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Yummy Yarn and Co

The planets aligned when Robyn Hicks made the move to the bush opening the way for a rich creative life with Yummy Yarn and co. It was meant to be. As Robyn Hicks recalls that sultry summer day in 1994 when she and her husband, Bill, made the trek from the Blue Mountains for a [...]

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VINTAGE JEWELLERY DESIGNER

Having trained as a costume designer, Natalie Ness reckons she can make just about anything. At the moment she’s concentrating on retro-inspired jewellery, but it could just as easily be beaded purses, a coronet for a burlesque performer or the interior of a 1920s speakeasy for a festival bar.

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DIY CHRISTMAS WREATH

Give an old hula hoop an epic update with these simple steps.

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BEACHCOMBER PAINT ON SHOW

Andrew Munn was practically born with paint running in his veins. Now he and his wife, Maggi, have turned their Fleurieu Peninsula home into a showcase for his work and collections.

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A NEW CREATIVE FOCUS ON GARDENING

For artist Nicola Chatham, a move to Queensland’s sunshine coast has brought a healthier lifestyle and a whole new creative focus.

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A SANCTUARY FOR RUINED PIANOS

Olive growers Kim Hack and Penny Mossop have turned their farm into a sanctuary for ruined pianos.

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MIA PENN’S THE RAISIN DID IT

Repurposing and reinventing seem only natural to self-confessed opportunist Mia Penn, who has revitalised a tired cottage in Sydney’s Marrickville

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FROM ANTIQUE CUTLERY TO WEARABLE ART

A mini zoo of whimsical and unique creatures is capturing the hearts of jewellery lovers.

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A NEW LIFE FOR ABANDONED IRON BEDS

Mark and Lynne Bennett have spent the best part of two decades breathing new life into old and abandoned iron beds.

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TEACHING HOMESTEAD SKILLS

Anna and John Mahy took a bottle of wine, a world atlas and a pin and somehow ended up teaching homestead skills on New Zealand’s south island.

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FOR FOOD, FASHION AND TRAVEL

Combines passions for food, fashion and travel collide in the creative melting pot of the Treloar-Cornish household.

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AN ARTISTIC MUSE

Ina Atkins has to look no further than her back door for inspiration for her botanical studies.

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TURNING TRASH TO TREASURE

Kristine Franklin says anybody can do what she has done to transform her outer Melbourne home into a design showcase. But not everyone has her amazing eye for detail and ability to turn trash into treasure.

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OUTBACK JEWELLER

The tyranny of distance holds real meaning for outback jeweller Jill Dyer, who lives hundreds of kilometres from the nearest gallery and art suppliers.

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RACHAEL TREASURE

Tasmanian author Rachael Treasure loves her kids more than life itself, but a deep commitment to the land comes a pretty close second.

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THE PERFECT HARP HARMONIES

There are many strings to craftsman and wood turner Geoff Welham’s bow, though in most cases they come in groups of 26 to 36 − the number of strings required to make a Celtic or para-Celtic harp.

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THE PRINTING PRESS

Traditional printing presses and a contemporary design approach are the secrets of success for Alischa Herrmann’s bespoke stationery business.

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GO RETRO AND DINE ALFRESCO

Enjoy the pleasures of simpler times with a laden picnic basket, a bush setting and a stash of old-fashioned games.

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LIGHTING AND DESIGN

The environment and social justice are the two major drivers for Tasmanian lighting and furniture designer Duncan Meerding.

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A VINTAGE COLLECTION

Kelly White collects everything from vintage handmade to vintage homespun with battery rescue hens in between.

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AN EASTERN EUROPEAN COTTAGE IN VICTORIA

A passion for photography and a penchant for the past informs designer Aldona Kimeć’s interior style.

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CERAMIC ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

The wheel has turned a full circle for Queensland ceramic artist Shannon Garson, who now finds herself living very happily in the country town she once couldn’t wait to leave.

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THE ACCIDENTAL APRON COLLECTOR

Aprons were an accidental collection for Ballarat’s Morgan Wills but that didn’t stop her giving the humble garment its own festival.

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A BOHEMIAN STYLE HOME

Kirsty Ballentine-Turnbull brings equal measures of wanderlust and passion for a cool bohemian aesthetic to her homewares importing business.

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CAROUSEL COLLECTOR

Like the Scarlet Pimpernel, Craig Robson has been riding a carousel of adventure across many decades.

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LARGE SCULPTURES

Burning bulls, generous hospitality and a good measure of creative chaos are all grist to the mill for sculptor Russell Sheridan.

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NATIVE FLOWER ARTIST

What do horticultural shows, Japanese tour buses and international acclaim in oshibana have in common? Just ask native flower collector Dorothy Kelly.

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SETTING THE SCENE AT HALLOWEEN

Ancient Halloween traditions are revised on October 31 and we’ve got the ghoulish goodies to help you celebrate.

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THE AKUBRA HAT

It’s been to war, to the Olympics and is the go-to gift for visiting dignitaries. With a proud tradition of more than a century of manufacture, the Akubra hat has earned its reputation as an Australian icon.

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SERIOUS ABOUT SILK FARMING

Australia’s first and only commercial silk farm is an object lesson in mutually beneficial community aid.

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OP SHOP INSPIRATION

Though born in Holland, Kim Wallace has emerged as an Australian artist with a talent for creating beautiful ceramics. She is also the founder of Udessi, an online directory of Australian artists.

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AFTERNOON TEAL

Set aside the afternoon for teal inspired delicacies.

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PEARL BEACH

A summer picnic on the sands of Pearl Beach.

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THE RIPPLE EFFECT

Take the candy craze to a whole new level with our hen’s party in a rustic rural setting.

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BALANCE POINT

A major visual art project provided the perfect antidote to academic rigour for a Brisbane Year 12 student.

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DINNER BY CANDLELIGHT

Host your own candlelit soiree with these top recipes, tips and tricks. Yummy picnic fare and soft florals complete the rustic romance, lights out anyone?

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PINING FOR PINEAPPLES

Go straight to the point of summer entertaining with this cache of recipes that sums up irrestible tropical style.

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FESTIVE TABLE TIPS

Spread the Christmas cheer with these table setting tips from homeware brand Villeroy & Boch.

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A BUSH CHRISTMAS

Only in Australia will you ever see, a little bush fairy on the Christmas tree …

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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Welcome family and friends to your home during the holiday season with a cheerful mixture of store-bought and hand-crafted items.

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