douglas & hope

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douglas & hope was established in 1999

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

quilt washing weather

this HOT weather is perfect for washing your quilts, the wool wadding dries quickly.
I fold my quilts put them in the bath with warm water, I add washing liquid and some disinfectant, (it's easy to lose track of how long ago they were last washed!! so disinfecting makes me feel better.)
just walk up and down on the quilts and you will be shocked at the color the water turns, empty the bath and re-fill with fresh water and rinse the same way, walking on the quilts. Once rinsed, pull plug out and keep walking on them and this gets out the bulk of water, hang on clothes line with the wrong side up, so you do not discolor the fronts in the sun.

douglas & hope @ the big design market

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


The Big Design Market is coming up, it is going to be 3 days of fabulous product from heaps of designers all under one roof.
douglas & hope will be there with plenty of goodies......

Friday, November 16, 2012

margiela for H&M

This week the margiela for H&M collection was released, and it was a re-release of past designs, and there are some good ones in there.

These are my top 3 and if anyone is anywhere near H&M and can get me any I will LOVE you for life!!!!!

oh and the navy cashmere oversized jumper is pretty cool too.....

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

after school cake

gluten free date and banana cake

I learnt to make cakes with my nana as a child, so when I bake something like this, it is pretty much throw everything into the bowl with no measuring. I just know what the consistency should be, so here is an educated guess at what I did!
(you can use normal flour)

ingredients in order of adding

3/4 cup castor sugar
2 eggs
cup chopped dates
2-3 mushy bananas
sprinkle of nutmeg & cinnamon
1 1/2 cups gluten free SR flour
1/2 cup almond meal
tsp baking powder
tsp bi carb soda.
plate lucas grogan for douglas & hope, buy one here

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Bowerbird Bazaar this weekend

douglas & hope are in Adelaide this weekend again for the Bowerbird Bazaar design market.....
here is the details

Bowerbird Bazaar - Adelaide's Design Market


Nov 9-11th
Friday 2pm - 4pm Trade & VIP Public only
Friday 4pm - 9pm 
Sat & Sun 9am - 5pm

Stirling Angas Pavilion, (entrance off Rose Tce)
The Adelaide Showground,
Goodwood Road, Wayville

Saturday, November 3, 2012

one year ago today.....

This day last year was when I closed the brunswick street shop and ended 12 years in retail.
This past year has been very different, a lot less stressful and pretty fantastic.
Not having the day to day of running stores, ordering, designing, buying, importing, sourcing, manufacturing etc..... I was able to open my mind to new adventures.

And quite symbolically last night I won 2 awards at the
'157th Castlemaine Agricultural Show.'

1st prize for my knitted chair

 and 'Champion' Exhibit  for this cross stitch

where is that champagne.....

Friday, November 2, 2012


I need to clear some storage space, so I have made some BIG ONLINE ONLY bargains on the Tapestry dinner plates and cups.
4 dinner plates ( one of each design) for $50 normally $80
4 plates and 4 cups (one of each plate design a 2 x each cup) for $75 normally $136

They are perfect for Christmas presents and Summer picnics and BBQ'S.

Personally we use these everyday in my house.

buy these NOW here

Thursday, November 1, 2012

breakfast with a miranda skoczek

gluten free toast with free range boiled egg
miranda skoczek plate for douglas & hope


today the colors in these new cushions were also in my garden.......

from top....
douglas & hope cushions
delbard rose
opium poppy
cistus rock rose
julia rose

simple really