Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lemony goodness ... win stuff!

Below are some pretty pictures that come up when you type 'lemon' into Pinterest. What a wonderfully pretty time waster is Pinterest. Also is a gorgeous lemony Snow Owl print from Yellow Button Studio, who The Ardent Sparrow is is promoting with a cool giveaway. If you're still keen to win stuff ... just leave me a comment here to be in the running to win a Reread card pack! It's awesome.  

Pinterest ... from here

Pinterest ... from here
Yellow Button Studio ...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Vietnamese food ... yum

Vietnamese food is so good. I'm currently nursing a Bun Bo Xao baby from Quan Thanh in West End. The fresh minty goodness is a Viet delight at only $11 a bowl. This place is always buzzing, full of people getting their pho or bo fix. If you live in Brisbane and you've not yet tried it, book it in for a date night this week. Impromptu dates nights are the best. We're heading to Vietnam soon for a mini break, I'm looking forward to the street food and the beach at Mui Ne ... bring on the holidays. 

These are from my last trip to Vietnam in 2007

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Market wrap and a card pack

The BrisStyle indie Twilight market last night was a wee bit wet, but we still turned up like market troopers and put on a happy market face. Most of the punters who turned up were die-hard BrisStyle fans who knew the market was on ... so thank you! We love you and your support of handmade. Green Tea and Red Nails has won a pack of my handmade cards! Each card is one of a kind, made from vintage children's book images and words from romance novels. Inside the have an old library card for you to write your message on. I've been making them like they've been going out of fashion and I'll be giving away another pack this week ... just leave me a comment or tweet this post to be in the running to win.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Shout it from the deck top!

Tonight's BrisStyle indie Twilight Market will be up on the deck to keep all the crafty goodness high and dry. Just follow the lights and the buzz ... See you there and be sure to spread the word.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Twilight ... please don't rain on our parade

This Friday Reread and about 60 other BrisStyle crafty peeps will be twinkling and shining in King George Square from 5pm. The BrisStyle indie Twilight market are on again, it's going to be craft awesomeness. Let's just hope the weather errs on the side of awesome. While on the subject of craft and awesome ... Post a comment here to win a gift pack of handmade Reread cards.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Button it ...

I've recently found Pinterest. It's a wonderful pretty site, I can see how people are just loving it although I think We Heart It probably came up with the idea first and I'm still a big 'hearter'. Some very pretty buttons below ... from Pinterest. What do you like best about Pinterest? In other news I'm giving away a little card pack! To win just leave me a comment on this post and I'll pick a winner on Saturday 25 February.

Win a card pack ... four of these cute, handmade cards.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Pretty pistachio green things

A selection of beautiful green things in the shade 'pistachio' in honour of my beautiful Kitchen Aid, Mavis.

Cutie Kewpie ... on Etsy here

Sweet tooth ... from here 

Soft serve ... from here

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Because I need you

... and you need me. This cute card will be on sale at my next market, the BrisStyle indie Twilight Market.  I've been thinking about making lolly bags and party invites too ... maybe I'll see how they go? See you there x.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Chicken zen

Since it has stopped raining the chickens have been visibly happier. I don't know exactly how to describe a 'happy looking' chicken, but I can just tell. If you've been thinking about getting chickens ... Do it. They're such lovely little things and as a bonus, they make breakfast!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Cards for Twilight

The Lifeline Bookfest is such a wonderful event in Brisbane that happens twice a year. In January I took myself along for a few lunchtime shopping sessions and came home with a $4 stash each time. It's such a bargain and I love finding the old children's books with deer and woodland animals. The cutest find this time around was Danny the Deer Woodland Tales. All the cards I make from these new finds will be at my next market, the BrisStyle indie Twilight market on Friday, 24 February. 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

I'd like to be ...

Blogger friends living in Australia, if you want a $5000 holiday in Queensland then get your holiday thinking cap on and get writing. The Nuffnang crew have a great little competition running until 10 February - and looking at the comments so far the chances of winning the prize are pretty good! You just need to write a post on how you’d blow that sunshine popsicle stand with the five big ones. Personally I’d go back to my roots and head straight to Cairns, then onto the lush rainforests of Mossman to hang with my folks and take a trip on the boat to our favourite snorkelling site, Undine Reef.

Growing up here was like living the Robinson Crusoe ‘book on tape’ that I listened to at night in my bunk bed under the mozzie net. It was a very footloose and fancy free childhood. My parents took us out of school for a week or so at a time to cruise the Coral Sea on Lumi our beautiful old boat. My brother and I thin, brown salty wafers got very acquainted with the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef.  

Looking back, I feel exceptionally lucky to have been a barefoot urchin-child spending days and weeks in one of the world’s natural wonders. Something that for many is a once in a lifetime experience. 

One of my favourite things to do when we were out on the boat was tag along behind my dad while he was spearfishing. I’d follow, just out of sight, hardly swimming just floating. Even though I probably stood out like dogs’ balls in my pink lycra stingersuit, I felt like I was stealthy and undetectable. Swimming along with the shy whitetip reef sharks (who were following the smell of the coral trout he had speared and hooked to his float-line), was a bright pink kid talking to herself through the snorkel. It was like it was just me and him in the whole world. No other voices, traffic noises, nothing - just us and the ocean (and me talking to myself!).    
So do yourself a favour, write a blog post about your dream $5000 Queensland holiday and gather a few lovely holiday memories of your own.

Mr Crusoe - source
The nerd of the shark world - a whitetip reef shark
A green turtle - source
A minke whale off Osprey Reef - source
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