Weekend Roundup: 16 February



I’m still having image editing issues, so today I thought I’d share this gorgeous blossom picture by RezzanAtakol. It might be summer here, but that’s no reason not to enjoy this taste of early spring.

Speaking of summer, I can’t go past a gin + tonic in the warmer months. I’ve thought in the past about making my own tonic water, but the key ingredient is a controlled substance in Australia. That’s OK, because now I can make my own infused gin!

Toasted oak ice cream with smoked sea salt and lapsang souchong caramel swirl. I don’t think I need to say anything else, do I? This will be happening.

I love seeing stitching in different settings, so I was delighted to see these gorgeous hand-bound books by Siuyuett. Imagine how stunning a shelf of them would look!

How lovely are these hand-drawn maps? I’m a sucker for maps of all kinds – maybe these will inspire me to embroider a map one day.

Today, I’ve left the best until last. In fact, I’m not even going to tell you what it is. Just click here. I promise you won’t regret it.



Weekend Roundup: 9 February


I’m having image-editing issues at the moment. This unfortunately scuppered yesterday’s Foodie Friday plans, which I’ll hopefully be able to post next week instead (sneek peak: it involves macarons!).

I was worried that I wouldn’t have a header image for today’s roundup, which would have made me sad. But Penelope & Pip saved the day with their new Stock Photo Friday column – check it out!

One of my old workplaces posted this image on their Facebook page. It combines two of my favourite things – books and infographics – so of course I couldn’t resist it.

It’s always fascinating to see how much fabric can change depending on what processes it goes through, and this gorgeous transformation is a beautiful example.

Who knew trees were artists at their core? I really wish I could see more close-ups of these fascinating sketches.

And finally, as stressful as the wedding dress process has been (and continues to be), it’s actually increased my desire to keep sewing after I finish. I have a feeling this post on fashion drawing could come in really handy. [Please note A Beautiful Mess seems to be down at the moment, but I’m sure they’ll be back up soon.]



Weekend Round-up: 19 January



I can’t believe how long it is since I’ve posted one of these. It’s surprising how much value I get from going back and seeing what’s appealed to me over the week.

The photo in this week’s header was taken in the Botanic Garden at O’Reilly’s, south of Brisbane. It was lovely to wander through the rainforest, and I’ve got some other photos to share soon.

I discovered these beautiful silk threads from Mulberry Silks through Laura at the Mason Bee. I’d love to buy some, but since I’m trying to save for the Mister’s birthday next month (not an easy thing to do when you’re not working!) I’m going to hold off for now.

How gorgeous is this embroidered lampshade tutorial? I’ve actually been sitting on an idea for embroidered lampshades for about a year now – maybe this will be the motivation I need to start it.

The Mister and I love putting together a good cheese platter, but I always feel sad about the little leftovers that get forgotten in the fridge. This recipe for fromage fort seems like such a great solution – I’m extremely keen to give it a go (and not just as an excuse to buy cheese).

I wanted to finish with this post about the Private Moon project. It’s easily one of the most inspiring things I have seen in a long time, and I wish it were possible to buy prints of the photographs so I could hang one in my house.

Weekend Round-up: 20 October

Earlier this year I got a free packet of nigella and sprinkled them down one end of our garden bed. I was beginning to think they’d never bloom, but a sudden mass of flowers has appeared. I love going outside and seeing their spindly blue blooms.

One of my most exciting finds this week was the University of Wisconsin’s Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture. It’s packed with scans of public domain books, including the stunning Examples of Chinese Ornament by Owen Jones, which features some amazing designs.

Mary Corbet over at Needle ‘n Thread has a post on the new stranded cottons by Jenny Hart at Sublime Stitching. Some of the colours are really gorgeous, although I think I would find the palettes too limiting.

I succumbed and bought my first copy of &Stitches this week. It’s a great embroidery blog, featuring lots of different styles of stitching (this issue focuses on Scandinavian embroidery). If you’re quick, you might be able to take advantage of the 10% discount code here.

Actually, I’ve spent a lot of time this week looking at Scandinavian embroidery blogs. My favourite would definitely have to be Karin Holmberg’s blog – she does some gorgeous stitching, and features some really interesting crafty stuff – plus each post includes a summary in English, for those of us who aren’t so great with Swedish!

The reason for my fascination with Scandinavian embroidery is that I’ve been playing around with Hallandssöm embroidery after seeing Annekata’s post on it. I’m loving the effect! (Apologies for the blurry Instagram pic)



Weekend Roundup: 14 October

Needle and Thread by Philippa Willitts

I’ve been busy working on the wedding dress this weekend, so I almost didn’t get around to this post! But there was some lovely stuff I really wanted to share.

Firstly, for the stitchers out there, Kathy over at The Unbroken Thread shared a discount code for Renaissance Dyeing that is valid for the next two Wednesdays.

I love the effect of this DIY paint embellished dress – it’d be great to incorporate embroidery into it!

On the DIY trend, I’m seriously considering these dried herbs for use in our wedding.

Last but not least, this buttermilk cake with blackberries sounds divine. I might have to give it a go when blackberries come into season here.

Weekend Round-up: 29 September 2011

Spring is here, and along with it the first buds on one of my David Austin roses. I’m so excited to see it bloom – especially having never grown roses before.

With the warm weather coming (especially with the move to Brisbane), I’m thinking of picking up some gorgeous cotton prints and whipping up a few of these adorable skirts.

I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to bake something as much as I want to bake these White Peach, Rose and Basil Hand Pies.

And more baking: for the most part I loathe bananas, but I make an exception for banana bread. This recipe from Smitten Kitchen looks like one I’ll have to try out.

When we move to our new place, I want to celebrate by buying new tea towels (seriously, there are so many stunning ones out there). I think these gorgeous watercolour designs might have just moved to the top of my list.

The gorgeous blue embroidery definitely caught my eye in this article about stunning Castelo Branco embroidery from Portugal over at Feeling Stitchy.