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Choir update

Choir update Just in case you're wondering, Moon's a Balloon managed to get a standing ovation after belting out Leonard Cohen's 'Anthem'. There wasn't a dry eye in the house...… 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…

ACME et al

ACME et al You might have noticed that over the last few weeks I've turned my attention to the Yarra Valley. I am having so much fun there. The Archibald, Not the Archies and now… More…

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…

Robin Boyd's Wright House

Robin Boyd's Wright House I remember reading Robin Boyd's book "The Australian Ugliness" as a young girl and completely agreeing with his opinion that we tend to uglify our… More…

Congratulations Nerina Lascelles

Congratulations Nerina Lascelles! Long-Leaf Box Nerina Lascelles© (Winner of 2011 Nillumbik Prize Peoples Choice Award) Late last night an email came through letting me know that… More…

Expanding Dimensions

Expanding Dimensions (Photograph of 'Expanding Dimension' on the balustrade of the Roystead Building- copyright Silvi Glattauer) Remember Lloyd Godman, ecological artist.… More…

Antonio Villella revisited.

Antonio Villella revisited. Great news!! Antonio Villella is having an exhibition of his work in Malvern. My friend and I were very taken with the same fruitwood sculpture. What… More…

Karena Goldfinch

Karena Goldfinch Karena Goldfinch© Black Wallaby Forest My dream of living by the river at Warrandyte was born way back in my childhood when the Murray River was my 'playground'.… 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…

The Chook Project

The Chook Project Photograph courtesy of Barbara Joyce. Today is the Third Anniversary of the Black Saturday Fires. I want to mark the event with a story that has in turn, made me… More…

2011 Archibald Preview

2011 Archibald Preview Ben Quilty © Margaret Olley 2011 Archibald Prize Winner Today I attended the preview of the 2011 Archibald at Tarrawarra Museum of Art. My advice to you… More…

Baldessin Studio 10th Birthday Party

Baldessin Studio 10th Birthday Party You will know by now that I didn't want to leave Birrarung House. The final day came around all too quickly but there was a little bright spot… More…

John Derian Company Inc.

John Derian Company Inc. This was a must see shop on my New York list. I got onto it from Sibella Court's book "Etcetera" which I thoroughly recommend. Sibella lived and worked… More…

Furniture & homewares

Furniture & homewares - work in progress. More…

Mariella McKinley

Mariella McKinley Photograph courtesy of the artist. Just when I thought Montsalvat couldn't possibly do anything more to delight me, I met Mariella McKinley. She's been working… More…

Maudie Palmer AO

Maudie Palmer AO. Photograph ©Kerry Cross I arrived at TarraWarra Museum of Art for my interview with Maudie Palmer with a head full of curiosity, a notepad full of questions and… 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…

Ev Hales-A Work in Progress

Ev Hales-A Work in Progress Yesterday saw the launch of Ev Hales eagerly anticipated, self published book "A Work in Progress". As the name suggests, it illuminates the process… More…

More from Marianne Van Ooij

More from Marianne Van Ooij One of my favourite New York finds, Marianne Van Ooij, has sent some great news. I met her last December at the Museum of Arts and Design as a… More…

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