Mag Square

Thursday, December 22, 2011

pixies at my table

I am fully embracing the decorating opportunities that Christmas brings.  I wanted to do something eye catching above the dining table, suspended from the ceiling.  This is what evolved!! You may recognise these charming little pixies, they are from Danish brand Maileg

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

est ... one of my favourite's

Mini homeware emporium Est in Auburn Rd East Hawthorn is a favourite retail hangout of mine.  I especially love it at Christmas time.  Proprietor Carolyn Imlach (rolling soap balls in the image above) was almost through her last batch for the year when I called by yesterday.  Est is a total sensory experience ... the aroma of the shop beckons customers in from Auburn Rd.

I stocked up on assorted linen ribbons and twines (for DIY projects down the track), handmade Christmas decorationss, a maileg Christmas stocking and a divine Bonnie & Neil table runner.  It is essential to spend at least an hour in the shop at each visit, any less and you will not take in all that is on offer.

134 Auburn Road, Hawthorn (Melbourne)
03-9819 0726 
Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm

Thursday, December 15, 2011

DIY Christmas Idea #2

I love a reindeer or a moose at Christmas time and I also have a penchant for the schleich figurines (click here for the forest collection !!) not to mention spray painting!! So what a perfect reason to combine them all.  I used a primer to undercoat these guys then simply gave them a couple of coats of spray paint.  We went with red but they would look smashing in silver, gold or white.


We took it one step further at our last two events and encased the moose, deer et al in an upturned fishbowl shaped vase sprinked with glitter and dotted with a couple of little fir tree branches .  Hey presto, its a giant snowdome!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

a VERY SPECIAL cause ...

We are thrilled to announce that just over $3000 was raised for Very Special Kids through the sale of raffle tickets at our most recent event, the Malvern Town Hall Dec 1-3.  

I would like to say a HUGE thank you to the Magnolia Square retailers who so generously contributed to the 3 stunning hampers that were raffled over the course of the event.  Each hamper was valued at approx $1000 and the look of sheer delight on the faces of the winners was just gorgeous.

A very big thank you also goes to the volunteers who manned the Very Special Kids stand in the foyer; it was their dedication and enthusiasm that really made the difference to the number of tickets sold. I am thrilled with how successful the Mag Square / VSK association was and very much look forward to working with Yvonne Flynn and her team in 2012.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

DIY Christmas Idea #1

Christmas time provides the perfect excuse to decorate the house ... but you don't need to compromise on style.  
 My kids love the daily advent calender treats and often I reach for the tacky supermarket style. This year I gave it some more thought and came up with this simple and inexpensive alternative.  Magnolia branches (salvaged from your own tree if you are lucky enough to own one - if not invest in some lovely bare branches in winter and hold onto them all year through).  The vase to support these branches has to be rather large and heavy duty to prevent the whole arrangement from tumbling on the first child that reaches up for a box.  
These adorable little hand stamped boxes came from Pip Compton at Studio Lipp (purchased Christmas 2010 I'm afraid) but look around in art & craft shops and you will hopefully find something similar. Last of all pop a treat into each box.  Save it all again for next year!!



Friday, December 9, 2011

images from the Christmas event at Malvern ...

Check out the images from our recent show at the Malvern Town Hall on flickr.
Photography by Metka Edis of Magnolia Square