Lately... | March 05, 2013

....I've been collecting lots of little knick-knacks... and rediscovering some old ones...

... I've been painting watercolour flowers and stringing a cute garland....

posted under: Bits of Happy, Do It Yourself, Found Objects, Stationery, storytelling

So cute I couldn't resist... | February 11, 2013

Last Thursday was my birthday! I turned 30 again (for the 4th time in a row). So, naturally, I felt it was time for a wee bit of a shopping spree. You know, to spend some of my hard-earned birthday cash. Took a stroll through Fitzroy on Saturday and spotted this pretty + colourful necklace by Stampel at Dagmar Rousset (such a cute shop!) It even came in the most gorgeous little box. I just couldn't resist...

Happy Birthday to me.

posted under: Fashion, Found Objects, Gift Ideas, Jewellery, Love at First Sight, Melbourne Chic, storytelling

Because tiles are awesome... | September 13, 2011

I know that overhead 'shoe' photos have been done many, many times before, but I couldn't resist posting these because of the gorgeous tiles!

The top image was taken by my husband Mark at "The Smile" in NYC during our honeymoon last year. I took the bottom pic a few days ago at the entrance to "Tigerlily" in Chadstone Shopping Center in Melbourne. I loved the tiles so much I wanted to take the whole floor home with me.

posted under: Found Objects, Home Décor, storytelling

My Favourite Thing (at the moment) | August 29, 2011

When I was a little girl I watched 'The Sound of Music' at least 300 times. The songs were a staple in our household, making regular appearances in shower solos and impromptu hums.

Despite possessing the highest regard for this beloved musical, I never related to the song “My Favourite Things”. This is mostly due to the fact that I found Fräulein Maria's list of 'favourite things'  somewhat lacking (and, not to mention, rife with the 'cheese' factor). Sadly, “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens” did absolutely nothing for me.

In addition, I found that prancing around in my bedtime garments and belting out the phrase "schnitzel with noodles"  helped little in the event of sheer, blinding terror.

I realise now that perhaps my indifference to Mr Hammerstein's lyrics is also due to one profound and glaring omission: green and black's 85% dark chocolate.

The stuff rocks. Buy in bulk.

{ photo by Amy Moss }

posted under: Food, Found Objects, storytelling

A Recipe for Happiness | August 09, 2011

It has recently come to my attention that the combination of pretty novelty chocolate, shiny+glittery hats and a collection of colourful felt balls = happy!

So, if you're out and about in Melbourne and you're looking for some cheering up, here's where to go:

  • Simón Coll Umbrella Chocolates from 'The Department' ( a new and interesting concept store) in Prahran
  • Glitter hat from Woolworths (pick up some munchies while you're there) in Kew
  • Felt balls from The Colour Lab ( lots of pretty colourful things ) in Prahran
  • Happy Birthday candles from Daiso ( could spend hours in this cute japanese store. everything is $2.80! ) in Westfield Doncaster.

{ photography by Amy Moss }

posted under: Food, Found Objects, Gift Ideas, Melbourne Chic, Parties, storytelling

Found Objects: Pretty Toothpick Boxes | January 24, 2011

Retro or pseudo-retro? I'm not entirely sure of the exact origin of these little cuties (that once belonged to my husband's Oma). All I know is that, with their kitschy colours and bold designs, they're supremely groovy. Right on.

{ photos by Amy Moss }

posted under: Entertaining, Found Objects

One Year Old | June 17, 2010

WIth all that has been happening in my life lately, I'd almost forgotten that Eat Drink Chic turned 1 year old on June 8! I can't believe it's been a whole year already!

Speaking of birthdays, this 'Bon anniversaire' cat paperdoll card by Livework is one of the cutest cards I've seen in awhile and it comes with a gorgeous little aqua envelope. I picked it up at a nearby paperie. It's also available online here at Pigeonhole. Be sure to check out the other cute cards in the paperdoll range.

{ photos by Amy Moss }

posted under: Found Objects, Stationery, storytelling

Vipers Bugloss Honey | May 11, 2010

A few key things happened after I got married.

A change of title from Miss to Mrs, an update to 'married' on my facebook status, a brief pondering of what will become of my now redundant 'I heart my boyfriend' t-shirt, and the strangest of all-  a sudden and inexplicable explosion of sweet and sugary foods in my diet.

I kid you not, the day immediately after the wedding, it was sugar overload.

Although I've heard of the phenomenon, I've always thought myself immune to the seductive advances of the 'I can finally let myself go now that I'm married' club but, seriously, what other explanation can there be?

This sunny Tuesday afternoon I succumbed to the temptation of delicious honey from New Zealand brand J. Friend and Co. which I acquired during a Saturday shopping trip to Simon Johnson. I was drawn to the pretty packaging and interesting varieties with odd little names like 'Vipers Bugloss' that I struggle to pronounce. The poetic description on the back reads 'light pollen and floral notes with a distinctive vanilla taste'. Sounds good right? Well, boy is it ever. It can be eaten straight from the jar. No need for useless intermediary items like toast or crackers... or a spoon. Nuh-uh.

However, I can't go past the combination of honey and lemon tea. One of my faves.

For a less conventional serving suggestion (that I discovered only just today) -place a generous dollop of honey directly onto a slice of lemon and enjoy. Where has this concept been my whole life?

{ photos by amy moss }

posted under: Drink, Food, Found Objects, storytelling

A Few Facts | April 22, 2010

The following are some facts about me that I should probably be too embarrassed
to tell you:

*I used to drink coffee, not for the taste, but for the swell of self-confidence from the caffeine high.

*I haven't read a novel in years because of the lack of pretty pictures.

*I truly miss Lorelei Gilmore.

*I used to think the phrase was "It's a doggy dog world".

*Ice-cream is my greatest weakness.

*I've stopped watching Grey's Anatomy due to a recently developed fear of mortality.

*I can't stand untidiness and mess. I am lazy and hate cleaning. Therein lies the conundrum.

*I've only just discovered the wonders of japanese novelty erasers and suddenly the world is a better place.

{ photo by Amy Moss }

posted under: Found Objects, Stationery, storytelling

Found Object: Quirky Eggcups | January 14, 2010

Meet Mr and Mrs Egghead. An impulse purchase that was the combined result of sifting through cheap kitsch in touristy beachside shops and a kind of crazed frivolity that comes with finally being on holiday. Maybe it was just a little too much sun, I don't know, but I thought these eggcups found in Phillip Island, Victoria were the most adorable little things ever and I instantly had to have them. And now I do.

The Penguin Parade was AMAZING, by the way.

posted under: Food, Found Objects, Home Décor, storytelling, Tableware

Found Object: Vintage Christmas Card | November 25, 2009

I popped into Chapel St Bazaar today and found this gorgeous vintage Christmas card from 1946!

I love the colour scheme and the adorable snowman in a tophat!

If you can find some good ones, vintage cards can be re-used to decorate your home or even gift packaging for the upcoming holidays.

posted under: Christmas, Found Objects, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Stationery, Vintage Style

Festive French Ladies | November 02, 2009

Who doesn't love the current stream of talented French female illustrators with their bright, colourful and cheery creations? This is a little round-up of some of my recent inspirations in this genre. Continue for more pics and details...

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posted under: Found Objects, Gift Ideas, Illustration, Stationery

Found Bottles and Flowers from my Mother's Garden | October 30, 2009

Today I thought I'd share with you some floral inspiration along with a 'show and tell' of my ever-expanding bottle collection! Continue for more details and pics!

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posted under: Found Objects, Home Décor, storytelling, The Apartment, Vintage Style

Found Objects at Brunswick St Bookstore | October 15, 2009

On Sunday the fiancé and I took a stroll down Brunswick St- Something we haven't done together in quite some time. It started off as a lovely day- beautiful sunshine, not a drop of rain in sight and a lovely brunch (in aforementioned sunshine) at Madame Sousou. Of course, being Melbourne, the pleasant weather was predictably short-lived and we soon found ourselves caught in torrential downpour.  

However, before this dramatic outburst from the heavens, I re-discovered Brunswick St Bookstore. I just love all the little treasures they have hidden there.  I picked up a copy of The Hungry Girls Cookbook Volume 2 and this very cute little postcard of an apple core by ask alice stationery. Just thought I'd share...

posted under: Books, Food, Found Objects, Melbourne Chic, Stationery

Found Objects: Gift Tags from Pepe's Paperie | October 13, 2009

Aren't these gift tags gorgeous? I found these little gems at Pepe's Paperie at Doncaster Shoppingtown. I was told that they were made by an employee. Such a subtle yet beautiful embellishment for any gift. More pics ahead!

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posted under: Found Objects, Gift Ideas, Stationery, Vintage Style

Found Objects: Peppermint Magazine Issue 3 & Chronicle Books Card | July 09, 2009

Found Objects July 07 2009

Despite the winter chill, it's a beautiful sunny day so I took a stroll in search of inspiration! Down at Greville St Bookstore I found this gorgeous card form Chronicle Books (below) which is a bird illustration printed onto an excerpt of a book published by Chronicle. I also stopped by Mag Nation and picked up a copy of Issue 3 of Peppermint Magazine (above) which has a very cute article about the Australian DIY phenomenon and how the craft blogging community has helped to facilitate the new craze. (Love the article's handmade title graphics!) Peppermint Mag is about eco-friendly fashion- lots of craft/handmade goodness in this issue. Definitely worth a look.

posted under: Found Objects, Stationery, Typography

Oopsidaisi Russian Dolls | June 16, 2009

Oopsidaisi Russian Dolls

Adorable Russian Doll lavender pouches from Oopsidaisi.

(photo by amy moss)

posted under: Found Objects, Gift Ideas