Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Etsy Loving

She's not mine but she could be yours...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

This Wanda Frog pic (in blue top) from here
and another (pretty dress) from here
and finally (cute green and white tights)here

It's all a matter of taste, of course but I'm intrigued that people can look at this frog, Wanda and

A: just see a piece of green land-fill.

B: suddenly realise they can't live without him/her.

C: are totally baffled.

Do I really need to declare my position?


Monday, June 16, 2008


I've been sticking and stacking and switching and trawling through 1000s of buttons... so here are some new rings.

It's not easy, choosing green...

We've been doing a little painting - one door all red...but now Em & are trying to choose the perfect shade of green for our bedroom walls.

I'm leaning towards a natural kind of green - calming but not too green.

Em wavers between a lighter shade and something that says - "green" but not "too green".

We ended up picking a green each and got a couple of sample pots and slapped it on the walls to see which green worked.


My green was AWFUL - swampy, sea-sick green. I could hardly stand looking at the patch, let alone an entire room.

Emma's green was AWFUL too! Minty, toothpaste green that was irritatingly pale and insipid.

So Saturday afternoon we got out all our books on colour/decorating and immersed ourselves for an hour in page after page of colour - hoping to stumble across the right green.

Didn't happen but it was a fun way to pass an hour. The quest continues but here's a few pics that I like.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Favourite Flickr Friday

How can you not love Arthur's Circus?

And look at this blanket at Granny-Along. Love the colours.

I'm smitten with Wanda. More photos at House of Duke here...

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

My Blog Bats Its Lashes...

Thanks to Pip for this brilliant post about How To Make Your Blog Look Cuter.

I've been blogging for three years now and really, up until this week - I still didn't know how to put a frame around one of my pictures! This post really is fantastic.

I've pimped my blog and there's no turning back now.

Here There and Everywhere

This is just one of four books filled with images that inspire me - or are just quite simply, lovely to look at. Magazines, blogs, newspapers, flickr - there's always something that catches my eye.
Sometimes the will to craft, to begin a new project - well, I run out of steam. When that happens, I get my books together, along with all my Japanese Craft books and just soak them up. Always, always, always helps.

Big Moo Excited.

I got some Moo business cards made up using some photos I took in Japan last October. I think they look fantastic and I love their quirky size and the good quality paper they print on. Very pleased. Here they are...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

This is a close up of a couple of cards that are in a funny old book I found a few weeks ago. I think they must have come with every bar of Toblerone in the early 1900s - the book is published by them, too. Some are pictures of dogs, others are from fairytales.

It was one of those purchases that inspired a look from Emma that said ''What the hell do you want those for?''. Both books are very tatty looking but the little cards are so sweet. Right?

Friday, June 06, 2008

Happy Weekend - long or short.

Meeting my sister for breakfast.

Seeing Sex& The City with friends.

Screaming at the footy on Sunday.

Celebrating a birthday (not mine).

Watching Jane Austen on Sunday night on the ABC.

And a little bit of sleeping in.

Monday, June 02, 2008


I'm lucky enough to have two of Christine Alvarado's (Du Buh Du) amazing art-dolls. Recently she asked bloggers to submit names for future dolls and two of mine were accepted - Satine and Miette. See their little fox and deer masks? I'm not really a doll person, but these are something special. It's a great blog, too - always inspires me.
Stella and Eppie are looking for homes.
I got back into the blocks this weekend. This set is a c0mission for a person who loves Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott....each side has a different image...but you get the idea. I really enjoyed working with a theme - each block tells a story. They look good just tumbled together, too.

Tonight is my last Brownies! We're doing crochet. I can't wait. I've finally mastered the granny square but hope to learn something different tonight. I've started working with this fine green thread that has a luster to it - quite scary but we'll see what happens. I've made a few they are in red wool...

These are quite long but they looked good looped twice around the neck.

Once Upon A Time in Germany...

I was staying with friends in a small village. It was snowing. I had some time on my hands. I found these TINY ladies in a toy shop...

and built them a hotel.

Some Books I've Really Enjoyed

  • Apples For Jam by Tessa Kiros
  • Saturday by Ian McEwan
  • Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life by Andrew Motion
  • The Bell Jar by Syliva Plath
  • Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
  • Stasiland by Anna Funder

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