Sunday, August 31, 2014

Frankie Illustration

If you've picked up a copy of the current issue of Frankie Magazine and made it almost all the way to the end you might have seen my illustration for the feature on what is on your bedside table. When I read the brief I did a big old happy face because I knew it meant I could draw two of my favourite things, my teddy bear Pinky and our cat Bubsy.

When I was about 8 I had a made up gang called the Freezer Beezer gang. It was a little strange as it included myself and the Pinky, along with one of our dogs, one of our cats and my horse. I had this weird thought obsession that one day the gang would only include Pinky and myself, but somehow inclusion into this gang would prolong the lives of the pets included. 8 year old girls, always thinking of death!

As you can see the picture is pretty true to life, Bubsy does love to ransack my bedside table, they are real scratches on the front and that weird green thing is the ugliest drink bottle I've ever owned. The lamp is part of a matching set by Tamara from Retro Print Revival and I think the based might have been a hand made job by my grandad that I stole from home a number of years ago.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Life InStyle wrap

We just finished up our annual trade show Life Instyle on Sunday here in Melbourne. It is the 6th time we have exhibited in Melbourne and it feels like we have come a long way from our little First Instyle stand back in 2009. For those who don't know, Life Instyle is a trade based event where people can showcase their products and shop come along and place orders. So if you have a shop you buy our cards from, there's a strong chance we chat to them at the show.

For this show I wanted to do something a little different, but sadly stand design isn't my strong point. While I can come up with good ideas, actually making them happen is another story. A few years ago I got my Dad to make some A frame stands that were good, but could only hold one card. While I didn't think this would be an issue, if you had a few people in the stand looking at the cards while at the same time someone was placing an order by taking cards off the shelf, it didn't really work. So this time we went back to the Ikea Ribba shelves we used way back in 2010 and had been gathering dust under out bed. They could hold a few cards so it made things much easier.

The sink was aquired by another request to Dad (living on a farm there is always loads of sinks??) but both Gareth and I had worries that it might not work, but I had a vision in my head and often when that happens there isn't much to stop it happening. Whether it happens well is a totally different story. We built a wooden stand to sit behind the sink, sourced the taps a few days later (a friend had some, they were perfect) and the landscape image was a printout from Officeworks with the view looking out from my house back on the farm. I sewed up the bottom sink skirt and the curtains were a last minute a-ha moment I put together during bump in.

The bricks sadly are not real, I printed them out and then went on an date with some double sided tape. Tip: Always buy more double sided tape than you need and don't calculate how much you need while walking to get lunch.

When I was putting the photos into my folder I spotted my planning drawing and had a giggle at the side by side so I thought I would share that. It's almost identical!

Now we just have Top Drawer in London next month to plan for!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Magnificent Betty

Some of the images of Sunday night's Mad Men episode popped up on our facebook feed today and we noticed resemblance to one of our cards. When we designed it we did have Betty in mind, but this shot (apart from the ciggy) is pretty spot on.

I think I'll need to reference that jacket with those over sized collars in a future card though, they are just too good. Our Mum the Magnificent card is available on Etsy, for those lucky enough to have a Betty Mum (hopefully without the withholding, emotionally immature ice cold thing she has going on!)

Monday, April 7, 2014

How to save some bucks

Friday, March 21, 2014

Getting Hitched

Things have felt a little slow at Able and Game HQ due to some distractions in the way of us getting hitched. We've not been talking about it too much, to the point that some of our closest friends didn't even know until a few weeks before the big day. We had a tiny ceremony in a tiny park in Brunswick and everything worked out just right, and not just because Gareth turned up! Afterwards we drank champagne and then headed to Pope Joan for a lovely dinner to celebrate.

We have not organised a honeymoon, we don't have any rings and almost 2 weeks in and I'm still saying partner instead of husband, so as Gareth said all along, it doesn't change much. Although I am sure our parents don't agree!

My housemate from art school, Karina, took photos on the day and did a pretty amazing job, you can find her at Radio Halo photography. My hair and make up was by Poppy and Dana at Kenny and the Sunshine Girls in North Melbourne.The dress was the first one I tried on when I went shopping with my Mum and Sister in January. I walked past it and my sister brought it over. I almost poopoo-ed it because I don't love love purple, but I tried it on and turns out it was the one (after putting it aside and trying on loads of other dresses!).

Oh and it was my birthday, so I said my present was my husband enough times to possibly annoy people. Happy birthday me!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Going away?

I was walking down the corridor of our office building and overheard a guy say this to his friend. I'm trying to always wear my that's perfect for a card thinking cap so I quickly ran back to my desk (after making a cup of tea, the reason I was up in the first place) and drew it up right away. I think the mood of this card is a mixture of I'm excited for you yet masking my sadness with this thumbs up.

The card is available from our Etsy shop here.

Friday, January 31, 2014

You don't make friends with the iron

In our house we have a lot of our own tea towels. I like to think of it as a perk of the job that I get to keep the dud prints that have accumulated over the last the 4 years. Although not technically free, they feel free. The tea towels are a 100% linen via Eastern Europe that we source from a supplier in NSW. When they arrive they have a slight stiffness from starch and don't feel like they would be very good at drying the dishes. In fact they are rather terrible at drying things until the first wash when they shrink a little and become a lot more like a tea towel and the linen is lovely fabric to use in the kitchen as its hard wearing and absorbent.

A few months back the cupboard we keep our tea towels in a hot mess with tea towels shoved in and knotted up so much that they all fell out on top of you when you tried to remove just one. I decided to solve this problem by ironing my tea towels into a neat pile and putting them away. A lofty plan I knew I wouldn't be able to keep up, not because I didn't revel in the fact that it was the easiest ironing job in the world or from the satisfaction I got removing all the creases and turning a crinkly, wobbly pile of mess into something neat and ordered. No, it was lofty because retrieving the iron and board out of the cupboard was something I would avoid for no reason other than a good old fashion case of the can't be bothereds. The other night when I opened the tea towels cupboard and again saw the mess they were in I quickly got the iron out before my lazy brain (yes, there is a right side, a left side and a lazy side) had a chance to realise what was going on.

Now look at them sitting there all neat, with the sun shining in like some kind of aaaaahhhhh laaaaaa divine moment in a film. That is the universe telling me I need to iron them more often.

You can buy our tea towels on Etsy and if you, like me, are a lazy brained person then just stretch them our before hanging them up on the line so they dry nice and flat.