breweries. We stayed in a little cottage just outside of Bright, a cute holiday township surrounded by alpine trees in the heart of the region. We made sure to hit up Bright Brewery while we were there, and also drove up to the top of nearby Mt Buffalo and did a short walk to the peak, where you get 360 degree views of the Australian Alps, where these photographs were taken. So beautiful!
I do love a good mountain view! Other than nerding out over the mountains, we spent a good amount of time relaxing (is there anything better than sitting back with a good book?), and also took a drive out to Mt Beauty, with a pit stop at a small brewery with some really delicious beers by the name of Sweet Water Brewing. On the way home we took a detour to Beechworth, another historic gold mining town, and couldn't help but stop at Bridge Road Brewers for another tasting paddle (well, Adam had the paddle – I was driving!). Can you see a theme developing here? I didn't realise before visiting that there are so many craft breweries in this part of the country, and if you like good beer it's worth visiting for this reason alone! Beer talk aside, it was a really lovely weekend away, and I can totally recommend a trip out this way if you're ever in the area. Now I'm off to apply for a job with Tourism Victoria...
Monday, 2 December 2013
Oh, hi there December, where the hell did you come from?! I feel like you've completely snuck up on me, and I am not at all prepared for birthday/Christmas month (both mine and Adam's birthdays are in December, which is so well timed!). Last year I celebrated the start of December with a whole bunch of holiday-themed posts, but I just haven't had the time to do the same this year, so instead I thought I'd put a wee gift guide together full of items from Australian designers and makers, because it's pretty nice to support local artists and craftspeople. Everything here is under $25, which also makes it a budget-friendly collection, and I know I'd certainly be happy with any of these ace gifts. Hopefully there are some good ideas here for all the cool ladies in your life!
1. Ask Alice camera boxed blank notebook / 2. Yardage Design freckle tea towel / 3. Ena & Albert patchwork studs from Little Shop Of / 4. Kester Black Parrot nail polish
1. Hello Pants skull print / 2. Ella Mobbs floral sugar skulls brooch / 3. Rare Indeed wayfarer glasses stud earrings / 4. Poppies For Grace sweetheart gift set
1. Aunty Cookie ampersand tea towel / 2. Blank Goods DIY geometrici necklace / 3. Ena & Albert bracelet from Little Shop Of / 4. Kester Black/Beci Orpin nail stickers (since sold out, but you can get this Kester Black guide to nail art book instead)
1. Able & Game tea towel / 2. Ena & Albert studs from Little Shop Of / 3. Rare Indeed Marvellous banner brooch / 4. Frankie gift paper book
Monday, 25 November 2013
This past weekend saw the return of the annual Design Files Open House. You might remember my posts about the 2012 and 2011 events, and this year saw Lucy, Lisa Marie and the rest of the Design Files crew take over a lovely house in East Hawthorn. The open house is unique in that every single item on display is up for sale, from bedlinen to books to kitchenwares. This house had a lovely open-plan layout, which meant high ceilings and large walls filled with beautiful artworks, including some favourites from Esther Stewart and Kirra Jamison, and some lovely lady portraits by Sandra Eterovic, a Melbourne-based artist whose work I hadn't seen before.
When I'm a grown-up with my own house I want that garden! Something to aspire to. Well done to the Design Files team for putting together another great event – no mean feat, I'm sure. This year the open house will also be headed to Sydney for the first time, and will be in Surry Hills from 5-8 December, so if you're close by make sure to visit! All the details can be found on the Design Files Open House website.
Monday, 18 November 2013
Following on from last week's post, I thought I'd share a few photos of where we stayed during our visit to South Gippsland. This isn't a sponsored post at all, I just liked our stay so much that I wanted to share (and because I think you'll like it too!).
Cute and cosy, no? The cottage is located in the small township of Fish Creek, which is about a half hour drive away from Wilsons Prom, and is kitted out with retro finishings and a nice, big kitchen and dining area. It was raining for most of the weekend so we unfortunately didn't get to sit out on the deck, but we did get to enjoy the wood fire stove (which I honestly didn't think we'd be needing in the middle of October – silly me!). It was lovely to cosy up on the couch and watch a film with the fire going and the rain falling outside. More info about the cottage can be found here.
Monday, 11 November 2013
Last week I mentioned that we visited Wilsons Promontory National Park, and today I thought I'd share some photos from our trip. Wilsons Prom is located in the South Gippsland region of Victoria, and forms the southermost part of the Australian mainland. The park itself is huge, and the road only takes you part of the way (which is why it's a pretty popular spot for overnight hikers). The landscape is beautiful and diverse here, ranging from mountains and sandy beaches to bush and grassland, and even reminded me of the New Zealand south island in parts. The park is also home to lots of native animals, and we were lucky enough to spot a couple of wombats (CUTE!), a kangaroo, some emus and plenty of other lovely birds.
Such a beautiful part of the world! For more park info, visit the Parks Victoria website.
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Some super sweet prints from Scandinavian freelance illustrator Mariann Doherty of Going Danish. All prints are based on Mariann's original illustrations and printed on 250gsm textured fine art paper. Aren't they lovely? I think I might need that cute Apple print in my life. Or maybe that adorable Cat Face! To see more, visit Going Danish.
Monday, 4 November 2013
October was a pretty good month, filled with creativity and adventures. Above is a selection of photographs from my Instagram feed, and some of my favourite moments included:
+ A trip to beautiful Wilsons Prom (more pics to follow later this week).
+ Indulgent weekend breakfasts of avocado and tomato on bagels.
+ Fitting in some sewing time.
+ A visit to the new Melbourne West Elm for the Blog Society/Oh Happy Day event.
+ New earrings from A Merry Mishap.
+ Watching the final series of Breaking Bad with Adam.
+ Afternoon dates to our favourite local cinema.
+ Our bird of paradise plant flowering.
+ Reading Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.
+ Visiting the Melbourne Finders Keepers market.
This month I'm looking forward to another weekend away in the country (I can't get enough!). What are you looking forward to in November?