This is me. A thirty something crafty lady from Newcastle, NSW, Australia. I'm a graphic + web designer, printmaker, sometime artist, shower singer, friend, girlfriend, daughter, home owner, traveller, laugher and disco dancer who is currently obsessed with her Thermomix!

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    New Stockist: Olive & Co @ The Emporium, Newcastle

    Need a handmade fix between Markets? Now you can! Our handmade reversible handbags are now onsale at Olive & Co!

    Justine Gaudry the creator of Newcastle's famous Olive Tree Markets has opened a new creative venture called Olive & Co, that showcases a curated collection of work by artist & designers, who have stalls at The Olive Tree Market, as well as other very clever local hunter creatives’.

    Olive & Co is located at The Emporium which is in the Old David Jones Building, on Hunter St Mall Newcastle and will be opened Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.

    The space will evolve and change over time with different stallholders work featuring throughout the year.


    For the love of gif

    Ooooh! I wanted to let you all know about a little search engine called Giphy. Yes, it's a search engine for gifs. Embrace it, the gif is here to stay unfortunately. Gifs are no longer just for late 90's websites with fluoro colours. And the gif was invented over 25 years ago?!? Who new!

    Here are some of my favourites!

    A cat driving a car erratically. HELL YES!

    We've all had days like this, right? Every Monday!!

    Did I mention we're of to New York in April / May next year? woohoo! 

    Love Romeo & Juliet, Love Leo, Love Baz...
    Can't wait for Gatsby!

    Oh Daria, I wish you lasted longer than 5 seasons.

     awww....  we love you too, dog with ridiculously perfect smile!


    The Gumball Festival - Part II

    I promised you more Gumball and here it is. These images were captured by Mitch Lee, a talented photographer in his own right, but also my festival buddy, long-time friend and cousin. 

    The Gumball has spawned a new event 'PigSty in July', a one day music-fest on Saturday 20th July 2013, 11am to 10pm. I'm hoping we can make it up there for the day!

    Check out more Gumball madness on the The Gumball Festival facebook page.

    Part 1 of The Gumball Festival post is here

    Two River Blues @ the Gumball Festival- Mitch Lee

    The Gumball Festival - Mitch Lee

    Mojo Juju @ the Gumball Festival- Mitch Lee

    The Eastern @ the Gumball Festival- Mitch Lee

    The Gumball Festival - Mitch Lee

    Steve Smith @ the Gumball Festival- Mitch Lee

    The Preatures @ the Gumball Festival - Mitch Lee

    Eugene Hideaway Bridges @ the Gumball Festival - Mitch Lee

    The Hillbilly Killers @ the Gumball Festival - Mitch Lee

    Sean Kirk @ the Gumball Festival - Mitch Lee

    The Gumball Festival - Mitch Lee

    The Gumball Festival - Mitch Lee

    The Gumball Festival - Mitch Lee

    See part 1 of The Gumball Festival post here with photo's from Newcastle Herald photographer Simone De Peak




    My favourite blogs of the moment! Sharing the Love.

    Here are six if my favourite blogs of the moment, sourced through Pinterest. Share the love and follow them too!

    cardigan empire

    the clothes maiden



    the little big blog


    The Gum Ball Festival

    Hello Strangers,

    Over the Anzac Day long weekend we were lucky enough to get up to The Gumball Festival held annually at Dashville in Bellford, Hunter Valley NSW. What an awesome weekend it was, full of camping, music, great food, and a little too much drink!

    The line-up was sensational for three whole days, the bands that I didn't know soon became favourites and we spent our pennies on loads of CD's and Vinyl, purchased (and signed) direct from the artist!

    You can check out all The Gumball details here, make sure you get along to next years Festival. It's kid friendly too, so bring the family along!

    I have a treat for you today. My favourite stranger and photographer extraordinaire Simone De Peak spent the weekend shooting this excellent photo essay.

    See you there next year!

    I was lucky enough to spend the festival with two very talented photographers. So check back over the next few days for some more photo's from Mitch Lee.

    Shaun Kirk

    The Gumball

    The Hillbilly Killers

    Silent Disco @ The Gumball

    Silent Disco @ The Gumball

    op-shop bop @ The Gumball

    relation @ The Gumball

    Neon Fun @ The Gumball

    The Gumball

    The Gumball

    Fire Pits @ The Gumball

    Steve Smyth @ The Gumball

    Danny Leo - King of the North @ The Gumball

    Mia Dyson @ The Gumball

    Miranda Whittle @ The Gumball

    Eugene Hideaway Bridges @ The Gumball

    Eugene Hideaway Bridges @ The Gumball

    Horses Arse @ The Gumball

    I dare you @ The Gumball

    Family Crowd @ The Gumball

    Dread Locks @ The Gumball

    Fire @ The Gumball

    crazy dancers @ The Gumball

    op-shop bop @ The Gumball


    The Gumball 2013 Program

    Did you spot me in one of the pics?

    See part II of The Gumball festival post - pics from Mitch Lee



    Art Bazaar Winter applications now open!

    Are you an artist or crafster that want's to get your work out into the public space and didn't know where to start? Start here. The Hunter Art's Network are the organisers behind the Art Bazaar, held four times per year. Winter Art Bazaar 2013 applications are now open!

    The winter bazaar will be held at Maitland Regional Art Gallery and they are planning all sorts of extra activities and promotions for the day which coincides with their annual poster sale event. There will be food stalls, mobile ATM’s, demonstrations and of course over 80 stalls of locally made art and design.

    To secure your stall you have to be a financial Hunter Arts Network Member. Follow this link to join. Apply to be part of the 2013 Winter Art Bazaar here.

    See you all there!