Wednesday, December 30, 2009

we're all going on a summer holiday

or not. but wouldn't i love to! i took these photos when we went down to barwon heads last month & i keep fantasizing about how great it would be to have a little shack down there some day for the occassional beach getaway. oh well, a girl can dream. one day.

Monday, December 28, 2009

desire to inspire

my oh my, my little ol' blog was included on the desire to inspire holiday reading guide. you can check it out for yourself here. it's a nice idea you know, putting together a handful of good blogs to check out each day over the holidays. if you're anything like me, ten minutes down the rabbit hole ends up in many, many, new tabs open with words and images.. mainly images.. devoured, so a fresh new list is more than welcome. anyway a big thankyou to the creative kim & jo from desire to inspire.. it seems that i've already had lots of new visitors come and have a look, which has made my week. smile.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

christmas wrap up

ok, so long time, no post, but here i am with a quick christmas wrap up. we had a happy, relaxing christmas day & i feel really lucky to have such a special little family to have shared it with. i baked up a double batch of yo-yos on christmas eve, packaged them up in little white noodle boxes with christmas stickers from kikki-k and then walked them around to the neighbours. the tea towel is from elly oak, i can't remember where i ordered mirka's christmas stocking from last year and the embroidered reindeer ornament is from the lovely kimberly from chez sucre chez, which amazingly, arrived just in time on christmas eve.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

my christmas

a few years ago now, we started our own little tradition of having a real christmas tree. the first year, we borrowed a friend's station wagon, drove down to the xmas tree farm, walked around the paddock in ridiculous summer heat, picked out our tree, had it chopped down & netted and drove it home. perfection, yes, but an hour & a half drive each way is a long way to go for a tree, so this year we trusted our local fruit shop with our tree selection & delivery and i've gotta say it's pretty good. i love how it smells like christmas when i walk in the front door. i love decorating the tree with lights & little treasures collected over the years, while i listen to some fun xmas tunes.. my favourites are from the elf soundtrack & new orleans christmas album. mind you, it doesn't take much to get me in a christmas mood.. i love christmas.. you can read more about that here on the lovely shelley's blog. thanks for asking me to join in shelley!

1. i ordered this gorgeous stamped ornament from paper boat press & it  made my day when when i hung it on the tree. even the husband was impressed. 2. i love a good, blurry photograph. 3. my 2nd favourite christmas album. 4. my absolute favourite christmas album, hands down. 5. our local happy grocer.. man, they can talk in there! 6. pretty presents ready for xmas morning.

update: the lovely lucy over at the design files is the latest to add to shelley's christmas series & the photo of her as a little girl dressed up as a christmas tree is too cute!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

i heart mockingbird

the talented kingsley has new stock in her etsy shop. her individually hand screenprinted items are so gorgeous. they are all her own designs & are even prettier in real life. perfect if you have a little one to buy a special something for. i know because gracie girl has lots of mockingbird goodies & she's the perfect little model, no? if there's anything you love, but want a different colour or size, then just ask kingsley if she can help you out.. just tell her the captain said it would be ok. well, you don't have to say that, but it would be fun for me to hear that come back to me. smile.

Friday, December 11, 2009

new treasure.. yes more.

ok how many photos of the same thing can one woman post? well, many, but you know i love a photo collage. it's a little too time consuming, but i don't seem able to stop myself. anyways, some more treasure has arrived. firstly, there's my new artwork to brighten up my desk by the lovely michele maule. if it looks familiar, it's because i posted about it back in june here and when i saw it was still for sale, once again, i couldn't stop myself. do you like my new secret diary? i felt like a 13 year old girl writing that! and even more embarrassing is that i've gone and stamped the first page with "secret blog business.. in search of the real captain kk". hmm, not sure what excuse i can hide behind there, it's not like i'm not getting a full night's sleep these days. well, whatever! i love it.. and yes, this shall be my little notebook for all my (not so) secret blog business. you might not be able to tell from the (many!) photos, but the little masked bandit on the cover is actually hand painted. it's a one-off, from ulaa's bazaar on etsy, thanks very much dahlin'. madness.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

it's monthly portrait time on the eames rocker again..

15 months old. such a happy, happy, funny, little person. i make sure i give her plenty of imagination time, which is another way of saying a little bit of healthy neglect equals precious mummy time. it seems to work because she is more than happy to amuse herself. lately that means dragging her saints scarf around with her everywhere.. and i mean everywhere. but she is happiest when we chase her around and 'catch' her for a big tickle. silliness reigns supreme. she's never been a big smoocher, but just in the last few days, if you ask her for a kiss, be careful what you wish for! after the husband asked for a kiss, mirka leaned in to give her daddy a big, wet, open mouth kiss. eewwww.. so gross, but so cute. mwah!

so here are the latest pics on the eames rocker. once again, it was near impossible to get an actual portrait photo, but who would sit still, when you could rock yourself back & forth, bang the back of the rocker in to the furniture behind you, throw maxwell overboard, again, or torture the little santas one by one??

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

the cat at number 19

i had a great time at the cwc drinks on friday night at galerie montmartre.. thanks tess & shelley! if you haven't already been to the gorgeous galerie montmartre, then let me tell you it's worth a visit.. the scale of the vintage posters is awesome & the colours are so yummy and rich. in this day & age of mass production & re-production it's hard to believe they're all originals and once they're sold, that's it. i loved how the posters up on the walls seemed to have a real depth about them & it almost seems a shame to put them behind glass once they're framed. anyway, this is going somewhere i promise... a couple of years ago, the husband & i really liked this little house & even put a bid in at the auction. the house was styled to perfection (the owner was a co-ordinator of design exhibitions) and i remember really loving a framed poster of a black cat in a racing car that they had. so how amazing was it when i arrived on friday night, only to see my old friend up on display!

Friday, December 4, 2009

more treasure & a small confessional

let me start with the treasure part.. i recently bought the beautiful blue & white porcelain stud earrings (no more wearing dangly earrings that little hands can grab) from five boroughs in east brunswick. what a great shop that is, but i think i'll make that a separate post.. anyways, they have been a firm favourite for the past couple of weeks, that is, until the gorgeous black half-circle studs arrived in the mail yesterday from dani m. they are from the i won't go breaking your heart range and they're ace, yes? what about the other stuff? the bangle and necklace are by melbourne jewellery designers klei and that's my beloved rado watch from the husband a couple of christmases ago.

and now for the small confessional.. you see that beautiful bangle in the photos? the silver one with the porcelain bead that makes it sit on your wrist just so. the one, that even when worn on my big ol' wrists, makes me feel like i have the most beautiful, most delicate wrists? well, ahem, it's not actually mine. yep, hello kingsley, i've been wearing your bangle you left behind! i know i'm a bad captain and that i should have mailed it to you, but i just wore it once in to the office you see? ..and then to the wedding last weekend.. and i might as well totally spill now.. i'm pretty sure i'll wear it tonight to the cwc drinks too. eek! sorry, (not really! well, i am, but you're not surprised right??).

update: again, the husband points out that the earrings aren't the same. like i've said before husband, one can't be too matchy matchy :)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

spectacular, spectacular..

on the way home to melbourne, after our big weekend away, we stopped in at a tiny town called sea lake. after a wander down the main street to 'stretch the legs', a happy little window display full of small succulents & cacti  caught my eye. the door was open. i couldn't see anyone, but i wandered in anyway, only to startle the shopkeeper who was setting up to open the next day. this 'gasteria bicolor' cactus with it's spectacular flower was only $7.50, so home it came.

Monday, November 30, 2009

a country wedding

we're back from a long weekend away.  everyone loves a wedding right? and what a beautiful wedding it was. not only are the bride & groom new parents, (to my gorgeous new nephew thanks very much), but they also organised a very personal & relaxed wedding. the ceremony was held in the late afternoon overlooking the river and then the reception followed straight after.. all at a local winery, with the reception under an outdoor area covered with lush grapevine. the guys arrived by boat, the girls looked fabulous & mirka looked after the seating arrangements. i bought mirka's sweet little dress from the recent sisters market i went to, from keiki designs. happy times.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

delizia cucina in seddon

yum. the great, great rosina (who, when told she would be a great grandmother, said she was already great, so is now a great, great-grandmother! and otherwise now known as gg) arrived in town yesterday, so we all went out to dinner at delizia cucina in seddon. i had scrumptious chicken breast with tomato goodness for my main & you know i had dessert.. flourless chocolate cake for me & the husband had a frangelico & espresso dessert with vanilla bean ice-cream. they always have fantastic mid-week specials, so we enjoyed 2 courses, plus a wine & coffee for $35 each and so did a lot of other people.. the place was packed.. what down-turn??

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

my place & yours: my collection

two worlds collide. well, that's a little dramatic, but for ages i've been wanting to do a post on all the lovely tea towels out there. all my lovely tea towels & others i'm yet to add to my collection. yes, that's right, it hit me like a whack to the head with a block of 2x4, but i finally realised what i could post as my contribution to this week's my place & yours theme. tea towels! these black & white ones are some of my favourites. there's the one from heide, the awesome zig-zag one from the near future and my happy 't' towel from spin spin handmade. i have quite a few more tea towels, but for now i'll just post these ones.. oh and one more.. i don't have this one, but it's nice, yes? this one is from pony rider and i love that it's size is somewhere between a napkin & tea towel because i hate that i have to fold my lovelies in half to hang on the stupid curved handle on the oven. pfff. curves!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

shake it

i'm one lucky lady. i went in to the guest bedroom only to discover a little wrapped present left as a thankyou gift from kingsley for having her as our house guest recently. kingsley & i were shopping in fitzroy and after checking out the exhibition of kat mcleod's amazing drawings (or are they more collages?) at the tiny lamington drive gallery, we stopped in next door at third drawer down. kingsley decided to buy this gorgeous yellow tea towel, while i did a quick circuit  & then waited outside under a big shady tree with the little one in the pram.. which is when i'm guessing the clever kingsley sneakily purchased these awesome salt & pepper bone shakers. we've never had any salt & pepper shakers because i've never been able to find any i really like, but that's all fixed now because i love these creepy little bones!

update: i forgot to add the details of the designer.

Friday, November 20, 2009

my place & yours: through the front door

yep, just like the lovely shelley, i love coming home. this week's theme is through the front door as part of pip's meme, over at meet me at mikes and this is my take on it.. i was running out of time to make it in this week, so i quickly grabbed the camera this afternoon after i arrived home, turned around and walked back out the front door.. only to be followed by the mirka monster and quickly. at first she pushed the chair along like her own personal zimmer frame and when that wasn't quick enough she abandoned it in the middle of the hallway and grabbed the little sofa cushion instead and pushed that down the hall after me. man, she loves pushing that cushion around at the moment. i had to keep throwing it  back down the hallway to stop her busting out on to the front verandah, so these are my photos in the 3 seconds i had each time before she returned with the cushion. let me just say that it needs one hell of a wash now because i didn't always succeed in stopping her before she had dragged it outside. anyways, what else? well, i love my concrete pot of succulents by the front door, the fact that i can see straight through to the garden when i open the front door and my new soft grey heels from the road cast off next to the sofa where i left them when i got home. for me, home = shoes off + relax, craig damrauer style, as seen on the inside out blog. yeah.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

fly me to the moon

and let me be forever yours. yeah it's a bit schmultzy, but it's one of my favourite songs & reminds me of our fabulous wedding.. which is why i literally did a double take when i was walking past panel pop in fitzroy recently and saw this artwork in the window by lindsay blamey. you can also see it here.  uncannily, it also lists many of the cities that make our hearts smile because we've either lived there or went there on our honeymoon. darling kiss me.

i also really like the 2 other artworks. the one in the top right looks like all the houses around our neighbourhood & i'm always drawn to scenes like the one in the bottom right. the familiar and the urban.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

lonesome road

boo. kingsley left this evening. leaving on a jet plane. now it's back to lonesome town for me. well, i've always got the husband, but he doesn't dance around the lounge room & have me in hysterics with high kicks.. or traipse around melbourne with me to every market going. we went to three alone last saturday. it's market open season at the moment & i love it. anyways, we were all in the car, stopped in traffic when we had one of those nice moments in time when everything seems to stop.. a bit like when an ambulance goes past.. and we all seemed to turn and notice the lonesome road folk coffee lounge at the same time. it's location is totally under seige on a busy road and definitely not somewhere you would like to sit outside for your morning coffee, but i likes. i likes alot.


all the better to eat you with! my friend russell bryant, that is, leo to his friends, is one creative powerhouse. not busy enough organising his first exhibition, he has also been busy making wolf heads. from scratch. out the back of jimmy watson's wine bar in carlton, you'll find a great little shop full of vintage treasures. the entry is off miller lane & if you're not sure, just look for the 2.5m high painted wolf silhouette. i particularly liked the simple industrial touches, cowboy boots & twiggy wall hooks. i love those little hooks. most of these photos were taken by the talented kingsley, who took a liking to the little brown handbag on the wolf in the blue dress.

Monday, November 16, 2009

cafe sette bello

it seems i've got myself a little tradition going. before each cwc talk, bright & early on a saturday morning every couple of months, i grab a quick coffee & slice of me-time at cafe sette bello in the city. corner hardware lane & little bourke street. it's nice no? and you know how i love a touch of canary yellow. kingsley was with me this time around & how much is she kickin it in her new  patent yellow sandals from sedonia and stripey dress from meet me at mikes? happy.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

market goodies

so here are the market goodies from last saturday's sisters market in brunswick. i bought the little fabric button earrings from pinky pig and decided to wear them straight away. when the husband noticed them when i got home, he asked if i knew they were different.. yes husband! one can't be too matchy-matchy. next up i bumped into the lovely tess, who also organises the cwc & the great talks every couple of months.. and then i had a really funny bloggy experience.. i recognised spin spin's awesome graphics at the next stall (i love my spin spin 't' towel), so then i said "hello, are you spin spin? i'm captain kk"(!) what a ridiculous thing for me to say! when i relayed the story to the husband, he burst out laughing. i wasn't acting crazy, it's just that we had never met in person before and only knew each other through our blogs. we had a good old chat and i am now the proud owner of a gorgeous charcoal & blue tea towel, while kingsley is taking home the bright pink & red tea towel. it seems that i have become quite the tea towel addict & then went on to buy another gorgeous christmas-y one from elly oak along with some christmas cards. i love a good christmas card & can't wait til the first of december to send out this year's batch.

update: i realised that i didn't credit the sweet little outfit by oishi-m that i bought for mirka.

cwc talk tomorrow

quick, quick post today. i'm off to the next cwc talk tomorrow before hitting three different markets in the afternoon. yarraville, seddon & flemington are all on tomorrow and i'm yet to show you the goodies from last weekend's market in brunswick. looks like i've got some bloggin' to do tonight.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

the great tart-off of spring '09

it started innocently enough.. "let's meet for a picnic" i suggested at russell's exhibition opening.. great idea.. sunday?.. let's make it a brunch.. and then it began..

"i'll bake my special lime tart with raspberries on top." says kingsley.
"well, i'll bake my berry tart" says russell, also known as leo, who, not to be out-done, actually baked two!

and so the tart-off was set for sunday brunch. yum.

update: kingsley just reminded me that i should have called it the great inaugural tart-off because it was the first of many to come. all i've got to say is i don't mind having to taste (devour) more than one delicious tart to help decide on the winner.

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