12 April, 2015

The strange(r)est dinner party

12 April, 2015

The strange(r)est dinner party

I received a call from my friend Jess a couple of weeks ago; “Nix, I am hosting a dinner party - I don't want any of the guests to know each other. I just want to bring creative individuals together, eat great food and drink lots of wine” Sounded like a perfect night to me. The way it worked:  10 people who only knew Jess (ie. they were not connected) were asked to bring along…

10 January, 2015

50 shades of (blue) grey.

10 January, 2015

50 shades of (blue) grey.

50 Shades of grey. I wish I was referring to some hot and steamy summer love affair. Nope. Incorrect. And forget dating disaters (whilst I have had my fair share of those), of late I have been consistently facing a different type of 'disaster'. Dyeing disasters... Seriously, every time I do a load of washing, my clothes change into a varying shades of blue-grey. I refuse to refer to this blue-grey as a 'colour'. It does not deserve to be a colour. It is just a murky mess. A (gross) combination of blue, purple and grey.

17 November, 2014

Human-KIND.

17 November, 2014

Human-KIND.

This past week has been the best. I feel so lucky. Two strangers performed random acts of (weaving) kindness. They expected nothing in return. They had no agenda. They just renewed my faith in humanity. Unexpected. Pure. Generosity. Act of Kindness #1: The very talented designer, Samorn Sanixay generously gifted me aHUGE bag leather offcuts for me to work into my weaves (Honestly, do yourself a favour and check out Samorn's beautiful leather bags, clutches, scarves and homewares…

04 May, 2014

Fine Motor Skills.

04 May, 2014

Fine Motor Skills.

Growing up my mum always told me I had 'magic hands' - I always thought it was because I could roll the cookie dough in perfect spheres, I had very steady hands when painting at 'Plaster Funhouse' and that I had the neatest running writing in my class.... In retrospect, I now believe she said I had 'magic hands' so that I would keep giving her a neck massages whilst watching tv... As I have…

27 April, 2014

One, night stand.

27 April, 2014

One, night stand.

I have been searching for something which.... stays by my side during the night is dependable, reliable and strong can hide away my secrets Yes, for the last couple of weeks I have been on the hunt for; one, night stand (Please note: the comma). Given my limited budget, I have been looking up DIY bedside table solutions, trawled through gumtree listings, spent countless hours on ebay. I gave up hope. I stopped searching. 'When you…

13 April, 2014

I love balls.

13 April, 2014

I love balls.

Of yarn…or skein. or clew. or cake. or hank. Yes…they all synonyms for a 'ball of wool'. Anyways, I stumbled upon something last week… In a dark Sydney CBD alley. 50m from my office. I couldn't believe my eyes. I felt like a dessert nomad laying eyes on an oasis… Could this be? was this an illusion? was my mind playing tricks one me? "A needle knitting Bar". I let out a high pitched squeal…

14 February, 2014

to the weft, to the weft…

14 February, 2014

to the weft, to the weft…

I am officially obsessed. I am officially addicted. I find myself thinking about it....all the time. In the shower. In the pool. In the elevator. Weaving. It has woven itself (tightly) into my life (I guess there could be a lot worse things to be addicted to). It is meditative. It is immersive. It has an element of 'boho-ethnic-chic'. It is my 'thang'. The perfect hybrid of colour, texture and pattern. I find the act…

02 November, 2013

What is your hobby?

02 November, 2013

What is your hobby?

For the last couple of weeks I have been conducting my own ‘social experiment’. I have been asking my friends, family, acquaintances and strangers … “What are your hobbies?”. The responses have been varied: Avoidance; “Nix, why do you ask these random questions? It’s too weird, I’m not going to answer.” Confusion; “Does online shopping count as a hobby?” Defensive; “Nix…not everybody needs a hobby” And it is true. Not everybody needs a hobby. But,…

07 October, 2013

I put my foot in it.

07 October, 2013

I put my foot in it.

It took me 8 years.... But..I did it. I mastered the yoga headstand (Shirshasana).   I finally released this deep-seeded fear of 'falling' and just let go...I cleared my mind, removed the mental pressure of having to do it successfully and just let my feet float upwards. I was SO happy. I couldn't stop smiling. I have been wanting to do this for years. I love the sensation that arises from being upside down. Reversing the flow…

02 June, 2013

Self Reflection.

02 June, 2013

Self Reflection.

I came home last Saturday night exhausted. I hadn’t even been on the dance floor. I hadn’t even consumed lots of wine (ok, maybe just a little) I had just been to dinner with ‘ma gurls’ and laughed……and laughed….and laughed. I was exhausted from laughing. If there is one thing I truly love in life – it is laughing until it hurts. I love that feeling of gasping for breath. The stabbing pain in your…

14 April, 2013

So Sexy!

14 April, 2013

So Sexy!

 Juicy. Sappy. Fleshy. Lush. No, I am not referring to my bootilicious  booty….but instead the less famous cousin of the cacti – the succulent. Of late, I have had an obsession with succulents. Especially when placed in clear glass vases. I am drawn to succulents primarily because of their shape and form. There is something so sensual about their fleshy, hardy ‘leaves’. They possess an innate calming quality - I could honestly stare at my…

31 March, 2013

Mirror, Mirror on the wall….

31 March, 2013

Mirror, Mirror on the wall….

Who’s the fairest of them all? Definitely not me. Despite my daily application of ‘Fair & Lovely’ (my whitening cream), my skin remains a dark 70% cocoa colour (if you turn the lights off – you can only see my teeth and whites of my eyes). ******************************************* I will never forget the moment when the next door neighbour called my mum to say…. “Tell your daughter to pull down her blinds, I can see her…