30 April, 2010
As I'm currently on the lookout for fabric to make my arty crafty bag I of course had to visit the Tessuti online fabric shop.
I've fallen in love with this gorgous Japanese cotton fabric called 'Osaka Sand Bloom'. I love the colours, its texture, everything! I'm not sure however it's my 'bag' material, but I think I'll have to grab some of this one anyway and find a good use for it. Any suggestions?
29 April, 2010
I discovered 9626 Deventures today. It's a blog where cousins Anna and Anoushka, who live on opposite sides of the world (i.e. Brisbane and Brooklyn), each day post photos on an agreed topic. For example the topic for the photos above was 'Feet'. They describe their blog as: Brisbane - Brooklyn - One Photo - Each Day.
There are obvious parallels between our 365 days project and what Anna and Anoushka are doing, firstly they are in the US and Australia (like us) and secondly they aim to take a photo everyday (like us). However, I love their concept of setting a topic for the day and then interpreting it into photography. I'll definitely be checking in often to see what's new.
28 April, 2010
One thing I really want to do is make a bag for myself and one of my inspirations is Amy Butler. She has the most gorgeous fabrics and I love her patterns. It just remains for me to dust off my very creaky sewing skills, find a pattern, source some delicious fabric and go for it!
Watch this space.
27 April, 2010
26 April, 2010
These are the cutest lunch bag carriers and I instantly wanted one of these badly! Pity I work from home. They are made by Built and called the Gourmet Getaway lunch tote. Check out all the different patterns and types of bags you can get. *Love*
24 April, 2010
23 April, 2010
I was visiting my mother-in-law at her new house which is in the middle of a lovely tropical garden, and just outside the the deck area there is this wooden hanging. I've known them for 10 years or more and since that time, this little wooden hanging has been around. It was a little reminder of how lucky I was to discover my lovely husband almost a decade ago. Time flies!
There were only two seats left when I rang to book (the phone was answered in french), so I knew it was meant to be! And it was an absolutely delightful experience. The food was market fresh, sourced locally and cooked to perfection by french chef and owner Claude Faullimmel and our waiter was just the right amount of friendly.
Inside it was very cosy with lots of french prints and photography on the terracotta walls. Feeling very European, we ordered a carafe (see the pottery one above) of award winning New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (not very European of us) to complement our very reasonably priced three course meal.
If you visit the Sunshine Coast, Australia, or live close by, I highly recommend you experience Restaurant Chez Claude in Woombye.
22 April, 2010
Look at these amazing vanilla bean icecream chocolate sandwiches I found on Tartlette! Apart from the mouth wateringness that is the subject matter, the photography is so irresistibley lovely that I just had to share this with you. And the best thing is that Tartlette includes a recipe so you can make this too. I've never made icecream before, but this is certainly inspirational material.
Parenting, as I have found out, is a daily journey of discovery. Once again being able to experience the beautiful moments in life that often, as adults, we forget to appreciate or just don't see.
It was raining yesterday and my almost 3 year old, Alex, jumped out of the car so excited to be running out in the rain and splashing in puddles. He constantly takes off his shoes when playing to feel of sand in his toes and he loves nothing better than sitting at the park and just watching the ducks and turtles.
He loves eating watermelon and iceblocks, loves the taste of chocolate (who doesn't), is fascinated watching ants as the scurry along, runs madly after birds yelling 'shoo birds', and gets very excited about seeing the horses with his Greffy and Grammy and going for walks with his Aunty Amy to feed the ducks.
One of my discoveries as a parent is that everyday, I am shown the wonder and the beauty in the little things I would often miss.
My husband and I were first introduced to Ceramika Artystyczna, beautifully painted Polish pottery a few weeks ago. We were visiting this cute little town that had this amazing kitchen shop that displayed these beautiful pieces of artwork! Don't you love the beautiful floral designs of the pieces? Cup of tea anyone?
21 April, 2010
Spring is finally here, and I have been inspired to update our little outdoor area! My favourite addition to date are our solar string lights! They cast the softest glow, and the best thing is they are powered naturally via the sun. It's lovely to sit outside just after dusk and enjoy the weather with a glass of wine under the pretty string lights!
20 April, 2010
19 April, 2010
Tonight I'm enjoying a cup of chamomile tea and freshly made oat cookies. I recently discovered the below recipe which is really yummy as well as being relatively healthy. Just perfect and I'm already looking forward to morning tea tomorrow morning!
17 April, 2010
This is a view across Lake Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand. There's something about the crispness of the winter air (it was taken in July) that makes every photo I took during that trip look too good to be true!
From ChrissyWatson on Etsy - 12 A1 Blank You're So Tweet Notecard Set With Darling Birds