Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Inspired by: Lauren Smallfield

A few months back I started following maker and printer Lauren Smallfield on instagram. I loved her photographs, but also really loved her simple and bright prints and style. Then she created those beautiful leather rosettes, so so good. The pink leather one is right at the top of my wish list, and I'm thinking one of those linen throws will work well on our daybed (when we actually get around to making it). Everything is fun and lovely, it's been a while since I've come across a maker that I really felt so much joy from their work.

Monday, 23 May 2016


Early evening hangs at the skate park (which is conveniently also a dog park) at the end of last week. Poor Elroy's ear is all folded up in his beanie, but it was a miracle that he was leaving it on, so I couldn't adjust it. He's just so cheeky right now, has a funny 'hahaha' laugh, and isn't good at leaving things alone when he is told to. The new trick is pushing the highchair to the kitchen bench and trying to climb it, pretty standard stuff, but it just takes everything up that extra notch. I've really run to of places to put things.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016


Elroy at 14 months. He is busy, busy and just doesn't stop or stay still. He's been sick this week, teething and suffering from a virus. It's been tiring for all of us. We are also in the middle of switching out routines and I don't know where we are at. The change of routine means more awake hours and time to fill, and I'm starting to think about some more semi-structured activities for him. He has done some finger painting at daycare (very proud and slightly teary moment for me when I saw his work and the photos of him working on it) so perhaps some of that? I think I'll have to google some ideas!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Autumn List

Making: very little progress on my knitting. So, I've set myself a two week timeframe, to try and get Elroy's cardigan as close to finished as I can by then. I think it can be done. I'll report back and that can be my motivation.

Cooking: blah blah, I'm in such a funk with food and cooking. 

Reading: I borrowed Patti Smith's M Train from my mum, but to be honest, I'm really reading Paddington and the Knickerbocker Rainbow (an oldie from when I was a child) and The Tiger Who Came to Tea (on very high rotation).

Listening to: A Moon Shaped Pool. I need more time with it. It is an album that I need to listen to in solitude to get to understand better, and I don't get a whole lot of time for that. I think perhaps it is very beautiful. Also I am looking forward to listening to the new Paul Dempsey, and I rather like a few of Olympia's tracks from her new album. I saw she will be playing at Dark Mofo, so I might check it out.

Needing: a hair cut so bad, thank goodness I have an appointment this week.

Thinking: we need to book a family trip away for a weekend somewhere in Tasmania. The problem is we want to take Jerry and that makes finding a place a bit more challenging....or perhaps we are just lazy.

Wanting: to get a few jobs done at home, paint our brick fireplace white, clean the windows, make a daybed, organise more things away from climbing babies.

Enjoying: the fact that the days are still so warm, it's been a bit strange but so good.

Watching: I watched outlander season one... yep, I went there. Also I do like James Cordon's carpool karaoke for a bit of a laugh. 

Buying: trying to be good, but I'm never great at that (see previous post re castle cushion).

Anticipating: another change in our week as I add another work day in a few weeks time. It has been difficult from a work perspective only having the two days, but I feel very sad to lose the day with Elroy. 

Feeling: quietly optimistic about a builder I met with the other week. We have all our approvals, now we just need a builder, which has proven to be very difficult as they are all so busy right now.

Monday, 9 May 2016


Oh baby boy, you are growing so fast. Elroy is really enjoying being outside and exploring the garden, helping out with chores like raking leaves. Our garden is not exactly baby friendly, being a sloping block, but it hasn't deterred him one bit, he happily spent several afternoons this week clambering up over wooden terraces and rocky paths. He had his first scrape, grazing his little thumb on the concrete but he is tough and shakes it off. 

The other very cute thing this week is learning to point to his tummy when asked where it is and calling it his 'mee-ummny umny' I really have to try and get a video of that. 

Friday, 6 May 2016


Some photo's from yesterday when the sun came out briefly. I love our little house but I really wish we had just a little more natural light.

I'm looking forward to the weekend, mother's day is one of my favourite days, and I've been menu planning for the lunch I make for my mum every year. So far I'm thinking little passionfruit curd meringue tarts, berry butterfly cakes, chicken sandwiches (with home made bread) and some other savoury option. Let's see how much time I actually get to do it all! I think we might go for breakfast tomorrow morning, pick up some flowers from the market, and we might watch the last episode of Master of None (the second last episode was so so good, it will be sad when it is finished), get a good walk in and play some records (Matt gave me Gorillaz for my birthday and it needs a loud spin!).

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

rachel castle cushion

Ok so there are three things I'm a sucker for; socks (mostly Obus and Gorman), tea towels (not to use but to sit in my cupboard until a time when I can display them tnicely in my dream kitchen), and pillow cases. I used to be terrible with cushions as well, but I let that one go and we have lived with the same cushions in our living room for the last few years. But now, now I have found the most perfect cushion and I am dying to get it. Sad but true. So this castle pillow is velvet, and it's boxy and it's the most beautiful butterscotch colour. All the heart eyes for this one. Too bad it came out only a week after my birthday.

Also the grey walls in this shot, I'm so taken with it right now and I'm thinking it will go in our new kitchen.