Michelle Mackintosh. See that name there? That’s the name of Australian book designing royalty! Not only that, she’s book writing royalty too! Okay, YES. I have worked with Michelle on a couple of my own books, so I might be a tiny bit biased… but the thing is, I’m actually NOT and it’s the gosh-darned truth. I know this because not only do I LOVE Michelle and her work, so do publishers and authors ranging from Hardie Grant, Penguin and Plum to Beci Orpin, Louise Fulton Keats/Margaret Fulton, The Little Veggie Patch Co, Kate Ulman of Foxs Lane and
I stumbled across this great piece about how Tim Gunn (of Project Runway and Parsons School Of Fashion) spends his Sundays. It made me so happy, I thought you might love it too. I adore Tim Gunn. He’s such a sweet person (from what I can tell!) I loved taking a peek into his day and hearing about his habits and motivation. I hope you do too! Tim has a new book out. You can see that here. x Pip PS: Gosh. It’s so dark in the mornings, isn’t it? All inky skies and undulating leafy waves… So intense!
all images are by Linzie Hunter I know some people are not fans of New Year’s resolutions. That’s okay. But I’m not like them. I am a huge fan of resolutions. It’s the one ritual of welcoming the new year that I love. The pressure to get tanked and clink glasses and pash when the clock strikes twelve does nothing for me. New resolutions for a fresh new year, on the other hand, makes me swoon with excitement. I think I’m pre-disposed to accepting new habits really easily, so maybe that’s what makes me a fan. I have excellent
main image stolen from Taylor Swift Man. She’s such a great example of adorable, dorky gratitude. YES she has a gazillion dollars, but she doesn’t have to do this stuff. It’s so nice to see people doing good stuff for other people (while they are also working REALLY HARD!) If I’m ever feeling a bit down I go look at Ms Swift’s Instagram because it’s SO CUTE and full of happiness. Like really, we need more people to just sprinkle their sparkly selves about the place. There are other videos of Taylor doing ace stuff on her YouTube, in case
Aw hai! How are you going, peachy-pie? I am good. I am scrambling a bit, to tell you the truth. I’ve just finished off my work for the week and we are THINKING of going camping. The problem is that (I forgot to tell you this) a lady SMASHED into the back of our car on Monday. Our car is old and strong, thank goodness, but it’s taken a bit of a bang and now the boot won’t unlock. Urgh. So if the locksmith can’t get the boot open, we can’t go camping. Man. Also I got whiplash. Which is
Good morning! How are you? I am okay. I slept on the couch last night which was not good. Things were so noisy outside my bedroom window (in the laneway). I could not even stand it. So I went downstairs and put Gilmore Girls on and pulled a blanket over me. I think I fell asleep at around 1am. This is poopy. Meh. Anyway, I wanted to forget about that and tell you about a few things that are going on with favourite ladies in my world. So here goes! 1. My compadre and pool-side giggling partner Clare Bowditch shared a
Aw. Sass Cocker from Ask Alice (and Little Gold) plus her band of clever pals have come up with yet another fabulous calendar RIGHT when you need to be buying awesome things for great people. Proceeds from the Hip Hop Hooray 2015 Calendar go to charity (Heaps Decent, to be exact) so you know you’re getting BRILL for your BUCK! Illustrators/designers of this cavalcade of ch-ch-ch-check-it-out-ness include: Cristina Muffatti, Dawn Tan, Elena Fombertaux, Jeffrey Phillips, Fantastic Miss Fox, Joyce Wong, Lyn Tran of draw&explore, Magdalena Ksiezak, Rebecca Hayes, Sarah Dunk, Timothy Rodgers, Zanin Lawrence-Politis. Phew! It’s lovingly letterpressed by Saint Gertrude,
I’ve had some awesome finds at garage sales, but my super-best-find-ever was when someone sold us a box of second-hand dolls for $40 or so when we still had our shop in Richmond. I didn’t really look at them carefully, because they looked like an awesome job lot of shiny-haired plastic ladies, but later we discovered an original Blythe doll hiding in the bottom of the box! How cool is that? I know! Later I had to sell poor Blythe to pay the rent, but it was nice to look after her for a while and be reminded of how amazing and
Hello! I’ve been watching Love Story and looking at pictures of Ali MacGraw. What a legend. I love these shots of her pretending to craft/crafting. I was just watching the end when Cam came in from being out. He arrived playing a bongo. I can highly recommend this if you are prone to tears at the end of sad movies. Just get someone to wander by and play a bongo. It’ll totally take the edge off the tragedy and you’ll find you use heaps less tears/tissues. He then showed me a ‘puffy’ framed tapestry of two weirdly stitched children. That also was helpful.
Some people are just so awesome. Sigh. You know that thing when someone likes your Instagram photo, so you go and look at theirs? Yes? Well, today I was sitting here, in my fave ugly silver Birks and the dress I have been wearing every day this week (because… love!) and I followed that like-trail back to ChiliPhilly. I am so glad I did. Not only is this hooking Mister’s work super funny, it’s really clever and artfully made too! I don’t want to spill all the beans, so I am just stealing this one photo from this nice dude.
Hi! Guess what? I’m so excited about this great thing that two of my fave bloggers are doing together! They’ve teamed up to do a fast but fabulous tour of some of the ace-est/prettiest parts of Tasmania. If you ever wanted to know where to eat, sip, shop and swoon Katie and Michelle are doing all the hard work for you (totes rigorous!) and sharing the Tassie trip! You might already know that Michelle is a Tasmania local, so who better to show off some of the best bits?! She showed me some nice stuff when I last visited
I saw this story on Facebook and thought you guys might love it too! Lillian Weber is 99 years old, lives in Iowa and makes a dress every day for a child in Africa via the Little Dresses For Africa project. The dresses are made from repurposed pillowcases (more on how to make them here) and Lillian starts on each dress in the morning, takes a break at lunchtime and the finishes her daily dress in the afternoon. So great. Lillian’s made 840 dresses so far and she’s aiming for 1000 by her 100th birthday. That’s a heap of pillowcases and
image by Kristin Perers Today I went into the city and had lunch with Rin. We went to Grand BBQ again. Before I met her I bought Ari a copy of The Roots ‘How I Got Over’ and nipped into Magnation and bought the latest Anthology Magazine. I really like that magazine. I am so happy, actually, that there are so many magazines that are NON-stupid and made for people like us. In the old days magazines were more stupid and for shiny, toothy, sparkly people. NOW there are magazines for people like us. We are more the plaid, birch, floral,
Guess what? I’m teaching at the Big Hearted Business Creative Retreat! Clare invited me, Jesse Neave and Rowe Timson (who are all amazingly lovely and smart people!) to head to Ubud in September and work with a small group of creative guests. HOW EXCITING!