Mag Square

Saturday, January 26, 2008

man what a bag ...

Something for the menfolk! This simple but chic messenger bag by moop is the perfect way for him to carry the lap top, his paper, mobile, ipod etc etc. And we are very impressed by its versatility! It doubles perfectly on the weekend as a nappy bag, holder of colouring books & pencils, nintendos, small pieces of lego and other unidentifiable debris.
By moop online at Supermarket.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

lost for words ...

For a great conversation starter wear a scrabble badge the next time you walk into room of strangers. These little vintage tiles are immediately recognisable and are sure to prompt at least an introduction. Better still wear your name spelt out and you'll speak for yourself!

Available at madeit, a fabulous online place to shop for independant Australian designer bits & pieces.

all the pretty horses ...

If like us you have a penchant for Liberty fabrics then go crazy about this adorable little clutch by UK brand Cotton & Cloud. The wrist strap is leather and detachable. Although hard to make out, the fabric is a fine pinwhale cord. The uses are endless ... carry your purse, phone and keys; hold your travel documents & passport or stuff it full of cosmetics! Cotton & Cloud have a shop on etsy and will ship to Australia. This can be yours for US$28 and that includes delivery!

Monday, January 21, 2008

moore branching out ...

Succulent Designs creator Daniella Moore has converted an old tin shed & former cool store into a habitat for all glorious manner of things. Aptly named Tree, it is another branch of the succulent story.

The aesthetic at Tree is simple. Designs are inspired by nature and items are lovingly hand made using natural fibres and re purposed materials. Hand printed textiles feature strongly and whilst the palette at Tree is mostly neutral, colour has very important role in the merchandising of products. The visual impact is stunning.

Explore Tree, nestled at 165 Shoreham Road, Red Hill on your next trip to the Mornington Peninsula (melway ref 191 B7).

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

birds of a feather ...

Whilst on the garden & avian theme, here is another idea you might like. Australian design duo Elaine & Nell Oliver have designed a range of wall decals inpired by nature. An instant pick me up for the walls and not a hammer in sight! Ely Nelly have a website and a shop on etsy . The Tree hugger graphic is US$35 + delivery.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

pretty gardens & little birds ...

For a quick fix of something gorgeous poppies for grace is another of our favourite places to visit. The whimsical stationery range by Alana & Sara is inspired by pretty gardens and little birds. Receving a handwritten note in the post on one of these cards would be a treat! The handmade birdie garlands and mobiles are heavenly and can be ordered directly through the website. The girls are stocked Australia wide and also in New Zealand, New York and Hong Kong. We would lovvvvve to have them at Magnolia Square again - maybe sometime in 2008 ....

Saturday, January 12, 2008

we are hopping, skipping & jumping about this ...



Now that we've joined the BLOG WORLD we're meeting like minded souls in out in www land. One we do enjoy is Adelaide blog HopSkipJump.
You know how we feel at Mag² about animals crafted from soft, quirky textiles ... well the prize this week goes to Fiona (author of said blog) for her tutu clad roo! We would LOVE to have her Magnolia Square one day...

Her creations can sometimes be found at tinypeople and reformschool.

loving this silver cuff ...

ARTipelgo will be back at Magnolia Square during 2008 but if you cannot wait that long visit the website. This happens to be a favourite of mine!

a nice find ...

Foundling creates a whole new life & purpose for items old and forgotten. A vintage illustration of a graceful yellow moth is collaged with a map from an early 1900s dictionary and preserved under a coating of glossy resin. The collage hangs from a rope of knotted vintage lucite and rose quartz beads. This necklace is one of a kind. It is 23" long with a vintage brass box clasp. Available through the Foundling Etsy Store.

Friday, January 11, 2008

a happy place ...


This is Happy Place by Canadian artist Christina Romeo. We have been admiring many of her original works on etsy - her shop his currently stocked with some 20+ pieces ranging from this digital print of an original sketch to mixed media paintings using pencil, watercolor and acrylic paint. Prices start from just US$20 and shipping costs are minimal.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

more strange animals ...

{Cockerel tea cosy, top left, a must for any teapot! from the black rabbit}
You've probably guessed by now that we have a penchant for odd, quirky looking hand crafted creatures at Magnolia Square. If they appeal to you too then UK site the black rabbit is worth a look. Creator Lindsay Marsden ships to Australia and a new collection is coming soon.

Monday, January 7, 2008

inspiration from Martha ...

True we have only just got over Christmas but some of us are already thinking about the next 'event' ... birthday parties for the little people in our lives! Good old Martha provides an abundance of inspiration that is sure to please any Tom, Dick or Harriet. Some projects require a PHD in craft but others are quite achievable - like this 'initial' themed party. See the Martha Stewart website under kids for lots of cute & coordinated ideas!

wandering in the woodlands ...

Whilst wandering the web we found this adorable print series entitled 'field studies' by illustrator Matt Cipov.

The set contains 1 of each of 4 prints. Each print measures 4" x 6" and is individually hand-stamped and customized with a hand-drawn unique pattern on the back of each print. Available from quirky US website three potato four for US$16 plus postage & handling.

Friday, January 4, 2008

a creative & tasteful life ...



If like us at Magnolia Square you love all things creative then spend some time during the holidays browsing through newly launched website living creatively. Taking craft to a whole new level, this Martha Stewartesque website is full of very tasteful tips and projects for a beautiful life!

lovely soft things ...



We are soooo spoiled for choice at Magnolia Square but of course, some retailers are particularly close to our hearts!

I first found Aly Peel & maiike at the Flemington Market - many years ago now. I have been a maiike addict ever since - we have 4 of the huggable 'soft things' at our house (they do belong to the children!) but I must confess to loving snuggling up under my quilt with its beautiful squares of re purposed green jumpers in many shades.

The maiike website is in my "favourites" and a quick visit always bring a smile to my face! Towards the end of January devotees will be able to buy maiike on line. Now that's dangerous!

Bye for now, Nic MacIsaac