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  1. Theme Night Inspiration

    Ooo, just came across this wonderful site, Hostess with the Mostess. So much inspiration for dinner parties. I get really nervous about entertaining for outsiders, but I love putting together a theme night when it’s just family. Below are a few of my favourites that I’ve gotten around to uploading:

    Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010

    Beijing Summer Olympics 2008

    Il Gato’s Italian Night

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  2. Impressed

    Dear, how you distract me. In my dreams, I have the ability to make my own beautiful letterpress creations. In reality, I just need to read you more often. Love, Danielle

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  3. Recent Discoveries

    Smaggle – Inspiring good style and great living.

    Lushlee – Ooo, she links to beautiful things. Like Cabbages and Roses… I need a bigger wardrobe!

    I’m having an exceptionally bad Monday, so I think I might tuck into the archives of those two for a while!

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  4. Sew What?

    I finally replaced my sewing machine in this past year. I can’t remember when exactly… because I haven’t actually USED it. It’s criminal really. I was so gung-ho, and then I lost my motivation to do everything. And there it sits. In its box. At the foot of our bed. The cat uses it as a step to get up without having to needlessly exert himself, so I guess it isn’t a complete waste.

    Well, I came across this blog today, and I must say that I am inspired. It’s called New Dress a Day, wherein Marissa makes a new outfit from a thrifted garment. All for less than a dollar a day.

    She turned this:

    Into this:

    I mean, wow.

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  5. Links for Later

    I’ve been hanging on to these for a couple weeks while looking for inspiration of classic illustration for a project at work.

    Stickers and Stuff: lots of great inspiration and illustration

    Kevin Kidney Blog: Long-time Disney designer

    Kevin Kidney Portfolio of Sorts flickr set

    Animation Treasures: Blog of Hans Bacher, animator of 40 years. What I love is he’ll analyze classic animation background plates and colour choices.

    Remodelista: Sourcebook for the Considered Home (I want a house, I want a house, I want a house.)

    Hindsvik Vintage: “Daniel & Valeria are a young couple who run an online vintage store called Hindsvik. Renovating and redecorating their 1940s home on a budget, they share DIY ideas, design favorites and spaces with shop updates in between.”

    Departures: We’ve been on a foreign film kick lately, and this has been one of the best. Such a beautiful movie.

    Lord Of The Rings prequel made by a fanatic using her £25,000 life savings scores 500,000 views on the internet: Need to watch this when I get some time! (Born of Hope YouTube link)

    ♥ Not long know until The People vs. George Lucas makes its debut at SXSW. CANNOT wait to see that one! (YouTube Trailer link)

    ♥ We received a free pass to Daybreakers, so we’ll probably go see that this weekend… if only to see the Brisbane CBD on the big screen.

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  6. Links for Later

    I’ve been saving the tabs on this browser for the better part of December, so in an effort to clear the slate before the new year, I thought I’d do a quick link post.

    Fresh Corn & Avocado Salad: I made this one for our Boxing Day get-together, and it was really nice and super easy. I used verjuice for the Champagne vinegar and squeezed a bit of lime over the avos to keep them from turning brown before we ate.

    Beef & Cabbage Stir-Fry: for future reference (via Kris)

    Black Eyed Peas & Greens: Probably isn’t going to happen as a New Year’s tradition this year, but I’m curious to try the recipe.

    Homemade Peppermint Patties: Seems do-able and sounds good.

    Quick Bread in a Bottle: I made these jars for my in-laws for Christmas this year. I admit I haven’t actually tried the recipe yet, so I hope it’s good. Just ran out of time. I found milk bottles at Spotlight. Hansldesigned the fold-out directions with detachable recipe card. (Email me if you want to use it.)

    Bread Jar Gifts Bread Jar Recipe
    Real Whipped Cream on the Go at Freeze Happy: Put whipped cream dollops on wax paper and freeze to use later on desserts or in coffee. But the real reason I’ve saved this link is the hilarious aside at the bottom about make-shift piping bags and the kitty-poo-like results they produce.

    Alinea Mosaic: I first heard about the restaurant Alinea when the owner was interviewed on one of my NPR podcasts about this time last year. Since then, I’ve been intrigued by molecular gastronomy. This has also been fueled by the chemists on Top Chef. From what I can tell the Mosaic sight has a forum about a book they must have released, but the topics are fascinating. They are surprisingly transparent with their techniques and recipes. See also: All Things Alinea Flickr Pool for some mouth-watering photos

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  7. Cute, Crafty, or Otherwise

    Retro Renovation: “your daily dose of mid century renovation resources… design inspiration… fun finds… and a growing community of people all interested in restoring, preserving and cherishing their 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s homes.”

    Tonic Living: Amazingly beautiful retro fabrics. Love, love, love.

    2009 Christmas Candy Box: A downloadable template for a cute little gift box. Check out the ’08 & ’07 editions as well.

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  8. What’s Cooking?

    Seeing as I’m not exactly a cake fan, I didn’t really think about making a cake forlthe Husband”s birthday last week until I came across this recipe for Gary Rhodes’s Guinness chocolate cake. A cake with beer in it? Sounds manly, right? I had a piece and didn’t actually mind it. It’s really rich. (I chopped up a 100g bar of 70% dark chocolate and stirred it in just before pouring into the pan.)

    I topped it with a yummy Irish Cream Cheese frosting:
    4 oz softened cream cheese
    1/2 cup softened butter
    1 cup sifted powdered sugar
    2 Tbsp Irish cream
    Blend cream cheese & butter together with a mixer. Gradually add powdered sugar and finally Irish cream. Lick beaters.

    More Recipe Goodness
    Gourmet‘s Favorite Cookies: 1948-2008: via Kris. I don’t love making cookies given that I only have one cookiesheet that fits in my abnormally narrow oven, but a few of these have almost tempted me. Speculaas, Dutch Caramel Cashews, and Lemon Thins remind me of Grandma.

    Greek Almond Tea Cakes I think we’re going to make these for my birthday treat this week.

    Buy The Gourmet Cookie Book: The Single Best Recipe from Each Year 1941-2009 at Amazon.

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  9. Links for Later? Yes, Please

    Mouse: Pretty photos, lovely handmade things. Will have to look through archives later!

    Kay Loves Vintage: Jealousy-inducing photos and inspirational ideas. And proof that Aussie IKEA is completely missing out on the good stuff.

    Handmade Typography Flickr Group

    Start to Draw Your Life & 75 Ways to Draw More

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  10. Links for Later

    Time to restart Firefox clean, but I’ve been hanging on to a dozen tabs I keep thinking I’m going to look at later.

    Ruby Slipper Bride: South African Wedding Photographer
    Once Wed: Another pretty wedding photography place

    Scrumptious Banana Cake Recipe: I may have posted this before, but this one is SO yummy and SO easy.
    Recipe Girl: Recipes including how to make adorable marzipan carrots.
    Urbanspoon: Restaurant guide
    Sugar Snap Pea Soup with Parmesan Cream: from my hero Lynne Rossetto Kasper

    The Handmade Expo: Ipswich crafty show blog
    My Paper Crane: Super-fun, crafty person’s blog
    Tubby Paws: Cute papercraft

    Mimicking Birds: Good music. Free downloads.

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  11. So Much To Do, So Little Time

    We’re in Florida hanging with friends who are more like family… if our family was a bit dysfunctional. (I know she’ll object to that statement, but all I’m going to do is mention “frogs”… and I rest my case.)

    A year and a half of multiple longings have been quenched since we got here. We’ve had Chick’n Minis for breakfast two days in a row. We’ve had numerous Starbucks coffees. (Not the greatest coffee in the world, no. But it’s like a comfort beverage to me.)

    Another highlight was going to Anthropologie, a favourite of mine since forever. I got a frame, a little bird thingie, and an apron.

    Tomorrow we might even get to see NASA’s rocket launch depending what’s happening. Cool, eh?

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  12. Through the Looking Glass

    This past weekend after launching a new CD on Thursday night, we took off for a little anniversary getaway. We headed up the coast on Friday and spent three nights at Glass on Glasshouse. I found that place when looking for accommodation over Easter break and thought it would make a good romantic destination. It really was perfect.

    The place is ultra-modern and two full walls are glass. (Do not worry, there are blinds.) Polished wood floors, leather lounge, huge spa bath, king-size bed, media system, and views to blow your mind.

    There was a covered porch with a dining table and electric grill. Below is the view coming down the path towards the “pod”.


    Just inside is the living room. We watched both “Bridget Jones” movies and then the Lord of the Rings trilogy — director’s cuts. Eeeep! The couch had a fold out bed, which we pulled out a couple of the nights when it was getting hard to sit and keep watching.

    Living Room

    There was a small desk where Hanslset up for a while. He was doing music, and I was on the couch backing up all my photos. Aren’t we the geeky couple? But I don’t know how he got any work done with a view like that. (And yes, Manda, those are my Spongebob slippers in the bag.)

    Next to the television was the ethanol fireplace which was double-sided and could also be seen through a glass panel from the spa.

    The giant spa bath filled from the ceiling. It seemed like a really cool and romantic idea, but to prevent it from splashing all over the whole room, it couldn’t be on much more than a dribble until it was half-full.

    Also modern and cool was the bathroom sink with water coming out of the mirror. It looked so zen, but as I’ve mentioned elsewhere, it was a bit gross while brushing teeth. I don’t particularly enjoy watching my spittle traveling across the porcelain square into the moat at the front and floating around to the drain in back.

    Comfortable bed and more great views. Several kangaroos would tend to hang out outside the windows on this side. The last night we slept with the blinds open and woke up to the glorious sunshine.

    I drew a quick, not-exactly-do-scale floorplan one afternoon while we were there. You can click through to flickr to see the notes explaining what each area is.

    I took along my anniversary flower that I got on Wednesday, because I wanted to enjoy it while it was still in its prime. I had it setting on the edge of the spa so that I could see it from the sofa. One morning we had the blinds down while we watched movies, but the sunlight came through one crack and made the flower glow. I didn’t even notice the reflection until after I looked back at the photos.

    Other highlights from the trip:
    ♥ Italian pasta lunch on Saturday at the fabulous discovery Cappriccio’s in Maleny. (We even tried to go back to try the pizza on Monday before we left the area, but unfortunately they were closed. We’ll be back!)

    ♥ Going for a Sunday bushwalk on the Glass House Mountain Lookout Track.

    ♥ Spending several hours strolling through Maleny on Monday before we came back home. My souvenir was a silk pillowcase from Maleny Additions. (Three days later my skin and hair are instant perfection… well, maybe not yet.)

    ** Check out cool ethanol fireplaces at Amazon.

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  13. Survey Says…

    Last July, I wrote about this survey place I found called PureProfile. I signed up and have been slowly ticking up the cash in 10-cent intervals. (Actually for a survey, I usually get $2.)

    The reason I mention it again is just because the other day I took a survey about plastic shopping bags. And then on Friday I happened to see the results of the survey written up in an article in the Courier Mail.

    “The survey found that 83 per cent of Australians want a national ban on non-biodegradable plastic bags, while 79 per cent of respondents want electronic waste to be barred from landfills.”

    Look at me contributing! So yeah, it’s been interesting, and I’ve made an easy $60 so far. If you want to sign up, you can use my referral number to show some love. 🙂

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  14. Hometown Tourist

    Recently my brother-in-law asked if we were going to do any sight-seeing while we’re in the States. My immediate response could have been perceived as abruptly in the negative.

    He seemed a little offended that we didn’t intend to do so. And I felt a little offended that he would even suggest that the point of our trip be anything but to catch up with family and friends.

    I mean, my younger nephew just graduated from PRESCHOOL. He was barely walking when I moved here. I have serious catching up to do. I want to sleep in my old room. I want to eat my grandma’s cooking. I want to keep my best friend company on her drive home from work every day. THAT, my dear brother-in-law, was the point of the trip.

    But… that was until I saw this article about Captain Kirk’s future birthplace being in Iowa. I wouldn’t begin to consider myself a Trekkie, but how awesome would it be to say we’d been there, done that, and bought the keychain.

    This got me thinking about the other campy roadside attractions around northwest Iowa where I could drag my dear husband. has been a goldmine of places I’ve been or heard of plus a bunch that are completely new to me. So we may need to work these into our itinerary:
    * The Grotto of the Redemption: West Bend, IA
    * The National Music Museum: Vermillion, SD
    * 1880 Town: Murdo, SD
    * The Buddy Holly Crash Site: Clear Lake, IA
    * The Alpine Inn: Omaha, NE (eat with the raccoons)
    * The Corn Palace: Mitchell, SD
    * The Amana Colonies: Amana, IA

    Another little joy I discovered? The Western Iowa Wine Trail. Wine! In Iowa! Growing up in a teetotaler household, I had no idea. I’m definitely anxious to find out what the great corn state is doing for vinoculture.

    We might have a little more to fit in during this trip than I originally thought!

    ** Check out Roadside Attractions: Cool Cafes, Souvenir Stands, Route 66 Relics, & Other Road Trip Fun at Amazon.

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  15. Linky Links and Pretty Things

    I click on one link from a Twitter feed, and now I’ve got so many windows open of pretty places that I don’t have time to explore. Oh Mondays!

    Bluebird & Trees Carafe by Shinzi Katoh: it all started at 3 Potato 4. I love Shinzi Katoh.

    Kikki K Easter Sale: voucher or coupon code at link. Hmm, 20% off means I can buy 20% more, right?

    Misha Lulu Blog: lots of pretty finds and interesting links.

    Design Crush: Seriously, link overload and so pretty. Particularly loving the Printable Mailing Label tip and the Design*Sponge DIY tax receipt holder.

    Creature Comforts: Turns out I love the whole site that the mailing labels came from.

    Black Eiffel: Another. I don’t have time for all this greatness.

    It’s time to WORK, people. Work.

    ** Check out this pretty Scroll Mailing Label Tape at Amazon.

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  16. Links for Later Perusal

    Painted Fish Studio: She’s from the heartland. She finds pretty things. And she’s crafty. Note: Paper Bead Bracelet, Trip Collages, & Fern Prints, for starters.

    3-Day Weekend: Found this one when searching for ways to hang cork trivets on the wall without necessarily damaging the wall. They use self-sticking foam mounting tape. (Do I know what that is? And can it be removed later?)

    At Home with Kim Vallee: I don’t know who this is, but lots of pretty household goods there.

    Ugh, more later. I have to go officially boycott the decision to have Subway for lunch.

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  17. Try This Recipe!

    A while back Kris in Sydney posted a recipe for Spicy Shredded Pork. I was quite interested, because pork has become like a new friend to me ever since we started going to our little butcher. (Seriously, I love the women there as much as the meat. They’re all of Eastern European descent and are boisterous and such a hoot!)

    So yesterday we planned to have dinner with the brother- & sister-in-law (who just broke her foot), and I said I would go to their place to cook and keep her company. That was just my sneaky way to try this recipe in a fully air-conditioned home, instead of baking myself out of our house. Teehee.

    I must say, that I am now in love with Spicy Shredded Pork. It’s dreamy. It’s so delish. We had it on tortillas with homemade pico de gallo and guacamole. I also had lettuce, tons of cilantro/coriander, lime wedges and sour cream on hand. A-MAY-ZING!

    Also, for those who cower at the word “spicy”, I’ll just add that it is spicy in that it has spices in it, but those couple dashes of chili powder won’t give it much more than a completely mild rating. I’d serve it to children, no problem. I’d also look into adding some chili peppers if you want any sort of heat.

    ** Check out these Mexican Cooking Utensils by La Cocinera on Amazon. (Or get them for me!)

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  18. Inspirational Thoughts

    I came across this site with all sorts of ideas to motivate people to go out and do something beautiful.

    For example: “Start a worm compost. Use it for your paper junk mail. Use the soil regenerated from the decomposition of your junk mail to grow flowers. Pick the flowers and give them away to people. If anyone asks you why you are giving them flowers, tell them that it’s junk mail.

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  19. I’m Not Down with the Sickness

    Because I am totally awesome and stuff, I got me a computer virus last night. Fun times ensued. And though the virus is now gone, a possible pre-existing condition has flared, and the computer will no longer boot on command. It’s more of a “I’ll start when I’m good and ready, thank you very much, and that may not actually be today” sort of situation.

    So I pretty much want to die, because I have three years of non-backed-up photos and video on there. (I AM aware that this makes me a stupid person. Please don’t leave comments to remind me.)

    There is hope, because the one time it did start again, I was able to burn off one year of photos. So at least I know things are still there and in tact. I just won’t breathe easily until they are all safe and sound on a drive that ISN’T going into self-destruct.

    I was going to get a little Lacie Rugged drive to take to the States, so I can copy over all my cds. Looks like I may get it sooner than later. (Plus it’s orange. How cute!

    ** Check out LaCie backup drives at Amazon.

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  20. Linky Links

    Spoon Sisters: I <3 that “Home is Where Your Mom Is” tea towel. (I think we’re buying plane tickets to go “home” then this week. Yay!)

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  21. Safe and Sound

    We are completely safe here in Brisbane. We can’t see or smell smoke. While we are saddened and shocked like the rest of the world, we’re not really affected by it more than most of you are.

    And just FYI, according to the map below with the comparison of Australia to America, we’re over there in that eastern part of North Carolina. The fires are down in the Gulf of Mexico there. And the massive floods that you may or may not have heard about are up there in Ontario somewhere.

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  22. Arty Links

    St!#ch Out Loud: subversive cross-stitch and crafty stuff… may not be safe for work.

    Artista Blog: I just found this one back. She makes such adorably cute watercolours. Love!

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  23. Bragging Rights

    Rave’s got a very complimentary review of my bearded soul man’s show a couple weeks ago. And they are also right about ME being incredible. Can’t wait to see them again!

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  24. Link Dump

    There are some tabs I have been saving and reopening obviously since November, and it’s getting a bit ridiculous when I have to scroll for miles to get to my most recently opened ones. So here you go, my links to you:

    Wild Rice Stuffing: This was the recipe I used for our Thanksgiving dinner. It was really yummy, even without the acorn squashes.

    Chow Thanksgiving Ideas: Those creamy carrots… DELISH!

    Chow Entertaining Ideas: Theme Nights!

    ♥ Cool It Down: Chow’s Cooling Off: Icy desserts and good things like Chocolate Icebox Cake with Mascarpone and Blackberries (which we had over Christmas break). Then there’s Lemon & Mascarpone Sorbetto, which I have yet to try. And also sweet cherry sorbetto.

    DIY Macro Photo Studio: I always see these around the place, and I’m sure I’ve probably linked before… but here you go. just a random beauty site in Australia that carries Phyto.

    French Fried Onions Recipe: You have to give up your firstborn to get your hands on a can of french fried onions around here, so I broke down and made my own last weekend using this recipe. (I practically didn’t have any left for the green bean casserole, because they were SO yummy to snack on!) I used self-rising flour and have the theory that it helped puff up the crust a bit. Who knows.

    HTML colour chart and Color Shader. Guess who was working on websites last weekend. (If you know where to find the hubby’s homepage, have a look. WordPress kicked my ‘a’, but it’s semi-mostly done except if you’re using IE6. But then I’d like to introduce you to 2009 and tell you to update.)

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  25. I <3 Kikki K

    It seems like hardly any Australian vendors have websites which show the majority of their stock. Most post a PDF of their latest flyer and call it good.

    So I was thrilled to discover that my favourite office supply place kikki.K has a simple site with products to behold. I am allowed to buy one product every time we are at the mall, which is rare for us. So now that I can see what they have that is new, I can make plans to visit the mall more often. 🙂

    My Christmas list read “anything from kikki.K”, and he delivered. In fact, tonight I am going to start going through my Donna Hays from last year and use my gifts. He got me the recipe sticky notes, this recipe box, recipe card refills, and finally the magnetic shopping list in case I decide I need some more ingredients in the house after looking at all that food!

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