Adventures in Solitude [Part One]

Markets, mountains and moping.

Three words that sum up my first few days in New Zealand; my adventures in solitude. Named as such because A: The New Pornographers became an integral part to my NZ road trip soundtrack (being among the few thoughtfully downloaded to my phone beforehand, anticipating a lack of wifi) and B: because I was, well, adventuring in self-inflicted solitude.

(Also explains the moping)

 

I arrived in Christchurch at 5:30am after a couple of flights, very little sleep, and with two ears that refused to pop. Every interaction with my fellow human beings was a mix of blank stares…

Meet the Maker: Maggie May

Was it really all the way back in April that I first met macrame marvel Maggie May? Six whole months?

I fell in love with Maggie’s spirit and passion for her craft immediately, and she continues to inspire me almost daily with her amazing work and open heart, and of course those adorable kittens.

A regular little feature on the many, many people I find ridiculously cool and creative has been on the cards for almost as long as the ‘Spoon has been (metaphorically) alive and kicking, and I couldn’t think of a better person to begin with than Maggie.

I…

Sunday Feasts at Mio Locale

Sunday: the day of rest, right?

Long mornings, lazy afternoons, and food. Lots and lots of food. For what is Sunday without a feast? And what’s better than a genuine Italian spread; complete with home-style cooking and friendly faces. Food that just oozes love and soul and laughter (not literally, don’t worry).

You’ll find Mio Locale — Italian for ‘My Local’ — on Brunswick St. in Fitzroy’s North, and if you’re looking for that true, family-style Sunday; this is where you’ll find it. At $45 per head, Mio Locale’s long-awaited Sunday Feasts are a four-course set, themed lunch, held…

The Art of Shibori (part two)

— Missed part one? You’ll find it here! —

After Meg’s demonstarations in the shed, we headed back up into the warmth (courtesy of the aforementioned adorable potbelly wood heater) to start stitching, tying and folding our own shibori creations — and LUNCH.

As well as being an amazing architect and stylist, it turns out Natasha also harbours an incredible talent for cooking. I had a bit of inkling thanks to that delicious morning tea orange and almond cake — which I still have yet to attempt myself — but holy cow; as the food was brought up to the…

Influences: Oriental Rugs

It’s funny how your tastes can change so dramatically over time. If you’d asked me how I felt about colourful rugs a few years ago, I’d probably say “meh”. I was all about white, and clean, and minimal. Maybe a bit of light pine if I was feeling adventurous.

Now however, I’ve decided that I like colour and simply must have some kind of turkish kilim or moroccan rug. Possibly even a tan leather couch. Throw some dark cherry wood in there, why not!

I’ll let you know how this goes >.>

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The Art of Shibori (part one)

I’m in love! I’m in love. I’m in love with the art of shibori. Also with a house.

If you follow the ‘Spoon on Snapchat or Instagram you’ve probably already seen a few shibori- and house-themed snaps and posts over the last week, and I’m sure you can see where my love has stemmed from.

Last weekend I mini-road-tripped up to Oak and Monkey Puzzle to learn the art of shibori from dyeing extraordinaire Margaret-Anne Gooch, who also turned out to be one of the sweetest people ever! The workshop was put together and hosted by the equally sweet Natasha…

Five Things | June 2016

How did this happen!? It’s the last day of June! The longest day has come and gone, it’s nearly EOFY time, and the year is officially half-over. Is anyone else feeling like their life is suddenly on fast forward? No? Just me?

This month in particular seems to have flown by in a flurry of events, workshops and limitless games of Candy Crush (yes I’m one of those, sorry. Currently on level 1,259. I bet you didn’t even know Candy Crush had that many levels did you, you normie)

However quickly your own June has gone by, I hope you’ve…