Saturday, 22 November 2014

Instagram #thespoonseries challenge winners

I am so excited to announce the winners of my first Instagram  giveaway #thespoonseries
Congratulations to Nadia @my_eclectic_loves and  Ainslee @mysuburbanfarm - the simplicity and moodiness of these photographs epitomise the challenge.


Special mentions are for these lovely captures by @claireb_photography @juliabesidethesea @ofheartandhome @sarahshanahan_lifestyle  
I am so grateful to all of those wonderful contributors to #thespoonseries challenge -  I wish I could give you all prizes - Claudia xo 

This is what lovely Kim Klassen, who judged the challenge, said about the winning entries:
"So many gorgeous spoon photos. It’s difficult to explain why I choose the images that I choose. I was immediately drawn to both images. You know, that instant sigh of … YES… so beautiful!
I love the rustic tabletop Ainslee chose - the perfect sway of lavender, the creative spoon staging and the light, is just so right - beautiful!
Nadia’s image immediately drew me in. The dark background, the light on the tattered textile, the simple placement of the cutlery - so right. And that spoon - be still my heart!
What a fun series……so much to love. Thank you Claudia for inviting me to be a part of this…… xo"
Thank you so much to Kim for accepting the role of being the judge.
It is such a difficult job.  But who better than Kim, whom I met through Instagram and who is an inspirational and talented creative and thinker.  Her website hums with creativity. Visit her site to discover more about her work initiatives, what courses she offers and the free knowledge and tips Kim generously gives away.


Wednesday, 12 November 2014


After all the support and encouragement I received from the friends I made through the Instagram community I decided to have a small giveaway to say Thank You. The prize is one of two prints of one of my original works from the Daring Adventures in Paint course I did earlier in the year with Mati Rose McDonough.

I developed an affinity with drawing vintage spoons and so decided to set a challenge that entries had to feature a spoon and be tagged to the tag #thespoonseries.
The lovely and talented photographer and educator, Kim Klassen, of agreed to be my guest judge. I wait eagerly to see what photographs she chooses.

The competition closes 14 November, midnight, NZ time.
Here are some of the lovely entries so far.

TL @gunnkmonsen     
BL @katherinedorrington   TR @rarepearstudio   BR @mathea_cornelia

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Simply beautiful: a visit to Home Magazine NZ's, Home of the Year, 2014

Down a long winding farm track and nestled on the banks of one of the inlets of the Kaipara Harbour, sits the Home Magazine's, Home of the Year, 2014.

'The Home' is in fact two cabins. Two friends chose to build the  separate dwellings on a shared property and enlisted the design expertise of architect, Nat Cheshire. Each cabin is compact - a mere 28 square meters, with one room and a mezzanine for sleeping. A ceiling window enables the owners to lie in bed and view the stars in the night sky.

The high studded living room includes a kitchen bench and a cleverly concealed door to an ablution facility. The shower, although hot, is located outside - exposed to the elements. 

There are two large square window spaces - one of which serves as an entrance.

The view out the square window to the water and mudflats is serene and beautiful.
For a Q&A with the architect ,more photographs and a video of this interesting award choice, visit the Home Magazine NZ website: