Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Celebs Love Dandi!

So guess which celebs were recently dining with Dandi plain dyed berry tablecloths and napkins? The likes of Claire Danes, Madonna, Gwynnie, Valentino and Anne Hathaway! We wish!! But it looks very similar yes? To steal their style shop online now!

Image via My Look Book

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Spring Lunch

A few pictures and a yummy recipe we made to celebrate Spring.

Dandi Spring Salad
Ingredients - Serves 4
350 g Farfalle
1 bunch Asparagus, ends snapped, cut into thirds
50 g Baby Spinach
¾ Cup Frozen or Fresh Peas
2 cups Broad Beans, unpeeled
80 g Feta (we used Australian), crumbled
½ bunch Mint, shredded
½ Lemon, juiced
¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

Cook pasta in salted boiling water until al dente. Cook Broad beans and end and middle asparagus pieces in salted boiling water for 3 minutes. In the last minute add in the Asparagus tips and peas. Drain and refresh veggies in cold water. Drain and refresh pasta in cold water. Peel outer skin from broad beans. Place cooked veggies, pasta and spinach leaves in a bowl and toss with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper to combine. Sprinkle with feta and mint and enjoy the flavours of Spring.

Bon Apetit!

WIN! Dandi Bamboo Bowl

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For a bonus entry Shop online and leave the word "Spring" in the comments upon checkout. We'll pick a winner at random on the 5th October, stay tuned

Monday, September 28, 2009

2 Weeks to go...

We've previously posted about Leezar's DIY Fabric Box bobonnierre which she is currently making for her wedding in two weeks! Here are some 'work in progress' snapshots, how cute are the little leaves! They look just like crispy red apples. As previously promised there will be professional shots coming after the event. Stay tuned!

Dandi, Wedding Style Guide and Decor8 Blog

Thanks to Holly of Decor8 Blog for featuring those gorgeous images from Wedding Style Guide we posted here on Friday. We're thrilled they will reach a wider audience as they really are stunning.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Wedding Style Guide Love

WOW! Is all we can say. Check out this gorgeous spread 'Modern Love' from the current issue of Wedding Style Guide. It's truly beautiful. Thank you to the team over at Wedding Style Guide for featuring Dandi in this gorgeous, romantic and whimsical story.

Dandi Plain Dyed Macadamia Fabric as a backing for these cute buttons

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Please be Still

Mindi ordered these two prints from talented illustrator Jen Renninger via her etsy shop Pleasebestill. They arrived today and she can't wait to get them all framed up for her new pad.

Fat Quarters, all in a row

We love our little fatties so much we through they deserved a photo shoot all of their own! Check out dandi fat quarters online now as well as the simple patterns we have come up with to use them.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Only Neat Corner of Mindi's Home

Mindi has just moved house (well two weeks ago actually...) and everything is still in boxes strewn across the place. However she managed to clear enouch space and make a quick custom covered canvas to have a proper 'dandified' corner in which to relax and get crafty. What do you think? The gorgeous cherry blossoms were a present from Caroline.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Spring - New in Store

Following on from their success at the Stitches and Craft show we have decided to place fat quarters up for sale on our online store. We've also added a few dandi sewing patterns which can be purchased - these are designed to be used with our fat quarters (50 x 56cm) of fabric.

Dandi Male Model: FOUND!

The weather has been so warm and gorgeous and its only early spring! To make the most of it our friend Graeme recently hosted a beach side BBQ and donned is Olive Branch oil cloth apron for the occasion - we think he looks very stylish!

Friday, September 11, 2009


Our Leezar has just one month to go before her wedding. Leezar has been busy making over 100 Dandi DIY fabric boxes to have as table decorations, place cards and bonbonierre all in one. We'll post the professional photos after the big event!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Dandi's dining essentials - How to Set the Perfect Table


- Place utensils in order of use, outside in
- Use order of letters in the the word FORKS for a simple guide to start your table setting. From left to right: F for fork, O is the shape of the plate, K for the knife and S for the spoon. (you forget the R, but apart from that your on the way to the perfect table setting)
- Place dessert utensils tp the right of the knives or above the plate.
- Face the knife blade towards the plate
- Do this simple but easy step for the placement of bread and drinks. Hold your hands down in front of you and touch your fore finger and thumb together on each hand. The 'b' shape is for bread and butter on the left and the 'd' shape is for drinks on your right.
- Place the napkin to the left of the fork or on the plate. Dandi loves the napkin on the plate leaving a blank canvas in the middle of your setting for creative decorating!
- Get creative with napkin folding, place cards and table decorations and centre pieces


- Overdo the decorations
- Place more than three utensils on either sides of your plate, leep it simple and ensure no guest is confused!
- Have too many glasses on the table, as it will become overcrowded. Try to limit it to a water glass and an alcohol glass. Should guests change drinks or have coffee or dessert wines new glasses can be stowed nearby.
- Feel you have to have a bread plate, it's completely up to you
- Have a centrpiece which overcrowds the table and blocks one side of the table from the other.
- Get too tied up with formalities, keep it simple, fun and creative to ensure your guests have a good time.

Dandi's Tips

- Try sticking to a theme, such as a season. You could go out into your garden and use feathers, fresh herbs, flowers or leaves. These could be used as a centrepiece or a simple decoration on each napkin
- Use cool colours for light meals and rich colours with texture for warm, hearty meals.
- Look around your kitchen for decorating ideas, use fruit, vegetables, vases or interesting bottles
- Try mixing colours for contrast and use patterned with plain dyed napery
- Fold your napkin in an interesting way, try placing utensils or a menu in the napkin fold.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Mixtape(ZINE) ♥

"mixtape is a craft maga(ZINE) about making time for the small things!
mixtape is a collision of craft, eco-cool and pop culture kitsch."

The Dandi ladies discovered Mixtape at last years Stitches and Crafts show and were thrilled to see them back again this year. The zine has come a long way in 12 months and there plans for the future sounds even better, with a new format due out in the next few months. You can buy or subscribe to Mixtape here, its available to overseas residents as well as Aussies!


Feels sweet doesn't it?