Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Makes Me Want..

I have just stumbled across this site and it makes me want (very much) to get some more ink











This one especially



 Check 'em out, which one do you want, or are tat's not your thing?

I Heart Lark

I heart Lark mostly because it's excellent. But also because it's small family run buisness that offers the most amazing selection of handmade and fairtrade items. At any given time I have a range of things on my Wish List.

Right now I'm planning to order the following ('cus you know, the postie has been a little less loving lately)...

These for the little dude





These for the lady baby



And this for me



I want to go to the REAL shop, badly. Are you close enough to pop by? 

If so, you've gotta go to this


and get me a prezzie!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Isak Wallpaper Lovin'

After being inspired by this wallpapered room, I went on the search for some uber cool wallpaper for the Young Man's toddler room.


After much google-ing and useless paint shop searching I stumbled across the Isak website. As promised, their site is filled with beautiful happy things and a distinct Scandinavian flavour is evident throughout. I could resist no more. I ordered two rolls of the silver penguin wallpaper (and ignored the temptation to buy more, more, more). A couple of weeks later it arrived in recycled packaging, in keeping with the company's ethos




It looks fantastic (after this little disaster) and is now featured on the Isak blog and Project Nursery. In coming weeks it will also be featured on Spearmint Baby along with the Best Room In The House.

The Rainy Day Room

 After a very rainy (and annoying) weekend, I decided to get out my Sam Scarborough inspired (see 'Cool Spaces For Kids') 'Rainy Day Room' and...







 throw it over the dining room table.

It's the prefect time of year to bring it out, fill it with cushions, rugs and soft toys. Oh and a hammer, drill, screwdriver, chainsaw, tape measure, set square, hard hat, vice..... 'Okay, let's get building' the Young Man says.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

I'm SO Making These For Dinner

I already have a fat ass, so why the hell not?

 Recipe here

Crocheted Blanket

The other day I was fortunate enough to have a spare moment to do a little vintage shopping, and I struck GOLD. I got this beautiful crochet blanket for $3 (thats right, $3). This winter it will share its time between the lounge and my knees.




Later on, if generosity gets the better of me, I may share it with the Little Lady  as I have been lusting after this blanket from Lark and it's kinda got the EXACT same vibe (minus the price tag).


I also found another little something special that I plan to giveaway later in the week.

 I did well, no? What did you pick up? Share it here

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ladies Night

Last night, for the first time in forever, I went out with a bunch of lady friends for dinner and drinks. We has so much fun feasting on traditional Mexican food, drinking sangria and laughing loudly. Jo and I were especially excited (not in a cool way, in a dorky mummy way) to leave the kids at home with the men who were under strict instructions NOT to call. On the way we reminisced about being school girls with shiny fresh licences and dodgy old cars, only the licences have changed.


What did you do last night?



Friday, May 27, 2011

Get In Line- Brett Whiteley


Brett Whiteley is one of Australia's most revered artists. His lyrical expressionism and lack of inhibition placed him at the forefront of Australia's avant-garde art movement. He won many prizes and awards and his work hangs in numerous galleries, including the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, the Tate Gallery in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  (source)


Whiteley spent much of his adulthood drug dependent, referring to his heroin addiction in the Archibald Prize winning 'Art, Life and The Other Thing' (1978).


His artwork is amazing, is life was amazing, his wife is amazing.


The Brett Whiteley Studio from Queen Bee Media on Vimeo.

To lean more about Whiteley, Visit his studio in Surry Hills or click here. To learn about some other amazing artists- go here

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Project Nursery

Orright, The Young Mans Room Tour is now on Project Nursery. Check it out here and give it a vote but clicking on the yellow stars- go for 5, hey (if you like, no pressure). Or you can 'Like' it Facebook style.

Cook It- Beetroot Bronwies

If you liked Hugh's Beetroot Soup, then you'll love his River Cottage Beetroot Brownies. Dave and I made them a little while ago and I'm putting them on the list for our annual winter holiday (maybe made with our own chocolate).

River Cottage Beetroot Brownies


Prep time -20 mins

Cook Time -Bake for 20-25 mins

Servings -Makes about 20 (if you eat like a sparrow)
 

Ingredients
  • • 250g unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • • 250g dark chocolate (about 70 per cent cocoa solids), broken into pieces
  • • 3 medium eggs
  • • 250g caster sugar
  • • A pinch of sea salt
  • • 150g self-raising flour (I use wholemeal, but white works well too)
  • • 250g beetroot, boiled until tender, cooled, peeled and grated



Directions
Grease a shallow baking tin, approximately 20 x 25cm, and line the base with baking parchment. Put the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Set the oven at 180 degrees celsius/Gas Mark 4 and put the bowl in it for a few minutes until the chocolate and butter start to melt. Stir, then put back into the oven for a few more minutes to melt completely. Of course, you could melt them together in the traditional way, over a pan of hot water, but it seems a shame not to exploit the warming oven. Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl until combined, then beat in the melted chocolate and butter until smooth. Combine the salt with the flour, sift them over the chocolate mixture, then gently fold in with a large metal spoon. Fold in the grated beetroot - be careful not to over-mix or it will make the brownies tough. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for 20-25 minutes; when the brownies are done, a knife or skewer inserted in the centre should come out with a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Don 't be tempted to overcook them or they will be dry. Remove the tin from the oven and leave on a wire rack to cool before cutting into squares. Variation Plain chocolate brownies With a little more sugar and a little less flour than the beetroot version, these are dense and fudgy - a classic brownie. They're very good served warm as a pud, but also excellent cold. Follow the main recipe but increase the caster sugar to 275g, reduce the flour to 125g and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the egg and sugar mixture. Omit the beetroot. 
 


 Recipe from this book

 
Thanks for the goodness Hugh. If you haven't already, check River Cottage out and join my River Cottage Challenge.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011