January 21, 2015

a good chop


Do you ever go through that
'so sick of my hair' stage where all you want to do is book in quick smart for a haircut?
This is me right now...Ive been thinking about it but hesistant too ...Its only hair right?
it grows back..
it can be curled or straightened, coloured and highlighted - its there to be changed!
..but I will take time to think about it - I've been there before and a shorter cut is a commitment and doesn't always mean 'carefree' hair days!

It seems like everyone is going shorter this season,
Sienna Miller's new bob looked amazing at the Golden Globes recently and with the #cleartheshoulders movement that was started by hair stylist Kristin Ess , it seems like everyone is joining in!

*images via Stylish Hair*



January 18, 2015

9 years a blogger

this week I celebrated 9 years of blogging!
Wow! ....that feels a little crazy, in a good way of course.
I wasn't going to acknowledge this blog anniversary, I mean I don't really keep track of posts
(or stats) but I do remember starting my blog in the month of January, so out of curiosity I checked the year...
yep! here I am 9 years later!
It is a bit of a big deal in my little world - I love my blog!
...openly sharing, and being inspired in return.
I lost it once, for a whole day (or two) deleted for some unknown reason....gahhh freak out!!! pleading with Google and anyone who would listen until I got it back (in one piece...phew!)

So many changes in the blogging landscape over the years...many of the original bloggers have disappeared from bloggy-land altogether (Where did they go?)
Blogger burnout,  extended breaks...others feel like blogging becomes some sort of competitive trip with comparisons,  snarky comments and jealousy...this sadly is the ugly side of blogging.
Living a perfect life on the pages of an edited blog is not whats really going on people, we should all know that!

It appears to be so many new blog rules and protocol that's taken blogs to a whole new level, especially those wanting to monetize their blog and work with brands.
...Me?  I still prefer to lead my own path...
I blog when I want and what I want - every now and then I'm curious to listen to blog experts, take a blogging course to be inspired and hear a different viewpoint but must admit I take it all with a grain of salt..
for me there is no inner circle or shortlist that I need to be part of.

This is a little piece of me out there in this huge amazing space we call the 'internet'
- I believe there is room for ALL of us...and there is no cap on creativity, we can all do what makes us happy!
Anyway my blog is still my happy place and if you've ever been thinking of starting a blog, the only blog advice I can give you is find your passion and 'Go for it!!!'

The very first blog that I stumbled on was Posie Gets Cozy...I had no idea what a blog was back then...but her beautiful story telling and images made me come back for more...and even now all these years later, its one of my very favourite personal blogs to read...

January 12, 2015

Coconut Chai Icey-Cream

This has to be one of the loveliest Summer desserts I've made in ages...
I don't know if I can call it Ice cream (so I'll call it Icey-cream) because it wasn't churned, but its hands down better than many ice creams I've eaten.
so creamy and fragrant with a lovely hint of spice.
Such a pretty colour too!
gluten free, diary free, vegan friendly,
SO easy and bloody delicious! Yum!
Coconut Chai 
Icey-Cream
2 cups coconut milk 
1/4 cup sugar (1/3 if you like it sweeter)
3 tea bags - I used 2 Rooibos and black tea teabag
5 whole cloves
5 peppercorns
2 staranise
1 teaspoon cardamon pods
1 cinnamon stick
Stir all ingrediants in a saucepan over a medium heat, until sugar has dissolved.
Simmer for a few minutes.
Take off heat and let it sit for 5minutes.
Remove the tea bags and leave the spices in for another 15mins to infuse.  Strain into a clean bowl or container. Refrigerate until cool.
Then freeze until firm.
Eat and enjoy!

January 11, 2015

2014 vs 2015

So it was my birthday recently and I loved ALL the birthday emails, calls and messages I received!
Then Willie, a Facebook friend, put this message on my Timeline..
Your 2 birthday questions: What is the thing you're most proud of from the past 12 months? And what is one thing you will accomplish in the upcoming 12 months? Have a glorious day!

At first I thought how very clever of him! such a clever way to make someone reflect, think back and then move forward...
I must admit it took me a while to think about the answer to the first question where I even resorted to think,  hey, I didn’t really achieve that much in 2014!?? (enter shock horror)
It was one of those years I think where I just let it all unfold how it wanted to...I was still living my life to its fullest but it actually felt like a few things took a back-step last year.
my hobbies, my paper crafting and Etsy shop, even here, my blog
...I even started an Inspiration Journal but didn't get far (  I do hope to keep it going this year though...)
I mean, I still feel like I did a lot, life was lived, but nothing that stood out to be 'important' and life changing, but that's okay too.
I stepped back and took it easy, which felt nice as well.

...commitment to my FAMILY was totally my priority and my boys are growing up so fast before my eyes...more family time please!
we visited Melbourne last year and I got to spend a day at The Australian Open Tennis event which was fantastic! We also had a beautiful holiday at Rainbow Bay last September - such a heavenly spot!

I did step out of my comfort zone and help out at two Etsy events hosted by the 'Sydney Etsy Team' - lots of planning, good fun and really enjoyable for everyone involved.
I also feel like I accomplished quite a bit at work and had a few ‘A-ha’ moments which helped me along  (a change of attitude makes amazing changes) …personal development and understanding what makes me tick, is something Id like to continue to discover and the company I work for is very into this so I'll go for it...I'm opening up and being vulnerable which is a good thing I guess…being honest with ourselves allows this...
I also followed and completed an 8 week ‘I quit Sugar’ program at the beginning of the year
and a 4 week ‘Heal your Gut’ program in November, 
…actually both were not that challenging, the less crap I eat the less I crave it!
The hard part now is being mindful of what I put into my mouth and body, this is the challenge we all face - life is busy and eating well needs lots of planning ahead.
I did an online 'Experiments in Collage'  course which I was so keen to get into but just didn’t devote enough time to…maybe this year I will get more time to be creative.  I hope so.
For 2015, I hope to try to get back into Illustration, especially Fashion Illustration.
Its been so long (insert sad face) and I’m so rusty…but with drawing, just like swimming, the only way to get better is to jump in and do it!
A great quote, ’The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera’….so I’ll definitely continue to take more photos this year (instagram is helping too!)
And another thing I want to do (need to do) is to create Photo books as we have a dump of photos on the computer, un-organised and these are family treasuries so need to be treated that way.
I plan to create more, to get involved in creative collaborations (ideas anyone??)
eat well, move more,
and cook more! - this Foodie New Year resolutions looks like a good start!
Have an awesome year ahead everyone!

* image via annariflebond on Instagram

January 5, 2015

a New Year and back to it...

hello! So lovely to see you on this side of a brand new year!
it feels good right?! 2015...sounds solid!
I headed back to work today after a wonderful family trip down  in the seaside town of Kiama...what a lovely little spot along the South Coast!
...close enough to Sydney to not be a drag of a traffic congested trip but far enough to feel a sense of calm and a leisurely pace...
so many beautiful vistas!
wild rough seas against smashing rocks, not one but two blowholes, amazing headlands with gorgeous views and beautiful sandy beaches too.

my blog post is picture heavy but I went a little camera-happy snapping away all week -  lots on Instagram too, this time I labelled with a hashtag so I can collate and make a little photo book!













December 27, 2014

Summer Break



We are heading down to the South Coast for a little Summer break!


Wishing you ALL a wonderful
New years Eve
with your loved ones.

See you next year everyone!

2015 here we come!



*image
via Krista Keltanen Photography

December 23, 2014

2 days to go...

Two days until Christmas!
I love how peaceful and calm this image appears…I can even smell the herbs, I’m sure you can too!



This is how preparing for Christmas should feel but its far from my Christmas reality that’s for sure.
It happens to me every year, I want to feel organised but end so overwhelmed.
I haven’t even sent out all my Christmas cards...
I have done absolutely no Christmas baking and I've got an awesome Stollen recipe ready to try (thanks Paul Hollywood)
I probably wont get to it…but Im going to try...

but I am looking forward to
Christmas day spent celebrating with family, delicious food and sweet treats..

Wishing you ALL a very
Merry Christmas


*image
via Always with butter