Thursday, December 27, 2012

post joyeaux noël

How was your Christmas? Mine involved a stop-over from the parents on their way to Adelaide on the Eve and Christmas Day festivities with the Boyfriend, brother and sister. An easy wake-up and gathering around the tree to wish one another a Merry Christmas and see what the Big Man & loved ones had so kindly left for us. We all did very well and sat around with a feast fit for a gorgeous summer Christmas and a drink or two enjoying one another's good company.
A few phonecalls to and fro with the rellies and the day was made. Whilst we 'tried' to lay off the technology for the day... here are a few happy snaps from my iPhone.

The Newby siblings.
BF & Brosef.
Stunning wee sis, festively clad.
Christmas Day evening view.
Festive Frangipanis - handpicked by the BF.

I do hope you and yours had a very Merry Christmas.

I'm off to Melbourne tomorrow - a sweet vacay with that one I... y'know - think is the bees knees. What are your New Year's plans?

Thursday, December 20, 2012


It's Thursday, it's summer - it's warm, but not totally uncomfortable. There is a pleasant little breeze that pops through my kitchen as I'm multi-tasking many a thing.

In light of a recent lay-off from my job in the design world (due to co. financial issues - it's tough out there!) I have resolved to keep my hands busy and my mind creative so as to not lose too much steam and keep one's soul happy.

Yesterday, I made a quirky little 'tongue in cheek' calendar (collaboration with the BF), today I'm trawling the world wide web for the perfect font for a logotype, whilst making shortbread and conjuring up sweet packaging concepts for said products. I'm quite liking my at-home baking experiences of late and pondering the idea of markets in the future. But let's just test run these delicious treats first - it's a little exciting! ;)

Last week's success was my gingerbread men and mango chutney. I cooked up a batch of gingerbread men and took a jar of chutney to the Boyf's house Christmas dinner, and to my surprised delight it was a hit! I've never cooked anything so fancy before and feel this may have ignited a little flame of passionate curiosity for the kitchen. Especially when you see those around you enjoying it.

This year will see a small Christmas at home with the BF, brother and sister. My parents will be in Adelaide, so the success of Christmas lunch and dinner rests with us. We have the turkey and ham (and mango chutney), we will have the gingerbread men and shortbread, but the rest is something I'm looking forward to putting together. Summer salads and seafood perfectly matched with our drinks and refreshments of choice. Let's hope there is a gorgeous breeze to accompany the day!

It's nice to be able to focus a little more on the blog aswell, despite the employment situation is not ideal. I am really looking forward to establishing more freelance opportunities and seeing what else is out there. In the meantime, creative freedom is here. Time to extend one's creative abilities, to collaborate and enjoy the summer season.

Mixing the butter, sugar and flour. 
The Christmas ingredients - cranberries, almonds, pistachios and white chocolate!
Where it all comes together. Cookie cutters galore! 
My festive oven mit ready to take the first batch out of the oven! 
My first batch of Christmas Shortbread is a success. Huzzah!

What are your plans for Christmas? Not many sleeps now!

Happy Thursday.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

in the summertime

... when the weather is fine, you can reach right up and touch the sky - or straight for the peppermint oil.
This little bottle of liquid gold is essential to the hot summer days we're experiencing here in Brisbane right now. A dab on the nape of your neck and temples and you are instantly one cool cucumber. 

Refreshing, and all natural.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

i am grateful

I've thought it's about time to share some of my photos taken for the I am grateful challenge. It's funny (and a little cliche perhaps) how the simplest things really do bring you the most happiness. From the blessing of embarking on a brand new day, to picking veggies of an evening - for these simple pleasures you have to be grateful.
Morning : Waking to a Brand New Day #iamgrateful
Purchase : a box of mystery goodies from The Fancy #iamgrateful
Food : These delicious lo-carb protein bars. The perfect office snack! #iamgrateful
Routine : Picking up the BF, admiring the subtle festivities of Riparian Plaza #iamgrateful
Warmth : amazing phonecalls from my cousin Casey Staar #iamgrateful
Food : Sweet sister time. Priceless. #iamgrateful
Quiet time : Finishing The Book Thief #iamgrateful
Routine : Our first 'big'harvest #iamgrateful
Gift : Sunshine yellow lillies, from the Boyf. #iamgrateful
Weakness : Movember lasted a little longer than expected. Loves it. #iamgrateful
Excitement : Receiving more snail mail from the North Pole. #iamgrateful
Experience : My workspace. Flowers, art & design. #iamgrateful

Counting blessings.

Next instalment to come soon.

Happy Friday

Monday, December 3, 2012


... dress up and run through manicured gardens, like Wonderland characters.

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keep it real

Timely advice & acceptance.

Keep on.

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