Thursday, 31 January 2008


Well, we're a twelfth of the way through 2008 already, how scary is that?

I don't feel like I've achieved much during January, but when I really think about it I have - I'm finally up to date with all my commitments to people, I've spent a lot of time with my kids (yay - school starts tomorrow!), I've been steadily working on our new studio and office.

And Easter, I've designed a small range for Easter this year and it's in my web shop now. This is the first time Lark has had an Easter range!


It's very jolly, with the sort of things you would expect, like knitted Easter eggs and storybook bunnies!


Tuesday, 29 January 2008


READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Click here for interviews with Lark and Meet Me at Mikes in the new Living Creatively!

Saturday, 26 January 2008


WE HEART MIRABEL!

I'm teaching the boys about basic sewing at the moment, so I thought it was a good opportunity to make something for the Hearts for Mirabel Appeal at Meet Me at Mikes. So they each decorated a children's t-shirt with a vintage fabric heart, with only a little help from me.
ISN'T IT GOOD, NORWEGIAN MUG.


I think Saturday morning has always been my favourite time of the week. When I was thirteen I used to have a paper round and on Saturday mornings I would get my weekly pay, which was immediately spent on magazines, chocolate and stationery. I would spend all morning in my bedroom poring through my favourite mags - Judy, Look-In, Smash Hits, Jackie...


Then as a student I would get up late on a Saturday morning and have a huge fry-up breakfast with my flatmates, poring over the details of our Friday evening exploits. In our twenties, Paul and I would get up early together to hunt for old furniture and stuff at the best car boot sales, shop for fruit and veggies at the market and read the paper for hours in a little inner-city cafe somewhere.


But then babies came along and suddenly Saturday mornings seemed to disappear into an everyday routine of 6am starts, feeding, playing, supermarket shopping, tidying, cooking, laundry, feeding, bathing. I thought they had gone forever. But suddenly this year, with a four-year-old and a six-year-old, Saturday mornings are back! Don't despair, parents of babies and toddlers!!


This morning: a leisurely cuppa; a casual stroll around the local garage sales, a short drive through the forest to Trentham for a late breakfast at our favourite Red Beard bakery. Managed to read the WHOLE of the newspaper while the boys played quietly with their newly-acquired garage sale toys, then we shopped for fruit and veggies at the greengrocers. Back home to read my favourite mags (these days it's Country Living, Frankie, Red, Easy Living, Home Beautiful..). This is good. As is my bounty from the garage sales, which included a beauty of an old red suitcase, little Norwegian mugs, 1940s children's books, a fireplace for the Lark workshop, old tins, a vintage wool blanket with squirrels and deer, romance novels and a pile of CDs for Paul.

Friday, 25 January 2008


Sometimes you come across an artist or illustrator from the past and you just get so excited about their work (well I do, anyway!).



I recently came across some vintage travel posters illustrated in the 1950s and 1960s by a British artist called Daphne Padden. I don't know very much about Daphne. She was born in 1927. Her father Percy Padden was a famous Poster artist and Daphne, too, went on to illustrate posters, mainly travel posters and advertising posters for the GPO. She is still painting today.


I have 11 posters in my little collection, and I am going to frame them, possibly for Jules' bedroom. I love the colours and the brilliant use of images and typography. If you want to see more I have a Flickr set for Daphne Padden here.

Sunday, 20 January 2008

THIS IS... MY FAVOURITE CUP

Here is my favourite cup. It is a porcelain cup with a matching saucer and tea plate. It was made in England in the 1950s in a design called 'White Sails'. It has pretty sailing boats on the saucer and the cup is my favourite shade of bluey aqua.

I love this cup because it reminds me of my home in England; because it is just the right size for a morning cup of Twinings Irish Breakfast; because it is happy; because it is just for me!

You can see my cup here, waiting patiently for some bubbling water and milk, with a thickly-buttered slice of panettone for my breakfast!

To see everyone else's Favourite Cups visit Angela's blog. Show us yours!

Saturday, 19 January 2008

RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD...


and I am loving it! The first rain of the year came to Daylesford today, our water tank is full and the garden looks fresh again.

Coincidentally, Betty Jo has tagged me to post pictures of my garden, so here they are. We were lucky enough to inherit a very pretty garden, with a herb bed and lots of flowers. It has been really nicely planned, so that you get a glimpse of vintage roses from the windows in the kitchen and dining room, and the verandah has flowers hanging over it almost all year round, providing colour and shade.


This is only our side garden, however. At the back of the house is a big slope with just a few trees on. It's quite ugly and doesn't offer much shade. There's a huge grey brick wall that is the side of the neighbour's garage. We are hoping to turn this area into a veggie garden over the next year, and also plant some trees to hide the ugly wall and provide shade. I didn't take a photo of this part!

Tuesday, 15 January 2008


VINTAGE BEER MAT OF THE DAY (NO. 9)

It's a saucy one today!
ELF BOOKS





Another of my little collections is Rand McNally Elf Books. I am gradually scanning them in to Flickr at the moment. I love the illustrations in these books, and their pocket size, also the way the paper ages nicely. Personally I prefer Elf books to Little Golden Books, although there ARE some great Golden Books too.

Monday, 14 January 2008


VINTAGE BEER MAT OF THE DAY (NO. 8)

I chose this one for today as my 4 year-old, who is completely adorable, charming and affectionate, also has a big temper, which he mainly manages to keep under control, to his credit. Today, however, he blew his top while we were playing Junior Monopoly and he stormed off to his bedroom with his hands on his hips, closed his door and starting throwing toys at it (his favourite toys, of course). Then he took down a newspaper clipping he has on his wall of him and his friends at the local kinder, and he scrunched it up and threw it away. Can this possibly be the same boy who hugged me so tightly at bedtime last night, sighed deeply and said 'Oh, Mum, you're so lovely'?? I can't imagine where he gets this passionate nature from...

Sunday, 13 January 2008


Mmm, yummy packaging!

I am not a huge chocoholic. I would always choose, say, a chunk of fresh bread and cheese over a bar of milk or dark chocolate.

However, I found myself drawn to a packet of these Whittaker's Peanut Slabs in Target, only because the packaging is so gorgeous. It's all golden and chocolately and full of promise! Whittaker's is a long-established New Zealand chocolate maker and all of their packaging is beautiful, based on their own vintage designs. After taking the photo I tasted the Peanut Slab and it is pretty good. Mr. Sweet Tooth likes it, although I personally like Haigh's chocolate from South Australia best of all (I would never say no to a Haigh's frog!).

Saturday, 12 January 2008


VINTAGE BEER MAT OF THE DAY (NO. 7)

Aaaaawww!

Thursday, 10 January 2008


VINTAGE BEER MAT OF THE DAY (NO. 6)

'The answer is no. But don't stop trying'. Great typeface!

In Australia, pretty much everything closes down in January. Summer, Christmas, long school holidays, it all happens at once and there's not much you can get done, especially when it's blindingly sunny and hot outside. I love this enforced rest, it's been nice to stay indoors playing board games, talking and reading.


I've been spending a lot of time sorting out my collection of vintage British children's books. I came across some Dean's books illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone .


I vividly remember these books from my childhood, the illustrations are so strikingly beautiful. Janet and Anne were twins, who worked together on every drawing, illustrating over 100 books, mainly in the '60s and '70s. Their style fell out of fashion in the 1980s, but I think it is still really appealing today, especially the drawings of children at play, and the period-style clothing. My kids love these books.


If you are lucky, you can still find some of these books in thrift shops. They are not especially 'collectable', but they are so nice to look at!

Sunday, 6 January 2008


VINTAGE BEER MAT OF THE DAY (NO. 5)
Hee hee!

Saturday, 5 January 2008

THIS LITTLE LARK WENT TO MARKET...

Hooray, first Saturday of the month is the local farmer's market in Daylesford, which just gets better and better. We always see friends there and spend ages chatting to people and today, as ever, we came home with a great haul of local goodies...


Veggies from the three organic veggie stalls (lettuce, coriander, avocado, purple basil, courgettes, broccoli, radishes, summer squash), fresh goat's cheese, eggs from Daylesford Organics (I've written about these before, they are yum!), home-made dips from a lovely girl who has just started her own stall, and of course we all chose our favourite cookies from Janey Bee (Janey told me she is starting a blog, watch this space!).


Jules likes to play hide and seek under the market signs.


And here is my own harvest of veggies, knitted of course! I have just added a knitted pumpkin to the range, it will be available in time for Australian autumn. I'm working on this Peapod as well, but I'm not happy with it yet, it's a bit bulky as it needs to contain a rattle, and I think it needs a little shoot or something for tiny fingers to grab!

Friday, 4 January 2008


VINTAGE BEER MAT OF THE DAY (NO. 4)

And, strangely, just after choosing this I was awarded a Thinking Blogger's Award by the lovely Wee Birdy! Thanks! As I have now been tagged for this award, here are five blogs that always get ME thinking:

I Like
Anastasia
mod*mom
Three Buttons
Picnic By Ellie

I found it hard to choose, as there are so many blogs I admire. But these five are blogs that I always return to because they are so visually inspiring, which for me is the best thing a blog should be!

THREE NEW YEAR'S WISHES TO MY FAIRY GODMOTHER

1. I wish for good health for my family and friends (and me)
2. I wish that more people would shop ethically, recycle more and consume less
3. I wish to be able to afford a trip to the UK for the boys and I to visit my mum!

Thursday, 3 January 2008

VINTAGE BEER MAT OF THE DAY (NO. 3)

AND THE WINNERS ARE...

My 'first blogthday' prize draw got a bit sidetracked by Christmas! But thank you for your lovely posts, it is great to hear from old and new friends. I have finally made a random draw and the winners of the two birthday presents are... Lucy Bloom and Sarah London! Please get in touch with your postal addresses, Lucy and Sarah, and look out for a box of special Lark goodies in the post!

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

VINTAGE BEER MAT OF THE DAY (NO. 2)


This is one of my favourites!

Tuesday, 1 January 2008

VINTAGE BEER MAT OF THE DAY!


I came across a collection of 1960s and 1970s beer mats at a garage sale last year and have become quite fond of them, even adding a few more to the collection. Over the next few weeks, I am going to be posting a different beer mat every day for your visual delight.