Thursday, February 25, 2010

Just arrived: too much cuteness

Just arrived at Casa Ribena: my cute, cute, cute order from Mooo. They specialise in customising their already adorable designs with your child's name. Hugo's already LOVING his backpack (first pic) and he and his big brother are never taking off their new t-shirts!!!. Here's what else I'm loving...

Chalk board stickers (luurve the woodland animals), personalised wall art, very cool invitations for parties, faaaaabulous birth announcements, adorable name labels, pencil case, library bags, and more...

And thanks to Mooo and Canberra's Got Style we have a giveaway for some lucky Canberra kids. I have a few sample goodies for the first kids with the right names!!! Items are below...

"Ryan" t-shirt size 2; "Harry" Backpack; "Natasha" wall art

First in, best dressed!!!

Love Nina x

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Don't miss: Mathilda's Market

Canberra's little market for the best handmade kids goodies...

Custom Made Pretty Dresses

Too cute!
Love Nina x

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Love is a Battlefield

BATTLEFIELD is a butoh inspired Live Art work that explores the cross generational desire to reach for perfection through conformity.

Using Butoh and 80’s dance, Chenoeh Miller will direct CYT performers aged 18-25 in the all encompassing sensory experience of Battlefield. With a Butoh body as their foundation the performers responses to Battlefield will be evocative, startling and thought provoking – the human propensity to seek perfection through conformity will be laid bare. The performance will take place in an intimate space and is suitable for all ages!

Chenoeh is well known for creating work which fuses the two performance styles of Butoh and Live Art: Butoh originated in Japan in the late 1950s, Live Art was a term coined in the 1980’s in the United Kingdom. Check out her previous work @

BATTLEFIELD will be performed March 11-14th Contact CYT Office for tickets on (02) 6248 5057
and now to get you in the mood and because it's awesome... here's the hot hot hot clip for the original "Love is a Battlefield", do make sure you stay for Pat Benetar gettin her freak on from 3:20mins AWESOME!!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Give-away winners!!!

As promised, here are the winners of the giveaway announced on Sunday. The lucky 8 will each win a double pass to the Tom Ford film A single man, thanks to Icon Movies and Canberra's Got Style. Chosen by random number generator, they are...
Comment #14 The Shopping Sherpa
Comment #24 Grant
Comment #10 Katie
Comment #2 Susan
Comment #29 Storm Orphan
Comment #12 Perempuan
Comment #15 ACTing like a Mamma
and Comment #32 Emma Jane

Congratulations winners, can you please email me your postal address so you can claim your prize,

Love Nina xx

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Treasury: happy pretty colour

Take a look at an Etsy treasury I had to share with you. This has been curated by Leah Sawyer and includes my Flutter Mobile in fine company...

"Blackbirds and Butterflies"

So pretty! Thank you Leah.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Fabulous give-aways: A Single Man

Thanks to Icon Movies and Canberra's Got Style, we have a special giveaway to my style-loving readers... 8 Double passes to a beautiful film by fashion designer Tom Ford: A Single Man...

Set in a sun-drenched 1960s California coastal canyon, featuring revealing performances by Colin Firth (foxy), Julianne Moore (I'm just freaking loving her hair) and Matthew Goode, A SINGLE MAN marks the breakthrough directorial debut of internationally influential American fashion icon (and former Gucci head designer) Tom Ford. Targeting indelible images of love, loss and rebirth, the film is a personal testament, filled with deep emotional resonance. So don't forget the tissues!

Torn apart by the shattering impact of the death of his long-time lover, college professor George Falconer (Best Actor Oscar nominee, Colin Firth) experiences the most transformative day of his life, blending past and present, desire and despair, and discovering that love persists even after the object of love is gone.

"The film is an aesthetic pleasure, like being in a designer hotel, reading a deliciously sad novel." The Times Online.
Take a look at the preview... Oh {sigh}...

A Single Man opens nationally on February 25th and will be showing in Canberra at Dendy Cinema. To be in the draw to win one of 8 double passes to the film, just leave a comment to this post, I'll be choosing the winners by random draw on Friday morning (19th). Australian residents only.

How delicious... don't you just love it?

Love Nina x

Friday, February 12, 2010

Easter Lillies?

These beauties made a surprise appearance from the jungle portion of my garden this week, something lovely in time for Valentines day...

Well hello there Easter Lillies - I have been told!

Happy Valentines Day to you all,

Love Nina xxx

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Handmade Market gets bigger and better - Again!

Revealed this week... two snippets of most excellent news regarding a new location (and date) for the next Handmade Market and... a full time retail space for the hottest Handmade goods in Canberra!!!


So, while you've been waiting for the next market event, Handmade creator Julie Nichols has been one very busy lady. Confirmed for Sunday March 28th, the market is set to be staged in and around the Devine rooms of Kamberra Winery - lovely! Julie has also revealed that some awesome new local designers have submitted applications this time around, so of course I can't wait.

Then of course we will have the central city retail space launched shortly after the market and I have been lucky enough to be involved in designing Shop Handmade. Here's a sneaky peek at what is on the drawing board...

Kids Antique White Double Door Wood Armoire - Double Door Armoire (Antique White) 42 x 22

Loads of spaces for large and small items, jewellery, clothing, art, literature and more... it's going to be a little bit of Handmade heaven!

I'm so there! Love it,

Love Nina x

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Spotted: Shopping Sherpa in print

A darling surprise in this Sunday's Relax magazine... the home and stylings of Anna Maria Sviatko - also known as The Shopping Sherpa. Seen right here at Canberra's Got Style, the monochromed one shows us why she's soon to be featured on the ABC's Collectors program in April! Congratulations AMCS!



And, a hot tip... stay tuned for more Canberra's Got Style featured homes in the pages of Relax magazine in their effort to show real Canberra style! Nice one!

Love Nina x

Monday, February 1, 2010

Have you met MissChief Maker?

Nestled into the gorgeous gardens of Rodney's Pialligo, there lies a treasure trove of the coolest and prettiest goodies for kids and mums - and with a cafe and playground at the door step - it couldn't get more decadent (if you have tiny ball & chains like I do!).

Misschief Maker, housed in it's own little (new) rustic shack is run by Canberra mum Katie Dawson, and is entirely stocked by women and mums, busily hand making lamps, clothing, acccessories, toys and more - including 13 Canberran's! Plus a range of pre-loved threads for little ones.


Now's the time to check it out though, because, not only is the weather perfect for lolling in the gardens with a cold drink, but Katie is running a "gold sticker sale" for February - in time to make room for Autumn stock arriving soon. With loads of handmade clothes marked down up to 30% off and the big kids back to school this week, bring your pre-schoolers... I'll meet you there!


Love Nina x