Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Melbourne Cards

I've had this card idea in my head for quite a while now, the only thing putting me off was the trip I needed to take to Frankston to take the photo. I've got plans on doing an Able and Game Melbourne range, I just need to think of some ideas for more cards, I've got a few floating around, I just need to perfect them. This one is popular at Rose Street with one girl demanding her boyfriend buy it for her right that very second. If you want one for yourself you can purchase online via Etsy or you can come and visit us at Rose Street on Saturday (60 Rose Street in Fitzroy from 11am-5pm) and say hello and tell me your favourite zone two location.

Monday, June 15, 2009


I was over at Veronica Darling's blog and saw she had an ABC of websites visited via the web browser and thought I would have a go. I've put up an old old photo from photobucket. Maybe from 2006 when Gareth was my model!

Here is what you do:

"So what you have to do is type each letter of the alphabet one by one into the URL line of your browser. This will bring up your most visited site of this letter, or the letter being used within the address. Use the first site that comes up, or the second if you have privacy/security issues. It's like a little outline of your favourite web sites!"

A. Able and Game. Taking up all my time at the moment.
B. Babelfish. For converting text into other languages.
C. Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
D. Dictionary.com for checking my words.
E. Etsy. I thought it would be that.
F. Flickr. Photos!
G. Go Fug Yourself. The late night I'm bored and need a quick fix read.
H. artsHub. A great resource.
I. I can has cheezburger. I'm not ashamed to say it is my favourite.
J. Jhoanna from One Red Robin on Twitter. We are run buddies!
K. Kitty's Kaboodle. I was reading about Kitty in Mix Tape Zine on the weekend actually.
L. LeeLoo. A great online shop for Australian made.
M. Metlink Melbourne. I love public transport.
N. Guy Bourdin at NGV. This is OLD, from when I did my DipEd in 2004!
O. Officeworks. Looking for opening hours I think.
P. Prince Ballroom. Went and saw TZU with Hollie and Mikey a few months back.
Q. Not Quite Nigella. Food blogs are good and this one is a great read.
R. Rose Street Artist Market. How I spend my Saturdays.
S. Survey Monkey. I made one up for the cards a while back.
T. The Age. I used to get it delivered, this saves on messy papers everywhere.
U. Urban Dictionary. Same as Veronica Darling!
V. Vegan and Vintage. Hollie!
W. Webflicks. We get our films in the mail. It makes me happy.
X. Xe. For money stuffs.
Y. Youtube. Lately it has been Nevermind the Buzzcocks. I love that show.
Z. Zip Code Search. Helps with getting packages to the US quicker.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Last year at Christmas time I was on the hunt for cute little presents to send over to Gareth's family. He has two nephews and a neice all under 5 so buying presents for them is actually loads of fun. I got a little softie like the one above from my friend Alice's stall at the Northcote Night Market and she said it was made by Myf, who I knew via email. The softies are made with recycled blankets and are so cute I almost didn't want to post it over to Scotland. You can get the one above and a few others from Myf's shop, Fontok and she also has a blog.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

So you're having a baby?

I thought I would put up some of the Able and Game baby cards we have available. We have a few more in the works including the bun in the oven card, but with the bun out of the oven. I've been having a lot of fun drawing the cards, although sometimes it can be hard. Anyone who does any kind of illustration will know what I am talking about, it's a love hate relationship sometimes. Gareth and I are also super excited because we have booked into Design Made Trade in July. It will be open to the trade for the first two days, on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th of July, and then open to the public on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of July.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Run Melbourne - Makers Team

The Age is presenting a fun run event on June 28th called Run Melbourne. After hearing about Jhoanna from One Red Robin running in the Mother's Day Fun Run event I thought it might be nice to get a group art artists/crafters and makers together to do the run.

The event is held on Sunday 28th June at Fed Square in Melbourne and the event caters for different fitness levels starting from a 5km walk right up to a half marathon.

You can sign up on the website here, make sure you do so before June 12th to take advantage of the cheaper registration fee. Once you register you can set up your fundraising page, nominate a charity and start receiving donations. You can then email me your details and I will include them on this blog post and then all you need to do is start training!

Melbourne Makers - Run Melbourne

Jhohanna Monte Aranez from One Red Robin
Sponsor Page
Money going to: Mirabel Foundation
Website: One Red Robin
Twitter: One Red Robin

Anna Blandford from Able and Game
Sponsor Page
Money going to: Breast Cancer Australia
Website: Able and Game
Twitter: Able and Game