Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

Still looking for something to do to see out 2007 and welcome the New Year?

New Year's in the City
Bee Gees tribute band Night Fever will headline the New Year's in the City free community concert in Civic Square, due to kick off at 7.30pm and conclude at 12.45am.

If dance music is more your scene, Bass in the Place will kick off at 9pm and continue until late, with DJs mixing it up under the Garema Place clock.
Two 'spectacular' fireworks displays will also light up the skies over the City at 9pm and midnight, to welcome in 2008, don't forget a picninc blanket and the aeroguard.
Contact Canberra Connect: 13 22 81 or email

For something a little more 5 star, The Kremlin Bar are seeing out 'oo7 with a 'Casino Royale' themed black tie event. Tickets are $90 including drinks and gourmet nibbles.

King O'Malleys in Civic have band 'Agent 86' playing, with $5 entry going to the Salvo's and prizes for the best dressed.

Or, dress up in uniform...any kind will do...military, school!, police etc. Academy night club are having a "police Academy" themed evening $20 entry, free champs at the door after 11pm.

So, whatever you get up to tonight, I hope you have a fabulous time and stay safe!


Friday, December 28, 2007

Hot Shop: Pepe's Paperie

Fabulous for paper goods, leather bound notebooks and diarys, too-cute invitations and thankyou cards, photo albums and pens, Pepe's has always been a favourite of mine. I just can't go past these delicious patterns and colours...

For me it is paper eye candy. So what do do with my 8 pieces of poster size wrap?
...hang it on the wall wrapped around canvasses? Cover my new 'nude' moleskines (notebooks)? Vamp up some plain jane storage boxes? hmmm I shall wait for the perfect inspiration!
Want to see the finished products? Leave a comment.
Pepe's Paperie, at Westfield Woden and the Canberra Centre Civic.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Hot Craft: Etsy Canberrans

Check out these fabulous clever and crafty Canberrans here and on ETSY "your place to buy and sell all things homemade".

Briony Morris
"Primarily my interest would be constructing clothing using period patterns and raw materials.Hand making one off and limited runs of floral corsages and hair accessories from original vintage and reproduction fabrics is another way I like to spend my time.This little corner of etsy is where I am showcasing the fruits of my labor.I really hope you enjoy."

"Scientists say that one out of four people are crazy. Check three friends, and if they are ok, you're it."
Handmade books, stationary and more. These goodies are gorgeous.

"Welcome to Fock Design Space - home to colourful handmade toys constructed from new and vintage fabrics. For more info on what I'm up to right now check out my blog"

All images are from ETSY

Hot Shop: Bison

Since launching the first range of Bison stoneware and ceramics in his Pialligo workshop many years ago, former archeaologist Brian Tunk's beautiful creations have become popular around the globe.

Influenced by the first pottery made by man, the forms are pure and simple, decoration is minimal and colours are very now.

Tulip salad bowl 'Dervish' Vases

Sculptural milk bottles 'Cucina' bowls

Salad bowl Table pots
photography by David Plummer
Proudly made right here in Canberra, Bison is sold around the world.

Bison is located Beltana Road, Pialligo. Need directions?

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy Christmas

Some lovely things arrived for Christmas under our tree this year...

For the boys, the cutest T-shirts by Melbourne label Monstar Kids ...
More from Monstar Kids below

Something for the Diva...

And something cute and kooky for display...
'Miki' by Amalfi, available at TableTop Belconnen.
Something for the alcoholic...
A case of Cabernet Sauvignon from Dionysus Winery

...I hope Santa was so kind to you!

More gorgeousness from

Avaiable at Chi Koo Kids, Mawson.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Behind the curtains with: Ninaribena

Ok, so that's me! But somebody's got to kick it off, so let's take a peek behind my curtains...

Dining room: Table from Cite, Chairs from revolve, Light from Beacon. Art (near clock) by 'Jewels', painting by Ninaribena, rug from carpet court, shelving from Aldi.

Lounge room: Painted coffee table by Ninaribena, childrens chairs from GoLo (recovered in found fabrics), throw rug Amy Butler fabric from Addicted to Fabric, Throw cushions from IKEA and by Ninaribena, 3 canvas panels with paper from Pepe's papiere, 'Snabel' paper floor lamp from IKEA.

"Zesty colour and fun pattern rule my Interior. With the walls mainly a simple white and the floor in natural timber, the colourful art and furnishings really add fun and playfulness. My style could be described as whimsical mod style."

Entry Hall: 'Muji' storage cubes from Target, baskets from Howards Storage world, message board from Aldi, red rug from Inrugs Brand Depot, 'Ona' coat rack from Cite, 'Cherie' clutch bag by Ninaribena.

Family room: "lineal" chairs in red fabric from Cite, coffee table from revolve (painted red), "one bad apple" art by Ninaribena, 'wheely bug' ride on ladybug, white childrens chairs and rug from Freedom, floor cushions and 'Mammut' table and stools from IKEA, 'French Bull' plate from Until, Bud design ducks available at Unit Concepts, blackboard storage unit by Ninaribena.
"Designing around children can be challenging, but rather than accepting the 'standard' pastels or primary colours, why not credit them with good taste and work with slightly more sophisticated-but-fun colours?"

Dylan's room: ''Vikare' extendable bed from IKEA, storage cubes from Hot dollar, dot rugs from Spotlight, photoclip mobile from Homewares Direct (with fingerpuppets and lettering). Rubber duck canvas and lettering found at Hall market, 'Blimp' wall pockets from IKEA, child lounge by Ninaribena.

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