Springing back into Art…

It has been awhile since I have done an update. I almost forgot about this space  and had put down my crafty tools amongst the distractions of life in these few months..or longer than what is  a few months :).  No matter how distracted I feel…that is no denying the street art around Melbourne draws me away  from that …just for a few minutes and appreciate the talent behind the work where most times nobody don’t know who the artist is. What I love about street art around Melbourne (not to be mistaken for bad graffiti and useless tagging) is how spontaneous and honest they are and at times inspiring…and adding to Melbourne’s reputation as a city of arts.

Sharing some of the pictures I took during my moments of distractions :)…have a great weekend. Rachel@ NOtaHati

Artist at work in the lanes by Melbourne - photo by NotaHati

Artist at work in the lanes by Melbourne – photo by NotaHati

“Fun sitting up here” – photo by NotaHati


Melbourne Street Art – photo by notahati


Melbourne Street Art – photo by notahati


Melbourne Street Art – photo by notahati


“Through the specs of pictures”Melbourne Street Art – photo by notahati


Melbourne Street Art – photo by notahati


Melbourne Street Art – photo by notahati


Melbourne Street Art – photo by notahati


Melbourne Street Art – photo by notahati


Forming art with fallen autumn leaves on water wall – Melbourne Street Art – photo by notahati


Snap moments#1

Snap moments#1

A hot summer afternoon in central CBD.two chess opponents contemplates their next move…who will win?

Words Set in Stone – a divine DIY idea

Its going to be a long weekend…a glorious additional day off on Monday due to the Queen’s  Birthday  public holiday on Monday (woo-hoo)..some extra time to rest, reset and re-focus.

Today I found this…and made me smile, it could be the words or the idea but whatever it is ..it ‘s found a way to my favourite Friday finds collection. A simple DIY idea from Love Them Madly, words you can set in stone ( and literally too). What a wonderful but simple idea. :). Have a great weekend. x NOta Hati@Rachel

words set in stone from Love Them Madly

Dominic Wilcox: Watch Sculptures: Moments in Time

When I think of Dominic Wilcox’s watch sculptures, I can’t seem to think of any other words except of the song “Time of Time” especially the chorus from this song sung by Cyndi Lauper in the 80s.

“If you’re lost you can look–and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you–I’ll be waiting
Time after time”

Don’t ask me why ..but my brain has a way of connecting things and I have also digressed from I wanted to share about which is Dominic Wilcox’s amazing work: a series of miniature time-based sculptures using a collection of vintage mechanical watches and customised model figures. By attaching tiny figures onto the second and minute hands of each watch, Wilcox has made unique, animated scenes from everyday observations and imagined situations. Like the one below…

Another interesting clip on how he discerningly  “feels” which  toy soldiers to use  for his sculptures.

Interestingly different way of displaying his observation, if only I had at least extra GBP 600 lying around..I would happily purchase one of these watch sculptures. For more updates, or news on Dominic Wilcox..check out his website

I am glad it is a short work week (Easter)….this week and next, more time to rest,”re-set” and craft. 🙂

PS: March Daisy hasn’t emerged due to busy schedule but she will make the appearence…along with April. xo Rachel@NotaHati

Cart Before The House

When I am feeling a little uninspired or needing that extra inspiration,there are a few websites that I love going into, and one of my favourite websites  to get some inspiration is Pinterest.

Two days ago while perusing Pinterest, I discovered the most beautifully made crafted folk artsy  cloth- dolls designed  by a husband and wife team (Dylan and Jo) from Oregon from their websiteCart Before The Horse.

I have compiled some of my favourites from their range of  creations. So lovely, some of their dolls remind me of the characters that I used to read about in storybooks and I hope to buy of these lovely dolls from their Etsy shop.:) xo Rachel@Nota Hati

Natasha Fadeeva

Natasha Fadeeva’s toy animals  has caused quite a stir and interest  in the world of toy-makers, toy collectors and all who admire her dainty work, in fact she is pure genius in my opinion. I especially love her stuffed  mice, so  beautifully life-like  that I could not help but go “aww” when I came across her blog and admired her work.

I felt I was immediately being drawn into her story-book land and the woodland creatures that live in that world,all with their own little stories to tell.

How  I wish I could meet her and to learn how to make one  of these beautiful  cheeky little mice with their grains of rice.

Harvest by Natasha Fadeeva

Or what about this darling image of a mother mouse reading  to her baby in the cradle

Mother mouse by the cradle-Natasha Fadeeva

To become an instant fan of Natasha, go to her blog and check out her other amazing creations. One of my top favourite finds so far!

I hope the rest of your work week is a good one. On that note, this desk -jockey is trying to remember to tell herself like a mantra that all good things will come in its own time, just got to do my bit and keep on believing.

xo Rachel Hati@NotaHati

Paper Toys (have feelings too) -Dadik Triadi

I had so much fun making Nancy (Papertoy) and Sid (Papertoy) that I could not resist making up a story for both Nancy and Sid after putting them together from paper toy templates created by Dadik Triadi from Indonesia. No only  are they super cute but it brings back memories of days when I used to make my own paper dolls and tell stories with them.

Sid meets Nancy for the first time...what will he do next? (From Paper Toys, Design : Dadik Triadi)

Dadik Triadi is one of the talented paper toy designers  whose work and illustrations  featured in the book  We Are Paper Toys (by Louis Bou), I “stumbled” across the book at the Game Shop in the CBD   and was totally sold when I saw the contents of this book and all the paper toys I could make to come “alive”

I  highly recommend We Are Paper Toys for a bit of a cut, fold ,paste action  as this book  is packaged with a DVD featuring templates for the toys in this book  and step-by-step instructions on how to create the toys and make them your own. 🙂

To read more about Dadik Triadi @ Dyadik, click on this link.

Have a fantastic Friday and weekend…xx Rachel @ NotaHati

Heading down to Rochford Wineries to watch Hall& Oates and IceHouse this weekend, I simply cannot wait to hear “Because Your Kiss Is on My List” sung live…(ahhh… memories:) )