This is one of my favourite parts of Sydney, mostly because it feels like a slightly pale version of European city, or maybe New Orleans. There's lots of lovely wrought iron, potted flowers, big old trees and colourful painted doors. There's a couple of tiny courtyard style lanes, where you can wander around without fear of being squished by a crazy Sydney motorist. The best part is the trees though, it's always shady, with dappled light and birds chirping. Oh, and it's right by three great bookstores, so C and I can always partake in the dusty smell of a secondhand book hunt.
It's all about the Aussies this month! I have a great giveaway from Australian based Bella Rose Fashion Co. today. If you haven't had a chance to check out their store, take a second and have a browse. They have a big collection of jewellery and accessories, I've collected some of my favourites above.
Everything is super affordable and you'll also get free shipping in Australia! Bella Rose Fashion Co. has generously offered three prizes of $25 vouchers to their store for Kitty & Buck readers. Everything pictured above is currently under $25 so you'll definitely get something awesome if you win. Simply follow the instruction on the rafflecopter widget below and you're in with a chance. Good luck!
If you'd like to take advantage of the free shipping within Australia, you can use the discount code kittyandbuck to get a further 10% off! (International shipping can be quoted)
So I went and did something productive this weekend. Go figure! OK, so maybe making my electrical cables look pretty isn't that productive, but I do have a sense of accomplishment. I saw this project on Design Love Fest ages ago and I knew I'd get around to it one day. Since the Christmas tree will be decorated tonight (!) and I needed to re-arrange all of our cables to fit the lights in, it was the perfect time.
Some MT washi tape from Japan (you can get it here and here) Washi Tape from ModCloth
Extension cables or any electrical cable that is causing an eyesore (preferably round and white as washi tape is semi-transparent and won't be seen well on a black cable)
All I did was devise a pattern that I would follow with 3 colours and cut short pieces of tape (around 1" long, enough to wrap around the cable once) and wrapped them neatly around the cable in alternating colours! So easy, I probably didn't even need to say it ;) I found the effect worked best with one bold/solid colour and a couple of more simple patterns to complement.
One note, a couple of the tapes didn't stick so well onto themselves. They stick fine on paper, but maybe their own surface is too shiny. Both tapes that did this were MT tape, but other rolls of MT stuck just fine. *shrug* maybe they were just old or something. I always like to do honest DIY projects, so if you have a go, you can learn from my hiccups. If you have a chance, maybe wrap one row of each colour around a cord and check it the following day to see if any particular rolls have the no-stick problem. (the orange one on the image below is a bit peel-y)
Other than that, I'm so happy with my cables, they look a bazillion times better and I'm happy to have them spread across the floor like skinny beautiful coral snakes :)
What did you get up to this weekend? In addition to cable beautification, I devoured the latest issue of Frankie Magazine on a picnic blanket outside with the cats, Mazzy Star and some stink bugs buzzing lazily through the air, it was quite marvellous. (the stink bugs kept their distance, thank goodness)
I finally purchased this Julienne peeler so I could make Zuchinni Noodles with Pesto and Roasted Tomatoes. We don't really eat pasta, so this was a real treat, with the taste of delicious pasta but with nutritious veggie noodles, I'll definitely be making this one again!
I had a discussion with my mum this week about the time involved in creating a quilt as I had the idea that I ight try out my own design. (My mum knows all about this stuff!) Then I spotted S.D. Evans Quilts, they're so simple and modern, with a traditional touch, they're quite lovely :)
Amy Grace is a fellow Australian blog with a focus on all things beauty. Amy is the lady behind the blog and she writes about her adventures here in Australia as well as the odd DIY and of course, beauty reviews! She has chosen this beautiful Ted Baker cosmetic bag for one lucky reader today, all you need to do to enter is follow the directions on the rafflecopter widget below. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway
*The winner of the Urban Decay giveaway is Sarah!