Tuesday, March 29, 2011

mmm... hummus

my newest toy is a kitchen gadget!
a bday present from my musketeers.
i mentioned back in january how cute this little food processor was while on a shopping trip with m1 who in turn told m2.
they obviously picked up my current penchant for anything yellow.
note on life: if you drop a hint to a girl, they remember – in turn the opposite is true for the other sex.

anyway i 'cooked' last night and made a DELICIOUS homemade hummus.
adapted from this recipe.

homemade hummus

1 can chick peas
1/3 cup tahini
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch of cayenne pepper

drain and rinse the chick peas.
place all ingredients, except the chick peas in a food processor (with blade).
process until the garlic is well chopped and blended.
add the chick peas and blend until smooth and at desired consistency.
add more salt and cayenne pepper to taste.
cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 30 minutes to allow the flavours to blend.
drizzle with olive oil and serve with pita bread or vegetables.
store in the refrigerate.

i added more tahini and a fair bit more cayenne pepper
(cause i like everything hot hot hot).
i'd ease up on the garlic next time though.
raw garlic is a bit overpowering.
yum at the time, but don't need to taste it 3 hours later.

anyone got any other great recipes to whizz up in my new little machine?

Monday, March 28, 2011

ninety clouds

inspired by the detail, mixed media and shapes of ninety clouds flickr stream.

Friday, March 25, 2011

dream studio

it would be like:
this beautiful building in the Suffolk County UK.
check out all the ah-mazing pics.

and decorated like:
illustrator and designer tad carpenter's studio.
i really have a thing for vintage lettering/signage.

getting there... 30 before 30

8. get up before sunrise [done]
i'm counting this morning.
up at 4.30am.
water herbs (see point 4 below).
drive to airport.
drop off friend.
drive to cottesloe.
drive to work.
(pick up a sneaky bacon and egg muffin. shhhh)
totally counts.
(photo in the dark to prove it).

4. grow herbs [done]
well i planted some seedlings last weekend.
they are still alive.
if they die, i'll "un-done" this one.

see how i'm going with the rest of my list here!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

designed for people like you who make things happen

nice catch phrase Ah Men!
just a bit of a laugh for your hump-day.
with a bit of tragic 70's fashion.
got me in stitches.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

mini bar for the mind

designed exclusively for morgans hotel group.
a custom-made box offering guests a “midnight feast of intel­lect, inspiration and ideas”, including conversation starter cards, a compilation of the school of life’s writings, a writer’s block pencil set and more.
super cool.

look like you can buy it too.
great gift idea for the hard-to-buy-for person.
(everyone has one of those in their life).

Monday, March 21, 2011

sculptures by the sea

on the weekend i checked out sculptures by the sea at cottesloe with a few friends.
these images are a few of my favourite sculptures/shapes/colours and textures.
so inspiring!
what was going to be a little look turned into a 3+ hour self guided tour (with a program) of every artwork, including stimulating debates with my two very non-arty companions.
lot. of. fun.

(note: might want to hurry up if you want to check it out perth people.
it finishes tomorrow)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


enjoying an evening tea with a NEW birthday teapot.
very cute and bright.
according to lisa, leena (only 2 years old) picked it herself.
good taste leena.
also good work on not breaking it when you gave it to me.

relaxing on saturdays.
coffee at xwray is always a winner.
relaxing in the shady heat.
oh and the company isn't bad either.

mmmmmm... nachos.
i will never get over my obsession.
these were joyfully consumed at dinner with my brother darren.
yes my brother.
he came over to visit friends.
oh, and surprise me for my birthday.
good work on getting me back family.
yes, it does nearly give you a heart attack.
i prefer to be the surpriser rather than the surprise-ee.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


best. photo. ever.
a little joy for your tuesday.

just a touch of neon yellow

...and i go weak in the knees.
well not that extreme.
but what a rocking colour.
especially when combined with grey.

links // painting // skirt // mirror // shoes // architecture

Monday, March 14, 2011

ocean calling

34°C is not autumn.
craving some ocean.

links / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Friday, March 11, 2011

i'd love a locket

my darling mum told me to buy something beautiful to wear as my birthday gift from her.
i've been loving these verabel lockets for ages!
(ever since i spotted them on my daily read a cup of jo)
but now the problem is i like 3 of them.
help me choose one...

yay. i've ordered number 1. just waiting for mr postman now...

spoilt again

some of the gorgeous gifts i got for my birthday.
typestaches poster // cloud pin and wrist cuff made by sisel // T2 // jamie cookbook //
i can't get over the fact that i own my own racket, let alone an awesome girly pink one.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

30 before 30

hello 29.
nice to meet you.
before i meet the next decade in 366 days (thank you leap year for granting me an extra days grace) i've decided to make a most-possibly-impossible-to-complete but inspiring list of things to achieve in the coming year.
documenting it means i just have to try harder.
so welcome along.
in no particular order:

1. holiday in europe [done]
2. skydive (eeeeeeekk!) [doing! a birthday gift from friends]
3. create a children's book [started]
4. grow herbs [done]
5. run 10km [done]
6. host a FABULOUS dinner party [done]
7. organise my closet [done]
8. get up before sunrise [done]
9. bake a cake [done]
10. become "pro" at tennis [me and my new racket were getting there]
11. watch breakfast at tiffany's [done]
12. have a whole month of no shopping [done]
13. watch a movie at the cinema by myself [done]
14. learn how to make pizza dough
15. indulge myself with a day spa outing
16. spend a whole weekend at home
17. knit a scarf [so, so close to being finished]
18. go to body balance, yoga or pilates consistently [done]
19. get a bike
20. read the great gatsby again (without college english assignment eyes) [done]
21. go horse riding again
22. attend a symphony orchestra concert [done]
23. buy a pair of real ugg boots come winter time [done]
24. update my design portfolio [done]
25. design my own stationery set [done]
26. visit the planetarium [done]
27. detox [done]
28. learn to make a paper cranes without instructions [done]
29. create a papercut artwork [done]
30. open an etsy shop [done]

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

DIY inspiration 2

some inspiration if you're planning on an arty long weekend.
i'm planning a break from all things design, art and creativity for a few days.
(but no doubt it'll get the better of me.)
happy looooong weekend!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

comic sans

that's all today people.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

dear pouch...

... wish you to be mine.

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