Friday, May 29, 2009
Where: Lonsdale Street, Braddon
What: Morning tea fundraiser for the Cancer Council's "Australia's Biggest Morning Tea", with an "Alice in Wonderland" theme.
The Hive Gallery are doing a kids colouring competition, sponsored by Eckersley's art store on Mort Street.
There will be games and fun for the kids near Little Owl and Hive.
Debacle will have tea, coffee and biscuits out the front, and itrip iskip are doing a display for their fashion designers.
Brindabella Baby (upstairs, look for the signs on the footpath opposite Debacle) will have an organic fair trade chocolate fountain.
Dress up, come down and have some fun for a good cause.
Adorable, count me in!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
the market and say hello - I'll be up on the stage inside the hall... can't wait!
Love Nina xxx
Monday, May 18, 2009
3. Elrock Audrey handbag 4. Sinead Buckney bracelet watch
5. Tango & James table lamp and cushions
6. Electric Firefly pendant light 7. Emma Kidston earrings
8. Canvaswall Broadhurst wall art 9. Tango & James Eye test cushion
Don't miss Handmade Market on next Saturday May 23 from 10-4 at Albert Hall. Check out the Handmade Market website for special deals and prizes to win and the blog for more info.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Brindi and I hope to see you there!
Love Nina x
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Best part of being on the show?
Meeting all the great people both on and behind the scenes.
Which of your designs was your favourite?
Bronte's bedroom by Richie. He did such a great job!
What was it like working with the other designers?
Great! Interesting to have such a cross section of different talent. Even though I only got to spend one week with them, I learned so much and while the judges were scary I must say they had some pretty good advice too.
Do you regret any of your design decisions?
My choice of lounge of course!
How did you cope with the pressure?
Not very well apparently. I think I became a bit of a scatterbrain with all the mayhem going on around me.
Any bitchiness behind-the-scenes?
I think there was probably more bitchiness on screen. Once we were all back home at the end of the day we kind of put the day behind us. Very professional designers! Everyone gets along fine just now.
Did the deadline impinge on your creativity?
Yes. The deadline meant that I wasn't able to think through decisions like I would have if I'd been given more time but I guess that's not the competition! I definitely would have swapped the couch if I had time.
Do you think you gave it your best shot?
Questionable ... I think I would have done better next week if I'd have had the chance. More experience, less nerves! Oh well, it's not to be!
If you could do it again would you do it differently?
I'd like to say yes but tend to be stubborn and proud so no! But still — if I'd had the time I would have sent the couch back. It was a real mistake. I'd also think twice about the home made art. It didn't go down well with the judges.
Was it what you expected?
No. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into! But it has been such a great experience and what I've really enjoyed is the support I've had from my colleagues ... they are throwing me a party tonight which I'll certainly enjoy.
Who do you think will win?
I don't know — they are all so talented! Whoever wins will get a great kick-start to their own business with $100,000.
Aww... Well done anyway Tonie - and you looked so fabulous on screen too!
Love Nina x
Monday, May 11, 2009
3. Fockspace Design softie 4. Look Mama gift card
5. Fockspace Design softie 6. Melanie Swan Designs wall decor
7. Rockstars And Royalty fascinator 8. Tango & James Cushions
9. Melanie Swan Designs wall decor 10. Look Mama gift card
Not to be missed, Handmade Market is on Saturday May 23 from 10-4 at Albert Hall. Check out the Handmade Market website for more info about great things to win, and special deals from the handmade sellers.
Friday, May 8, 2009
I’m an aesthetics person. I like it when things look pretty and ordered and well designed. So you can just imagine that upon discovering I was pregnant, along with the pre-requisite amounts of joy at bringing a new life into the world, there was a certain level of horror. Would I be expected to embrace primary colours? Was it really necessary for a child to have toys? And would I become one of those mothers that carries a teensy weensy Dorothy the Dinosaur backpack around on my shoulder?
God bless IKEA. On the other hand, damn the gods of IKEA for not deeming Canberra worthy enough to have one. The number of trips I have had back from Sydney, sitting sideways in the backseat, face squished against the window, flat packs piled up to the roof. Sigh. These are the things you do to hide the ugly.
Burley Griffin Antique Centre for $20 and painted it white, recovering the table top in a vintage style Dick & Jane fabric followed by thick plastic (great for Play doh and painting as it just wipes down). In terms of seating for plonking down to watch the telly, I invested in a Cocoon Couture beanbag in understated colours that wouldn’t be too garish when left in the lounge room. However, after several visits to her little friends houses, my little girl became obsessed with those little lounges that fold out. My husband came home with shocking news one day, telling me he had nearly bought her a hot pink Dorothy the Dinosaur version from Big W. Nooooooooo. I did a bit of research and red and white gingham lounge was delivered pronto from online store Sitting Pretty Kids . It sits happily in the corner of the lounge room attracting no attention whatsoever. Ahhh, happy days.
Thank you so much Barb, I too enjoy the challenge of designing my home around my kids... and my home doesn't look like it should be in a magazine most of the time either!
Love Nina x