I want to start again .... 2019 and finally back to blogging

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Hi my friends, it has been far too long.  I am going to treat this as my journal, somewhere to come and keep a record of where I am at in life and in work.  There has been lots of change around me over the last few years.  My hubby's job of nearly 30 years finished late last year and now he is trying to get his own consulting business running so we are both working from home in our little cottage.  Our hazel eyed girl moved to Brisbane {temporarily} last September and will be there until at least May but she has fallen in love with city life so as much as we miss her I am so beyond grateful that she is happy.  My hazel eyed boy graduated from his honors year and was accepted with a full scholarship to do his Phd.  He is also living happily in Brisbane with his gorgeous wife.
 I can't believe it is nearly 20 years since I started my little business and I am so excited about the year ahead and so many new things I am working on so I am hopeful you will join me on this journey.... but for now its Sunday, a time to write lists for the week ahead, maybe do a little baking + cleaning and visit a dear friend but first a little inspiration from my favourite poet.

"she whispered to the moon... in this great big world I wish I was as beautiful to you as you are to me. The moon said to her ... The reason I shine is you." - wilder

"she was art lost in my mind painting dreams." - wilder

 " there is still a little child running around inside that heart of hers and never leaves.... she will never leave." - wilder

open studios

Sunday, February 18, 2018

vintage linen, hand embroidered cushions from the savannah range + european linens
 My love to create is immense but I must admit opening my doors up to people is another thing totally.  Don't get me wrong I love people but I am more a one on one type of personality then a crowd and it is the one time that "am I enough" seems to raise its ugly head.  Are people really going to like what I do.  I also think I struggle when the attention is on me.  

Sometimes leaving your comfort zone is the most important thing you can do for yourself.   I love to love on people, to make them feel special it is one of the greatest joys in life, so this is why for me the open studios came about being able to see the beautiful faces behind the orders on-line.  Meet an instagram friend that I have admired from afar and share a little of myself with them.  Being able to share our beautiful old buildings and the love we have for giving something old new life. 

ribbons and scissors from italy
 I try to have at least 2 a year and our first one for 2018 will be at the Courthouse on the 22nd of April.  This time I am hoping to have some vintage pieces for sale on the verandah.  My husband has been hoarding old pieces for over 20 years now and it is time to slowly part with some of them even though I am sure it will be a very slow ripping off the band-aid process.

marley and lockyer ceramics, clutches and bags made from vintage linen housed in our beautiful courthouse building {my daughters home}
You will get to meet my beautiful daughter Kirstie and my dear friend Karla who are always by my side for every pop-up.  If you are interested in attending drop me a note for further details.

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. - van gogh

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. - van gogh

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. - van gogh

Until next Sunday may your week be so marvellous x 

savannah knudsen hillis - collaboration inspires and makes your vision a reality ...

Sunday, February 11, 2018

beautiful photography by Paige Knudsen
 Happy Sunday dear friends !  
For the people that have just started to read my blog I will give you a little background... In 2015 after a trip to New York I came home and got very sick, a bad flu I thought + jetlag but by day 5 I lost feeling on my left side and the pain in my head was unbearable so I took myself off to the doctors and after loads of tests they worked out I had, had an infection in my brain.  I am one of those people that tries to do everything and I am TERRIBLE at letting any one help me but after months of struggle {and the realisation that my body was never going to be quite the same} a friend suggested to me to try something new to help get my business back on track so I would have something to work towards.
Here is where Savannah comes in but I am not sure she is even aware of how important her role was in getting me back on track. Being inspired and driven again. 
Savannah is the daughter of my dear friend Paige and I had watched her from afar {from opposite sides of the globe}. Her calligraphy was exquisite and I loved it because it was unique, not at all cookie cutter and it showed the free spirit that I knew she was.  So in 2016 I emailed her about a collaboration and the rest as they say is history....  
I love that I can come up with an idea, words and sayings that I love and when she sends them back they are always just uniquely her.... so like me I am sure you would like to know at little bit about the gorgeous human she is...  so I asked her a few questions this week so you get to know her a little better ....

What's your day job ? What do you love about it ?
-I am a Marketing Manager for Old Navy in San Francisco. I studied Marketing in college because I've always been excited by the way brands tell their stories. I love the way that Marketing provides a way for creativity and strategy to meet. My job today allows me to have a lot of responsibility and ownership over various projects and really have a voice and point of view in how our brand launches new products and connects with our customers. I love that Old Navy is fun and fashionable and at a great value-- everyone can look great and feel great without breaking the bank.  

Why the move to San Francisco ?
-I grew up in the South in Atlanta, Georgia. Its an amazing, amazing place, but i always knew i wanted to spend my 20's around the country. California drew my now husband and I in with the amazing coastal landscapes, incredible weather, and idea of a fresh adventure for once we got married. the job opportunties are pretty unparalled, so we decided to make the leap and head west. 

savannahs home in san francisco

How did you get into calligraphy ?
- I honestly can't even remember how! I have always loved testing various creative muscles and finding something that I'm uniquely good at. I always doodled in school and loved writing out beautiful words or my friends names. As people's ideas of what true calligraphy was were being tested, I felt more comfortable practising and learning my style. I helped my mom with Christmas cards, made friends gifts here and there, and essentially ended up in this really fun and exploratory place of having side jobs to help express my creativity. 
Favourite piece of furniture or home decor item ?
One of my very best friends hand crafted our coffee table as a wedding gift for me and my husband. Its incredibly beautiful, with little details that are special to the both of us. It will always reminds me of our friendship and how special she is to us! 
I also have several other pieces of art through out our home that have been gifts from friends and family over the last year and a half since our wedding. They each hold special memories of those relationships and who has been impactful in our lives and marriage
savannahs beautiful calligraphy is so much a part of my brand today.
whats your favourite quote ?

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

-Harriet Tubman

Thank you Savannah for inspiring me with your beautiful work.  
Have a marvellous week everyone.   See you next Sunday.

Here is to the start of a new year ...

Monday, February 05, 2018

{photos by cathy penton + andrew penton}

I know I am a little bit late .... but Happy New Year ! 
I can't believe we are already into the first week of February, where did January go but I really want to start blogging again.  I start my year promising myself I will get back into it on a regular basis but over the last few years it never seems to happen but I really think 2018 is going to be the year {my 11th year of blogging}.  The thing I always loved about blogging was it was like writing in a journal on a regular basis.  I am not a great writer by any means but I LOVE the process of writing things down, sharing at little of me.... So my treat to myself is on a Sunday night I am going to sit down and journal whether I am sharing a recipe, home renovation project, my work, family or exquisite people that inspire me.  I am going to be here {so please give me a nudge if I get slack}.

This summer we had our annual trip to the seaside.  Ten days of family, friends and relaxation at one of my favourite places, Kingscliff.  The last 3 years we have rented a house with a pool and just pretended it was our home. Morning walks every day, cricket on the beach, swims in the ocean, reading, and spending time with the people I love the most in the world.  
It makes me smile just thinking about it.  
 Until next week ....

"because there's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it's sent away." - sarah kay

The Courthouse {Part I}

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

About 10 years ago, this beautiful old building {that we affectionately call The Courthouse} went on the market.  In our tiny little town this used to be the original police-station/courthouse and residence. It sits on 1 acre of land and neighbours our little railway cottage. It was in pretty bad repair and we really couldn't afford it but the thought of someone knocking it down played with our heartstrings so with the banks help we bought it, did a little painting inside and put tenants in it.  
Fast forward to January 2016, our daughter was looking for somewhere to live and rents being so high everywhere we thought why don't we make the courthouse section into a studio apartment.  So the renovation process began.
 Firstly, it needed re-stumping and a new roof and guttering.  We found some local tradesmen to help us with this construction process.
Next Part II - removing internal ceiling and construction inside

“If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with.” 
― L. Frank BaumThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz

"The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.”  - ralph waldo emerson 

Kindred Friends {Part VI} Ness Lockyer {10 years in the making}

Friday, March 31, 2017

Well last but definitely not least, Ness Lockyer.  This enormously talented, beautiful soul with a wonderful eye for detail touched my heart through her love for renovating a beautiful old home in Tasmania.  I think even though Ness and I have never met in person, we have a similar love for giving life back to things that once were, loving simplistic design and are driven by our love to create in this sometimes crazy commercial world.
Ness has not long moved into a new adventure of another old home, studio and farm to make her own  where she designs and produces her beautiful ceramics and like the rest of the population I can't wait to see all the adventures she has ahead.
Ness, has just released some workshops that would truly be an incredible experience you can go and look at her shop here.

"So go create. Take photographs in the wood, run alone in the rain and sing your heart out high up on a mountain
where no one will ever hear
and your very existence will be the most hypnotising scar.
Make your life be your art
and you will never be forgotten.” 
― Charlotte Eriksson

Kindred Friends {PART V} Elizabeth Maxson {10 years in the making}

Monday, March 27, 2017

Over 10 years ago I bought a Romantic Homes magazine that featured an article about this immensely, talented lady and I felt a strong urge to contact her to let her know how she inspired me through her images of her retail shop.  We formed an instant friendship !!! Not long after that Elizabeth asked me whether she could use some of my charms in a photo shoot and I was so beyond thrilled and excited.  I am thankful everyday for finding that article.  Elizabeth made such a huge difference to my work and giving me the confidence I needed to go with my heart. 
You should all follow Elizabeths INSTRAGRAM feed. 
Truly exquisite ....

“After all," Anne had said to Marilla once, "I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”
- LM Montgomery