Monday, November 29, 2010

Things I like today

I've had my eye on this jumper for a while....
Lovely colours! I especially like the way the curtains have been freshened up!

This huge doily rug is simply amazing!
How cute are these android gingerbread biscuits?

I was interviewed last week by the lovely Kellie Christie for her friday feature. As part of the feature I am offering a giveaway of Polka Dot Rabbit goodies of $40 value. Just pop over to her blog and join in for your chance to win!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Things I like today

Loving these moccasins


Not sure what happens when they get wet, but these embroidered gumboots are totally cute!

Loving these career figurines, so cool.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Online Yard Sale!

I'm participating in an online Yard Sale, selling of a bunch of unwanteds, including lots of cds. If you head over here you can see what's for sale, new items added soon!


The Yard Sale is organised by the awesome Pilgrim Lee of Draw Pilgrim. She's gathered a whole group of awesome bloggers to participate. You can see all the participating folks over here

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Things I like today

I know it's nearly summer when I see watermelon at the markets...
This brooch has the most amazing embroidery detail. Just stunning.

I really like these teapots. Imagine a Vegemite one!

I like political posters and this is a great environmental message. It's part of the collection of posters in the book Green Patriot Posters

Monday, November 15, 2010


Pancakes are one of those foods that I quite like and really should have more often as they don't take anywhere near as long to make as anticipated. But they do result in a lot of washing up with the mixing bowl, spoons, fry pan, flour sifter, measuring cups...but they are worth it!

I bought a copy of Isa Chandra's Vegan Brunch a few weeks ago at World Vegan Day. I used her recipe with some adaptations for ease:

1 1/4 cups self raising flour
2 tablespoons oil (i used olive)
1/2 cup water
1 cup soy milk
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (as I'm on a budget I used golden syrup)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract ( vanilla essence for reasons above)

  1. Preheat pan
  2. Sift dry ingredients.
  3. Make a well in the centre and add the water, oil, maplesyrup and vanilla.
  4. Mix until combined, a little lumpy is ok. I added extra water to make them a bit thinner.
  5. Spray pan with some spray oil.
  6. Pour pancake batter in and cook pancakes until bubbles form.
  7. Flip and cook other side for another minute.

I served mine with nuttlex, golden syrup, kiwi fruit and strawberries :)

Things I like today

Love this mushroom purse
Cool tutorial for a glasses stamp! Just like my glasses! Very cool

What everyone needs, a Joy Division colouring book! Chris and I did a election 2007 political colouring book a few year ago. Coloring books are cool.


Loving this doily dress!

And this one

From Burda. Great way to reuse doilies!

Friday, November 12, 2010

My Creative Space

Busy working on custom orders (cassette wallets) but I also took the time to make these up for the Kris Kringle Market at Northcote Town hall where I'll be having a Polka Dot Rabbit stall. The first one is on November 25th, I'd love you to come along and say hi :)

You can see other creative spaces here

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cate's compelling chili

We had a friend over for dinner last night so I decided to make a big pot of chili. I love making chili, it's a great meal to cook in bulk and freeze for future meals. I tend to use a variety of ingredients depending on what's on hand rather than following a strict recipe, so I decided to loosely make my own recipe for you all.


1 head garlic (or to taste), diced ( I like lots of garlic for my hayfever)

1 onion, diced
1 large carrot, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 red capsicum, diced

1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced

1 handful spinach
1/2 cup broad beans (out of the pod)
6 dried chillies, sliced
2 tablespoon cumin
1 veg stock cube
1 tspn oregano
1 tblespoon paprika
1 tablespoon cocoa
2 cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can 4 bean mix, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup red lentils
1 can beer
tomatoes, diced


  1. Fry onion, carrot, garlic and celery for a couple of minutes or until soft.
  2. Add mushrooms and broad beans and cook another minute.
  3. Add cocoa, stock cube, spices and chilli. Stir gently so it doesn't stick and add water once you can smell the spices.
  4. Add the beans.
  5. Add tomatoes, 2 cups water and 1 cup beer. Turn heat down and simmer with the lid on.
  6. Cook about 30 minutes, more is fine to combine the flavours.
Variations: other veggies that work well include corn, zucchini, broccoli and cauliflower. You could also use black beans but I find these hard to find in Australia. They are occasionally available uncooked in the organic section of the supermarket in a packet or for $6 a small tin for the Amy's Organic brand. Chickpeas would also be good.

Serve with rice, tortillas, corn chips. guacamole, salsa etc

Things I like today

Such beautiful flowers! Pic from here
Such a beautiful dress

I just love this way of decorating the smallest room in the house!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

I wrote an article for Mix Tape on catering for vegans at dinner parties after going to a dinner party with a colleague of my husband a few months ago where the hosts were so uncomfortable and awkward that we wanted to leave. Yes we had offered to bring our own food, but they'd insisted on cooking. The food was absolutely lovely but it's hard to relax with people watching every bite anxiously. I'm not sure if they are like that with all their guests or it was just us....

Anyway, Mix Tape is a lovely crafty arty zine put together by the amazing Justine, and this is sadly their final paper issue...

Things I like today

I really like this tutorial for upcycling old rice paper light shades. I have a few dotted around the house just waiting for some decoration!

These are just too cute to eat! My cupcakes never look even vaguely professional. I tried making some vegan cupcakes for a Melbourne Cup Day barbecue and had a bit of a disaster. I forgot to put the Nuttlex in the batter then learnt that low fat Nuttlex really doesn't work the same as full fat vegan butter for icing. I ended up with a split but congealed mess! I read a lot of blogs and no one really talks about their cooking disasters.

I don't know why exactly but I find this backyard fascinating.

You put that costume on me,
I'm gonna hollow your head out
and put a candle inside.
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This entry from one of my favourite websites, Disapproving Rabbits, sums up my view of dresses up animals for festive occasions nicely!

Loving this comic strip by Allie on Adulthood and why I'll never be an adult.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Things I like today

If I wasn't living in a rental property I would totally decorate my walls like this

Quite an inspiring poster

Haven't heard from the White Stripes for a while...

And for the cutest website ever go here! Baby elephants are joy inducing!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Things I like today

I really like these posters inspired by American World War II propaganda posters!

Sometimes unfinished work is even more beautiful than that completed...

Gorgeous sketch work by Phillipe Constantine

Not a terribly practical bookcase but it looks good!