Wednesday, January 5, 2011

We're back, happy New Year!

The Coolest Present - holiday reading.....

Happy New Year! We hope you had a FANTASTIC break and made wonderful memories on your holiday break. Roll on 2011.

What was your coolest present?

My biggest surprise present this year from hubby was the book ‘The Crafty Minx’ – and I love it. Kelly Doust is a young Australian mum and former journalist who started turning her hand to contemporary design and craft projects for her home and baby once her daughter was born. A long time craftaholic, she also used her OE years to scour flea and fabric markets around the world and posted back to Australia a range of gorgeous fabrics and vintage clothes that she has upcycled or reused to form the basics of her designs in her new book.

I don't know how I missed seeing this book when it launched 2009/early last year. I only started seeing the reviews towards the end of the year. But if you haven't already, check it out if you want inspiration for 2011. Separated into projects that match our seasons down under, Kelly has ideas for babies and mums alike from crib mobiles and baby-safe soft toys to beach totes, dress renovations, wall art, lino printing and gift wrapping. Kelly has also recently released a second book, ‘The Crafty Kid’, with projects for kids to tackle. Might need to be my Whitcoulls January sale present to myself!

Following that I'll be trying to pick up a copy of "Meet Me at Mike's" and "Sew La Tea Do" on trademe. Did you know Meet Me at Mike's is actually a craft shop in Melbourne, as well as an awesome blog? I'm off to Melbourne in March and I am SO going there....Brunswick St here I come.


  1. Happy new year!! I love Kelly's book as well. So inspirational. What a good hubby!

    My favourite present this year was also a book. One of Tessa Kiros' cookbooks. I ADORE her. x

  2. Oh I would love that book, its gorgeous.
    My daughter got Kelly's The Crafty Kid for Christmas and its also beautiful!

    My favourite present was Sew Liberated which I bought myself and Im still waiting for it to arrive!

  3. Snap - I was seriously considering buying this last night!


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