Creatures, Hearts, Ships and Keys…

February 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have always loved classical drawings of deep sea creatures, mainly of the octopus or various fish. I’m so excited to post about the beautiful art produced by Black Baroque. The artwork is executed so well- the gorgeous prints, the pages used for background, the colours. I think Waz is freaking that our house will someday be completely covered in octopi, mermaids and fish… and it might very well be if art like BB’s is available to me! But sea creatures aren’t the only subject at Black Baroque. Visit the store here and you’ll also come across horses, keys, ships, elephants, scissors, bats, strange men and so much more!

(ed: the frames do not come with the pictures. I’d be more inclined to put them in thin, simple frames anyway!)

Your Humble Doormat…

February 26, 2011 § 2 Comments

A doormat can say everything about a house and its occupants. A cheap square of curly wire = ‘Renting’ or ‘We really don’t care what you wipe your feet on’. A fancy mix of wicker and swirly French rubber = ‘This was the nicest one at the DIY store, although it really could pass for something more expensive. We’re hoping you think the latter’. A plain wicker mat so worn out it’s actually half-grown into the dirt = ‘Nice old lady, can’t bend down’ or ‘Step past the mat and we might actually murder you’. That’s why I have been married for two years now and can’t pick out a doormat for us. I am close to buying something from the brilliant retailer Anna Chandler Design, but here are a few of my faves from around the traps:

 

From kimandjason.com

Persian from Anna Chandler Design

Majorly impressive monogrammed mat from frontgate.com

From uncommongoods.com

From meninos.us

From karensropework.blogspot.com

From ballarddesigns.com

From spymuseumstore.org

Happy Birthday Sharlie!

February 24, 2011 § 6 Comments

It’s my friend Sharlie’s birthday today, and as she adores her french bulldog, I’ve decided to post some pictures of them being ridiculous.

Don’t expect a real present from me Sharlie… I’m that lame.

Courtesy of wn.com

Courtesy djibnet.com

Courtesy nowpublic.com

Sugar-Covered Greg’s Cousin…

February 23, 2011 § 1 Comment

Watch out for this gorgeous new magazine called Sweet Paul. It really has all the elements I love in a mag; design, food, craft and a beautiful outlook on life. Best of all, it’s free to view these scrumptious pages online! I highly recommend checking out Sweet Paul’s blog too. It’s full of goodies to keep you busy and creatively stimulated!

(ed: please don’t bother looking for Sugar-Covered Greg… he’s long gone.)

I Rate These Recipes…

February 22, 2011 § 2 Comments

I love food; seeing beautiful glazed strawberries, hearing teriyaki chicken sizzling, getting that scent of frying onions and garlic, feeling how soft or firm an avocado is and, of course, tasting, tasting, tasting!!!

Here are some of my favourite recipes from a few different chefs and cooks. I have tried and tested all and all have gone well or I would not be posting! Hope you can enjoy them too 🙂

Crispy and Sticky Chicken Thighs with Squashed New Potatoes and Tomatoes by Jamie Oliver – Such a homely and comforting meal, my husband makes this with so much ease! It has a perfect combination of starchy, soft potatoes and acidity in the tomatoes and red wine vinegar. A definite staple in our house!

Sage Roasted Pork Belly by Donna Hay – Simple, delicious and very, very naughty! You can eat this one on your day off the diet. So tasty.

Caramel Mud Cake by Kerrie Sun – The surprise with this one was that it did not come out heavy and muddy at all, which was actually better to me! It was light, not sickly sweet and it makes a perfect, easy special occasion cake. We love having this one under our belt and with a 5-star rating by 86 Taste members, we think they love it too!

Breakfast Eggy Crumpets by Jamie Oliver – Oh Jamie! We love your ‘cheekiness’ and your love of food, it’s so endearing. When Warrick and I tried this gorgeous variation of french toast, we could not get enough! The crunchiness of salty bacon, the sweetness of maple syrup, the kick of chili, the comforting egg- winner!

Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks (with maple syrup) by Dixie Elliot – I had to put this one on there as it is my husbands ultimate favourite. It turns out absolutely, mouth-wateringly tender and the maple syrup is an inspired addition to the recipe. That sweetness is on another level of richness. I serve this with good ol’ mashed potatoes and blanched green beans.

I’d be here all day if I kept going, so I’ll leave those few with you to try! Let me know if you give it a go and how it all pans out. I’ll be posting a few of my own recipes here and there in the future, so keep a good eye out! xxx

Useful Is The New Black…

February 20, 2011 § 2 Comments

I really like this bag from Hickoree’s Hard Goods16″ Canvas Mason Bag with Leather Bottom ($80)… makes me want to pack into it some art supplies, baguettes, chihuahuas/small dogs and any other francophile cliché you can come up with! Jokes aside, it’s simple, stylish and useful- three qualities I desire in a bag.

Squeaky (and unconventionally) Clean…

February 18, 2011 § 4 Comments

My best pal knows I love to belt out a good bit of karaoke now and then, so she kindly bought me a microphone made out of soap so I could sing in the shower (needless to say, I used it way more often than not). Ever since, I have been a huge fan of ridiculous novelty soaps and I can’t help but post these amazing crazy soaps by Alison and Rob of DirtyAssSoaps. You can purchase vegan soaps through them as well, so good news for those who don’t like rubbing animal fat on their bodies! These soaps are good enough to eat, as Alison nearly discovered which you can read about at their shop. Click on the below pics to get a close-up of their amazing handiwork.

Ramen Noodle Soap

 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Soap

False Teeth Soap

Sushi Soap

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