Lovely blogs

Well, the Lovely Blog Awards have been doing the rounds again and my sweet friend Miss Mel tagged me as a blogstar. So, now it’s my turn to tell you 7 random things about myself and then pay it forward to 7 other lovely bloggers.

7 things I’m sure you’ll be glad to know about me

1) I have a habit of deleting texts as soon as I read them. I do it automatically before I’ve even registered that I’m hitting delete. This is particularly annoying when you’ve just sms’d someone to ask for a phone number or link and they’ve sent on the details.

2) I’m convinced that all living things have feelings. Plants, birds, fish, etc. I also sometimes imagine that inanimate objects have feelings. I often find myself feeling sorry for my car if it has sit out in the cold or drive a long distance on a hot day:)

3) I never know the names of singers, actresses or famous people. But when people say ‘Oh, so and so from that movie is in this TV show now, I always nod and say ‘Oh yes, I know her. She’s good, that so and so’.

4) I am LOVING chobani yogurt, right now. It seems to be low in fat AND low in sugar. I can’t quite believe it can taste so sweet and creamy and be less than 100 calories. It also has locust bean in it, whatever that is. With every spoonful, I imagine I’m eating locust guts and it makes me giggle.

5) I can’t spell the word definitely. It comes up as incorrect in spell checker every. single. time.  I do not like bad spelling so it upsets me that there’s a word that constantly trips me up.

6) I can’t drink more than one coffee a day or a I get dreadful heart palpitations. My body doesn’t seem to like caffeine but I also can’t function properly until I’ve had a flat white.

7) I never tell people when they have food in their teeth. Not because I’m mean. I just don’t. I don’t know why.

Seven blogs I love to read

I follow 65 regular bloggers and another handful of sometimes bloggers. I read a mix of personal blogs, foodie blogs, interior design blogs and the blogs of authors.

Melly, who nominated me has a blog that is of course one of my favs. Reading a friend’s blog is a bit like reading their diary isn’t it? I like hearing about all the things that she gets up to on a day to day basis and I love seeing photos of Harley (who I am hoping to dog nap sit soon).

I also love both of Deb’s blogs which you can read here and here. Mel’s already tagged Deb so I’ll pick 7 others but I want to mention Deb anyway. She’s a GREAT writer.  I save her posts for when I have time to sit down and read them on a real computer, not just on my phone. She’s also the world’s most well mannered blogger, taking time to respond to all her blog comments and tweets. She’s also lovely enough to comment on most posts made by bloggers she follows. I love your style Deb!

1) I think I just blogged myself

This blog is written by a lovely English lass named Claire. It’s great to read the odd, non American blog, because as we all know, English humour is often more dry and witty. And Claire is flippin funny! She’s pretty, amusing, honest and I find her posts uplifting. I also find that her blog often makes me crave Margarita pizza!  Every now and again she’ll mention her age and I’m astounded that someone so young can be so mature. I like that she makes lists and writes posts called ‘5 things’. I’m not sure I’d like her as much if she wrote posts called ‘4 things’. Even numbers are scary.

2)The Serial Blogamist

Now this chic. Oh me oh my. She’s one crazy cat. I’ve followed a few of Catherine’s blogs and her writing never ceases to make me chortle. It’s a bit of a cliché that the Irish are good story tellers but Catherine really is no exception to that rule of thumb.  She’s writing a book and I’m going to be the first one in Australia to buy it. So there!

3) Tomas and Jones

T&J are positive, creative, stylish, beautiful girls that I’m lucky enough to know IRL. They  epitomise thoughtfulness and I love their posts. Tomas is my adopted cousin (cousin of one of my besties) and she and her sweet sidekick do things like this; send flowers when you’re feeling sad, leave toilet paper with brides on it in the bathroom of people soon to be wed, come to afternoon tea with a cake stand they’ve made themselves and develop fun twitter challenges. Yep, these two are loveliness personified.

4) Bakery & Bookery

Georgia’s little corner of the internet is a happy old place. I know her in real life too and she is lovely and so is her blog. If it’s delicious baking and delighting in life’s simple pleasures that you’re after, add her to your Reader. She has a couple of blogs and also a care bears tea cup that I covet!

5) Amanda’s Musings

I love Amanda’s blog for the honesty. She really puts her thoughts out there so bravely. I could never be as open about my life as she is and I find it impressive. She’s overcome a lot of hardship and her posts inspire me. She has a second blog that I also really love. It’s a kaleidoscope of pretty colours!

6) Suburban Eatz

My lovely friend Selina runs this blog with the also lovely Claudia. They were tired of reading restaurant reviews only focused on the inner City so have taken it upon themselves to review good foodie spots in the burbs. The thing I love about this food blog is the length of the posts. They don’t drone on and on and on about the texture of each element of the food but get to the point in a pithy, punchy way. Great writers that review great places. What more could you want in a food blog really?

7) Delete the adjectives
Rachel’s posts are are insightful and make me think. Plus she’s going to be a librarian and I think that rocks! I love a fellow bibliophile and a self confessed geek. Her blog is sweet, beautifully written and well worth reading.

And there you have it. I’m handing over the lovely baton now:)

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The story of a storybook house

One night back in March, Husband and I were sitting about with my lovely brother in law and his even lovelier wife, when the topic of conversation turned to houses. Leigh and David had recently purchased a home and we were chatting about their place for awhile. Then, David, being David, started to ask us questions about when we were going to think of buying, where we wanted to live, what kind of place we wanted, etc.

We mentioned that we were kind of thinking the lower Blue Mountains might be nice but that we weren’t planning to ‘officially’ start looking until later in the year.

Skip forward an hour and all four of us were on our smartphones browsing through various property websites and checking train commute timeframes from different mountain suburbs. For some reason, I felt the need to pipe up every few minutes with ‘this is not an official look! We’re not officially looking, ok?’. I think I was scared we’d actually find something we liked and I wasn’t mentally prepared to leave the city.

But then my loveliest of lovely sister declared ‘I’ve found it! This is your house’. And we brought this perfect storybook house up onto the big screen.

We loved it instantly and vowed to call the estate agent the very next day. But somehow we got busy, distracted, and forgetful and the call didn’t happen. Two weeks passed by, but I couldn’t get the house out of my mind. When I mentioned to Husband that “I just CAN’T stop thinking about that place”, he confessed that he couldn’t either.

We decided to go and check it out and while we were up in the mountains, we’d see as many other places as we could fit into our day. Just, you know, to get a feel for the market, as you do when you’re being all grown up and HOUSE HUNTING! We still weren’t officially looking, I told myself. We were just checking it out. Just sussing the sitch.

As we approached the house, Husband gave me strict instructions that I was to keep my usually excitable personality in check and show no interest or emotion in front of the agent. I rolled my eyes till my head almost fell off and then agreed to be on my best behaviour. Which lasted all of five minutes. As soon as we walked down the drive way, I could feel my face start cracking into a smile. Then I walked in, saw the gas stove and it was all over. “I loooove it!’ I started whispering (loudly) to Husband.

We just knew. You know how sometimes you just know? Like when you find the perfect wedding dress. You just know.

We made an offer the next day and signed a contract within a week. All that paperwork stuff? Gosh but it’s confusing. Because we weren’t ‘officially looking’ we hadn’t organised pre approval and we didn’t have a solicitor. Thank goodness for a husband with a head for numbers. I sat in dazed confusion while our broker explained the difference between compound interest, off set accounts & other boring details. While he droned on, I spent my time mentally re-decorating the bedroom. Thank goodness too that one of my best friends happens to be a conveyancer (albeit in a different state) and could talk me through the process.

We move next Friday. I’ll be sad to leave the City. I’ve lived here in this little flat for 11 years. The whole time I’ve lived in Sydney, Pyrmont, and this tiny two bedder has been my home. But it’s time to move onto something bigger, something better, somewhere with a gas stove, dammit.

It’s going to be freezing, there’ll be snakes in the backyard and I’ll probably end up with a leech on me every day. But oh the house. Oh. I do so love it. And houses with that much character don’t make themselves available for you every day. When they do, you just have to say ‘Thanks! We’ll take it!’

And will I be singing ‘She’ll be coming down the mountains’ on each and every one of my daily commutes? You betcha!

Bathing in a tea cup

I adore this bathing girls tea set, designed by the dutch artist Esther Horchner. When you fill the cups with tea, a miniature hot tub is created for the bathing beauties.

And just by dipping in an accompanying tea spoon, you ‘dress’ the ladies.

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Available here. There’s a waiting list right now. But don’t worry, I’m on it :)

Art I’m loving right now

I love this beautiful painting by Janet Golder Kngwarreye. Utopian Aboriginal artists are very much on my favourite list. Image

 My Mumzy-in-law loves this Rex Winston-Walford piece. At first glance, I find it a bit to snake like but a longer glance mesmerises me. Rex is an emerging indigenous artist but already his pieces are selling in the tens of thousands. A pity really, otherwise this would have made a great Mothers Day present :)

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And moving onto something more whimsical, I adore this painting by artist Beric Henderson. It’s called ‘The Cabinet’. I first saw it displayed in Kinokuniya as part of a mini exhibition. It’s been on my mind every since. If we hadn’t just bought a house, I think we may have bought this painting.

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And lastly, I’ve loved this picture for a long time. I know not and have found not the artist. Anyone know?

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I killed my notebook

I killed my notebook this week. My gorgeous Gloria Petyarre notebook that my Mumzy-in -law gave me for Christmas. I was just sitting there in a meeting, playing with the spiral spine and then the next thing I knew, the whole book had fallen apart.

Now I have no trippy Utopian art to gaze at during meetings. Instead it will just be a bull dog clip filled with book pages. This really messes with my chi.

Sob.

Night time internet finds

For one week every month, Husband and I get insomnia. There’s no pattern. It doesn’t regularly happen in the second week of every month, or during full moon. Although that might mean we were werewolves which would be pretty cool. But it’s randomly timed.

There doesn’t seem to be any real reason either. We aren’t particularly stressed right now, we haven’t been spending more than the usual amount of time online. Who knows what it’s all about.

It’s good if we both get it in the same week but sometimes it doesn’t happen that way and then it’s even less fun.

One night this week I was tossing and turning when Ian woke up and looked at me. I was hopeful he’d want to sit up and talk but he rolled back over and carried on sleeping. Half his luck.

Instead of carrying on with my flip flopping and tossing and turning, I got up and got online. Which is probably the worst thing I could have done because it got my brain all over active and excited. I didn’t get one mite more of sleep that night but I did find these lovely items below in my Googley Reader. So all round, I’d say it was a successful insomniac’d night.

Featured here were these sweet wooden earings from Each to Own. Wood + love hearts + polka dots! Goodness gracious, what was life like before Etsy? I’m sure it couldn’t have been that good.

I also adore these little love heart dishes that were featured here. If I was a scientist, every petri dish I’d use would look like this. But since I’m not, I’d say that they’d work nicely for holding rings too! Pity they cost $50 each. 

And then. THEN! This cute card shop. Oh my goodness. I want every print they sell. Here’s a few of my favs.

And now it’s time to try and catch some Zzzzs. Wish me luck!

From across the internets, I bring to you -cute stuff!

Lookey, lookey at all the nice things I’ve found on the interwebs this sweet afternoon.

There’s this lovely sign that seems most apt, given my post on quietness the other day.

And in Rifle Paper Co’s online shoppe there is lots of quirky things.

The picture of the monsters in the bushes really amuses me. I love how the girl is just walking on past with not a care in the world. If you look closely though, her dog is freaking out! I also love the doggy coasters. I’m in need of new coasters! And that little book worm reminds me of one that Leigh and I used to mimic when we’d watch the Huggabunch as kids.

These whimsical pieces of jewellery from Rare Indeed on Etsy are so much fun! A circus tent brooch!!! Paper plane earings! Ooohh. Delightful!

Quolial, also on Etsy has some lovely, leather, arrow necklaces. I spotted them on this blog earlier in the week and I’ve been day dreaming about them. I think Alissa would look good in one too :)

I also found these weird little softies featured on the same blog. And like them I do. They’re stuffed toys that have been taken apart, reversed and then sewn back together, eyes and all. They look so sad that it makes me want to take them all in and love them!

And then there are these products from Ham. I honestly get such amusement from animals doing human like activities! I mean seriously, a pig mowing the grass? Imagine if you came home and actually found one doing that.

And lastly, stickers for your light switch? Hells yes! You can find them at Molly Meg’s cute online kids store.

 

Have you stumbled across anything cute online this weekend?

On a flowery note

I thought about flowers a lot this week, being Valentines and all. I think perhaps one of the reasons I am not much of VD fan is because I don’t like roses all that much (except for David Austin roses). And I especially don’t like red roses.

I’m more of dahlia girl myself. They’re so soft and fragile, yet have pointy looking petals, some that stand tall and proud and some that droop down in the most sweet manner.

I also love me some ranunculus. Such bright and cheerful little flowers aren’t they? And I love how ruffled they look.

Then of course there are peonies. To me they are the dreamiest of flowers. The petals are so pillowy that if I were a fairy, I’d be sure to climb inside one for slumber.

My other favourites are (below, from left to right) cherry blossom, poppies and those other little inside out daisy things. Does anyone know what they’re called?

I also love frangipanis and have been very happy to have my own plants bloom this week. The poor flowers have probably been confused about the weather but seem to have decided to give up on summer and just show their face. As soon as I saw buds appear I started watering the roots with worm juice. And I gave my worms very strict instructions to get cranking on making some more so I can have happy, healthy, frangipanis for the rest of these summer days.

What are your favourite buds? And are there any flowers you don’t care much for? As well as roses, I’m also not terribly fond of sunflowers or gerbera.

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Merry Christmas to me

While moseying around the interwebs these past few nights, I’ve found some most delightful items that I’ve simply had to buy myself for Christmas. Do you buy yourself Christmas gifts? I don’t usually, but the items below were crying out to become mine.

I bought some charming little works of art by Amanda Cass. I discovered her on Red Bubble, over here. It was hard to narrow down which images to choose, but we finally decided on these beautiful pieces. You really must go and look at the rest of her art, it’s all very serene.

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  • I got this gorgeous 2012 Alicia Bock calendar for my work desk. I’ve loved her photography for years and she’s become quite well known since her photos appeared in Carrie & Big’s Apartment!
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Thank you Santa!