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The Roundabout Cafe

The Roundabout Cafe How many times have you heard someone say that the kitchen is the heart and soul of the house? It's true though isn't it. This little cafe reminded me so much… More…

The Country's Woman-Archibald Prize 2011

The Country's Woman-Archibald Prize 2011 The Country's Woman: Her Excellency, Ms Quentin Bryce AC. Governor-General of Australia. Barbara Tyson © The Yarra Valley is a buzz with… More…

First Train to Allwood

First Train to Allwood "The first train to Allwood [now Hurstbridge] arrived on June 25th 1912 and we're going to yarnbomb a fence to celebrate". So say the organisers of this… More…

George Baldessin's Studio-formerly The Baldessin Press

George Baldessin's Studio Just before I went to New York last year, I went out to George Baldessin's Studio to meet Silvi Glattauer. It was a busy time for me, packing to go away… More…

Furniture & homewares

Furniture & homewares - work in progress. More…

Gillian Hillman- creator of fine jewellery

Gillian Hillman- creator of fine jewellery The everlasting nature of beautiful jewellery has always been a fascination for me. I have a beautiful handmade piece. It's a pendant. A… More…

So when do you throw the flowers out?

I can't tell you how much I love a house full of flowers. Parrot tulips and peonies are perennial favorites. As a result, I've got a lifetime's collection of vases and vessels. I… More…

Margaret McLoughlin

Margaret McLoughlin Margaret McLoughlin is experimenting with encaustic painting. This series of three encaustic paintings on board, are among her first explorations in this… More…

Julia Messenger

Julia Messenger- a big talent. I've wanted to go to Bennetts Lane Jazz Club for such a long time. Saturday night was the big night. Julia Messenger. What a great artist to see… More…

The Robins

The Robins Ahhh Warrandyte you've done it again! Just when I was thinking to include more houses on Isiiad (particularly after the experience of Lascelles), I saw an ad for the… More…

Jesse Marlow

Jesse Marlow Jesse Marlow, Aerial, 2012, Pure pigment print, edition of 10. © the artist and Anna Pappas Gallery I don't think I've mentioned my somewhat tenuous interest in… More…

Big, bold, brave woman!

Bold, brave woman! Susan Reddrop Sue Thomas warned me that I'd be mesmerised by Susan Reddrop's stunning aqua blue eyes. She got that right! I've never seen eyes that colour… More…

MAD Open Studio Program

MAD Open Studio Program Marianne van Ooij The Museum of Arts and Design at Columbus Circle New York, run an Open Studio Program which offers artists and designers a priceless… More…

Birrarung House Life Drawing

Birrarung House Life Drawing Photograph courtesy of Kerry Cross © Yesterday... picture this. Balmy spring day in the bush. Birdsong. A table laden with an enormous wedge of Prima… More…

Montsalvat and Amanda Ruck

Montsalvat and Amanda Ruck Amanda Ruck© Jason Smith, acrylic on canvas (2011 entry for the Archibald Prize.) The Yarra Valley and the Nillumbik regions come together in this… More…

Himalayan Salt Blocks

Stop Press!! I've just ordered a Himalayan Salt Block from an Australian Supplier (for more information about the salt blocks, see The Meadow). It should arrive at my door next… More…

Marianne Van Ooij's tea time.

Marianne van Ooij's Tea Time Around about this time last year I met Marianne van Ooij at the Open Studio Program at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. I was very taken… More…

Justin Purser

Justin Purser. Sometimes I'm really driven to meet an artist or artisan and things will conspire to make that happen. That was certainly the case with Justin Purser. I first saw… More…

Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday Ruby Tuesday is very well known to locals as the 'go to' jeweller if you're looking for that little gift for someone special. They've been designing, making and… More…

Wool Baa-Knitter's Paradise

Wool Baa - Knitter's Paradise. In Soho NYC, I discovered "Purl". A great shop selling wool, felt and fabric. In the hippest most happening city in the world, knitting was all the… More…

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