Bringing the outside in

Bringing the outside in

I’m determined to make my desk clutter-free.

At the moment it is very much the opposite. I won’t indulge you with a photo of the current state of my desk post-Japan, as it is akin to my suitcase exploding all over the house. I’m taking a bit of time to find a permanent home for all the goodies I got.

In the meantime I’ll start by injecting garden blooms into the house. The unusually warm weather has kept my frangipani tree in bloom, and although they don’t last long when they’re cut, I love the room fragrance they offer.

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Oh I also bought some new shoes last month. I gave into the lace trend and got a cheap and cheerful brown suede pair from Zara. If you know anything about me you’ll know I’m all about black, so these brown shoes are a step outside my comfort zone, so let’s see if I can mix and match them into my daily wardrobe.

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And now I think I’ll be on a spending ban. Have you bought anything new? Show me what you’ve bought! I want to live vicariously through everyone else. <3

Weekend brunching

Weekend brunching

Hopefully Sydney-siders are surviving the deluge today. It really seems like a little bit of rain makes everyone cray-cray. Just on the train this morning this guy was shaking off his wet brolly in the aisle leaving the floor soaked. My questions is, one wouldn’t do this INSIDE AT HOME, so why would you do it INSIDE A TRAIN? Honestly. /end rant.

I made the most of the sunshine this weekend and went out for some brunch at Mecca. I’m a sucker for their coffee and their grain bowls, but find not much variety otherwise. Otherwise I like to dropping by just for the interiors and the flora. They always have such interesting blooms to decorate their space.

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I paid a visit to Mecca on the weekend as H was craving some fried chicken and discovered they had updated their menu with an all day breakfast. Helloooo late brunch. Opting for some scrambled eggs and smoked hash browns (read: more of a rosti) I didn’t leave disappointed.

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Obvi went for the coffee as well. The hash browns were crisp and crunchy on the outside, and soft and deliciously tasty on the inside. Definitely will be back for more.

Glasshouse terrarium

Glasshouse terrarium

I have a crazy obsession with candles. Especially Glasshouse candles – I can’t resist how they fill a room with amazing scents after such a short burn time. This means that one candle can last for months in my house.

Fast forward to last week. I finally finished one of my favourite scents, Tahaa (a caramel vanilla) and was left with a pretty glass vessel. I cleaned it out, which was a simple process in itself. Pouring hot water into the jar melts all the wax and brings out all the left over wax. It was as easy as wiping it clean with a tissue.

Glasshouse terrarium

Given my current green thumb craze I thought it’d best to make it into a pretty little terrarium for my succulents. I’m hoping this terrarium will last a little longer than my first attempt.

Glasshouse terrarium

Five things

Five things

And once again an entire week flashes before my eyes. I’ve had so much going on at work I’ve barely had time to catch my breath. I had to get up at a crazy ungodly hour of the morning for work (read 2:30am) so that has messed me up since Thursday. Today I slept until close to midday, which was veryveryveryvery welcome.

I think a Five things post is LONG overdue.

ONE. First up is Pic’s REALLY GOOD peanut butter. I found this hiding on the shelf at Thomas Dux. I have had a giant craving for crunchy PB with some soy and linseed toast and this really hit the spot. I picked the no salt option as the salt version had quadrillion times the amount of sodium and I thought I’d be good.

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TWO. I’m in love with Martha Stewart craft punches. Especially these around the page ones. Seriously. I have so many of them now after visiting that craft show that was in town last weekend. I need to get cracking on some July birthday cards so it was just perfect timing!

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THREE. My green thumb has evolved. I’ve been looking into new and prettier ways of displaying my plants. I made Ferny (as named by the boy) a macrame hanging basket holder. I’m not sure what they’re officially called, but yes. I quite like it. Since Ferny likes humidity it lives in the bathroom for now.

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FOUR. Speaking of my evolving green thumb, I bought some cute little jelly bean succulents for house-warming presents. I’m really digging how very unique and adorable these little things look. I hear they change colour depending on season too.

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FIVE. I have a thing for late night baking. I was running on a little over four hours of sleep when I decided to bake some cinnamon scrolls. I’ve had a few requests to post up the recipe, so will do so soon! Keep an eye out :)

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Have a fantastic week all! Xx

Helveticat

Helveticat

I’m trying hard been catching up on emails and blog reading where I can this past week. I have a long list of topics to blog about with eye candy to match. I suppose it is a case of sitting down and writing it all up and editing photos. Oh to have more hours in the day!

Anyway. Being a girl I love anything cute. The designer in me loves typography, so when I came across Helveticat (buy it here), I knew I had to share it. If I were more of a cat person, this would be perfect on my future office wall. But, turns out I don’t like cats as much (read: I’m seemingly allergic to them).

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Random fact: I discovered I was allergic last year when I babysat my friend’s cat, and started getting red eyes, sneezing, and really itchy. Boo.

A short tassel update

A short tassel update

As you may or may not know, I’ve begun my own DIY Confetti System inspired streamers. I bought the mylar and plastic sheeting ages ago, but in the span of a week, I’ve cut, twisted and glued approximately 40 or so tassels. So, if you do the maths, 12 tassels fit on a 1 metre length of cord, meaning if I bought 5 metres of cord (cough). Yeah. Another 20 to go. I don’t even know where I’m going to hang these damned things. But they’re so pretty. The mylar ones sort of shimmer in the slight breeze in my room. Anyway. My progress in pictures…

Confetti system inspired streamers

Confetti system inspired streamers

Confetti system inspired streamersMore to come soon. I’ve become a crazy crafting lady who makes tassels at midnight. Yikes!

 

Patterned paint rollers

Patterned paint rollers

I adore patterns. I wallpaper is complete eye candy to me. There is nothing more I’d love than to plaster one wall of my house with a lovely feature wall of flocked wallpaper. I’m a bit wary of what will happen when it ages. I’ve seen wallpaper at auntie’s places that are peeling at the corners. Not a good look.

I came across Clare Bosanquet of The Painted House on Etsy which stocks paint rollers that have seamless patterns and designs that are dainty and pretty.

Patterned paint roller

Patterned paint roller

Patterned paint roller

They can be used straight onto walls, on fabric, or my personal favourite, to make your own wrapping paper. As a personal owner of innumerable rubber stamps, this idea appeals to me immensely.

Check out her store + full range here.