Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Recent purchases

I bought this lovely retro tapestry from ebay:

Here it is on the kitchen wall:

I also bought this beautiful cushion for my work office from With2ns. Gorgeous colours!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Things I like today

Lovely feature wall, the prints are grouped splendidly!

Button wallpaper!

Pretty birdie!

Lovely lightswitch!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Do you want to be in the media?

Some of you may know that Chris and have a business called Green Renters where we write blog posts and articles on living sustainably in a rental property despite being unable to make big structural changes to your residence, whether a single dwelling apartment, share house or warehouse.

We've conducted a few workshops in sydney and melbourne including the Melbourne Social Forum and Sustainable Living Festival and also appeared in some print publications. We also have a fortnightly segment on Joy FM.

Well, a Fairfax journalist has contacted us for interview and is also seeking some of our 'readers' to interview.

What's needed:

People who live in Moreland, Darebin, Yarra, City of Melbourne, Port Melbourne, Albert Park (biasically the Melbourne Weekly and Emerald Weekly areas). We will come and view your rental property and give you tips on cheap and easy ways to improve your ecological footprint. Think of it is a workshop in the comfort of your own home with samples, handouts and lots of interesting information.

Fairfax would then like to interview you afterwards and take some pics.

It would be a great way for you to plug your business by mentioning the name and what you make and including some items to be included in photographs. We'd be ever so grateful and you'd be doing your bit for the environment.

Interested? Please send me an email: contact@greenrenters.org

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Things I like today

This is not great for the longevity of plants, but it still charms my socks off!

Love this pic

Egg cup with a difference! I don't actually eat eggs but I think this is really funny

Love this coloured stove, don't know why more designers don't make them coloured? Via Apartment Therapy

Dress I bought yesterday. Bit hard to get a pic of it but it's printed with doilies!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Our weekend in Brisbane...

Last weekend we went to Brisbane for a few commitments. Firstly, we had a meeting on Friday at Griffith Uni about holding a Regional Social Forum for the South East pacific in Brisbane in 2011. We were staying with one of the organisers so we had a lot fun wandering around Brisbane for an evening, including a show and music at the Gallery of Modern Art.

The rather wonderful GoMa had a wonderful exhibition "The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT6)". Here's a few pics:

Kohei Nawa, PixCell-Elk#2 2009

Zhu Weibing, Ji Wenyu | People holding flowers (detail) 2007

YNG (Yoshitomo Nara and graf)

pic from here

We also went along to the Queensland mueseum which contained some rather interesting exhibits which amused us no end....

Friend from the muesum:

And just some scenic spots where we were staying...so green everywhere compared to Melbourne!

We had a combined Aduki/Green Renters stall all day saturday at the Green Earth Festival before catching a flight back home. It was the first festival of it's kind in Brisbane and was strictly vegan with some yummy food options including funky pies, various indian and sri lankin stalls and sweet treats. There was vegan poetry, music, a film tent and it was a good day with a reasonable turn out but I couldn't help feeling it was a case of preaching to the converted in regard to challenging the status quo. It was extremely hot and I got rather sunburnt but we made some goods contacts.

It also demonstrates how difficult it is to do stalls in other states as it's too hard to carry along a marquee and any big promotional material, so it's easy to look amateurish.

Here's me pre burning looking very unfashionable:

So it was very much a whistlestop visit with no shops and only a touch of sightseeing. All rather exhausting but good fun!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Things I like today

I love this cup and saucer set very much

There's even a rather amazing teapot!

One of the cutest embroideries I've seen in ages! A Sublime stitching embroidery masterly completed by Cath

A bunny and crochet! What could be better? From the blog of the amazing Steph

I'm also loving this video!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

My Creative Space

I've been rather busy and my creative space has revolved more about home life as opposed to making things...

I bought these dishcloths on madeit.com.au . Not sure how practical the colours will be in the long term, but they are a good alternative to synethic factory made dishcloths and can be washing in the washing machine. Their life span is suggested to be 5 years which is very satisfying! The melmac plate is part of a set, which I couldn't resist. Must remember to not put this lot into the microwave!

Some lovely fresh produce from our veggie patch and potted herbs: zucchini, pumpkin, tomatoes, chillies, mint, rosemary, parsley...our next aim is to break down the clay soil out the front so we are able to plant vegetables in the middle of the front garden.

You can see more creative spaces here

Monday, March 15, 2010

Come and enter the Melbourne Vegan Bake Off!

pic from here

Vegan Bake Off!

Saturday March 27th


Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St
Fitzroy VIC


  • Cupcakes
  • Whole cake
  • Biscuits
  • Slice
  • Savoury
  • Raw dessert
  • Gluten Free

Prizes to be awarded for best entry in each category as well as an overall Best in Show!


  • Marieke Hardy (The Book Club, The Age)
  • Leigh Munro (long time vegan, vet nurse and animal carer
  • Mystery food blogger!

Doors open at 2pm, entries accepted until 2.45pm, judging from 2.50 to 3.20pm and winners are announced at 3.30pm, with entries consumed until 4pm, finishing up at 4.30pm!

Non-Competitors welcome with a gold coin donation.

For more information or to RSVP please email mailto:cate@adukipress.net.au

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Things I like today

Lovely upcycled teaspoons

Loving this book alphabet found via Swiss Miss, perfect for the next book sale!

lavender lemonade is on my recipes wish list

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Things I like today

I'm sure I'm not too old for these bunny shoes

I've decided I need a little red wagon!

I think this quilt would rid me of small bits of unused material forever! Might try a cushion first though...

This serotonin molecule necklace

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

What's your favourite vegan specialty product?

Hi folks,

if you are vegan or vegan inclined can you let me know what you favourite vegan product is that you like to buy? Something that you have to buy besides staples like fruit, vegetables, rice etc. It could be cheeze, icecream, sausages, soy milk, whatever really....It's for an article I'm working on, I will reveal all shortly.

Things I like today

I've been a bit recalitrant with the updates here. Chris and I went to Sydney for Green Renters workshops, the Aduki vegan bake off and some personal stuff a few weeks ago and I'm still struggling to catch up with everything. I have lots of crafty ideas and not quite enough time to get them all done. Particularly as my dream day is something like this right now:

Some cheeky bunnies to laugh at...

A lovely big stash of books

I'm a big fan of the 'Goldilocks Catering' series of culinary crime fiction...

A big pile of pillows

Some beautiful quilts to laze around on/in

And of course, some chocolate, cocktails and cups of tea. *sigh*

PS. How cool is this kitchen?