What’s Hot + Not today!


Still writing like crazy at the NaNoWriMo game. I have around 4000 words left, so unless I am suddenly struck with overpowering, debilitating ennui, I should be fine. Blog posts are taking a bit of a back seat but here’s what’s been going on around here since last Wednesday.

(Here’s the game plan:
To play along, it’s as easy as writing up your own hot/not list on your blog and then linking back to me here at loobylu.com and then adding your url to the widget below.)


Delicious roast chicken and then cold roast potatoes the next day.

Hello Kitty Stamps – –  Thank you to Miss Pilgrim! I spied a package of hers that she linked to from Twitter and I thought… Hmmm… there’s no harm in asking if she’s going to keep those stamps because I know Amelia has a little penchant for Hello Kitty and has also got into stamp collecting this last year (in a funny kind of way)… so I offered to do a swap… and what a nice girl she is. They were so pretty soaking in their bowl.

Christina’s new blog and her etsy shop – – so, so good! Lots of gorgeous reproductions for sale, and Christina always finds such good things on her adventures around the web that I am looking forward to keeping up with her interesting obsessions on her blog.

Pip’s blog anniversary – – Pip’s been blogging for three years this week, and is celebrating with a week of happy things over at Meet me at Mikes. Pip has had such a big impact on the Australian Craft Blogging world (oh yes! it’s a niche within a niche within a niche!) and it’s no secret that I am a huge fan of her site and her daily good spirit, her tireless work, and her passion for life. If you haven’t got Mikes in your life yet, then now might be a very good time to start. I am looking forward to checking in over there for the next three years and beyond!

Angry Chicken’s cardboard puppet theatre – – When I was small I inherited a wooden theatre from my Mum which my Grandpa had made for her when she was small. It was a funny old thing – a simple wooden frame made from plywood, with wings and bits and pieces to hang hand drawn scenery and move cardboard cutout actors about the stage. It was called the Eclipse Theatre, the name mum had given it when she was little, and it absorbed me for hours and hours. I think it’s long gone now, probably warped or split with age, but seeing Amy’s beautiful cardboard theatre reminded me of how much fun we used to have with ours. I think I have found a summer holiday project.

Karen O and the Kids “All is Love” from the Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack – – This song blasts from our iPod about… hmm… 60 times a day.

Melbourne Museum – – we’ve been twice in the last couple of weeks and the kids love it so much. The new Wild exhibition is a cool way of displaying all the old taxidermed animals along with some nice touch screen technology… but it’s busy in there on a rainy day.

Not so hot

Not much this week, which is good. I’m cranky… and my children seem to have ears that repel all requests to tidy up their unbelievable messes. It’s driving me nuts. But then, I’m always cranky so that’s not really anything unusual.

Besides the crank, there’s studio dust – – unbelievable fluffy dust bunnies gone wild. The studio is slowly but surely getting whipped into order, but the resulting allergy attacks are crazy.

See you next week!

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24 Responses

  1. Happydacks says:

    Always look forward to your H&N Claire, joining you again…only just! Chele x

  2. Anna says:

    I think I manged to add my link. I’m not seeing it, but I don’t want to accidentally post it twice!Those roast potatoes look delicious!

  3. Tara says:

    I added my link with my last name too, oops. Thanks Claire for helping promote Australian blogs and crafters! WOohoo!

  4. Tanya says:

    Yum! we had roast chicken and potatoes this week too! Never seems to be any potatoes left for another day though!! (We also have fluffy dust bunnies…but don’t tell anyone. If you leave them long enough, they get big enough to just pick up and put in the bin!!) x

  5. librarygirl says:

    I’m sorry to tell you you are stuck with kids’ mess as long as they are living with you and no amount of nagging will do anything about it.(been there, done that, have the high blood pressure to prove it!) At least mine now contain their mess in their rooms. Cannot see the floor currently in my daughter’s (large) bedroom.

  6. Cold roasties magic! Good luck with the writing, you sound to be doing champion!

  7. Kirsty says:

    Hooray for the writing. Good on you!Just for the record I’m always cranky too.

  8. Aqua says:

    Joining in on hot’n’not this week. Loving all your links thanks!

  9. Kate says:

    It must be a mother of toddler thing…as I too am always cranky.

  10. Kelly says:

    I’ve been reading you blog for a while, thought I might join in. I love cold roast potatoes too!

  11. Bethly says:

    Yum! We’ve got heaps of roast pumkpin in the fridge with chicken roast. My husband pigged out on that for dinner last night – with mayo of course in all his dutchness! :)x

  12. Ammie says:

    I LOVE that teddy picture! And super congratulations on the fantastic word count. I know it feels good! 😉

  13. Goodness – I love that link to the toy theatre, fantastic fun!I am always cranky at my flatmates and asking them to clean up, but then I clogged up the vacuum when I finally got round to cleaning under the sewing machine desk – best just to let the thread settle into impromptu rag rug I have decided!I like this game alot!

  14. lexi says:

    I love the stamps, but what most excited me was, MY GRANDMOTHER USED TO HAVE THOSE BOWLS. Sorry for yelling, but it was a great memory starter, I hadn’t thought about them for a while. Merci beaucoup from me to you.

  15. Leonie says:

    Awww, Meet Me at Mike’s! I made sure to check out the shop when I was in Melbourne.I’m so in awe of your progress with NaNoWriMo. Here’s to perhaps one day picking up a copy of your book at a bookshop!

  16. Alisa says:

    LOve the Hello Kitty stamps 🙂 And pumpkin, too 🙂

  17. Christina says:

    Thanks for the link Claire : ) Potatoes look very good too. If its not too hot this weekend might have to do the Nigella ones in goose fat, crunchy!

  18. Yum. Those potatoes look incredible. I’m already making THREE different kinds for our Thanksgiving dinner here in the U.S. and I’m now wondering if everyone will think I’m insane for adding one more…

  19. Aqua says:

    You admired my sparkly thongs so i thought I’d let you know they are the Giselle Buchanan ones..under the label “Ipanema” and tho I would love to say i ducked down to Byron and environs to buy them, I actually got them at Myer. Yeah, not the same. But they do look great, and they do say “christmas/celebration” quite well. and..ps…v comfy!!!

  20. Aqua says:

    okay that is embarrasing…i meant Giselle Bundchen!!!! AHEM. Day started at 4am for more surgery on son’s arm. That and two well earned white wines. Cheers.

  21. olive says:

    thanks for the links and thanks for letting me play.Well done on the NaNoWritMo!Melb museum is great, I agree.

  22. Aphie says:

    My son and I played ‘All is Love’ a fair few times ourselves, this afternoon – thanks for the tip! ^-~

  23. beth says:

    Congrats on your NaNoWriMo! I am envious 😉

  24. AmandaMay says:

    I have enjoyed reading some of these lists, thought I would play along… Good luck with the smoke alarms et al!

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