i need a pot please.



and again i have more photos of the house as i get closer to moving time. these are of the main living space which includes living, dining and kitchen and then also opens onto a rumpus room that i have used as an office and additional sitting area.

it amazes me as i pack my things all the items i have collected in less than a year.

images: me


pedal on

i want a bicycle. i have wanted one for quite sometime and after spotting the urban outfitters bike shop where you can customize a bike i have been on the look out.

i have been watching a few on ebay. there are so many restored vintage ones but a wicker basket and white frame would have to be the way to go.

images: urban outfitters, ebay



there is a sacredness in tears. they are not the mark of weakness but of power. they speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. they are the messengers of overwhelming grief... and unspeakable love. ~ Washington Irvining

image: vantiani



finally as i am ready to depart from this house i have some finished pictures of my decorated home. my absolute favorite room to decorate and the first to be done was o's. it was inspired by woodland creatures and included lots vintage bits and pieces.

in the new house we will say good bye to the crib and hello to a new big boy bed. and i am sure i will make a few other changes just to mix it up.

images: me



although i am bringing a whole house full of furniture with me to the new one. i still feel the need to change things up a little. these are some of the images that have me inspired to redecorate and renovate.

and fireplaces. i will have fireplaces and mantles to decorate.

images: decorpad, living etc, phdesigners, remodelista



i am a little behind the times and am just getting around to seeing this adorable movie. O and i found some time and watched it (minus the first 16 mins which are a bit too crazy for a not yet 3 year old).

he even came up to me with his tongue out and licked me like one character does in the movie. i had to laugh, hope he doesnt do that at play school.



it seems both O and i are officially sushi obsessed. he could possibly eat it every meal of the day but it is his constant request and is often fulfilled because i share in his desire.



lots of thoughts and feelings whirling around right now as i prepare to move house and take a step forward but not so many words.



the last few weeks have been that of new beginnings. some how it finally feels like my time here in oz is starting. we (back to O & I) are moving to a new home mid june and although I feel like I might be stepping back for a moment it is still in the right direction.

and this is who i am listening to.



i had every intention of getting into the easter spirit and making some eggs with O but with just general craziness happening around here i am not going to be able to find the time to do this neat project that i came across a few weeks ago for silk tie dyed eggs. this idea is so fantastic and produces some really beautiful results. martha stewart has the instructions on her site. there are a heap of amazing examples of eggs that could be created at the june brides flickr account.

next year i will definitely be more organized and do this for O. plus i have a whole year to op shop and find the vintage ties, i just love this concept.


boy belt

the celebrate boy month at madebyrae that i spoke about in my previous post has produced some pretty great boy items.

but this one by elsie marley would have to be at the top of my list as O definitely has a tendency to loose his pants quite often. these belts are so cute and funky. i want one of each (for O of course not me).

images: elsie marley



it seems that a new favorite color has crept in. i tend to buy everything in bluish grey, plum or olive and now mustard has been included as well. it started with a dress that i saw on some girls wander that i found and on ebay and am waiting to receive in the mail. i believe it would be a dress quite well know in america as even natalie portman has been photographed in the dress but over here in oz it will be nothing most have seen before and i love the color.

now i am spotting the color ever where else including the front page of etsy where i really love the madebyhank purse and crocheted earrings by gracendignity. maybe a few more packages will be on their way as well then.
i can definitely see this color finding its way into my home as well as my wardrobe.



i received a very nice email the other day regarding some photos that person had seen of my henna and it has really inspired me to take the time to rediscover my love of mehndi. i do tend to doodle the patterns continually but have not got the henna out in some time. i always enjoyed the fact that i could work on a living canvas and the way it makes people feel.

my goal over the next few weeks will be to mix up a batch and find some skin to paint on... which should not be too hard to find... just need some time.

image: me


my boy

the wonderful lisa at parallel botany sent me an email to inform me of a fantastic project that two lovely blogs madebyrae and made have put together. and for the whole month of February they will be celebrating the boy and crafting projects related to the little men in our lives since they seem to get lost in the world of crafting for little girls.

i am excited to see what they come up with because as you may have noticed i am always on the search for handmade goodies for o and when i find the time to undergo a few myself.

image: madebyrae


we have been busy. along with the house the yard has also receive some attention in the form of a veggie garden. we have had lovely crops of mostly tomatoes and zucchini but also cucumber and an endless supply of any herb i could put in the ground. O is fascinated by being able to pick the fruit off the plants and popping them right in his month. and i have enjoyed cooking up amazing meals using mostly the bounty from our little backyard. the best one so far has been the baked zucchini fritters from fresh365.

and this is what we harvested just today.

the greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~hanna rion

images: fresh365 & me



i just adore this new kindred site that i have discovered. it is a great Australian based natural parenting magazine and site that contains some very informative articles from international sources. i cannot seem educate myself enough about the different methods of parenting and there are so many useful pieces on the website. 

there really is an article about anything for both parents with some difficult topics as well. and there is a new website to come soon. 

images: kindred