The focus of this website is to showcase my creative interests across a multiple of platforms. It all started with a blog to promote a little craft business Ernie & Bird established back in 2008 in which I sold handmade items created from my sewing machine. Today, this website is much more as I have incorporated many other interests too. What you have discovered is an online resource to inspire, educate and encourage your creativity! I have also uploaded a portfolio under the Services tab featuring graphic design work I’ve produced for small businesses to assist them with their community and social media development.

Designer Spotlight

Those who inspire me

The Knit Studio

A bespoke knitting mill located in Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula Hinterland. The Knit Studio specialises in custom made, personalised blankets that come in a wide range of sizes and on-trend colour palettes to choose from. Their blankets are made from 100% premium soft cotton or merino wool and are knitted on ‘state-of-the-art’ equipment. You are invited to design your own…

Bandicute Designs

Bandicute Designs is a handmade, uniquely Australian label specialising in babies and children’s clothing, women’s accessories and home wares. The small business was born out of a love for being creative – drawing, painting, dyeing, printing, sewing – and always looking for new techniques to create beautiful, modern designs for baby and the home. Bandicute designs are a mother and daughter team…

Krazy Knits by Karen

I have been a huge fan of Karen’s for many years now. I’ve purchased a couple of bright colourful pieces for my daughters and I receive compliments every time they are worn. Karen lives in Canberra with her “extremely patient husband of 31 years” and their three adult children. Karen makes hand knitted items for babies and children using good quality and…

Creative

Things I love online

Wooly Wonders Crochet Dress

My youngest daughter Rosie has just turned one last month. She is 90% walking but still prefers to crawl for speed when chasing her two older sisters. For this reason, I’ve been hesitant to dress her in gorgeous crocheted outfits for fear of them being pulled and ruined. Then I came across this cute little dress by Wooly Wonders and…

Mandala Hoops

I’ve been putting together a baby nursery for number three due within the month. I’ve been exploring Instagram late at night (the ‘ol sore hips and reflux have got me up at all hours) and I came across these beautiful wall hangings called ‘mandalas’. Now I’ve never heard of them before. I’ve seen them but didn’t know that’s what they were…

Cosy Stripe Blanket by Attic24

I love a good crochet project and particularly love it when the pattern is FREE! I’ve been following Attic24 on Instagram for a while now and find her projects really inspiring. Lucy lives in England and has a passion for crochet and colour and loves to share her creative journey. Lucy offers loads of crochet patterns on her website but my particular…

Recipes

SPLASH OF FOODSPIRATION

Corn & Bacon Fritters

I’m trying to find recipes for my 14-month old that aren’t pureed baby food but also something soft enough for her to gently chew. She’s been a little unsettled and fussy with her food so these Corn & Bacon Fritters were the perfect way to get some veggies into her. The recipe calls for corn kernels but you can use cubed…

Mmmm Minestrone

Fragrant and hearty minestrone soup for a cold winter’s day. Minestrone is one of my favourite soups that everyone enjoys. It gets so many vegetables into my daughters and to mix it up a little for their entertainment I sometimes use dinosaur pasta instead of macaroni. I also prefer a little more bacon than suggested below but that’s just personal…

Spinach Cob Loaf Dip

There’s no doubt you’ve been to a party or BBQ where there has been a cob loaf served full of delicious goodness. My favourite is the spinach cob (closely followed by the corn & cheese) and it’s super easy to make. A quick whiz around the supermarket and you’ll have the 6 ingredients needed in no time. It takes less…