Down the rabbit hole of impossible cuteness

Hello Friends.

So, apparently it’s nearly the end of October. OCTOBER! Obviously my well-intentioned pre-baby pledge to see you all back here at the start of September didn’t quite pan out…

… I offer my defence:

Meet our sweet little girl, who arrived at the start of August happy and healthy. I have had no choice but to smooch and stare in proud maternal wonderment at our precious Little Babe. Tiny hands needed holding, chubby cheeks needed kissing, and excited 2 1/2 year old Miss C needed to be lovingly shown the difference between cuddles and suffocation. Oh, and then there’s the washing. Jeepers.  I had forgotten just how much of a tornado of laundry one tiny little person can create.

Anyway gang, I am   s l o w l y   getting my stitch on. Stay tuned as I dust off the laptop and rejoin the bustling crafty interwebs, one finger peking at the keyboard while I rock a little piece if joy in my arms…

It’s good to be back.


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Time for smoochin’ little fingers and toes…

Hello Friends.

‘Inspired Nesting’ by Groundwork

With our second babe now due next week, it’s time to shut the laptop and focus on my little family for a little bit. You know the drill: frenzied bursts of cleaning, holding impossibly cute little baby clothes up to my tummy and giggling, and sneaking all the couch time I can.

My little Etsy store is in holiday mode, but feel free to ‘convo’ me, or drop me an email on if you have any queries. I am sure I will be unable to stay away from sneaky Facebook moments, so you can say hi there too.

I will be back online the beginning of September, and have some lovely new products in the pipeline that I hope to show you (pending excessive toe kissing and little cheek snuggling time)…

Until then, stay happy and safe, and I will see you on the other side!


Creative Crush Wednesday: I’m smitten!

Hello Friends.

It’s true. I can’t hide it anymore.                                                                                                    I am totally in love with the work of encaustic artist Robin Luciano Beaty and I just have to share her brilliance with you….

Oh. My. Goodness. The TEXTURE. The LAYERS. The COLOUR. The little scraps of FABRIC. The snippets of HANDWRITING. Did I mention the TEXTURE?

For the record, encaustic painting is described by the ever trusty Wikipedia as:

” Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax… Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Today, tools such as heat lamps, heat guns, and other methods of applying heat allow artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted. Other materials can be encased or collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to adhere it to the surface” – in Robin’s case, that would include nails, metal fibres, mesh, cloth, lace, paper and photographs.

(Click on all images to link to Youtube source:)

While these images look like whole paintings in themselves, they are in fact close ups to show the detailed layering that goes into each work. I know, delicious.

I have always been intrigued by encaustic art making in my creative jaunts around art and design school, but somehow have not stumbled upon the wonderfulness of Ms Beaty until now (thanks again, Pinterest!). I have complete studio envy, and would quite like to spend my days wielding a blow torch and mixing up caramel-y layers of wax. Actually, I wouldn’t mind rocking a tank top and bangs like that either ….

If you are as enamoured as I am, you will enjoy a good potter through Robin’s website here, where you can sigh delightedly over an extensive catalogue of work.  And check out Youtube here and here to see these lovelies being created… and a spot of rollerskating. True.

Happy Wednesday folks.

Get in quick for Bowerbird VIP Tickets!

Hello Friends.

Being the stylish, indi-loving, small business supporter that you are, I thought I would pop in to share a bit of news from the wonderland that is Bowerbird Bazaar:

Doesn’t that sound rather excellent? If you love the idea of being one of the first to get your greedy paws on all those lovely treasures, click here to grab yourself a vip ticket.

You’re welcome 🙂


Miss Edith makes her debut…

Hello Friends.

Meet Miss Edith.

I have been just a little swept away with weaving here of late, and Edith is the result of lots of gleeful pottering around with twigs and lace and favourite fabric scraps.

There is just something so lovely about building up a tiny little tapestry of treasured textures and colours, unsure how it will all hang together until the last little piece has nestled in with the rest.  I will admit to some child-like hand clapping after the last bit of tricky knotting and weaving in of warp threads, and wrestling disobedient twigs into place… I feel a new obsession may have taken hold!

We have big plans, Miss Edith and I, but for now you can find her in blush or blue  having cups of tea and cake with her friend E for Ethel.


Happy Monday!


Mother’s Day Lovin’

Hello Friends.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner here in Australia – Sunday May 13th if it’s not already in your diary – and this year is extra special here at AVS Headquarters…

For those of you not already in the know, I am now over half way along with our second child {insert gushing smile and excited tummy rubbing 😉 }. We are due in August, and I have been rather un-graciously muddling through 24hr morning sickness and the total desertion of my memory. Hence the erratic blogging and wandering prose and… er, what was I saying again? 🙂

I am really looking forward to Mother’s Day this year, with a chatterbox 2 year old and a rather portly baby-belly – we are already having lots of interesting conversations about mummies and babies and sisters! Add to the mix my own Mamma who is feeling rather poorly with a dislocated elbow, and the day will call for lots of smooching and cuddles and hefty slices of cake. Definitely chocolate cake.

To celebrate the Mothers in your life (and they come in all guises don’t they…), I thought you might like a peek at this:

Wihoo! If ever you needed a reason to snap up a little bit of stichery goodness, this is it folks. Feel free to forward this offer on to friends you think might like the tip off – or hubbies or kids that might appreciate a hint!

Ok, off I go; I am determined to drink at least one cup of tea today while it’s still hot …


Bits and bobs, and a wee little SALE!

Hello Freinds

If you are pottering around Stirling in the Adelaide Hills, pop into the fab Library for a peek  the latest AVS contribution to the local artist display…

… All your favourites are there, soaking up the vibe and modestly showing off their little stitches and embellishments.

I LOVE this time of year in the hills – no fire danger (!),  golden Autumn leaves crunching under boots – and boots! – but brrrrrrrr, it’s getting chilly! To help you keep your little ones (and yourself) cosy and warm, head on over to the AVS Facebook  page for a little Autumn sale. It ends this Friday at 10pm, so spread the  word and don’t dilly dally!

It was lovely to be included in an all-Aussie Etsy treasury of goodness recently too:

Thanks Maryanne!

Ok, off I go, time to cosy up under my Nanna’s crocheted rug of lovelyness and slurp on a hot cuppa – for all of 3 seconds till the little one realises she REALLY needs dinner/hide-and-seek/another book etc etc…. still, it will be good while it lasts 🙂