Tuesday, December 22
Saturday, December 19
I had blogged about our need to get some new furniture for our front hall a while back... well, it still hasn't happened yet, so I have improvised with odd bits of stuff from around the house. It looks lovely in the morning with the sun flooding in through the glass front door, but this photo was taken today with snow still on the ground, reflecting a cooler light - beautiful, wintry, northern hemisphere! I love it!
more wintry landscapes and trees over our snowy garden office rooftop
evening sunset (well about 3.30pm) in our winter garden, complete with eucalyptus tree (please excuse my exceedingly ugly washing line)
Friday, December 18
Add one mug-full of water to a saucepan. Throw in half a teaspoon of bruised green cardamom seeds, a teaspoon of fennel seeds, half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a dash of ground black pepper.
I just took some more photos (not so good quality from my mobile phone) of snowy fields near my son's school - absolutely beautiful!
and coming out of the house we saw some fox footprints in the snow - how cute!
Wednesday, December 16
This creative couple probably should be featured on my art blog for their wonderful design and illustration work (which I will do one day), but here are some lovely photos from Philadelphia Home Magazine of their pretty home and studio. The article was also illustrated by Gina and Matt. (click on the images to see enlarged view)
Gina and Matt
Tuesday, December 15
Bjorn Wiinblad is yet another influential and original designer of the 20th Century. Born in Denmark, his ceramic designs and illustrations have been shown around the world. I think they are gorgeous.
Monday, December 14
Over the weekend I was overwhelmed by the beauty of scandinavian-retro-vintage style. I was inspired by my post on tableware - particularly Figgjo Flint - to search for more designs of a retro style. I even started searching for retro mugs on ebay...
One such designer is Stig Lindberg (1916–1982), who was a Swedish ceramic designer, glass designer, textile designer, industrial designer, painter, and illustrator. He was one of Sweden's most popular designers, creating imaginative and unusual organic shapes which form the basis of his designs and make his strong recognisable style.
some images scanned from books, some from flickr
Saturday, December 12
I love the idea of highly decorated and patterned tableware, whether hand-painted or transfer-printed. And gorgeous mugs to drink tea from... as long as it's bright and colourful and full of pattern!
Wednesday, December 9
Yesterday I baked Anzac biscuits. This recipe is from the Australian Women's Weekly and is brilliant.
1 cup (90g) rolled oats
1 cup (150g) plain flour
1 cup (220g) sugar
3/4 cup (65g) desiccated coconut
1 tbsp golden syrup
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 tbsp boiling water
Combine oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a large bowl. Combine butter and golden syrup in a small saucepan, stir over heat until butter is melted. Combine soda and water, add to butter mixture; stir into dry ingredients while mixture is still warm.
Place 3 heaped teaspoons of mixture about 4cm apart on greased oven trays, press down lightly. Bake at 150°C/300°F/Gas mark 2 for about 20 minutes (my fan oven did them in 20 minutes at 140°C). Stand for 5 minutes, loosen and cool on trays.
image citrusandcandy (flickr) - was too lazy to take my own photo
Sunday, December 6
The thing that first attracts me to a room is the art on display... particularly large colourful paintings!
Thursday, December 3
One of my obsessions is log homes with all the usual rusticity and comforts - tartan blankets, log fires, exposed brick (or stone) chimney breast, old sofa.... you get the picture. I found this amazing house on loghome.com. I think I could be persuaded to live there!