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Tuesday Tour: Swedish delight

Welcome to the home of Swedish Jewelry designer Stine A. Johansen. An eclectic mix of old, new and beautiful. When she isn't designing jewellry, Stine likes to dabble in other creative pursuits and has painted all of the artworks in her home... Take a look. I LOVE the natural timber finish on the floors and the muted tones of their decor choices. Just beautiful. It makes me feel calm looking at it all.

The beautiful nursery...

And the rest of Stines home...


So as part of my work avoidance scheme today, I decided to have a little play around with the way things look around here. NooshLoves is 18 months old and I thought she deserved a bit of a facelift - besides, I was a bit tired of the old design. Grey is much more my colour and I thought things should be a bit more simple. What do you think so far? More subtle alterations to come...

The $99 bed! Quick!

Not the super amazing quality photos I like to use but the deal is too good not to share! From tomorrow, Aldi have single beds for a measley $99!!! And mattresses to put on them for just $169!!! And if all this rain has you dreaming about flanny sheets, you can pick those up from tomorrow for under $20 too! See? Too good not to share. That is all. x

Mother's Day idea

This year is flying by faster than a ripe tomato at a bad show! Would you believe Mother's Day is just around the corner!? If your mum is anything like mine, coming up with a winning gift idea is more than an evenings work. I know the gifts she treasures most (like most mums) are the ones I didn't "buy" - you know, I either made her something, or the boys did her a special painting, or perhaps I wrote something long and sentimental in a homemade card.... Well, I've found the perfect thing for those types! A telegram!

Perfect right? Old fashioned, personal, steeped in memorabillia... But how? I hear you ask? Well, there's a website (isn't there always a website?) called Telegram Stop that specialises in sending old fashioned messages with "STOP"'s and all! For only a few hard earned clams you can send a message that looks like this...
Now all you need to do is think of something memorable to say!

ABCs Rock!

Complete TV addict that I am, I have to admit that I am a wincy bit excited that The Block is back!
I've been looking forward to 7 O'BLOCK for weeks - since the billboards went up actually. Tiny bit tragic? Perhaps. But I'm a total DIY, craft, renovating freak and to me this show is peaches and cream.

Even more so now that I've "met" the contestants and had a chance to find a fave couple. Yup - Sophie and Dale have won my heart. It was a total gimme when they decided to do a kids room for thier first Elimination Challenge room makeover and put this on the wall!
I love a bit of vintage style and these two have just pulled off the most magnificent kids space (complete with indoor swing!), it's just to die for from top to bottom. Check out the rest Sophie and Dales kids room. It's completely divine... Look for the map transfer onto timber palings (my favourite part besides the alphabet and the swing), and the "old-school" school desk... Do you love this look or is it just me?


For sale...

This lovely little piece of my handiwork is up for sale on eBay! So if you happen to be in Sydney or willing to arrange a courier, hop over here and take a look! Auction starting at a weasley 99c!

Ace space saturday

Another great space from Nicole today! The overall concept of this room is awesome. It's a great way to incorporate pops of colour into an otherwise grey palette, allowing a sophisticated space to develop with a "kid" edge. I love all the little details Nicole finds to style up the rooms she creates. The Lego toy storage boxes are fabulous. While as far as I can tell, they're only available exclusively for Store in the UK, you can still have one by simply using a package forwarding company like Bongo

Feeding hungry hoards

I was inspired by my own wee munchkins this morning to write todays post. Hugh seems to be on some kind of mega-growth-spurt at the moment and he has an appetite to match. This morning he ate 3 bananas for morning tea and then backed up less than 2 hours later for lunch!

After posting it on my status on Facebook, a friend who has two hungry older boys of her own, replied with the helpful tip - use the bananas to make banana bread! It'll make the fruit go further and fill the kids up faster... Obvious in hindsight but not something you think about when you look at the fruit bowl (unless the bananas are beyond their best).

With that in mind, I went on a bit of a research mission to find out a few more tips to make the food in the house go further. It's a timely quest I think - everyone is trying to tighten the belt with all the scary economic uncertainty floating around. Now I have to admit I was left fairly unimpressed by a lot of the ideas I found, but even if the idea's themselves weren't tantalising, some of them inspired a few ideas of my own. Here's a little round-up of the ones I want to try...

1. Crumbs
When cooking with minced meats, pad out the mixture with breadcrumbs. It not only creates a smoother texture in your finished product, it also makes great use of any stale bread you might have around. I often throw stale bread into the blender to crumb it and then freeze it in small portions to use for schnitzel and sausage roll mix...

2. Casseroles
Personally, not a fan. It reminds me of my least favourite dinners as a kid. However, there's something to be said for this school of thought. The idea is that when you put food into a casserole dish it instantly sees to grow somehow. I recently made an eggplant and potato gratin with mozzerella cheese and a tomato sauce baked in the oven. Similar to a casserole and certainly went further than the two small eggplant and two large potatoes would normally have gone - it lasted for two nights.

3. Leftover savers
I often find at the end of a meal there's a small amount of sauce leftover. Sometimes it's pasta sauce, other times it's a stirfry. A good tip I came across to make use of these  was to freeze them in ice cube trays. While there might not be enough to make another meal from, it's certainly worth saving them to add to future meals for extra flavouring.

4. Bulk up
With winter coming on we'll naturally be looking for heavier meal options. Don't let that rule out salads from your meal plans. Salads are a great option for a budget friendly dish and can easily be bulked up by adding carbohydrates or proteins to them. A couple of my favourites are using canellini beans or butter beans with tomatoes and cucumber, adding steamed or grilled vegetables to saffron rice and, my newfound love, adding quinoa to avocado, snow peas, chick peas and rocket. 

5. Oh nuts
On the same tangent, I often like to add cashews to stirfry and noodle dishes for an extra shot of protein. I'm fortunate enough to not have to worry about nut allergies in my house, and I find the boys request extra nuts on their plates at these mealtimes. Extra nuts means extra protein and longer sleeps so that's fine by me!!!

This is something that has really piqued my interest. If you like my ideas, let me know. It's something I want to find out more about and I'll be happy to keep sharing ideas as i find them. And if you have any sneaky ways to make the food go further at your place I'd love to hear them!

Tuesday Tour: The home behind the cute kids room

Today's tour comes via 1Kindesign. It's a gorgeous, modern light-filled haven that has managed to overcome the coldness that often comes with modern architectural designs by using lots of timber and natural stone finishes in it's decor. I'm particularly loving the slate feature walls in the kitchen and stairwell, and of course that library wall!!!

The cute kids room...

The rest of the house...

Gigi love

So proud to see Lilly & Lolly featuring the new Noosh Gigi in Bamboo on their newsletter this month! Gigi is even more stunning in this new finish and she's winning many hearts with her swarthy good looks! We've been having one or two issues getting them onto our website (tech savvy genius' that we are!) but they're definitely in stock right now and available, so if you'd like to order one please don't hesitate to drop me an email. x

YOUR Project: Inspiration Central

First of all, I can't thank you all enough for your gorgeous comments on my post about Noah's wee woes. I nearly fell off the sofa when I saw them all there waiting for me! You all really have put my mind at ease with your own stories and made me realise that my child perhaps isn't such a goose after all, but actually quite normal. Those mums over at that other page I was reading will probably all wake up with longer noses for all their boasting and (I'm sure) exaggerations... Stickers was a good one - we did that with Hugh and it was the thing that made the difference. Noah isn't motivated by stickers, though I know he is by chocolate. While I didn't want to reward him with sugar it might be the key... I'll definitely keep you posted.

But tonight, I wanted to talk about being inspired. At the moment I am feeling so totally inspired by everything I see - it's crazy and it's wonderful. It puts me in a better mood and I've been noticing how much more patient and "silly" I am with the boys because of it. It's actually quite fantastic. I'm absolutely bursting with ideas of things to make and do and if I could just learn to be a little more organised (which I'm working on), I'll find more time in my days to make them all a reality and then share them with you!

I spent last weekend up to my armpits in concrete making something very special for an upcoming Weekend Decorator and tonight I've been playing with a rope project. Can't wait to show you those!

But for now, I just want you to take a deep breath next time you leave the house. No matter how late you are (assuming you're anything like me you WILL be late for something), just breathe for a moment and take in your surroundings. Be it the weather, the sky, the texture of the tree trunk or even the light-play on your car. If you do this just one time each day, I guarantee within a week you'll feel brighter and more inspired to make and do. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of living in a city and we sometimes forget to "stop and smell the roses". Everything these days moves so fast we just need to make a conscious effort to slow down a little - after all, how are our wee ones going to keep up if we're in such a hurry al the time? You know what I mean.... Try it. I'd love to hear what you discover.
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