Book Covers

4 04 2013

Book covers 11

* Ghostheart by Ananda Braxton-Smith

* Horses by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

* An Awfully Big Adventure by Jane Tolerton

* Cooking with Beer by Paul Mercurio

* In One Pot by Blanche Vaughan

* ANZAC Biscuits by Phil Cummings

* Girl Defective by Simmone Howell

* Black Angus by Geoff Bryant

* Time on My Hands by Giorgio Vasta



Book Covers

18 02 2013

Time for your weekly(ish) book covers 🙂

I have followed Oscar the Bionic Cats’ journey and it is truly inspirational. I haven’t read the book but I’m sure his willingness to just get on with life will shine through like it has elsewhere.

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Top to bottom, left to right:

* Oscar: the Bionic Cat by Kate Allen

* A Visual Celebration of Giant Pandas by Fanny Lai

* Kathleen and Frank by Christopher Isherwood

* Under the Walnut Tree by Anna Bergenström

* Blood by Tony Birch

* The Secret Museum by Molly Oldfield

* The Weekend Cook by Matthew Evans

* Love and Happiness by Galt Niederhoffer

* Idiopathy by Sam Byers

Book covers

30 01 2013

Apologies for the delay, my mind has been elsewhere.

Anyway, here is an eclectic batch of book covers from the new lot I downloaded today. I have actually read so of these so I can recommend them. As for the rest, the standard rules apply: I cannot guarantee a good read, only that I liked the cover artwork.

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Top to bottom, left to right:

* London for Lovers by Sam Hodges

* Magic In Manhattan by Sarah Mlynowski

* A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke

* Organic Gardening: The Whole Story by Alan & Jackie Gear

* Valiant by Holly Black

* Wallace by Jim Gorant

* I Heart Stationery by Charlotte Rivers

* Aroha by Anaru Bickford

* Free-Range Chicken Gardens by Jessi Bloom

* Woolgathering by Patti Smith

* Happy by Mies van Hout

* Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love by Chris Roberson

Colourful Customs

2 02 2011

A slightly eclectic post today – the common theme seems to be bright colours…

* Absolutely fantastic macaroons from J’aime les Macaroons in Christchurch

* New Girl cushions by Jules at Click for Art

* Louis XV Upholstered  Ribbon Chair by Dransfield & Ross

* Recovered egg chair by Squint

* Paper craft, UK Johnny & Tentaclopse, by Jules

No-Dig Gardening

27 09 2010

Here we have the first “How not to do it” post. I say that because I usually get enthusiastic about something then lose patience / energy / motivation about half way through. This is especially true when it comes to vacuuming or weeding. So, with that in mind, I went in search of a way to grow vegies with less weeding. What I found was the No-Dig garden, which sounds like just what I was looking for. Here’s how to make your own:

First step is to create a raised garden bed. You do not need to dig over your lawn (yay!) simply mark out the space with bricks, buy a kit-set garden, or do what I did – collect recycled weather boards, stakes and timber off-cuts from the villa renovation down the road, invite a friend with carpentry skills over, give friend a beer and point in the direction of collected materials then step out of the way.

On the left is his garden, on the right is mine – spot the difference…

So the left hand one is going to be my lettuce and salad bed. The right is going to be a “3 Sisters” garden and potato stacks. I will cover the 3 Sisters in a later blog but in the meantime you can find further reading here.

Now that you have your garden space sorted you can move onto the next bit – filling it up. You will need a few items first that you can buy from a garden shop or collect from friends. You will need:

* Newspaper

* Good compost

* Lucerne hay

* Pea Straw

* Fertilizer – commercial mix or manure

The basic idea is that you layer up these items in such a way as to discourage weeds while providing an optimum growing environment for your vegetables.

Step 1 – Newspaper. Spread out sheets of newspaper evenly over the dirt/lawn at the bottom of your garden space to a depth of approx 2 cm. If you are creating your garden directly onto your lawn it is a good idea to mow it quite short first. Water well to soften the paper.

Step 2 – Lucerne Hay. You can get lucerne hay at any horse feed store and most larger pet shops. It will be cheaper at the feed store. Shake out segments of hay and spread evenly over the newspaper to an approximate depth of 10cm.

Step 3 – Fertilizer. I used pony poo that had been well aged – at least 4 months. You can use sheep, cow or chicken poo or a commercial product. Just use less over the commercial type. Again, spread evenly to a depth of approx 15-20cm.

Step 4 – Straw. Pea straw is probably the easiest to come by, but I had lucerne straw so that’s what I used. Spread to a depth of 10cm approx.

Step 5 – Fertilizer. As for step 3. I also added a light sprinkling of soluble general purpose fertilizer on top.

Step 6 – Compost. I had left my compost for too long so it resembles topsoil more than mulch. Either way it doesn’t matter, just make sure it is free of weeds and other objects. I found a Mr PotatoHead in my compost. Haven’t decided if I will return it to the neighbor kids yet 🙂

Step 7 – Water. With your hose set to mist, water well to make sure all the layers are damp. It is a good idea to let your garden settle for at least a couple of days before planting your seedlings or the fertilizer may burn the roots. Don’t sow seeds straight into the garden as it is designed to prevent this therefore keeping down your weeds.

Colour me Wonderful

14 09 2010

Pretty in Pink! …or fuchsia, cerise, berry, plum, magenta

This colour post is a bit shoe heavy, but can you blame me? 🙂

Find some of the featured items here:

Purple Skull Pumps @ TUK

Rose & Raspberry Macaroons @ J’aime les Macaroons

Berry Fruit Merino @ Needle Food

Rockin’ Cotton Candy pony @ Pop-Girl

Pamela Mann Cerise vertical Stripe Socks @ Socks’n’Knicks

Dusky Rose Zip Brooch @ Zippity Doo Dah

Crazy Dots & Stripes fabric @ Fat Quarter Shop

Fuchsia Tree @ Oderings

Pink & Black Cupcakes @ Crumbs & Doilies

Pink Elephant Skirt @ Burlesque Baby

Beyond the Sea fabric @ Fat Quarter Shop

Flora & Fauna Raspberry fabric @ Fat Quarter Shop

Confections fabric @ Fat Quarter Shop

Rockabilly Peep Toe T-bars @ Amazon

Pomegranate Body Butter @ The Body Shop

Entwined pony @ Pop-Girl

Fuchsia Cartwheel crib set @ Mod Pea Pod

Hungle Harpster wheat bag @ Little Kiwi’s Nest

Eternal Tee @ Deviant Art

Silk & Lace Corset @ WaistedSpace

Betseyville Polka-dot shoes @ Rock’n’Roll Bride

Cinderella @ Disney

Pink Punk Pumps @ Jellyfish Design Studio

Lily Allen with pink hair

Space Invaders badge @ Kool Badges

Pink Star badge @ Kool Badges

Eddie pony @ Pop-Girl

Dreadfalls @ Miasma Hair

Fuchsia Frenzy Tulips @ Bluestone Perennials

Strappy Platforms @ Iron Fist

Hot Pink Cross Quilt @ Betty Ninja

Fuchsia Sequined Peep-toes @ Christian Louboutin

Moroccan Rose Shower Gel @ The Body Shop

Wild Cherry Shower Gel @ The Body Shop

Surprise Ball

23 08 2010

I first saw surprise balls (or parcel balls) on Poppy Talk and Kate Spade. They are sold by Kiosk, but are easy enough to make yourself. Just wrap layers of crape paper around small gift, securing each layer with a sticker, until you have a roughly round ball. Then decorate with strips of crape paper, wrapping paper, ribbon or yarn and more stickers. Give to a friend or loved one and watch them create a beautiful mess of colour!

I made my 1st one for my boyfriend (in black, purple and silver with a goth theme) and my 2nd for my friend’s wedding (in pink, yellow, orange and white with a princess theme). Here is the 3rd I made for a work friend (in 2 tone green, white and bright pink with a New Zealand theme). Poor Grabrielle had heard me talking about the previous parcels, so I decided to make her Monday 🙂