Monday, May 30, 2011

stationery love

Yay for stationery! I've taken delivery of my oh-so-lovely Notemaker stock... I first saw this divine O'Check notebook on a little hamster's lovely blog. Go and check it out if you want some sweet inspiration.

But back to Notemaker... really this is a totally rocking stationery store!

Through their lovely shop, I've discovered Nora Whynot, another great local brand, hand printed in Brisbane (my old hometown, so I always have a soft spot for great people doing great things here).

Could there be a more appropriate notebook for anyone involved in building things??

Sunday, May 29, 2011

finders keepers

Now this was a couple of weekends ago, but oh my, what a time I had! So many crafty people, such a crisp, wonderful Sydney Autumn day, and a world of ideas swirling before my eyes...

Beeyootiful prints from a stall holder I didn't get to meet... anyone who knows this person's work, please let me know!

Totally cool Hinged Beasts from Emma Kidd at benconservato... wow... and what a sweet lady!

And yet another amazingly talented chick, Anika Cook from the gently unfurling sneak. I'm trying not to succumb to feelings of inferiority by this time...

And if all the craft at Finders Keepers didn't float your boat, Carriageworks was also playing host to a Farmers' Market (which it does every Saturday). Honestly, what a great space it is...

I have so few photos of this amazing day, as I was so busy chatting and ogling and ooh-ing and aahh-ing that my camera just didn't get a look-in... Sorry!

Monday, May 16, 2011

renovating part nine... baby steps

Whenever I tell people I've recently moved into a new house, and am still living amongst boxes and artwork and stuff stacked everywhere, they usually tell me it's completely normal to run out of motivation to do anything after you've renovated and moved all your goods and chattels...

Is this true people?? I've been here about a month now, and still I have no proper kitchen... Well actually I have the absolute basics (ie sink, cooker, kettle, coffee machine).

And now thanks to Mr Fixit and our friend Tim (thanks Tim you're awesome), I have some cupboards to put things in. But that will have to wait for another post... baby steps...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

jerusalem artichokes

With the last of the produce from our old garden, we had a huge cookup! Yay for carrots! And leeks, a rather large radish, one tiny beetroot and a whole stack of rosmary, sage and a bunch of bay leaves I snipped off the tree before leaving for good.

And last but not least, jerusalem artichokes... also known as fartichokes, due to their amazing wind inducing abilities. It's worth sitting through a few trumps though, because their flavour is sweet and nutty and their texture is creamy... Just perfect for an autumn feast.

I searched for recipes and came up with this tres simple and also delicious one by Jamie Oliver. I ad libbed a bit, and added tuna, sage, and served it over spirelli with cracked pepper and parmesan - which probably blew the carb count, but who cares? It's cold!!

To'ally pukka, eh?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Some mothers do 'ave 'em...

I came across the lovely Solid Frog yesterday (via Miss Moss), whilst having a few moments to myself... What a find! And what an inspirational story for Mother's Day...

Mia Linnman and her husband Ulf are not only brand new parents, but also (soon-to-be) art gallerists, developers, and interior designers. The building they are converting is in Jönköping, Sweden
, and was built in 1901.

The building is an old industrial red brick structure, robust and solid. What a perfect backdrop to a contemporary art and design space.

Mia's own blog is full of bits and pieces she's sourced from her own apartment, her artwork and across the interwebs - definitely bookmark material!

This lovely kitchen bench from an apartment in Milan had me gasping... the concept of mixology applied so expertly - although I didn't much like the fluoro lighting atop those divine storage cupboards.

And this apartment in Stockholm, currently for sale I believe... I wonder if the furniture comes as well?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

the right tights

I've just discovered the Australian company Tightology... just in time for the cooling weather! Sometimes I think I live under a rock. Not only are their designs and colours amazing, they use excellent eco-cred fibres in their products - bamboo, organic cotton and wool.

Then in my night-time blog-surfing, I found another French company that rocked my socks... Les Queues de Sardines. Wow. So colour and pattern really are back... Who'd'a thought?

Monday, May 2, 2011

fashiony goodness

Just a few delicious morsels of eye candy that I've been devouring lately... I'm thinking a dash of ruby red lips will be my winter go-to this season... Now, do I dye my hair darker or keep it au naturale...?

2 + 3.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

chicken heaven

I'm wondering how the hell I'm to post any "after" photos with boxes everywhere still, no art hung, mirrors stacked against the wall...

I think I'll have to work at one tiny corner at a time... stay tuned.

In the meantime, I found this fantabulous chook house - or should I say palace - that I only wish I could have in my back yard...

Those beautiful birds deserve a lovely roosting spot after all the work they're putting in. The garden is slowly becoming rid of weeds, in the process uncovering all sorts of fabulous soil and seedlings! Celery and mint have been discovered so far...

My new folding washing line was installed today by Mr Fixit - what a guy! Time to attack that mountain of laundry... *sigh*

PS photo courtesy of this great bog