Cat Tipi | April 26, 2013

Ok, so I'm not really a cat person, but after seeing these ridiculously cute Cat Tipis, I really wish I was! Can I just get one anyway?

{ photos from Cat Tipi website. via DailyCandy }

XO
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posted under: Gift Ideas, Home Décor

Sunday | April 14, 2013

Mark, Sukie and I spent a quiet sunday at Emerald Lake Park. It's been awhile since we've had a little family day trip and we thought we'd take advantage of the good weather before it disappears. The forest walk is a nice little hiding spot to get lost for awhile...

Oh, and If you're ever in the area, you should try The General Food Store for lunch. Yum.

XO
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posted under: storytelling, Sukie

Life Tastes Better with Sprinkles | March 28, 2013

For our Australia Day BBQ back in Jan, I put together this little Ice-Cream Sundae bar. (Yes, I am obsessed with Sundae bars.) It is now a permanent fixture in our home.

It may appear to be intended for small children but no, it, in fact, catered for full-grown adults. All of the objects I've used to style it are part of my own collection because, basically, I am a large child. This table design is totally a manifestion of my colourful, eclectic and exceedingly infantile mind. 

And yes, perhaps including a pic of Audrey Hepburn these days is a tad cliché, but I don't care, she's awesome. (It was a toss up between her and Audrey Tautou.)

Oh and, by the way, if you ever plan to use plastic amber bottle dispensers for your toppings, don't get anything too thick- it will be a massive fail :(

I'm so in love with my test tube rack of colourful sprinkles! (I've re-used some old Happy Lab tubes.)

Confetti sprinkles are the bomb.

Happy Easter/Passover weekend everybody! :)

XO
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posted under: Bits of Happy, Do It Yourself, Entertaining, Home Décor, Our Home, Parties, storytelling

Sessun S/S 2013 | February 26, 2013

Another pretty collection from Sessun for Spring/Summer 2013.

{ photos from Sessun }

XO
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posted under: Fashion

Free Printable "Sweet New Year" Calendar 2013 | December 11, 2012

I've whipped up this mini 2013 calendar for you to download and print.

As you can see, it clearly flaunts my obsession with all things sweet!

Each month comes on a separate colourful card that you can pin or hang up, use on your desk or carry with you in your bag. 

Use it as a cute little christmas/holiday gift for friends and family, or just keep it for yourself!

Have a sweet new year!

Read on to download your freebie!

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posted under: Christmas, Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Holidays

Weekend Projects | September 21, 2012

The weekend is almost upon us and the first project for me to tackle is catching up on some much-needed sleep! I've recently found myself trapped in a ridiculous little ritual. Each morning at some dark, god-forsaken hour, I wake to an onslaught of thoughts and project ideas for this blog and for our home.... It then takes me hours to get back to sleep.

Speaking of ideas, I recently came up with this cute and simple little DIY project... 

Believe me, nobody hates the idea of hacking up magazines more than I do but there is so much seriously beautiful photography going on in cooking mags these days (the rustic textures, the vibrant colours, the scrummy styling...) that I thought it would be great to turn fragments of these images into gift tags. Or, perhaps more fittingly, tags to attach to cutlery for table-setting decorations. 

Cut out some visually interesting segments from your magazine (in a uniform size), then stick them onto thick kraft card and cut to size. Punch a hole at the top and attach some twine. Voila.

I find the best mags are the ones that use thick, rough-textured, matte stock. Jamie Magazine is a great example.

Of course, If you're super lazy like me and don't mind spending a little extra money on the project, you can cheat and get these awesome heavy-weight kraft tags and just stick the magazine cuttings directly onto them.

Oh, and if you really hate the idea of hacking up your mag, just buy a second copy to keep!

There's a weekend project for ya.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to the weekend. Apart from catching up on sleep and tackling some decorating projects I'm also intent on spending some quality time with Sukie in our (newly tidied up) backyard. She has a new toy that has actually survived an entire week. It's still fully intact and functioning. We're so proud. 

Happy Friday! xo

{ photos by Amy Moss }

XO
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posted under: Do It Yourself, Entertaining, Home Décor, Our Home, Stationery, storytelling, Sukie

Magic Carpet Ride | August 08, 2012

We love our dog Sukie, but she is a bona fide nutball.

The latest is that she's developed a phobia of the doorway to Mark's office. Yes, you heard right. The doorway.

She's perfectly fine if she's either side of it, but it's the experience of going through the doorway itself that is inexplicably traumatic. Even dog treats will not tempt her.

On the odd occasion, however, her determination will outweigh her fears and she will attempt to make a sudden, mad dash through to the other side. In a spectacle that soon becomes akin to a scene from a Looney Tunes cartoon, Sukie's claws, scurrying frantically, fail to get a grip on the polished floorboards and she is unable to propel herself forward. She finds herself suspended in some kind of comical, roadrunner-esque motion loop in the doorway for what seems like an eternity. Her efforts to expedite the traumatic experience, backfiring drastically.

This predicament has made Sukie a little glum. She usually enjoys lying by Mark's side while he works but now all she can do is poke her head around the door and stare at him longingly.

Mark also misses her company and so, in a stroke of genius, was able to come up with this clever solution: He lays down her dog bed in front of her and coaxes her onto it. He then slides the dog bed through the evil doorway until she and her bed have safely reached the other side. 

We call this the Magic Carpet ride. And it works a treat.

We know, however, this is not an ideal fix. It will take time and a whole lot of positive reinforcement to get her traversing that doorway confidently again.

Mark's been a bit down because of the situation but has, unfortunately for me, managed to retain his sense of humour.

Mark: "I hate it when I can't fix things... I don't know why but I just need to fix what's broken"
Me (jokingly):"Is that why you're with me?"
Mark:"Nah, you're not broken. You're just a little... bent"

{ photo by Amy Moss }

XO
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posted under: Our Home, storytelling, Sukie

Looking forward to... | July 31, 2012

...our next shindig (whenever that may be), so I can show off my tumbler collection!..

... and stir up some Lemonade with orange blossom water. I fell in love with this beautiful drink after tasting it for the first time at Mama Ganoush (a lovely middle eastern restaurant in Windsor). I generally make it whenever we entertain- it's been popular with guests. Awesome with sparkling water, instead of still. Make sure to grab the recipe!

{ all images by Amy Moss } 

XO
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posted under: Drink, Entertaining, Our Home, Parties, storytelling

Travelgrams | June 20, 2012

Psst... I'm documenting our travels through Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, as frequently as I can, on Instagram if you want to take a peek...

Our first stop was Portland. We were only there for a few days but, I have to say, I've become a huge fan of Portland and all its quirks. I love the generally relaxed, laid-back feel, the rustic dining, the insanely polite drivers, the ice-cream, the donuts, the food carts... I even don't mind waiting in the long queues that constantly stream out of 'hip' destinations (while surrounding establishments remain mysteriously empty).  Oh, and I LOVE how there are so many dog-friendly hotels. Although, seeing so many dogs makes me miss my Sukie even more!

So now we're currently in Seattle... and still getting a feel for the place.

I'll be back soon with more trip related updates that will include some of my favourite cafes, shops and restaurants that we've visited along the way...

Toodles!

XO
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posted under: storytelling, Travel

Calourette | June 07, 2012

You may think you can eat this jewellery.... but don't.

From Calourette.

XO
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posted under: Fashion, Food, Jewellery

Alice and Olivia | May 04, 2012

A super gorgeous collection of short shorts from Alice and Olivia.  Also, wouldn't you love to strut around in that stripey maxi?

...and the scarves are pretty cute too!

{ photos from Alice + Olivia website }

XO
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posted under: Fashion, Vintage Style

Orla Kiely SS12 | April 10, 2012

I hope everyone had an awesome Easter weekend! Most importantly, I hope you consumed lots of chocolate. I sure did. In fact, I haven't really stopped.

Meanwhile, Orla Kiely's spring/summer 2012 collection is pure cuteness.

XO
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posted under: Fashion

Collected | February 10, 2012

I have a particular weakness for homewares...such as, colourful bowls and interesting glassware. Shown above are the current state of my collections in the aforementioned areas. Not shown above are my vast collections of teapots, teacups, bottles and jars.

There are only two things I know for certain in this life- Firstly, that all these collections will continue to grow at an alarming rate, despite having run out of excuses for why such growth is necessary. Secondly, that I have absolutely no willpower whatsoever.

{ photos by Amy Moss }

XO
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posted under: Home Décor, storytelling, Tableware

Buttered Popcorn Ice-cream by Trotski and Ash | January 25, 2012

I'm intrigued by this buttered popcorn ice-cream recipe by Trotski and Ash. I'm sure it would make a great addition to a movie night with friends.

While you're there check out all their other cute recipes accompanied by the gorgeous photography of Lauren Bamford.

{ photo by Lauren Bamford }

XO
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posted under: Desserts, Entertaining, Food

Vintage style fridges | January 17, 2012

Above is a collection of vintage style refrigerators from Big Chill, Gorenje and Smeg.

We're currently on the hunt for a new fridge and would love one of these beauties to brighten up our kitchen. Unfortunately, Smeg appears to be the only brand available in Australia and both of their models are too small for our needs. *sigh*

XO
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posted under: Home Décor, Vintage Style

Happy Lab | December 19, 2011

I spotted Happy Lab recently at Chadstone Shopping Center and was immediately enticed by the cute packaging and creative store design. Beakers and test tubes filled with colourful candy and chocolate line the walls whilst staff parade around in lab coats. If the sugar doesn't make you happy, the colours surely will. Don't you just love great packaging?

{ photos from Happy Lab and Westfield websites }

XO
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posted under: Food, Gift Ideas, Holidays

Fab Four... October 28, 2011 | October 28, 2011

{ 1 }  Tipi Poster from Little Studio { via seesaw. }

{ 2 }  Twig pencils from North Rock Gallery

{ 3 }  50 metres yarn on vintage spools from Bodie and Fou

{ 4 }  Extra virgin olive oil in handpainted bottle from Selfridges { via Oh Joy! }

XO
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posted under: Fab Four, Gift Ideas

Giveaway!! Dress from Shopkempt (Closed) | October 03, 2011

It's giveaway time again! Which of these lovely Shopkempt dresses do you fancy? The Robyn Striped Tank Dress, the Evelyn Wrap Dress or the Olivia Sweetheart Dotted Dress?

To enter this giveaway all you need to do is:

1. Choose your favourite dress out of the three shown above.

2. Leave a comment at the end of this post that includes the name or number of your favourite dress.

3. In the 'name' box please include your first name and the first letter of your last name

4. In the 'email' box please include a valid email address.

5. Only one entry per person please!

A winner will be randomly selected from the comments and will receive the dress of their choice!

Thanks to Shopkempt for this great giveaway!

Competition closes Monday October 10 at 9pm (Australian EDST). The winner will be announced the following day.

Good luck!!

XO
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posted under: Fashion, Giveaway

This is not a 'doggy' mommy blog... | September 16, 2011

... but I couldn't resist posting these cutie-patootie shots of Sukie with my husband Mark.

It's been over 3 months since we welcomed our Bull-Mastiff cross rescue, Sukie, into our home.

She's a bit of an odd cookie, our Suke. She boasts monster-like proportions but treads ever-so-lightly through life...as if the slightest misstep would elicit her doom.

Watching her negotiate stepping over a hurdle placed a mere 2 inches off the ground is both hysterical and frustrating. She has a set of legs that leave Cameron Diaz for dead, yet she approaches this task with a trepidation most reserve for jumping out of a plane at 30,000 feet.

Continue to read more and see more pics!

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posted under: storytelling, Sukie

And the winner is... | September 15, 2011

Congratulations to Vanessa F. You have won a copy of Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney!! I will be contacting you shortly for postal details. A big thanks to Aussie distributors Hardie Grant Books for this amazing giveaway. For those who didn't win- it's out now! Go grab yourselves a copy!

XO
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posted under: Giveaway, Home Décor, Interiors
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