Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I discovered these cute organic Balms by UK company 'Figs & Rouge' at the Organic Expo a few weeks ago. They are 100% organic, smell like heaven and are great for lips and any other dry spots. And most importantly - they come in the most divine tin. Keep your eyes peeled for them, they'd make a great little pressie!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Oh wow - these words just made me cry. I love, love this amazing book made by Rachel Skrobalak at http://pictureseatpeople.com/
it's printed on 100% recycled paper using vegetable based inks, hand bound and beautifully packaged using degradable materials. I would be so happy to have one of these by my bedside. Just beautiful.
Monday, September 27, 2010
It seems terribly early to be making up Christmasy things, but we made one of our lovely hampers for a shoot today! We are going to be doing a special Christmas picnic this year, but there'll be no ham in sight. We thought of our fave things that we love to eat, and that remind us of Christmas in Sunny Sydney! Just find a sparkly spot by the water and crack open the rose..... perfection!
- Ligurian olives marinated in rosemary, chilli, garlic & fennel seeds
- Medjool dates filled with goat’s curd & pistachios wrapped in prosciutto
- Poached Australian King prawns with gremolata & aioli
- Lemon & thyme baked free range chicken with fregola, asparagus, sugar snaps, baby peas, mint and toasted almonds
- Mango & passionfruit pavlova
- Infinity sourdough baguette
Thursday, September 23, 2010
After a rather amazing lunch at Marque restaurant here in Sydney a few weeks ago, we were inspired to try and grow our own nasturtiams from seed. I lovingly planted them and waited for a few weeks, there really wasn't much to report. Then all of a sudden, the little fellas went nuts. Here is there progress to date..... I love them. They remind me of being a child back in England. That smell is so distinctive and one I will always treasure.
Have just come across these really cool picnic boxes from US company 'Boxsal' www.boxsal.com.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I was just perusing the shelves our our brilliant local 'cooking and other great things' store "The Bay Tree" on Queen Street, Woollahra, and came across these gorgeous cupcake cases. They cost a small fortune, but they are so pretty and would be great for grown up gals parties or weddings!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I just have to share this as it was the quickest, cheapest and most simple little crafty thing I've done for ages. I just came across this great tutorial (http://www.dana-made-it.com/2008/07/tutorial-wallflowers.html.) and thought that I just wanted to see if they were really as easy peasy as they look.... and they are! Literally took 2 minutes and is made from cheap, paper napkins! This one is far from perfect, but for a first attempt I am most happy! It's huge as well - as big as football in fact. They will be super cute for summer picnics!
Monday, September 13, 2010
I love these gorgeous hand made picnic hampers from UK company Life's a Picnic (www.lifesapicnic.co.uk). Each one is totally unique and they use vintage crockery, fabric and cutlery. They also make fab cake stands,again, using vintage plates. If only I could pack one in my suitcase when I next go home!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
We had the most fun day yesterday! We headed out to Dural in search of happy, healthy plants that don't cost the earth ( a near impossibility here in the Eastern Suburbs) . We found a brilliant nursery call Hargraves. The people working there were so friendly and helpful and all the plants looked as tho they had their fair share of love.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Just caught this in time! We had a lovely mention in the September edition of Notebook magazine. Picnic season is really coming around fast and we are in the middle of changing some of our menus for the summer months ahead. Watch this space for updates.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Simon and I agree on everything other than my love of Cath Kidston. For the last 12 years I have been a bit of a fan. I try to keep it to a minimum around the house, so I was pretty excited when I discovered that I could have one of her cute designs as my wallpaper on this here beloved Mac! I chose the cowboy one as it's one of my favourite designs, but all of these are lovely and make my computer look mighty pretty!
We have been very busy prepping for a manic weekend of picnics for all those daddys out there. Been trawling the net for inspirational quotes and found some fabulous ones,many of them made me cry, having recently lost my gorgeous daddy, it all makes me feel a teeny bit sad. BUT, I am so happy to be making pretty things for all those wonderful fathers out there.
A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.
Knights of Pythagoras
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. -- Author Unknown
There are three stages of a man's life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn't believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus.
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. -- Mark Twain
4years: My Daddy can do anything!
7 years: My Dad knows a lot…a whole lot.
8 years: My father does not know quite everything.
12 years: Oh well, naturally Father does not know that either.
14 years: Oh, Father? He is hopelessly old-fashioned.
21 years: Oh, that man-he is out of date!
25 years: He knows a little bit about it, but not much.
30 years: I must find out what Dad thinks about it.
35 years: Before we decide, we will get Dad's idea first.
50 years: What would Dad have thought about that?
60 years: My Dad knew literally everything!
65 years: I wish I could talk it over with Dad once more.