Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Views around the house

What a luxury to slip away from the desk and take in such beautiful views…

Sunday, December 8, 2013

10 things to do before Christmas

Christmas Tree Day in my house is aways 1 December. I love it. To me it signifies the start of the joyous Christmas season, and also the start of the seemingly endless to-do lists that dominate the countdown to Christmas day. Here is my top 10 things to tick off this year:
  1. Be kind
  2. Go nuts buying toys for nieces and nephews
  3. Watch nothing but Christmas themed movies
  4. Eat fruitcake
  5. Compile a Christmas carol mega-mix playlist
  6. Send Christmas cards
  7. Catch up with friends
  8. Wrap presents while watching the carols on the television
  9. Make trifle
  10. Wake up thankful Christmas morning and enjoy a day of laughter and joy.

Friday, June 21, 2013


Nothing beats a night out with good company and amazing food. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Berber spices

It doesn't look like much. But this is the secret 'Berber' spice recipe my friend Michelle made for me not long before she tragically passed away, only three years ago.

It's delicious and I save using it for special dinners of chicken in the tajine, each time thinking of her and remembering a time we shared – and missing her terribly.

I'm sad that we won't share anymore stories; her view of the world was colourful and special.

See also, Michelle.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A birthday shawl

A birthday shawl for Grandma Lily's 99th birthday.

Pattern source: The Lonely Tree Shawl – Soft Sweater Knits & Fibres

Monday, April 1, 2013

Tea time

Cabled tea cosy
Pattern source: Tea Cozies (book)  

Sunday, March 31, 2013

La Chaîne Simpson

Mum and I finally made it to the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia this weekend.

He was such an interesting man and artist­. Of course famous for his colourful posters of the Moulin Rouge, his work had me captivated as it told the story of a theatrical, elegant and bohemian life for people in Paris in the late 1890s.

One of my favourite pieces is the advertising poster, La Chaîne Simpson (1896). Looks great on my wall too! (Well, a copy of it)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Being authentic

“Why is free will wasted on a creature who has infinite choices but pretends there are only one or two?”
Novel—A Fraction of the Whole, Steve Toltz

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A new year

Isn't it great facing the first day of new year; being washed clean of everything that didn't come to fruition exactly how you thought it might and looking at nothing but 365 days of new promises and hope.

I try not to make 'new year resolutions', but I'm always tempted. This year feels like not only the start of a new year, but the start of a new era... Meaning that the past few years have been a fabulous and glamourous blur of weddings, engagements, new babies, parties and holidays. I now own more cocktail dresses than workwear, more party shoes than office heals and more clutches then I really know what to do with! Need an emergency outfit to attend a last minute party? Come on over, I'm your girl!

So I plan to start the new year quietly, tending the garden, taking long scenic nature walks, sitting by the lake with Mr Couture and a good book, feeling the sunshine, smelling the flowers, noticing the little things that glide by and loving the simple things in life.

Happy new year!