Monday, September 28, 2009

Cheers big ears!

Enjoying lunch with the ladies

C restaurant has a fabulous special going on where you 'pay what you think the meal is worth'!! When my girlies got wind of this we straight away organised a catch up, i mean... who wouldn't?
With tummy's ready to be filled with delicious food & loaded with the latest news we took the arvo off and headed down to C which is in the heart of the city. Known for the fact that the restaurant is revolving 33 stories in the air we were smart enough to remember the cameras =)
Everyone ended up ordering 3 courses and we paid $30 each, including drinks!! We also gave our waiter a big tip for being really attentive and happy to take photos of us hehe

For entree we had scrumptious mushroom & asparagus risotto with creme fraiche & walnut crumble , grilled prawns in garlic and herb butter with potato saffron pave & tomato and fennel concasse, & salmon and avocado carpaccio with a blood orange and basil vinaigrette. YUM!

4 outta the 7 girls couldn't resist the fabulous crispy skinned saltwater Barramundi fillet, with caponata vegetables and lemon basil aioli. Have to go back for this one!

And for my dessert i picked the vanilla bean crème brulée, blackberry compote and almond tuile. Sooooooo good!

All in all the lunch was fantastic to say the least. I heard mixed reviews leading up to the lunch however my experience was wonderful and i highly recommend it to everyone.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Working rooms

where Liv gets creative =) notice my champ & rosie prints.
Get yours from ---> HERE

Moving houses is exciting but stressful. Packing all your personal belongings into boxes, suitcase and well just about anything that will fit your life is hard, especially when you know you'll be unpacking it all only a few days later... well in my case, months!

I swear i have lost precious items in transit and for the life of me i can't find my ipod, tho i know i saw it around the house somewhere. argghhh!

However I am relieved we are living in a house with more space and i love the view from my studio window, even though spring refuses to pay us Perthians a visit. Despite the clouds i took some shots of my new working space and i thought i would share it with you =)

My awesome spice rack which my dad gave me and i now use to
house all my flower embellishments. Thanks dad!

I like to pin my unfinished hair pieces in front of me so when
inspiration hits i can get to work straight away =)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Shameless entry to win HI TREE giveaway!!

Tina from Hi Tree is celebrating her birthday and fall collection by giving away two of her beauty autumn maple trees. There's 3 ways to enter into the draw -
1. Twitter (not a member, don't ever plan to be!)
2. Post on FB
3. Blog (the OBVIOUS choice!)
So between the dates of September 21st - 28th she's giving 15% of your total order in her shop. Isn't the tree scrumptious?!

Please be mine! hehe shameless i tell ya!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Amore No.6 - 500 days of summer

I heart romantic comedies with a passion!! Somehow i love that they are completely predictable and teary worthy but I've seen a million of these movies and it's starting to make me kinda numb!

So lately i've been starving for something new & original that grabs all my heart strings, gives it an all mighty tug & makes me wanna get up from my seat applauding (tho i doubt this will ever happen) To my delight '500 days of summer' did all that and more. I walked away with the biggest grin on my face and was so engrossed in the film i completely forgot to eat the chocolate bar in my bag which is unheard of in Livvy's world.

Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and adorable Zooey Deschanel, this movie is about the deconstruction of a relationship, from day 1 to 500. With an awesome soundtrack and amazing chemistry between the leads this is no ordinary love story. You'll find yourself hooked from the beginning to end and leave wanting more.

I send out a HUGE recommendation to anyone who loves a good love flick that's left of center and breaks away from all of Hollywood's cliched notion of love.


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Meet & Make

Ali from Ali J Illustrations, Liza from Lillybuds and Lauren from Osier

ry now and again a few of us Perthie sellers from etsy get together for something known as 'meet & make'. Everyone brings a plate and over lunch we catch up on the latest market goss, what's happening online, and there was even a show & tell today =)

Today's meeting was hosted by lovely Pam from Get Silvered and the spread was like 'woahh!' (good job everyone!) There was sushi, pizza, frittata, salad, carrot cake, scones, gluten free chocolate cake (which i totally forgot to have a piece of Niina!) and much more.

It's so wonderful to know a group of people who know exactly what you're going through and are there to support and throw creative ideas around. Can't wait for the next meet up ladies =)

Niina from Niina Aoki and Jane from Planet Lime

** other attendants were Lara from Smith & Bird and Annie from 17 threads (sorry girls and Pam, i didn't get to take a picture of you but i won't forget the next time hehe)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Blush & Bashful

Another fave piece for an upcoming Olive Farm photo shoot =)

Amore No.5 - Small & Cool!

I love when i see homes decorated with the owners personality. You can just tell this couple are both graphic artists, with a love of cool vintage pieces & comic books =) Even though the apartment itself isn't very big they've managed to create a spacious feel without compromising on their personal style.

Don't you just love the framed comics? beyond awesome!

I heart the different prints! Kinda boyish in the bathroom and feminine in the bedroom, a healthy compromise (plus the little stuffed dracula is too cute for words)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Into the blue

Don't you just love when pictures turn out the way you imagine them in your head?

It's all so quiet... sssshhhh!

Hubby is away on camp and i don't mean like how 12 year old's go on camp, i mean he's facilitating in an event known as RYLA where they take young adults, throw them in the woods and build character attributes such as confidence ( in a less cave man manner like i'm describing). His participation is voluntary however since hubby himself attended RYLA a few years ago i guess he wants to give something back, one of many reasons why he's such a great guy =)

HOWEVER.... this means i'm home alone.

Being home alone as a kid was exciting. I would often snoop in my sisters room to gather evidence should i ever need it for a sticky situation but now that i'm a grown up and living in my own house, i dreaded hubby leaving for fear of all things that go bump in the night. I've been sitting here for the past 3, maybe 4 hours listening to Eat Pray Love and working on Olive Farm when it suddenly dawned on me 'i haven't said anything in the last 4 hours!!', not one word, squeak or sound, which is unusual for someone normally so chatty.

In this silence my mind is rested and calm.
Creativity is flowing and my breathing is almost rhythmical.
With all the everyday stresses that i carry on my shoulders i am, at least for a little while, peaceful.

I guess sometimes you just gotta shut the hell up!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Amore No.4 - Eat Pray Love... in audio!

I'm not usually one to read 'self help' books but this one really appealed to me after watching the author, Elizabeth Gilbert, on Oprah talk about her experiences in Italy. She truly is a magical, talented, amazing writer and this book lifted my spirits so high I was walking around in a secret bubble of absolute giddiness for a few days after reading it.

So you can imagine my thrill when I discovered the book on audio (actually hubby found it), which made me immediately change my usual playlist of old school R&B to her. Like most people, I work with music playing from my computer but now instead of smooth tunes from Marvin Gaye & Stevie Wonder I have Elizabeth describing the delicious pizza they serve in Naples and her voice is so comforting I feel I'm right there with her =)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Sneak Peak

Just a sneak peak on another piece i've been working on =)

started with an outline

decided to fill the design with glass beads

close up of almost finished piece

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Olive Farm Cards

I've been making cards for awhile now but every time i make a batch family & friends grabbed them and they sell out. The truth is many products don't even make it to my etsy store as a result of customers buying them before i even have a chance to take photos. Here a are few snap shots i was able to take of some of my cards. I'm hoping to make more this week for my store and hopefully they'll have as much success as they do with my other clients =)

love bloom series

Left blank inside for you to write to your special someone

can be used for art works =)

And what do you do??

I'm not going to lie, this question use to scare me when i first decided to start Olive Farm. Running your own label isn't the norm. I mean its crazy hours, virtually no pay when you first start, flooded with extreme emotions of doubt, insecurities and fear. Why would anyone want to run their own business, especially in the design world? They didn't come up with the term 'starving artist' for nothing haha

So when i explain what i do to strangers of course they become curious to how is it i've decided to pull myself away from the herd and do something... w
ell... different. I've yet to find an answer i'm completely satisfied with and claiming 'i just love it' doesn't seem enough but that's my answer ' i just LOVE it!'. I am my own boss. I work from home so i have the luxury of wearing pj's & uggys to work on days i'm feeling lazy. I can have a break whenever i feel like it and all the success i achieve from my business is from a direct result of all the blood, sweat and tears i put in.

There's positive and negative in everything however personally for me deciding to start something different has my creative side dancing about in pure joy. I'm nothing if not creative and for as long as i remember i've kept that girl tamed and now she runs around free as a bird, how can i not be happy?

Realistically though I doubt i would of been able to pursue this dream if it wasn't for the support of my family, friends and darling husband. Thank you for believing in me =)