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Thursday, 25 December 2008

Beautiful Classic Books



Source:- Penguin Blog


Due to a thread in the Vogue forums I became very interested in classical books. Not just any classical books but pretty and beautiful ones. So I just wanted to share a few of my recent purchases.

I had initially purchased the Jane Austen Collector's Edition Box Set (pictured above) from Dymocks for $75 but recently found it on Book Depository for $40 once converted. The books are actually pocket sized (approximately 12cmx7cm), cloth hard bound with dust jacket, gold foiled pages similar to that of the bible with a ribbon attached as bookmark. Other books also come in this same edition with some dust jacket being different colours. I've bought individuals of these same editions for Alice in Wonderland, Dracula, Frankenstein, Oliver Twist and Grimms Tales and only priced at $16.95 each. I cannot wait to line them up on my bookshelf, it'll look stunning, furthermore I love the size as it'll fit in any of my handbags without any bulk AND I was thinking that the print would be too small in size but it wasn't, it's actually perfect! I plan to get more of these books/editions for other stories. Some that are available include Great Expectations, Peter Pan, Little Women, Secret Garden and many more.

I also bought the leather bound, also pictured above, for the Bronte sister set. This particular leather bound edition are only available for six Jane Austen books (Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion) and three of the Bronte sisters books (Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Whitefell Hall), the latter set is what I had purchased as I already purchased the box set for Jane Austen's novels, these are priced at $19.95 each.

The last set, which was the actual book featured on the thread is a collection of 10 classic books, 2 being Jane Austen novels, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre hence I purchased, or rather my very kind Future-Brother-in-Law purchased for me the remaining six of the collection. I haven't seen it as yet in person so stay tuned for further information on this beautiful collection, but nonetheless I've got to say I've spoilt myself severely with pretty classic books the last few days.

I'm still lemming a Harry Potter Box Set which seems more likely for me to purchase as I found it (the cloth bound Collector's edition) for $240 which is half price of the RRP of $517 from Borders. Added to my lemming list are children's classic books such as Pollyanna, Little Woman, Peter Pan, The Secret Garden and many more so I'll keep this blog posted as I add to my library collection.
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Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Harry Potter Set




Sources:- Amazon UK 

The last few days I've been lemming the Harry Potter Limited Collector's Edition (first two pics) but at the RRP of $517 from Borders...well lets just say could I possibly live with myself if I spent that much on a set of books? It's cloth bounded with gold inscription.

The picture directly above is my complete Harry Potter Set, I've also got the last book in the Children's cover. I've got 1-5 and 7 in Children's cover in a mixture of paperback and hard cover and 6 & 7 in Adult's Hard cover. I'm not happy about it because it's not matching and just doesn't look pleasant. So my choices are:-

a) Keep the set as per picture 1-5 in children's cover and 6 & 7 in Adults
b) Return Adult no 7, Exchange Adult no 6 for Children's no 6 hence my complete set will consist of no adult covers and only children's cover

I will most likely go for (b) completing my Children's set, I will then seek out the Adult hard bound box set as it's equally as beautiful as the Limited Ed set without the price tag. The Adult set without the dust jacket looks stunning side by side on the bookshelf and recently seeing it on Ebay for $145 inclusive of postage ($20/book) I'm happy with the price too. The Adult set without the dust jacket has a beautiful black hard bound cover, with gold lettering on the binding consisting off only the title and the author's name in a signature-like font and no picture at the front cover which is just the way I like it, it looks just like the old school classic books. Looking forward to finding my bargain set, I know it's there somewhere. I'm sounding eerily obsessed so I will leave this lemming and drooling for now...till next time!

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

A Bad Day

What a depressing day. I can't really go into it, I don't really know ONE thing that's wrong, it's more a combination of things happening. A lot of it has something to do with the fact that it's Christmas and yet my home is not done like I'd like it to be, it's still messy, I'm trying to be organised and yet once again, like every year I'm not. This time though I can't just run to my Mum's home to spend Christmas and enjoy as no one's here anymore. I'm very sad, depressed and I don't know what I feel.

This year I vowed to be more organised for Christmas. My tree is finally up despite me thinking to myself if I should bother since it's so late into December already. I can't find my Christmas decorations nor lights and I'm sure it's been lost or thrown as I've got two Christmas boxes with all Christmas decorations and I've got all my Christmas stuff but my bag of tree decors and the tree lights. I'm so very sad because that means I've lost the icicle fairy light covers that I've had for as long as I can remember.

Having said that, the appearance of my tree up with a skirt, two vintage heart decoration, handmade bauble by my Mum and a personalised bauble with Mr and my name along with our beautiful Angel tree topper is lifting my spirits slightly and pushing me to keep going.

So today is an extremely bad day, lets hope tomorrow is better and that I will be able to grab some nice decors for cheap and have pics of my tree before the end of this week. I'm also terribly missing my Mum & Sister and the rest of my very large family (scattered around the globe) and miss the large Christmas we celebrate. Today is definitely the day that I'm realising my loneliness. The Christmas prep that we normally share (Sister, Mum & I) are no longer here and I try to do it on my own and it's just not the same.

I am optimistic in hoping that tomorrow WILL be a better day. Apologies for this extremely tedious post and somewhat incoherent but it's been a bad day.

Monday, 8 December 2008

Charity for Christmas

Source:- Sunrise Children's Village
Source:- Malawi Project


Whilst we prepare for Christmas I wish to just remind people to think about those that are not as fortunate as we are, especially innocent children that are faced with so much uncertainty that not even an adult in our society would be able to deal with. 

In my previous post I mentioned that I give to the Christmas tree at either Target or KMart. I just wanted to ask if we can all consider doing something similar. There is no minimum value to give and it needn't be purchased from the particular store that the tree is at. Please keep the Christmas spirit alive and continue to give the gift of giving especially to those that need it the most. Lets all put a smile on a child's face on Christmas day that they would otherwise be unable to experience. This minimal input on our behalf is something that will be remembered for life by these young recipients. 

For those that are seeking gifts for someone that has it all, how about putting a donation in behalf of the recipient in lieu of gifts, there are many charity organisations to choose from so there is something for everyone. If you would like to give something beyond a donation under a person's name please do check out Oxfam "Unwrapped Gifts" which includes items such as literacy programs, ducks/goat/other animals to feed villages and more, hence the recipient would feel that their "gifts" have actually gone to a particular item not just a donation lost amidst others cash. This is extremely popular with many people, however, if this does not appeal to you and your preference is to give something tangible please go to your favourite charity website as most have online stores with handcrafted, unique pieces for sale, all proceeds go towards charity work. Please continue to give the gift of giving, many will not be as fortunate as we are to experience the true Christmas celebration. Lets make someone elses Christmas as merry as ours would be.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

4 Ingredients Cook Book



Source:- 4 Ingredients

I've started into my whole baking phase again and now would like to enter the unknown world of cooking. I'm in search for the perfect beginner cook book that will help and teach an amateur like myself how to cook.

"4 Ingredients" is another foray into the world of cook books however, after reading some dismal reviews and a quick peruse through the pages I returned it. I had thought that it would be an excellent cook book due to it being a best seller for quite some time and it was just perfect for me; simple, easy, four ingredients and most of all quick, but it seems my search for a beginner's cook book continues. Any recommendations would be much appreciated.


Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Urban Grace Interior Photo Contest


Erika from Urban Grace Interiors had a Doggie Photo Contest which I entered my beautiful furbaby in (sent the two pics above) and although we unfortunately didn't win there were heaps of cute and very much deserving entrants, even I, who is quite bias to my little one couldn't pick a winner.

Erika and her team wonderfully collaborated this beautiful slideshow to show all the pics that were entered for the competition, please do view it as it will fill you with laughter and tears. I tried to post a pic of the winning furbaby but Blogger would not allow so please check him out here, there are also pics of special mentions/runner ups. 

Please also stay tuned as I will be doing a write up soon on Urban Grace Interiors, it's one of my "read it in it's entirety blog".

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Kris Kringle Gift Ideas for "Her"

I recently participated in two Kris Kringles with a budget of $20-$30 hence I will dedicate this posts to those that are looking for KK gifts like I was. The prices are all exclusive of postage so please take this into account.

Beauty Lover


Uchi Mini-utility in "bud" $12.10 Tesora; Whitehill Compact $17 Peter of Kensington

If you had a $30 budget you can buy the two items above which will come to $29.10 and it will make a beautiful and useful gift.

Green Thumbs
Deluxe Pink Gardening Tool Kit Belt $29.95 Tesora; Crabtree & Evelyn Gardener's Flowerpot Gift Set $29 Peter of Kensington

Stationery Lover
A6 Cute Weekly Diary $24.95 Kikki-K; Rainbow pen $3.95 Smiggle

Baker
Cupcakes Box Set $14.95 Angus & Robertson (tray not included); Wilton Cupcake Holder $29 Peter of Kensington

The Cook

Donna Hay "Simple Essentials" cookbook $24.95 Wishlist; Nigella Lawson Apron $29Peter of Kensington

Traveler 
Lonely Planet Travel books $18.95 Wishlist; Passport pouch $10 Peter of Kensington

Pet Lover
S&P pet bowl $19.95 Wishlist; Pet charms $5 each RSPCA

The Entertainer
Maxwell Williams 5pc Hostess Set $34.95 Wishlist; The Entertainer's Rippled Square Platter $14 Peter of Kensington

For the rest; Homeware, Books, Beauty/Skincare packs, anything yummy and edible and anything with lots of thoughts never go astray no matter what it is or it's value. Good luck and most of all enjoy your shopping trip!

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Happy Birthday Kimmy!

I just wanted to write a "Happy Birthday" post for my bestie. Her birthday was on the 25th, I didn't forget and greeted her on the day but I thought she was worth a post on my blog :D

All jokes aside, this girl is just a beautiful person. She is one friend that you are lucky to have in your life, to be honest, since having her as a friend I have not met anyone else that comes up to her standards in terms of friendship. We do not see each other much as she lives in the US and even when she came to Australia we only saw each other a few times but nonetheless every time we see each other it's like no time has lapsed between us. She has been there for me through thick and thin and I mean thick and thin! 

She is a comedian (as per picture), a wonderful listener, gives wonderful advise, great fun to party with and also great fun to just be around with. She is truly a special person and I find myself extremely lucky to have a friend like her. I truly hope that we all have a friend like mine. 

Absolutely Beautiful Things



It's been such a long time since I wrote about a blog that I've read from start to finish. To be honest I was a bit discouraged from not receiving replies from my emails of good wishes...

Since then I've read many wonderful blogs and will hopefully be able to write about it all. Today's write up is "Absolutely Beautiful Things" aka ABT  created by Brisbane based Interior Designer and shop owner to "Black & Spiro", Anna Spiro. I've previously introduced her work in my Wing Chair post as my inspiration were from Anna's work. She is quite infamous for those quirky and bright re-upholstery and yet somehow it still fits the classic, antique pieces that she puts them with.

ABT does not consist of just home decors and furnishings but lots of other wonderful things too including a series of "Absolutely Favourite Things" that she has created in collaboration with other wonderful and creative people on the world wide web, so please check her blog out, it truly is inspirational. For Australian readers, you will be proud to see that such wonderful talent also exists locally. Many of the blogs I read are from American Interior Designers, but I'm proud and thrilled to say that Anna comes up to par with many of the other well known Interior Designers from across the globe, so please check it out and enjoy!

Edit:- I just wanted to edit my post because I realised that I did not make it clear that Anna, was one of the few blog writers that actually responded to my email when I first completed reading her entire blog and once again  now in the comment section of this post. I am extremely inspired by wonderful people like Anna because despite her busy life she has still taken time out to reply to my initial email and now to leave a comment on this post. Thanks Anna and keep up the great work, I for one enjoy your blog tremendously.

Friday, 28 November 2008

Organised for Christmas?

Source:- Fourchooks Blog 

Each year I vow to be more organised for Christmas so I can actually enjoy the whole Christmas period. It's now the end of November and my house is certainly not ready for visitors let alone Christmas. In a few days (December 1st) my Christmas tree is due to be put up and yet my house is still in it's chaotic stage. The furniture pieces that I have purchased are still not in their rightful places, some are still in the garage! So I better get a serious move on...

I purchase many things including gifts, wrapping paper, tags etc all that are on sale at the end of each year, they are still in boxes so I can imagine that I'd probably double up for a few people. I can only vow to be more organised once again next year. Many of the items boxed are Christmas decorations, I find that Christmas has become too commercialised and I just hoped that by giving Christmas decorations I'm spreading the true meaning of Christmas to those around me.

Having said that I've got to give myself some credit as I've purchased all but one Christmas gifts for this year already...I've only got Mr's brother to buy for and I'm quite sure I already know what to get him. I'm also thrilled with the amount I spent this year, it has certainly been culled significantly.

Christmas Gifts
Mr's Family 
2 x Sisters + Brother's gf - Peter Alexander PJ pants + miniature Calvin Klein perfume
Step-Brother - Remote Control Flying Bug
Step-Sister - Barbie Doll Set for the doll we got her last year which includes pram + cot + high chair
Combined gifts for step-siblings - Ice Age 1 & 2 DVD

My Friends 
Girlfriend 1 with 2 daughters - My First Nativity Scene + Toy Story 1 & 2 books
Girlfriend 2 with a boy and a girl - My First Operation board game + Toy Story Memory board game
Girlfriend 3 (no kids) - Little Miss Naughty PJ set including pants+singlet+jacket

Mr's Friends 
3 x kids - Personalised Towel Sets
6 & 7 yr old brothers - Transformers talking helmet + PS3 game
8 month old boy - My First Year pewter picture frame

I spent an average of $25/person so I'm very very happy with that price. Like I said each family will most probably get one piece of Christmassy thing as well. I also got good bargains today, at $10 each I got two electronic games similar to that of the fishing game where the round "pond" rotates and the fish' mouth opens and closes as a child with a little rod tries to catch it...I buy these for the Christmas trees under Target/Kmart where they donate the gifts to unfortunate children that do not have homes/families. I do it every year and I always buy two, one for a girl and another for a boy and am glad I found such great games that they can truly enjoy with those around them. I will probably also add a book or two, I just love giving children books!

I've also got to finish wrapping and adding to my Kris Kringle gifts. I've already bought it just got to go to my little box of goodies to see what I can add. So all gifts aside I'm done and will be working this week to get my home organised so I can start the Christmas decorations and wrapping!!! Merry Christmas to all and hope that your all more organised than I am.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

KK


So it's that time of year again, I've signed up for two Kris Kringle/Secret Santa with the forums I frequent. It may seem quite sad but I quite look forward to these KK's as I don't receive other gifts on Christmastime apart from my Mother. I receive some from my Sister who is only 16 hence chances are it was bought by my Mother too. Mr does not buy gifts without me basically writing up a list and you'd be lucky if he actually goes out and buys it without me. He seems to think that because I'm able to purchase anything I want anytime I want...well why does he have to buy something specially for Christmas?

Whilst this definitely saddens me his parents did things very differently and basically did not celebrate Christmas nor Birthdays hence he doesn't get what the big deal is of the whole event, I find it quite sad, I think of all the wonderful memories I've been lucky to have as a child and wonder how it's possible for any child to go without those same memories, excitement and overall celebration atmosphere. 

Anyway, back to KK. I was asked to give hints/tips/ideas to my KK so that they can purchase a gift more suitable for me. I never found myself to be a person that was hard to buy for but I suppose in this day and age, with a $20-$30 limit and postage costs to consider it's not that easy. So here is what I came up with...

Hobbies:- 
  • Scrapbooking
  • Reading
  • Folk Art/Ceramic Painting
  • Shopping
Likes/Dislikes
  • I probably would prefer to purchase makeup + skincare + clothing + perfume for myself just because it's a more personal thing and hence it's quite hard to choose for me, I have trouble finding stuff in this department for myself so imagine a stranger doing so?
  • I love all types of books including non-fiction (home interior + self-help + finance + biography + crafts) and fiction (chic-lit and top 100 listings).
  • I also thoroughly enjoy magazines and love; Real Weddings + Real Living + Home Beautiful + House & Garden + Shop til you Drop + Money + Macworld just to name a few.
  • I love all quirky things and cutesy things that I probably wouldn't purchase myself because I'd feel it's a waste of money.
  • I love momiji dolls and their accessories as well as geisha dolls and other Asian-inspired as well as classic homewares.
  • I'm a handbag lover, that's my accessory addiction and I don't wear accessories in terms of jewelry because they discolour on me so I have my set gold pieces that I wear daily.
  • I don't cook but bake cupcakes + cookies + cakes and like any cute pieces for baking.
Wishlist - Whilst this is certainly not an indication of what I would expect my KK to spend on me, by showing my wish list maybe it'll give more of an indication of who I am as a person.
  • Subscriptions to any of those magazines listed above
  • Any Pandora/Chamilia Charms
  • Momiji or any cute makeup/cosmetic bag
  • Any organisational stuff for my personal study at home and/or the home in general from Kikki-K/Smiggle and/or other stationery stores
  • Oroton or any nice Diary/Agenda
  • Books + Books and more Books
For now that's all I can think of. I do hope I've given some sort of indication on who I am as a person but regardless I am happy with whatever I get :D

Monday, 10 November 2008

Honda Accord Euro Luxury




We bought a new car!!! This is not the EXACT car but it's the exact design of car, 2004 Honda Accord Euro "Luxury" and the same colour, Graphite...like a dark grey!!! I'm thrilled!!! We got such a great bargain, they range from $23,000+ for the normal and the luxury is $25,000+ and we got this for $20,000 and it's the second owner, in excellent condition with all log books etc etc included.

We've now got 3 vehicles to get rid of before I'm satisfied. Yes we have a total of 5 cars at the moment:-
- Toyota Supra
- Mitsubishi Lancer
- Mitsubishi Lancer GSR
- Toyota Camry (Old one)

Then the above car, but we are selling the first 3 and maybe even the last one so at the end we are hoping for the above car as our only car or maybe a cheap 2nd car for those rare events that we both need to go out with a car.

I'm just coming on to my blog to gloat to myself LoL. It's funny because from the listing of our previous cars above you can see we pretty much went for sports cars, now we're getting older and more "mature" and going for a more luxury. This car has sunroof and leather seats and drives like a dream.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Childhood Ring

I'm so very sad at the moment, I went to go out late last night to the beach and was scared because we never leave our home unattended at times like that. I feared that someone might break in etc etc so I had taken all my childhood and "special" jewelry out of my jewelry box and hid it, but one I put on my pinky and now I can't find it.

I realised shortly after last night so it could be in my driveway, my friend's driveway, or opposite my friend's property as that's where we parked our car, in my house or in the car, but nonetheless I've searched the front and haven't found it. 

I'm so very sad and I wanted to cry desperately but couldn't, I somehow feel that it's around, I even feel that maybe I took it off before I actually went out but just forgot where I put it, but I'm not sure. I didn't and couldn't cry till I called my Mum this morning and told her, she wasn't upset over the ring, she was more upset over me being upset...by the way I'm 26 years old and still crying to my Mum, I'm very much a child when I'm around/talking/near my Mum.

Car Accident

I was told last night by Mr's friend that the accident that was reported here involved a person we know, not a friend. 

The person we knew, a 24 year old I believe, was drag racing with a motor cycle when his car clipped the median strip and he lost control and went onto oncoming traffic where he hit a 50 year old man, Father of four. It's unknown at this stage, but there was a 17 year old girl who was in one of the vehicles but at the time they thought that it was from the van but later believed she was a passenger from the S2000 (car racing). 

The 50 year old man later died on the crash sight after awaiting 3 hours to be rescued out of the vehicle whilst the driver (racing) of the Honda S2000 is in critical condition at Liverpool Hospital and has undergone operation for internal injuries. The 17 year old woman has also undergone operation and is said to be in critical but stable condition.

It's appalling when I hear stories like this because I see so many idiots on the road. I've got a semi-sports vehicle (not performance enhanced but looks like a sports car) and I've always got hoodlums trying to race me...no thanks! I feel that if they want to kill themselves, fine but don't drag innocent people with your stupidity. I will leave it at that because I'm really angry about news reports like this.

The man who was drag racing also has 3 small children, they would most probably be left without a Father either way because if he survives he will be doing a long time in jail for manslaughter, to be honest, I would probably be more inclined to say I'd rather die if I'm in that situation because I don't know if I could live the rest of my life in jail and knowing I killed another person.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Ebay Depression and Confusion

As I previously mentioned, I'm quite bad in actually ensuring that I'm on Ebay at the right time to win an auction. One may think that I've purchased so many furniture pieces lately, but some did not go through...basically only the wingback chairs and the antique buffet went through. I adore the dressing table but because of our current home situation we were not able to go through it.

Anyway, out of all the things I've been recently watching, an Asian ceramic stool similar to the one below but in olive colour and the Thai stool I posted about earlier were the only two pieces I "really" wanted. BOTH I forgot to bid for!!! I missed the auction and am extremely sad, both pieces went under what I would have paid for it. The ceramic stool below ended for only $39.99 (starting bid) and the other went for $41 or thereabouts. So so sad...



I bought the Vintage French Chair similar to the one below for $110. I initially posted the pic of the actual chair but the pic is quite small so I found one similar. This is something that is not easy to come by here in Australia. If it was found here in Oz it would be in an antique store and it would be costing a fortune, so I think this is a really good buy and am thrilled with it.


Now you have seen the two desks below. I'm so unsure which to get. Whilst the 2nd is obviously "beautiful" and perfect and I love how it's got heaps of storage it's not exactly antique, but I feel for $200 including the chair I find it to be a bargain, what do you think? I'm really quite confused, I'm thinking maybe purchase the first and then stay with that until I find the perfect antique secretary similar to the 4th pic below. This one ended on Ebay for $700. 

Courtney from Stylecourt a few months ago did a mini-series* asking other bloggers and Interior designers what they feel is the first "investment" piece one should get. Kate from DID and another friend of Courtney's stated that a good secretary (like the one in the 4th pic) is a good first investment as it can go in any room. However, I find that the 2nd pic is close enough isn't it? I don't know, so confused...


Source:- Gumtree

Source:- Ebay

Speaking of Ebay and the mini-series* that Courtney from Stylecourt wrote, another one of the tips for first investment is an antique table like the pic directly above. The mini-series* states to purchase an antique that's versatile similar to the Leaf drop table above and the secretary in the picture above that. It can be put in any room and used for different purposes ie. the drop leaf table can be used as a hall table, bedside table and a dining table. I'm hoping to nab this bargain too so stay tuned.

Source:- Gumtree
Lastly I'm picking this set up first thing tomorrow morning. Whilst not antique I love the legs on it and I love the white shabby chic look, it'll definitely put a spin into my all wood decor. This set is only for $70.

So sorry for this everlasting post but this post is really about the sadness I'm feeling for missing out on not one but TWO of the items I've been watching for over a week!!! I was happy to just get ONE of these items and I lost out on BOTH!

Also I'm really really confused about which secretaire-look-alike to purchase. Whilst the roller desk is such a bargain at $25 and I can easily make drawers for it cheaply, but the 2nd pic is quite beautiful with all of it's spaces. There are heaps of drawers in various sizes and pigeon style items, I mean it's only $200 right? What's also tempting is that the 2nd and 3rd pic off desks, look both very similar to me and the 3rd pic is selling for $595 without a chair...what to do??? If you have any comments or advise of which to get I'd love to hear from you.

*Mini-series on Stylecourt blog starts with post "The Building Blocks" please check it out, it's such a knowledgeable read.


Sunday, 14 September 2008

4th Generation iPod Nano



Apple recently (September 9th) released the new and revamped fourth generation iPod Nano. It seems that Apple has decided to go back to the original design (thin and long) rather than staying with the replaced 3rd generation design of small, wide and commonly referred to as "fat" nano. Apple has made the new nano curvier and an all-aluminum and glass design.


New features includes:- 


"Genius" - finds songs that goes well together in your library creating a "Genius" playlist.

"Rock & Roll over" - you can now tilt and turn your nano according to your preference and the screen real estate will change accordingly.

Shake to shuffle - shake your nano and your music will get "shuffled".

Games - games are now more interactive with the tilt and turn option.

Screen - high resolution 2" widescreen

Further explanation of features and other new options are available here.


Design changes were made so that users can view videos in landscape mode, sharing the design aspect of the Touch and iPhone, seeing as the screen real estate of the previous Nano was criticised to be too small to view videos properly.


All colours available (shown on pic) are offered in BOTH 8GB and 16GB at $199 and $279 respectively. Red is exclusive to Apple.


At this stage I do not have a personal judgement on the product as I have not viewed it in person, stay tuned though and I'm sure I'll have something to say about it once I do see it.


Monday, 8 September 2008

Sippycups are for Chardonnay...first blog!


Sippycups are for Chardonnay has been mentioned in my blog a few times. As promised, I'm going to write about each of the blogs that I've enjoyed. This is the very first blog that I felt inclined to read from start (archive) to finish (present/current) and then re-read some more. The writer describes her blog as;-

"Musings of a 30 something stay at home Mom, former stationer, hospital widow, Martha Stewart/barefoot contessa wannabe."

The writer is a Doctor's wife, a Mother of two young children and a witty woman who is not scared to speak her mind. I adore her honesty with all things that she encounters, she is truthful with her experiences and does not try to simplify nor beautify things that were just plain annoying, I love the way she decorates her home, the effort she places on every celebration, most especially her children's birthday parties and just the entire blog has enjoyable posts about her life.

Photos below are the daughter's nursery in their previous home, which the Doc's wife designed on her own. I love the color scheme and the feature wall with the use of a different wallpaper. I appreciate the fact that it's classic, not too childish and still whimsical enough for a child. I adore the individual lettering hung with pink ribbon to spell out "Baby Girl's" (Daughter) name.

The Rauths


The Rauths, found through Sippycups are for Chardonnay's blogroll, is the second blog that I read from start to present. Being quite a new blog (since June) I re-read this blog several times. Like Sippycups are for Chardonnay, this is a personal blog. The writer's (Mrs Rauths) first post  was a great introduction to who she is and beautifully put too:-

"I'm a wife, striving to "let" [my] speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, "living each day with an attitude of gratitude, enjoying the simple pleasures all around and appreciating God's grace. This is my journey through the joys and challenges of living consciously everyday.

I treasure hand-written notes (giving and receiving) and I love you scribbles. I believe a fair argument can only bring my husband and I closer. I eat peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat bread everyday. The sun, a smile and a song changes my mood. Emptying the garbage bag and replacing a light bulb makes me cringe. Please, thank you and yes ma'am are the oxygen of kindness. Sherbet ice cream makes everything better.

Let the journey begin..."

What a beautiful introduction and I cannot wait to see what is yet to come. I appreciate The Rauths blog as I feel I have certain things in common with Mrs Rauth, including browsing for adorable baby items without an actual baby to buy for. An example of a beautiful image found in The Rauths blog. 




Sunday, 7 September 2008

Toast to my Blog

I haven't been writing much on my blog, the truth is that I have been feeling quite inadequate about this lil blog of mine, as I've been glued to my Macbook reading other people's blogs. I've been so entertained that I've read a few from Archive to present, then re-read some! Whilst these newly-found blogs are so beautiful to read it left me feeling inadequate about my own blog. With such beautiful and creative blogs around in the mass why would anyone want to read mine?

Putting all negativity aside I've decided this blog was never meant for readers alone, it was meant to be for me and my family and friends and yes for those that may find what I write about interesting enough, but I'm doing what I love and that's all that matters. I love writing and I certainly love blogs as I've recently discovered, so here's to my blog, whether it has one reader and writer combined or maybe one day another individual reader.



Spring has broken


Photo courtesy of Fotoplatforma.
Spring has definitely broken here in the Southern hemisphere. We've had the much needed and anticipated Spring rain timely arrive in the first week of the season. Today however, the first day of this season where it's shining brightly outside...time to do laundry LoL!

Spring is a personal favourite of mine, not only because it's my birthday season but it represents the start of celebration season for my household. As previously posted, this season brings forth a special occasion for each of it's three months. Commencing with my birthday, Mr's birthday and then our anniversary. Summer then comes and brings forth Christmas and New Years and Valentine's Day, so as you can see it's the beginning of a multitude of much awaited celebrations.

I also love the weather of Spring. It's the perfect halfway between not being too hot and yet not too cold, but that perfect sunny, beautiful weather, there's not much more words to describe it's weather but PERFECT! That's not even mentioning the beautiful and colourful palette of flowers that bloom in this time of the year.

So here's to the start of Spring and everything beautiful the season brings.

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