April 30, 2010

April Giveaway....
and the winner this month is Tess from Planettreasures
Congrats Tess

...and thank you to everyone for following my blog!!
big hugs from me to you

mosaic made using some of my flick favs - details here

April 29, 2010

soft shiny waves
a little old fashioned...but a whole lot of beautiful!

Top image: Abbey Lee Kershaw photographed by Max Doyle for Aussie Vogue
Middle image: model Lily Aldridge (google images)
Bottom: Dangerous Curves photographed by Scott Schuman

April 28, 2010

Cold Snap!

its seems ive had a bit of a blogging break...it wasnt intentional but the long weekend had us out & about and then a sudden cold snap hit Sydney
(Autumn is finally here!!)
so that bought us back indoors
- all Ive been doing is cooking, crocheting and reading novels....
im loving this cooler weather actually
im looking forward to getting out the woollens, opaque tights and leather boots...not long now
another thing i love when its cold outside is hearty soup to warm the insides...yum yum!

i made some french onion soup as my inlaws gave us a large bag of onions (next, I'll make onion tart)
and used this Donna Hay recipe - delicious!!
i crumbled some sharp cheese in mine for extra bite!
*images Con Poulos for Donna Hay magazine*

April 21, 2010

little Big head girl...how cute is she!
my latest thrifty find, I cant resist teeny tiny sweet figurines...

i was super lucky to be a winner over at Curious Little Oyster !
I received my
'Summer Nilla Nilla Pout Balm' in Arancia (smells and feels lovely!!)
and such sweet packaging!

and to finish off my sweet post
here is the yoghurt cake I made the other day, SO moist and SO delicious!
she added canned apricots, i added pineapple...its all good!

the recipe is from the book
'Lunch in Paris' ( a romance with recipes)...cant wait to try more of her featured recipes!

Have a sweet day yourself!!

April 20, 2010

Wishlist Wednesday: Wallpaper Love

Vintage Wallpaper Notebook by
ohsogood (FAB paper!!)

or what about
18inch Vintage Wallpaper lampshade
by drawflowers

Wallpaper card set by
stephanielevy (love love her shop!)
The wheel of Fashion: what goes around comes around....The Crop Cut

easy, no-fuss hairdo,
already seen sported by some young hollywood and fashion types...

would you feel exposed with such a short do?
I guess it would only suit fine, smooth hair texture (and features)
... but would instantly make your eyes appear larger (or help with a heavy 60's eyeliner look?)
in any case you'd definetely need to make sure your ears are wax free!

* Top illustration by me
* young Mia Farrow and Jean Seberg from Google Images *

April 17, 2010

The beauty of doing nothing....
that was what the last five days were like for me - i do love a getaway...a getaway with no set plans, just idle days, long meals...walking, browsing, reading ...the boys swam daily, played with their cousins and took in lots of fresh air!
i did plan to crochet more than i did but the weather was just too good and in the evenings after the kids were in bed we all sat around and played rummy...
back home to a dusty house
and a huge bag of laundry!
i spent the morning washing then off to two soccer games (one son's team won, the others lost), took my car in for a pinkslip, grabbed a coffee while i waited, then it was off to get my gray hair-roots dyed, came home starving, made a peanut butter sandwich,
more laundry washing,
made some chicken stock (from scratch) for soup, we had an early dinner - soup, baked fish and a salad, cleaned up then it was off to the supermarket at 7.30pm (very busy!),
ironed for 2hrs and here I am....
its time for bed!
tommorow wont be any easier as its our niece's kitchen tea/bridal shower so its up early as I need to make some savouries and sweets to take along...should be a great day though! im getting excited for her!
Happy Sunday to you too.......
Top image: Corrie Bond
Bottom image:
Helen Kouzeleas

April 9, 2010

a Find!
a Win and a new WIP!

a quick trip to the thrift shop resulted in a fantastic find!
three lovely linen covered vintage children books
illustrated by Henriette Willebeek Le Mair
such beautiful drawings...and at $2, im pleased as punch!

and wasnt i a lucky girl this week - i won a giveaway!!
Gorgeous cards from Georgica Designs they arrived in the mail and are really pretty!
i enjoy sending (and receiving) snail mail so these will come in handy!
Thanks so much!!
and lasty a new W.I.P for the cooler months ahead -a ripple crochet cushion cover - i really wanted to make a large throw but i know it'll just take forever so I'll start with a cushion and then maybe...just maybe i'll move onto something bigger next!
Have a Wonderful week everyone - we're driving up the coast tommorow for a few days of relaxation before the boys are back in school.....

April 7, 2010

Etsy Picks of the Week: The Babysitter
so we're in the middle of school holidays and my kids are bored already...
i try so hard to limit TV time and their playing Nintendo DS games as
i must admit that can easily become our babysitter for a few hours each day...

here are some nifty items for
kids to pass the time

Reclaimed Wood Toy Blocks (100 piece) by

for older children what about a
MiniBirdHouse kit (how cute is that??)
by Creakit

and for some scary colouring Monsters behaving badly colouring book by Benconservato - this one's super fun!

* Top image from Marie Claire Australia *

April 6, 2010

a night to remember.....

Yesterday feeling a little bored we decided to take the boys ten pin bowling.

Our nearest bowling alley has a 'disco' theme, its borderline tacky but always fun with huge disco balls, a jukebox, retro furniture as well as TV screens showing vintage music clips ...

one of the songs that played was
'a Night to remember' by Shalamar (1982) which got me grooving on the spot ,
its been in my head all day again today...

its one of those songs
that needs to be played when getting ready to head out on the town...
we always used to put music on to get in the mood, taking ages to decide what to wear...
carefully applying our makeup
and looking foward to a great night out...ahhh the memories!

* all images via Google images*

April 4, 2010

Happy Easter everyone!
as the Greeks say, Xristos Anesti!! (Christ has risen)

Easter is such a special holiday in our house, it always means

*baking traditional Greek treats - cheesy flaounes, biscuits, sweet breads
*dying eggs a deep red
*attending church with candles and following the decorated Epitaphion down the road and back again
*an Easter Sunday feast - family, food, food and more food
* enjoying a full day at The Royal Easter Show
* overdosing on chocolate!

Happy Easter everyone!

April 1, 2010

March Giveaway Winner

March is over already??
when did that happen??

The winner of my MaRch Giveaway
is ara133photography - Congratulations!
I will be in touch soon!
Thanks for following my blog everyone - next draw in 30 days!!
welcoming a new month today with some lovely floral arrangements....
*images from Coutry Living magazine
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