Friday, February 26, 2010


A trip to the Apple retail store at Chermside this morning, and Madeline is purring away. With her brand new Snow Leopard, iWork and iLife, she's feeling top notch no doubt. As am I.

I'm loving the new iTunes and the whole interface! So maybe I've been a wee bit slow to jump on the mac-cool band wagon (I was operating OSX Tiger...), but now I'm ready to rumble!
I can't wait for this year's uni to start. The year to complete my major. I'm ready.

Best get back to work and quit the dribble.


{image sourced via google images}

Thursday, February 25, 2010

all better

I picked up Madeline from the MacDoctors today just before 5pm - pretty new keys and brand spankin' new battery.

A wee bit excited... now I can mac all night.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

like a jungle drum

My heart is beating like a junglllle drum!

Only TWO more sleeps until my Wonderland Tea Party... needless to say, Jungle Drum by Emiliana Torrini is on the playlist, along with Florence And The Machine, Mumford & Sons, La Roux, The Gossip, Ladyhawke and too many more to write, right now.

Amy and I pick up our costumes yesterday from Disguises. And now I am all set to become 'Madame Hatter'.

Tick, tock, TICK, TOCK!


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

it's in the air

I love being in love.
... and by the looks of it - so does my darling cousin, Victoria.

Happy Belated Valentine's XX

comfort craving

At the moment, I am craving the comforts of home.

This time last year, I was going through one of the hardest times of my life, and I found sanctuary at my parents home in Inverell - the house I grew up in. I spent my time with my family - Mum, Dad, Amy and Spitfire (Michael was off and flying with the RAAF), read books, marvelled at the new synthetic hockey field (I only wish it was there when I grew up) and enjoyed the crisp mornings outside conjuring concepts for my university assignments. Afternoon walks with Spitfire and helping Mum around the house, movies with Amy and hanging with Dad at night - always with a topical conversation.

My childhood best friend, Jasmine, made the time at home much more special aswell, with chats that seemed to go forever and never run out of steam, coffees and lunch dates, dinners at our family homes, books, books and more books - The Dust Jacket and Out The Back being our favourite haunts. We hadn't lived in Inverell together since we were 12 and 13 years old. Back then, we 'lived in each other's pockets' (as our Mother's would say), and it felt like we just picked up where we left off. I am so grateful for her friendship and to have her as a significant part of my life again.

I'm in a different place right now, and have been for some time. Each day taking steps for a brighter tomorrow. Living with my little sister Amy (fresh out of school), here in Brisbane, by the river in a cute and cosy two bedroom unit. Full of all the comforts that make this my new home. I am so lucky for all I have - a fabulous flatmate and gorgeous little sister, friends that have proven to stand the test of time and a Boyfriend that puts the icing on my cake - keeping me laughing, even when I want to be angry because he's thrown my cushions all over the room. Grinning from ear to ear with a frown seems to erupt into laughter, even at the most serious of times.

Feeling rather sentimental today. Definitely ready to curl up with the rain pitter-pattering on my window, a good book and a glass of Shiraz Cabernet. This is very possible once home from work. Follwed by a cup of Earl Grey.

Today, I have decided to pick up Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. This novel reminds me of school (my Year 12 Extension English studies), home and the movie I bought in Inverell, The Jane Austen Book Club. This movie may be responsible for starting The Book Club Janelle and I established in 2009, and so I think it's about time I read a 'classic'.
The image below is a book I came across in my googling today, The Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers On Why We Read Jane Austen by Susannah Carson, and one I'm quite interested in with contributions from the likes of Virginia Woolf and many more. The model in the image seems completely absorbed in the book and the pastel colours along with the traditional vintage cover design, plucks a few of my heart strings this afternoon - and I simply had to include it.

I am waffling, and I best get back to work. I have much to do, followed by a therapeutic late afternoon of cake decorating, baking and Austen, Boyfriend and Sister.

Love, if only for your patience in reading my waffles.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

young hearts, run free

Gorgeous pieces, perfect for now.

nearly 24, chloé jane

So many things on my mind... so I've taken the time share; eeni-meeni-miini-MOH!
Check out Alicia's blog. I long to be invited to fashion runway previews... see her Sportsgirl A/W write-up.
Thinking I need to vamp up this blog with some funky illustrations and headers such as the one above.

I want to invite Florence to my Wonderland Tea Party. But alas, her Lungs album will have to do.

I can't stop conjuring ideas and dreaming of the perfect Mad Hatter tea party cake...
{image sourced via googleimages}

A possible look for the Birthday Girl, thanks to Bardot - simply replace those platinum locks with a wild red bob!
Oh! The fantasy... One could only want to escape, to lounge and drink cocktails in teacups whilst devouring magical cupcakes and unleashing your alter ego.

{photography: Alley Kat Photography}

No doubt I'll have more to add soon... but for now, best get back to work!

ms. madge

Once again, Alice and her Wonderland are my prominent muses' of the moment. Religiously flicking through the pages of ninemsn before beginning work for the day, I stumbled across these images from one of the later Louis Vuitton advertising campaigns.
I was immediately enthralled with Madonna's outfit... seeing what to me was a sexy and mischievious March Hare. The possibilities for Birthday Party costumes just keep coming! Two weeks to devise the perfect Birthday Girl outfit to steal the tea party...
I need to learn that Photoshop technique!

Happy Hump-day!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010

fruition tuition

I love the page layout of this publication.

Possible portfolio idea??

{image sourced via - featuring 'Volume Four' by Jessica Williams}

sip & snuggle

I can't wait for winter... I'm not feeling to well today - so exhausted and surely think I've had enough rest.

I'm at work at the moment, illustrating for a major atlas and perusing my favourite blogs as usual. The way I'm feeling right now, I'd love to be at home in the midst of a snowstorm, all snuggled up beneath a blanket with a good book and a cosy cup of tea... but this is Australia... however, a fantastic thought.

Inspired by another pic from the rockstar diaries, I had to share this with you.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

hip-hip! hooray!

Is this not the coolest cake ever? Seriously extravagant - but awesome decorating nonetheless. Well done on that Taza! (see the rest of the said birthday celebrations involving this cake on the rockstar diaries blogspot).

It's got me thinking about a celebration that is approaching rather quickly... on the 24th of this month, I shall be 24! :D
The question is - party? Theme? Decorations? Invitations? Location??? What can my cake be? Hahh... I am sighing - but deep down, excited!

Not long after that is Boyfriend's birthday... and I'm already conjuring up ways to spoil him.

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