Bali Guide has arrived….

The long awaited Bali guide has been uploaded and will have changes added after each trip I do! I’ll also keep you posted on new finds, funny incidents and great meals ….

Sanur beach…

Check out the Bali Guide page link on this blog… stay tuned for my next trip in June.

Tanah in Tan

Dah da da… The lovely new Tanah bag was carefully handcrafted on the machine in the photo by a very talented leather artisan! It’s made from 100% genuine leather in a rich tan colour. Internally the bag features a soft terracotta patterned fabric and pocket. The long strap enables you to adjust to any size needed, as well as being able to remove the strap and use it as a clutch for evenings. The front buckle is a feature only -as it has a snap lock clasp underneath for easy access.

The new Tanah leather bag/clutch.

Artisan's Machine

Kangaroo Paw – Australiana done in style.

Kangaroo Paw print in sage and charcoal.

There is a house up the street from me that has the most amazing Australian native garden, with bustling Kangaroo Paw spilling over their white picket fence. So when I saw this gorgeous print I just had to have it! This hemp & cotton fabric has been screenprinted by hand twice to create this complex layer of colour and pattern. Subtle colours of sage and charcoal create a soft look for this bag that can be doubled as a clutch. View the range at

The love of field and coppice,
Of green and shaded lanes.
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins,
Strong love of grey-blue distance
Brown streams and soft dim skies
I know but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

Dorothea Mackellar


Magnolia Shoulder Bag
The Magnolia shoulder bag is made from ever so soft brushed canvas that has been screenprinted by hand in Australia. Featuring leather handles, internal magnetic clasp and pocket. Who doesn’t love a Magnolia Tree?

Sew and Sew

A happy new year to you all.

I’ve just returned from another Miss Adventure trip overseas… Mishaps avoided. Phew. Although the red eye plane trip back left a lot to be desired with a myriad of ill people surfacing from the cyclonic wind activity near Broome, all needing the bathroom, next to my aisle 29 seat! A jumper over the head does wonders for moments like these. Maybe I should design a ‘Head in the Sand’ bag?

On a sunnier note… During my travels I visited one of the many talented artisans who help create bags for the Tilburg range. I have taken a photo of the vintage machine the artisan still uses for detailed leather work, and I marvelled at the dexterity and talent required for such creations. Seeing that machine makes me smile every time. Purchasing a Tilburg bag means avoiding mass production and supporting artisan trades. There are some exciting new designs and fabrics in the pipeline, but in the meantime check out the new Mablethorpe Messenger bag online today.

Sew and Sew

Bonsai in Emerald

The much awaited Bonsai print is finally here in a vibrant emerald green.

This stunning clutch will take you from day to night. Featuring a versatile wristlet attachment for night and a long tan leather strap for day wear.

Another special feature includes a removable brooch handcrafted from Larch tree branches.

This light weight clutch holds a purse and other essentials – even baby change wipes and a nappy if you fancy…

Made from organic hemp & cotton fabric and printed with eco friendly ink. The style & fabric have been designed and screen printed by hand in Melbourne – making it extra special!
$89 at

Bonsai Clutch in Emerald

Winter Night by Candlelight

I’ve been experimenting with the camera over the last few days. This shot was taken last night at my home… I had my favourite candle lit (Kajita Lemongrass) and the ambience was just perfect for a night shot. Snap. Snap. My curious collectibles stand behind the peacock feather that proudly stands on my reclaimed vintage table.
“One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul and yet no one ever come to sit by it. Passersby see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on the way.”
Vincent Van Gogh

Winter by Candlelight

Cake, coffee and tulips…

It’s miserable today as I stare out of my window shutters attempting to do some work. The leaves have now fallen, the trees are bare and the wind is howling or is that the kettle? Luckily I made an orange cake to cheer up my winter blues and bring a touch of zing to the next hour. A cup of coffee fixes everything. Sometimes.

Winter woes be gone...

I was born in May on a Wednesday, and as a little girl I pondered curiously over a picture book that said “Wednesday’s child is full of woe”. It all makes sense to me now – born in Winter and on a Wednesday. There’s a lot of woe in that considering I am a bonafide summer girl and my favourite day is a Friday. My coffee is ready and the first mouthful of cake is delightful. Winter woes be gone!