Wednesday, May 30, 2012

¡Feliz Cumpleaños Abuela!

It is so tricky to get a good photo of Abuela (spanish for grandma) as she is always on the move. Hence, when we get a chance, we take many. Today she turns 87. She is a joker, a cook and a crochet-queen. She likes a little tipple (whisky is essential to stay warm), and a good card game. I think, although he'd never admit it, she is Rodge's* best-friend. No-one makes him laugh like she does.

She is a mother of two, grandmother of three and great-grandmother of four. She is the lady my daughter is named after.

You can also find photos of her here and here.
*Rodge is my partner and her only grandson.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

teacup II (in progress)

Isn't this a gorgeous teacup? I love the strength of the magenta rim and the rider's red jacket. Couldn't resist painting it. Still have to add in more shadow and I'm not sure what colour the background should be, thinking a french navy.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Flowers for Friday: little succulent pots

Ok, so there aren't that many flowers this Friday.

On our balcony we have two old laundry tubs, which once upon a time were filled with succulents and cactus. Gradually weeds had taken over. I love the laundry tubs and I want to take them to our new house. I'm imagining them full of herbs on the back porch.

So I ventured out into the chilly Sydney sunlight the other morning, stripped back the weeds and uncovered some gorgeous little plants. Slowly I've been repotting them to transport them to their new home or gift them to friends. It is still a work in progress.

It was lovely to wake up to the rain this morning, knowing that they are all being watered into their new homes.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Nora + her very beautiful blanket

The lovely little Nora Lily is almost two months! And she isn't so little anymore. She has rolls on her legs and an adorable double chin. She has started talking. Her first coos are magical and musical. I love to sit and have conversations with her. 

Last week in the post we received the red blanket, handknitted in the softest wool-cashmere-microfibre blend by my super talented Aunty Fiona. It has been keeping Nora warm ever since and will be treasured forever (along with Oscar's green blanket). 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


I've been paintng some teacups lately. This one I gifted to my sister.

ps hello to all the lovely followers that suddenly appeared! Thank you Em from The Beetle Shack (-:

Friday, May 18, 2012

Flowers for Friday: Camellias

Autumn light.

I take so many photos of flowers and gardens, that I thought that I should reserve them for Fridays, to save my blog being overloaded. But they are beautiful aren't they? More flowers next Friday!

Thursday, May 17, 2012


On our new back verandah

We are officially home owners. Bittersweet news, as we cannot move into our house because of the fire catastrophe. But exciting all the same. How you may ask did we burn down a kitchen that we didn't even own yet? – Well we'd organised access during settlement, so the place would be livable when it came time to settle. We didn't manage to achieve that, but are happy to finally own a house all the same. Very much looking forward to getting all the insurance sorted out, so we can get in as quickly as possible and START DECORATING! (Very exciting prospect!) In the meantime we will continue to potter around our leucadendron filled garden.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Almost forgot to share – these delicious kanthas are what I bought at fabric-a-brac. I especially love the totally unexpected colour combos. You may have spotted the one I bought for mum in Monday's post.

Also, I won't be going along myself (I made sure I went to Peppergreen before it closed down) but this weekend there is a massive auction in Sydney of all their antique and vintage textiles.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Enmore Park, Enmore by Céleste of Tess took it

I loved reading Vicky of Marrickville Mum's recent blog post on parks around the Marrickville area. It was lovely to hear which parks everyone recommends and get ideas of new places to discover. Above is a picture of one of our local favourites, Enmore Park.

The seriously tiny Pinkstone Playgound in Erskineville, is now also officially being added to my ever expanding list of parks to visit with Oscar because of the one-of-a-kind natural woven play sculptures that are being created by local artists Michelle McCosker and Alasdair Nicol.

I snuck past to get a preview of the unfinished works. Beautiful.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

Stash & Treasure

I've been sleeping for the past two days. I have mastitis and I can tell you, it is horrible. So I've posted a couple of old pictures of flowers to cheer me up.

If I'm feeling up to it tomorrow I'm going to stroll down to Stash & TreasureThis is what I bought there last time. I'm sure there will be many equally beautiful bits and pieces to find this time.

Oh, and happy mum's day to all for Sunday!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


How yummy and healthy does the beginning of last nights dinner look? Was supposed to be spag bol, but due to missing shopping list and misbehaving toddler I forgot to purchase tinned tomatoes, carrots, celery etc, so it became spaghetti with broccoli and mince. Even better than spaghetti bolognaise!

While I'm thinking healthy – Marrickville Council runs this super-cool initiative to get people active called sport-a-month. I'd heard about it several times, but never ever got up to try anything. For the month of May they are offering free access to all women to Curves gym, with 3 free personal training sessions and access to all classes, including mums + bubs classes. I'm there. Starting tomorrow morning. Just a little scared (haven't exercised since forever). Wish me luck.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Fire station

My son is obsessed with trucks, mainly garbage trucks (he insists on being carried onto the balcony to watch them), but he also finds big red fire trucks pretty exciting. So luckily we discovered that the local fire station had an open day on Saturday. Big smiles!

Personally I also loved getting a peek inside such an awesome building (built 1913), I just wish I took a couple more photos. Pressed tin ceilings and subway tiles = yum.

Fabric-a-brac was fabulous, but due to a mother's day gift, I won't be sharing my finds until next week.

Friday, May 4, 2012


This Sunday fabric-a-brac will be at Petersham Town Hall. I'm hoping I can make it along. I love the idea of the typography based embroidery workshop held by Jordan Clarke, but due to babies being in tow, won't be participating.

How pretty does my quilt look with light shining through it?

Thursday, May 3, 2012


Leucadendron salignum x laureolum

I planted three Leucadendrons in my front yard ... and I've been thinking about them ever since. Why? Because they were completely unplanned.

I had two ideas of what my front garden would look like – it would either (very ambitiously) be a beautiful flowering garden inspired by the gardens at Bronte House (on a much smaller scale), as seen below in the pictures I took in Spring 2010.

Or it would be an exclusively native garden, and by exclusively native, I mean I would only plant plants native to the local area. Not native to Western Australia or the case of Leucadendrons, South Africa.

I know that most people are probably thinking that I'm over analysing, but I've never owned a garden before. And this may be the only one I ever own, I feel like I have to get it right for me. It is an exciting, maybe once off opportunity.

It was the Leucadendrons that were my downfall, unravelling all my much thought about plans. When I spotted the variagated foliage of the hybrid above, without thinking, I bought it, plus a couple of other, completely unplanned plants. And now my garden feels slightly directionless. A bit of a mish-mash.

Yet strangely, stumbling across this print by Lara at Ink & Spindle made me feel a little bit better about planting the Leucadendrons. If I could afford to, I'd love to buy it for my hallway. Maybe going with the unplanned is sometimes for the better. Go with the flow. In a way I'm venturing onto unknown territory. It may be the start of a lifelong love of Leucadendrons.

ps I'm also loving the idea of this fabric by Ink & Spindle for roman blinds in my bedroom.

pps If you've never been to Bronte House, you should go, although the next open day isn't until September!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Hunger Games

Yes, I took my baby daughter to the movies. And not just to any movie, but to The Hunger Games. When you have two babies, going to the movies is a very, very rare occasion, which normally takes planning. However this time it wasn't planned. Rodge was able to look after Osc, but I hadn't expressed any milk for little Nora, so I took her with me. She was very quiet, just slept and breastfed. Parts of the movie were pretty loud, but I kept her wrapped, with her ears covered. We marked the event with a (promptly framed) photobooth photo.

I was eager to see The Hunger Games because it is our bookclub book for this month. I was tentative to read it, I thought I might find it too emotional. I was also worried it was a little hardcore for a new mum to be reading about children being forced to hunt each other. It did get a bit full on. Many tears were shed, but it was also addictive and I find myself thinking about buying the second in the series.