My life here in Barcelona is slowly becoming more settled with each and every day. Last week I finally found myself a home, a little room in a beautifully light-filled flat that I’m sharing with a British girl, an Argentinian guy and a Japanese girl. We’ve almost got all corners of the world covered off there!
Although I’ll likely only be here for two months, my bedroom is doubling as my little home office, the place from which I’ll write to you guys and do my freelance journalism stuff. So I wanted it to feel cozy and inspirational while spending as little dosh as possible. The challenge: give the room a facelift for under €20 (about $25 Australian).
A lone feather mysteriously falls from the sky. Caught by a gentle breeze it moves up and down, twisting and spinning. As a woman walks to work the feather strokes her face. She smiles for the softness of the touch. A child, barefoot, playing in the grass. The feather tickles his feet. The child laughs and squirms, wriggles his toes. The feather floats on. A cat dozing in the sun feels a gentle touch on her nose. An eye pops open. She bats the feather softly, enjoying the game. The cat’s person smiles, watching the cat play. And still the feather floats on.Read More
I just love finding old dresses in second-hand stores and giving them a new lease on life with a little trimming and sewing. Most of my makeovers involve the barest of changes, maybe just a hemline lift or sleeve removal that can be completed in a matter of minutes. But recently I ventured into a more daring attempt with this 1980s spotty number found for $30 at Brisbane’s wonderful Endeavour Foundation thrift shop. Of course, I wanted to share it with you. And now seems like the perfect time as unfortunately I’m still down and out with a severe back injury. So, a brief hiatus from my couch surfing tales to show you one of my favourite upcycling attempts.Read More
Please put your hands together and welcome Kimmi. Kimmi is my ultra, ultra, bestest friend of eight years. She is quite possibly the coolest, most laid-back, happy-go-lucky chicky I know. Last month Kimmi celebrated her 30th birthday in her home town of Cairns. I had the pleasure of sharing the weekend with her and her lovely husband, Sean, in their stunning, rainforest-surrounded house. Kimmi created all her own decorations for the party, including folding 98 paper cranes! I ‘helped’ put the last touches on the photo booth the day I arrived (aka I stood around drinking heaps of wine, trying on the crazy costumes and taking photos while Kimmi finished the photo booth). The booth was a huge hit with all the party-goers and captured so many great memories from the weekend.Read More
Sew Gorgeous is the creation of Jaye Williams who, before founding the vintage-inspired sewing lounge, became quite tired of her friends popping round of an evening with a bottle of wine, an arm full of mending and a look which said “please fix my clothes, I have no idea how to sew”.Read More
You might remember our lovely friend Jess, who has shared her crafty ideas and travel stories with us many times before. Well now we are all in for a treat! In this post she gets her crafternoon on and shares how you can make gorgeous literary charms for all your fave girlfriends. I think that these little guys could possibly be the cutest, sweetest and most thoughtful handmade gifts I have ever come across.Read More