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May 2, 2010

naomi murrell

Naomi Murrell’s online shop has some fantastic goodies available which won’t break the bank. We love her cheerful prints and sweet range of jewellery. Naomi is a creative soul who is based in Adelaide, and you can read more about her here.

March 3, 2010


We are currently admiring the cool range of artworks for sale by Melbourne based artistGhostpatrol. His work ranges from fine ink drawing, prints, street-art, commissioned murals and soft sculpture.

If you live in Melbourne you may be lucky enough to see some excellent examples of his and Miso’s street artwork and murals around town.

November 22, 2009

pony rider

Want to freshen up your lounge with these pretty handprinted linen cushions? They can be found from online shop Pony Rider which also sell teatowels, napkins and teakins in similar designs.

June 16, 2009


Wilkintie is the brainchild of a creative Melbourne couple Carly Hargreaves and Niels Oeltjen. The project evolved from their love of letterpress printing and a desire to collaborate with amazing and well loved contemporary artists and illustrators from around the world.

Niels Oeltjen, himself is a wonderful illustrator and painter better known as Nails. Carly Hargreaves has a history in contemporary dance and, more recently, publishing.

Pictured here is a tantalising selection of their beautifully crafted letterpress artworks, all of which are available in their online store (top to bottom – Niels Oeltjen, Apak and Tim Biskup)... Gosh, what a line up! Be sure to click on the link to see more fabulous artists.

June 2, 2009

morgan wills

Now that winter is here in Sydney, I am feeling a little needy for woolie scarves…Check out these lovely patchwork numbers from Morgan Wills. You can pick your colour match from her huge range of scarves which are thoughtfully handmade from reclaimed woollen garments. There are plenty of other ideas for gifts from her shop such as beautiful bunny blankets and bushka rattles for baby!

March 15, 2009

poketo - aussie series wallets

The concept of having a pocket size piece of artwork to carry around all day is just too cool for words. As a celebration of Poketo’s 5th anniversary, 15 Aussie artists (from the likes of Catherine Campbell, Beci Orpin, Cupco, Niels Oeltjen, James Gulliver Hancock, Eveline Tarunadjaja and Lilly Piri and more) were selected to do artworks for their signature limited edition vinyl wallets. The results are just stunning. It’s hard to pick a favourite but at these affordable prices why not buy a few?

February 2, 2009


So pretty…. These lovely handmade notecards and paper goods are by Brisbane architect and interior designer Steffen Tuck. She uses a range of techniques such as rubber stamping, machine stitching, embossing, screen and lino printing on new and recycled papers to create her multi layered style. To buy go to her etsy store 3GIRLSandagoat.

December 9, 2008


Mmmmm…Although technically not ‘local’, we just love these crochet necklaces so much we had to feature them here. In actual fact, the maker, Puiyi Tiffany Pang currently resides in Portland, Oregon but she did grow up in Auckland New Zealand, hence the link ;)

Her pieces are one of a kind, embellished with vintage buttons and produced in modern colours. In Puiyi’s words -”my goal is to bring the closet grandma out of all of us and to transform the traditional yawn yawn pretty lace into something unexpected”. We think she has easily achieved that and converted us to crochet fans!! Check her store for the current range at Muntedkowhai Arts and Crafts.

November 27, 2008

holey christmas tree

If the thought of a fake tinsel tree sends shivers down your back, then you may want to consider getting one of these ingenious beauties. After scouring the stores for a suitable tree and disillusioned with his choices, architect Vladimir Ivanov decided to create his own concept of the Christmas tree. Beautifully designed, the large holes have been routed out of the timber panels for ornament hanging.Not only will this gorgeous tree suit contemporary spaces, it can be easily flat packed once the festivities have ended.

You can purchase one here at top3 by design.

November 3, 2008

vert design

Had a hard time picking something to feature from this incredible online range of designer homewares and objects vert design. But we do fancy this sculptural free blown glass jug and cup in the most striking red colour.

You can also find here acclaimed objects such as the glass “Boab” by Aussie designer Adam Goodrum and some more affordable pieces such as cups and saucers and the famed “flat pack hammer”.

October 13, 2008


We just love these candy coloured button necklaces threaded by three NZ ladies Lisa Perigo, Pippa Lee and Tanea Chapman. You can browse through their online shop buttons for some creative button jewellery where each piece is an original combination of colour and texture. Just delightful!!

October 3, 2008


These very pretty laser cut beech ply earrings are from Moyou. Created by Amy Kerr a Canberra based textile designer who has a background in graphic design, Moyou encompasses her evolving range of homewares, jewellery and toys.

We’re sure Amy will continue to create some more fabulous pieces which are a lovely mix of Aussie and Japanese aesthetic, so definitely one to bookmark.

September 24, 2008

the red thread

You can find these very sweet hand printed timber Christmas cards at the red thread. They are individually made by Sydney artist Lisa Tilse who also creates one-off and limited edition artwork and really wonderful commissioned children’s portraits. Just a word of advice -since the commissions take weeks to generate, it’ll be a good idea to get in early before the Christmas rush!!

September 4, 2008


We’re absolutely floored by Milan, a very talented 11 year who has set up his own etsy shop called Moofus. It is a little gallery of prints of his original drawings depicting his home turf Sydney, beaches and streetscapes. And get this… a percentage of his sales goes to charity International Animal Rescue! Obviously his talent and genius eye for composition and colour runs in the family. Check out his mum’s brilliant screenprints at alyoisiusspyker.

August 17, 2008

sprout design

We think a lot of crafty types out there have been eagerly waiting to get their hands on the screenprinted designer fabrics inspired by children from sprout design for some time now. The fantastic range is now available for purchase online by the likes of Aussie designers Naomi Murrell, Kristen doran, Pippijoe, Lara Cameron, Tiel Seivl-Keevers – just to name a few…

Check out the shop for other playful accessories and products which would brighten any child’s room or nursery.

August 8, 2008

little black crow

Little Black Crow Studio is where you can find these wonderful little creatures. All the way from Tasmania, they are lovingly handsewn and are full of nostalgic charm as though they were once cherished by children a long time ago.

June 29, 2008

peachy pan

Just a touch of loveliness here with these one-of-a-kind silk flower hair ornaments called “tsumami kanzashi”. [Kanzashi is the Japanese word meaning “hair ornament” and tsumami refers to the “pinching of fabric”]

You would think that they were made in Japan, but in fact they are the created by Fee from Brisbane and are sold in her online shop peachy pan which specialises in hair accessories and other cute pieces. Fee actually spent a year living abroad in Japan where she discovered Kanzashi. Since then she has been inspired to keep practising the traditional art form and we just love her colour combinations. What a perfect accessory for completing a pretty outfit!

June 12, 2008

jaime beattie

Check out ex-lawyer Jaime Beattie’s online store for some fabbo purses and accessories. These bold and bright pieces are handmade in limited quantities from a studio based in Brisvegas. Her career as a accessories designer has really taken off due to the popularity of her eye catching range and she has never gone back to being a lawyer. That’s so cool!

gretchen mist

These colour pencil landscapes are soooo soft and dreamy….They are by Melbourne artist Gretchen Mist who also makes some cute as pie crochet softies and abstract paper collages.

May 26, 2008


With a background in interior design and landscape architecture Caitlin has recently combined her interests into hand screenrprinting textiles. She uses environmentally friendly inks on hemp or hemp/cotton mix fabrics which have a lovely natural look and feel. Last month she opened up an etsy shop called pippijoe where her gorgeous fabric designs and cushions are available for purchase.