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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…..

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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….Telling myself where to go

5 Aug

Now I can tell myself where to go!!

“LeeAnn Herreid’s jewellery is something the 21st century traveller should never be without-compass rings and pendants set in sterling silver ensure you never lost your way, spirit level earrings keep you in balance, stainless steel ruler bracelets give you the measure of things, and thermometer earrings keep you cool. These are just some of the pieces in Herreid’s line of functional and innovative jewellery; more than just decorative, they are pieces with purpose.”

Unfortunately, I can find a reason to buy almost one thing from every group of products available here!!

When I get older and can’t see as well….this item will definitely be on the stylish but crusty old lady wishlist!

With 3.2 carats of loose industrial grade diamonds that move freely behind a quartz crystal I’ll be sparkling like a million bucks….

I can also tell how much fatter (or more hopefully, thinner!) I am getting….

I can tell if I have had one too many drinkies….

I can also tell you all how hot I really am!!!

Ruler Bracelets, Level Earrings, Compass Necklaces, Rings

Today I love….ecococoon

5 Aug

What a blast from the past these are!!!

I saw some of these in an op shop the other day but they weren’t in the best condition and in hindsight I am glad I didn’t part with my hard earned $ because I can now buy them brand new!!

When I was little, our family used to go out on U.F.O’s as my Mum used to call them (Definition of U.F.O = unidentified family outing. We never knew where we were being taken to so it was always a surprise and hence unidentified!). We always took these cups with us – in their little zip up leather holder….and because they were stainless steel, they were also very handy at keeping drinks cold! I would put money on it that my Mum does still have her set somewhere in the depths of her house….

The old skool set…..

The girly girl set….

The family set….

Individual cups as well!

ecococoon cup sets

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….

Today I love….Momiji

4 Aug

Momiji are hand painted Japanese themed dolls made in small village in Warwickshire, England…..

Each doll comes with a secret message card hidden in their bottoms!

Just as cute as the Unazukin…..maybe more with all their different little personalities!

They are to be loved and a definite collectable!

Now I just have to convince them to start shipping to Australia!!

The Momiji Story

The Momiji Doll Flickr Group can be found here

Today I love….Athletic Dress

30 Jul

I love this dress….

Although I don’t love the look on the models’ face….

I also don’t love the price…..

So I might just have to find a nice long jumper/top from the local little strip shop clothing store and alter it to be similar….

All About Eve Athletic Dress

The other option is to get a basic long sleeve t-shirt pattern and alter it yourself! Or perhaps you could find a scoop neck t-shirt in your wardrobe and make a pattern from that, then sew it up in a fleecy fabric….

This pattern from Burda is not too bad:

Find it here

It is a very easy piece to make…..

Now THAT sounds like a plan….stay tuned!!! This will be my upcoming Spring Fashion project!

Bonds make an oversized sloppy Joe that is kinda getting there….and you might be lucky enough to find it on special somewhere….

One of my winter lusts was this jumper below and I recently found it on sale so it is now on it’s way to my sticky little hands!!! Knowing Melbourne and it’s weather I should have a chance to wear it while it is still cold and then stockpile it for next year.

Today I love….Puffing Billy & Mini Monsters

26 Jul

Oh what fun we had at Puffing Billy!

“Puffing Billy – one of Victoria’s most popular tourist attractions. Manned mostly by volunteers, the old train chugs through the Dandenong Ranges, from Belgrave to Gembrook and back again, every day (except Christmas day and on days of total fire ban). This trestle bridge, at Selby, is a popular place for photographs.”

Puffing Billy Lakeside Park

It was a very icy day but Mr. Big and I both agreed that it was the best time to go as you get to see the beauty of the land and a whole lot of steam coming out of that train!!!

You also get a chance to buy nice hot drinks along the way and then when you get home you definitely have a love affair going on with your heater!!!

I want to go and do their Luncheon special one day….it is a little pricey but I am sure it would be worth it and I’ll be putting it on the wishlist!!! The boys loved it, my back didn’t appreciate the two hours of rickety travel….but it was worth  it!

A little later in the afternoon, look what I found growling around my house!!

Today I love….Kings of Pastry

26 Jul

16 Chefs

3 Days

1 Chance

It’s the Tour De France of Dessert!!!

Now that our beloved Masterchef is over what are we all to do with ourselves every evening at 7.30pm? Hopefully our networks will put a show on that is worhty of our time wasting abilities….but that may be wishful thinking….

In the meantime, check out “Kings of Pastry” for some dessert porn!!!

“This is no MasterChef-style cook-off…The tension is almost unbearable.”
Sydney Morning Herald

Here we go again – they call them macoroons!!!

Check out this fantastic blog post on the delectable macaron definition spelling debate:

Footpath Humm

Kings of Pastry

Today I love….Creative Nail Design Shellac

21 Jul

Everybody say HOORAY for Creative Nail!!!

I have worked for and used Creative Nail a very long time ago and they were always a quality, long lasting and easy to apply product.

Now they have set the benchmark way above all the other nail polishes out on the market….the Creative Nail Shellac goes on like polish, dries under a UV lamp and then lasts for 2 weeks – flawlessly!!! No chips, no smudges and best of all the polish is ‘3 free’ – this is THE best news for me as now I can finally paint my nails again! (eczema = can’t wear nail polish) – so Creative Nail Design – today I super dooper LOVE, LOVE, LOVE you!!!

I am getting my first application on Saturday so stay tuned for the pics and my review of the product folks….which colour should I get though!!!???

“Like any quality polish application, the Shellac system features a Base Coat, Color Coat and Top Coat. Together with a UV Lamp, they comprise the breakthrough in resilient color that remains flawless for two weeks and removes in 10 minutes.

“Better science makes better products. The patent-pending formulation of solvents, monomers and polymers is why Shellac™ goes on like polish, wears like gel and removes in minutes. Plus it’s hypo-allergenic and 3-FREE… containing no formaldehyde, toluene or DBP.”

“Shellac—stands miles apart from others in the market with the science and testing to back it up. Nail Professionals that participated in more than 4 years of controlled, blind testing said unanimously—there’s no comparison—not even close!”

Meet the Colors – CND

Today I love….Wally

20 Jul

I want to drive my plants up the wall!!!

“Drive your plants up the wall with Wally!

Create an instantly lush vertical garden and experience the magical fun of plants in any environment.”

They also produce Meadow – The Modular Garden….

“Put roots down and create a nurturing home for a family of plants.

Great for the budding urban farmer or flower aficionado”

As well as Islands….

“Create of splish-splash of colorful life anywhere, even in the tinniest of spaces.
Islands are perfect for your office, dorm room or yacht!”

Wally

Today I love….Edible.com

20 Jul

Okey Dokey folks – Who wants to make some Hornet Honey Aioli???

“Edible aims to bring you delicacies that you may never have considered or perhaps seen before, whether it be recreations of ancient aphrodisiacs consumed in the court of Queen Cleopatra, Insects eaten by the street traders of Phnom Penh or more sedate but equally interesting fayre such as rare chewing gum from Japan with unique weird and wonderful flavours to rare chocolate, teas or coffees found by our epicurean explorers around the globe.”

Check out their departments!

Insectivore – edible insects like Locusts and Beetles and oh, wait people – it’s an oven baked Tarantula!!!….

Aphrodisiacs – products like a 24 carat gold lollipop (gimmee, gimmee!!!), Scorpion Vodka and pearl dust….

Carnivore – meat and fish products like crocodile thai curry, reindeer pate (excuse me??!!) and ostrich eggs….Masterchef THAT baby!!!

Herbivore – fruits, nuts and vegetarian products like weasel and civet coffee and monkey picked tea – wow!!! Are they battery monkeys or free range I wonder?

Herbs and Spices – Wild Black Vanilla Bean Pods….

The English Garden Collection (What? For some sanity here??) – Nope – it’s Worm Gin!!!

Apothecary – Skincare range – Monkey Picked Tea Wash and Scorpion Extract Wash….

Happy Shopping!!!

About « Edible.com

Today I love….a Fluttery Breath of Life

20 Jul

Pretty, fluttery, silky, gorgeous and dainty – yep it’s Butterflies people!!!

Now, who doesn’t love a bootiful butterfly???

This jewellery makes me think of a butterfly floating up and down on the sunny summer breeze…..in a squishy green grass, clover filled field…..

Derya Aksoy makes organza butterfly necklaces, earrings and hair accessories. She also makes rings from tiles sourced in Istanbul and cutesy little cotton ball jewellery items!

She also has this super-awesome glo-mesh necklace:

via Jewelera on Etsy

Today I love….Jewellery Storage

19 Jul

So Mr. Big has moved into my life and has now moved into my home as well…..everybody say yay for me!!!

Oh love, love, love….two lovebirds in the tub….

(Note: when I say ‘new’ in the following…I mean new as in ‘newly’ organised, sorted and recently re-designed spaces….)

I love my new bedroom, I love my new bed (Mr. Bigs’), I love my new lounge room/dining room, I love my new kitchen….with a work/craftspace for me! I love my new garage….and I love my inbuilt furniture removalist….and my live-in dishwasher….I love the new room for the little munchkins….

I have culled my clothes, I have culled the bathroom (and added cute little stickers to the tiles on the wall for the kiddies!), I have culled the lounge room and the kitchen…I still have to cull the garage but that will come….

My problem is now my room seems to be overrun with jewellery! I really don’t own valuable jewellery but the pieces I own I really do love. I have also recently culled this area of my life so only now have the items that are useful and used!! How to store them though? At the moment I have the obligatory boxes and trees and hangers but these utensils are just not cutting the mustard! How do you store your jewellery???

Ahhhhh the ultimate…..

Or even better….

Now all I have to do is convince Mr. Big to make me one!!! Wish me luck folks….

Or make your own shadow box….

Today I love….Cutting my own hair a la Kandee Johnson

16 Jul

Kandee Johnson….I love, love, love you!!!

Ladies, this woman seriously rocks….get on her now!!! Well, and you guys too who are so beauty inclined….

Kandee Johnson is a freelance make-up artist who has a humungous following on you tube and also other social networks – I can’t recall how I found her – but this is the video that inspired me to cut my own hair….

Mr. Big tells me my effort is not good at all….well, I didn’t quite achieve the side swept look – my hair is too curly!

It just went ‘zip’ when I cut it and it jumped upwards! Oopsies…..

Anyhoo….I’ll get you all a pic soon don’t you worry!

Unfortunately I have multiple photo opportunites occurring on the weekend and hence will have to suffer the BAD haircut photos!!

Yes, my pretties, you shall all be witness to the pleasure of the humiliation as well….you stay tuned now!!

Today I love….this puppy!

13 Jul

Everybody say AWWWWW…….

Inspiring images and videos recently added to we heart it / visual bookmark

Today I love….The Zenchilada

12 Jul

Food for Body, Mind and Spirit….

Well, that’s never a bad thing!

I love, love, love a good foodie magazine!

Here is the latest offering and the best thing about it – it’s completely free!!!

Each issue focuses on a particular topic – this one is corn and I am looking forward to the next one – “What came first – the chicken or the egg?”

Epicurious says:

“Food magazines are dead and dustbin bound. We all know that to be true.

Zenchilada, a digital mag, which just published its first issue, begs to differ.

Published out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and edited by Ronni Lundy, a rock star of a scribe who made her bones in Kentucky, writing about the food and music of Appalachia, Zenchilada offers a broad view of culinary culture.

Ronni’s take on food is inclusive. In this first issue she surveys peoples and places where corn matters.

Marilou Awiakta, the Cherokee poet, gets her say.  So does a corn smut fetishist. And Matt Rowley, a moonshine historian. Corncob wine is on offer. And so are cornmeal cookies, baked in the Italian tradition.

Zenchilada, which publishes articles with mellifluous titles like “Whole Lot of Slakin Going On,” is a hopeful shot across the bow at those pessimists who believe that smart words and good food are no longer copacetic partners. Read it”

Read More at Epicurious Here

The Zenchilada

Today I love….Digibling Electronics Components Jewellery

9 Jul

Oh, WOWSERS!!!

This is right up my electronic alleyway…..

I love, love, love circuit boards, chips and capacitors (electronic parts)….

Yeah, I know, weird hey??

This is just such a cool idea……

These pieces are sure to be a conversation starter….

digibling electronics components jewelry by digiBling on Etsy

Today I love….Betty White’s 2011 Calendar

9 Jul

Oh, what a lovely old dear…..

Isn’t she just gorgeous??!!!

Yeah, and the men too…..

She is 88 years old and still kicking it with the hunks for a photo shoot….

Go Betty, Go Betty Go!!

Proceeds to benefit the Morris Animal Foundation, which supports research on animal health and welfare so get this one on your wishlists now folks!!!

Betty White’s 2011 Calendar – The Golden Girl Poses With Shirtless Hunks – StyleList

Today I love….Living Below the Line

9 Jul

I love, love, love being frugal (read: tight-ass)….

Living below the line…Hmmmm….

Is is really that hard? We can all do that can’t we?

Especially in these tough times….

I am sure we can all use an extra dollar or two and then help out others by putting this money to a good cause….

The Global Poverty Project’s vision is a world without extreme poverty within a generation.Imagine if you only had $2 to get by on each day…

This is the challenge faced daily by 1.4 billion people living under the extreme poverty line. Today it is the challenge we are asking you to undertake.

From the 2nd – 6th August, we invite you to Live Below the Line – to live on less than AU$2 of food per day.

For five days in August you will experience one of the basic challenges faced daily by those living in extreme poverty – struggling to obtain the basic food reqiurements each day. You will sacrifice the things you take for granted… Your resourcefulness will be put to the test… But it will become one of the most rewarding weeks of your life.

Your involvement will not only be enlightening to yourself. It will engage your friends and family to be challenged by some of the realities of extreme poverty.

It will also enable you to fundraise towards your choice of two causes that are working towards a world without poverty: the resourcing of new schools for remote communities in cambodia, or the Global Poverty Project’s Poverty Education Program.

Find out more about these projects

Sign up to take part now

The eat on only $2 a day theory is workable and proven here by one participant with a shopping list and meal plan….

08 Jul 2010 by Sarah

When I first signed up to Live Below the Line, I planned on doing it as an individual, not as a team. I didn’t really feel comfortable asking my friends to put themselves out of their comfort zones. I was pleasantly surprised to find though, that just by chatting with a few people about what I was going to do, I had volunteers waving their hands to join! I’m actually heading overseas at the beginning of August, so I will be Living Below the Line next week. Thanks to my wonderful friends, I’ll be doing it in a team of three. This is a rough shopping list I’ve put together for us to work from:

5 day Shopping List for a Team of 3

900 grams Coles Smart buy Oats – $1.30

2 Litres Coles milk (full cream)  – $2.10

1 kg Coles smart buy raw sugar – $0.97

Bread x2 – $2.20

Eggs (a dozen) – $1.99

Stock cubes (6) – $.0.75

1 kg Lentils (red) – $4.63

1 kg Coles long grain white rice – $2.45

Fresh fruit and veg from market (I’ll be looking for things like potatoes, onion, garlic, pumpkin, leek, broccoli, carrots, bananas and oranges, plus any oil/butter, spices etc) – $13.61

TOTAL: $30

Meal plan:

Day 1:

Breakfast: 1 serve of oats – 100grams (maybe a little bit more for my two male counterparts), cooked with water and 50mls of milk, tablespoon of raw sugar. Also plan on finding some nice ripe bananas at the Vic market this weekend for mushing into the porridge. Yum!

Lunch: Rice and Dahl

Dinner: Soup and toast

Day 2:

Breakfast: Egg on toast (if this isn’t filling enough, a small serve of porridge as well)

Lunch: Mashed potato (potatoes + small amount of butter and milk) and steamed veg + Snack of fruit

Dinner: Soup

Day 3:

Breakfast: Porridge

Lunch: Rice and Dahl

Dinner: Potato Omelette

Day 4:

Breakfast: Egg on toast (+ porridge)

Lunch: Mashed potatoes and steamed veg + fruit snack

Dinner: Soup

Day 5:

Breakfast: Porridge with banana

Lunch: Rice and Dahl

Dinner: Soup

I’ve also included a mock shopping list and meal plan for individuals just to illustrate the difference.

5 day shopping list for Individuals

Fruit and Vegies from market – $5.00

Loaf of bread (20 slices) – $1.00

Peanut butter – $1.50

Dozen cage eggs – $2.00

Meal Plan:

Day 1 – 5:

Breakfast: 2 eggs on toast

Lunch/snack: Fruit and Peanut butter sandwiches

Dinner: Vegetable Soup

Honestly, I was shocked at how hard it was to write a five day shopping list for just $10. The end result seems quite limited and monotonous. This really brought the ‘lack of choice’ aspect of poverty into perspective for me – imagine having to eat the same thing EVERY DAY. I find it hard to deal with left overs from the night before! With only $10 to spend though, there really is no other option.

This shopping list is a good example of the limitations of Living Below the Line as an individual. Working as a team allows you to pool your budgets and buy products in bulk, allowing for greater variation during your week. Overall, writing these lists has really shown me how spoilt we are when it comes to the decisions we make about food, and how much more appreciation we need to develop for what we have.

Sarah is a participant in the Live Below the Line campaign – click here to sponsor her

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