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Archive: Jan 2012

  1. Wee finds: 9 sweet things that say ‘I love you’


    You know how Withnail went on holiday by mistake? Well I’ve gone to town on Valentine’s Day – by mistake. I didn’t mean to find so many lovely things. But I did, and I’m afraid I’m going to have to share them with you over the next few days.

    So if Valentine’s Day makes you want to vom a little bit, may I suggest that you view my sweet tokens of love as just that – little things that make me smile, and may in fact make the object of your affection (or best mate) smile a little bit, too. Otherwise just close your eyes, grit your teeth, and it will all be over soon.

    Top row, from left to right:
    Yeti Time letterpress card, US$4.50, by Hello!Lucky.
    LOVE GIRL gocco print by Gemma Jones, US$29 from Paintergirl’s Etsy shop.
    Mint Arrow Valentine paper-cut note card, US$5 by Ashley Pahl.

    Second row, from left to right:
    Punchline ‘Kisses’ card, AU$4.50 from Upon a Fold.
    1/100 Paper Model Set No.11 Cherry Blossom by Terada Mokei, AU$23.95 from Upon a fold.
    Letterpress Valentine Bear Hug card, US$6 by Blackbird Letterpress.

    Third row, from left to right:
    Cross my heart yoyo in blush pink, US$12 by Something’s Hiding in Here.
    ‘You’re just peaches and cream’ letterpress card, AU$6, from Bespoke Press.
    Enamored pencil set, US$11 from Paper Pastries.

  2. Birdy pick of the week: Bird nerd tea cups


    Surely Houston-based ceramicist Carole Smith of McCheek’s Mayhem made these delightful ‘Bird Nerd’ tea cup and saucer sets with me in mind? The self-confessed bird nerd (tick) apparently ‘likes to look at pictures of wee birdies’ (tick, tick) and clearly loves a good cuppa from a fancy cup (tick, tick, tick). The mostly vintage decals and lettering are put through three firings in the kiln, so the results are permanent (though you should probably wash them gently by hand).

    Bird Nerd Teacup and Saucer Set,  US$45, from McCheek’s Mayhem’s Etsy shop.

    Tweet Ceramic Mug, US$28, from McCheek’s Mayhem’s Etsy shop.

  3. Wee Birdy in the press: The Hoopla


    I was super-chuffed when one of my favourite Aussie websites, The Hoopla, wanted to interview me for their Top Bloggers series.

    Have you had a look at The Hoopla yet? I’m a wee bit hooked – it’s a newsy/magazine-y online site for “wise, warm, witty and wonderful women”. It’s got a great line-up of smart women behind it (Wendy Harmer, Jane Waterhouse, Caroline Roessler and Donna Kilby) and I’m looking forward to watching it go absolutely gang-busters this year.

    In the interview I talk about the business of blogging – starting out, finding readers, dealing with negative feedback and making money (and if you’re wondering, I’m wearing rubber gloves and holding a piece of old bone. Don’t ask). Click here to read the story.