Posts Tagged ‘Randomania’

Pottering about

Monday, August 27th, 2012

This morning I was interviewed by a student for her end of year assignment. The questions were mainly all about how I work & my inspiration etc, but one question that she asked was what do I do in my spare time?

Hmm, spare time? I have a vague memory of this concept & something called a life, but it is a distant memory!!

Oh, sounds a bit sad doesn’t it… really its not!  Im pretty happy with what Ive got going on!!!

One thing I have been getting up to all this year is taking a pottery class at Cone 11. And yes, to answer the question you are  thinking (as everyone I tell about the classes automatically asks!)  - it is totally & exactly just like that scene from the movie  Ghost. Un cannily so in fact! The song & everything. The same.

Anyway…moving on.

I loves it! I love getting filthy & filthy I do get. I always come away covered head to toe in clay splatter which just adds to my personal satisfaction! (weirdly no one else in the class gets as splashy messy as me!!!) Im on to my 3rd term now & soon to go on to my 4th.  Which means there is barely a surface in my house that doesnt have a kooky misshapen bowl on it!

Oh, I didn’t yet mention that I am not brilliant at it! My bowls are usually crooked & wot not. No matter, its just so satisfying to make a little sumpin sumpin in my own 2 hands!

This is the studio – located at the Abbotsford convent, & right beside the Collingwood Childrens farm - there is just something special about wandering through the convent grounds that is inspiring!

These are my most recent pieces ready for glazing.

In previous terms I have completely lost my shit when it comes to the glazing. I forget the less is more thing that I rant & rant to my clients, & have made nice simple shapes look weird & just wrong by using multiple colours without having the skills to carry it off!

Case & point:

(not all – but certainly some!)


These are my most recent creations after glazing & firing. Um, so it is meant to be a dinner plate. But as you can see by the forks size, its more of a muffin plate – or at a stretch a toast plate!

and this is a very shallow bowl! Good for soup I suppose!


This one from my first term has turned out to be quite useful – The wonkyness got turned into a small spout which is perfect to rest my tea spoon in! – you know just like it was meant to be!

This isnt the prettiest of shapes & does illustrate the glazing mania I get in!

(Psst – in this pic you can kinda see my silver braille-celet! A recent side project (huh I DO have a life!) of mine that I designed & had it made – it has a message written in braille to me on it!!)


Here is another example of me loosing my shit in a haze of glazing fun! Although I think the splatter is kinda cute!


This gives you a good idea of the scale of my earlier peices! Tiny!  But now I have the perfect place to keep my  eraser! – as you do!!


I could go on, and on. But im sure its a topic that is far more interesting to me than to you! So I will spare you any further examples but at least now I have proof that I DO have a life!

If you want to see some good ceramics – check out my teacher the super lovely Iiona’s work on her website – here. Great stuff & top chick!


Leaving on a Jet plane

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

And just like that - its June. JUNE people! This year is going by in a flash.

Its been a huge year & Im a bit buggered & need a rest.

So, Ive packed my bags, got the house/cat sitter organised & Im hoping on a jet plane & going here:

Vietnam. Its somewhere I have always wanted to go to & so I am!

Im stopping off in Darwin on the way for a few days &  to attend a friends wedding which will be quite an event. Friends are jetting in from all over the world for this one, and its going to be HUGE! So I will definately be needing a bit of R&R afterwards!

I’ll see you on the other side!




Friday, May 18th, 2012

Remember these?:

& these:

Quite possibly thats why you are here in the first place! (the traffic I get to this blog still from when I posted about these back in June 2010 is huge!)

Well the UK-ian hottie responsible for such clever up-cycling has just launched his new of lighting which includes these crystal globes.

So pretty.

And these too

Camilla Molders Design, Interior Design Melbourne, Interior Decoration Melbourne

And this

Camilla Molders Design, Interior Design Melbourne, Interior Decoration Melbourne

I predict a Pintrest Melt down!

And before you ask:

No, I dont know how to get the bottoms off or how to get the globes in. I leave it to the people who do!

Lee Broom is the dude in the know!




I got the Winter blues

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Meh. Its winter. I’m cold and well, a bit grumpy.

So I’m self diagnosing my meh with a case of the winter blues and prescribing me some happy pills in the form of eye candy. STAT!

My eye candy trip goes a little something like this…

I will begin by a quiet and lazy read in this armchair by the fire. A good spot to read the new issue of Inside Out.

(something about that fire makes me keep looking…)


After my initial mag flip through, I’ll walk down the hallway,


And up the stairs,


Through the dining room (made the detour just to get an eye full of the blue!)


Then into the sitting room, where I ‘ll skim the shelves looking for a book to read, while taking in an eye full of the fabulous stripey blinds.


I’ll stop by the kitchen to make a cup of tea.

and a snack…


I will eat my snack of choice whilst warming my legs while I stand by the fire.


Then I will make my way into the sun room where I will drink my tea, basking in both the winter rays, as well as the beauty of the brass coffee table (or is it dulled copper? either way – yum!)


About now my meh is softening somewhat.

But instead of a sun soaked read, Im feeling lazy (warning – tread carefully, Im still a bit meh & can bite!!) so instead,  I will head to the media room where I will watch some episodes of Grand Designs -hoping to see the one about the Huf haus (those Germans are efficient & clever aren’t they!)

If thats not doing it for me, then I will watch Labrinyth for the millionth time.  This scene never fails to cheer me up.


After basking in my Bowie glow, I think a bath. This one will do:


Though really, I would prefer this one:


Whoa, the eye candy pills are kicking in……I need me a nap.

This bed looks inviting enough to do the job…


Sweet dreams!

I hope my eye candy come down isn’t too harsh!

Picture credits:

1. Random file found – not sure where came from   2.   Tracey Garet Design 3. Another random 4. S Russell Groves 5. Tracey Garet Design  6.  S  Russell Groves 7. Jason Martin Design 8. Tracey Garet 9.  via Things that Inspire 10. Blustin Heath Design 11. Cote Maison via la Lampshade 12. Peter Dunham Design

Oops. Its been a while.

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Aw, poor Designalogue Blog. You are so neglected by your maker. 3 months since my last post. Oops.

I wouldn’t say you have been forgotten about you dear blog…just kinda pushed you to the back of my mind while I got on with other things.  But blog guilt has  finally got to me, and so here I am giving you a bit of the attention that you desire. (Take what you can get!)

So to news of late…

I recently flew up to  Darwin for a few days to work on a project. For those not familiar with Australia’s geography, Darwin is the city up the top & in the middle of Australia where its hot, really hot all the time and they have  a lot of  big bitey things in the water. (of which I saw none – kinda sadly!) My only brush with the interesting nature of the area was accidentally peeing on a sweet little green tree frog. I didn’t realise the little guy was there until it was too late…… but saved in time before the flush! Lesson learned – when in the tropics, check where you are sitting! Even where you are sitting is in a bathroom on the second floor – wee critters like climbing pipes it seems!

Sadly and well, very inconveniently my camera died. As it turns out little snappy cameras cant handle being dropped on the floor after about 110 times. Up till that last drop, I swear it was totally fine. Life without a camera on hand to snap away is a bit sad. The camera in my Iphone  just doesnt cut it. So until a new camera comes  my way…will my vague descriptions of things work on a design based blog?

Im thinking not.

So no pictures to share of interesting things in Darwin. But hopefully  I will have got around to getting myself a new camera by my next trip up in a few months time. Maybe  then we can have a slide night?

As this is a design based blog, I cant leave this post without a picture or two – so thought I would share some chairs that I recently had re upholstered for a client:

Before – needing a bit of zhoosh!


& after….

They are part of a project that is coming along so beautifully & I cant wait to share it… but all in good time!

the last ride

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
As its still Spring carnival here in Melbourne town, I am still on the horsey band wagon.
The big race of the carnival was yesterday & I did manage to turn the TV on just in time to see the horses run in the big circle that seems to get so many excited, but turned it off soon after when I saw the winning jockey make air fisty pumping action things!
I have a very low tolerance for the fist pump and on seeing it my automatic reaction is to roll my eyes. I just cant help it!
Anyway, on with the final horsey eye candy for this year!
Via Desire to Inspire

Via Desire to Inspire

Thom Felicia

Thom Felicia via If the lampshade fits

via Ish & Chi

via Ish & Chi

Stephen Knollenberg

Stephen Knollenberg

Via Diane Bergeron

Via Diane Bergeron

Via House Beautiful

Via House Beautiful

Via Design Crisis

Via Design Crisis

Via Desire to Inspire

Via Desire to Inspire

SR Gambrel

Caroline Paterson Interiors

Caroline Paterson Interiors

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler

via House Beautiful

via House Beautiful
Miles Redd via House Beautiful

Miles Redd via House Beautiful

Come with me & gallop & gallop & gallop….

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

In Melbourne town right now you cant go to far without having some sort of horseyness image in your face thanks to the Spring racing carnival that has just begun.

So I figure, if you cant beat em, join em!

Many many many more horsey pictures coming your way soon!

via Things that inspire

via Things that inspire


Friday, July 24th, 2009

All I want to say is that I think this photograph is fabulous.

Katie Lockhart via Desire to Inspire

Katie Lockhart via Desire to Inspire

I wanna get me a giant bunny too!

Cockatoo adoption

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

The Cockatoo, for those who aren’t in the know; are an native bird to my lovely home land of Australia. But as this is a designed based blog, and not a bird fact forum, I will spare you from too many a detail of the pretties! Except, they are in some regional areas considered a pest, and in more city dwelling areas considered a pet! In captivity, they are known to live for up to 50 years.

My point is this, Cockatoo’s are not something that one should commit to lightly. And with this in mind, I am also thinking of the gorgeous limited edition Cockatoo rugs by Catherine Martin for Designer Rugs!

I’m sure many of you have seen the pattern of which I speak – its appearance on the front cover of the latest Issue of Australian Vogue living, has caused quite a stir in the world of late (and rightly so I say!)

Available for adoption to good homes: Limited edition rugs – three colourways, and only five of each.

Personally I think the adoption process for these lovelies is too lax. The ‘candidate’ should be subjected to at the very least a home inspection!

But alas, we know that’s not going to be the ca$e.

All I am saying is that I hope the people who adopt these lovelies, fully appreciate them and treat them with the respect that they deserve. To think of a coffee table upon, or even a baby spew incident…well that just breaks my heart!

Please. Give them a good home. I know I would make Cockatoo ‘yellow’ a very happy and long life together.

um, I got GOT again.

Monday, March 30th, 2009

I’ve gone and got myself tagged again! This time the lovely Qerat infected me!

The point again to share 6 things about myself. But with all this tagging going on, IMO struggling to keep up with new things to share, a girl has gotta keep some mystery you know!

So Im instead going to share some Randomania instead:

1. I was reliving some childhood memories the other day and You tube-ing the fabulous TV show from my childhood  Fraggle Rock! I came across this classic gem, which the fella and I decided should be the song to get us all motivated throughout this global recession!

Um, I am having all sorts of trouble uploading this video – so you will just have to expel that tiny bit of energy & click on the link to make it work instead! Doozers

2. My favoritest film of ALL time is the Labyrinth.

3. So, I will admit.. I have a bit of an obsession…. I cant get enough of coloured glass.

I just love it and have, um, quite a bit in my house…….








There is actually more than this, but the photos were even more crapola than these. So you will just have to believe me!

4. I cant throw away, give away or even loan out my design magazines. This does create a bit of a storage issue, but I deal. Each month I buy about 8-9 mags and I devour them and re-read many times over! (Also – happily these are a tax deduction, so that’s a happy ending!)

5. I still drink coffee daily. I never pretended I was going to give it up- just keeping you up to speed!

6. I love my iPhone and hate synthetic fabrics on upholstery.

Ah, six points = done.

I don’t want to give myself a reputation for being a girl who gives infections, so once again: dear readers and blogging friends, if you wanna, do it! If not, I wont hunt you down!!