Saturday, October 31, 2009
I scored NINE green tea/matcha Kitkats - I had just finished my stockpile so this was great timing. I also scored two plum soda, a bag of mini orange, two carrot & apple and a Tokyo limited edition box of koi-kinako (dark soybean)! Score!!
Jury is still out on the carrot and apple flavour... I've eaten plenty of green kitkats, but pastel orange? Not so much.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I'm already on the prowl for fantastic Christmas things. I'll definitely be visiting Kiki K this year, to stock up on some seriously pretty gift wrapping accessories. I love how everything is themed to match, the ribbon, the paper, stickers and the gift tags. And even these too-cute-to-handle Christmas stamps which would make sending out your Christmas cards so much more fun!
I spotted these little cardboard Gingerbread Men in the Christmas issue of Real Living (be still my beating heart). They are just so adorable and they look really easy to make too.
They're made from supplies from Eckersley's Art and Craft and the "recipe" can be found here. I want garlands of them all over my house!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
How FREAKING cute are the babushkas? It's no secret we love those cute little matryoshkas with their sweet scarves.
Next up is this kitsch tree calendar which changes its foilage depending on the season! And while theoretically it's backwards for us in the southern hemisphere, I just don't care! I think this is my favourite.
The last one I'm featuring (but by no means the last on offer by Made 590) is this cute stamp calendar. Each month has a new page of stamps that are actually stickers. Fantastic!
So I strongly urge you to follow my lead and make a resolution to buy cute things in 2010... it will help the GEC too right? Or something.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Photographic evidence that two girls called e can make an awful pretty baked treat!
Do you have a happy show? This is mine. Erica, in her mid 30s and totally fed up with her life not going to plan, has a car accident and wakes up to a therapist insisting she writes down all her life's regrets. Gee, sounds like a riot Em. It is! Each week the therapist sends her back in time to a different part of her life so that she can do-over. It's fun and fabulous and worth your bandwith (or in my case, a Friday night on ABC2!)
Mr Joshua Radin (pronounced Rayyyydin apparently, I'm not convinced) and his whisper rock and babbling stories. Each song was prefaced with a story about the song, the story spanning longer than the song itself of course. That said, no one can keep a room of hundreds that captivated and silent unless you can play one heck of a song and so he did! Thanks Mr Braff for sharing him with the rest of the world, we appreciate it.
And on another note magnation has opened in Newtown! At the present time they aren't too well stocked, but I'm excited that I'll be able to get my grubby paws on an issue of BUST regularly. And my home-girl Martha should be in attendance too!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Last week I bought myself some matcha powder after having recently drained my green tea kitkat stock. So I set out to make something equally sweet, with a touch of the bitter matcha flavour to counter it. Hence - white chocolate and matcha fudge!
And PS I'm a terrible cheat and always stick with a good ol' tasty can of condensed milk.
It was all pretty simple -
1 x can condensed milk (395g)
2 x blocks of white cooking chocolate
1 x teaspoon of matcha powder
1 x nob of butter (yes a nob is a precise measurement.. if I was to guess, I'd say 20g?)
1 x baking tray
1 x wooden skewer
1. Grease and line a tray with baking paper
2. Set aside 1-2 tablespoons of condensed milk and combine with the matcha powder in a small bowl. Stir with a fork until it's smooth and even.
3. Get your double boiler set up so that the water in the bottom pan is bubbling away. Throw your condensed milk and chocolate into the top bowl/pan and keep stirring until combined, melty and glossy.
4. Once all smooth, throw in your nob of butter and continue stirring (or whisking if you're really particular) for a further minute or two (my baking is never an exact science... er...)
5. Pour your white chocolae/condensed milk concoction into your lined baking tray.
6. Moving pretty quickly, pour your matcha/milk mix in a swirly pattern on top of your white fudge.
7. Grab your wooden skewer and swirl quickly! Try and keep the green matcha evenly spread through your fudge. Keep in mind the fudge is wanting to set so I mean quick!
8. Chuck in the fridge and lick the heck out of that bowl! (but make sure it's cool, taste buds take a week to grow back). I generally like to give it a night's worth of chilling, but it's all dependent on your fridge.
Next time I'll definitely be going for more matcha powder because the flavour was a little too mild for me. I'm not completely sure about an entirely matcha fudge... but who knows, I could be swayed.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
You can source it through Frankie or Pulp Creative Paper
In other news, I've been having serious jealousy issues over Pretty Pretty Yum Yum's stamp collection. So while I was attending the Big Yum Cha in Ashfield on Friday I popped into Morning Glory and nabbed some cute teeny, tiny stamps. I have no idea how or when I'll use them, but I feel all the better for having them. ('scuse the flannel... I do know it's almost summer...). I bought some other goodies but more on them later
Monday, October 19, 2009
Of course tomorrow came and went without the panda fry-pan having made its way into my luggage.
So now I'm relegated to staring at it forlornly, knowing that I could have had it much cheaper if I'd just bought the damn thing when I first saw it!
Same goes for these taterpots for growing herbs. These were like ¥400 instead of $14USD online! I just love their old-fashioned faces - particularly Winky on the left there.
Of course, if either of these take your fancy and you aren't short on dollars - Fred Flare will fix you up. But beware - they don't ship to Australia which means you need to use a mail forwarding service... which again is a bit exxy!
So let that be a lesson to all of us, ignore that voice of reason and SPEND WHILE YOU CAN! You'll only regret it later (but don't quote me on this...)
Thursday, October 15, 2009
But seriously, beards are very cool. My father has the best beard in all the land. It's thick, with just the right amout of scratch for when you go in for a cuddle.
Some people, no names mentioned, aren't so blessed by way of facial hair. But fear not... I have found a solution! I made you a beard! Well, not me but.. I Made You A Beard did...!Fancy a face full of lustrous, ginger hair? Or are you a more demure, grey-beard? Maybe you're channeling Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat... on your chin!
You can check our I Made You A Beard on etsy or at Mahardry Goods (they have lots of cute bits and bobs for little'uns)
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
We had scored some free tickets to An Education. I'm terrible at synopses so I will sum it up in the below picture that captures the mood of the movie quite well...
(On another note, why do boy stick figures get to be naked? I guess I should ask myself that seeing as I drew it...)
Basically the movie is the above picture, except set in the 1960s in England, with much better fashion and some fantastic Parisian scenery (as per the poster).
This girl is cuteness on a stick! She plays this part so convincingly and so sweetly that I couldn't take my eyes of her. I've heard a whisper she is in the running for an Oscar, and while the movie itself probably isn't worthy, I think her role might be.
If you've got a spare two hours and some money to burn, An Education isn't the worst way to spend it.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
wore a swimsuit like I never could
made the most amazing melting moments ever tasted
was Margaret Fulton's doppelganger (only cuter)
taught me to knit
tried relentlessly to teach me to hold my pencil properly (it never worked)
and loved me always.
Miss you... sending you a big love on your birthday xx
But times have changed - I just don't catch up with Guybrush Threepwood as much as I should, and Bowser still has Peach captured in the castle at the present moment. I've started spending more time cooking and crafting, and I guess the gameboy just had to fall by the wayside. But who said that my new loves and my old couldn't meet in the middle? Hello Naomi sure seems to think they can. Step over Bakerella, I think we have a new favourite baker in town.
This girl can turn geek to chic, all on the surface of a cupcake. And really, is there a better place for the two to meet? Look at the ridiculously amazing Super Mario Bros and Pacman cupcakes! It's a my idea sugary heaven.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Forget Nutella, it just won't do after this. This praline spread is just hazelnuts! And a lot of sugar of course... but no chocolate, which of course seems blasphemous to all our inner-fat children (or in the case of mine...outer). But trust me on this - it's better without it.
(Photo found here)
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Anyway... if you head over to The Small Object, you'll see a whole section of fun, free printables just for you. You can choose from book plates, recipes cards and my all time favourite... thumb wrestling championship belts!
I'm not sure about you, but all disagreements in my life are settled via thumb wrestling or scissors!paper!rock! so this is right up my alley... and probably in vogue with everyone aged 10 and under. I particularly like that the loser gets the prettiest belt... no guessing why!
I'm hearting these cheery recipe cards too...
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Check out The Selby for other inspiring houses that make you go "Oh...I wish I'd thought of that"
Today's offering is the irrestitably named To Dry For - a website full of delightful tea-towels... the kind that make your partner think less of you because you want to spend $100 on "rags that are used to dry plates". Sometimes they just don't get it.
I'm particularly fond of these three...
And on another note, the other half of "e" is jet-setting to Dubai for two weeks... which means you're stuck with me, just me!, until her return. Bon Voyage!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
There seems to be a wide spread belief that climate change is so big that surely our own minute actions can't really make that much of a difference. WRONG! Alex over at Head, Heart and Hands can set you straight on this. Sometimes it's as simple as switching off a light when you leave a room (or turning off that naughty electric blanket...) or hanging onto that copy of mX to throw in your own recycling bin.
And sometimes being green is fun too and involve shopping... which is more my field of expertise. If you head over to Head, Heart and Hands you'll learn why it's so good to get a decent refillable drink bottle... but why on earth not make it a really cute one like this baby from BioMe?
Better still, flaunt your style and environment conscience at the supermarket by grabbing a set of these re-usable shopping bags in Flora from Todae. They're practical and fun, all the while saving landfill from a couple of nasty plastic bags each time you visit Woolies.
And for those of you with no room to swing a cat, let alone plant a herb garden - pocket gardens from Todae! Not only will it help spice up your culinary skills, it also brings a little bit of outside inside. And it's a pretty cute gift, no?
See, even the most fickle of us can do something green.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
It can happen in the oddest of places but it's usually while I'm in stationery stores (LoFT was very nearly the death of me), cupcake bakeries, or Alannah Hill. It's as though these stores were MADE for you without your knowing you even wanted it - as though someone walked into your brain and turned it into a shop on King St.
You have the sudden urge to empty your life savings on the counter and run around the store wildly grabbing at shelves, trying to stuff every little thing into your bag. These moments are so bad for my health (increased heart-rate, sweaty palms) and my bank balance it would seem. It's usually a feeling of extreme excitement that one place could house so many things you love, followed by a dollop of disappointment that it isn't yours.
And that is what Pink Frosting does to me! Oh lordy, have you ever seen such delicate cupcake cases, sweet cookie cutters or quirky place card settings? They have such a huge range of partyware that you're going to be planning parties just so you have an excuse to buy these things. Seriously people -there are things on this site that you didn't know you existed, didn't know you needed... BUT NOW YOU DO. And that my friends is the feeling of Squee.
And while you're frothing over the Squee worthy goods on their site, why not also head over to Not Quite Nigella and try your hand at winning a $100 voucher for Pink Frosting? And then donate half to me when you win...
Panic almost set in when I could no longer buy the good light bulbs in the supermarket.
Apparently there is similar panic in the EU which prompted Ingo Maurer to unveil the Euro Condom at Milan Design Week. This image pretty much says it all. The "condom" softens the light emitted from the fluorescent lightbulbs.
I also spotted these very cute Bulb Caps on Design For Use > which would cast a really pretty light around your home and you could change the colour on a whim.
Monday, October 5, 2009
I think I speak for 95% of the population when I say we're a giant bunch of procrastinators. The only time you'll see me clean my room is when an essay is due the next day. Safe to say I no longer have essays to do and my room remains filthy... but I still find other ways to procrastinate (this blog for example!) and for that reason I intend to buy this calendar from Modcloth for everyone I know. Provided I actually get around to it...