What’s hot + what’s not

Hello! It’s What’s hot + What’s not time *again*! Luckily my interests are so fleeting and fickle I have enough stuff to manage to get these lists together weekly. Are you taking part with your own list this week? If so, don’t forget to leave you link in the widget below. I will come and say hello!


Zinc – my favourite store this side of my parent’s house. While sometimes I feel a little like I am living in a shopper’s desert, a quick visit to Zinc in Toorak Road, Burwood (or is it Glen Iris around there?) to use a gift certificate and to dream of Christmases to come  always restores my faith in the Eastern suburbs. Yesterday I finally replaced my (exploding sunscreen filled) wallet with a gorgeous thing from Elk. Very nice.

Halloween! This year we have a cindy-lauper-style rockstar and a bottom-of-the-dress-up-basket fairy princess.

Count down to NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. Are you taking part this year? The first year I signed up was 2000 and it was a complete failure. I look back and think to myself… what was my problem? I had all that TIME! This year time *will* be my biggest problem, but I want to get back into my daily writing again and this is as good an excuse as any. I have a new book to start so it seems like perfect timing.

Related – The NaNoWriMo Young Writer’s Program. Just like NaNoWriMo but for kids under 17 years and with the opportunity to set reasonable word count goals. The word count recommended for Amelia’s age group is 300-3000 words. Hmm. Wonder if she’d be into it too.

Related – the Office of Light and Letters is hot. I loved reading the history of NaNoWriMo and am so impressed with the vision and the energy and the passion of the people involved in running it and their charitable organisation, the Office of Light and Letters. Donate to a great cause, or if that’s a stretch, use GoodSearch for all your NaNoWriMo searching and choose the Office of Light and Letters as your charity – GoodSearch is a brilliant idea – 50% of the company’s revenue is donated to designated charities.

What I wore today in drawings – the blog and the flickr pool. Gemma Correll is one of my favourite illustrators and she has started such a great meme. I think I might have to get in on the action. Also, just for fun – today is an All Gemma Correll day in my etsy faves over there in my sidebar.


My energy levels are not hot. My immune system is not hot. It’s boring, and annoying.

Sleepless nights – so, when do kids start sleeping through the night? I was hoping 7 would be the magic number but it seems not.

Forgetting to take snaps for my “life long project” of dinner photography. I missed every dinner while we were away and then there was the gastro so now am out of the habit enough to only keep up sporadically.

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35 Responses

  1. Emjie says:

    Oh, I love Gemma’s Let’s Ride illustration.The tinsel wig sure does bring back happy childhood memories. I had a similar wig and just loved wearing it.Nanowrimo is quite appealing to me. I just might give this a go. Thank you for sharing.

  2. CarolB says:

    I think yours was the first blog I ever read – and I’m still addicted. Love the hot + not feature, but most of all I love seeing all your art and crafts. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. tracylea says:

    Best of luck with NaNo WriMo… I’ve just signed up. We will see!

  4. Julia says:

    But it’s only Tusday! I’d like to partcipate, but what are the rules?

    • Claire says:

      The rules are simple, write a list of your weekly What’s Hot and What’s Nots, cut and paste your post’s url into the widget below and link back to Loobylu as part of your post! Fun!

  5. Amy says:

    Love the NaNoWriMo! I’ve never heard of it, and I’m delighted to find it–and my daughter is all ready to sign up. Super cool.I would participate in What’s Hot and What’s Not again, because I would do anything to be connected to your blog in any way (sad, but true), but my life is so incredibly dull that I can’t subject anyone to the gory details…Perhaps next week, though, if I really work hard, and save up…:o)

  6. Happydacks says:

    Hi, I’m loving the “what I wore today’ -great fun to visit! GoodSearch sounds…good! With you on immune system issues, have just finished long courses of antibiotics and feeling yuck. blaa! I am in again for Hot+Not Claire.Michele x

  7. Mary says:

    Yay! I finally took the time to do this. Thanks for letting us play along!

  8. gillian says:

    Yes, I must say I’m starting to feel like the only one still taking photos for ‘Once Daily.’ I’m a bit lonely over there. And I miss seeing your yummy dinners.

  9. Beth says:

    Finally! More people celebrating Halloween!! x

  10. frog says:

    I love the what I wore in drawing. Perhaps if I started doing that, it’d prompt me to wear different things. I’d wear out my black pencil pretty quickly, too.

  11. Sarah says:

    Sorry you’re still not well, that’s no fun. Although at least you have that ace tinsel wig to cheer you up!I’d never heard of Gemma Correll but love her blog and her super cool drawings, especially ‘Pugs not Drugs’ – it’s great!Good luck with taking part in NaNoWriMo, I think it’s a great idea but I wouldn’t get past writing the title, probably…He he!

  12. MeganK says:

    Like this what’s hot and not idea. Need all the help I can to get my pregnant brain operating lately – so thanks!

  13. Stomper Girl says:

    Love that glittery wig, what a smashing photo.

  14. Jo says:

    I love the links in your blog – one day I’m learning how to read turkish coffee grounds, the next I’m pouring over What I Wore Today. I agree with frog, I should start doing my own just as a prompt to wear different things! Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to look back in a few years time, not just at what you wore but with the little annotations to say how you felt about it?

  15. I love Halloween..though it is a lot of work! It is definitely hot around here! This time of year, energy levels always get low! It is tough! I love doing the what is hot and what is not! I’m so glad I have been motivated to keep it up! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  16. Joanna S says:

    Hot – the sun is shining after more horrible rain here in Georgia.Cycling with my husband this morning – a walk in the park for the man in the lycra & me puffing along behind on my $99 walmart special.The print I just bought on etsy from Screeningbluemurder in Brighton, UK (where I come from pre-USA) – just loving her take on Little Red Riding Hood – check out her wolf print.The new ‘Antique Label’ fabric range from Nani Iro – seen on trueup.net & available from Matatabi on etsy (great store!).Loving trueup.net – lets me see all the fabric I would like to buy if I had the money.

    Not hotWaiting for my work permit from the lovely US immigration – I’ve been here nearly 3 years – what more commitment do they need!!Neck pain – just googled it & no further knowledge gainedstill 3 more weeks until my lovely girls have a break from school – they’ve been going since the beginning of August – we’re all tired of catching the bus at 7amoops – have I used up too much comment space:-(Have a nice day everyone!

  17. ali says:

    An excellent time capsule! Look forward to reading more!

  18. Tracey says:

    What’s hot? That wig, so cool!! Fun pic!

  19. How cute is that little rockstar? Also, thank you for the link to Gemma Correll, her stuff is so lovely and sweet. I love illustrators!

  20. Anna says:

    Long time reader, first time commenting. Love your blog and your work, thank you!

  21. Alisa says:

    Love the idea of “What’s hot” – makes me concentrate more on what’s going on. Love your blog, the marshmallow rabbits, the punkdorf dolls, the gorgeous pictures!

  22. Lisa says:

    Your daughter has eyelashes to die for! no amount of Max factor extra long lash gets my lashes anywhere near! My little boy Sonny has really long lashes too, longer than my girls! That photo with the lashes and the glitter wig is a keeper and a framey she looks beautiful!

  23. Kirsty says:

    I’m excited about the nanowrimo thingy. Have passed it on to the big girl. She’s busting to start! Thank you.My list this week is all NOT so I thought I’d better give it a miss. No key for me this week! xxx

  24. Amy says:

    Ooh I joined in this week! I have never commented before but I wanted to let you know that yours was the first crafty/creative blog I ever read, after I found the web address in a book about softies. I remembered this after reading Pip’s blog earlier today. When I first got to your blog, you had left a post about how you were not blogging anymore and so I settled with reading the archives, and then you came back! Good news.Amy x

  25. wow Elk looks absolutely gorgeous – wish I was in Melbourne to shop there!

  26. Two Tuesdays says:

    Thanks for the link to NaNo! I am joining in!

  27. alyshajane says:

    Love the wig, so fun! :)I keep meaning to do Nanowrimo, but I have a feeling I won’t get even half way through.

  28. Leonie says:

    I’ve added my link to the list again, after missing a few weeks.Still such a fun little exercise to sit down once a week and think about the things you love and loathe.

    Good luck with the novel writing! A few of my friends asked me to join in but the writer in me finds over 1500 words a day too overwhelming.

    I think I’ll just take my time instead, but I am going to actually start something for a change!

  29. Lea says:

    Good luck with Nanowrimo…I’ve signed up too. Something I’ve been keen to do for a few years. In same boat as you, feeling like what did I do with all my “time” pre-bebes? Ah well, happy writing.

  30. Cat says:

    I love it! And am playing along too.

  31. Ammie says:

    Yay! I’ve been waiting all week to play again. :)Oh, I’m so excited about NaNoWriMo. This is my first year. Since a friend told me about it a few months ago, I’ve been debating genre: sci-fi, drama, detective fiction. I have yet to make up my mind. 🙂 Yay for the blogging community!

  32. Anna says:

    I’m playing along for the first time today! Late, but better than not at all!!I like the sound of NaNoWriMo Young writers program – I wish something like that had been around when I was that age!! The time is so not right for writing for me right now, but it would have been fun (and may be again, sometime)!

  33. Mandy says:

    I’ve been planning on doing NaNoWriMo as well, but it seems that I let yesterday slip by already, and today is the 2nd and I have yet to even have an IDEA of what I’d write about… ahhhh, I don’t work well under pressure! I have to get moving with this if I want to do it! Good luck to you!!

  34. lexi says:

    For some reason I keep clicking through and coming to last week’s hot and not.. Weird.. Anyway, I hear you on the bickering front. Oh yes, I definitely hear you.How’s the writing going?

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