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June 17, 2013

Wee Birdy is in Inside Out magazine

Now look what we have here! I’m super-chuffed to feature in the new July-August 2013 issue of Inside Out, the delightful Australian magazine that is beloved by design and interiors enthusiasts around the globe. I was interviewed and photographed for their feature on seven different kinds of shoppers – from eBay addicts to auction house devotees – and I was the poster girl for Etsy! Love it.

That’s me, third from left, and I’m photographed with one of my best Etsy buys – a hand-decorated vintage teapot by the inimitable Dutch designer and illustrator, Nina van de Goor from Ninainvorm. I’ve been a fan of Nina’s work since I first started blogging so I’m particularly proud to showcase her work in this feature.

I’m wearing a gorgeous necklace by one of my favourite Etsy designers, Jennifer Loiselle. It’s her Severine woven rope necklace in pink and orange and you can buy it right here. I’m also wearing a graphic black and white frock by Marimekko and T-bar clogs from Gorman.

Other good things in the new issue of Inside Out include an interview with UK blogger Will Taylor from Bright.Bazaar, a profile on awesome Melbourne-based artist Ghostpatrol, a round-up of the best bedside tables and a look behind the scenes (and the real-life homes) of Australian TV drama, Offspring. There are also loads of inspirational homes and shopping features with superb styling and masterful photography.

Here’s a peek at a feature styled by the marvellous Megan Morton and photographed by Sam McAdam-Cooper. I adore the clever wall feature of draped textiles hanging from a painted curtain rod, and I’m seriously coveting that Moroccan wool rug from Jardan in the second image (below).

Inside Out Magazine, stylist Megan Morton via WeeBirdy.com.
Styling by Megan Morton. Photography by Sam McAdam-Cooper.
Inside Out Magazine, stylist Megan Morton, via WeeBirdy.com.
Styling by Megan Morton. Photography by Sam McAdam-Cooper.
Inside Out Magazine, stylist Megan Morton, via WeeBirdy.com.Styling by Megan Morton. Photography by Sam McAdam-Cooper.

And check out the fabulously vibrant touches in the Orange County New York weekend home of FAB founder Bradford Shellhammer.

Architectural photographs of Bradford Shellhammer (Founder of FAB.com) summer house in Orange County NY via WeeBirdy.comPhotography by Trevor Tondro/Living Inside.
Architectural photographs of Bradford Shellhammer (Founder of FAB.com) summer house in Orange County NY, via WeeBirdy.comPhotography by Trevor Tondro/Living Inside.

Find out my Etsy shopping secrets and see more from these glorious shoots in the July-August 2013 issue of Inside Out, on sale now.

Inside Out is available from newsagents, Zinio, Google Play, Magsonline, and Apple’s Newsstand.

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November 12, 2012

A wee birdy week, in pictures

According to Instagram, my week looked like this:

  • I went to the beach – again! That makes it two weekends in a row. Must be a record for me.
  • I attended my first ever Kids Business Bloggers Brunch – and found some quick and easy Christmas crafts from Spotlight. (Quick and easy being key words for me.) I’m on my way to Spotlight this afternoon!
  • I also met the girls from Brown Sugar at the Bloggers Brunch, who gifted me a beautiful coral striped scarf, which went fabulously with my coral Dinosaur Designs bangle and Tom Ford lipstick in Wild Ginger.
  • I’m still loving Sydney’s magnificent show of jacarandas this year. Front lawns and footpaths everywhere are awash with jacaranda confetti. And the sight of backlit jacarandas in the warm glow of the late afternoon sun is one of my favourite Sydney sights. It means summer is just around the corner.
  • I went to an excellent Blog Photography Workshop to brush up on my DSLR skills. Hosted by the fabulous Little Paper Trees (check out her blog now) and led by lifestyle photographer Emma Scamell, we covered an incredible amount of skills in just one wee day. The workshop was held in the studios of one of my favourite Sydney shops, Little Paper Lane, so it was a day filled with lots of laughs, creativity and neon. It’s a very neon Christmas this year at Little Paper Lane – check out the riot of colour in their window displays!
  • If you’re in Sydney and you need some Christmas present inspiration, make the trip to Little Paper Lane in Mona Vale. Or check out their superb online shop. I dare you to resist pulling out your credit card! I shopped up a storm, and stocked up on Washi tapes, ribbons, an awesome extra-large alphabetical stamp set and neon gift cards. So lovely.

Instagram pics via WeeBirdy.com

  • I also met a very cute duckling (it had just hatched in my friend’s home incubator!)
  • I found the sweetest-smelling baby pineapples from the organic grocer in Avalon.
  • I stopped by The Boatshed in Palm Beach for some ice-cream. They always have the most magnificent displays of fresh fruit and flowers.
  • I took out 10 minutes to watch the Melbourne Cup, and decided to make a last-minute bet. Should have stayed at home.
  • I took delivery of a very sweet box filled with Chupa-Chups, and the latest candy-inspired collection of lip gloss, nail polish and eye-shadows from L’Oreal Paris.
  • I met the guys from Rust-oleum at the Bloggers Brunch and discovered a brand new world of magic paint and spray paints. I’ve got to get a can of their white matte spraypaint which gives your average jam jar a beautiful white ceramic-like finish. Genius.

Phew, what a week. Did I mention that I also launched a brand new craft tutorials website, Crafttuts+? More on that very soon!

Tell me, what did you get up to? You can follow me on Instagram here. I’d love to see your Instagram pics, too!

p.s. I made 2000 ‘likes’ on Facebook! Hooray! Thanks everyone for following me. X


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November 5, 2012

A wee birdy week, in pictures

According to Instagram, my week looked like this…

  • I made a last-minute makeshift Halloween costume for my 20 month-old toddler. We already had a lion’s hat from IKEA, so I crafted a matching mane/bib out of three different squares of felt. I traced around a mug to make the neckline, and then I used scissors to cut different lengths of fringing. I layered them on top of each other and fastened it at the back with a safety pin. Too easy and it took all of three minutes. He loved it.
  • I went to my first ABCD meet-up (Artists + Bloggers + Crafters + Designers) on the weekend, which was held at the lovely Polli design studio in Sydney. It was a ‘sweet treat’ Pot Luck, which resulted in a table groaning with cakes and slices and biscuits. I ended up leading an informal chat session about privacy on Instagram. Can’t wait ’til the next one.
  • Sydney is in bloom at the moment! Bougainvilleas, hibiscus and jasmine spill over front fences and brick walls, while this year’s jacarandas are putting on a magnificent show. So beautiful.

I also tackled the coastal walk from Coogee to Bondi and caught the final day of the incredible Sculpture by the Sea, which is an annual exhibition in Sydney. There was a really fabulous line-up this year, and I also loved hiking along the cliff tops of six magnificent beaches and bays. It’s been many years since I’ve done the walk (with London, pregnancy and bringing up baby being the major distractions) so I immensely enjoyed taking in the spectacular natural beauty of this major Sydney must-do.

Tell me, what have you been up to? Has anyone else seen Sculpture by the Sea?


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September 24, 2012

A Wee Birdy week – in pictures

According to Instagram, this is what the past week in my life looked like:

  • I found the world’s prettiest babycinno at Flood Street Carousel in Leichhardt, a superb toddler-friendly cafe in Sydney. Books, toys, a magnetic alphabet wall and a retro Space Invaders arcade table – fun for kids big and small.
  • I attended the launch of Iconic Kids at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo and discovered the sweetest Spring collection by Bebe by Minihaha (shirring, ruffles and vintage-inspired floral prints for baby girls), as well a very cute mum-and-bub gorilla. So pleased to find that many of the zoo’s original buildings and structures are still around, including the heritage-listed Indian elephant temple, which was built in 1916.
  • I loved Napoleon Perdis‘ new collection of hand-poured candles, available exclusively from his Life.Style homewares store in Sydney’s Woollahra. That’s the limited-edition Fig candle on my bathroom window sill.
  • I spent Sunday morning making miniature play-dough hats for Harry’s animal figurines. How awesome is play-dough, and having an excuse to play with it as an adult? I’m going to make my own batch of play-dough this week using this awesome no-cook recipe.

What have you been up to? Do you love Instagram? I’m addicted – I love scrolling through the lives of Wee Birdy readers around the world. Find me on Instagram – I’m @WeeBirdy.


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September 17, 2012

A week in the life of Wee Birdy – in pictures

According to Instagram, this is what the past week in my life looked like.

I went to the annual Dinosaur Designs garage sale in Sydney and snapped up this amazing coral resin bangle. I’ve wanted a wide DD bangle for ages and I love the coral-like texture as well as the amazing colour. It POPS and it looks fab with my ever-growing collection of Breton stripes.

Amanda Talbot mentioned that she’s a Wee Birdy follower on Twitter in Sunday Life magazine, along with some other brilliant bloggers including @Will_UK, @decor8, @citysage and fellow Aussie @interiorsaddict. Check out Amanda’s excellent design and interiors blog, Snoop.

This delicious New Zealand rainbow trout with horseradish cream on toasted rye was just one of the canapes I feasted on at a Tourism New Zealand reception at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal. There was also an incredible performance of the Haka. Afterwards, I watched the sun go down over Sydney harbour and showed off my new Country Road booties.

I also met Swedish glassmaker Göran Wärff at David Jones, where he is currently exhibiting some of his stunning limited edition pieces for Kosta Boda. His use of colour throughout his work is legendary, and these purple and orange vases were two of my favourites.

I was also invited by Nuffnang to secret squirrel launch about a brand-new blogging product. Follow NuffnangX to find out more.

And we had one of those rare evenings out with our 18-month-old toddler who happily accompanied us out to an early dinner in Darlinghurst. We headed to Gelato Messina for dessert, arguably Sydney’s best ice-cream. We shared a tasting plate of ‘Schmeckel’ (peanut butter and white chocolate-coated pretzels); salted caramel and white chocolate; dulce de leche (milk caramel); milk chocolate and peanut butter fudge and chocolate fondant ice-cream. Oh boy.

What have you been up to? Do you love Instagram? I’m addicted – I love scrolling through the lives of Wee Birdy readers around the world. Find me on Instagram – I’m @WeeBirdy.


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September 9, 2012

A wee birdy week – in pictures

According to Instagram, this is what the last week or so in my life looked like. We went back to Cockatoo Island in Sydney today to see the rest of the Biennale of Sydney. It finishes next week so make sure you catch it before it goes. It was a glorious day on Sydney Harbour, and I loved wandering around the old industrial buildings exploring the installations.

I really loved Li Hongbo’s extraordinary Ocean of Flowers; a wondrous landscape of multi-coloured honeycomb paper sculptures that upon closer inspection actually folded down into revolvers, arms and bullets. And Phillip Beesley’s incredible Hylozic Series was well worth the half-hour wait, with a delicate and interactive forest of fibre-optic lights that responded to movement and touch. I hate to say it but it reminded me of the fantastical world of Avatar. But don’t let that put you off: it was truly incredible!

And predictably I rather enjoyed Maria Fernanda Cardoso’s Museum of Copulatory Organs, which is entirely dedicated to the genitalia of insects. And it was FANTASTIC; imagine delicate ceramic and resin sculptures of the most extraordinarily complex penises. Who knew the penis of the bean weevil was the “spikiest in the world”? Apparently, it’s not size that matters. It’s shape.

We also headed back to Quay restaurant for our seven-year anniversary and feasted on Peter Gilmore’s seven-layer chocolate cake and jersey cream with “ethereal sheets”. Amazing.

And if you fancy the awesome vintage Mr Men toddler pants, they’re by My Poppet Shop for My Messy Room.

What have you been up to? And if you’re on Instagram, find me @WeeBirdy. 


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