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happy weekend eve! its friday, and therefore 7by7 day here on draw! pilgrim. how was your week? thanks for stopping by, and if you commented, thank so much for taking the time, it really means a lot to me that you take the time to share your thoughts and opinions with me. warm fuzzies!! so shall we take a look at my week, in pictures?


here i am, waitin‘ for the man train, into the city last saturday night. we went to see john water’s ‘this filthy world’ show at the art’s centre (if you don’t know melbourne, check out our arts centre: pointy). the show was excellent, it was such a thrill to see john waters speak, in person, and hear some of his crazy and filthy anecdotes. before the show we went to dinner and i had THE most delicious blackthorn cocktail (sweet vermouth, sloe gin, lemon peel) and yay! look, i got to show off my peta pledger heart bag. go snap one up right now! they’re vintage fabric so you don’t wanna miss out.

how fabulous is this chrome lettering on my friend’s car?! and even better is that fact that this car’s driver is a minx. and a vixen. and a doll. she’s from beyond the valley of the minxy vixen dolls.

my boyfriend and i had a special anniversary this week, and look what i got: jonathan adler salt & pepper whales! aww i’m so lucky. and even better, the card accompanying this gift didn’t have a single whale pun in it, what restraint! i love jonathan adler!

mm-mmmm! is there anything as inspiring as a fresh set of paints? my son and i did some painting on the weekend and we’ll be doing some more this weekend. he made a plaster volcano that i know he is dying to paint so stay tuned for the undoubtedly colorful results!

we’ve been having such gorgeous weather lately. this summer has been vary mild and not nearly as burny as australian summers can get, which is excellent news to english roses like me! also good news for pretty flowers flourishing in my neighbour’s garden. isn’t this hibiscus luscious?

one of my favorite summer treats is wandering around the corner to the milk bar (that’s a deli, or corner shop) to buy an after dinner ice cream. its so dreamy to be out when its starting to cool, and so refreshing to calmly stroll there and back. its hard to explain, but spontaneous summer evening fun is one of my summer bliss-outs. and now that its late summer its even sweeter to savour these more mellow evenings.

and last of all, how cool is this old brick ad painted on the side of an auto repair place on carlisle street?! i love these ads. there were a lot of varieties around the area i grew up in, and i think they established a fondness for that ‘nostalgia of a time you never experienced’. is there a word for that?

well, i hope you have a lovely weekend. i recommend a picnic, or maybe if that’s too cold have one on the lounge room floor. a picnic knows no meteorological restrictions! have fun whatever you do.

this week has been quiet. between keeping busy with home life, work life and blog life, there wasn’t much time for adventures, and thats reflected in this mostly home-centered week of photos. so enjoy this peek into my week!

7b7: mellow yellow morning tea time

breakfast is a lot sunnier when you notice your stuff matches! i should’ve fried up some eggs to drape over the teapot and chucked some yellow colored juice around to give it a bit of a ‘salvidor dali does breakfast’ thing. the pedestal mug reads ‘young lovers’ on the base, isn’t that sweet?

7b7: olivetti valentine typewriter

i was dusting my shelves, and overcome with lust for my coveted olivetti valentine typewriter. so it got its own little photoshoot. there should be a rule that everyone gets a valentine typewriter on valentine’s day, don’t you think?

7b7: chunky move dance company

this is the ‘chunky move’ dace company’s theatre. isn’t it a great building? i was actually visiting my friend at the contemporary art centre next door. shame there was no blue sky, that oxidized metal would’ve really popped against our roaring blue sky!

7b7: cookbooks

since coming home, i’m having to come to terms with the fact that no one is going to bring me room service. so i’ve turned to the trusty collection of recipe books i inherited. they’re a great source of inspiration, though rarely its dinner-related inspiration!

7b7: easter bunny cupboard

look who i found lurking in my kitchen cupboard! i told him to go away because we hadn’t even had valentine’s day yet and when i looked the following day he was gone! i asked my boyfriend if he’d seen the bunny but he just mumbled something to me through a mouthful of chocolate. very mysterious!

7b7 book: "diners, bowling alleys & trailer parks"

at the start of the year i made a pledge to read a book a fortnight, and so far i’m ahead of schedule! i’m really looking forward to getting stuck into my current reading “diners, bowling alleys & trailer parks: chasing the american dream in postwar consumer culture”. i ordered mine from here.

7b7: vintage style valentine fabric

look what i found in my fabric stash! isn’t it cute? i’ve been holding on to it because its so cute i don’t want to cut it! any ideas on what to do with it?

i hope you have a great weekend, don’t forget my valentine’s day treasures for a last minute idea, and see you on monday.


my bedside, pillow-view

this week i thought i would join in on the ‘my place and yours’ meme fun-times, as started by the unstoppable pip from meet me at mikes! so for your voyeuristic pleasure, here is what i wake up to each morning.

starting from the top left corner and going clockwise you can see:

my lovely vintage wallpaper lampshade, from drawflowers a little solar powered plant that, as much as i try, i just can’t kill ✽ a handy little green and pink mug that holds hairclips mostly ✽ a pink box to store my moisturizer and lip balm etc ✽ current bedtime book ‘the ten cent plague: the great comic book scare and how it changed america’ ✽ the fabulous yellow alarm clock ✽ and last but not least a sweet little plastic box made by swimmer with bunnies and toadstools and hula hoops and filled with earrings that i’m too lazy to put away ✽


Following on from yesterday’s post on ‘What I’m Coveting’ i thought i’d show you why i’m not coveting much – i already have a lot of lovely things. Things with stories, and memories, and ways of making me smile! Awww. I mean really, i could show you everything i own, because if i didn’t love it, i probably wouldn’t own it, but that would be a blog unto itself, and really, who wants to see an entire week devoted to posts about each pair of my socks? No one. Didn’t think so. So here is a small selection of things about my house which have a place in my heart…

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Decole ‘Boulangerie’ mug/teapot Isn’t it a sweetie? I actually have quite a bit of Decole, i just can’t resist their cute products. This is a relatively new addition, but it’s a mug with a lid on top, and the lower part has a strainer and is used as a tea pot! Ugh – i die. No sugar needed in that tea – its sweet enough!

Books! I love me some books. Mostly these are inspiring, shiny-paged, art books. I do read novels, but i love to surround myself with wonderful pictures and as a result i’ve filled two very big bookshelves with mostly art and design books. Its so good to curl up on the sofa and soak in a heavy, glossy paged book!

Psychedelic Scarves My grandma was an amazingly stylish lady, and i’m fortunate enough to have inherited her scarves. Although i rarely wear them, its so good to be able to have them in my closet. Not only are they a reminder of her, they’re an inspiration on their own. Just look at those colors and patterns! And they’re just the tip of the scarf-berg!

Orla Kiely bag I, along with quite a few others, am an Orla addict. Admitting i have a problem is the first step i’ve been told, but i think its her problem. Stop designing great bags, Ms Kiely! (please don’t!! i take it back!) I have a few of her bags but this is my favourite. Its big, and durable and just look at those flowers. It makes my heart smile!

Bedroom art gallery Our bedroom is lovely and sunny (except at night – boom tish) so its a pretty happy place to wake up in. Up there on the wall is a gouache painting from APAK and a plastic picture of a deer and flowers by Swimmer (Japanese kawaii brand) a shadow box paper sculpture by Helen Musselwhite and an original acrylic painting of a boy & a guitar (just like my boy & his guitar) by Lab Partners.

Arabia Enamelware by Kaj Franck Another treasure inherited from my grandmother, the Arabia enamel pot and salad bowl are possibly my favourite things ever. I remember them from such an early age, and unknowingly my drawing style was heavily influenced by Kaj Franck’s designs on them. They’ve served many a delicious meal and i love that something i love so much can be used, and really be a part of my day to day life.

Tchotchkes Just little things, kitschy bits and pieces. I have a lot of them, scattered around, in pigeon holes and little groups. Here we see a leg of a little blue deer, a vintage floral mug, a ‘Friends with You’ blind box toy and a postcard my grandma sent from Hawaii back in the 70s. Oh and the very edge of a ‘Las Vegas’ salt & pepper shaker – sin city seasoning!

Photo Graphis My mum was a graphic designer, back when graphic designing required rulers and pens and real tools. While i inherited a lot of her drawing tools, i must confess the pile of Graphis annuals have been used the most! And how could you resist that cover? Another day i’ll post some scans because there is some really amazing stuff in these books.

Comfy colorful corners Like i said, i could easily post my entire house, but this corner sums it up. Its a happy, comfortable place i can go to and think about what a lucky girl i am to have not only such lovely surroundings, but what adorable people i have to share it with! L.u.c.k.y!