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Today I love….Floods, Bumps, Drips and Grandma’s Soup….

15 Jan

Well, here I was….on my last and final day of holidays – my computer and internet are playing up no end and I have both good and bad news to share with you my lovely little readers! I have been completely and totally hippy-fied for the 20th time in my life – I think I need to move here! I love my mountain…Mt. Warning, NSW….no dreadlocks here….

but every time visit, a tiny little piece of the loveliness here….comes home with me….to share with you!!!

1.Torrential rain on arrival

  1. The chance we may be flooded in/out of Tyalgum NSW for the first few days
  2. Spiders and funny smells in an old house
  3. Dad – man it’s hot
  4. Burns and cuts on arrival
  5. What day is it? From Grandma
  6. A lost suitcase on arrival
  7. Dad – man it’s hot
  8. A found and delivered suitcase…followed by the unfortunate news the courier suffered an accident on the way back and was now in hospital
  9. What day is it? From Grandma
  10. Ah…the pool at the Local….sunshine and joy all round…..

 

  1. Dad – man it’s hot
  2. New Years Eve
  3. Trying to go to the local with my man
  4. Have we had Xmas? Grandma
  5. Dad – man it’s hot
  6. A day at the local pool/pub – fun all round!!
  7. What day is it? From Grandma
  8. BOTH children getting stung by Bluebottles at Byron
  9. Dreamworld – wooooooooooooo – ouch…..
  10. Meet the rellos – sunshine, lollipops….then…torrential rain! What a surprise!!
  11. White water World in the rain – still warmish
  12. Dad – man it’s hot
  13. Calm…..the children and Mr. Big leave
  14. Mail problems
  15. Finding treasures from Grandma’s troves….ooooh my pretties!!!
  16. What day is it? From Grandma
  17. Real estate hell – Man I am HOT!!!
  18. Dad – man it’s hot
  19. Looking at land, plans and mud
  20. Movies with Grandma
  21. What am I doing? From Grandma
  22. Floods in Brisbane – only 100km away
  23. TV for 2 days watching the floods and waiting to see if it hits here
  24. Trip to town wooooooo
  25. Dad – man it’s hot
  26. Flood here? Lots of rain….we’ll see….
  27. Won a competition – won another competition
  28. Grandma – please buy a Tatts ticket
  29. Shopped till I dropped at Pacific Fair
  30. Buy LCD day clock for Grandma – note to self – send calendar as well, new smoke alarms, pill holder and batteries – (for smoke alarm!)
  31. Flood in Melbourne – will we get home??
  32. Dad – man it’s hot
  33. Packing to go home – man I’m HOT!!!!
  34. What time do you have to leave?? From Grandma
  35. Have you fed the dogs Grandma? Yes, I think so…..
  36. Suffered numerous internet and keyboard difficulties – this has taken me oh maybe 1.5 hours to type! If you know me, that is NOT GOOD AT ALL
  37. What day is it today? = Grandma
  38. Woah I am HOT!!!
  39. What time do you have to leave?? From Grandma
  40. Oh how will you fit all that in your case Catrina?? = Grandma, I can do it woman! Watch me!!
  41. Grandma’s special Chicken Soup – man that’s good!!!
  42. What time do you have to leave?? From Grandma
  43. Dad – man it’s hot
  44. Oh, wine…no I shall not whine at all….I believe I have earnt my wine today!!!
  45. Home soon folks……….love ya xx

P.S. Support, kudos, love, hugs and mucho thanks go to everyone supporting and helping us here in Australia, not just Queensland who have been or are affected by the floods in our country……..

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Today I love…Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas!!!

24 Dec

Sleigh bells are ringing….

I can hear carols singing….

I may be offline for a few days….I have bags to pack and presents to wrap…and then……unwrap!!! 🙂

I am crossing everything that I will get internet in the sticks of NSW…..please send all orders/enquiries and any other love you want to send to me at: catrinamurray@yahoo.com.au…..I hope you and yours all have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! XXXOOO MWAH my ❤ darlings!!!

To all my lovely people at What I Love Today and Just For You Jewels…..I wish you all…..a whole lotta love and hugs and lovely, wonderful, safe, healthy (well, kinda! Cheers!!) and most of all…..FUN Christmas and New Years Eve…Mwah and hugs to you all….and enjoy my Christmas album….all images are courtesy weheartit.com

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Today I love….just looking at weheartit all the time!!!

21 Nov

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Today I love….Choc Chic

12 Oct

Oooh, oooh, ah-ha!

You’ll be saying that too after you see these little beauties!!

Go on!

 

The two best things ever in this world – shoes and chocolate….are now combined!!! Wish I had thought of this idea….if only they would ship to me down under!

Here are just a few of their designs:

I love this from their site as well:

“Serving suggestion

We’ve heard people like to fill their chocolate shoes with champagne, drink the champagne from the shoe, then eat the shoe. Sounds good to us”

Chocolate Shoes and Handbags | Bristol chocolate shoe and Handbag makers

Today I love….Kawaii

3 Oct

Am I speaking English?

Well maybe not…..Kawaii is……

literally, “loveable” “cute” or “adorable” and has become a prominent aspect of Japanese popular culture, entertainment, clothing, food, toys, personal appearance, behavior, and mannerisms.[1]

I found Kawaii – thanks to Blythe, and my sister-in law’s Footpath travels to overseas lands….

One really cool site I love, love, love checking in on all the time is Spoonflower – last month they had a Kawaii competition for the best Kawaii fabric design! Here it is….

BYE 🙂

For now!!! 🙂

Today I love….lovely little owls…..

3 Oct

Today I love….Shellac Take FOUR….

20 Sep

I’ve had the Shellac now since take one folks….you can find those posts here#1 and here#2 and here#3….

I didn’t like the colours I got from take two and take three…there were just blah….maybe mixed with the others they may liven up but not to my liking at all – however…the other colours seriously rock and are so damn shiiiiiiiny you will NOT believe it people!!!

All just for you….my loyal bloggie readers…..

So now…..I know you are waiting for this one!!

I present to you – TAKE FOUR!!!

All thanks to the lovely, luscious and leggy ladies at Buff Me Up – Thornbury…


How much do ya love it???

As much as me?? YAY for Shellac!!! …… 🙂

Today I love….FOUND! The Athletic Dress!

17 Sep

Did you see my post about the awesome Athletic Dress I found by ‘All About Eve’ not long ago?

You can find it here

Well, I’ve been on the hunt and I am oh so happy to say that I have found a similiar item for half the price! Only $30 plus delivery! Instead of $59! I rock!!

What a super shopper I am! I think it’s a very good alternative and is definitely on my wishlist!

It is available here

This one is also good (as seen on Mary-Kate)

Only $35 plus delivery – from here

Or for a bit more spring colour:

Only $30 plus delivery – from here

Today I love….ddung Alice….

17 Sep

Did you see my very old post about ddung the tiny cute doll?

You can find it here

Well, I finally found a good one and she has arrived!!!

Isn’t she just oh, so cute???!!!

Both pics courtesy flickr.com

And here are some other little cuties I found for you!

Both images courtesy weheartit.com

This is the next one on my wishlist:

Yum, yum!!

Today I love….United Nude’s Dark Shop

9 Sep

Did you see my post about the United Nude Lo-Res Footwear?

United Nude Lo-Res design process: “makes existing objects even more beautiful by envisioning them with 3D software in a lower resolution”

If not, you can find it here

Well, guess what?

They have a brand new store in Manhattan, NYC!!!

Designed by United Nude’s creative director, architect Rem D Koolhaas…..

You will NOT believe this store!

Is it a nightclub or shop?

Decide for yourself……

If you live near Manhattan and you visit the store, PLEASE let me know!! Go on!!

I found it here:

Dark Shop on Cool Hunting

Today I love….Are you there blog?? It’s me, Cat….

8 Sep

Sorry! Sorry! Sorry!

‘BIG’ apologies to you all….and ‘cue’ the violins please…..

Guess what???

I’m back!!!!

Yes, I have dropped off the radar lately….and I must apologise….I have been in the midst of starting an online business and hence have been flat out like a lizard drinking!! (Australian slang term)

So to you, my loyal reader, I am still here and will have some exciting news for you in the next few days to share with you all…..

In the meantime, have a little spew in your mouth or get a great big tear in your eye for these gut wrenchingly gorgeous photos…..

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All courtesy We Heart it

Today I love….A Patchwork Pillow

29 Aug

Awwwww…..what a great idea for balloons!!

So, so simple and so, so lovely!!! Go Martha, go!!!

A Patchwork Pillow – The Crafts Dept..

Today I love….Meringue Rings

27 Aug

I’m a fidgeter…what about you???

I like to fidget….so I believe I really, really, really need one of these…or maybe more than one???

I love, love, love them so much I just want to eat them all up right now!!!

“Check out this tasty looking ring! The important word to look out for in the previous sentence is ‘looking’, the ring might look like a tasty little meringue, but unfortunately (or fortunately) they are not made out of egg whites and sugar, but industrial grade silicone, the kind of stuff that’s in your bathroom…But lets look at this in detail, shall we? Designed to look just like a little meringue, these rings are absolutely uber-delish. The silicone that’s used by German designer Tanja Hartmann makes those rings look so real that you immediately want to start sucking on them. Luckily they are made out of silicone and not sugar and egg whites, because that makes them a lot more durable then the real thing and trust us, sucking on your finger doesn’t really go down all that well in public.

In any case, the ring comes in 3 sizes, and whilst the silicone is stretchy, don’t opt for the smaller size, it will be so tight that it’s uncomfortable!

Now order the ring and start googling for the meringue recipe, we can tell you’re already anxious for a soft and fluffy sugar thingy…”

And they are cheap, cheap, cheap!!! Yay for us!!!

What do you think?

Well, my meringue recipe is now definitely coming and on the way folks….stay tuned!!!!

All images courtesy We Heart It

Meringue Rings – US Store View – English

Today I love….Mosaic Heels

23 Aug

I stumbled across these pictures today and thought they were all really great…..what a lot of work and what a great idea…..

Today I love….Under-estimating the eating power of Amen….

21 Aug


“I wanna take a minute or two and give much respect to….a man who’s made a difference in my world….”

“Whatta man, whatta man, whatta mighty, mighty good man!!”

“Yes my man says he loves me, never says he loves me not….”

But guess what? He is THE biggest carnivore I have ever known…and that is saying something considering I lived with 5 big growing males at one time in my life….so here is the ultimate menu for my Mr. Big….I hope you have already eaten…please do not look at this post if you are hungry!!! :0

Appetizer – Ribs

Entree – Pizza

Main course – Pasta

Dessert….ice cream, of course….

I know….this is definitely not Mr. Bigs’ style…but it is sooo good I just had to share!!

This is more to his taste…..

Mmmmmmmmmm…………

YUMMO!!!!

All images courtesy We Heart It unless otherwise specified….

Today I love….Turning your light off….

16 Aug

Oopsie!!!

I keep turning Mr. Bigs’ light off!

What the hell? I hear you say….

Let me explain….

At some point in my life….(we’ll just blame my thrifty pom Mother for this influence!)….

I have been taught to always turn the light off when leaving a room….so every now and again, I leave the room and turn the light off when Mr. Big is still there and leave him sitting in the dark! He is not very impressed at all….but I just can’t help it! Tonight after being left in the dark, he said to me – “Thanks for that”, so I walked off and thought he was giving me a compliment for something! As I said, oopsie!!!

To my Mr. Big, I sincerely apologise for all the other times I will definitely turn off your light!!!

This is kinda the reverse of how some people can’t close doors after they enter them – in aussie land we call this being born in a tent!

What do you do unconsciously???

All images courtesy We Heart It

Today I love….Sliding Doors

16 Aug

Why did my life turn out this way?

Don’t get me wrong – the problem isn’t that I am not happy – I believe I am very happy….and I am thankful for my life….I am (reasonably) healthy, employed and loved, well housed, fed and clothed….I don’t actually want for much at all!

When I was growing up, I always envisaged that I would be in a different place to where I am now….

For instance….by time my Mother was my age, she had an 8 year old daughter (me) and another baby imminently due! (my brother)….of course times change….

Me, on the other hand….no children of my own (yet) but I do help look after Mr. Bigs’ kids every 2nd weekend and school holidays etc. and they are a lovely little handful of joy!!!

We do have plans however…

I thought I would have travelled the world….

I thought I would have bought 1 (if not 2) house(s) and/or made my dream home into dreamy spaces….

I thought I would have made a career for myself (not just a job!) and found my niche in the world…..I always thought I was here to make a difference in others lives….

I can’t help myself thinking….what if?

I have some regrets, yes….but what if I had taken that job?

What if that boyfriend didn’t dump me?

What if I had taken that choice instead of this one?

What if I had taken that road instead of this one?

What if someone had told me all those years ago, how hard it was going to be for me to own my own home…would I have listened? I like to think so….but I am probably kidding myself!

So now, I have some work to do….by the time I am 40 I have some things that I simply must do! So, I’ll need to write my list of things to do before 40 very soon! Stay tuned for that post!

I need to achieve…..I need to find my purpose in life and I need to be happy with the path I am on and I need to love, love, love myself again and not feel like such a failure all of the time….

I also want to know….what would you have told your younger self?

Today I love….Freebies!!!

13 Aug

Talk about a competition!!

“Tag it to win it”

This one is awesome….and even though the idea may not be original, thanks to Ikea, it’s probably the first Australian based company to attempt a facebook based viral marketing campaign….so good on them!

Guess what? It means we get free stuff!!!

But you have to be quick with those fingers on the mouse people!!

When you can get awesome, groovy items like this for free, why not give it a go??

Surf Stitch is Australia’s #1 online surf store.

Like all great surf companies, Surf Stitch began in the backyard shed of one of its creators, with a small budget and a grand vision. Now, with a showcase store in the heart of Sydney’s surfing mecca of the northern beaches and a warehouse brimming with the newest and coolest gear, Surf Stitch is ready to satisfy your hunger.

So grab all your surf gear online now!

We stock all the well known brands
such as Billabong, Rip Curl, Volcom, Rusty, Insight, Nixon, Von Zipper, Element and Tigerlily together with many other brands that are more unique and harder to find online. We pride ourselves on having the strongest range of surf hardware in the country with the experience to match (from wetsuits, deck pads and triple board bags, to comp leg ropes and fins; we have you covered). Our guys stuff includes Tees, Boardshorts, WalkShorts, Singlets, Jeans, Jackets, Hats, Watches, Sunglasses, Backpacks, Footwear and much more. Our girls range includes Swimwear, Tees, Singlets, Dresses, Boardshorts, Jeans, Skirts, Handbags, Thongs and Shoes together with all the key necessities. And don’t forget the kids and toddlers range, with swimwear, tops, rash vests and shoes – nothing too cute can be missed.

And look what the lovely, funky folks at Surf Stitch did for me and a (now) friend on Facebook – a friendly competition (within the competition) to get their customers really revved up and passing the word around to all their friends about the company! So hey, please go and take a minute and vote for Team Cat!! Just click on the pic, like the Surf Stitch page and away you go…..

Today I love….United Nude Lo Res

9 Aug

OH. MY. GOD.

Möbius

“The United Nude Möbius is the launch product of the United Nude brand. Since then it has become an icon in the world of design. Conceptually, the shoe is a möbius band where a single strip forms the sole, heel,foot-bed and upper.”

I am having major heart palpitations here at my desk folks!

For those of you that do not already know, I am a fully qualified shoemaker (Diploma Textiles, Clothing and Footwear) and I also have 5 industrial machines at home just sitting there, waiting and ready for me to use them one day. “What?!” I hear you say – “Why is she sitting on this wonderful talent??!!” Unfortunately the bills have to be paid folks and if I sat at home all day making shoes (which, mind you does take a very long time – about 4o processes go into making one pair of shoes!) I would be living in the gutter before you could say jump…..

So anyhoo, when I saw these super awesome wonderful shoes, I really appreciated the design and architecture (yes, you will see soon; I can call it that!) from a shoemaking point of view. These shoes are wonderful, beautiful and attention seeking works of art, that also look (surprisingly) very comfortable to wear. I just have to cross my fingers and toes now that they bring me a store down under in the very near future!!!


Mono Jane

The United Nude Mono Jane is a classic Mary Jane wedge molded from lightwewight material. Its sleek design equally combines comfort and elegance. Available in nine summer colours.

Eamz

The United Nude Eamz is conceptually inspired by a furniture design classic; the Charles and Ray Eames chair. The United Nude Eamz shoe is an ode to their vision.

Loop

The United Nude Loop is a revolutionary shoe silhouette, formed by dramatically molding the strongest plastics in the world. The design is based on a simple concept of penetration: a floating foot-bed slips through a sexy loop, functioning as both heel and upper.

Ruby

The United Nude Ruby is a sleek, elegant and comfortable slip-on. The Ruby features a slick molded heel that has the appearance of a smooth jewel.

Cup

The United Nude Cup is a sculptured heel piece which literally ‘cups’ the heel of a classic shoe and also acts as a backpiece. Available in four exciting new styles and a multitude of eye-popping colours.

Fold

The United Nude Fold is about the fluent movement of a single strip. The strip folds around the foot front-to-back-to-front like a scarf.

Elastic

The United Nude Elastics are all made with United Nude custom designed materials. The style is dominated by bright colours and linear patterns.

Lo Res

The United Nude Lo Res is part of a new semi-automatic design method by United Nude. An object is digitally scanned into a 3D computer model and regenerated into various resolutions. The Lo Res shoe is part of an automated design revolution.

United Nude Shoes Online Store | Spring Summer 2010 Range

They also do boots – check out the pocket and Bubble boot!!

Today I love….Evernote

4 Aug

One of the things we will all remember about him is the notepad….
Whenever you had a problem or a question, out would come the trusty notepad and pencil (always a pencil, and always sharp!) to weigh the pros and cons of the situation and discover the best path for you to take….I myself am an avid note-taker….
So here’s hoping that Evernote will help me in the digital age….

Make a note.

Or 500,000 of them.

Love the slogan….unfortunately I don’t have a top pocket to keep my notepad and can’t keep track of my keys….let alone a notepad all the time….(sorry Bump!)

Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your notable life using your computer, phone, and the web.

Get started today with a free account.

Put your thoughts, ideas, inspiration, and things to remember all in one place. Use Evernote for work, for play, and for everything that’s noteworthy. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Snap a photo of a business card with your phone, and have an easy way to store and access contacts.
  • Capture plane tickets and confirmation numbers, hotel invoices, and receipts for your expense reports.
  • Get inspired. Keep a file of anything cool you want to buy for yourself or as a gift, whether it’s online or out in the real world.
  • Keep notes from your meetings all in one place. Take a picture of a whiteboard and you’ll be able to find it later.
  • Plan your next trip. Clip web pages, maps, and itineraries. Capture sights, sounds, tastes, and anything else.
  • Research web sites and clip pages directly from your browser.
  • Keep a record of your favorite wines by snapping a photo of the label when you find one you like.
  • Remember the things you were supposed to remember. Create to-do lists, jot down random thoughts, leave a voice memo, and more.
  • Create notes right from Twitter and save tweets that you like by following @myEN on Twitter. Learn more »

Discover more great ways to use Evernote on our blog or get a first-hand tutorial on our videos page.

Don’t have an Evernote account? Get started now »

All images courtesy We Heart It

THEN, I found this little eco friendly gem….and I believe I need to add this to the wishlist as well…

I am a tad confused….if it is ceramic…does it weigh a tonne? Interesting….

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