On the menu for afternoon tea were a dozen delicious cupcakes from Poppy Cakes. The Red Velvet cupcake was totally amazing; the buttercream icing wasn't sickly sweet like so many cupcakes can be and the contrast of the red cake and white icing looked so pretty.I also got some lovely presents and what with having Italian food for lunch (my fave) and tasty cupcakes for afternoon tea, it was a great day all 'round. Thanks Sarah! (And Mum and Dad too for buying the cupcakes!)
Monday, December 14, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
the Old Museum was filled to capacity with eager market goers of all ages and persuasions. This was just the view outside on the verandah.
Inside was just as busy and unfortunately it made it quite hard to actually be able to see what was on display.
Overall the market was a lot of fun but some of the stalls were aimed at higher end buyers and quite expensive. It was however great to see Selvedge House, Rebecca from Edward and Lilly and the other girls from BrisStyle all displaying their amazing creations. I would have to say that the BrisStyle Markets are still more my cup of tea with vintage inspired creations and less mainstream high fashion kind of style. Now I just have to hold on till the BrisStyle Indie Designers Market in December to get my market fix.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
- Holidays!! Only two days left of work, thank god and only one week till Japan.
- Reading the new Frankie magazine and the latest Matthew Reilly book.
- Being so busy with getting work sorted out that I have not had much energy to anything else, much less anything crafty.
- Sore throats. Fingers crossed I don't get sick before my holidays.
- The fact that it is almost the end of strawberry season.
Find more Hot's and Not's here at Loobylu.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Last year while driving home we realised that unbeknownst to us it was council pick up day. I decided that a detour was in order and we began to scour the streets. Not long into our search we came across these little beauties. Now I know they look like they were throw out for good reason but I thought that with a little work we could turn them into something useable.
Now the funny thing was were driving our little Corolla at the time which really is not the best vehicle for transporting a five piece outdoor setting but I was determined to fit it all in. A few other people in vehicles more appropriate for transporting furniture waited near by hoping that we would give up but in the end we triumphed! (although I must admit that I had to drive home because the driver seat had to be put so far forward that my husband could not actually fit behind the wheel!).
I originally was going to coat the table and chairs in some varnish and keep the look of the cane but it just did not seem like it was going to freshen them up enough. After we moved into our new house I decided that a fresh coat of white outdoor paint might do the trick. After a couple of coats of paint they came up a treat.
While there were no cushions left with the chairs I decided to turn the cushions from some old couches that were given to us by my in laws into the base for our new chairs.
I am loving the look of stripes on outdoor furniture at the moment and managed to find some great fabric at Ikea that fitted the bill perfectly. I tried to use the old cushion covers as a guide when sewing the new ones but in the end I used some brown paper to create some rudimentary patterns. They turned out a little big but I suppose that is better than being too small.
I'm really happy that I was able to convert the chairs into something a little more comfortable and it feels great to give life to some old down and out furniture. At the moment all four chairs are painted but I still have to buy the other two colours of striped fabric from Ikea. I'm hoping to make up the other cushions in matching green and yellow stripped fabric.
Now I just have to wait for this years council pick up day so that I can get my next fix.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
To check out other blogger's bedsides head over to Mike's!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I know there are people out there that turn their nose up at his books but even though they are not literary classics they are a lot of fun. I think my love of his books stems from my love of good old fashion action thrillers like Aliens and Terminator.
I absolutely love reading and I think that's why I love blogs so much. I personally think that anything that gets people reading is a good thing. I'd love to know if you have read any of Matthew Reilly's books or if there is one series which you always love to read?
I think this picture I bought on Etsy by Aunty Cookie pretty much sums me up in a nutshell.
Now I just have to hang out for the new Kinsey Millhone book by Sue Grafton. Hmmm I think I feel like a quarter pounder......
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
So, What's Hot?
- Seeing 500 Days of Summer before its run finishes at the cinemas. I loved this movie because it was something really original and so much better than the usual 'boy meets girl' storyline. Plus it was just damn funny. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a cutie.
- Recieving my new issue of delicious. in the mail and reading the new Donna Hay magazine. Mmm....cookies....
- Being able to buy the new issue of Frankie magazine tomorrow! Total yay-ness all 'round!
What's Not?- Uni exams. Having to study for uni exams. So very, very boring. I'd rather be crafting!
- Figuring out what to cook for dinner every night. Sure I like to cook, but it's hard to decide on what to cook every night. I wish I could have cupcakes for dinner. That would definitely go under Hot!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This is the little room we found hidden out the back of our new house. When we inspected the property the tenants had piles of junk stacked to the ceiling and we were unable to see what a hidden gem it really was. It is just a small L shaped room but I am hoping to turn into my own little sewing and craft room.
Monday, October 19, 2009
A whole bunch of stuff! This shelf is above my desk and as you can see it's chock full of little bits and pieces i've collected plus some of my Uni textbooks. It's really hard to dust though!
Sarah will post a pic of her shelf tomorrow, and you can bet that hers will be a hell of alot neater than mine!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
I am part way through the super-cool cross stitch pattern by LoungeKat which is featured in the latest issue of Mixtape. I have just finished the lettering and am now trying to figure out the best way to tackle all of the the outer detail.
I haven't done any cross stitching in forever as I hadn't really been inspired by any patterns but when I saw this one I just had to do it. I love its uniqueness and quirkiness- you don't see many cross stitch charts with skulls in them!
I am now on the hunt to find other cool patterns. It would be great if there were more cross stitch patterns like the ones that Sublime Stitching have for embroidery... which brings me to my new endeavour- learning embroidery! I have totally fallen in love with the gorgeous designs on the site, especially those from the Artist Series. I have also swiped a Sublime Stitching book from Sarah so i'm pretty well set! I've never really embroidered anything before as i've always thought it was too hard but now that i've seen all the cool designs out there I can't resist giving it a go!
If anyone has any pics on their blog of any projects they've embroidered or cross stitched i'd love to have a peek!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Today my creative space is the craft project currently occupying (or should I say engulfing) my dining room table. I have decided this year to to try and get a head start on some crafty projects for Christmas. Did she just mention the C Word, I hear you all crying out. I know, I know it is still early days but most years I always have grand plans which end up falling by the way side. It is hard with a full time job to try and fit it all in but this year I am going to triumph!
During all my blog surfing lately I have come across some really beautiful projects all revolving around creating garlands. This tutorial at dottieangel is just stunning and inspired me to maybe make my own garland. Another blog (do you think I can find it) used paper to create a similar effect. It used a technique similar to this.
As you can see from the photos I have recycled some old Christmas shopping bags from last year, particularily one from Crabtree and Evelyn. Using some cookie cutters as templates I managed to cut out lots of different shapes with different patterns. All I can say is thank god for the movie length Jonathan Creek on Sunday night which gave me ample entertainment while cutting most of them out (whose stupid idea was that anyway!).
I am hoping to use some baking paper to sew each individual cut out into a beautiful Christmas garland. I promise more pictures to come, stay tuned.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
1. Roller derby
On Tuesday we threw caution to the wind and went out to the movies on a school night. We saw Whip It and it was well worth trip. It made me want to go out and see some derby here in Brisbane and break out the skates. Go Girls!
2. Wednesday Market Day at UQ
I'm very lucky to have a market appear every Wednesday right at work. It is something to look forward to, in a normally uneventful work week. I especially love this time of year when the most delicious strawberries are on offer. (Please excuse the quality of the photo I was afraid that if I had waited until tonight there may not have been any left to photograph).
In just a few weeks time it will finally be holiday time. We are lucky enough to be heading off to Japan for 8 days and I can't wait! The autumn leaves, all the cute fabric and stationary. What more can you say.
1. More Dust !
Today another dust cloud made it's way into Brisbane. While it was not as bad as the red dust of previous weeks it is still a major pain especially with my asthma.
The fact I still have 12 days left at work before the above mentioned holidays!