Sunday, May 30, 2010

5 Pinterest invites to pass on

The good folks at Pinterest have given me five invites to pass on to anyone I like! Since I like you and your impeccable taste in blogs, I'm going to give them to the first 5 people to leave a comment! So, if you want to get pinning a little faster, you know what to do!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pinning from the trenches

I've been at war, my happy little household has been under siege for the past three weeks. A grueling battle between man and disease in which the home side was quickly overrun.

Since I am finally starting to regain my equilibrium I thought I should stick my head above the trenches and see what's been going on and say hi (hopefully it wont get shot off)!

Illness is rarely conducive to creative productivity and although young miss Ada did manage to build a rather impressive dragon out of snotty tissues, (explaining that the boogies are sticky) I can not boast the same! However, I have used this down time to really get stuck into Pinterest and have been pinning away all sorts of things. It's great to see the community growing over the last few weeks and I'm looking forward to seeing everybody's pin boards. If you haven't requested an invite to Pinterest yet, do so here. If you're already rockin' it, I would love to see what you've been pinning so please leave a link to you're home page in the comments and you can follow my pins here!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

keep calm and carry....Oh, shit!

This, is to the eighties....

Oh Shit Kitten Oh Shit Kitten

What this......

is to the noughties, don't you think?

It may be clichéd and a little passée  but I have a feeling that in twenty years time my 'almost' three year old will think these are just about the kitchest thing on earth and will want a whole wall of them (if she contains even a sceric of my dna).

Personally, I would love to get my hands on foul mouthed kitty in a tree poster, that would be very cool indeed!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

it's not all white.

Slowly but surely I've been adding to my pile of things that 'used to be white'. The problem with white stuff is that it never stays white! So, in the spirit of recycling I am going to attempt to dye these baby's tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

High Fives with Pip

1. Vintage Art Prints. I have a very large collection of these gem's, this one is my favourite.

2. Art my Mum made. this baby is getting the royal treatment soon with an acid bath to remove the mould blooms and a super duper frame.

3. Wooden Head. Heavier than a tonne of bricks and smoother than a baby's butt. I love this guys features.

4. This sneak peak over at design sponge, just lovely!

5, Pinterest, eagerly awaiting my invite so I can get story boarding all ready!!! This site is absolutely the next big thing in image curation!

Monday, May 17, 2010

House plants are hot!

If your house isn't full of glossy living green things right now then 'get thee to a nursery, pronto! Indoor plants would have to be one of the easiest and most affordable decorating trends to hit interiors in recent years. Bugger stuffing around with vinyl wall stickers of trees and bird cages, the real deal is a hundred times more attractive.

I picked up the terrarium for a buck at a local church fete a while ago and planted it and the out with a selection of baby ferns from bunnings and a variety of mosses from my garden. Each pot was $3.86 and I used 6 post between the terrarium and the round pot with the maiden hair fern in it.

Cheap, cheerful and easy, what's not to love!

In other gardening news, my Hyacinth bulbs have been devoured by a fuzzy green mould and will not be producing any sumptuous blooms in the near future (unless you count the fuzzy mould), back to the drawing board on that little side project.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Lovely orange plastic stuff!

Yellow enamel lamp shades

Kartell table & Vintage Esky

On the way to pick up milk this morning, I ducked into the Oakleigh market to say hi to my friend Tania. Technically, the austerity measures implemented by the ol' ball and chain have not been lifted, but the budget surplus is looking good and one must do ones bit for the economy. Besides, it's not everyday you come across a Kartell side table for under $50 (even if it did need a new castor). I also scored the yellow enamel lamp shades (set of four), a green floral 60's beach umbrella (un-used) and the Esky was thrown in as a freebie, sweet!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Junkettes

When I was little, I desperately wanted to be in a gang. I remember seeing the Philip Kaufman film The Wanderers and thinking that being a Greaser would just about be the coolest thing on earth. Leather Jackets, flick knives, quiffs and

25 years later and that Kaufman-ised fantasy is still very appealing. I say fantasy because in reality greasers were a bunch of racist  thugs, but in the fantasy it's all about the style. Satin jackets a la Pink Ladies, tight pants, cool cars and hair that defies nature. In the fantasy, I chew gum, smoke cigarettes and drink from a hip flask. In reality, I chew gum, drink tea and wear track pants, as you can see, my childhood dream is a little behind the 8 ball. Gum, tick!

I imagine if I was in a gang now we would be a bunch of blogging, craft nerds who drink tea, read decorating glossy's and collect crap like compulsive, colour blind bower birds.....hmmm sound familiar? Am I reaching anyone with this? Yeah, like that isn't you!

So, do you wanna join my gang? It's pretty easy, all you have to do is hit the 'follow' button, just to the left, there, that's

Now who's up for a Craft Rumble?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

It's good to be queen.

Macarons, stinky cheese and a lovely little flower made out of tiny paper hands and pipe cleaners had me feeling like #1 Mum today. Ada also sang me 'Happy Mothers Day'. I'm unfamiliar with this song, but I think she may have bastardised 'Happy Birthday' for my sweet serenade. 

Happy Mothers Day to you
Happy Mothers Day to you 
Happy Mothers Day to you hoo hooooooooo
Happy Mothers Day to you

hip hooray, hip hip hooray! 

Sunday, May 2, 2010

back in five......

 My little guy Freddy is having an operation tomorrow so I'll be staying in hospital with him for the next few day's (yuk!). Needless to say there wont be much activity on the blog front this week. So, I hope you have a great week finding stuff, making stuff, reading stuff, listening to stuff and generally having an awesome time!

take care!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Bloomin' Lovely!

hyacinth flower bulb, originally uploaded by shisuka25.

I'm quite positively certain there is nothing nicer in the whole wide world than a house full of fresh flowers! Iv'e always been quite lucky to have access directly to growers and have filled my house accordingly with lot's of good stuff, but now we are moving and I am uncertain about what the fresh flower situation in Ballarat is like. So in order to cover myself in the event that no flower wholesalers can be found, I have prepared some Hyacinth bulbs to grow in water and indoors!

Growing Hyacinths in water is a really fun and easy way to produce some stunning 'living' arrangements and all you need are your bulbs, vessels and pebbles.

Find a suitable container. A narrow-necked vase with a broad base is ideal but you can use anything from jam jars to fish bowls. Just remember that as your plant grows it will become increasingly top heavy so your container needs to either have a wide flat base or be heavy enough not to fall over when the flower blooms.

If your container is too wide for the bulb you will need to 2/3 fill it with pebbles.

Fill the container up to the neck with water, or 1cm below the pebble line.

Place the bulb on the container or on top of the pebbles, do not let your bulb become wet or it will rot!.

Now place your plant in a very dark, cold spot. This will encourage the bulb to shoot roots (I'm keeping mine outside under the BBQ hood!).

Gradually shift the container to a brighter place like a window sill or bright room once there is strong root growth in place and the bulb has begun to bud. From this point, the bulb will continue to grow into a complete hyacinth plant.

Remember to turn your Hyacinth plant daily so that it grows straight and keep the water level constant.

If you're going to give this a try, I would love to see lot's of pictures!


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