simple living: eat local

March 30, 2012

A little local knowledge from Local Harvest on Vimeo.

Just a quick post today to share this great little video that my friend Fran over at The Forage directed me to.

More info can be found at Local Harvest.


an adelaide adventure

March 22, 2012

The rabbit & the duck are heading to Adelaide! We're on the road at this very minute actually...I sneakily wrote this post last night, I'm probably somewhere in the middle of nowhere right now : )

It's our first event in Adelaide and I'm really looking forward to meeting lots of lovely new people and checking out some of the local design talent. I hope I sell a few things too, to make space for all the things I'm likely to purchase while I'm over there...

Bowerbird Bazaar, 23-25 March
Friday 4 - 9pm
Saturday 9 - 5pm
Sunday 9 - 5 pm

The Stirling Angas Pavilion, Wayville Showgrounds
Goodwood Rd
Wayville, Adelaide
(entrance off Rose Terrace)

new day, for you

March 21, 2012

A sunrise on a stormy morning is like a beautiful song. Both fill my heart with joy and bring tears of happiness to my eyes that something can be so simple yet so complex at the same time.

The changing colours, the intricate patterns in the clouds, the contrast of light and dark - all joining together to form a wondrous melody that makes me want to twirl around the garden like a little girl : )

Wishing you all a beautiful day x

simple living: thermos love

March 16, 2012

Recently I bought my first ever thermos. And now I'm wondering what took me so long, I'm in love!

The thought of a hot cup of tea on a cold winter's day while sitting at a market stall is quite appealing. But I'm discovering so many other uses for the humble thermos.

I do love a good cup of tea, particularly while sewing, but more often than not I forget I've made said cup of tea only to rediscover it an hour later when it is cold and disappointing. So, what to do.... this week I've been filling my thermos up in the morning and sitting it next to my sewing machine. Voila! Hot tea whenever I want it. I can fit 2 cups of tea in my thermos so it also saves on electricity as I don't have to boil the kettle twice : ) Plus it helps me make sure I'm drinking enough water - 1 thermos in the morning and another in the afternoon is almost enough water for the day. Win win win.
I have the green thermos for my tea, image courtesy of IKEA.

I've also been trying lately to eat more fresh cooked meals, which got me thinking about how I could achieve this when I need to take a packed lunch with me. After a bit of searching (thank you google) I discovered..... the thermos lunch!

It seems pretty easy - take your favourite spices and fry them for a few seconds. Add some lentils, some rice and some chopped up veggies, cover with boiling water and cook for 2-5 minutes. Pour into your thermos, seal tight, and leave closed for 4 hours to cook everything through. I'm going to give it a try this weekend, I'll let you know how it goes! For those wanting to try this recipe, apparently it's better to have a good quality thermos with a wide opening, I bought myself a 'Thermos' brand one last night from the shops.

Image courtesy of Chris Ferebee.

Do I now have an excuse to start a vintage thermos collection?

diary date: craft hatch this saturday

March 15, 2012

Image Credit: Craft Victoria

We're gearing up again for another market this weekend - you'll find us this Saturday in the City for Craft Hatch:

Saturday 17 March
11am - 4pm
1000 Pound Bend
361 Little Lonsdale Street

We hope to see you there!

studio snapshot on a sunny day

March 12, 2012

It's a lovely sunny day in Melbourne and I'm happily working away in the studio. Well, mostly happily, I'm having a bit of Monday-itis and knowing it's a public holiday is not helping matters. But anyhow, onwards and upwards - I feel lucky that I am working in the sunshine, with the blinds open, a view of the garden, and the ability to take frequent tea breaks (with my favourite red & white polka dot mug, as you can see in the below picture).

Today I am working on zip purses and pencil cases.

There is always lots of ironing to be done. So much so that I have ironed a hole in my ironing board cover which is growing larger every day, despite trying to iron on different parts I always seem to iron in the same spot. Perhaps it's time to buy a new one?

How many rabbits can you spy in this image?

Have a lovely week!

simple living: the joy of ice cream

March 11, 2012

Image Credit: Yellow Owl Workshop

Oops, a couple of days late with this one but there's still plenty of time this weekend to try out this simple living tip.

Here it is: Take 1 cup or waffle cone of ice cream, one shady grassy spot under a tree + some good company. Sit and enjoy : )

PS. How cute are these stamps by Yellow Owl Workshop? I just purchased this set myself and am looking forward to stamping icecream cones on all Rabbit & the Duck orders that get sent out : )

simple living: just breathe

March 2, 2012

Breathe Doormat by ggoetz on Etsy

It's been a hectic few days, I think I need one of these doormats to remind myself how important it is to stop and take a deep breath every now and then : )

Happy weekend x

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