How to Care for your Local Artist

Now that the recovery from Christmas is well and truly over, I am starting to come out of hibernation and into the world again. I feel like January and February are sort of reserved for sorting stuff out, rejuvenation, assessing things, sleeping, thinking about what’s what and then and then as soon as March hits, it’s like ‘What can I make?! I need to make stuff.’

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“The Shining” Downloadable Halloween Movie Night Invitation!

Halloween Invite!

Are you thinking about having a halloween party this year? I have always LOVED the idea of having a halloween film night, although I don’t like scary movies, I find the fear diminishes almost entirely when you are surrounded by your friends and plenty of moonshine! If you did want to get into the halloween spirit but can’t really be bothered to make any invitations, here’s a free download of an invitation flier I made for the movie night.. based on The Shining, and features one of my latest typewriters – a 1930s brushed steel Oliver. it’s A5 pdf and you can add your own details. Download the pdf here halloween_invite


If you do have a party, let me know how it goes!

Dear Etsy Customer…

I’ve been sending out hand typed stories with my etsy orders, this one features the fabulous “a beautiful mess” blog, they’ve really made the big time now! And this latest cobbling together of my imagination is more nonsense than ever. I wouldn’t waste your time reading it actually.
If u do read it, I mean St Kilda off the coast of Scotland not the one in Melbourne. It is important you know that.
Poor Etsy customer.
A x
PS, in case you’re wondering, this wasn’t written on one of my reconditioned typewriters, it was on my boyfriend’s 80 year old Corona 4, just so many typewriters lying around you know…

I’m Obsessed with Emily Winfield Martin

Her work is magical! She does illustrations and writes her own children’s books based on mysterious worlds where children and animals are friends, and live side by side in nature. Her style is so beautiful, and she herself is also. Here is a snapshot of one of her seafaring children.

You can see more at her blog

Are you obsessed with any artists at the moment? Who inspires you?

I’m off to the studio now to try and be as creative Emily Winfield Martin 🙂

A x

Making Bread for Breakfast Enthusiasts

We’ve been making our own bread recently, in a bid to save money, and this is our 3rd loaf. It’s pretty much the densest thing known to man, and you only need half a slice to fill you up… Is that bad? Anyway, it’s good with lemon curd! We’ll keep trying, maybe we’ll experiment with adding things like olives (oooh)!


Remembering Why I do What I Do

The wonderful customer who ordered the beautiful baby blue typewriter sent me this lovely email today after receiving it. It always makes me really happy to receive appreciation like this and to know that something I have created can give someone real pleasure is what keeps me doing this through the tough times. 

Thank you so so much.  It is just all my heart’s desire in one object.  I cannot thank you enough for all your hard work, attention to detail, skill, thought, patience and kindness.  Please never ever stop doing what you do as you do it so well.
I am glad it was not a chore for you and you are proud of how it turned out.  Please know that it will be adored, cherished and pounded upon daily.  Just love it.  And I too will be trumpeting quietly your marvellousness and causing people to weep over the banality of their ipads.
Whenever I feel like giving up and going and living in a cave, I’ll read this and remember why I do it. 

A beautiful Baby Blue Olympia left the studio last week!

It was definitely one of my favourite commissions, what a doll. I hope it enjoys its new life in France. The customer was quite creative in her request, and I was asked to put some text just under the badge – in typewriter font that said “You’re my favourite type of obsession” – but with the b of obsession being a little wonky – like in a murder mystery story where they can tell who committed the crime by the tell tale wonky typewriter letter! You would probably have to have read a decent amount of 1940s – 1970s murder mysteries to know why that would solve a crime.. (or Bunty for Girls comics). 

Anyway, it was a beaut and now it has gone to a loving home. 

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