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Trekking around tasmania

First, an apology: sorry for two sentimental, Tasmania-themed posts in a row!

We’re back in our second home for a few days, and the nostalgia is strong. It doesn’t really feel much like a holiday; we’ve slipped back into old routines, old haunts and old friends like we’ve never been away. The only difference is a niggling feeling of homesickness that I didn’t expect — I do miss my new home, as much as I miss the old. Mostly I think I just miss the cat.

Our journey this time is less than a week long, and pretty well-booked —…

Alice Tasmanian Coffee Scrub

Alice online: website / facebook / twitter / instagram

Pride is a really nice feeling.

I think it’s a particularly nice feeling when it’s not your own achievements you’re proud of, but someone else’s — not self-satisfaction, but admiration and delight at something you have some connection to. Putting it that way makes it sound like a selfish sort of pride, but maybe that’s okay. I hope that’s okay.

This is the feeling I get when something extra fantastic comes out of Tasmania. I’m sure it’s not specific to my little home state, but it feels extra strong down there — maybe…

Giveaway: tayham [ CLOSED ]

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Tayham online: website / facebook / instagram / twitter / pinterest / tumblr

Do you like funny pictures? Witty captions? Stationery? Then do I have the giveaway for you!

Tayham are beautifully funny, bright, pop-cultured card creations that are guaranteed to put a smile on yo’ dial. They’re the brain child of native New Yorker, current North Carolin-er Taylor Hamilton (TayHam — get it?), and they are absolutely fabulous. I’m an avid card-giver, and usually resort to doodling all over generic Hallmark finds to make them more interesting (something I’m pretty sure I get from my…

Zen botanics

Zen Botanics online: website / facebook / instagram / twitter

I’ve always been a bit of a skincare addict. From my not-quite-acne-but-still-embarrassing teenage years to the present day (better than those early naughties, but still not perfect), I’m constantly looking for new brands to try. My latest source of epidermal excitement comes from Zen Botanics; an all-natural Australian skincare brand that is handcrafted and chock full of pure, wholesome goodness. Their bottles, jars and labels are all recyclable glass and PET plastic, and are of course tested by happy, willing humans — not animals.

As well as being super excellent internally,…

Printable Valentine’s Day Card

Valentine’s Day is a funny thing. It’s seems to divide people into two parties: the flowers-and-hearts party, and the valentines-day-is-a-made-up-holiday-and-should-die party. I’m somewhere in the middle (if I’m honest, more towards the flowers-and-hearts party).

Whichever party you align with, I’ve whipped up a little V-Day card for that special person in your life. That person that isn’t quite the flowers-and-hearts type, but not necessarily the should-die type either. The middlies.

Cut along the crop marks, and fold along the middle. You’ve got yourself a card, bro.

Click here to download!

merchant: homecamp

I don’t even know where to begin with this most flipping awesomest thing I’ve found this month (I know that’s not a totally coherent sentence, but it’s that exciting). Meet Homecamp; makers and curators of some of the most beautiful camping gear I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Their philosophy centres around a ‘buy it once’ mantra, producing and selling quality items that will last for generations. As well as their signature bell tents, they also do enamel mugs, plates and pots; leather camps stools; blankets and throws; hatchets; flasks and more.

But that’s not all. Oh, no.

You see those…

trouvé magazine

Have you heard of Trouvé? It’s a gorgeous new independent magazine from the US, and it’s — in a word — wonderful. Think Kinfolk with an arty edge; Cereal from a creative’s perspective. Trouvé literally means “to find” in French.

From the moment it arrived, Trouvé made a big impact with the packaging alone. It’s like opening a present; perfectly wrapped in white paper and stamped with a wax seal, a gorgeous typographic print and handwritten note included. The pages are filled with inspiring quotes, stories and interviews with creative people, and are beautifully designed to boot. I received Trouvé…