Sunday, May 31, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Image made up empty bottles of things I have used this past year, things I have received, accumulated, broken and bought. Recycling at it's prettiest?
The '3' - Crabtree and Evelyn rose body wash (empty), Norsca deodorant (empty), Burt's Bees decolletage cream (empty), Decleor eye cream (empty, need more), porcelain Easter gift from mum which I superglued back together when it fell from my shelf when doing another pad reshuffle with candles from I don't know where and ribbon from Paper2, Moxie's, flower used in my profile pic, skull and felt cake broach, Chanel ring was a 30th gift (lucky me), broken iPod shuffle (too much running in the rain) have barely run at all this past year, not a step since the half marathon last October, plastic blue fan from The Society Inc., fake Rolex bought in Bali last year (broken), porcelain bird was a gift from my best friend (broken, the friendship not the bird), porcelain feather from The Society Inc., 30th birthday tag from my sis (still obsessed with Paris), vase from Industria Melbourne with dried flower (from bunch mum bought me as a housewarming gift), plastic ice cream cone (emptied of candy) via my nephew, pink sea urchin from The Society Inc. on Decleor moisturiser (empty), vintage pastry baking shells and pink striped mints from Donna Hay Cornerstore.
The '1' - Claus Porto soap packaged in vintage Portuguese paper, French bottle from Noosa, Cedel Hairspray (empty - love the colour of the bottle and the smell reminds me of getting ready for ballet), Daisy perfume from my angry little brother who bought me this for my 30th, a note from my little sis, a Paris post it note pad, a dried hydrangea from mum's garden."
This week we have been sending lots of newborn gifts and sibling presents from newborns. I wonder if it is a busy time in maternity wards!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Haven't seen them? Oh, you don't know what you are missing!! I have my brother to thank for these. "Jen, you have to get these things that the kids are riding all around the airport". Although I think it is probably my kids who should be thanking him. They LOVE them ...
Check out this youtube clip
Do I sound a little excited?? I am - these are gifts that are guaranteed to make a kid smile!! Click here to see them in our little shop
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Simply comment on this post and you will go into the draw 9pm next Monday night. Tell your friends with bubs -
Thank you for reading this blog :)
Monday, May 25, 2009
I am really looking forward to introducing our gift buyers to a beautiful new range of gifts!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
So, our twitter page will have random nothing'ssss but it will also keep those of you on Twitter already up to date with new products, sale information etc etc.
BTW - thanks for reading our blog!
The orange cover versions of Pride and Prejudice were a massive hit last year. It is exciting waiting for new products - knowing that our customers will love them and anticipating that they will make recipients smile :)
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
From her I learnt about the Heartfelt Exhibition. Click here to visit their site.
Here is a quote from their website:
22nd June - 3rd July 2009
MLC Gallery - 449 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW
Open Monday to Friday 11am to 6pm & Saturday 12 to 4pm
"The Australian Community of Child Photographers is a volunteer organisation of child photographers from all over Australia who have come together to form an organisation dedicated to giving the gift of photographic memories to families that have experienced stillbirths, premature and ill infants and children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units of their local hospitals, as well as children with serious and terminal illnesses. We are proud to have the opportunity to exhibit a selection of our photographs in order to raise awareness of the service we provide and to tell the stories of courage, heartbreak and hope of the everyday people with whom we are priviledged to work."
What a precious gift. To give parents a photo of their child. What special photographers to give of their time and services in this way.
1. How long have you been running your business? Little Home has been up and running for just under 1 year.
2. What were you doing prior to your current venture? I was working at The Hyatt Sanctuary Cove back of house in a few different roles.
3. If you had to choose your favourite product from your range, what would it be & why?This is a tough one but I think it would have to be the Garden Party cushion as it is reminiscent of the floral Missoni cushions that I adore.
4. What do you do to relax? I love to read a great book or magazine while eating chocolate in peace and quiet, without any little people asking me to do something for them for the 100th time!
5. If you were able to go wherever you wanted to this weekend, where would it be? It would have to be New York! It is one of the places I have never been but have always wanted to visit, it is going to be my next overseas trip.
6. What was the last thing that you purchased? Funnily enough (as I don't splurge very often) it was a gorgeous Zimmermann dress to wear to a friends birthday party.
7. Who lives at your place? Myself, my husband, my daughter Little Miss 6 and my son Little Mr 2
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
1. How long have you been running your business? Actually up and running - 1 Year
2. What were you doing prior to your current venture? Both of us have a young family but before becoming busy mothers we were both living in London - Bec was a Human Resources Manager and Yvette worked in Real Estate.
3. If you had to choose your favourite product from your range, what would it be & why? Our one and only teepee ……………. We are currently working on our next product and it takes time to create perfection!
4. What do you do to relax? Relax and …….. children ummmmmmm – well, on those rare occasions – we shop, catch up on magazines – we both love working on our home interiors
5. If you were able to go wherever you wanted to this weekend, where would it be? Bec would go to Santorini and Yvette would head to good old New York, New York!
6. What was the last thing that you purchased? Bec bought and IPhone, Yvette bought a laptop – and that’s not say we are technologically advanced!
7. Who lives at your place? Bec and husband Damien, daughters Jorja (6), Ava (3) and dog Windsor. Yvette and husband Tony and sons Lachlan (3) and Oliver (5 months)
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The mountains is one of our favourite places during Autumn. The colours of the leaves and the cool, crisp air is so refreshing. If only it could be bottled! I had 3 days of treats. Thomas' school had a Mother's Day breakfast on Friday, he and I went to a musical on Saturday night and on Sunday he and Milly produced very cute cards and little treats just before then sun came up. Henry gave his usual cuddles which I am cherishing - he is 7 months old this week. Time is flying ...
The role of a mum is a very special one and a privilege. It can also be hard work! To all of our mums, I hope that you had a lovely day.
(I had already started on mine when I took this photo. Henry was happy on my knee but I wasn't sure how long he would last. Babies don't really equate with slow eating! I wanted to remind myself to bake some ricotta this week. It was similar to an AWW baked ricotta with chillies and olive oil that I used to make.)
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Friday, May 8, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Prior to Christmas we were using a caterer for our meals for survival. I am enjoying being back in the kitchen, but the simpler the better.
Here is the chicken pie recipe found on page 118
2 sheets puff pastry
440g can condensed cream of chicken soup (she used chicken & mushroom)
1 cup cooked chicken without skin, cubed (can be bbq chicken. Melinda had roasted one)
500g frozen mixed vegies, thawed
Preheat oven to 180C. Line a greased pie dish with the first sheet of puff pastry (Melinda left this one out). Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl, season with salt and pepper and pour into pastry. Cover with remaining sheet, seal edges well by pressing with a fork. Cut several slits in the pie lid and bake for 30 minutes, or until lid is golden brown.
Monday, May 4, 2009
I hadn't planned on watching any tv tonight, but Henry was awake and he was happy lying in my arms until he fell asleep. I am glad the the tv was on because it meant that I came across a re-run of ABC's Australian Story on Charmaine Dragun. It reminded me of why we are so passionate about Beyond Blue. All money raised from our gift wrapping is donated to the cause.
We know many, many people who struggle each day with depression for all sorts of reasons. We also know many people who have battled depression and have come out the other side. Depression is something that I knew very little about until the last few years. It seems so very prevalent and yet so misunderstood in society. It is not something that I have personally experienced, but it has some of those whom I love.
Beyond Blue has a very helpful checklist that identifies some of the signs of depression. Please help those that you know who you think may suffer from it. They really do need our love and support.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
We have one of these gorgeous cushions to give away (not mine!) in the Pressed Flower design (Amy Butler fabric). To enter, simply comment on this entry with the names of the three departments that the cushion can be found at http://www.mummysfavourite.com.au/. One lucky reader will be chosen at random on Friday evening at 9pm. Good luck! Thank you Renata from Little Home :)
Friday, May 1, 2009
I love this quote on her website: "The goal is not to change your subjects, but for the subject to change the photographer."
Click here to visit her website: http://www.netrachetty.com.au/