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Jack O'Lantern Tutorial

Polli Team - Thursday, October 31, 2013
There's great excitement in our house holds with Halloween tonight. We're making costumes, decorating the house and baking treats. Halloween doesn't seem complete without a jack o'lantern and now that American carving pumpkins are available in Australia it's much easier to do! Here is our simple step by step guide, let us know if you give it a go!


You'll need a pumpkin (carving pumpkins are much easier than Australian pumpkins, trust us!), a bowl for the seeds and scraps, a pen to draw on your design and knife and spoon. You'll also need a candle to light your lantern when you've finished.


Using a felt tip pen draw your your design. It's good to use a non-permanent pen so you can wipe it off and make any modifications you see fit.


You need to remove the 'hat' of the pumpkin so you can scoop out the seeds and 'guts' of this bad boy. You need to cut on an angle so that the lid fits snugly again and doesn't fall into the pumpkin.


Cut out your final design with a small sharp knife. Note geometric designs are much easier as the blade is flat (think block teeth and triangle eyes).


Place a tea light candle inside the finished jack o'lantern and enjoy the glow! It's easy to light the candle through the lid or the face. The cut outs mean there is enough oxygen for the candle to keep burning even once the lid is on.

There are some great recipes online for what to do with your pumpkin seeds.

Happy Halloween.


The Dream Home Workshop

Polli Team - Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Have you ever renovated or dreamed of renovating? It's daunting, as children of architects we've been subjected to many renovations which is why we think this idea is so clever! We met Samara in Melbourne this year, connecting through our common interest in Big Hearted Business and were so excited hear recently that this clever idea was becoming a reality.

The Dream Home Workshop (based in Melbourne) is a one-day, hands-on intensive designed to help people map their ideal home. Brilliant!



Samara Greenwood and Anna Castles created the workshop after recognizing how many people love great design but find the architectural industry a bit mystifying!  The Dream Home workshop is their way of opening up the great stuff of architecture to a broader audience.



Run at their beautiful parkland studio, attendees are given a thorough introduction to the architectural process in a warm and collaborative environment. Think beautiful setting, delicious food, accessible architects and great ideas.



The next workshop will be on Saturday 23rd of November.

News Watch - Salt Magazine

Polli Team - Monday, October 28, 2013


Happy to see our hand screen printed wattle beaded necklace in the latest issue of Salt Magazine. This beauty is a limited edition and each bead unique.

North South

Polli Team - Friday, October 25, 2013

News Watch - Julia Zemiro

Polli Team - Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Woot woot for seeing the lovely Julia Zemiro earring our classic magnolia necklace on the ABC.

North South

Polli Team - Friday, October 18, 2013

Ice, ice baby

Polli Team - Monday, October 14, 2013
The weekend felt like summer (not so much today!) and we made the most of it hitting the beach and exploring the outdoors. We've been enjoying home made ice blocks in the back yard with our kids and thought we'd share some of our favorite combos.


We found these simple molds at a local shopping center, they're great as you can make and mold them individually, they catch some drips but aren't too fussy.

Yoghurt-pops; prefect for sensitive bellies or kids that like creamier ice blocks. We use sugarfree strawberry yoghurt with fresh strawberry slices. These are the prefect vessel for mixing in probiotics or any vitamins that are hard to give to children.

Fruit-pops; For each ice block we use the juice of 1 orange, 1/4 banana sliced, 1 passion fuit halved and seeds scooped, 6 blueberries and 2 sliced strawberries. The fruit combinations are endless and you could consider pureeing the fruit in a food processor for a more consistent texture.

Freeze in molds overnight and run the plastic sleeve under warm water to release the ice block just before eating.

Do you have a favorite flavour?

North South

Polli Team - Friday, October 11, 2013

Twiggargerie

Polli Team - Monday, October 07, 2013


How gorgeous are these hand made houses?! Made from found twigs and painted in awesome colours we discovered the work of Anita and Brian Bell during our pop in at Stem this month. The juxtaposition of the natural imperfections and uniqueness against the bold, continuous colour is so appealing. The small birds add a sense of whimsy to these little frames.



Available from Stem 295 Darling Street, Balmain. Photos by Milk & Honey Photography.

The Greatest Thing You'll Ever Learn

Polli Team - Friday, October 04, 2013

The greatest thing you'll ever learn from Design Patrol on Vimeo.

We LOVED seeing our cufflinks along side the hand made Mkay bowties in this sweet little film about love.