Thursday, June 30, 2011

Jon Contino

Some marvelous hand-drawn lettering and typographic illustration by Jon Contino.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Melting Moments

When this lovely lady married one of those handsome scottish boys and moved across the pond to join us other australian kids over here in scotland, another lovely lady put together a cook book for her and asked me to participate. I was pretty excited and I knew exactly what i was going to share . . .

Melting Moments

1/2 cup Butter
2 tablespoons of Icing Sugar
Vanilla to taste 
1/2 S R Flour 
1/2 Cornflour

2 tablespoons of butter 
2 tablespoons of condensed milk
3 tablespoons icing sugar
Vanilla to taste 

1. Cream butter and sugar and vanilla.
2. Sift flour and cornflour.
3. Add to creamed mixture and mix well. 
4. Roll into small balls. 
5. place on greased flat pan and squash slightly with a fork.
6. bake in slow oven 150 to 160 degrees for 10 - 15 mins 
7. mix all icing ingredients together. 
8. join biscuits together with icing when cold.
9. carefull they will be fragile!!

These remind me of home.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


I am going to make quilt! We have 200 meters of bunting we (John mostly there was nothing more sweet then watching him sew but thats another story) had made for our wedding, and i cant think of anything better  than making a quilt out of it and have something else to remind us of that day. some people have millions of photos from there special day we have lots of stuff!! perhaps i will show you later. anyway off to start what i can only think will be a massive project seeing as i don't actually know how to make a quilt.

via 1. 2. 3.

Friday, June 24, 2011

bears, bears, bears…

If you need a collection of cool looking bears in your life, you should head over to - a whole site dedicated to illustrations and photos of the grizzly little guys!

Monday, June 20, 2011


My friends at my work don't believe Golspie exists because they have never heard of it! but it surely does and this is where John grew up and its one of the best places in the world. here's a collage of photos we took on my first trip. john wasn't even my boyfriend when these where taken and when we went back last november and he became my husband whoa!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011


We are heading to Golspie this weekend to see johns parents and to pick up his dads old record player. i have been looking high and low for a pice of furniture on witch to place it i knew i would know what i was looking for when i found it. but then i stumbled across modern50 and am now coveting all of the above. Now to find some similar rusty metal closer to home and for about £5.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

worth a read

If you know me at all you'll know i am obsessed by magazines and these are my pick of the best. and best looking. I am sure they are not at all new to you but they each come with a little "review" read on if your interested and i would love and recommendations if you have any.

I first stumbled across Frankie at issue 2 and have read ever since. Wile living in scotland my mother has kindly posted me every issue. I recently stumbled across a lonely one in london and bought it in so much excitement and after realized i already had the issue at home on my bedside table but it always reminds me of home so more the better i say. I would love to get my grubby mitts on issue one but they are charging a cheeky 200AUD for it these days. 

This one is always a gem and by far the most pleasing to the eye, I think i let out an audible hooray when i spotted this the other day, i can never find Lula anywhere!

I was at the Red Door Gallery when i picked up the first issue of oh comely the kind lady working had spotted my Frankie and was sharp enough to recommend oh comely which had only arrived that day! This has to be the best independent magazine Britain has to offer it defiantly warms your insides on a rainy scottish day.

This one is never found in this country but its one of those i can only describe as "all killer no filler" it really is that good and without trying to be offensive and obvious i really think Australia does it better!! and i am feeling strangely patriotic!

A new one to me but had spotted this one all over blog world and stumbled across it in person randomly. I am still warming to this as its fairly wordy it but boy does it look lovely on the coffee table.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Collection.

Perhaps a bit of an odd one but i thought i would share with you a few favorites from my vintage souvenir tea towel collection. My favorite finds are anything Australian especially if it has birds or Koalas! or anything Scottish - and i am thinking now of exclusively only picking up these as my  habit is spiraling out of control! not even john knows how many i have now as he rarely goes into the linen closet. sorry John.

Oh click on the images to see them bigger.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Seiko Kato

Amazingly complex yet intricate collage work from Seiko Kota.

She is inspired by Victorian medical books and encyclopedias. There is loads more on her website.

Monday, June 6, 2011


I think if I stumbled across one of these murals while wandering the streets it would most definitely make my day/week.

They are by Matt Moore and you can see more of his work here.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Latest Batch.

As promised. My lastest batch of film form my trusty Nikon EM.

Pictures from Torridon, Cambridge and around Glasgow.
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