Hot and Not – on a Wednesday

Another Wednesday has sprung on us again. I’m sorry I didn’t get to visit last week if you played along. Solo parenting is to blame! Clearly I need to get more organised.

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Klaus Haapaniemi (above) – I’m late to the party but I am loving the work of this Finnish born, London based illustrator. So good. I have been drooling over his dinnerware in a store while I was doing my Christmas shopping and came home to google him and feel my heart explode as I look at all his amazing work. And look, Christina found this gorgeous flash website he illustrated – just in time for Christmas.

Rainy Tuesday. It was only momentarily a hassle to have to go out shopping in the pouring rain yesterday. While I managed to get quite wet around the ankles, it was still such a delicious novelty.

Chance meeting with Christina – she was stepping out of Minimax having been looking for a trifle bowl, I was zooming past to get to the dollhouse shop to look for little miniatures to incorporate into some last minute decoration making. We spent a pleasant half hour attempting to tick off things on our respective shopping lists.

Vanilla Macaron – I still think my friend Paul makes the best macarons in Melbourne, but I tried a vanilla macaron the other day from a cafe and the vanilla flavour was delicious. Like ice-cream in a macaron.

Holiday posts from the Kiddley archives. We were so lucky to have a huge group of talented guest bloggers with amazing tutorials for holiday crafts and activities on our Kiddley site around this time in 2006. Scroll back through the pages for good things from the likes of Amy from Angry Chicken, Amanda from Soulemama, Sarah from the Small Object, Heather Bailey, Christina Gordon, Lyn from Molly Chicken, Carly from Moopy and Me, Kathreen from Whip Up, Alicia from Posy Gets Cozy, Asha from Parent Hacks, Andrea from Hula Seventy, Alison from Six and Half Stitches, Fiona from Hop Skip Jump, Heidi from My Paper Crane, Stephanie from Little Birds Handmade, Amber from Kids Craft Weekly, Myra from My Little Mochi and Blair from Wise Craft. Even as I type up that list I am stunned by the amount of cool people who helped us out with Kiddley in the December of 2006!

10 Years of Loobylu and all the kind comments, tweets and emails I received.

Tiny knitting – for some last minute decoration making.


Phil is away in California. That makes me a bit sad. Things which are usually his domain keep going wrong – batteries going flat in the smoke detector in the middle of the night, the oven going up to full temperature and refusing to turn off,  internet connection stops working, heater stops working… and I still can’t make a good coffee. Now I am just waiting for a plague of spiders and cockroaches to attack. On the bright side, I am proving to myself that I really can cope with all these “Phil” things. Apart from missing him, of course.

Sore tippy-toe muscles. “What?!” I hear you say… Changing smoke detector batteries in the middle of the night required standing on a chair with my eyes half closed. And the ceiling seemed suddenly very high up so I had to strain and stand on the tippiest of my tippy-toes. I woke up the next morning with excruciatingly sore feet and calf muscles and realised I had given my rarely used tippy-toe muscles a work out. Agony!

Colds, headlice, pot belly, not enough sleep – all the usual suspects.

How about you?