With love day just around the corner, we teamed up with our beautiful friends over at In Bloom for their Pop Up Flower Shop, to come up with some Valentine's day cards that you can print and prepare at home. These are just lovely, sweet and simple cards which you could give to your lover any day of the year, but make sure you have one printed, cut and ready to go for this coming Saturday.
We recommend using a nice cardstock of 200gsm or higher (your friends at officeworks should be able to help you out over the print counter), then it's as simple as
1. cutting from trim line to trim line
2. a swift hard fold in half
3. Pour your heart out or write something funny.
You can download via the links below, we'd love to see how you use the cards!
Much Love to you for love day!
Bloom Card 1 - I feel the whole zoo card
Bloom Card 2 - live without love card
Bloom Card 3 - In the beautiful blooms card
There used to be a time when I LOVED IKEA. I honestly just couldn't get enough of the swede's and their simple pieces that seemed to work so well in my life and then something just changed.
I couldn't stand going into an Ikea. I found the whole process of even having to go there painful and just wasn't finding anything I wanted or even liked. Occasionally we've visited an Ikea in Victoria when either a) tagging along with friends and we'd just grab an icecream or b) when we have money that we just don't want anymore and we want to get into an argument in a public space. Jaraad says Ikea is where relationships go to die and lately I tend to agree. So now our house has minimal ikea pieces which I'm in the process of replacing and the rest of our ikea has been sold off to make way for higher end interior pieces.
HOWEVER, Ikea is releasing some new products in February that have caught my attention...
Top Left: Risatorp basket - powder coated steel and clear lacquered birch veneer. I feel like this would be great thrown in the bathroom with some hand towels, under the bedsides with some reading materials or stashed on the bookshelf. Its neat and simple and I like that.
Top Right: Rimforsa tablet stand - ideal for the kitchen bench when cooking, this stand would get an excellent workout in my house.
Bottom Left: Nornas sideboard. I've never owned an Ikea expedit - I've seen them styled well but they just aren't for me. I do like this timber version though. The pieces are a little thinner which make it a less aggressive and obtrusive furniture piece whilst I can imagine the legs and base piece being painted a nice metallic . Ideal for a spare room or extra bedroom storage.
Bottom Right: NYMO Lamp shade - white powder coated steel and a copper interior - We have lovely freedom bedside lamps with white shade, we also have a copper bed which I ADORE. I feel like these might be a nice way to pull our copper bed into the furnishings of our room.
Do you like Ikea, or are you a bit like me and have fallen out of love recently? I'd love to hear what pieces you have in your house from Ikea!
I love Scandinavian design - the colour palettes, the wood tones and the simplicity of the pieces to make up a functioning home. As far as I'm concerned, Scandinavian Design is minimalism at it's finest. So when I happened to see the new digital catalogue from House Doctor (Denmark based) for their "everyday items 2015", my heart skipped a beat.
Featuring mostly decorative items for the perfect minimalist home, the glass tones of grey, pink and greens reflected their way through the spaces and reminded me of the large floating glass buoys that my grandparents had at their house. The greenery featured throughout breathed a fresh life into the primarily white and naturally toned spaces whilst flickers of metallic tones glimmered and shone.
The blurb from House Doctor says:
"A home is created over a lifetime of memories and tales of who you were, are and wish to become – and your personal signatures are to be found in even the smallest details. Secret Signatures is an informal take on Scandinavian design... From a scale of subdued colours with hues of green and grey, we play with sculptural details, offbeat art objects and vintage references."
I really love this collection and the way this catalogue has been pieced together, it's great interior design + graphic design combined and it does a wonderful job at showing all the pieces in their best possible light. You can view the catalogue here and whilst you can't currently buy any of their range in Australia you can find some similar tonal pieces at Country Road and similar vases at Have You Met Miss Jones.
Who doesn’t love a great collaboration between fashion and furniture? I was very excited to learn that Kate Spade’s Saturday Line and West Elm have teamed up for a nice little collection of furniture, fixtures and home wares.
Saturday is like the edgy cool sister of Kate Spade’s normal work. How edgy? edgy enough that Saturday first started opening boutiques in Japan!
The range features some fun prints on west elm furniture classics, some bedding, cushions, rugs, lamps, ornate items and artwork to adorn your home. My picks are the Round Boxes, Abstract II artwork and the Bentwood Slipper Chair in Subway Tile Print.
The bad news is that West Elm hasn’t said if this range is coming to Australia! A reply on their Facebook stated that “We are working hard to expand our Australian assortment daily and to offer items that we have not been able to supply in the past. We certainly encourage our customers to tell us what pieces they'd like to see in the Australian range and we will be prioritizing those based on demand. We thank you for taking the time to reach out with your inquiry.” So maybe if people keep asking/hassling them to bring the range to our shores we might have some luck? fingers crossed! You can view the whole range here.
Be inspired by these lovely pops of colours, perfect for a renters home. One of the down sides of renting is not being able to paint walls, so make do by having some bright cushions, books, artwork and furniture in your home - let the summer vibes roll!
Q. When does the new iPhone come out?
A. Next Friday 19th September - you can preorder with your carrier from this Friday however.
B. What’s different to the last iPhone/should I get one?
A. I have always felt that for the standard consumer, the technical jargon thrown out is really off putting. It makes it really difficult to ascertain what will be of impact in a day to day usage situation. Now please bare in mind that your individual circumstances might be different, but hopefully the following will help -
- The phone is a complete redesign, it does not look like the previous iPhones
- It’s also bigger and available in two sizes a 4.7” called the iPhone 6 and a 5.5” called the iPhone 6+
- It features a retina HD display - you will like this.
- There is a new chip which will make the phone work faster and in turn see your battery last longer.
- There are a few camera modifications which will mainly impact your video taking abilities
- It features a digital image stabiliser which will stop things from being out of focus due to minor shakes from your hands
- 4.7” model will provide you with 10hrs of internet/data use on a 3g network or 11hrs on wifi. The current lineup of iPhones offer 8hrs on 3g.
- Touch id will allow you to unlock and to authorise payments for apps etc.
- You’ll eventually be able to use your phone the same way you use a pay wave atm card - cool huh?!
- Theres some health programs and your phone can help monitor your fitness
- It comes preloaded with iOS8
- It uses the now standard apple lightening charging cable - so if you had an iPhone 5, 5s or 5c all your cables will still work!
Q. Help! I’m locked in a plan, but I want the new phone, what can I do?
A. you can buy a phone outright from Apple which will be unlocked OR you can utilise the credits that telstra and optus are providing for people to exit contacts early. In most cases you should be able to upgrade your phone if you are in the last 3 months of your plan with no additional costs - however its best to speak to your carrier about your individual situation.
Q. Apple Watch?
A. This is something I’ve been really excited about and apple seems to have done an excellent job - I can’t wait to get my hands on it and check that it translates into daily life (i’ll keep you posted when I purchase one after they are released). The main things are:
- there are a few different styles and lots of different bands
- it interacts directly with your phone
- You can watch a cool Apple watch video HERE here which shows the features better than I could explain them
Q. What do you think about Android?
A. Honestly, I never thought it was for me. Jaraad has had a Sony Xperia Z, HTC one, Samsung Galaxy note 2, Samsung Tab3 and now a Samsung Galaxy S5. I really struggled with the Xperia Z and it was terrible, HTC one was slightly better but I still found the entire system really clunky. Then we purchase the Samsung tablet and it was horrendous to install an interface onto it and I thought I was done with giving Android a chance until I played with the Samsung S5 (see below). I think the fact that the software and the devices are made separately and not together is frustrating as there are often glitches with the Android devices I used. That's something I personally love about Apple - the software and the device work together seamlessly and mostly produce an experience that whilst limited, doesn't make me want to pull out my hair.
Q. What are your thoughts on the Galaxy S5?
A. The Galaxy S5 is excellent and I was at the point where I thought maybe I’d jump ship and give it a go! The split screen app’s where you can watch something on youtube and still text message was what first sold me, and then I saw some of the beautiful layers you could put on to amend the look and feel and I was truly jealous. I don’t think its the best looking device, but the functionality is amazing! It’s the best interface I’ve ever interacted with on an Android device and if someone was to ask for my advice, that would be the one I’d recommend. I've decided to stick with apple because it matches my lifestyle, and honestly I think apple products are some of the best looking technology products around!
Q. What are you going to get?
A. I’m going to go with the iPhone 6 16gb in gold and I’ve wanted a wearable since I saw the Galaxy Gear in rose gold, but the lack of functionality deterred me. So I really want to grab an Apple Watch in rose gold and I’d probably pay around $600 for one with no problems or concerns, I'd use it constantly. I normally get a 32gb phone, however these have been removed from the lineup, because I’ve never filled more than 32gb I think I’ll be safe to drop down to a 16gb - however depending on carrier plans I might grab a 64gb.
I hope this helps out with some of your tech wonders around the new iPhones!
- Ka xx
I'd like to introduce you to my first venture into small business - "Indie George". I was frustrated that I carried lots of small things around with me and they often got tangled or misplaced - headphones, notebooks, pens and such. I created a bag I felt was the ideal size for all of these daily items, and the results are my debut textile range of small soft bags and digital prints - Indie George.
Indie George is about making things easier, brighter and fitting into your life however you see fit. I hope you enjoy the Indie George range as much as I enjoy designing it, taking a few styled snaps and then putting them here for you to purchase.
Thank you for your support and encouragement on my social media posts and the love, I appreciate it!
- Ka xx
I posted photos of this bad boy a while back on social media, and the response was pretty overwhelming! I had lots of requests for the recipe and so finally here it is! I was home visiting my parents and asked what Dad wanted for desert for his birthday when he said "cheesecake". I don't think he was expecting this, and to be honest, neither was I! There are a few steps, but it's worth it, and it's definitely an adult desert not for the kids! Assemble as a full cake, or make into cupcakes, just amend the baking accordingly!
INGREDIENTS FOR PECAN SHORTBREAD:
- 2/3 cup pecans
- 6 tablespoons cold butter cut into small chunks
- 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
INGREDIENTS FOR CHEESECAKE:
- 500 grams cream cheese (two boxes)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs at room temp
- 1 large egg yolk at room temp
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
INGREDIENTS FOR SCOTCH CARAMEL SAUCE:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 1/3 tablespoons scotch
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup thick cream
DIRECTIONS FOR SHORTBREAD:
Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in middle. Line an 8-by 8-inch baking dish with parchment or aluminum foil, leaving a few inches of overhang on each side.
Combine the pecans, butter, flour, sugar, and salt in bowl of a food processor and pulse until the mixture is well combined and it resembles coarse crumbs.
Press the mixture evenly into the prepared dish and bake until golden brown on the edges, about 25 minutes; meanwhile, make the filling.
DIRECTIONS FOR CHEESECAKE:
Combine the cream cheese and sugar in a bowl and blend with a mixer until the mixture is smooth. Scrape down the sides of the processor then add the eggs and the yolk one at a time. Add the vanilla extract and salt and pulse until blended.
Pour the mixture over the shortbread and bake until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the cake comes out clean and the center of the cheesecake is just set (it will look like custard), about 40 minutes. Turn off the oven, leave the door slightly ajar, and let the cheesecake cool for 15 minutes.
Remove cheesecake from the oven and set on a rack to cool. Coat a butter knife with oil or butter (or run it under very hot water) and then run it around the perimeter of the cheesecake. Let the cheesecake cool completely, about 1 hour.
DIRECTIONS FOR CARAMEL:
Once the cheesecake is cool, make the caramel. Stir together the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is completely moistened. Brush the insides of the saucepan with a wet pastry brush to remove any sugar granules then place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
Without stirring but swirling the pan occasionally, let the sugar boil until it turns turns amber in color, about 5 minutes. Give the pan a few good swirls to make sure it’s evenly cooking, remove from heat, and carefully add the whiskey. (The caramel will seize but just keep swirling the pan until the alcohol smell is cooked off.) Immediately add the butter and cream, and swirl until the caramel is smooth and uniform in color. Set aside to cool to room temperature, at least out 15 minutes.
Pour caramel over the cooled cheesecake and pop into the fridge to set. Or eat it straight away whilst it's still a little warm and delicious.
Sit back and relax eating your cheesecake, you deserve it!
- Ka xx
Such a strange title for a how to, but this post is all about how to stay and explore sydney. Ja and I went for a beautiful wedding earlier in the year and there are a few things I'd love to recommend to everyone!
1. Stay somewhere central: we stayed at the Kirketon Hotel for one night in Darlinghurst (which I would not recommend for the $$) and another hotel in Surry Hills. Both locations however were ideal! Next time we head back we will be staying at the 1888 hotel - I had wanted to stay there but the price jumped by almost $200 from when I had initially looked so it was off the options list.
2. Book your hotel through a hotel "deal site": you'll save some money and that means you can spend that on some extra things like a meal out or something nice from the shops
3. Download the mTaxi app from the app store. The reviews for this one are bad but it worked perfectly every time for me! Sydney is quite a taxi town and getting around is relatively cheap and easy. I used this app to book taxi's and track them so we knew how long we'd be waiting.
4. Pack flat shoes. Whilst Sydney is taxi friendly, sometimes it's quicker to just walk than to go in traffic. You'll need flat shoes to get quickly around all the shops, trust me!
5. Go to Din Tai Fung - there is a restaurant and there is also a smaller "pop up" style shop in the top of the Westfield on Pitt Street. This is my MUST EAT every time I go to Sydney and I cannot recommend it enough. I'm salivating at the mouth just thinking about it....
Enjoy! If I didn't live in (and love) Melbourne, Sydney would be my next choice. It's so busy with all of the choices in the world for you to explore.
- Ka xx
I saw this very cool list over on the blog "Meet me at Mike's" and I thought it would be a great little way to work through the things that are present in my life at the moment and what I'm grateful for. I found recently that the negative actions of other's were really affecting me and I've been really trying to make a conscious effort to be grateful for the things I have and how great my life really is!
Making : textile prints.
Cooking : not a lot, due to our move.
Drinking : more water.
Reading: articles online regarding the new Apple software releases.
Looking: at homes online (particularly bedrooms).
Playing: Ed Sheeran & Passenger - No Diggity vs. Thrift Shop (Kygo Remix) listen here!
Deciding: on how to arrange furniture.
Wishing: our move was already over!
Enjoying: my new job as a head textile designer.
Waiting: for contact lenses to arrive in the mail.
Liking: listening to music through our Sonos sound system .
Wondering: how cold the Melbourne weather will get (and am I prepared?)
Loving: Spending quality evening time with Jaraad and it being just the two of us in the house.
Pondering: autocorrection of words.
Considering: future holidays.
Watching: things on our tv (ie. we have a tv).
Hoping: the drive home goes quickly this afternoon.
Marvelling: how quickly our move will happen.
Needing: to get home, sell a singer table, and get to collingwood.
Smelling: like Ja's Givenchy fragrance (Gentlemen Only? Pfffft).
Wearing: black/black/black #Melbourne.
Following: The missing plane…. still.
Noticing: How dark it's getting earlier.
Knowing: I am loved and special.
Thinking: about the future, always and forever.
Feeling: like I'm in a really great place in life.
Admiring: street style on Pinterest.
Sorting: through our house as we pack up to downsize to a 2 bedroom unit from a 3 bedroom house.
Buying: contact lenses were my most recent purpose, I'm not sure how I feel re: glasses anymore.
Getting: excited to visit my parents on Friday.
Bookmarking: Pantone colour charts.
Disliking: how loud keyboard keys click.
Opening: too many links on the internet.
Giggling: at the "wasted" gif's online.
Snacking: dried apple rings.
Coveting: nike air max's.
Wishing: there was a new iPhone already.
Helping: to make a better future.
Hearing: A bunch of Kygo remixes of sound cloud.
Please feel free to copy the list and take account for the positive things happening in your life.
- Ka xx
In a bid to get our meal planning on track (and to stop the purchasing of things we just don't need during the week), I'm creating a meal plan! I looked online for a nice looking meal plan and honestly, most of the ones lurking around are suitable for mums running households, or are really just not nice to look at (read: boring). So I did a quick little geometric meal plan which you can also download from here in a few differing colour schemes, then we can all plan our meals and be organised! Sound good? Good!
Feel free to pass the plans around, print them out and pop them on your fridge or pinboard and let the good food plans begin!
Yum right. I think that about sums up this recipe. Some months ago a tree in our yard which had previously only had these annoying red flowers which dropped everywhere, started to have some of the flowers turn into bulbs which kept growing in size. We had no idea what they were, so I cut one down and opened it up only to discover it wasn't ripe enough to identify. We narrowed it down to either Guava or Pomegranate and then continued on with life. Fast forward to last week and we finally have fruit! Pomegranate was the winner and our tree has pumped out a huge amount of them which are now ripe and ready for eating. I've never eaten a pomegranate before this, so included with the recipe below are some pomegranate tips and tricks. Just so you know, we ate this for dinner on Saturday night, because we are adults and we can eat dessert for dinner if we like….
INGREDIENTS FOR MERINGUE:
- 6 large egg whites – at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups of caster sugar
- about 1/2 teaspoon red food colouring
- A pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cornflour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pomegranate, seeds only to serve
- 250ml – 350ml cream to whip
INGREDIENTS FOR SYRUP:
- 1 cup of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice
- 1/2 cup of sugar
Preheat the oven to 140 and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Using an electric mixer whisk the egg whites until it turns into firm peaks. Keep the which running and add the salt and sugar very slowly, about one tablespoon at a time. Continue to whisk for 10 odd minutes on medium speed. Add the cornflour and vanilla at the end and mix through briefly.
Add the food colouring, and by hand gently swirl this through. Use two spoons and dollop the mixture into round swirl type shapes on the baking paper. They will rise a little but try and pile them high! (You should get roughly 6 big ones out of the mixture!)
Bake for 1 hour on a middle shelf, once they look done, turn the oven off and crack open the door for 15 minutes so they can settle!
Whilst this is all going you want to put the pomegranate juice and sugar in a small saucepan and reduce it into a syrup, this should take less than 15 minutes. Don't go too long because otherwise it will burn, and it will also thicken once it cools so don't worry if it's too thin!
POMEGRANATE TIPS AND TRICKS:
Cut the top and bottom of the pomegranate. Score through the thick outer skin all the way around in wedges.
Pop some warm water into a bowl and pop the pomegranate in and split it open with your hands. If they splatter it's contained by the water and your house doesn't end up looking like a murder scene which is handy.
work your way around one half, I found it easiest to break into wedges and rub the jewels off the membrane of the fruit. The jewels will sink and the membrane will float. Continue with all the pomegranates! (I found it was handy to do a few pomegranates and then place all the jewels in a spare bowl and start with a fresh bowl of water. Also it was handy to have a glass of wine for company)
To make Pomegranate juice, throw a bunch of jewels into a blender. Pour mixture into a metal sieve (sitting on a bowl) and push through mixture with a spoon, this pushes out all the juice!
To store any extra jewels that you don't use, lay them in a layer in a ziplock bag and freeze!
Now go and eat this for dinner, because you are an adult and adults can do what they like!
- Ka xx
I seem to have little spurts throughout life where I just need to spend a bit of time disconnecting from the social aspect of the internet and recharge my creative batteries to feel inspired again. The other day a little comment popped up in email that a lovely lady had nominated me for a versatile blogger award, so now I'm back with vengeance! Thank you to the lovely Alexandra from Polaroid Suitcase, and see below who some of my FAVOURITE blogs are and find out some extra little "ka-facts" that you might not have known….
The rules of this award are:
Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog
Nominate 15 people for the award and let them know they have been nominated.
Write 7 facts about yourself
My fifteen nominations are:
- Door Sixteen
- Manhattan Nest
- Chronicled Blog
- A Pair of Pears
- Mint Love Social Club
- Zeal Blog by Bec
- The Everygirl
- Two Red Bowls
- Joy the Baker
- How Sweet it is
- Live Creating Yourself
- Likes of Us
- Blood and Champagne
- The Decorista - Domestic Bliss
Seven facts about myself:
- I love to purchase books. I don't feel like I read my purchases enough but I love being in a bookstore and feeling the pages of different paper stock between my fingertips and i often take those that feel the nicest home.
- I would drink soup every single day if I could.
- I love the hustle and bustle of the city but I feel the calmest when I am out in the green countryside.
- Constantly on the search for new things which I've never seen before or things done better than any previous version.
- I love the concept of rituals. Having a set pattern of doing things which provides a certain feeling of fulfilment or calming in the everyday business of my mind.
- I have so many ideas and I'm constantly unsure of my ability to complete them to the standard I'd like.
- I am always toying with the idea of removing social media from my life, I love it and hate it at the same time!
I'd love to know some of your favourite blogs, do you have certain sites you have to visit?
- Ka xx
This baby is wheat, gluten, dairy, grain, and meat free. It tastes like risotto and contains NO rice. Our friend Magnus said "what type of rice is this, just risotto rice?" When he ate it and the boys demolished their bowls. I think that's a tribute to how tasty this is! Pop in some beans if you'd like as well!
- 1/2 medium head of cauliflower, grated or blended into small rice type pieces
- 2 cups spinach, chopped
- 1 cup cashew nuts, chopped in a blender
- 1/2 c. vegetable broth
- 1 large shallot, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- Small packet of sundried tomatoes (I used about 5/6 pieces)
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- Salt, pepper and any other seasonings you'd like!
- In a medium-sized pot, heat 1 Tb olive oil on medium heat until warmed. Place the shallots, garlic, and thyme inside and saute for 2-3 minutes.
- Place some cashews into the blender and crush them up, throw these into the pot to cook a little.
- Add the stock and simmer for 5 minutes.
- In a blender gently blend all of the contents from the pot together in the pot until creamy and smooth.
- Grate the cauliflower, chop the tomatoes and spinach roughly.
- Add grated cauliflower, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. Cover with a lid and allow to heat through for a good 5 minutes (or until it looks like risotto).
- Stir occasionally and serve in a nice bowl!
- Ka xx
Hi Lovers, apologies for my lack of blogging as of late, I have been SO busy with work, a 4 day getaway to Sydney for a wedding (which Ja & I photographed), our friend Magnus moved down and is living with us, and just life in general! I don't want to stay away that long again though, so please accept my apologies and my hopeful promises to be better. I thought I'd get back into the swing of things by talking about what I did most recently: went to see the first H&M in Australia in the Melbourne GPO!
This store is in one word: Massive. It's split across three levels of a heritage listed building in the CBD and its simply stunning to be in. There are stairs that connect the levels and also escalators placed through the store. I lined up for just over an hour due to it being opening weekend but once getting inside the store was nowhere near as full as I had expected.
Womenswear is split up over two levels, kidswear, menswear and home are all on the third level. The homewares are beautiful but unfortunately the duvet covers only come in single and doubles. The price point is very similar to what I encountered in the USA, however some items such as leather and jackets are more expensive (the most expensive item I spotted store wide was $299 which was a leather biker jacket).
I grabbed myself a pair of Chelsea boots, a beanie, a linen tee and a small trinket container to pop my daily jewellery in but there is plenty more I'd love to go back for and I can see this becoming a regular haunt of mine. There are plenty of registers throughout so you won't be waiting in a huge line up to pay for any purchases and I spotted 4 exits on the ground floor (nothing worse than being in a massive store and struggling to find a way out!)
Where: Melbourne GPO - 350 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Mon - Wed 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thu - Fri 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sun 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
1. Plan to have more time rather than less
2. Grab a shopping bag from near the door.
3. Go back through sections more than once, Staff seemed to be moving things around and I spotted plenty of new things in areas I'd been through previously!
4. Check out the range on the H&M Australia website - not everything is on there but its a great starting point!
- Ka xx
Holla! It's Friday! Have you had a great week? I've been super frazzled most of this week. The weather has been fluctuating, I just can't seem to complete things and I'm just feeling a bit out of sorts! I'm hoping that a nice Friday recap of things I've found and fallen for is just what the doctor ordered!
1. DIY Fishbowl Terrariums = excellent. The sisters over at A Beautiful Mess always come up with excellent DIY's and this one is no exception. Now just to make and find a space to hang these.
2. UK Artist Kemi Mai. These pictures are made completely digitally. Yes you read that correctly: zero pen to paper action occurred to make these: simply awe inspiring.
3. North St Botanical in Melbourne is simply beautiful and I would like to have all of their plants, flowers and terrariums in my home please. I spent 30 minutes in the store the other day and could have spent another 30 very easily. Great blooms and friendly staff + a puppy!
4. Aether Cone has to be the coolest looking speaker I've seen in a while. The black and copper colour is my favourite and I jumped onto the waiting list for when they are released.
5. DIY metallic paper bags over on Almost Makes Perfect. I received two of the original kraft coloured bags for christmas and my birthday which i LOVE. These metallic versions would be a great cheap alternative for all the other paper bag uses I've located around our home.
6. Watercolour style wallpapers. From the Sandberg 'Carl' collection these prints have really beautiful transitions that make my heart flutter. This one is called "Gryning Light Lilac" and it reminds me of pink horizons and foggy mountains.
- Ka xx
Ja and I are both really lucky to work in inner suburbs that have a lot of character and lovely shops to browse. I work in Richmond and I really feel like spending my lunch breaks and afternoons wandering there makes me feel like I actually live in Melbourne. There are so many beautiful heritage buildings and the tram occasionally swings past before heading over the bridge to Chapel Street. So without further ado, here are a few of my Richmond food favourites:
1. Fonda Mexican: I first went to Fonda Windsor with a friend and then decided to take Ja to the Richmond restaurant and I've yet to have a bad experience! Fonda Mexican is everything I always dreamed Mexican would be and more. There is a hidden courtyard out the back with string lights and bench seating and inside the kitchen is decked out in subway tiles. I would eat here everyday if i could.
ORDER: 2 x Fish Taco and the lychee and elderflower frozen margaritas
TIP: The tortillas are gluten free = yay!
2. Amsterdam Street Cafe: This beauty is just across from my work and I would without a doubt eat their ham sandwich every single day. I've tried to recreate it at home but it just never turns out the same. The ladies are chatty and lovely and this hidden gem makes me smile.
ORDER: Ham sandwich, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and this amazing mustard+mayo mix
TIP: Grab a secret recipe tea from the fridge.
3. Pillar of Salt: If there is one place that you are going to grab a coffee in Richmond - this should be it. The restaurant itself is bright and constantly busy and there is almost always a line up here.
ORDER: Soy Latte
TIP: Allow time incase there is a line up, this certainly isn't a quick 30 minute stop and you'll want to sit and enjoy the sights and sounds of Church Street.
- Ka xx
I like to create lists of things that are important for me to do. Often I like to write lists of things I do and cross them off immediately so that I feel accomplished and like a successful adult. Sometimes I spend my weekends laying around watching really bad reality tv and contemplating a career on youtube. Would you watch me on youtube? probably not, so i'll just have to stick to writing lists and trying to be a successful adult!
This weekend Ja was supposed to be working and now he's not, which is good and bad (Good: He's here to go on outings and to spend time with, Bad: he is the ultimate distractor). Hopefully I can get a large section of this done AND spend time being distracted!
TODAY AND TOMORROW:
♥ Sew some more zip pouches
♥ Bake some sweet treats for my lover + some loved ones
♥ CLEAN THE HOUSE
♥ Prepare clothes for the next week #boring
♥ Get my iPhone replaced
♥ Grab some nice flowers for the house and office
♥ Deep clean the rug in the lounge
♥ Attempt to fix the entry room
♥ Minimalise the bookshelves
♥ Clean Indie & George's home #crazybirdladylife
♥ Paint & Hang frames in study/2nd lounge
♥ Create artwork + print photos to fill frames
That list looks terrible. Potentially once I complete most of this Ja can take a few photos of our Melbourne home and pop them up here as a bit of a home tour!
- Ka xx
Welcome back Friday! We've missed you around these parts, but the internet has been full of inspiration this week. From people creating with passion, to those creating things ethically and products that would improve my life tenfold, I hope you'll love these beauties too!
1. Ikea PS2014 collection hit my blogfeeds like a tsunami. It's limited edition and i've seen no word on whats headed our way yet, but i love this metal cage and the cute plastic pieces that you can arrange on the frame. I'd repaint the pieces gold, silver and copper and then leave them shaped into notes on a daily basis.
2. This copper bike is a little out of my price range... okay a lot. But I'm wondering if I can find a cool frame on gumtree and paint in copper with spray paint? It wouldn't age as beautifully as real copper but certainly would be more budget friendly.
3. This blog post puts everything into perspective. We forget these important things and often most of them don't cross my mind, I've bookmarked this one for a future reference.
4. Casual comfy street style via Pinterest. I love wearing oversized anything and sneakers, theres something really androgynous that I like about it.
5. These printed textiles from Elephant Landing are not only visually stunning, but ethically produced. Owners Jayden + Caroline set up a training school in India for women on sewing and embroidery (women who are often widows or single mothers) and when they graduate they receive a sewing machine! These products are made in their homes, for your homes, and there's something really beautiful in knowing that someone received another chance at being successful through the production of these products. Watch the video about how it all began here.
6. Ja and I used to work with a guy named Damien Woods at Apple. One day he decided he'd had enough being a photographer and sold all of his camera equipment (note: Ja bought it!) and then one day he picked up a film camera in an attempt to fall back in love with photography. He's put together a book of some of his work from the past year and it's available for purchase on his site. This picture of the Story Bridge is one of my favourites.
7. Pillow case DIY! I Made some pillows last weekend, but I love these colour blocked versions and feel like I might add some more to my collection this weekend. Any opportunity to go to spotlight... Also: everyone on instagram/facebook seemed to love my little zip pouches, if I was to sell them would people buy them?
8. Real Living style editor Sarah Ellison has created her own range of Wallpapers titled: Light of Heart. This black and white cheetah yet confetti esque wallpaper has been on my mind since I saw it, and I also love the pink watercolour titled splatter too. If I owned a house, you can guarantee these would be on the walls.
Also: We activated pinning on the blog, so you can now pin from us straight to all your dream and wish boards on Pinterest ♥
I'd love to see what you've loved this week, and what DIY's you have planned for your weekends!
- Ka xx