Tuesday, October 28, 2014

pieces of the past...

When somebody takes the time to write me an email to give feedback on my work - it always stops me in my tracks....I have to stop what I'm doing and focus in on the words. 

Firstly because I value the time and effort someone took to write to me - the maker. In this busy, buy-sell-consume-toss out world we live, it's always something to connect with others via the pieces you make with your hands.
Secondly, because in doing so - they share a little of their story with you - and that makes it even more special and unique. 

This month I was very glad to hear from Suzanne who purchased a custom oblong cushion featuring the tally band HMAS CERBERUS. I was thrilled to hear how much she liked the cushion -  but also why it was meaningful to her. She was happy for me to share this here - and I thank her for that.

"My grandma, Joy Balmain, was in the RAN for three years predominantly at the naval base HMAS Cerberus, Victoria and finished off being a petty officer in payroll at the age of 22. Looking back through her photo album during that time, she has many photos of old war ships at the naval base... We still have all her original jacket badges and hat badges.
I absolutely love surrounding myself with family history so this cushion takes pride of place in our home....Your design is so unique and I know my family will be blown away when they see the acknowledgement to my Grandma (who is 92 and I know she'll be moved when I show her). I have included a photo of where the cushion has made its home. I would highly recommend your work to anyone."

Isn't that wonderful? It's why I love the history and honour of using these insignia in my work - not for the glorification of war, but with immense respect and honour for those who gave of their lives to serve their country.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

home beautiful - product feature

It is with quite a buzz that I can share one of our products has been included in the November issue of Home Beautiful Magazine.

Our stockist, The Lovely Bird is featured (pg.52) as a must-visit shop in Cotton Tree, Queensland and we are thrilled for owner Tanya Northey who is an avid supporter of hand-made independent artists and designers. Her shop really is a wonderful selection of gift ideas and specialty stationery - you are sure to walk out with something unique and colourful! Add it to your list of places to see when you holiday in QLD. 

As part of the feature, our unique anchor pennant flags have a mention. These pennant flags are made using old army blankets and hand-stitched in gold Japanese thread. This design is sold exclusively through The Lovely Bird - so contact Tanya for more information or visit her on-line shop.

Friday, September 12, 2014

etsy design awards

This week I took up the challenge and entered the #etsydesignawards with my HMAS STIRLING cushion. Its encouraging that Etsy are partnering with Inside Out Magazine to raise the profile of quality Australian Designers. And there is SO MUCH talent out there in our Aussie community.
But whether or not my piece is shortlisted - this has been a good personal and professional challenge for me and I'm glad I took up the opportunity.

To find out more about the awards... visit www.etsydesignawards.com or Inside Out.

To view my entry piece visit my Etsy store >  HERE
Don't forget you can also follow me on Instagram via @perpetual_one

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

anchor pennant flags - new product

This month I am pleased to share the first of a series of new products that I've been working on lately.

Simple design - a little sea-worthy goodness for your home or office.

These small printed pennant flags with a black anchor symbol are made using water-based paint on vintage army blankets. Each piece is slightly unique - making it a sweet gift idea for a loved one. You can find them here...

Our other new pieces will be available soon.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

winner: mid-winter giveaway: HMAS WATERHEN

Last month I hosted a giveaway with the prize being one of my signature oblong cushions (valued at up to $145) via INSTAGRAM. Entrants were asked to show us where they would place the HMAS WATERHEN cushion in their home. 
We were most happy to see a number of entries share with us the favourite spot they'd place the piece. We are pleased to confirm that Jo (user @jovioletandrose) was the winner of our giveaway and you can see her lovely wooden pew with mirrored wall of her home where the cushion now sits!

As a thank you to our other entrants we also gave away a new pennant flag design to a few of our insta-friends... This is a new design and will become available in the shop during August.

Friday, July 4, 2014

mid-winter giveaway: HMAS WATERHEN

This month I am giving away one of my signature oblong cushions valued at up to $145 via INSTAGRAM. The prize includes the HMAS WATERHEN cushion as seen here and in our bigcartel store, with feather/down insert and postage within Australia.

The question is – if you won – where would you place the cushion in your home or elsewhere? It could be on your bed, a favourite reading chair, on the verandah or … in your boat!
TO ENETER: Post an image on INSTAGRAM of the spot where you would sit the cushion and tag #hmas_waterhen plus @perpetual_one so that I can see your entry. I look forward to seeing your creative entries! 

So show us your style - and post your entry before Sunday July 13 at 9pm. Email me at georgina@perpetual-one.com.au if you have any queries.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

hand restored army blankets. a thoughtful gift.

Looking for a unique gift that is functional and classic? Consider a vintage army blanket. This week we have three newly hand-restored blankets available in our store. 
Each one is unique and ticks a few boxes for that special gift. Let us help you out with a few ideas why;
  • Vintage grey army-style blankets make a classic and simple addition to a guest bedroom, or over your favourite chair. They complement interiors of simple and honest design.
  • Old blankets make a lovely statement for your next picnic or camping adventure. They are warm and hard wearing and have been restored in a rustic-style that suits the outdoors.
  • Blankets can be customised with a label featuring a name or place of significance to the recipient, giving them an heirloom value.
  • Restoration of these old pieces and the unique addition of RAN patches celebrate and honour the sacrifice and courage of our servicemen and women.
  • Made by woollen mills in Australia, they reflect our heritage of graziers and the Australian wool industry.
See our range of grey wool blankets here and let us create something special for you or a loved one.