By Renee Bennett

significant something – dec.14 wrap-up

Well this is the first significant something wrap-up (yay I did it).

As introduced here this month saw the beginning of the significant something projects. A wreath. Sounds so simple. Not so.

I had in my mind this magically perfect wreath of poms poms and felt. In reality there was no time for pom poms (you know December can be a little crazy) or perfectly cut circles of felt.

So I drew on my skills learnt at a workshop I undertook at the Burrawang DNA Festival with Alex Faulkiner. Messy stitching or doodle-stitching as I like to refer to it.

So in summary my wreath is messy woollen balls stitched together and decorated with feature stitches of nothing. And I love it! Enjoy.

Have you ever made a wreath? Did it work out perfectly for you?

By Renee Bennett

Everyday nothing – working at home with offspring

Sharing your work space with offspring is inevitable if you work from home. Our studio is set-up so that it is separate from the general living areas, however the little people sneak their way in, find a screen and work away (usually happily).

All through December the studio was filled with projects with a pre-Christmas deadline so work was happening at all hours. On one particular morning (early) I was so absorbed with solving a typographic issue that I didn’t even notice Little Miss slide into the work space beside me and start tapping away. She was sprung the moment I heard Curious George giggle and off to share soldiers and boiled eggs we went.

I had always thought having the studio set up at home was an interference. Space I utilise could be better used as a toy room, separate living area or even a parents retreat (gosh imagine the luxury). But this past manic month I have realised that the entire household doesn’t wish for any of these uses, it’s simply ‘mum’s work room’. And what really blew me away was listening to how the kids describe this space to other visitors. On giving some friends a tour of our home it was described as “this is the work room, mummy does all her work here and if she’s on the phone you have to whisper and speak with your hands, and you can’t touch that computer (pointing to mine) and we do work too here, theres so much work for us to do you know but we always get it done in time for school”.

So heading into a year that I can foresee will be quite full on in the work department, this is reassuring. In fact the studio is about to be overhauled to fit in some painting/making/printing space so I may just move in here permanently. Lucky it’s so close to everything else!

By Renee Bennett

Everyday nothings – prepping for chrissie

This past week has been filled with an excessive amount of festive frivolity.There has also been some unexpected big decision making, holiday prepping and the wrapping … so much wrapping!

And we are now officially exhausted!

Bags are packed, twisties have been consumed for lunch and the anticipation for Santa is reaching levels that soon only dogs will be able to hear what the kids say.

So on that note we wish you the merriest festive season possible and look out 2015, something tells me its going to be out of this world exciting. Enjoy!

By Renee Bennett

available now at etsy

As well as launching our snazzy new website we have also opened a snazzy new etsy shop!

You can click here now to see all our old favourites as well as a new range of original abstract artworks and line drawings.

Here is a sneak peek of some of the new products.

We think these are pretty special. And we can’t wait to share with you some of the products currently in develop at the studio. So please take a peek and if you have any queries head to our contact us page and drop us an enquiry.


By Renee Bennett

taking stock #december.2014

If you happened to be one of the readers of my ‘learning-blog’ that I started last year, then you would be familiar with ‘taking stock’. This is an activity that I learnt from Pip Lincolne (you know from meet me at mikes) and her amazing Blog with Pip course I completed earlier this year.

I have so much fun doing it that I definitely want it to become a regular feature of this blog. There is something about stopping and looking at things right this second, so here goes: making : my significant something wreath project
go cooking : christmas pudding, christmas biscuits, christmas cocktails … yes all things festive
forex öppettider centralen drinking : anything with a refreshing tropical flavour (primarily cocktails) and of course coffee
click here reading : anthology magazine (fall 2014)
go to link wanting : more time … always more time
opzioni binarie come guadagnarci looking : at paint swatches
source url playing : snap with my kids
autopzionibinarie come funziona sewing : a few Christmas presents (shhh … can’t say too much)
Tadalafil Billiger wishing : that the storms of the past week would retreat back to tropical queensland enjoying : seeing my kids get their festive groove on waiting : for our holiday (only 17 more sleeps!)
come vengono tassate le opzioni binarie liking : how my corn has grown in the past week (ok, so there is a positive to thunderstorms)
wondering : what 2015 might bring
loving : random acts of kindness
hoping : a new something at the studio can get installed (stay tuned)
marvelling : just how many thunder-claps my kids can sleep through
needing : a cocktail
smelling : something funky in my car
wearing : blue suede shoes
following : anything to do with festive markets
noticing : I talk a lot about thunderstorms
knowing : that my attention to detail is a positive thing
thinking : let’s not get started on this, there is an idea overload in my little brain of late
bookmarking : lots of things to do with present wrapping
opening : lots of tins of tuna (lunch of choice)
giggling : at coiffed hair
feeling : excited and apprehensive and more excited

Do you ever take stock?


By Renee Bennett

Project #1 – a little festive something

Project #1 – a little festive something

Well it tis’ the season and we have been getting our festive groove on here at the studio.

Last week our beloved clients received a little care package from stuffbyrenée thanking them for their support throughout the year. It seems our gift was a bit of a hit with many reporting the scrumptious contents had been devoured immediately (big thanks to Fine Taste Bowral for a super yummy batch of fudge).

I must admit in between the illustrating, trimming and packaging there had been some sampling of goods in the studio also.

So big thanks to all our clients and supporters and watch out for an exciting 2015. Enjoy!


By Renee Bennett

something significant – dec.14

Welcome to the second first ‘significant something’.

About 18 months ago I decided to try my hand at this blogging jazz. I did some courses. I tested the waters. And I started to get my groove on. But it still didn’t feel quite right. I took a break and got my head around a few things about my business, my crafting, my art and exactly what is was that I wanted to put out there.

One little idea about a self-project challenge resulted in ‘significant something’. A month long project I decide I want to do … and well basically I do it.

The idea is to hold me accountable for completing something with my hands. As a designer I spend a huge amount of time at the computer and I miss the tactile experience of accomplishing something with my hands.

So to kick things off, I have decided on something festive.

SS#DEC.14 – Christmas wreath

AIM: To use a heap of felt and wool/strand I have lying around the studio to create a felt circle/pom pop-esque door wreath.
TIMEFRAME: 1 month

Keep track of progress on Instagram and I will report back in a month to let you know how it went!

significant something – dec.14 wrap-up
Everyday nothing – working at home with offspring
it’s christmas
Everyday nothings – prepping for chrissie
Quote – 22 December 2014
available now at etsy
taking stock #december.2014
Project #1 – a little festive something
something significant – dec.14