Florence Broadhurst Bag

Before the birth of my last babe, good friends hosted a baby shower for moi. It was special because for me this was baby number five and I didn’t need more baby gear or to play party games but it was a chance to see girlfriends, sip bubbles and eat cake.
A lovely friend and talented designer friend Jackie O’Brien ( Hazel Green) created a special bespoke ‘nappy bag’. It was made big, practical and I think beautiful. A practical combination of  linen, adjustable straps and waterproof bottom. And featuring a fabulous piece of Florence Broadhurst fabric.

Of course the internal zip pocket works well for this valuable bits and bobs.

The great thing about this bag is that while it has outgrown its use as a nappy bag it has been re-purposed as my study satchel. Here it is loaded with books and ready to go. This is something I would keep in mind when purchasing for family and friends. How can the gift be reused and re-purposed? The beauty of the handmade gift is that the love keeps on giving, long after the event.

Red Red….what is the right RED

I have met a lovely local girl who makes wonderful things with great fabric, including covering gorgeous lampshades. I have two retro floor lamps that are in need a new drum lampshades, so now the BIG decision is to determine what fabric to use. I have so many choices…can you help? I am interested in one with a deep ruby red and the other needs to work with natural linen, leather and wood tone.
These are my red ideas so far. I love the fact that these are local Australian artists who are screen printing and using interesting designs on natural cotton and linen. This new mini project marries my love of fabric, colour, design and my new desire to learn how to screen print. I just might have to explore the possibility of getting to a workshop @harvest textiles in the new year!

Ink and Spindle – Birch Forest in Deep Red on Cream
Florence Broadhurst Japanese Floral from Signature Prints

Pippiejoe – Daisies on 100% cotton

Marguerite on Natural Linen by Thea and Sami