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 }

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 } 

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...


posted under: storytelling, Travel

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 }

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.

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 }

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 }

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*

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 }

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! }

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!!

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 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!

posted under: Giveaway, Home Décor, Interiors

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

DIY Paper Popsicle Memory Game | August 22, 2011

As a kid I adored the game 'Memory'. The truth is, I still do. Sure, it's not exactly what you would define as 'challenging' but there's something charming about it's simplicity. So, for a bit of cute fun I decided to re-create the game with a slight twist. I've replaced the cards with paper popsicles. Who doesn't love popsicles, right?

Scatter these at a summer ice-cream social, bbq or picnic for a bit of interactive fun for guests!

Continue for more pics and to download your freebies!

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posted under: Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Gift Ideas, Kids, Parties

Manjar Cookies | August 03, 2011

Spotted these on Pinterest today- the cutest cookies you ever did see.

posted under: Food, Gift Ideas, Parties

Mixed Bag... June 27, 2011 | June 27, 2011

Zippity Doo Dah pouch from International Arrivals

Apple Lacquer Clock from Jonathan Adler

Vintage bow ties from American Apparel

Storage jars from Haus

Meridian dress in teal from Hound Design { via Darling Dexter }

Pet Rock Printed Leather Bill Holder from Jack Spade

Neon Nail Polish from American Apparel

Re-usable submarine ice-cubes from Kikkerland

Chartreuse Rose on White pillow from bedbuggs

Mittens from Bergslagsgatan { via Fine Little Day }

Original Coca-Cola Hutchinson bottle from Selfridges

posted under: Drink, Fashion, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Kids, Mixed Bag, Stationery

Mixed Bag... June 3, 2011 | June 03, 2011

Felted Foliage Garland from BHLDN

Flex Orange Sofa from CB2

Hey Let's Get Brunch Sometime cards from Kathryn Whyte

Will We Have Rainbows? free printable by Making it Lovely

The Flynn Skirt by Anne M Cramer

DIY Flowers tutorial at Scrapbooks Etc.

'Watch Out Cupid' Bootie by Alannah Hill

Fixed Bike card from Howkapow

'One Big Cow' poster from I Need Nice Things

'Love Sick' Candygram by Jesse Arrington.

posted under: Fashion, Home Décor, Mixed Bag, Stationery, Typography

Meet 'Sukie' | June 02, 2011

Meet Sukie- the new member of our family!  She's an 18 month old Mastiff cross that we adopted from an animal shelter about a week ago.

Continue to see more pics and read more about her!!

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posted under: storytelling, Sukie

Bold and Beautiful | May 27, 2011

{ 01 } 'She Believed She Could So She Did' print by Valentina Ramos from Beehive Co-op

{ 02 }  Royal Plantation Elephant Basket from Kate Spade

{ 03 } Green Green Cushion cover from Marimekko

{ 04 } Pink Circles Countess tote from Jonathan Adler

{ 05 } Allergy food flags by Allergy Riders from Lark Handmade

{ 06 } Vintage blanket hot water bottles  from My Poppet { via Frankie }

posted under: Fashion, Gift Ideas, Home Décor, Parties, Typography
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