Friday, December 30, 2011

To market ... First market of 2012!

I will be selling all my cool new stuff made over the Christmas break, at the next Young Designers Market. The market will be on Sunday, 8 January at South Bank. Come say hi, there will be a lot of other BrisStyle girls there too.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hey, does this look familiar?

Recently I joined the great unwashed and ventured to Chermside shopping center for a spot of highly agitated shopping. Being a pretty, folky things magpie I am drawn to Typo ... Ohhhh stationary and pens. I picked up one of their cards and it looked strangely familiar. I wonder if they have 'idea scouts' who pick and choose ideas to pilfer from markets. Maybe they just came up with the idea themselves, but I still feel a bit gypped.

Some of my cards ...

Monday, December 26, 2011


We took a mini break up in the cool Sunshine Coast Hinterland before Christmas. Waking up in a cute treehouse with birds singing and bold bush turkeys eyeballing you through the huge glass windows was pretty cool. If you're up that way give Treehouses of Montville a burl.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

postcode instgarm

If I don't have my iPad on the train on the way home, I think a lot. I think about things I want to make ... like eco cotton tips made from tightly rolled recycled paper and sterilised bits of old fabric. My latest choo choo synapse moment was a blog called 'postcodeagram'. I like the idea of making a blog that is a collection of instagram images simply with just the postcode for the tile ... and then geotag the post. Anyway, we'll see how much gusto I have over the holidays and maybe in January 2012 I'll have a new blog to fill my evenings with wireless hours.

Here are some from my postcode ... 4054

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tweet me out ... Get a Christmas treat!

I am not at the market so I'm going to flood my Etsy shop with ornaments in time for Christmas. In an effort to 'sell, sell, sell' I'm giving away this wee one to anyone who tweets, comments or links to this post. If you tweet use @reread or #reread so I can find your tweet in the twittisphere. I will draw a winner on Tuesday.

Should I stay or should I go

I've spent the morning uming and ahing on weather to brave the rain or bail on the market. It's always so disappointing when you've spent so much time getting 'market ready' and then the weather closes in.So, given that most of my stuff is rain, humidity hating paper ... I am sticking around at home. If the sun comes out I' going to be very peeved.To try and ensure that all my efforts were not in vain I will put a whole bunch of my little Christmas ornaments on Etsy and if you buy them in the next three days ... They're guaranteed to get there by Christmas(for you Aussies).

Friday, December 9, 2011

And little ole me ...

I too will be at the BrisStyle indie Designer Markets that will be gifting handmade to the good people of Brisbane tomorrow. I'll also be giving the Kerbside Lane Markets a good kick in the pants on Sunday to see how they go. So come say hi and buy handmade this Christmas. I'll have my brooches, bags, cards, tags, softie dolls and my new ornaments.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Edward and Lilly will be there too ...

Another golden child of the handmade set is Edward and Lilly. he too will be at the BrisStyle indie Designers Market on Saturday. Come say hi, come and admire the wonderful creative peeps who make up BrisStyle and make these markets amazing.

"I work during the day and create at night to bring you beautiful and unique handmade products. I’m inspired by nature and I try to use sustainable materials as much as possible." - Edward and Lilly.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hop along to the market

Another BrisStyler who'll be along for the handmade ride this Saturday is 'Each To Own' ... a newbie to the BrisStyle set, so wish her luck!

This and many more cool things at the BrisStyle indie Designers Market on Saturday, 10 December.
More info here.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

Indie markets before Xmas

This Christmas you should really give handmade a go. Something small, simple and inexpensive can be worth so much more if it has been made with love rather than 'made in china'. Make secret Santa makes someones day. For $10 or less you could give them a sweet card, gift tag etc. rather than some crap they'll just add to landfill. 

If you're in the mood to give the handmade set some festive cheer then you need to get yourself along to the BrisStyle indie Designer Market this Saturday. For the next few days I'll feature some designers who'll be there with me selling their beautiful wares. Today it's Hungry Designs and her cool Kitchen Aid brooch.

Tomato, tam'a'toe

A friend gave me some fresh, home grown cherry tomatoes. I cooked them up in a little olive oil, garlic and basil, then just squished them a bit and added them to fresh organic pasta. Yum. Home grown food kicks arse. I can't wait until our little veggie garden starts to pay up!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Weekend of sun, surf and paddling

On Saturday morning we got up early and headed north to Golden Beach. Once there we realised it was a beach for the older set, it's near Caloundra. Caloundra is God's waiting room, seriously. Luckily we saw the sign for the kayak hire. so we paddled out to Bribe island for a swim. It was amazing - we had the beach totally to ourselves. If you're headed that way give Golden Beach Hire a run, it's really good fun!

This is not the kayak we used ... but I really want one.

Friday, December 2, 2011


I'm going to the media preview for the Matisse: Drawing Life exhibition at GoMA ... ohhh la la. What a nice way to start a Friday work day.

Henri Matisse, La Pleureuse 

Henri Matisse | Image courtesy: Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

If you go down to the woods today ...

After a gorgeous morning swim at Mooloolaba we stopped in on a side road to take some arty photos in the pine forest. We also decided we should come back the week before Christmas with a hack saw and pilfer a roadside sapling for our tree. Mr REread's parents are be bucking the trend and coming to our joint for Christmas day lunch. I'll have to decorate it with some of my cute wee little ornaments!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Crafting, sewing ... Buttons

I am getting some cute, little Christmas ornaments ready for my next two markets in a week or so. I get so into the cutting, stitching, stuffing ... I lose track of time.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

November rain

This November has been Brisbane's driest in history (whose history I do not know) and it's not just the suburban lawns looking a little dried out. For Brisbane ladies who need some facehab, I have an Estée Lauder corporate store pass to give away. It is valid for November, so you'll have to make a trip soon! It has lots of secret women's business stuff that smells real pretty and are cheaper than retail. Leave me a comment and I'll pick a random beauty to send it out to. Now sit back and think of Slash playing that rad guitar solo in the desert on an ekectric guitar with nothing to plug the thing into.

Monday, November 14, 2011

It's begining to look a lot like ...

Christmaaaas. Yes, it's that time of year, Woolies is glittering with crappy, plastic trinkets that are made in China and I suddenly feel like some pudding. It's nearly Christmas, the time of year we celebrate family and how fucking odd they all are. To celebrate the season I've some new cute editions to my Etsy shop. Vintage, thrifted ornaments, all one of a kind and all just lovely. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Open ...

A few days ago I got my open drivers licence! I never thought I'd actually get around to driving, like a big girl but I've done it and now I'm a fully fledged driving lass. I would never have done it without the help of Mr reread, who patiently taught me how to drive, no more white knuckle trips I can merge, honk and flip the bird with the best of them.

mmmmm yum, open jalapenos 

open tea pot ... with my wee fishbone fern

open for a hug anytime you are ...

Our lovely old casement windows, open to let the breeze in.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Opportunity knocks

I spent some time scouting-out treasures at various op-shops on the weekend. Boy, do you need to rummage! I found some nice little goodies and even got a free loaf of bread which the chickens were very thankful for. I would love to do this as a job. How do I arrange that? 

Pretty glass buttons ...

Nana's Sunday yellow numbers

More pretty buttons

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Until you've painted a house, you generally have no idea how many shades of white there are. We went with Chine White and Natural White, it's so lovely and bright inside our little house now, and the polished timber floor really sets it off. In honour of the thousands of whites we've thumbed though in the paint shop here are some subtle lovelies to end a Sunday on.

Can I have a pony white ... here

Vintage milk glass white ... here

Goosey, goosey gander white ... here

Beach time ...

Home time. The drive back to the city after a morning swim at Mooloolaba. Man, I love the weekend.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Morning sunshine ...

I always seem to wake up at stupid o'clock on the weekend, I can't sleep in. Maybe it's the big 'to do' list I'm thinking about, maybe it's that I don't have to go to work. Whatever it is it's kinda nice being up at sparrow's blogging from bed with a cup of tea.

A bed I'd like to wake up in

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