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.

Here’s how:
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 and then adding your url to the widget below.


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?

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23 Responses

  1. Claire says:

    I’m hot-and-noting for the first time this week 🙂 Congrats on 10 years of Loobylu!

  2. Marina says:

    Thanks for hosting and I hope your tippy toes have recovered nicely!

  3. Sarah says:

    You have to watch those tippy toe muscles! Especially at this time of year when an impromptu Sugar Plum Fairy moment can strike at any time….Well, it does in my house….!

  4. I love random friend bump-intos that allow for a quick time together moment.and best get well wishes to tippy toes!

  5. Alisa says:

    Always looking forward to Wednesdays to draw the week’s balance 🙂 Really really love the illustration you posted – makes me think of the fairy tales I used to listen to as a kid. Wish you a great week and good look with the tippy-toes 🙂

  6. Lisa says:

    Love the Kiddley archives, fab, hope your tippy toe muscles get better soon! well done you for sorting it out!

  7. Happydacks says:

    Klaus Haapaniemi’s work is really gorgeous, some images are almost a modern Hieronymus Bosch! The flash site is great too, I will be going back to see what happens on the 16th…Great link from Christina.Now I am off to kiddley to see what treasures I can re find! Chele xx

  8. Kirsty says:

    Head lice….argh! The little buggers have stopped by our house again.

  9. Mama Urchin says:

    My husband was recently away and I had the same thing happen. The toilet broke, the computer/printer went haywire, and the car died. I hope Phil gets home and peace returns soon.

  10. Emjie says:

    My goodness! Has it really been 10 years of Loobylu? That’s a good roll.

  11. Kate says:

    Loving your hot & Not this week Claire!!

  12. strongrrl says:

    Claire, you have led me down the wanty rabbit-hole once again! We were just in Tokyo and I saw the Isetan window displays, but didn’t know anything about Klaus Haapaniemi. Thanks to you I’m now coveting a book, dishes, soo much beautiful stuff. And I can’t wait to show the Isetan animation to my 4-year-old when she wakes up! Thanks again for all you do!

  13. Christina says:

    Wasnt that amazing bumping into each other yesterday! Love the plague of spiders that are coming next*L*

  14. Francesca says:

    What a beautiful illustration! And vanilla macaroons are the best, in my humble opinion. Thanks for having us play along!

  15. CarolB says:

    I can certainly sympathize with the single parenting woes – my husband has been traveling most weeks this fall. No fun. Hope Phil returns home soon.Fortunately (for me) I can’t empathize to the same degree about the lice. May the spiders stay where they belong!

  16. Jhoanna says:

    Klaus Haapaniemi’s work is stunning! Thanks for the link! And definitely will be checking the Kiddley archives for some Christmas crafting inspiration.

  17. Jo says:

    What to do about a pot belly this time of year?

  18. Stomper Girl says:

    Oh I sympathise with the single parenting. Not that my man is away, but I’m so used to having him around to do all the fixiting that I think all my repair-muscles have atrophied.

  19. sam says:

    Ten years! I am in awe. Thanks for the links too – wonderful designs. 🙂

  20. Audra says:

    You must try rubbing alcohol for the headlice. Soak in hair with shower cap for 30 minutes, then rinse. It cured our incurable bout!

  21. Leonie says:

    Those illustrations look amazing – I had no idea. The look like a fairytale!I’ve joined in again this week – I wonder how long I’ll keep it up.

  22. Mandy says:

    I always love your Wednesday Hot and Not posts! I think to myself, I could do this — but when it comes down to it, either I can never figure out anything to post on Wednesday, or it slips my mind entirely!

  23. Finch says:

    This is a really great way of taking stock of your life. I keep trying to journal, but really knowing what was going on that was good/bad in my life & the world in a given week is a pretty good snapshot of life.

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