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Illustrations by Brauntown

I met up with a fellow German from Hamburg who is travelling through Australia with his wife  for four months – lucky them.

Dieter is an illustrator and has had his work published in lots of German magazines. I am especially fond of his characters for the children book series “Nukka & Isi”. So far the books are only available in German but maybe the publisher will bring out posters for the wall too.




Milton Glaser on Talent

The real issue is not talent as an independent element, but talent in relationship to will, desire, and persistence. Talent without these things vanishes and even modest talent with those characteristics grows.

– by Milton Glaser

(via Quotes on Design)

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Handbags from Upcycled Ringbinders

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Who knew office ringbinders could be so glamorous?

Carsten Fichtel and Tobias Förtsch from the German label ad:acta turn humble old office ringbinders into glamourous and beautiful handbags.

Each binder is carefully selected and cleaned, then coated against weather and water before they are stitched up with real leather and lined with durable fabric. And all that in true German craftsmanship.

In Australia ad:acta is available through upcyclette.

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Australia Day Pavlova - s'more

Happy Australia Day

This weekend on the 26 January is Australia Day, the national public holiday day in Australia. It commemorates and celebrates the arrival of the first fleet when eleven ships from Great Britain first landed in Sydney Cove (now Circular Quay).

There are lots of activities you can do Australia-wide but the funniest activity I think is the Australia Day Thong Challenge in Bondi Beach. Australian summers are hot and the most versatile “shoe” is the thong (in other countries known as flip flop). They haven’t been invented here, in fact the most popular ones are Hawaianas but it’s safe to say that almost every Australian owns at least a pair.

A picnic at the beach or the local park is also a favourite pastime on this important day and usually everyone will bring a plate and just enjoy summer. A true blue dish to have would be a pavlova. A meringue base topped with fluffy cream and fresh fruits. Absolutely delicious and very popular.

This dessert is believed to have been created in honour of the Russian ballet dancer during one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. However the nationality of its creator has been a source of argument between the two nations for many years. But let’s not get caught up in this.

This recipe makes you small individual pavlovas which are easier to carry around. Make sure to keep the cream as cold as possible.

Ingredients
6 eggwhites
1 1/2 cups (330g) caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp cornflour
1 tsp white wine vinegar
300 ml cream
2 punnets raspberries
4 passionfruits

Method
Preheat the oven to 150°C and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

Use an electric mixer to whisk the eggwhites in a clean, dry bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition, until meringue is thick and glossy and sugar is dissolved. Rub a little meringue between your fingers, if it’s still gritty, continue to whisk until sugar dissolves. Add the vinegar and cornflour and fold until just combined.

Place 4 dollops of meringue on each baking tray, making a shallow indent in the centre of each with the back of a spoon.

Place in oven, reduce heat to 120°C and bake for 1 hour. Leave in the switched-off oven for 2-3 hours until meringues are dry and oven is completely cool. (They’ll keep for up to 2 days in an airtight container.)

Whisk cream until soft peaks form. Dollop cream on top of meringue nest and top with raspberries and passionfruit. Serve immediately.

Australia Day Pavlova - s'more

Panda Pad by Beehive - s'more

The Panda Pad by Beehive

If you are like me, then despite all the tech gadgets you walk around with nowadays, you still do carry a notebook. I definitely do, for my daily doodles, notes about client projects etc. For me – these still have to be written down on paper.

To keep it short, the beautiful Panda Pad by the Sydney based The Beehive studio of Industrial Designers, Entrepreneurs and Engineers made me look.

It is a sustainably crafted, beautiful bamboo notebook, customized with your name, which is laser engraved. And the really wonderful thing is, you can replace the notebook with anything you like, your favourite book, diary or just another notebook.

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Sprintime Picnic Basket - s'more

Bloon – Springtime Bicycle Picnic Basket

Australia Day is just around the corner and with the wonderful temperatures and weather it is just about time for a picnic in the park. That’s at least what we are planning here at s’more.

So how about this inventive bicycle picnic basket / chair / table all in one. The designer behind this wonderful invention is Jeriël Bobbe from Bloon. Two thumbs up from us.

PS. We know we are quite bicycle obsessed at the moment (as you can see from all the recent posts)… we are very inspired by the beautiful weather here in Sydney.

Faraday Bikes - s'more

Push Bikes with that Extra Boost

Push bikes have become quite en vogue so if you want your photo look cool just add a bike to it.

In Germany I had a Holland bike and I still miss it. Mind you I wouldn’t be able to conquer any hills here in Sydney with that. With only three gears it’s made for cruising on flat land as it is in Northern Germany.

But now I discovered Farraday Bikes beautiful design with a touch of Northern Europe plus the extra boost for those nasty hills if you happen to live in a city like Sydney, San Francisco or Auckland.

I think this is the best looking electric bike I’ve ever seen because you can’t see it’s electric!

Christmas Magazine - s'more

Happy Holidays

Icy cold air, snowflakes and twinkling candles on a Christmas tree. The smell of mandarines, peanuts and cinnamon in the air. Mum or grandma baking Christmas cookies in the kitchen… These are all typical Swiss and/or German Christmas childhood memories.

Living in Australia, where we have a BBQ for Christmas and go to the beach, bringing back some of those memories inspired us to our new magazine for Christmas. So if you want to know what a Brunsli, Mailänderli or a Lebkuchen is, then look no further and get baking.

To keep you going whilst you are baking or just in case you get really hungry, there is a hearty Baked Beans recipe.

And just in case you are searching for gift ideas, why not give some beautifully wrapped home made cookies or if you would like to venture further, have a look at Juliana’s craft project.

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Ti Mo from Norway

I have a new fashion love, it is called Ti Mo and I must admit, I am head over heels! Not that my closet holds any of these beautiful creations but I wish it did. Ti Mo was created by Tine Mollatt a Norwegian fashion designer from Oslo. Right from the start in 2004 her vision was very clear.

“No financial investors, no bank loans, no compromising of the values she believes in. Merely build it her way. From the bottom up. One brick at the time. For Tine truthfulness and honesty are also guiding beacons. She does not believe in exploitation of any kind to reach her goals. Not towards the people involved on the way, nor towards the animals that provide materials or towards mother earth. She believes in sustainability on all levels. She believes the time of mass consumption is soon to be past. She believes in high quality clothing that’s long lasting. She believes there is a right way to approach the calculation of costs, without cutting any corners. She believes in the value that lies within the garment and she believes in the masterful skill that lies in tailoring. These are her values. And this is by Ti Mo. “

And all of that leads to absolutely beautiful and feminine creations with a distinctive vintage feel. And oh yes, I absolutely love their photography… have a look.








Spring has sprung in Sydney

Spring is finally here! The colours, the smell the buzzing sound of all the busy bees – it’s just so beautiful. The mornings and evenings are still quite chilly but as soon as the sun peeks out, it’s getting very warm.

Couldn’t resist but to share a few impressions of the beautiful spring in Sydney.

The Beekeeper

“Local farmer Megan Paska has witnessed beekeeping as it morphed from an illegal (and possibly crazy) habit to a sustainable, community-supported skill. Mirroring beekeeping’s own ascendance, she found more than just a living: “This is the first time in my life when I’ve just felt absolutely on the right path.”

The Beekeeper is a short film made by Bureau of Common Goods. We at s’more heart everything handmade and the people making it. Two thumbs up.

Maya Muse — Sydney

Ever wanted some beautiful tea towels that are not checkered or striped? Look no further! Maya Muse Textiles is a Sydney based textile designer who creates beautiful hand screen printed tea towels amongst many other products. Her range also includes cushions, wheat bags, eye pillows, napery and much more. All products are designed and handmade in Sydney by Maya. Here some of the products we love.

The Origins of Creative Insight — Jonah Lehrer

“The answer will only arrive after we stop looking for it….. But insight isn’t everything. Those who achieve great things in the long-term also have another important quality: Grit, a single-minded persistence that helps them keep their eye on the prize and pushing ever-forward even when the “aha!” moments aren’t around.”
— by Jonah Lehrer – via The 99%

You can watch the whole talk by Jonah Lehrer here.

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Three Twigs — Wooden Sunnies

The next summer is coming — if you are in the northern hemisphere you are already there — for us Down Under it is still a few months away. But never too early to get ready. So check out these übercool sunnies from Three Twigs in Australia. The cool thing about their sunglasses is that the frames are made out of wood or bamboo and for each pair sold Three Twigs is donating to organisations who are serious about preserving the world’s natural resources…. so bring on summer!

Everything was made.

Each invention shows that the world is malleable, from the simplest stone tool to the screen you’re using to read this. We make what we want, break things in the process, collect what we like, and connect what we discover to get us closer to where we want to be.
— by Frank Chimero

Frame 1 Camera Bag – Hard Graft

Being female and all I just cannot walk passed a beautiful bag — actually that is only true for camera bags in my case. I am obsessed with finding SLR camera bags that do not look like your typical “I am off to go on a hike” bags … not that there is anything wrong with going on a hike and taking your camera with you and have a practical bag to store everything.

So when I saw the beautiful Frame 1 Camera Bag from Hard Graft’s Heritage line… I just had to post it (that feels a bit like buying it). Very beautiful and simple it takes inspiration from the old camera box cases of times gone by. Hand made for Hard Graft by two Italian Leather Masters “The Brothers” …. definitely wish listed.

And I totally love their product photography (as you probably can tell).