Thursday, December 23, 2010

Winter shoot for Pulp Noir

Spent all day yesterday in studio to work on the lifestyle shoot for Pulp Noir for Winter 2011. A tiny, crappy-quality sneak peek here. Will upload the final images when they're released, about mid-Feb.


As Christmas hampers from suppliers arrive at offices across the country, they are usually distributed amongst staff; this occurred last week at Ton's work, where he lucky-dipped one of the baskets all the goodies came in. (Sadly, no goodies, but I digress) At first I was at a loss about what to do with this new acquisition, but I think it will come in very handy as an additional magazine 'rack', as our existing rack is full and all bookshelves overflowing. Sadly the colour is completely wrong, so this will be one of the DIY projects to tackle over the break; I'm planning on white-washing this and have been furiously googling the easiest, least time-consuming way to do this. (Why yes, I am lazy.)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I dub thee

We only have a couple of pot plants on the balcony, but I couldn't resist these adorable little chalkboards from Blake & Taylor to label them anyway. Something that we didn't plant has started growing in one of the pots, so I have dubbed it the Mystery Plant for now, and we are very interested to see what that will turn into.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Minimalist Christmas

I wasn't planning on putting out any Christmas decorations this year, but I finally got into the spirit this weekend and put up a few baubles on my twisted willow branches in the living room.

Just the right length

What a fabulous length for a wedding frock!! Long enough to be formal, but short enough to show off the shoes. Beautiful! Found at Once Wed.
Photography by Our Labor of Love by Heidi

More Hush Puppies stuff

The Global Hush Puppies images for winter are so beautiful, they did a really nice job on the shoot and styling. Simple, quirky, effective. Sorry about the terrible photography, I couldn't find them anywhere online.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Cooking a whole beast

I really enjoy cooking, but after cooking night after night I feel that I've fallen into a bit of a rut, and I tend to keep making the same meals over and over. While Masterchef was on I'd sometimes break out and cook something really random and out-there (mince-stuffed squid, for instance) but I've been back to playing it safe for a while now. To remedy this I bought a whole (frozen) spatchcock last time I went to the butcher. Since I'd never cooked a whole spatchcock before I trawled the net for some inspiration - I didn't find a recipe that grabbed me straight away, but a great technique on how to cook it. This involved using scissors to cut along the spine and take that out and flatten the spatchcock down and pin the bird across the body with wooden stakes through the wing and thigh to keep it flat. It looked a little like a murder victim so I will spare the photos. I had a bit of a vegetarian moment as I was holding the bird about to cut out its spine but I pulled myself together ;)
Anyhow, since it's a made-up-on-the-spot recipe I don't have quantities, but I marinated the spatchcock in the following ingredients and it tasted delicious!
Oil, loads of honey, loads more garlic (from Toowoomba, yum!), a couple of table spoons of sweet & sour lime pickle by The Bramble Patch (Stanthorpe) and a good splash of soy. This was teemed with honey-roasted potato and sweet potato. I will make this again, it was super-tasty. (although this might mean I'm back to my original problem of always cooking the same thing - drat!)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

More watercolour

While I had the colours out I decided to do some more doodles. I was watching Big Love (brilliant show!) and just painted features of whatever female character was on-screen at the time I was painting. So this is kind of a weird hybrid of everyone on the shoe, as seen through my eyes. With my hair cut, as Ton just kindly pointed out. That just slipped in without me noticing.
She looks a bit angry I think.

Watercolour shoes

Trying to get my watercolour mojo back, starting with colouring some pencil doodles I did at work.

The Seedling Mark II - Week 2

Recovered nicely.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

DVD masquerading as vinyl

We got a promo today from Hush Puppies advertising their new 1958 Collection; they included a video about the collection on a DVD printed to look like vinyl - how neat!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

"Those hipsters sure know how to make coffee"

Quote attributed to Ton. We did some grocery shopping at the Coorparoo Markets today and there's a cool little coffee stand inside where we got a tasty cuppa; but I love their menu/bogan menu best:

Nice logo, too.

The Seedling Mark II - Week 1

Now that the evil caterpillars have vanquished the plant seems to be growing quite fast again.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Evil Choko

Julie gave me this choko in the morning - he used to have hair but I lost it. Do you think that's why he looks so angry?

Another thing I learnt today

When a chicken lays an egg the shell is soft when it comes out. It quickly gets hard once it hits the outside world though.
I feel like such a city girl, not knowing that until today.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

What I learnt at Muse on Monday night

If there is a massive crowd of people clapping to the beat, ONE person who is off-beat will ruin the rhythm and everyone will stop clapping.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

On a more positive note...

this little guy visited us again. It must be to do with the weather; the last time he perched on our railing was when there was a torrential downpour, same as today. I'm happy he likes to use our balcony as shelter, I just wish he turn the other way to do a poo. Anyone know what kind of bird this is?

Weekly seed photos - 11 weeks on

Well, I finally figured out what's been eating my plant. These caterpillars have made my plant their home and deposited their offspring. The little bastards..

So I decided to cut it all back and start again. Weekly plant photo mark II.


Keri Smith titled this post "Secrets Shared", but I think these are great thoughts for anyone in a creative industry, maybe even outside of. Please have a read through her 15 secrets for a successful working life.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Water colour Inspiration

Stumbled upon this amazing NY-based artist Marion Bolognesi, who works predominantly/only (?) in water colour. Water colours has always been my favourite medium, but I haven't painted in such a long time, I think I may have forgotten how to. So I'm putting this up to remind me to get back into some painting; hopefully I'll have time over the break to get a little bit of painting done.

Maison Des Papillons - a quick e-invite

A little freelance thing I did for a friend a few weeks ago; 3 fashion/accessories labels put on a show at Oriel Gallery in Ascot. Sadly I couldn't go to the show as I had our grading on the same day.