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Thursday, April 29, 2010

hunt for me

Hunt and Gather is an apt name for this online business founded by Jenny Saverigo. Best described as an urban collection of stuff for him, her and home (and lots in between), H&G represent & collate the products of designers with a vision, passion and natural talent for forecasting trends whilst staying true to their environmentally sound ethos. The company strives to support fair trade and handmade creators and remains focused on quality and originality. It is quirky and always reveals fabulous new finds. Put them on your radar.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


You may remember seeing the fabulously vibrant Prints Charming display at Magnolia Square Sydney last November. We of course loved it and loved that they capture the essence of what Magnolia Square is all about.
Kirsten and Cath are designers, hand screen fabric printers and modern crafters.
"By printing only 3 metre lengths at a time means we are able to constantly change our colour palettes and designs, making a visit to our studio a new experience every time. We love to sew as well, fabric often going straight from the print table to the sewing machine. Stitched into quilts, soft furnishings, women’s wear, bags and anything else we can. Hand embellishment is a strong influence and we love to embroider round and round our organic printed motifs"
The great news is that Prints Charming is now a book so you can try your hand at simple home sewing and printing projects. Click here for your copy.

Friday, April 23, 2010

just the ticket

New to Magnolia Square is fashion & accessories label Tickets for Coco by Danni Townsend O'Neil and Brooke Murphy (yes Brooke who writes our blog) and Danni of Red Wagon and Type Key fame.

There are 15 or so pieces in the range which include feminine peasant style tops, dresses and harem pants. The accessories are very bespoke, many of them one off. The necklaces below are old bus, train and tram tickets mounted on the back of vintage dominoes. Another highlight are the bibs and collars, hand constructed from intricate panels of old lace.

And it seems fellow Adelaide retailers felt just as strongly about TFC, voting it the best visually merchandised stand at the show. Congratulations Brooke and Danni.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

love my craft : French Navy

Explain how French Navy came to be?

French Navy is the result of a dream, and the desire of the woman known as Miss French Navy to turn that dream into reality.

Growing up, Miss French Navy was always impressed and enchanted by the elegant people, stylish magazines and coffee table books that seemed to be ever present in her world. This became the foundation of her life-long passion with connecting people through beautiful words, images, design and thoughtful actions.

After working her way around some of the world's most highly recognized advertising agencies, a chance conversation about the frustration in finding quality, simple and elegant stationery produced a brilliant idea.

If Miss French Navy couldn't find the perfect stationery, she'd create it.

The next day, the advertising industry's loss became the stationery world's gain.

What's the best advice you have ever been given?

Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

What is the best advice you have ever given out?

Sorry to be boring - but it's the same as above.

What is your favourite possession?

Photographs from my childhood

What do you consider as the worlds best invention?

Writing paper and pen!!!

What is the best thing about what you do?

Knowing that French Navy promotes kindness - what is nicer than receiving a thank you note or a note to say hi in the mail? It instantly makes you smile and feel happy.

Pumps or ballets?

Ballets - much more elegant.

See the full range at Magnolia Square in Adelaide at Norwood Concert Hall from THIS THURSDAY or view online.

Monday, April 19, 2010

fashion first

Look out for new fashion label Tickets for Coco launching their first range at Magnolia Square in Adelaide. The debut collection is feminine but has a definate edge that can be played up or toned down depending on the occassion and the wearer! The collection also includes hand worked one off accessories such as vintage lace and leather bibs incorporating old keys and coins. This is one to watch - you heard it here!

Monday, April 12, 2010

a message marked

From the onset, Messagemark is one of those things that brings a smile to your face. Its fun, its cheerful and just the thing to spread the love.

Creator of Messagemark, Kyrie is committed to producing paper products that keep everyone happy...including the environment by using 100% recycled materials. Taking inspiration from Scandinavian design, the range is carefree and reflective of natural elements.

Today is a great day to be happy and the random act of sending a card for no particular reason is bound to make the happiness last a little longer! To add to the joy, all online sales help raise money to help develop a cure for Cystic Fibrosis through supporting Cure4CF Foundation (an Adelaide charity based at the Women's and Children's hospital)

While we are on happy thoughts - the good news is that Messagemark will be on show at Magnolia Square Norwood Concert Hall next week!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

a plea for klei

Klei is the creative fusion of Ben Paola and Barbara Van Oost, both passionate artists committed to staying small so as not to compromise on quality and hand worked production.

Textiles, porcelain, precious metals and ceramic all make an appearance in the collection, unified by their organic shapes and muted, earthy colour palette.

Personally, I am adoring these collars crafted from wool and mohair - colour and texture combos are fabulous! See their blog for the the latest Klei news.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

love my craft:sara rothe

Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A. I was very much a creative child, and funnily enough have been reminded of this quite a lot lately. I would spend hours in my room just making things. Even before I was ten I was sewing my own patterns ( they may not have been the best!) and making willow wrapped bangles which I sold, along with lemonade and biscuits out the front of our house. I was reminded just recently by some old school friends from primary school, that I did always want to be an artist.

Q.Describe your collection/range/business in 5 words?
A. Contemporary titanium and silver jewellery

Q. Where are you right now?
A. I'm actually at my part time job, judging the Harness racing. I get quite a lot of time to do things in between which is great!

Q.Where would you like to be right now?
A. Would love to be sitting at home with my man, laughing at my crazy little baby ( pug puppy) Snickers and a glass of wine.

Q. Where would you like to be in 5 years?
A. Working full time on my jewellery and living in my own home with a lovely garden.

Q.Tell us something we wouldn’t know about you?
A. Sarah fun fact: I don't own a car only a motorbike.

Q.Read or Write?
A. Read

See Sara at Magnolia Square's Adelaide event 22-24 April, Norwood Concert Hall.
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

divas on display...

Dames and Divas is something you are going to love. Born from the allure and mystery of Japan with an innate love of vintage accessories.

Each exquisite item is hand crafted from unstitched vintage silk kimonos sourced directly from Japan.

Vibrant kimonos are used to create individual and unique, limited edition shoes, bags and accessories with a common theme of silk, vintage and colour.

Dames and Divas made their debut appearance at St Kilda and are heading to Norwood for our next event....look out for a peep on Channel nine postcards who also feel in love with the vibrant designs.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

happy easter.....

Whether you are enjoying a seafood fare, hunting for melted chocolate eggs in the garden or just enjoying some family time, we all wish you a very happy and safe Easter long weekend!

Postcard set available here ..

Saturday, April 3, 2010

welcome to the world...

There is nothing that makes you feel like shouting from the roof tops more than a new baby. Had these gorgeous prints from Printspace been around a few years ago, this would have certainly been the way I would have introduced my bundles to the world.

Mara and Nicholas will customize a baby birth print for you and include all the important bits of info....the same important bits you tend to forget after the second and third ones come along!

For those without new bubs to share, there are a range of delightful prints to choose from for the young and the young at heart over at Printspace...or better still see the team in person at Magnolia Square in Norwood when we come to Adelaide for the first time.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

seven, eight, open the gate

When asked to describe her business, Annette Coleman replies " elegance, wit, uniqueness and style sums it up... oh, and a sense of fun and joy"

Knowing Annette only for a short time, gives me enough to describe Gate Uniques as being very reflective of the women at the helm. A bit indy, a bit bohemian and very stylish, Gate Uniques is more like a collection of things Annette loves. Stunningly crisp linens and napery, interesting jewellery and accessories and other trinkets and treats from around the globe.

Annette is South Australian based and will be one of the many amazing retailers showing at our first Adelaide event in just a few short weeks. The countdown is the meantime you can forward plan your purchases by browsing the Gate Uniques website.