Mud Australia

14 May

Sorry about the lack of posts. Getting ready for the US has been kicking our butts – there’s been no time for gym or BJJ; just a whirlwind of socialising (yay!) and bureaucratic stuff (boo!) The latest development is that Australia Post has LOST JAMES’ PASSPORT (and the US visa that was attached inside). They are searching for it and hopefully we’ll get an update tomorrow. But basically we can’t organise anything without our visas. We’re supposed to fly out next Monday and it’s still not done!

But at least my passport and visa have arrived right? NO. Because the consulate addressed it wrong and Australia Post returned it, and we only figured it out today because that’s when the consulate gave us the tracking number for the passport; 4 days after it had already been returned to them. At least we (theoretically) know where mine is – it’s James’ passport that’s the real worry. So yeah, that’s where we’re at right now.

Anyway, I thought I’d post about some gorgeous crockery I bought from Mud Australia at 181 Gertrude st in Fitzroy. I’ve lusted after their stuff for ages, but never got around to buying them because I knew I’d be paralysed by all the colours and shapes on offer. But with our trip to the US I realised that I should get my butt into gear and buy some before we left!

We wandered around Fitzroy for awhile. I found some socks that made me laugh.

Finally Mud opened and we toddled on over.

James and I aren’t the sort of people to have fancy plates that we use for special occasions, but I love the idea of having amazing everyday plates. Mud Australia plates are handmade (so every piece is slightly different) and are gorgeous and simple. I fell in love with them as soon as I saw them online. They are NOT cheap though – I think I paid $60+ for the large noodle bowls and almost $50 for the plates. Oh yeah, in addition to being microwave and dishwasher safe, they are also oven safe. So you can bake eggs in the bowls and stuff, which I thought was pretty cool.

As predicted, as soon as I walked into Mud I was overwhelmed by all the colours. I loved the red and tangerine (both of which cost about 20% more), and I knew I wanted multiple colours for a bit of a mix and match look. I didn’t just want to go white/cream either, cos that’s boring.

I spent something like 2 hours picking colours and shapes/sizes (don’t worry, I did this without James a couple of days earlier and we were just going to pick them up).

Actually, that reminds me, when I was choosing plates, I knew they were expensive so I called James to ask the maximum amount he was comfortable with me spending. I told him they were expensive and he was like “how expensive?” There was a long pause (and I deliberately didn’t say anything in that pause because just the week before James had said that when he negotiates salary he never wants to be the first one to name a figure) and finally James said “a thousand dollars?” And that is how I found out that I could spend at least a thousand on plates.

There were some colours I eliminated immediately (like the pink and green) and then I kept putting different pieces together on the table in the middle, deciding on what I wanted. I preferred the bolder colours to the pastels. There was a lovely blue/grey colour called Slate that I fell in love with. You can see it in the bottom shelf of the photo below.

I ended up buying 6 plates, 4 bowls, some cups and saucers, and some of those little bowls for sauces and dips. The 3 colours I chose were bright yellow, blue/grey and a sort of greyish white colour.

James is worried that I’ll kill him if he breaks one (and he is especially worried because we are missing at least one plate from our current dining set, so there is a precedent for clumsy plate-breaking). They are pretty sturdy though, so hopefully they will stay intact. And anyway, they make me happy every time I see them. =)

6 Responses to “Mud Australia”

  1. wenflyblue May 15, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Oh dear…Australian post sucks!!!! hopefully it will be sorted out soon!
    I can’t believe you are buying crockery while you are moving to US!!! crazy lady…what if they got broken on the way to US??

    • pamperedhousewife May 15, 2012 at 10:47 am #

      Yes I hope they find it soon, or else we’ll have to postpone James’ start date!

      All of our sea and air shipments are insured, so that’s OK. =) I think that’s why they won’t let us pack anything, because maybe it’s only valid if they do it!

  2. Ann May 18, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    Nice crockery. I feel the same way about Bison. Good luck with the passport retrieval. A similar thing happened to a friend – passport had to be reissued (Australia Post paper trail in hand) then sent to Canberra and back by Australian Air Express for the visa. Made it by a whisker. Bon voyage!

    • pamperedhousewife May 19, 2012 at 2:20 am #

      Ooh Bison stuff is lovely! If I hadn’t already committed to Mud I’d definitely investigate further. 😉

      Australia Post confirmed that they have lost the passport so James has already applied for a priority replacement, and with all the fees we’ll probably be close to $600 out of pocket, not including his missed income from starting work a week later! But because the consulate sent it via e-parcel instead of the standard passport method they have to be the ones to apply for compensation, not us, and given their performance so far we’re not holding our breath on that!

      • Ann May 22, 2012 at 8:18 am #

        Far out!

  3. Susan June 18, 2015 at 12:44 am #

    Beautiful tableware. Mud Australia products are amazing in its quality and strength. I have a beautiful collection of Mud Australia tableware.

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