Tuesday, July 22, 2014


MAKING the best birthday cake three times! Once with chocolate frosting and twice with blueberry compote and mascarpone cream. Enough sugar for a whole year.

COOKING - aside from cake, you mean? These sweet potato quinoa cakes with blackberry salsa are the best.

DRINKING copious amounts of coffee

WATCHING a plethora of 80's teen movies.

READING Japanese language textbooks, Amrita by Banana Yoshimoto, Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut and a pile of others.

WANTING a day off

LOOKING like I need a haircut. Real bad.

STARTING to book our final days of the Japan adventure in November.

OBSESSED with my big fluffy quilt.

ENJOYING working from home on these cold days!

PLAYING everything in Japanese - vocab games, writing games and podcasts.

WAITING patiently for my pre-order of the Twin Peaks remastered blu-ray to arrive

WONDERING where we will take the Ford Kuga Titanium next!? Any requests?

LOVING the cherry blossoms that adorn our house right now (they're almost gone, so sad)

WEARING fleece lined leggings all day, every day.

FOLLOWING my inbox right now. I've neglected all other communication with the outside world unfortunately.

NOTICING my breath fogging the air.

THINKING constantly about the to-do list in my brain. It's becoming quite overwhelming and I feel bad when I let people down by not doing enough, fast enough. Sigh.

GRATEFUL for my nocturnal foot companion, Nico (the black cat - aka My Pal Foot Foot for any Shaggs fans out there) ❤
Thanks to Miranti for the inspiration for the format of this post!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekend Links v.13


This lakes and ocean infographic is fascinating. I need to know what is inside the door that James Cameron found at the bottom ;)

I Love Mona has 20% off all summer stock! Loving this handmade pineapple and parrot print dress!

Lisa has some great tips to improve your website in just 15 minutes

I must have one of these sleep mask pillows!

Are there any other Ray Bradbury fans out there?

These daily rituals of happy and successful people are fantastic. Imagine if everyone lived this way.

In case you missed it on Kitty & Buck:

I hope you've had a wonderful week! I have several work projects on the go right now, so I apologise for having less posts than usual. I'm going to try and be more organised this week!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Market Dreams

I have some really exciting news for you today, and I can't believe I didn't spill the beans earlier. You may have noticed the little button in my sidebar that proclaims my inclusion in the Top 40 Beauty & Lifestyle Bloggers for the Kidspot Voices of 2014 campaign? Well, I'm extremely humbled to say that I've been chosen to participate in the "Paint The Town Ford" challenge! For the past couple of weeks, I've been cruising around town in a brand new Ford Kuga Titanium, which I must say, is quite a step up from "Arnie", my little Mazda who is missing the door handles and has at least 3000 spiders living on him (I still love you Arnie!) Over the next month or so, I'll be taking the Kuga out on some adventures, snapping tonnes of photos, and having an all around nice time with my new ride.

For our first adventure, my pal Vanessa and I headed into Eveleigh Farmer's Markets, which is located in Carriageworks. If you're not familiar with the location, let me set the scene... All the way back in the mid-century, my grandfather worked here as a railway man! The building is heritage listed and it is the original workshop where Sydney train carriages were built from the 1880's through to the 1970's. While not as grand, it does remind me of an Australian version of Gare du Nord in Paris, with it's high ceiling, arched windows and industrial interior (the brick walls are incredible). The workshops have now been transformed into an arts hub, with everything from fashion week to theatre productions showing within it's walls.

I dragged myself out of bed on a Saturday at 7am (unheard of) in preparation for some farmer's market goodness. These markets have been going on for some time, but I've never quite been motivated enough to make it before. The grand hall was bustling with folk stocking up on breakfast, organic produce and farm fresh cheese, meat and flowers. But our first stop: Caffeine. Very important.

Once we'd warmed our hands on the paper coffee cups, it was time for a wander. We were both amazed at how many dogs were in attendance! Every shape and size, they trotted alongside their owners, oblivious to the masses of people. There was even a doggy treat stand selling organic dog biscuits.

A little further along, there was quite a crowd at the dumpling bar. I have no problem with eating dumplings for breakfast, but was a little surprised to see so many people on the same wavelength, until I spotted the famous chef Kylie Kwong cooking up a storm. No dumplings for me today, but I'll come mentally prepared for a dumpling breakfast next time.

The best thing about organic markets is discovering new and unusual fruit and vegetables. I've never seen brussels sprouts on a stalk before! I also discovered a stand selling bush tomatoes and another with Rosella cordial. In the end I stuck to a few staples, unwaxed granny smith apples, rainbow chard, leeks and beetroot. At the mushroom stall, I was tempted to make some kind of incredible Asian stir-fry, but it was too early in the morning for adventurous thinking and we opted for some Portobellos instead (they made amazing burgers!) We picked up some lavender, poppies, succulents and jonquils to spruce up our homes. Finally, there was an emergency stop at the Sonoma stand for some of their incredible bread. Vanessa: Spelt Rye. Me: Spelt Fruit Loaf.

With the shopping done, we made a beeline for the seats under the gas heater and scarfed down (ahem, daintily nibbled) some freshly made crepes. We headed back to the car and I tested out one of the best features, the hands free, key free boot (trunk) opening. A simple kick under the rear bumper tells the motion sensor that I want in, and because the key is in range, it opens automatically. I recommend amazing the general public by proclaiming "Open Sesame" while you do it.

Our haul safely stashed, we enjoyed the gorgeous sunny day that had emerged from the wintery morning and headed back home. Eveleigh Farmers Markets was so much fun, I'll definitely be back. I have my eye on the Billy Kwong stand and also spotted a Pho stall that I wouldn't mind checking out too. There's nothing better than a farmer's market visit on a weekend morning! I may have found myself a new habit.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Top Five Email Subscription Lists

The last thing most people need (or want) is more email. It's hard to know which email lists are worth signing up to when everyone offers one, and they all seem quite interesting on the surface. I've selected five of my favourites that have stood the test of time in my inbox. These cover inspiration, industry news, education, small business tips and creativity.

I love this list. There are a lot of articles centered around UX/UI design, but there is also a wealth of information shared that is relevant to all creative fields and beyond. I have found some really excellent links through this email, and some new websites that I visit on the regular. You can subscribe to the email and choose 'every day', 'twice a week' or 'once a week' to suit your email's dietary requirements.

Wordsmith - A Word A Day
Any vocabulary nerds out there? I wonder how much I retain, but it's fascinating to receive a new word in my inbox each day. It comes with a definition, a quick discussion on the etymology of the word and a real-world example of the word in use. Each week generally has a theme that the daily word follows.

Delancey Place
A daily email that contains a noteworthy excerpt from a book or speech. It's quite American-centric and often contains political, cultural, scientific and historical tidbits. You'll get anything from an article on Einstein to a study on how babies learn, to why the internet was invented. My favourite thing is being surprised by the subject matter each day and reading something you may not otherwise come across. If you love the excerpt, there's always a link to the full text so you can purchase the book as well.

Run by the folks behind the "Webbys", it's a fantastic source for finding websites and apps that are noteworthy, new and useful. It's a great place to discover the sites that are creating an impact in the web/app industry, before everyone else discovers them!

Create and Thrive
This list is run by Jess, the successful jewellery designer behind Epheriell. Aside from being a sweet lady, she is full of information about running a successful handmade/creative business, covering everything from pricing, photography, social media and tonnes more.

I am certain there are many more lists I could include on here. I do like the variety on this list, you get a little bit of everything from all of these email lists! Please feel free share your favourites in the comments, I'm always on the lookout for more quality reading.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Weekend Links v.12

How to start a business with a friend - and actually remain friends.

The toughest thing about this list of day trips from Tokyo is deciding which of these incredible places to visit!

5 tips for creating your own photo library for your blog.

The benefits of blue sky thinking.

If anyone is in paradise, take a picture and add it to the July #kittyandbuckcolor challenge, ok?

This incredible sweet treat looks like a giant droplet of water!

Ugh, as if! Actually... best reproduction outfit ever.

Cute tropical backpack, perfect for summer hiking adventures!

You're not alone: 97% of all freelancers have worked more hours on a project than they have costed for.

Escaping the time-scarcity trap.

I watched this again tonight. So good. We also did two rounds of this one! A single viewing wasn't enough!

In case you missed it on Kitty & Buck:
Instagram Challenge | June Favourites
Make, Eat, Embellish, Think v.08
Instagram Challenge | July Color Announcement
Found #103