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29 June 2012

Little Ari

This photo was taken in 2009, in the lane way outside 
'Our Little-Big House' in the city (as Ari used to call it).

A Little-r Ari in his winter woolies. So cute and
how cute are those bunny mitts?!  Too small now :'(

I drew this picture in 2008 of Ari and his best friend Henri,
(who was one of my earliest toy creation).  I recently uploaded it
to my online portfolio of Art and Illustration... take a peek↓

26 June 2012

southern winter

Solstice Bonfire
Self-saucing Mocha Choc Pudding


100g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa
60g brown sugar
25ml crème de cacao (optional)
25ml strong espresso coffee
100ml milk
1 egg
50g butter, melted

For the topping:
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dutch cocoa
1 teaspoon dried espresso coffee powder
250ml boiling water


1.    Preheat oven to 180˚C, fan-forced. 2.   Butter a 17cm (1.0L) pudding bowl and set aside until required.

3.   Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa into a large mixing bowl, 
add sugar and stir to combine.

4.   Add the crème de cacao, coffee, milk, egg and melted butter, 
stir well to combine thoroughly using a wooden spoon or electric beater.

5.    Pour into pre-prepared pudding bowl and place on a baking sheet.

6.   To make the topping add brown sugar, cocoa and dried instant coffee 
powder into a bowl and stir well to combine, scatter the whole lot liberally 
over the top of the pudding then pour the 250ml of boiling water 
over the top again.
7.   Bake in oven for 40 minutes or until top has risen 
and sauce below bubbles up through pudding.

8.   Serve hot with vanilla bean ice cream.

Recipe from the always delectable whatkatieate blog

Have you visited her blog before?
If not... Ooooh you're in for a treat!

The 'What Katie Ate' cookbook is also coming out soon.
You can pre-order it now from Amazon.  Take a looksy!

Update: Jane noted that I forgot to add the cooking time.
Ooops!  Sorry for that... it would be useful, wouldn't it? ;) 

Katie also has a chocolate recipe here.  For littler palates.

23 June 2012

cardboard LOVE

I have a secret. A very small secret. But a secret that's
taking up quite a bit of room in the storeroom.

 I have a wee bit of a thing for...

Mister Clock from the incredible

{ cardboard }

There. I've said it! Phew.

It all started a couple of years back, 
when we moved out of the CBD. I scoured 
high and low for boxes. But, I was very particular. 

I did not want just any old cardboard box. 

Quirky creatures by

I chose brightly coloured fruit boxes. 

Packing boxes from the asian restaurant sector.
And anything with a really nice tone of recycled brown.

I packed them. Moved them. Un-packed them.
And ever so lovingly flattened and stored them away
...much to the rest of my household's disdain!

Whimsical artwork by 

 My initial thoughts were packaging... 
for 'Raised by the Wolves' designs.

I would cut box templates to fit each design 
and then hand-make my very own shipping boxes.
I still intend to do just that BUT... some of these boxes, 
now they are just too nice to ship away. 

They are deserving of a higher purpose.

I've long yearned to turn 
those cardboard beauties into...


Well, with the help of my ever ready assistant, 
the mid-winter holidays being just a week away and
the projects I've been working so madly on nearing
completion, perhaps it's time to take a breather,
and breath new life into that...

 old pile of cardboard!


19 June 2012

cut and play

It's really late here, but I just can't sleep!

I guess my mind won't stop ticking... thinking... 
about all sorts of things.

Yesterday's post got me thinking about this blog
Filled to the brim with wonderful vintage paper-cut outs. 

I'm sure you're going to love it too! xo

17 June 2012

paper planes & memories

There is a giveaway for a rather cute book on Fine Little Day.

also available from Amazon

To enter you just need to leave a comment
about a favourite paper plane memory.

So, I asked Ari what we should say and he said 

"Well, all my paper plane memories are in the drawer!"

And indeed they are. Ari likes to keep all the projects we make
and probably spends just as much time playing with our paper and 
cardboard toy creations, as he does with the store bought ones.

So we pulled them out and took some photos of

'Ari's paper plane memories'.

He was so happy to see his creations up here,
on my blog, that it got me thinking perhaps... 

he should have a blog of his own?

It's something I've mulled over before but he always seemed
too little to understand the concept of having a web page. 

This year he turns seven though! Such a big boy ;)

Perhaps we'll build Ariel Gray an art blog for his birthday!

15 June 2012

pattern play

 I love these combinations of pattern and colour ↓

The work of german artist Sabine Finkenauer is so playful and the
Kilim cushions from Sukan display such interesting tribal designs.

They look great in juxtaposition, don't you think?

7 June 2012

the music maker

We've been having a lot of fun with my birthday present.

It's been a while since I've had a turntable and Ari's never
enjoyed the experience of listening to records play before!

I have bit of a collection of kid's recordings, though none 
quite so wonderful as the records pictured here. Perhaps we'll 
have to start a collection of 1940s and 1950s kid's records.

Some of the records pictured here come from this great site.

The sweet collectors there have uploaded their collection for
your free personal enjoyment. So lovely! Take a peek. x

5 June 2012

lei li la loo

Today, I turn Thirty-five!  WOW.  Ha?
It's a rather grey and gloomy sort of birthday day.
Typical for early June (and the beginning of Winter).
We're planning to brave the miserable cold front
and take a little trip into town, though. Yay!

I thought I'd write about this lovely maker's blog today,
my very first Etsy discovery and my birthday gift to you... 

The white rabbit, or rather... very cute and colourful bunny...
that I followed into the wonderland of Etsy.

You can visit the LeiLiLaLoo shop here.

A beautiful place to find inspiration
and glimpse an artist and mother at work.
If you're feeling grey, visiting this blog
is just like dancing in a rainbow ♥

4 June 2012

High Five

Sneaky is more like a tiger cub than a house cat. 

And she thinks Ari is a tiger cub too, I think. 

The two of them spend hours playing together.

Ari's double bed is a beautiful old deco piece I picked up for a 
song, many years ago. My first bed when I moved out of home.

His sheets are from Ikea. The print is a graphic version of Ikat.

'Orange Pussycats' is an old work of mine from art school days.

2 June 2012


I love these eclectic creations by Hutch Studios

 I have a wee bit of a thing for whirligigs and the like.
A bit of whimsy like this would look lovely amongst 
the wild strawberries & winter blooms in our garden.

'Artist and designer Chris Theiss repurposes old junk to hand 
make extraordinarily fun and whimsical creations.Every fence post 
in front of Hutch spins with one of these clever contraptions.'

...in the artists own words

It would be fun to attend one of these workshops and 
La Conner looks like a very pretty little town to visit.

If only I wasn't half the world away here in Australia.