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New Starts..

This year I have made a promise to myself that I will be here maybe just once a week but that I will be more present when I am, that I will share more openly.

I want to be more proud of what I achieve and allow my mistakes to be something I share for others to learn by..

I feel like I started blogging to build a profile for business, I went more personal once I launched the business and loved it so much more but then I got busy and instead of pulling back and be true to myself I just content created. The thing is as I make no money from this blog, nor do I plan too, I was an idiot as it just lead me to get confused and frustrated.

SO thats it, here I am and I am back to doing this for me. It is how/why most blogs start and its why we like them so regardless of whether I am talking to crickets I am going to go back to a form of honest journaling approach.

I think it might be the turning 40 thing but I am happy with where I am and what I am and already 2016 has been massive for me in how I approach my work life balance.

So far this year I am proud that Sonia and I have really got DTLLWorkshops into a flow.. we have amazing creatives we truly adore and are now looking to hire an intern so we can take time out from being present at every workshop and see our family more often. Its a big step for a young business as it will really hit us on the hip pocket as it were BUT it is us knowing what we need to do to take it to the next level and ensure we maintain our love for what we are doing instead of burning out..

On my other work fronts I have dedicated Monday and Tuesday to DTLL so that I can get the guaranteed weekly requirements all done by Tuesday evening it means the rest of my week is for yummy stuff like press calls and just dealing with customers and our stores. The yummy stuff takes up so little time in comparison to those first two days that I get to be around for my kids and I truly feel like I can afford the time to spend on The Cult List, DTLLWorkshops and Crossroading.

The Cult List we are taking back to the bits we love and enjoy, those are designing our own products and pieces and simply releasing maybe 6-8 items a year and keeping them truly limited editions and everything we are about.

Crossroading is going gang busters and we are getting the most immense amount of pleasure helping other businesses brainstorm their way through hurdles and navigating the sticky stuff. We are very honest and it can feel a bit brutal but each and every business we have worked with leaves smiling and comes back for more so we must be doing something right.

And lastly on my personal front I am back training for me.. making time to do some longer sessions not just sneaking in a 30 minutes here and there.
I don't work the afternoons the kids are home so I can have playdates over and bake banana cakes for tea.
My hubby is travelling more but I am seeing it as time for me to get crappy house chores done and re connect with the kids by taking them to the beach to eat after school.
I am having other kids over for sleepovers so their parents can get date nights and just feel good about dedicating my solo parenting time to a good cause.
I am saving up to do a Vedic Meditation Course with my gorgeous friend Jackie and the biggest change is I have decided to go grey.. hair wise.. I will do another post on that another day x

Bringing some colour back in to the Outside!!

Today I am having a chat with Terri from Moteef.. she brings some colour to your outdoor and in actual fact of late she is bringing divine smells and some monochromes for those who like it that way :)

I’m a trained graphic designer so I’m no stranger to creative business. After taking and abstracting photos for fun for at least a year, a chance conversation with my sister in 2012, inspired me to look into how I could develop my digital patterns into a collection of outdoor scatter cushions. Finding the right fabric base, having it printed in specific colours and then lab testing them for durability and colour stability was a journey over 1 year as I slowly learned about the processes involved - as well as marketing, social media promotion and ecommerce. I was finally ready to officially launch my first collection in September 2014. 
A year later I launched my Luxe outdoor candle range which I’m very proud of too. I teamed up with Self Organics, in Perth, to create 3 unique, hand poured soy wax candles, using our collaborative blend of essential and fragrance oils known for their insect repelling properties. The cherry on the top was the gorgeous vessel we had custom made for the project – a reusable double walled coffee glass with a snug bamboo lid. The packaging incorporates 3 signature patterns I designed for the project.

I love all my designs but ‘Circles’ is very close to my heart. In 2013 we discovered, the hard way, that my young daughter Lauren, who was then 3, suffered anaphylaxis to some tree nuts. This diagnosis very quickly brought to the family's attention that research into new treatments and cures for allergy and other immune diseases, as well as community education and improved access to care, was urgently needed.

So, as a family commitment to raising funds and awareness, I digitalised a design that my son Ben painted and that our family loves and we now donate $5 from the sale of every Circles outdoor cushion as part of our CUSHION FOR A CURE initiative to help fund medical research into allergy and immune diseases through the efforts of The Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA). Of course, Ben also gets a royalty for the use of his artwork with every sale – something that the now 9 year old is very proud of.

I absolutely adore a donut! Nothing fancy, just a fresh, unfilled traditional glazed! Shhhh!!

I’m drawn to bold abstract art, 70’s Op art and modern, mid century influenced furniture. I’m particularly inspired by the decorative arts of Africa, the Middle East and South America - I love their textured, painted urban decay and their tendency towards striking colour and pattern. I try to draw on these things when I create my designs.


Conversation starters - It sounds like a joke answer but it’s not.

There’s so much information that we can graze on daily that it’s hard to find the time to digest it all, discuss our findings and grow ourselves and our own ideas. I imagine a world where people are supportive, in-touch, considerate and curious. They share their food, experiences and knowledge, enriching each others lives with challenging ideas, fun experiences, humour and culture. 

I design so people are inspired to relax, share food and really connect in comfort all year round.

Paulo Cohelo’s The Alchemist. I’m not a spiritual person but this book has a very simple message – the importance of having a dream, going after it and never giving up. It’s a simple book that you finish and instinctively “know” what the story means to you.

In early December my family holidayed in Queensland. While in Noosa, I bought myself a delicate, silver ring with an ‘XO’ stamped into the top of it - I’m my own worst critic and I wear it daily to be reminded to be kind to myself. It’s working too!

I have extremely eclectic taste so I tend to pick music for the situation.

Designing – I prefer music with few words, ‘cos I’m easily distracted, so I listen to any kind of trip hop/chillout music that I generally stream online.

Chores – Something high energy. I’m fond of Sia and David Guetta at the moment.

In the car – Nova, on the radio (gotta stay up to date with my kids!) Faves we’re enjoying at the moment include Birds of Tokyo, Rudimental and Maroon 5.  

Sunday morning breakky on the Patio - usually a mixture of oldies including Cat Stevens, Bread, Joan Armatrading and Bob Seger. (A nod to my upbringing!)