Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dream job.

I believe I have just found my perfect job.

Image: weheartit

A party fairy.

Dressing up, playing games and sharing laughter with children/fairy helpers. Don't forget fairy bread! What more could you want?!

In the perfect world, what would be your dream job?

Monday, May 30, 2011


Watson: Who are you? What do you do?
Sherlock: I'm a consulting detective. The only one in the world - I invented the job.

For some reason, despite my friend going goo-goo-gaa-gaa over it, we missed out on the airing of the television series Sherlock last July. Thanks to the wonderful internet and my boyfriend's mad skills, we've been able to watch it just this past week.

I understand the goo-goo-gaa-gaa-ing now.

This is how modern adaptations of classics should be done. It seemlessly incorporates new technology, and in a new and inventive way. The music also stands out - I love the kind of classic excitable background music, especially when Sherlock has just come to some groundbreaking realisation. There is no laziness to be found. The dialogue between Sherlock and Watson is fantastic, snappy and sassy. It's always moving - dragging you (happily) along with it. You're firmly glued to your seat, smiling (and occasionally squealing) at how awesome and amazing this show is.

We kept turning to each other saying "This is awesome!"

Dr. John Watson: Why didn't I think of that?
Sherlock: Cause you're an idiot. No, no, no. Don't be like that; practically everyone is.

So heartbroken that there was only three episodes in the first season. I want more!

I especially loved the apartment at 221B Baker Street. Fantastic set design. These small pictures will particularly fail at showing how awesome it is, so go check it out for yourself!

DI Lestrade: Sherlock, we --
Sherlock Holmes: Oh what now? I'm in shock! Look, I've got a blanket.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Royally inspired.

Boyfriend, if you see this - do not panic. pretty please? :)

Inspired by the Royal Wedding last month, I've been thinking of things I would like at my own wedding. Again, I'm no where near Marriage Land, but you know, every girl dreams :)

I've collected these images from here, there and everywhere over the last few years, so apologies for not citing them.

The Inspiration.

Fun, magical and exciting.

The Size.

A small and intimate affair please. I just want to be surrounded by love :)

The Setting.

The ceremony would take place outside, under a big tree in either a garden or forest.

The reception would then be a casual picnic of sorts, that carried on into the night.

The Bridesmaids.

My sisters will be my bridesmaids, in different colourful dresses that flatter them.

The Flowers.

A beautiful rainbow of colours! Ranunculus maybe? Roses? Peonies?

The Food.

(Artwork by Shirley Barber - from one of my favourite childhood books, Martha B Rabbit: The Fairy's Cook)

No gifts for our wedding please. Instead, bring a plate of food to share. A BBQ or something will be provided, and lots of champagne!

The Cake.

An ice cream cake, naturally!

The Hair.

I want to wear flowers in my hair! Who cares about the rest??? haha

The Dress.

Something fun, flirty and with a full skirt, like this:

And super cute and cheeky colourful shoes!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The mermaid is mine!

Estimated time of arrival: 9 July.

I am one super duper ooper lucky girl!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Mermaid blue.

Apologies for my absence this week. I've been caught up in car hunting. I tell you, in the past few weeks I have learnt a whole lot about the small cars available in Australia. I think though, that I've found the one that makes my heart flutter (who ever knew a car could have that power?!).

The Ford Fiesta WT LX Hatchback in Phantom blue.

Or, as I prefer to call it, Mermaid Blue.

Sample of Mermaid blue:

"Sisters of the Sea" by James Christensen

See? Definitely mermaid blue.

Monday, May 23, 2011

May the force be with you.

As well as a big love for hand knitted jumpers, I also have a growing love for big warm jackets. Especially with this terribly cold winter weather today .

Introducing my Yoda jacket:

My mum has a gumtree green yoda jacket. I've been jealous of it for years. It's super warm and snuggly and when you put the hood up, you transform into Yoda.

And look almost as cute as this Yoda puppy! (Image source: weheartit.com)

The blue isn't a super Yoda-ery colour, so maybe it should be my Jedi jacket?

Mum's gumtree green didn't suit me, so I was super excited when we went to the market and found the lady selling more Yoda jackets in different colours. Now all the market ladies in my family have a Yoda jacket to keep warm in at the markets. Horrah!

Hope you lovelies are staying warm in this cold!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Paper flowers.

Inspired by Eloise Corr Danch's beautiful paper flower designs, I attempted to make a paper flower bouquet as a centre piece for my birthday party. Aren't her designs beautiful?

Using scrap booking paper, tissue paper and good ol' PVA, I had a go a making a few. I used some of the skills my Nan had taught me in quilling. She always sends out birthday cards with some of her quilling artwork. Beautiful stuff. This isn't a card of hers, but it gives you an idea of what quilling is:

My own quilling samples (with horrible lighting):

While smaller flowers can be fiddly, they are more co-operative with PVA glue. I swapped to the hot glue gun a couple of times for the larger flowers. The larger ones were surprisingly time consuming, but those that I did make I'm quite proud of.

My baby bouquet

I think the above pink one is my favourite paper flower creation.

The red flower had a bit of zing and attitude to it.

I'll need to make a few more before I get a collection worthy of a centre piece, but I thought I'd share anyway. Until then , I shall continue to admire Eloise's beautiful work.

Friday, May 20, 2011

You Highness.

We went to see Your Highness last weekend. I had it in my mind that the film would be one similar to Stardust (2007); fun, adventurous and a bit more of a modern and adult fairytale. The trailer looked fun enough!
And with leads including Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel and James Franco, I was really looking forward to it. Danny McBride (the main character, Thadeous) is apparently a comedian, but I don't know anything about him beyond this movie.

While it did have some funny bits, the film did not fulfill my expectations. At all. For starters, it's a stoner film. The humour delivered was more of the crude teenage boy variety for the most part. I was hoping for quirky, harmless laughs and a few jeers at the fantasy genre. Occasionally they were there, but most of the time they were not.

Sometimes the pace of the film felt slow, and the pinnacle of the film (fighting the bad guy, as always) wasn't as tremendous as I felt it should have been. I like the modern language and such with the medieval costumes and fairytale nature of the story, but it became a little lazy at times too.

Beyond that, Isabel (Natalie Portman) was wayyy out of Thadeous' (Danny McBride) league. The cast seemed to clunk and clash rather than gel together smoothly. I love Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel, but they are both too good for this movie. James Franco is a bit of goofy fun, so he can stick around, but the leading ladies weren't right.

On the positive side? James Franco looked good. As did Natalie Portman. Courtney (Rasmus Hardiker, above left) was my favourite for a laugh.

Maybe if I went in with different expectations I would have enjoyed it more? I'm not sure. Wait to see it on DVD. Even then, rent it. Only if you really really really want to see it.

Your Highness = Stoner film.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


"I heard say the execution was very good, and I have a little neck", and then put her hands about it, laughing heartily"
- Account by Constable of the Tower, Anthony Kingston

Anne Boleyn is one of my favourite characters in history. She's just fascinating. Her relationship with Henry and the impact she had on history for love is huge.

Today, in 1536, Anne Boleyn was executed. She had been accused of high treason, adultery and incest. Many historians believe today that Anne was innocent of these charges. Instead of having her beheaded on the block (as her lovers were), Henry employed a French swordsmen to remove the queen's head.

While Anne never delivered Henry the son he so wanted, she produced one of the most famous, magnificent Queen of England, Elizabeth I.

Karma's a bitch, hey Henry?

For more tidbits of Anne info, check out this post :)

Edit: Just found this video and found it really interesting. Worth checking out :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

My wardrobe is whole again.

As mentioned previously, my much beloved knee-high flat boots are falling apart. I wore them practically everyday last winter and into spring. I loved and still love them so. However, they are broked. So I must move on.

The love of my boot life:

Tony Bianco Petal boots $249.95

I was super super lucky to get them as a birthday present from my mum last year. We'd gone boot hunting together, I found and fell in love with these but couldn't justify the price tag. I'm a girl that doesn't like spending heaps of money on one item. Op shops and sales are my friends. Sneaky Mum surprised me!

So fairly heartbroken when I discovered that they were broken. Plus, half my wardrobe was now broken. I needed that boot to take me into winter! To bring life and comfort and warmth to my thick black dress and colourful cardis combo. To take my summer dresses further into the cold than they'd ever been before.

The hunt for the new boot was on. My heart wasn't in it though. Nothing could replace my Tony Bianco Petal boots but another Tony Bianco Petal boot. I couldn't do that.

So you can imagine my surprise, while listlessly wandering my local shopping centre, when I stumbled across these:

Dotti Downtown Boot. Was $79.95, NOW $49.95

Identical! Almost.

I walked out of the store, then back in. Out and In. Should I? Shouldn't I? I'll at least ask for my size. They never have my size. They have my size?! Wow. They fit!


My wardrobe is whole again.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Snuggly time!

It's so cold! All I wanna do is crawl into bed and snooze the day away! Just like my lucky lil puppy here! Isn't she adorable?

Instead I'm trying to keep warm in all my winter woolies, most of them handmade items that I've collected from op shops. I seem to have a thing for pink and/or white woolen jumpers.

I've been wearing them with jeans and flats or casual shoes lately because my beloved knee-high boots are falling apart, meaning less dresses, tights and warm woolen knits. There goes my winter uniform! At least these are all super snuggly :)

Satisfying study.

I'm a procrastinator at heart. I'm wonderful at wasting time. Getting my butt into gear and settling down to do study when the deadline is far far away (November!) is difficult.

I've been trying to force myself to get into good study habits and being able to study for at least two hours a day. It's tough. But I've been trying to make it easier for myself.

iKou Aromacology oil burner melts in "Zen" (green tea and cherry blossom)

I've been trying to use these beautiful smelling melts when I sit down to study as my 'study smell'. Usually I love floral (especially rose), berry or sandalwood smells so this one is quite different from my usual smells. Does it work? I'm not sure. Hoping so.

A new lamp to help me light my way to enlightenment!

So fellow nerds, how do you study? What helps? What hinders? What helpful hints can you share?
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