Monday, January 16, 2012

Weekday Carnival and Varpunen =Love

I was scrolling through the gorgeous images over at Weekday Carnival - always a joy I can tell you - and I stumbled upon some wonderful shots of her workspace. You can see her fresh, stylish space below and even more photos on her blog.

Workspace images above by Weekday Carnival 

After I stopped drooling over how lovely this compact space was, I zoned in on the wonderful storage bags on the shelves. I am in love with these little beauties, don't you think these are great?

 All images by Varpunen.

They are all the way from Helsinki, Finland and are the mastermind of Suki at Varpunen.  Incidentally, she calls herself on her blog "Varpu's mother" which I thought was funny. They are made from printed PVC-laminated white polyester scrim and I want them all. Prices start at €22 for small and up to €52 for larger ones. They have so many uses, from the bathroom, kitchen or like Weekday Carnival has used them, in the office. I am off to make the difficult decision of which one I will buy.

Side By Side Week 120 - Sunflower envy!

Side By Side Week 120 - Sunflower envy
I posted a sunflower photo, nearly this time last year of some sunflowers Shane gave me for Valentines Day. You see I am a big fan of the sunny happy flowers and I have developed serious Sunflower envy. The house behind us has a wonderful crop of the beauties and I am always plotting ways to snaffle one. I know, I know I am not going to scale the fence to grab one in the dark of night. Or am I....???!! 
Check out my photos Side by Side with my buddy Ross at the side by side blog

Side By Side Week 119 - Where Christmas trees go to die

Side By Side Week 119 - Where Christmas trees go to die
I kinda thought this was funny as our Christmas tree has been dumped at the bottom of the garden till we can get rid of it. I hate seeing my tree all dying and sad. Its so pretty when it's in its prime. 

Check out my photos Side by Side with my buddy Ross at the side by side blog

Side By Side Week 118 - Sparkler Fun

Side By Side - Week 118 Sparkler fun
Happy New Year, we said goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012 in the mountains which was fantastic. Despite having a very quiet night I still managed to get the sparklers out to accompany glass of fizz. Here's to an awesome 2012. 

Check out my photos Side by Side with my buddy Ross at the side by side blog

Monday, January 2, 2012

A Little Letter for Little Letters.

One of my lovely Christmas gifts from my Mum was a very cute and very apt necklace from the fantastic Victoria Mason. I spotted this a while ago, I think at the Melbourne Finders Keepers market in Melbourne last year. I added it to my Christmas wishlist (essentially my grown up Santa List) and my wish came true! I was thrilled to open up the tiny little package and find a piece of tiny jewellery sculpture perfection. So cute, there is even a stamp on the other side of the pendant. Love it. Thank you Mum!

My Mum also mentioned that Victoria was great and her communication made it super easy for her to buy from the UK and get it sent to me here in Oz. She even popped in a little hand written note to say who it was from. I mention this, because we had a not so happy experience with another Melbourne jeweller who will remain nameless last year. This was the exact opposite, I I hope to buy again soon. So thank you Victoria.
Check out her website here and her blog here.

Happy New Year - 2012!!!

This year we decided to get away from things in Melbourne and clear our heads of Christmas fuzz and make a trip to the mountains to celebrate the arrival of the New Year  We made our way up to Falls Creek in North East Victoria, to our new fave summer getaway.
During the Winter months, we travel up to Falls regularly on the weekends to indulge in our favourite pass time of snowboarding. However, last year we discovered what the mountains have to offer in Summer and we are now almost as hooked on Summer as we are of Winter. We stayed at the rather lovely Quay West Resort & Spa which is in a fabulous location and rather lux. 

Our room had the most wonderful view (see above) which could be viewed from our balcony spa - I mean come on does it get better than this. 
What is there to do up there if you can't ski? Well, quite a bit. One of the main chair lifts runs on selected days for just sightseeing if you want to stay mellow and relax. Alternatively, from the top you can take one the numerous walking trails and explore the area on foot, or get a bit more extreme and navigate your way down the hill on a mountain bike. We went the extreme route and bashed our way down the hills on our bikes - although I was a little more nervous of 'breaking' myself so took things a little slower. We tried to go kayaking on the Rocky Valley lake but sadly it wasn't running and we missed out. Had we been interested there are a heap of other things we could have done, fishing, horse riding  but we decided to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Welcome 2012...I think it's going to be a good one. Best wishes everyone for a happy a healthy year. 

All images by Leslie Clark (Little Letters)