Monday, April 23, 2012

busy queen bee...

I've been one of the busiest queen bees on The Peninsula last term with this amazing design course of mine! It all culminated in a Client Presentation last Thursday at Pier 10, a local winery in Shoreham.

Putting it in the simpliest of terms my brief was to design a modern Surf Life Saving Club on the Dromana Foreshore. It is to be environmently friendly and sustainable.

Lots of sustainably grown timber, stone and glass was my option. The glass below won't have framing, it will be frameless,  just couldn't get program to do it for me (still learning, da!)

It will be sitting on screw piles so as not to impact the delicate dune system that exists and to allow the little critters a natural pathway to travel through.

So building 1 is an Observation Tower which is cantilevered, with boat storage underneath. This connects to a Multi-Function Room via a glass bridge walkway. Ground floor is the Main Entry with a fire place and bathrooms and the end building is a cafe/kiosk.

If you click on the image you will get a better picture.

 These were my posters for the 30 minute Client Presentation. My heart was pumping out of my chest but what a satisfying achievement. To top it off Ange was staying with us and so we had a celebratory dinner in the evening with lots of home-made Sangria! Love having my sister in town..

So here it is, for your eyes only. Remember it's a concept at the moment with changes needing to be made to window placements, length of the bridgeway. (have yet to meet with the structural engineer this week which will determine this)

This term is all about the structural elements and drawings and everything that needs to come together to submit a commercial building into Council. Not sure when I will see you all again but hopefully soonish! x

Thursday, April 5, 2012

trips into Prahran...

This was taken a few months back first expedition driving into Melbourne and navigating High Street with all of it's traffic and tram lines.

I'm "old hat"at it now as I have specialists appointments
here every month at least and it's such a fantastic place to frequent, always evolving!

Monday, March 5, 2012

red hill delights....

there are many amazing places on the peninsula but one of them would have to be up in red hill. it's simply delightful. apart from all of the wineries, breweries, orchards and glass blowing studios there are many gorgeous homes set on beautiful parcels of land. we have friends from england who have built a place in such a place and we frequently get to enjoy the surroundings.

the kids particularly love swimming in the dam although Sunday was a little too nippy for the girls but the boys didn't hesitate.

 every corner of the property has litttle delights like the wood shed made out of what else but wood of course, da!

 dinners are always about fresh veggies from the garden and beautiful meats char-grilled on an open flame

 funny boy issac lord

 torturing randall

Hope you all had a good as one as we did!

Friday, February 17, 2012

weekends here

Weekends here are so refreshing, great company, late nights spent outside listening to the young-uns playing tunes to us "oldies"....


Beautiful tea candles in crystal-wares....

                                                      So much natural indi talent here.....

Think the storms have passed for a beautiful anniversary weekend.

Monday, February 13, 2012

foot-stool fun.......

Thursday is my day for creating as I'm studying full time this year and it's my day at home, so this is what I did last week. I've had this walnut cloth sack for a few weeks now and haven't known what to do with it. Avalon loves all things ''English" and I knew she would be delighted with the sterling symbol. You see these and coffee sacks in most of the Vintage Warehouses here lying on the concrete floors in piles and I love the rawness
 of them.


 As I really like my retro foot stool underneath I simply added elastic to the edges, kind of like a slip cover so I can still mix up the looks.

                                                     The last of my beautiful pears...

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Blimmen Barry

Hey it's Avalon I went for a walk at 6 am this morning and wondered who littered on the beach, I think the answer is.....

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

buzz, buzz....

This is Kyland's first sketch-up of a man he is transfering onto a silk lino tile. He often sits up late sketching and comes up with these great images.

                                                       Then came the time to cut the lino.

 We were happy to score a set of lino cutting tools at the Vintage Shed for $3 and they worked a treat!

 Avalon recently went away and a dear friend of mine loaded her up with a stash of goodies! These are super cute and grace my bedside table...

                                And another pineapple to add to my collection. Thankyou Cherrie!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

early morning zhushing

Just a small collection of my broken plates and lovely tea cup. I'm hoping I can find my shoe box full of other broken pieces to add to this lot and one day feel inspired to use them in one way or another.

 I love that I have a pear tree in the yard, next to my nectarine tree. I've picked them a little early as the parrots are eating them.....I've kindly left them a few...

                I now have a "white"corner and painted these this afternoon to add to my collection....

 My latest trip to the Vintage Shed at Tyabb saw me walk out with this little beauty. I don't know why I was drawn to it, perhaps because it's raw and organic? The girls at the counter were a little horrified even though it was in their store and wanted to know what I was going to do with it. Ornamental was what I was thinking!

These I left behind. The colour was quite sublime.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

barkcloth/vintage quilts

                       An example of quirky quilts available here on the Mornington Peninsula...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

saturday nights are all about....

                                                        getting out the wine glasses...

                                                       undressed free-form pavlova....

icecream with crushed malteses to come......


using these all day in preparation for the festivities.....

a splash of these here, there and everywhere.....

What will you be up to tonite at your place? Do tell?

Friday, January 13, 2012

food that twigs a memory

I love eating fish for lunch, always have and always will. My mum makes a yummy tuna, spring onion and mayonnaise mixture on rye which I eat a few times a week. Then there are the roll-mops on pumpernickel squares and smoked mackarel that are regulars.

 My good friend Vicki first introduced me to pink salmon when I was 20. After one morning out we were famished and she made me a pink salmon, capers and cream cheese slider on rye. It was simply divine and I made it again for the first time today in a very long time. Yum....thank you my friend!

By the way I had many of  my "firsts"at her place, like Beef Wellington, Risotto and amazing pastas.

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