Graphite Gift Wrap in its Element

Earlier this year my daughter chose a graphite coloured paper as the signature gift wrapping paper for her new Brisbane Retail Store. I was very dubious to say the least. I was worried that it would be a little too dour and that it would not be suitable for a wide enough range of recipients. […]

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Green by a wide margin

Well today it’s the Queen’s Birthday holiday here in Australia and that means that we get to learn who of the good and the great have been recognised with a Queen’s Birthday honour. Of all the worthy recipients in 2017, one stands out for me, with an Officer of the Order of Australia going to […]

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Heroing the Carrot

When my children were much younger, I ended up in hospital with viral meningitis. It was no fun let me tell you and it was a while (understandably) before I was allowed visitors. When people were allowed in, I was very touched by the gifts they brought but after all that time, there is one […]

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Protea Prowess

I just love looking at papers and patterns and graphic design and when you look at as many prints as I do, you get a strong sense of the looks and motifs that are of the moment. My older sister would argue that the pineapple is the queen of motifs with a both fascinating history […]

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Two for Tuesday

Two things I absolutely love this Tuesday – roses  and marbled wrapping paper – though the order is interchangeable. I picked up a bunch of quite beautifully coloured roses in the supermarket today. I am not sure what the colour was and the tag gave no hint. Were they purple, were they a lavender or were they lilac? […]

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Going Global

Ever since I was a small girl, I have been drawn to globes. There is something well, worldly about them, evoking images of wonderful adventures to distant lands. I have watched with growing excitement as the  globe has emerged over the past few years as a design theme. So much so, that in 2017 the […]

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Map It Out

It’s no secret that I love maps – most certainly for their primary purpose of helping me get from A to B  – but also as art, as design and, as appropriate, for gift wrapping. Because I am so enthralled with maps and wrapping, I now see possibilities to combine the two everywhere. Map greeting cards, […]

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Birth Flower of the Month

September 1. First day of September. First day of Spring. Warmer weather and lots more flowers. Along with the Forget Me Knot, the official birth flower of September is the Aster. January gets the Carnation, February gets the Iris and June gets the Rose but September gets the Aster. Which is fine by me because […]

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All I Avo Wanted

They are questions that could well keep you wake at night. Is an avocado a fruit or a vegetable?  Is an avocado better for you than a banana? What are the top 25 famous artworks that could be improved with an avocado? Does the avocado really promote hair growth? What is the collective noun for a group […]

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Monstera trending now

When I was growing up in Southeast Queensland, the entrance to our front door was overgrown with Monstera Deliciosa plants. My teenage sisters and I were appalled because we thought it made our house look really ugly and dated – but little did we know that years later the Monstera would make a big come […]

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