March moodboard

Have you enjoyed March? I’ve had a lovely month. It looked a little something like this.

March mood board

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Winners of the internet

These are the best things I’ve come across on the internets this week.

Lovely Easter centrepiece spotted on Creature Comforts.
Lovely Easter centrepiece, spotted on Creature Comforts.
This quote spotted on Fit Foodie Finds.
This quote, spotted on Fit Foodie Finds.


These beautiful DIY easter eggs spotted on the Design Sponge.
These beautiful DIY easter eggs, spotted on the Design Sponge.
These funky bangles spotted on the Treehorn Design etsy shop.
These funky bangles, spotted on the Treehorn Design etsy shop.
Bedspreads embroided with words, as spotted on a blog I love called Happiness Is.
Bedspreads embroided with words, as spotted on a blog I love called Happiness Is.
This gorgeous range of kids clothes, spotted on the Lillipops Designs Etsy shop.
This gorgeous range of kids clothes, spotted on the Lillipops Designs Etsy shop.
These instructions on how to make a pretty jar of luck, St Patrick's day style! Spotted on the Poppytalk blog.
These instructions on how to make a pretty jar of luck, St Patrick’s day style! Spotted on the Poppytalk blog.
These baby slippers. I really want an adult sized pair. Spotted in this etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/listing/113352776/fitted-baby-shoes-in-a-beachy-stripe-by
These baby slippers. I really want an adult sized pair. Spotted in this etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/listing/113352776/fitted-baby-shoes-in-a-beachy-stripe-by
These DIY embroided earings, spotted on the Creature Comforts blog.
These DIY embroided earings, spotted on the Creature Comforts blog.
Wooden shoes spotted on I'm yours.
Wooden shoes, spotted on I’m yours.
Baked french toast, spotted on Fit Foodie Finds.
Baked french toast, spotted on Fit Foodie Finds.

Plus:
This story about a pregnant lady who sailed from Canada to New Zealand.

What have you come across that you’ve loved lately?

Pretties

There is no purpose to this post, other than to share some pretty pictures.

SwingsGolly Bard

Cakes

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Ice screamPicMonkey CollagedressesHeartsPicMonkey CollageBalletred

Images: All photos are from here except for the lovely illustrations which are from here. Oh and the ‘beat the blues’ DIY bath oil is from here. If you’d like to make some for me, I would happily accept it.

 

There will soon be a baby Kat

That stripey little bump down there is my friend Kat’s tummy. Inside is a little boy, who I’m lovingly referring to as Matty for now. He’ll more than likely have an Irish first name and a Maori middle name, but for now, he’s Matty.

This past weekend, Sheelster & Kys threw Kat a delightful baby shower. I got to play sous (pastry) chef and I must say it was a job I relished! No thinking required, I just did as head chef (Sheelster) requested. There was a Saturday afternoon cookie decorating session and a Sunday morning cupcake bake-a-thon. Oh, and a complicated Sunday afternoon funnelling project where I had to get squashed limes and crused mint into mini milk bottles.

The Sheelster of course did a stellar job of pulling it all together. Nobody does a function like the Sheelster does a function. She’s a genius that one. I plan to hire her for all future events that I host!

As for Kat. She’s going to be such a rocking Mum. I can’t wait to see her in action and I can’t wait to meet you little Matt-ster!

All photo credit goes to the Kat herself.

 

The olive grove


Ian’s parents grow olives. Lots and lots and lots of olives. They have hundreds of trees in their grove and every second April, we harvest. Some say it’s back breaking work, but I find it cathartic.

Mumzy-inlaw is happy her son married into an olive loving family with Lebanese (ish) heritage. I think I’m lucky to have married into a family that produces hundreds of kilos of my favourite food. It’s win win.

My family have always bought olives in bulk. Now I’m lucky to have them grown in bulk! Year round, I have massive jars of olives on my kitchen bench.

This is my favourite recipe for marinating olives. It’s quite sharp and tangy.

Sweet Paul’s Kick Ass Olives

170 grams mixed olives
85 grams capers, (the large ones)
grated zest from 1 lemon
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2-3 fresh springs of thyme
1/4 cup olive oil

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
Let the mixture sit in the fridge 12 hours before serving.

I love the olives themselves but my favourite thing is the oil. It’s fresh, light, tasty and I have an endless supply. We infuse the oil with lots of different things – cracked black pepper,  rosemary, thyme, garlic and chili.

My other favourite thing about visiting my inlaws is their cute herb garden. Bath tubs of herbs! Yeah!


If E and I are ever to separate, I’m keeping his family ;P

A curation of cute

There’s a few arty farty peoples who’ve caught my eye recently.

Cake with Giants is one of them. I love everything about this style of illustration.


I also love this gentleman who appears to be quite clever at making things using colorfully painted wood. I’m in the market for some door mats and I’m thinking very hard about whether I could make some of these work at my place.

This crocheted camera bag would be a sweet gift for instagram die hards. The whole  range in this little etsy shop is adorable!
There’s something kind of Mary Poppins-ish about this. Of course I love it.
Even though I’m utterly hopeless at it, I love anything origami related. From here.

Have you come across any cute items online lately?

Cute gift idea for the small people in your life

If you’re like me and have a whole bunch of kids parties to attend, then boy oh boy do I have a cute gift idea for you. Scrabble frames are a great gift for kiddies who have a first and middle name with one letter that’s the same. The lovely Amanda Holmes will whip one up for you. If you’ve got a kiddywink who doesn’t have a ‘crossable’ middle name, then you can still have scrabble tiles, but with a cute vintage picture instead.

Below are a few I’ve ordered before.


You can contact Amanda at baileyholmes@optusnet.com.au or on 0432 695 393. I think maybe I need to get one for Husband and I. Ian and Janine cross quite nicely don’t you think?

Illustrator crush

Everybody who knows me or who has read my blog for awhile will know that I am a big lover of illustration. I guess you could say it’s my one of my passions. I can draw not a whit myself but I am most certainly drawn to the drawings of others.

Last week I tried very hard to explain to someone what kind of illustrations I like. And I couldn’t really articulate it. Not exactly. I guess that’s what often happens with art doesn’t it? You can’t always put your finger on what it is that attracts you to a particular piece. It’s just something that you feel.

The illustrations I have in my house are mostly of the whimsical variety. But they’re all very different kinds of whimsy.

And then there’s Becca Stadtlander who I have just recently discovered and whose work I  have a big crush on. To me, the scenes she draws are simple, serene and somewhat subdued. They speak to where I’m at right now.

But which of her beautiful pieces should I purchase? Which?

I think I’m most drawn to the light house. Partly because it has stripes but also because I’ve always liked the idea of living in a light house. Something about the solitude that a light house keeper would experience there appeals to me.

I shall think on which to buy. In the meantime, if you’re interested, you can see Becca’s lovely work here.