Posts tagged ‘Christmas’

Cushions galore

Hello! Apologies for the radio silence on the blog for such a long time… It’s been a big year and now it’s almost over!

But before that it’ll be Christmas and there are lots of goodies in the Touch Wood Design Etsy store if you need to stock up for the silly season!

If you’d like to keep up with my adventures in sewing, pop over to the Touch Wood Design Instagram account.



December 2, 2016 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

Happy holidays

Wishing you all a very happy and safe festive break – however you celebrate! Thank you so much for your support in 2015! It’s been a big year and we all need to put our feet up!

I’ll be taking a break from the blog for a few weeks, but I’m sure I’ll still pop the odd photo up on Instagram – you can find me under the handle ‘‘.

xmas card2

December 25, 2015 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

Family heirlooms

Recently I had a chance meeting with an old friend who was looking for someone to recreate a family heirloom to cater for some new additions and keep a longstanding Christmas tradition running. The original stocking pictured in the middle here is about 30 years old – it’s amazing how long felt can last if you look after it!

My task was to make matching stockings for the wife (who is obsessed with Liberty print) and daughter (who has a long-winded name that was never going to fit on a 20cm high stocking). Making the bow and bell feature was a bit tricky too. In the end I was really happy with the result, which highlights the Liberty fabric and gives the ladies their own special version in keeping with the origial.

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December 15, 2015 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

Roll up, roll up!

One last cushion to go on the big stack ready for this Saturday’s QAGOMA Christmas Design Market – outside the Gallery of Modern Art at South Brisbane from 9am to 4pm. It’s our biggest market yet, with 40 stallholders. Hope to see you there!

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November 26, 2015 at 9:02 am Leave a comment

21st Century gal

It might have taken a few years, but Touch Wood Design has officially moved into the 21st Century and you can now follow more of my adventures pictorially via Instagram – you’ll find me under ‘’. Here’s the link:


And if you’re in the market for some last-minute Christmas presents, you’ll find plenty to choose from over in the Touch Wood Design Etsy store. If you’re in Brisbane, I’m happy to arrange in-person pick-up or delivery with an insert included in lieu of shipping so you get them before Christmas.

Stack of cushions

December 21, 2014 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

Dusting off memories

Amongst all the Christmas catch-ups and down time, a family clean-up sent some interesting treasures my way. I remember gazing at this strange little giraffe on my uncle’s kitchen mantelpiece over the years and wondering why it had no spots – now it’s in my kitchen and the mystery continues. His quirky little friend is a match-holder with big boots for striking a light – this piece was always a ‘no go’ zone when I was small (presumably due to the fire hazard it would have presented to curious fingers), so I felt a distinct tingle of naughtiness when I picked it up!

Giraffe figurine

Another piece to come home with me was this Beswick ware wall vase, which looks faded but when you look on the back it’s actually the true colour. I think I remember a permanent display of dusty, dried flowers in this one but with the distance of time one can never be sure.

Palm wall vase

My favourite new treasure is (predictably) this green spotty 1960s teacup set from Japan, which belonged to my paternal grandmother. It’s quite a departure from the hand-painted flowers favoured by my other grandma, but the decades seem to have stolen its story as well so I may never know how it came to be in her collection. This one went straight to the special display cabinet!

Green spotty teacup

December 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

Top of the season to you

However you spend your day today, I hope you have a lovely one.

Mr A and I came across this Christmassy flame tree on the way to our friend Colette’s furniture shop Rewind Mid-Century the other day.

Flame tree

I’d always thought their redness came from little berries, but on closer examination they’re actually little buds waiting to pop open. Magnificent! Hmmm… there has to be a project in that somewhere! Maybe in the new year…

Flame tree close-up

December 25, 2012 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment



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