boxes, boxes and more boxes

July 28, 2011

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It's been a bit quiet on the blog recently, but for good reason - we're moving! In just a couple of weeks time we are vacating our tiny 1 bedroom unit by the sea, to set up home and studio in a lovely 2 bedroom cottage with wood floors, an open fire place, and a big garden filled with old trees (one of them has a rope ladder hanging from it - I can't wait to give it a try!). We're only moving to the next suburb so I'm really excited that I'll still be near the beach, and not too far from my favourite op shop : )

In the meantime, I am trying to sew surrounded by half packed boxes and piles of random things that I would like to sort out before the move. I'm also secretly pleased that my growing collection of vintage suitcases (7 of them, at last count) will finally be put to good use : )

In some ways I get really excited about the thought of moving - a new neighbourhood to explore, new rooms to decorate, and a chance to clear out all those things I no longer need. I just keep trying to remind myself of those things when I trip over a box, or look at the very long list of things to do before the move.

If anyone has any moving tips I would love to read them : )

weekend to do list

July 16, 2011

1. Do the laundry.

2. Tidy up the garden.

3. Cook something delicious.

4. Do a teeny tiny bit of sewing.

Happy weekend! x

ice cream fact #1

July 7, 2011

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By this time tomorrow I will be back in cold, rainy, windy Melbourne. As a final farewell to warm and sunny Queensland, this afternoon I took a walk to the local shops to get an ice cream. One of my favourites when growing up was the hava heart - who wouldn't love vanilla ice cream covered in chocolate and shaped like a heart? In my attempts to find a nice picture of said ice cream to use with this post (mine didn't last long enough to take a snap) I found out that the hava heart has been around since the 1950's, and would have set you back sixpence to buy in 1955. Ah, the good old days.... : )

sunshine & other lovely things

July 4, 2011

One of the things I enjoy most about Brisbane is waking up to a sunny Winter day - somehow you don't notice the cold so much when the sun is shining. Not that Brisbane is exactly cold right now, especially compared to Melbourne : )


This was the view this morning while I sipped my cup of tea from the sunroom in the lovely home of stationery designer Alarna Zinn, who was kind enough to have me to stay for the few days that I was in Brisbane for the Finders Keepers market.


Alarna's home is filled with vintage treasures and cute homely touches. It is the sort of home you immediately feel comfortable in. With bay views out the front and mountain views out the back, I found it very hard to leave!


How cute is this display in Alarna's kitchen? I love the minty green walls : )

I am now more determined than ever to move to a big old house by the beach, I think the rabbit & the duck would be very happy in such a place : )

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finders keepers

What a wonderful weekend we had at the Brisbane Finders Keepers market! Lots of sunshine, yummy treats to eat, a beautiful old character filled venue, and so many lovely stalls to see.


Our stall was in Studio 3, next door to Crayon Chick and opposite Mookah. It was fun having a group of Melbourne folk nearby for those quiet lulls in between the crazy crowds.


Part of me wished I could just sit on a banana lounger in the sun all afternoon...


A lovely display by Mookah.

The only thing I would do differently next time is to make sure my hire car has a navigation system of some kind, or even an old fashioned street directory. I lost count of the number of times I had to make emergency phone calls for directions! I thought I had a pretty good sense of direction, and I did grow up in Brisbane, but all those one way streets and crazy freeways got the better of me!

Oh, and I'll also make sure I pack all the cables for my EFTPOS machine, thank you Lauren for letting me use your charger on Sunday!

I have a few more days in the sun before I head back to Melbourne on the weekend. I am taking full advantage of this opportunity to wear t-shirts and eat ice cream while sitting in the sun. Bliss!

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