#magazinemonday 02 - Frankie - the one off lovely big issue

We love the Frankie blog, and sadly our wishlist keeps growing because of it. For this reason we went big and bought the bumper Frankie issue - and boy is it worth it!


Frankie  lovely big bumper issue - The awesome extras totally had us sold.

Frankie lovely big bumper issue - The awesome extras totally had us sold.

Frankie describe themselves as:

... a national bi-monthly based in Australia, aimed at women (and men) looking for a magazine that’s as smart, funny, sarcastic, friendly, cute, rude, arty, curious and caring as they are. We cover design, art, photography, fashion, travel, music, craft, interiors and real-life stories – we aim to surprise and delight readers with every turn of our beautifully matte pages, and have a good old laugh while doing so.
— http://www.frankie.com.au/about-us

With postage costs we can't honestly remember how much it worked out to get it here from Australia, but as it's only a few dollars more than a regular issue it seemed a good place to start if you are thinking of subscribing. (Which we now are!)

Just as with Caboodle there are lots of lovely illustrations, and the awesome extras really are awesome - from postcards, to a poster you'd want to frame, to a pretty yet practical wall planner.

Poster sneak peek

Poster sneak peek

Each artist and illustrator is showcased with a nice profile for you to find out more about your favourites. Winner!

So what were our favourite things in this issue?

Well we both loved the level of shiny showcasing of independent designers, a few we knew but many we didn't. Kirsty has always loved the ceramic work of Barruntando, and so to see this alongside Surya Sajnani's stacking cup and bowl (reminding Kirsty of Fred the flour guy and Mr Benn) totally had her sold. 

... and that pillow is to die for too

... and that pillow is to die for too

Kirsty's favourite article was on the Future Library. Learning about Katie Paterson's project has broken her book block and now she's back into reading a book a week, but the thought of all these amazing manuscripts for the eyes of a future generation only, is both magical and frustrating.

Future libraries growing

Future libraries growing

Kirsty's last pick (although she's had a lot of picks!) are the quotes. Everyone spoke to her! Go buy it and you can read them all too - and see the beautiful illustrations that match. 

Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek

Adrienne loved EVERYTHING about this magazine - on a basic design level, the typography, illustrations and colour palette throughout are delicious. The articles are often just one page long which means 1) loads of varied content and 2) it's a great magazine to dip in and out of (handy if your concentration span isn't at its best!) 

NSFW! Probably! 

NSFW! Probably! 

She loved how the articles varied so much - her favourites covering (NSFW!) swearing as an environmental campaign strategy (Morrish & Shields are definitely no 'Earth mother' cliches!); and writer Caro Cooper exploring the topic of friends - more poignantly the struggle to create new friendship groups post-uni.




Martincic's suits

Martincic's suits


No bland makeup tutorials, few adverts (and interesting ones, not pages and pages of unattainable couture!) alongside articles on art, such as the translucent delicate bathing suits made by Kristen Martincic - all of these things in one beautiful paper edition makes Adrienne very happy indeed!


Are there any magazines you love and think are a hidden gem you wish more people knew about? Let us know! 

#nofrillsfriday 09 - Blog and Buy Sale: Wish List Picks

 [disclaimer: our #nofrillsfriday are normally awkward messy quick snapshots of our works in progress or what we've been up to - but this week we've been doing secret designs we can't yet share, and now Adrienne and Lee are en route to Newquay for a bank holiday wedding! (Not theirs, though!) so instead we thought we'd do a long overdue post instead!]

We've used Blog and Buy Sale in the past to seek out ways to spend money on awesomeness. When we were picked to feature in their Spring Wish List we did a little happy dance. 

For those of you that have no idea what this means we'll just let them explain it in their own words (way more succinctly than we ever could). 

The BlogAndBuySale Wish List is a curated list of the very best creative products available online.

Make sure you get what you really want this year by browsing the Wish List, sharing with friends and family the products you can’t live without.

There are so many brilliant things being sold by independent artists and designers, but the problem is the public doesn’t always stumble upon them. It is our job to point you in the right direction to find that perfect gift, while also making sure the artist / designer fully benefits from every sale! Prepare to have your knitted socks blown off by the amount of talent on show!
— http://wishlist.blogandbuysale.com/about/

We were lucky enough to get three of our jewellery designs featured in the list:

Baby Balls!

Seaman Sayings!

Medals of Modern Achievement: Adventurer!

But enough about us. We wanted to share with you our top picks from the other awesome independent designers and makers out there. We have to admit it was a bit of struggle to narrow it down to 5 and so we certainly don't envy the guest curators job in shortlisting the wish list each season, that's for sure.

In no particular order our picks are: 


This was an easy pick for us. Wes Anderson. Grand Budapest. Stitching. Need we say anymore?

A cat related item was always going to be in there and with a few to choose from it was tough for Kirsty to decide. However, with her ever growing and unnecessary collection of tote bags there will always be room for one more; especially with such an awesome, bright and minimalist kitty print.

From one Film Club to another 'The Goonies' is an awesome film and as we have a Sloth print on our walls it would have been rude not to promote the Sloth love. Rendered and captured so simply whilst still inherently Sloth - that takes control and editing that Kirsty in particular lacks -  she never knows when to say enough!  

We long to make our own Risograph prints (But alas, the tech is becoming more and more scarce!) and this print ticks so many boxes: bird lovers, batman fans, and perfect for the walls of anyone of any age. We are now hoping birds will visit our office wearing superhero costumes.

We love the prints of Sparrow and Wolf, origami (duh! check out our origami animals) but Adrienne is also a make-up fiend who loses her make-up bag all the time. This is one bag you would never want to lose with the cute pom pom pulley!

Now whilst that is our 5 picks we couldn't _not_ give shout outs to some of the other makers. Hunkdory Home has some beautifully printed homewares and whilst the wish list features a very tempting Dinosaur, their tiger print is too cute! As needle felting and animal fans the work of Karen Rao in her hat making is awesome! Finally Gaynor Trophies is a new shop getting up and running but uses the most incredible African prints for cushions and bags. 

Whatever your cuppa tea there will be something to entice you to spend on the Blog and Buy sale, whether it is from the Wish List or latest product spots, be sure to follow them for a regular dose of shiny - and support local makers.