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Cabin Fever – and some link love

11 Jun

It’s been a while. I haven’t posted, because I haven’t had anything to write about it – literally. In the past week and a half I have left the house only to go to the doctor and supermarket. Otherwise, my time has been spent trying to keep warm, laying on the couch under a mountain of blankets and coughing. Violently.

Not exactly fun or wonderful. My mind is still buzzing with all sorts of ideas, but I can’t do anything. I want to see people, but it’s not reasonable to inflict this on someone else. So, it’s horrible, but it is hardly the kind of stuff I want this blog to be about. The show will go on.

In the meantime, here are some of the things I have been amusing myself with from bed:

  • I want gradient tights! The Coveted has a very straight forward tutorial on how to do this at home, rather than paying $88+ for a single pair (I’m sure they are lovely, but with the lifespan of my tights, no thanks).
  • Cornify is the best invention known to mankind. Rainbows, hearts, unicorns and sparkles make EVERYTHING better. Presenting.. me, cornified. It’s like Blingee for cool people. Or dorks. You decide. 
  • Hyperbole and a Half has been amusing me to no end, especially this post on sneaky hate spirals! My favourite part: a man, throwing a stone at a bird, while screaming “stop taunting me with your powers of flight!”
  • This Coca-Cola vending machine skirt is a completely ingenious idea by a Japanese designer, to help women ward off attackers. It’s based on the idea of a ninja disguising themselves at night. Designer Aya Tsukioka says, “These ideas might strike foreigners as far-fetched, but in Japan, they can become reality.” I love this – I wish that far-fetched, magical, imaginative innovations were realistic everywhere..
  • Cheap Chic Weddings just announced the winners of their annual toilet paper wedding dress competition; I am so amazed. Here is a detail of one of the dresses:I only found out about the competition after it closed, but I would love to enter next year. It could be a really fun excuse to have friends over, make cupcakes and mocktails, and spend a day making dream dresses!
  • I have been daydreaming constantly about Rupert; we finally get to meet him tomorrow, and the nervous excitement is almost too much! It is going to be a huge adjustment for everybody, and I’m really scared about the possibility of it not working out.. but I’m hopeful. I mean, look at this gorgeous little guy!
  • Finally: Pip from Meet Me at Mikes is running a super cute project/competition – The Envelope Project. The idea is to decorate an envelope, fill it with a couple of pretty paper/crafty things and mail it to her – she will display the envelopes in her storefront and one lucky person will receive the contents of ALL the envelopes at the end. I’m definitely planning on entering.

What interesting things have you came across recently?

xx B

But for now..

14 May

I can’t just leave you with nothing. So, here are some other gorgeous things I’ve come across on teh interwebz (and in real life) this week:

1. Despite the fact that I almost always wear skirts and dresses, I only have a handful of pairs of really boring black opaque tights – this must change! These gorgeous Les Queues des Sardines stockings are screen printed by hand in limited editions. Want, want, want. The only place in Australia that sells them is in Sydney, alas.

2. Often, I find that every single pair of socks I own are in the wash at the same time. Nathanator realized my plight and did something particularly gorgeous last night – totally unexpectedly, he brought me home a cute little pair of pink sheepskin boots and a bunch of thermal explorer socks (IN CUTE COLOURS AND STRIPES, as opposed to all the ‘man’ colours they normally have). I’m so lucky to have a man who cares about my feet!

3. I’ve been reading up on how to grow strawberries (among other things) – last winter I totally forgot that you actually have to plant things at certain times of the year and missed out. My Dad has strawberries, mint, spinach, tomatoes, .. everything growing in his little inner-city garden – if he can do it, I should be able to, right? I found these ones via flickr and they look almost too good to be true – I can’t believe they came from someone’s garden.

nom nom nom nom nomimage via..

4. I chanced upon a really thorough and detailed corset-making tutorial that I can’t wait to try. The only thing putting me off is the huge amount of specialized materials involved, and it seems like something you get better at over time. But then I see pictures of Dita von Teese and I forget all that!

5. Back on house decorating, it often seems like most of Australia is stuck in this mid-nineties super-masculine sterile minimalist rut. A lot of people here build houses with companies who only offer a few design options – you only really get to pick out things like wall colours and doorknobs, but again, from a very limited range. As a result, a lot of people’s houses look pretty much the same, and people tend to buy/arrange furniture in the same sparse style they saw it in the example house. When looking for design inspiration, I often feel a bit lost and having to turn to international blogs and magazines, which presents even MORE problems because all the retailers are overseas! Here are some photos from my house inspiration folder (I’ve had them for a long time and have lost most of the sources, but if you know, let me know?):

We have doors exactly like this and far too many books; the plan is to build the bookcases from scratch. Summer project, I think!

This is what I want my room to look like! I love the colour - no wimpy non-committal 'feature wall', it's fierce.

I love the blue/green in an otherwise white kitchen, and how there is so much going on, but it still feels clean, light and airy - via Apartment Therapy.

I love thoughtful arrangements of photography and art - whether it's a grid or something more freeform. And mismatching cushions win, at everything.

6. I rediscovered Ruffled this week – a blog full of eye candy for anybody planning a unique vintage-inspired wedding. Being so geographically isolated from the rest of the world, it often feels like a lot of people in Australia are very behind on trends or stylistic ideas; conservative and scared to stray from what is ‘accepted’. I guess the same is true of how people decorate their houses. It’s a little bit sad – shouldn’t a wedding be a reflection of the couple, their unique style and interests, rather than a “we must have fifty million roses and the bridesmaids need matching haircuts and my shoes must match my dress and we need white taffeta on EVERYTHING, in a church (even though we’re not religious) with silver ribbon everywhere… and doves” affair? This couple is from the latest post on Ruffled, wearing a tweed jacket and a vintage dress found on eBay, and I think they look beautiful.

If I ever get married – we would eat cake, drink soda, dance to our favourite music, Nath wants to wear a top hat, I want to wear a tea-length peach dress with a magenta sash, and we want figurines of Mario and Princess Peach on top of a cake (or Skeletor and Lady Lovelylocks). Actually, I’m lazy – we’d probably just elope.

xx Bunny

Saturday Seven #1

8 May
  • I am completely in lust with the Graham & Green spring collection; so sad that they won’t deliver to me, down here at the bottom of the world. Makes me sad, because I’m pretty sure my life will always feel empty and incomplete without this dressing table –
  • Pink hair rocks my socks off. But I am still fretting about whether or not to just do it. Sigh. Every time I think I have made up my mind, I get scared. Maintenance scares me. The fact that a super bright colour will draw attention, so running into the supermarket with no makeup and trackpants won’t really be an option anymore. And makeup – having a brighter colour will mean wearing more makeup so I don’t look like a ghost.  And I’m still not even sure that pink is the right choice.. there are a few other colours that might be a better option.Right now, it’s narrowed down to hot pink (like the picture), bright red, natural red, blonde or dark brown – what do you think?
  • Ordering pizza from the internet is so embarrassingly exciting. Even if it’s super expensive and not great pizza. Bad thing about living in Geelong – I really wanted Vietnamese food delivered. Oh well.
  • It’s not all bad in this little town though. Geelong Lyric Theatre Society is doing Monty Python’s Spamalot right now – from all accounts, it’s pretty fun. I think Miss Jessie Upton and I are going next week, but if you want tickets call GPAC on 5225 1200 or book online. Nathanator is stage managing, so if something goes wrong we can blame it on him!
  • Dreams of Flying by Jan von Holleben is one of my favourite things ever – it’s a collection of photos of people laying on surfaces, posed as though they were flying. I came across this years ago, but end up revisiting it all the time.
  • Go here and have a listen. The band is Carolina Chocolate Drops, an old-style Southern band made up of fiddle, banjo and a hell of a voice. I really want the album Genuine Negro Jig – especially because of their cover of Blu Cantrell’s Hit ‘Em Up Style.
  • Nath turned me onto this really handy tool – Kuler. It’s a community based around making gorgeous 5-colour palettes; when I get my office set up again and start making things, I can see a lot of potential uses for this. Otherwise it’s great for inspiration. Licorice Oz is my favourite  –

Happy Saturday!
xx Bunny

Cement Machine

5 Apr

I have the flu. Kill. Me. Please.
It feels like my sinuses have been pumped full of cement. Heavy head, swollen neck, aching jaw, raging fever, and total feeling of malaise so bad that I wish I could just have my entire body amputated.. from itself.

Therefore, I am going to share with you some of the things that have amused me while I’m in Deathville (aka bed, swimming in a sea of tissues):

  • Francis Lam at Salon gives some tasty torture tips for making marshmallow peeps brŭlée – the comments are too funny.
  • I wish someone would buy me all the Penguin clothbound hardback classics, they are so beautiful:
  • Knitting a scarf, eating nutella and avoiding my Hamlet essay, due next week.
  • And finally, this is the trailer for the documentary film Nath, Aaron and I went to see on Friday:

xx Bunny Florentine

Vortex

27 Mar

via Perry Bible Fellowship:

(it is too big for the column, which refuses to stretch, so click for full size)

Also, I had fruit loops. At 6pm, shortly after waking up. I guess this makes them dinner and breakfast.

xx

Omgz, or something

26 Mar

Today, I woke up feeling totally refreshed. I’ve had ridiculous stress acne along my jaw lately for the first time in my life, but this morning it finally seemed to have cleared up. It was warm but overcast, slightly humid and a bit windy; perfection.

So I got up from my huge bed piled high in Egyptian cotton sheets and hot men, pulled on my vintage silk robe and wandered out to my provincial kitchen, full of totally necessary but aesthetically concealed modern gadgets. Awwww… Mummy had stopped by and made blueberry pancakes! Blood orange juice, pour moi? Posie and Xiao-Gui were frolicking outside the French doors, amongst the heirloom roses in my Dan Bifano-designed garden – yes, that’s right, I bought Oprah’s Montecito teahouse. Actually it was more of a gift.. you know, in honour of my incredible contribution to literature, art, music and human rights. And awesomeness, obviously.

The rest of the day was spent reading books specifically written with my tastes in mind, listening to my favourite bands perform live for me in my acoustically perfect living room, checking out the Shih Lin Night Market in Taipei, a gigantic dinner party with people I adore, the perfect gift of a magical ‘delete’ button to banish all noise and rubbish from my life, and finally.. fairy bread.

Okay, so maybe that’s all lies. Ignore me… DISTRACTION – aren’t these guys adorable? The one on the right looks like a fluffy bowling pin:

I think they win at life today. I met two gorgeous silky ferrets going for a walk down Bourke Street yesterday though, so they get the gold medal for yesterday.

Okay, so everything sucked balls today. Crusty, hairy ones with some sort of horrible as-yet unclassified STD and an unsettlingly floral fragrance. No cure, but the treatment involves sharing the mundane junk that amused me today between all the actual junk:

  • Dina Goldstein’s Fallen Princesses – photographs of Disney princesses at odds with reality. Snow White with crying babies on her hips, Cinderella drinking alone in a seedy bar, Pocahontas watching TV in the dark surrounded by a million cats.
  • China’s aerospace program has set a prerequisite for any prospective female astronauts; they must be married and a mother. Because you know, any other type of woman really isn’t human – it’s probably this assumption, even more than the discrimination, that makes me angry. But… whole ‘nother post. Or ten.
  • David Lee Roth’s undeniably unique vocal stylings.
  • And I have decided, after much careful consideration and reading a thousand and one reviews – I want this one.

Miz Opheeelia in da house, doggerz!!!!!!!!!1eleven

Or something. xx