Thursday, December 31, 2009

Farewell 2009


As the sun sets I just wanted to say farewell to 2009. I'm not a fan of New Year's day for a reason that I cannot explain. It's the same aversion I have to the first page of a book but that doesn't stop me reading ( I think I may have blogged about this before). Safe to say you probably won't hear from me until after the 1st. I am filled with anticipation of the year to come and deep reflection of what has passed. 
{image via weheartit} which I love but so hard to give credit

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Seeing Green



No matter how I word the title today it just sounds wrong. Currently it would make me seem like the green-eyed monster, which I'm not. Previously I had stated simply what they are - Green Jugs - but there was something not quite right about that either. I love the colour green and it really overtakes when decisions of colour are required. This is especially true when green is pitted against blue. Which is why I was so taken with these green jugs in Studio Altenberg yesterday; not just the colour but also the shape especially those handles. Do you think they would look as lovely if there was just one? Please excuse the quality of the image. I have not perfected the art of iPhone photography and what to do with low light. My other faux pas was forgetting to take note of the artist's name so I can give credit where it is due. In my defence I have emailed the Studio to ask them and will amend this post if or when they reply.
Update - I got a reply from the Studio and here it is. "Thank you for your enquiry the artist is Lene Jakobsen...  from memory the three prices of the jugs in this image you have sent - large to small are $180, $150 and $120"

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas one and all. Thanks to the beautiful rain that is still falling we were not woken up at the crack of dawn by our little men. They are well pleased with their stash and as I type my darling husband is trying to build one of two Lego gifts and they are 'helping' him. I have a few more minutes of peace before my kitchen duty begins. It is just us four for lunch today but I'm still going all out and we'll be having lamb cutlets with mint aioli, asparagus and snow peas and a roasted pumpkin, spanish onion, spinach and fetta salad. Topped off with an orange and chocolate pudding for dessert. That should keep us going until Boxing Day.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Birdsnest




I am not what you would call a dedicated follower of fashion but I do love bags! While bidding on eBay for this one - the red plait poppet by Louenhide I went searching for other stockists of Louenhide bags. This is how I stumbled across Birdsnest and found a top so cute that I had to have it (which my darling husband thinks is an excuse he can use for a $3000+ bicycle). The cute top, which I didn't expect to see until after Christmas, arrived on my doorstep less than 24 hours after I ordered it - how did they do it? In case you're wondering I won the bag for $3.11 less than my maximum bid!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

6 Sleeps to Go


As the boys would say... 6 sleeps to go! Between the advent calendar and the counting of sleeps they are getting very excited about Christmas. School is now over for the year and our tradition of baking and creating for our friends is all done. The last of our little Christmas treats left the house this morning and I think they looked quite cute all packaged up with ribbon and gift cards from Kikki-K. Now all I have to think about is what to cook for Christmas lunch. Suggestions anyone?

Friday, December 4, 2009

It's My Birthday


 
We have broken with the Apple tradition this year for my birthday as was the case last year and the year before. Thank you to the Musee d'Orsay for closing down for refurbishments for a year. As a result I have spent this morning having breakfast with my darling husband in the National Botanical Gardens and then visiting Masterpieces from Paris, which opened today, at the National Gallery of Australia.  We were joined by my oldest friend in the world which made the morning even more perfect. Included are two of the most famous and standout paintings by Vincent Van Gogh; Van Gogh's bedroom at Arles - 1889 (top) and Starry Night - 1888 (bottom).

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Silly Season



The silly season is upon us and moving at lightning speed this year. Our tree is yet to be purchased and even though December 1st has past we tend to do things later in our house. Mostly because we like to buy live trees. We also have a tradition of adding 3 new Christmas decorations each year to our growing collection. The picture at the top shows 2 of the 3 we bought this year from Country Road. All were chosen by the little one and while I really wanted the red plaid glass ball he went for a plain red instead. And speaking of red, I love this Nordic Light candle holder from Design House Stockholm. The arms can be moved and they come with 4 or 7. Now I think that would look lovely in our dining room.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

It's Peony Season


So I have been struggling with inspiration lately but I'm currently hatching a few plans for a shakeup to my blog world come 2010. Nothing like a New Year for new beginnings but I'm loathe to call it a resolution. When it does strike, inspiration always seems to come in the shape of a flower and more so when it's a peony. They are in season at the moment and I have had two weeks of being able to purchase them at the farmers market from the Peony Lady for the bargain price of $15 for 10. I can say that now as I saw them for $20 for 5 at the florist last week! Sadly the peonies all bloomed at once this year so this was her second and last week at market. The extreme temperatures are wreaking havoc on these blooms. Another reason to dislike the hot weather, can you tell I'm not a fan?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

More Surgery


So this time the surgery is not mine. Almost 2 weeks ago my darling husband went under the knife to try and correct an injury from a motorbike accident from almost 23 years ago, which resulted in an arm that doesn't straighten. He was in and out in a day - amazing! I'm amused though by the way surgeons now write their own cryptic messages on you before you go under. This notation, we presume, is so he got the correct elbow and we think the MD may be his initials. I especially love the 'this way up" arrow.  I shouldn't ask the question, but are there really surgeries being performed by the wrong surgeon on the wrong limb? And no he's not usually that pink, it must have been whatever they doused him in prior to the op.
The stitches are now out and the torture device aka CPM (continuous passive motion) machine goes back tomorrow. Hopefully he'll be back on the bike soon since his cycling has been the catalyst for all this discomfort.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Floriade 2009



Yesterday we finally made it to Floriade. The weather held out, which was nice. I have never been so late in the event when all the flowers are just starting towards the end of their blooms. This years theme was Mind, Body and Soul, which I think is fitting for a floral festival. There is something very serene about mass plantings of flowers. A few other things that struck me this year; it's been raining so the flowers looked lovely and it's expensive - $21 for the 3 of us to ride the 'Giant Wheel', although the view from the top was almost worth it. Lucky it's only once a year.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Mmmm Koko Black

About two weeks ago after stumbling home from a doctor visit nursing the worst flu I have ever had there was this on my doorstep. The biggest box of Koko Black chocolates I have ever seen. They were a present from my gorgeous friend Mel by way of thanks for finally finishing her website, which I should plug here - www. excelaustralia.com.au . And about a week ago I regained my appetite enough to taste them - an indication of just how sick I was. 64 chocolates in all and if I pace myself they may last at least 2 months. Oh... and about 4 days after the chocolates half a dozen bottles of wine arrived. So there you have it... if you need a website done I happily take payment in chocolates and alcohol.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Struggling for Inspiration

My darling husband kindly reminded me that it has been 3 WEEKS since my last post. I'm not sure why I'm not very inspired at present. After all the sun is shining and flowers are emerging in our garden. I have been busy though, navigating a new OS and have just embarked on an online course on An Introduction to W3C's Mobile Web Best Practices. Oh and I've been really unwell for the last week. Hopefully inspiration will strike soon.
P.S. The sparkler is my take on the light bulb moment in case you were wondering.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

2nd Modern Economy Sale

It's on again! The 2nd Annual Modern Economy Home & Lifestyle Sample Sale. Wednesday August 9th from 9:00am the virtual store opens, that's east coast USA time. Last year I got some lovely table linen from Simrin. This year I think I'll just have to admire from afar. Here are some of my favourites, clockwise from top left: Sara Paloma Pottery, Deadly Squire potholders, OM Home cushion (go and check out the cushion tree on their website) and Petit Collage.

Monday, August 24, 2009

A Reason for my Silence

All has been quite on the blog front lately. This is the reason - a brand new iMac. I know there was method to my madness but I can't remember what that was! Not that I'm complaining - it's so cool, but it's a great leap for me who has been so used to the Microsoft way of doing things for the last 14 years. I have Windows 7 running on my iMac so I really do have the best of both worlds. I'm still not 100% on how to get some tasks done but I'm getting there.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Tree of Life

I really like this wall decal from the Wall Sticker Company. My darling husband is not so sure but I think it would be wonderful focal point from our kitchen through to our dining room. I just wonder if I would get sick of it really quickly. I'm not really a blue person... or gold for that matter so I would have to come up with a different colour combination. What to do?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

iPhone Babycinos

On Thursday mornings the little one and I go to Belconnen markets. This has been a long standing tradition and one that I cherish. With shopping out of the way we have morning tea at the organic cafe. For some reason we started taking photos of his babycinos and each week we judge whether or not the latest is photo worthy. Then we browse through all the previous pictures. This morning I decided to turn all of them into one picture. I'm sure our barista, who sports a different hair colour each week, tries to outdo herself for him.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Felt

I've just been browsing the latest designer list for the upcoming Handmade Market in September. Some new and some familiar. This led me to the Prim and Pretty blog and a great picture of her felt flowers (top) - that's mine in the middle on the right! This made me think of my other purchase from the MissChief Maker High Tea Event, which was a pair of Tubeway Armies Arm Warmers. These are upcycled from old sweaters and while mine are not nearly as colourful as the ones pictured they do have the dots and buttons. You can find them at the gayeabandon Etsy store.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

A Taste of France


July is the month that has almost all of the Heasman family glued to the Tour de France - or the last 10km of each stage at least. With Bastille Day over for another year I started to think of all things French. These are from one of my favourite online stores - French Bazaar. A place in Australia for quirky French homewares. I especially like the la vie est verte shopping trolley and think I would definitely stand out at the Saturday morning farmers market with that one. The bottom picture is of paper placemats - which could be very useful in our house.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Fun in the Snow

The family has just returned from taking the boys for a play in the snow. We chose Mt Selwyn snowfields - a lot more family orientated with a great toboggan park. The boys had a lovely time and we wished we could have gone skiing but have chalked that up to next time. Having spent more time on snowfields in other areas of the world, the Australian countryside in snow is just beautiful. I especially loved the snow covered scibbly gum trees. It certainly helped that we had a beautiful clear day.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Rainbow Swirlz

I discovered this etsy store last year, but it looks like Rainbow Swirlz is either no longer on esty or gone out on their own. Regardless it's nice to see that I can still buy their whimsical printed t-shirts and bags. I love the owl field bag! I'm also a big fan of the robots! Oh and as extra incentive, they are having a giveaway competition - you can check it out here.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A Home for my Phone

I am the first to admit I'm a little too attached to my iPhone. Since I got it last December it has been housed in a small drawstring bag that came with the youngest one's latest pair of sunglasses. Someone introduced my to Beyzacases who make leather cases for all types of phones and laptops. I finally bought one last week. They are really well made, which does make them a little more expensive. While I really wanted the green (don't I always), it was this style in classic black that I chose.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

My Own Canberra Moment

There are many quirks to living in the Nation's capital. One is that they give directions by building names which is very confusing for newcomers who don't know one building from another and have to navigate streets that appear to be just one giant roundabout. The other quirk is the 'canberra moment' - everyone knows everybody else. As a part time employee and relative newcomer I have never had a 'canberra moment' until yesterday. This invite was sent to me by beautiful Lisa of Tango & James and Canberra's Got Style fame. It's being held at Misschief Maker owned by Kate (who I have only met once). Kate is a good friend with my gorgeous friend Rach - who owns Mr Mudge. I work with Rach's husband! I think I can now call myself a Canberran, or should that be an Australian Capital Territorian? Oh and if you are in Canberra come along to the High Tea Event - it should be fun.

Monday, June 8, 2009

More about fabric


I am becoming increasingly interested in learning how to print my own fabric. I recently stumbled across some inspiring Australians that are doing some lovely work. The top picture is a fabric pack from the Ink & Spindle online store. They are a group of three textile designers based in Melbourne that hand print their own designs. Their blog is worth reading and their store site has templates to help you design your own reapeating pattern. The bottom is from the of paper and thread esty store. Danielle, the designer, is based in Western Australia and has her designs printed. Both stores practice environmental printing techniques.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

In Search of a Bag

I braved the Handmade Upmarket again last weekend and this time my mission was to buy an everyday bag now that I no longer have need for a nappy bag. I found the perfect bag at the moyou stall. Amy from moyou designs and prints her own fabric (top photo), amongst other things - you can see her talent in the moyou etsy store. The bag was just lovely but I was very put off with the way her 'helper' pried it out of my hands in much the same way you would coerce a full cup of milk from a toddler! Needless to say I didn't buy it and I didn't find anything else that really caught my eye. So my search continued.
The little one and I went out to Goldcreek together for browsing and morning tea. Here I found this bag by b.sirius at The Style Emporium. Perfect! The apple and cinnamon tea at Adore Tea was good too.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Foam Letter Accidental Art

With a lot of 'help' from the boys, we cleaned the foam letters last weekend. We had a real production line going with frames, letters and inserts filling every available space. My darling husband decided they were not drying quickly enough laying flat on the table. So I came outside to find that he had slotted them all together to hasten the drying process. The overall effect was quite cool - we had created our own backyard installation.

Monday, May 11, 2009

It's Autumn

Actually it's almost winter but I never tire of autumn. I love the colours and the crisp mornings and warm days. I also love that I now live in a city that shows autumn in all its glory. We have nearly seen out an entire year in our new home and I have enjoyed watching the garden bloom, grow and now go dormant. This tree pictured is the most surprising. It sits outside our front courtyard wall and really makes our house stand out on the street.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mums out there. I spent my morning with a number pinned to me (a first for me), did a short aerobic warm up with 1000 other people and walked a 5km circuit along the shores of Lake Burley Griffin for the Mother's Day Classic walk or run for breast cancer. The top photo was taken on my iPhone while we waited to get started. You can see what a spectacular day we had and also the number of participants - apparently over 4000! The bottom photo are me (in the middle) and my good friends and walking buddies after we'd made it home with our 'medals'. We are already planning the next one.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Wish I Was Here

Wow a long time between posts. Apologies to the 3 or so people who actually read it! I just got this reminder in my inbox of the Modern Economy one day sale - it's in San Francisco. This sale is the creation of Meg Mateo Ilasco - designer and writer. Go and have a look at some of the designers that participate if you want to be inspired. She also does an online version of this sale and last year I picked up a few goodies.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Meet the Baron

My latest and way overdue acquisition. The final piece in my workspace puzzle. This is the Baron chair and it is even more comfortable than it looks! Ordering it was a lot of fun as I was dealing with a company that aren't accustomed to selling one chair; their specialty is workplace fit outs for large organisations. I talked them into it! My darling husband was a little horrified at the price and tried to convince me that I didn't need the Rolls Royce of chairs. I assured him that had I wanted the Rolls Royce I would have gone for the Herman Miller Aeron chair. My Baron is more like the Porsche of the chair world and if I ever tire of it then it's 97% recyclable, how cool is that?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

Happy Easter! Today is the one day of the year that the boys eat chocolate for breakfast! The easter bunny (who hopped out of bed at 4:18 this morning) left a few tasty treats in the nests we made in the garden yesterday. Not even the rain could deter him! This is a picture of the eldest with his chocolate bunny that he happily beheaded, broke into little pieces and ate.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Easter Eggs

This time not the chocolate variety. The boys and I did this little easter craft project last night thanks to a template and instructions from Sidsel of Spagat Blog. You can download the PDF here and don't forget to get the front and the back for the bunnies. The little one and I went out searching for suitable sticks this morning, it's not difficult as we have a very large front area to our house filled with several varieties of eucalypt. Our easter display has a very Australian feel
as he insisted on including the stick with the leaves still attached.

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Beach

With autumn fast approaching we decided to take off and enjoy the last of summer at Broulee beach last weekend. It's been, incredibly, over a year since we last went to the coast and the boys had such a great time now they are that little bit older. The eldest had a great time with his body board and the little one just liked sitting on the edge of the water and digging holes, which also meant he came home with an extraordinary amount of sand in his swimmers!
The one thing I love about the south coast at this time of year is the vast stretches of beaches with very few people and the water is not too cold.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Pears

A couple of weeks ago I visited the Degas exhibition (it finishes today) at the NGA with good friend and Godmother to my eldest. After she'd gone home I found a magnet on my fridge with these pears on it. She knew I was admiring the glass ones for sale in the NGA shop. This sculpture, Pear - version 2 is by George Baldessin and it resides in the sculpture garden. Since my glass pear encounter I seem to be seeing pears in all sort of strange places; prints, T-shirts and appliqued on bags just to name a few.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thursday Lattes

Excuse the quality of this picture, it was taken on my iPhone. Every Thursday the little one and I go to Belconnen Markets to pick up the few things we can't get at EPIC farmers market. This has been a long standing tradition and our visit always ends in coffee and treats at the organic cafe - As Nature Intended. The little one has his baby chino (pictured) although he likes to call it a latte. The barista did such a special job with the chocolate on the top that we decided it was worthy of a photo.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Wallpaper

My computer is almost back to normal, thanks to a new hard drive. My darling husband is not convinced that the hard drive is the issue so we are keeping our fingers crossed. On the plus side I have more disk space that I shall ever have a need for - 1 terabyte! With all this rebuilding and reinstalling I felt it was also time for new wallpaper. I stumbled on the Desktop Wallpaper Calendar 2009 thanks to Smashing Magazine. There are so many great choices. I think we need some Southern Hemisphere input though as many of the designs are celebrating the arrival of spring when we are watching our leaves changing colour.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Celebrations, Smiles and Frowns


What a week it has been! We celebrated the boys 4 and 6 birthdays last Saturday complete with jumping castle and castle cake. Note to self - never let them choose another cake that has royal blue icing. It's really not an attractive food colour and it gets on everything! Saturday was also the arrival of the final pieces of my desk puzzle so I finally got to put it together on Sunday. I've still got a little bit to do and I had to compromise on the silver legs but I do like the industrial looking drawers. The frowns for the week came from a supreme act of stupidity on my part. I decided to rebuild my computer and thought I'd backed everything up but it turns out I hadn't. So I inadvertently purged myself of many years worth of collecting web links and not so useless documents. Swampfire (my big boy's alien in the bottom picture) was just menacing enough to remind me of my ordeal and I have carpet burn on my elbow from throwing myself on the floor in a dramatic turn upon the realisation that everything was gone. The only saving grace was all pictures were on a different drive. I'm trying to convince myself that this really is a blessing in disguise.