The title is thanks to my darling husband. The picture is a scanned box that contained a single cookie. The cookie was a 'Christmas gift' from the partners (about 11 of them) of the law firm from which I have just resigned. So here's what I have deduced... my entire year's efforts and dedication to this organisation has been recognised by a single serve of sweet baked goods. It's so insulting that I haven't stopped laughing yet!
In this case I don't mean the North American beast, although I really do love them as well. This is about Bison Australia - makers of beautiful stoneware and based right here in the ACT region. My dear friend (whom I met in a parents room) gave me a tea bowl for my birthday (centre picture). Another Bison piece for my collection. My ambition is to have an entire plate set in all the colours, go check out the colour palette to see what I'm talking about. I can also vouch for their customer service brian @ bison was amazingly helpful when I was trying to choose colours for the table pots I sent to my old roommate in San Francisco.
Well this is a first, I've never had a birthday tent built for me before. Last night my family and I had a belated birthday dinner for me with my oldest friend (we met when we were both 5) and her family. Her very creative husband put together this tent so all of us could eat in the garden. It turned out to be just perfect as it rained a little and we still got to enjoy sitting outside. I felt very special.
Look what arrived in the mail today! A birthday present from my dear friend Lane in Atlanta. A gorgeous print from one of my absolute favourite Esty sellers - Studio M. I think this one belongs in the kitchen - what do you think? Now I'll just have to increase my collection with the 'I Love Your Spatulas' and 'I Love Your Forks' prints. Just beautiful - thank you for thinking of me.
I resigned from my job on November 23rd - I don't hate the place or the people I just didn't love the work so it was a tough decision to make. Here's a little tribute to all the Australian Government agencies I have lodged job applications to over the last year. I have applied for no less than 7 jobs in the Public Service - on all occasions I have got an interview, which apparently is a big deal! The application process is convoluted to say the least when you have to write pages addressing selection criteria on things like how you display your personal drive and integrity (for example). For one of these jobs I received a letter saying I was deemed suitable for the role but they didn't have a role to offer me!!!??? And I'm still waiting on a response to an interview I had in October. Suffice to say I'm not going to work for the Public Service but a small company called Squiz.net - I'm excited!
Here is my birthday present from my family - a (product) red iPod nano, so I can catch up on my TV shows on the way to work on the bus. Well that's important! Thank you to my beautiful husband, my little boys, all my friends and work colleagues for making me feel so special.
I stumbled upon these cute little bags this year at Floriade (our annual tulip festival). I think the name is brilliant - but that's too obvious. You can check out Love Libby at her website. Choose your bag, then, if you can, choose your fabric the choice is so great that you will probably find it difficult. I love the lingerie fabric (top left) and I do have a thing for stars and hearts!
This is Team Resolution of which my darling husband is a member. As I write they are making their way home from Jindabyne on Day 3 of the Hartley Cycle Challenge 2007. It's an amazing feat to ride over 400km in 3 days and I'm so proud of him and his team. His training started in May and I have sometimes felt like a cycle widow and this weekend I have a renewed appreciation for single mothers. It's all been worth it though - I have a fit, healthy and happy husband. What more could you want?
It occurred to me that I have many talented friends. This lariat is the work of my dear friend Belinda (but we have another name for her), Godmother to my eldest and very clever businesswoman and jewellery designer and the brains behind Creatively Belle . When I first met her 13 years ago she was a technical writer working for a bank! This lariat is very similar to the one I own but no two are the same and I love that mine is unique. I absolutely love green and I get so many compliments when I wear it - which is always nice to hear. She's also sells mini lariats that are also gorgeous but then again so is everything she makes.
It's quite easy to overlook the humble passion fruit or at least take it for granted. A few years ago we made a trip to Canada to visit some friends and do some skiing. The only request from our friends in Newfoundland was tins of passion fruit pulp! So I carted many tins across the world for them to enjoy. Our garden has a passion fruit vine and it is already starting to flower - they are so amazing. Pretty soon we'll be giving away bags full of passion fruit to neighbours and friends. I will also have to break out the pavlova recipe, because a pavlova is not complete unless it's drizzled with passion fruit. If anyone has any other recipes let me know. I still have a freezer full of passion fruit from last year!
I'm not sure why it is that so much great design comes out of Scandinavia. I really love these wooden birds, available from Great Dane Furniture. They really have so many beautiful things that I will just have to add to my wish list. My husband and I joke that we keep Scandinavia is business, with our many visits to Ikea, our Stokke Tripp Trapp chairs and my passion for George Jensen jewellery - namely their year pendants.
I really don't like summer. I love the summer fruit that is now appearing in the markets - I bought my first mango of the season this week! I also put up with summer because it's preceded by spring... ahhh beautiful spring. In Sydney the seasons just merge into a blur, but in Canberra they are extreme and distinct. These are the bottle brush in our garden. I love watching the blossoms unfurl from their tough exterior (top picture) and bloom into the most amazing flowers. We have several colours in our garden but the red is the biggest and most spectacular so of course it's picture worthy.
I get so sad when I think of the people I was close to and I no longer keep in touch or even know where they are. I'm very sentimental like that. Today I had a little experience in synchronicity. Lying in bed thinking of the person I miss most in Atlanta and then sitting down at my computer only to discover that she had signed up to Facebook and thought to search for me! This is Lane - foodie extraordinaire. If you really want to get your brain working, check out her Live Journal - Diary of a baaaaaad housewife! So glad you found me.
One of the things I love about having a native garden is the birds it attracts. This photo was taken this afternoon as we were getting ready for dinner on the balcony. The seed bell was a present from our little friend Evie. It's taken the parrots a little while to discover it but it's very popular now it's been relocated to the peach tree.
I have just discovered Etsy. So much talent and so many beautiful pieces, I have literally spent hours browsing. This print by Studio M is on it's way to me from Minnesota! It's called The Little Family and besides the colours, which I love, it just reminded my of my little family. I can't wait to choose a frame and put it on my wall.
Since moving to the small town they now live in, my parents are more avid gardeners. I guess it's the climate that's more conducive to things growing. I took this photo while visiting them on the weekend. The one on the right is such a bold colour for a flower and what you can't see is that it was completely dwarfed by the reds, yellows and pinks of the others.
It's raining in Canberra! I know this may not be news but here it is a welcome relief. If only it would continue for a few more weeks! I took this photo of the drops of rain on one of the many Acacias we have in our very native garden. It was such a lovely sight. I'm really quite obsessed with weather - my most referenced website is the BOM. Even my blog name is an homage to the science of predicting weather - which, by the way, I know nothing about.
I received my T-shirt this week - thanks Sidsel! This beautiful design is by Sidsel Gaustadnes a Danish graphic designer. You can view her blog here or if you can read Danish you can view her studio web site here. Mine is the pink one and it fits beautifully. This is the Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirt for 2007 and was done for the Danish Cancer Society - I recommend you read her blog to get the real meaning. And just to add another connection, Sidsel is sister to my dear friend Mette who was my yoga, chocolate and swimming buddy when we both lived in Sydney.
My boys' day care centre recently celebrated its 20th Birthday. The boys handed over a dollar in a lucky dip and both came up with these sunglasses. I later learned that they were the only two pairs among the 50 prizes in the barrell! Are they seeing stars or am I?
I am quite enamoured with the colour red at the moment. It was not too long ago that I actually hated it! I think it had something to do with the colour of my school blazer (I went to boarding school), that's right... it was red. Here's my first attempt at a Mijn Moodboard - it's a very addictive site and such a great time waster! It's all in Dutch but not too difficult to work out what you need to do to get going and so worth the effort.
It's swooping season in Canberra. This is where the partners of nesting Magpies come out to protect their territory by swooping passing cyclists (that's me), and pedestrians. I remember the first time I came to Canberra and passed a fellow on the street with an ice cream container on his head, now I know why. I'm sure I looked very strange yelling "don't you do it!" at the only swooping bird on my route. He's very persistent and just a little bit scary.
This blog is devoted to the current ramblings of a working Mum with way too many interests. I have a passion for great design and fabric. I reside in Australia's capital with my very supportive husband and 2 very energetic boys.
We moved to Canberra from Atlanta GA and I confess I still get nostalgic for southern USA life.