Addictive Antique Auctions

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Don’t you just love a spontaneous antique action!! Abso-freaking-lutelty!!

I traveled to the beautiful and very cold Bowral last weekend to celebrate my Mumma Bears birthday. Our plan for the day was to eat some good food, have  a little look through the shops and just enjoy the positive crisp (borderline freezing) Bowral air.

After a stunning breakfast at Biota (highly recommend any foodie to check this place out!) our first stop on our retail therapy trail was my favourite antique store of all time… Dirty Janes Antique Emporium. It is like a massive treasure chest of unique, interesting and beautifully eclectic antiques pieces, all neatly organised and presented in such a way that just makes me incredibly happy! Many hours of my life have been lost to this wonderful emporium. Upon arrival we were pleasantly surprised to discover that Dirty Janes was having one of their bi-monthly Antique actions (our lucky day or what!). Instantly my eyes lit up like a kid in a candy store at the sight of an entire car park scattered with miss matched, preloved bits and pieces. My other half’s eyes instantly lit up with fear and worry for what this was going to mean for our bank account or how on earth we would fit it all into the car!

Dirty Janes had a huge variety of items for auction from massive sets of antique doors, small antique tools, kitchen wears, furniture and the largest selection of antique bird cages you have ever seen! The auctioneer had to sell every single item in the carpark…(now this is where the dangerous part comes in)… so when I realised how cheap items were going for and I had my registered bidding card in my hand.. the fun really begun!

I managed to pick up two beautiful old ladders (I have a plan for these that  I will share with you shortly) and two more chairs to add to my mismatched dinning room chair collection. All up I spent about $60 which is an absolute bargain when you consider how beautifully made these items are and the rich history and memories they come with.

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Dirty Janes next Antique action is on the 13th September I will absolutely be there ready to find some more beautifully addictive antiques!

Happy Days!

Lots of Love,

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For the Love of France….

“La fête nationale”

Bastille DayHappy Bastille Day to all of those fellow French loving followers out there.. a day where France remembers one of the country’s bloodiest, yet most iconic, revolutions. Today “Bastille Day” is a colourful celebration of French culture and pride.

I can not help but feel my mind has been wondering off lately… wondering to those beautiful days spent with my love exploring in the warmth of summer, all that France has to offer.  My time in France was without a doubt the happiest time of my life. I love the french way life, the beauty in the culture and the passion they have for just about everything they do.

So in honour of a country I hold so dearly to my heart, here are a few  memories from my trip to la France magnificent.

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Picking some fresh raspberries at the Dijon Markets
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The most perfect  “Religious” pastry.
French Baguette

ohh baguettes

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I left my heart in France with an Orangina bottle!! The best drink on earth!

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Me in my absolute element at my favourite Parisian restaurant Jez Janou.. with a giant bowl of chocolate mousse!

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Bastille Day, July 14. What a perfect excuse to reminisce of my time in France and tonight to indulge in some French wine, and some beautiful elegant food with my love.

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My blogging may have taken a short break, however my creativity certainly has not…

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I was taking a little time out the other day reading a very interesting article about the high percentage of young bloggers who fail within the first few months of staring a new blog.. I completely understand this figure as blogging is sometimes tough, discouraging and requires a large amount of time and effort. I often feel that I put hours of love and passion into a single post, only to feel that no one is even out there reading… Now I know that you have all probably been thinking that I have failed or that I have “chucked in the towel”, however this couldn’t be further from the truth. I know when I am onto a good thing and as long as I am living this pretty little life eating, cooking and creating you will be reading about it!

So… the real reason for my disappearance of late you ask?? Well it is because I have made a very big decision in my life, a massive move… I have spread my wings and flown from the safety of my family nest and started the life I have always dreamt of.. living with my love. It has been the most scary and exciting experience of my life. As I adjust and settle into my new surrounding living out of boxes and well learning to become friends with my new kitchen (I had a very big fail whilst cooking my first dinner that I am not proud of…. and do not want to talk about!!) I simply have not had a chance to share my great news with you all. I have also been without a laptop or internet in my new place which has made communicating with you all a little difficult.

The big move has meant lots of pretty redecorating and simple refurbishing of miss matched furniture that I cannot wait to share with you all. My blogging may have taken a short break, however my creativity certainly has not!

So tonight as I sit in my pretty new surroundings and listen to the sound of my man pottering around the house (this is bliss!) I have so much to write about and share with you all… starting with My Banoffee Parfaits… YUMM!!!

It is so good to be back my friends!! I will post some sugary goodness for y’all to drool over real soon!

Lots of Love

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Pineapples, Polkadots… and Good People

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It surely comes as no surprise to you that pineapple and polkadots are two of my all time favourite words! So when the opportunity comes along that I get to use them together in a sentence… well life is good!

This evening I was hoping to bring you a beautiful Mothers Day post.. however the sun has decided to spend the afternoon hiding from me, which meant I could not capture the perfect photograph to share with you all (fingers crossed tomorrow the sun will want to be my friend!).

I did however take a trip down to Coles to get a few ingredients for a cake that I was whipping up…. two great things happened on this trip:

The first was that I had the privilege to help a fellow cake decorating stranger who was attempting to deliver the most stunning cake whilst pushing a pram on her own. I stopped knowing the difficulty and anguish of delivering a cake (let alone balancing it on your hip whilst pushing a pram). The point to my story is not that I was a hero because I had no doubt that this determined woman would have successfully made that delivery…. but more that as I walked with a complete stranger and carried her cake, we spoke and realised how many wonderful things we had in common and how we connected as two cake decorators. She was a lovely spirit and it really made me realise that every day we pass strangers on the street not knowing (or wanting to know) a single thing about them. When life gives you the beautiful chance to cross paths and help a like minded soul, you can not help but feel it was simply meant to be! We shared some moans and groans about being cake decorators in this awful weather and then parted our separate ways once the cake was safely delivered… it wasn’t anything grand but it really made me head off to Coles with a little “spring” in my step and a smile on my face. I guess I have learnt that it ain’t so bad to every now and then talk to a stranger… you never know what you can learn from them.

The second thing was I became the proud new owner of this amazing apron!! Pineapples and Polkadots… what more could this pretty little life want! I probably don’t need another apron in my very extensive collection but well…. I was not letting this one go! I have spent the afternoon baking happily in my kitchen thanks to pineapples, polkadots and…. good people!

I hope you all had a beautiful weekend and I will catch up with you all during the week with my Mothers Day post.

Lots of Love

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Love, Celebrations and… Birthday Cake!

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Welcome beautiful people to yet another fresh new week! I hope that you are all well… I feel terrible as I normally always check in with you over the weekend and share something sweet and exciting that is going on in my pretty little life, however this weekend was jam-packed and had me very busy with love, celebrations and….. birthday cake!

The first mark on the calendar that had my attention over the weekend was the celebration of 9 wonderful years with my love. We have never really been the type to count the days, months or years of our relationship.. partly because we have never been that type.. and partly because we always tend to forget and argue the actual date of our anniversary! Whoops! I guess our love is strong and we don’t feel the need to count the minutes, but rather just live and love each day in each others company. I really am so blessed to have such a strong, sweet and caring man who loves me unconditionally and more importantly puts up with my madness!! Our life together is just warming up and I am so excited for what the future holds for us.. eek!

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To help celebrate 9 years of love and happiness we spent our night at Bistro Moncur in Woollahra eating French food, sipping good quality French wine and talking about all the wonderful memories we cherish together. This photo is my favourite from my time in Paris last year. My boy and I hand in hand strolling home from yet another incredible dinner in the blissfully romantic city.. this to me is love.

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The second celebration of the weekend was my Nanna’s 84th Birthday. Now I know it is what most grand daughters would say of their Grandmother.. but my Nanna truly is the most amazing woman you will ever meet. She is strong, independent and no matter what it is I have going on in my life she is always supportive and proud. She shows so much love for her family and we are so lucky to call her ours.

A Nanna deserves nothing but the very best birthday cake, and when Mum and I spotted this delectable chocolate cake gracing the front cover of this months Taste Magazine… we knew it was perfect for our celebrations!

Mum is the best baker of all things sweet and taught me everything I know in the kitchen (almost!) so she went ahead and whipped up this master piece (I helped  a little with the piping!)

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Birthday cake

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It is lucky Nanna has no way of seeing this, as she would absolutely kill me for putting a photo up of her… however it is such a beautiful photo and makes me so happy to see her happiness.

So between this and a 6th birthday party… it really was a weekend full of love, celebrations and… birthday cake!

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Pretty as a Peach..

2015/03/img_7917-0.jpgHappy Monday beautiful people! I hope that you have a positive week ahead..

Just a quick one from me.. I had lots of comments about my nails last week.. I couldn’t believe that the cheapest nail polish in my collection, that I pretty much had forgotten about was pulling me so much attention!

I got this nail polish from my local $2 shop, the brand is BYS and the colour is Pretty as a Peach.. I have had it on for nearly a week now with little to no chips! YAY! Just shows that the most expensive aren’t always the best!

I think it is the perfect pastel shade to go with just about anything! Happy Days!…

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