What I’ve Been… Gorillas, Mexican food and Mark Tuckey.


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Digging. His new favourite activity.photo 2

Our market stall!

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Archie picked these and gave them to me. Heart. Melted.

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Rocking new shades.

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Just casually eating a zebra’s tail. What?

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Obviously the safari jeep at the lion enclosure was waaaay more interesting than the lions.

Not doing… blogging. I have been a bit under the weather for the past few weeks so instead of writing this here blog I have been watching crap TV, working, napping and hanging out with my little man. Also, eating lemonade icypoles by the box.

Visiting… the zoo. Last Friday my awesome playgroup did an excursion to the Werribee Zoo. I hadn’t been since Grade Three and all I remember was that it was really far away from home and there were no tigers. But oh man, has the zoo lifted its game! I didn’t take the pram which was great until the last hour when Archie was well overdue for a nap and just wanted to stop to look at every freaking leaf and bug and blade of grass in the whole park. A highlight was when he smooshed his face up against a slightly gross tank with a tree frog in it and blew raspberries and licked the glass. I’m sure the frog really enjoyed it.

But we saw gorillas and rhinos and giraffes and lions and hippos. It feels like you are in a cage instead of the animals, as they all just hang out together in massive enclosures. Very cool.

Making… a skirt. Oh lord. I have quite a few circle skirts which are really comfy and swirly and easy to wear, so I have attempted to make one. It looks kind of okay if you don’t look at the stitching or the waistband or the hem too closely.

Enjoying… Archie at 16  months. So much attitude. He has started being purposely naughty to get attention, like climbing up on his little table and then yelling at me so I look at him. Or putting tiny toys in his mouth, then when I try and do ‘Parenting’ and take them off him, he will look around furiously for something else to put in his mouth. Like his potty. Or a drawer. I lose it and crack up laughing. God knows how I will cope when he is actually doing properly naughty things.

Eating… Mexican feasts. Lee and I went out for date night on Saturday to a Mexican place and it was TERRIBLE. Like probably worst than Taco Bill. Granted, I probably shouldn’t expect much from a suburban Mexican restaurant with giant novelty margharitas and a slushy machine full of luke-warm pina colada mix, but seriously, the food was gross and took way too long. I mean, that kind of Mexican food is just assembling, rather than cooking, right? Beans, salsa, guac, tortilla, sour cream, cheese. Maybe some beef or chicken. Anyway, on Sunday night Lee made a proper Mexican feast, with proper guac and endless sourcream. And Doritos Nacho Cheese corn chips, obviously. So authentic! So Mexican! So yum!

Excited about… our new house. GOD I canna wait to get in there. We put the fascia on the carport on Saturday, while my dad dug out the front yard ready for the new garden and the paving. We have submitted the plans, so….. now we wait. And build all the bits that we can without a permit, which is not much.

Also excited about… marketing. We had a stall at Rose Street Artist’s Market last Sunday. It was really fun! We sold a few bits and pieces, including a kid’s table and stool set to a cute 19-month-old named Oscar who lives in Northcote. We haven’t really marketed or promoted the kid’s range much so it was great to see people raving over the pieces. Lots of people took business cards and photos, and one lady with a shop in South Melbourne is interested in stocking the kid’s range. Very exciting/daunting!

Pondering… business growth. I read with interest an interview with Mark Tuckey on the Design Files, as we always refer to His Tuckeyness when trying to be proper Business People. As in, “Well, Mark Tuckey has Instagram and Rachel Castle did his logo.  AND he has two showrooms. Maybe we need a showroom? And a better logo?” So it was interesting to read that he employs 45 people and doesn’t have a background in furniture making. That is kind of obvious in the slapped-together designs (I still love you and your ridiculously overpriced unfinished furniture, Tuckey), but it kind of shows that people will pay hundred of dollars for what are basically roughly-sanded tree stumps, if you have a crack marketing and sales team. I don’t really know what the point of this is, but it made me think.

Also, we have a photoshoot of the whole damn range in TWO WEEKS which I am obvs going to facebook, instagram and blog the shiz out of. So you guys have that to look forward to!

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2 thoughts on “What I’ve Been… Gorillas, Mexican food and Mark Tuckey.

  1. so what they rachel castle designed his logo? you can do that, its easy. its hard looking at bigger/better/stronger designers and wanting what they have, but who knows how long and what it took for him to get there, everyone starts somewhere right? well thats what the inspiration pages on pinterest tell me.

    PS. I know a good stylist who wants to see new stuff all the time, when you get your shots done Ill give you her details. She’s a mover & shaker.

    1. you’re so right. I think I just get freaked out by all the awesomely talented people in the world and then want to throw it all in and work a boring office job forever. The stylist contact sounds rad, I’ll totally hassle you about that once we get the photoshoot done.

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