Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Colour Me... Light Brown

Each month, Kyla from Kyla Is Inspired and I work on a colour collaboration. This month we are focussing on light brown. I've gathered a lovely collection of warm, fresh tones in the form of illustrations, photography and fashion. Don't forget to check out Kyla's finds too!

You can visit the previous posts under the Colour Me tag. My feature image this month is from Adventures With Barefoot Critters: An ABC Book by Teagan White via Behance.
Main Image | Adventures With Barefoot Critters: An ABC Book by Teagan White via Behance

1 | Leather and Felt Laptop Sleeve
2 | Juliana Sunglasses
3 | Little Feet on The Bus illustration by Grace Lee
4 | Pergola Pattern, Cazneaux's daughter, by Harold Cazneaux 1931
5 | Double Chocolate Almond Butter Trail Cookies
6 | Berkley Leather Satchel


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Weekend Links v.17

This is such a good system - everyone should follow it! For everyone out there who calls as they hit 'send' to ask "Did you get my email?"

Just a little somethin' to add to my mountain of "things I must see in Japan" - this time it's a cat shrine.

I love the colours in this rug!

Dreaming about this camera. Dreaming.

And when dreams really do come true. Get your own Flux Capacitor.

You'll probably want to keep your flux capacitor safe in this tribal print bag :)

Calling all you perfectionists out there. Just do your best.

One more for the road: Keeping your inner critic in check.

In case you missed it on Kitty & Buck:

We made a video!! Come on a journey to a lovely Australian rural area called Kangaroo Valley. It's the first video I've ever made for Kitty & Buck, so I'd love to know your thoughts (C did the music too!)


Friday, August 15, 2014

Found #106

Have you seen "Wrap" magazine? It's such a lovely volume, celebrating all things paper, and comes with pull out prints for your own wrapped creations.
via: Wrap

It would probably be a bad idea for me to get this coffee table. I'd stare at it for hours and get lost in it's deep ocean-blue depths.

Dani from Lucky Number Seven posted about Lou & Grey recently and I really like their simple basics. Perfect for layering and casual lounging :)

Whoa. On the other end of the spectrum, this 1950's dress has the most amazing print! Beautiful.

Speaking of gorgeous vintage, look at these boots!? I'm pulling out my tiny violin and lamenting my big feet that never fit in vintage shoe sizes. Boo.

Happy Friday everyone!


On the Farm - A Rural Escape

You know when you just have one of those weeks? Months? Years? The best medicine for a hectic and stressful moment in life is an escape to the country, wouldn't you agree? With the intense work schedule I've been keeping lately, a rural escape was on the cards. While the best I could do was a single night away, I fully intended to make the most of it! Kangaroo Valley is a picturesque spot just south of Sydney, a mere 1-2 hour drive from the city. It fit my 'quick' escape criteria perfectly. Browsing the wealth of farm stays available around Sydney, I spotted a wooden yurt on a horse breeding farm called The Cedars nestled amongst the Budderoo and Morton National Parks just south of Bowral.
We captured some moving images of our adventure, and there's a bunch more photos below, so if you're having a tough day at your desk, take a small break to the country with us.

After plowing through our work for the day, we were off to a regrettably late start on the road. It wasn't until we started out descent through the hairpin turns into Kangaroo Valley that I started to leave the city tension behind. We arrived in the valley as the long shadows began their descent from the ranges above. A quick inspection of our yurt yielded some ooh's and ahh's from me. The timber-lined interior and pot belly stove were suitably cosy for a winter's night.

We boarded the Ford Kuga Titanium once again and set out to hunt for some dinner. Thank goodness for the built-in GPS as phone reception is scarce and country roads have a habit of getting me lost. We zeroed in on the local supermarket, which was actually a petrol station, and stocked up on supplies (a frozen pizza, some chips and hummus, chocolate and soda - you know, grown-up food).

Back at the yurt, the sun was making it's final descent and we were completely alone in the middle of nowhere. After building a fire, defrosting our gourmet meal and pouring a glass of complimentary wine, we settled in with a BBC production about an incredible Dutch painter named Schalcken, a student of a student of Rembrandt. I feel like perhaps the BBC took some liberties with his story, as it included some creepy parts about a vampire. Suitably spooked, I prepared to turn in for the night when there was a very loud scratching on the window next to where I stood. Accompanied by a couple of squeaks, it occurred to me that, yes, this is a rural escape and we were going to have some (hopefully non-vampiric) company for the evening.

The following morning I woke up with the birds and it took all of my willpower to leap out of bed and stuff some logs into the fire. Sufficiently alight, I attended to the loaf of complimentary sourdough while C worked on the farm fresh eggs. Sated, we headed out for a little hike to the creek. First stop was the paddock by the yurt, which contained a herd of cattle and two magnificent Shire horses. The lady horse is with child and was extremely friendly. Covered in horse hair, we pressed on towards the creek, printed map in hand.

Somehow we became completely lost and it took much longer to reach the creek than expected. On our detour we encountered not one, but three echidnas! I've never seen an echidna in the wild before, so getting lost was definitely worth it. When the echidna heard us coming, he poked his head under some leaves with the dedication of a toddler who covers their eyes and is convinced they are invisible. After a few minutes he squinted up at us and decided we were no longer there (though we clearly were) and continued on his way. It was so adorable! I realise why echidnas have spiky spines now. They are the least graceful creatures and make about as much noise as a bear barging through the woods.

The valley lived up to it's name with several kangaroos and many wallabies hopping around. We also encountered a fox burrow where I imagined the foxes were having breakfast and Mr. Fox was all dapper in a suit like The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Eventually we reached the cool climate of the creek, which was encompassed in a rainforest section of the national park. The moss covered rocks and quiet babbling of the creek provided the perfect counterpoint to the previous day's hustle.

It was sad to wave goodbye to the Cedars after such a short visit, but we tempered our return to the big smoke with some antique hunting in Bowral, accompanied by a delicious vegetarian Croque-Madame at Raw and Wild. Book stores explored, antiques drooled over, we programmed home into the Kuga's GPS and allowed him to guide us back to reality. The afternoon traffic upon our return did it's best to erase the benefits of our rural escape, but we didn't let it win! I'm so happy to know that the babbling creek and rolling pastures of Kangaroo Valley are just down the road whenever I need them.

I'm participating in the #paintthetownford challenge as part of the Kidspot Voices 2014 competition. Ford has provided me with a Ford Kuga Titanium for six weeks as part of this challenge. This is the second post of three in my series, you can see the first post here. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. You can follow along with the other bloggers participating by searching the hashtag #paintthetownford

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Weekend Links v.16

If you can spare 10 minutes, please help out MindCrowd with their research into Alzheimer's and other brain related diseases. All you need to do is a quick mind test quiz! They're after 1 million participants, plus you can find out how you compare.

Need to impress? Try these pants, this top and these shoes! Woo woo ;)

This watercolour herb poster would look so cute in your kitchen.

Have you seen the cocoa farmers trying chocolate for the first time? It's lovely and sad all at once.

A rare photograph of Mt Fuji's shadow - the mountain is normally covered in mist, so this view is really special!

These red velvet soy melts sound (smell?) so decadent!

The reality of running your own creative business.

Party's over.

Whoa. Brass pineapple ice bucket. Get in my kitchen.

Can a six hour workday... work?

In case you missed it on Kitty & Buck this week:
How to Get Married in Japan
Instagram Challenge | July Favourites
Instagram Challenge | August Colour Announcement
Found | International Cat Day Edition

I hope you've had a super weekend! C and I took a really quick getaway earlier in the week, so I'll be sharing some pictures and hopefully a video (fingers crossed) this week on the blog. I also attended a makeup workshop hosted by The Blog Society and Eat Read Love. The makeup artist was Liv Lundelius and she was incredible! I wish I could take her to Japan to do my wedding makeup, but I'll have to live with harnessing some of her knowledge and doing my best impression. What have you been up to?