Katrina’s top five posts

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Last year when I put together my top five posts for the year, I included Sunday Arts and Travel selections. This year, we have separate Sunday Arts and Travel top fives so the task of picking my favourites should be easier… shouldn’t it?!

There is no chance that I would ever be able to replicate or even taste one of the stunning Ice Moon ice cream cakes, created by London-based designers Doshi Levien for Häagen-Dazs, but that doesn’t stop me dreaming. Specifically, I’m dreaming about layers of crunchy chocolate, nutty ice cream and salted caramel, finished with coating of vanilla ice cream.

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The Artkive app has changed my life. My six-year-old daughter produces more art and craft than I ever though humanly possible. Some of the pieces are huge, some small and detailed. I’ve captured them all (without having to physically keep them) on Artkive. Essentially, Artkive is a simple way of chronologically storing, cataloguing and sharing your child’s artwork. As an unexpected bonus, my kids really enjoy looking at their ‘gallery’ of work on the app.

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Life has taken on a slightly new pace in my house since we installed The Present. The Present is a unique seasonal clock – forget about keeping an eye on the minutes or the hours because the single hand on The Present moves so slowly you won’t notice it. The hand on the clock takes an entire year to make a single revolution and the colours on the clock face signify the passing seasons.

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And to another thing that, as soon as I reviewed it I desperately wanted for myself , the Lumio lamp. The Lumio is stunningly beautiful, but incredibly practical. It’s compact, lightweight and cordless – open the ‘book’ and Lumio turns on. Control the brightness of the lamp by how far it’s open – perfect for transforming Lumio from a reading lamp to a gentle night light.

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Lastly, I can’t leave out our story on Japanese artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam’s crochet playgrounds. They’re like nothing I’ve ever seen and truly blur the line between public art and a public play space.

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Look out for another list of favourites from our writing team tomorrow.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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