What’s Hot and not – a day late




We’re in the middle of the busiest fortnight of the year. Sorry this is a day late. Lots of hots this week and only a few nots which is good.

The 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 loobylu.com and then adding your url to the widget below.


Mum and Dad’s ever expanding no-dig veggie garden and Saturday afternoon in my parent’s garden: – Totally blissful.

Phil’s home from California: – Totally hot. Apart from the jet lag.

Comments from Loobylu ornament fans: – thank you if you did!

My crafty girls 1, 2 and 3: –Β I had a lovely evening sipping Kirsty’s Caiprioskas and chatting and gossiping last night. I have made three amazingly lovely friends this year and I am looking forward to another year of good catchups.

Tiny knitting: – I love a good quick project that actually works out. My tiny knitted caps seem to work for me, immense satisfaction is gained from very little effort.

Hot glue gun: – I was looking for a life changing experience when I bought my first hot glue gun this week. It was a complete, frustrating disaster. I was so disappointed but then decided that perhaps it was the gun itself and should try another. So I got a slightly bigger model, and some advice from a very kind girl from Art Riot in Camberwell and indeed it is a life changing experinece. How did I ever get along without a hot glue gun before? My little ornaments would have been so frustrating without it.

Amelia finally lost her first tooth: – she’s only been waiting for it for two years and it disappeared into a slice of pizza never to be found again. Luckily the tooth fairy doesn’t mind. (Did you know that the tooth fairy gives some children $10 for their first tooth? Is that called inflation? In our suburb she only leaves a much more meagre $2 coin – Amelia says she wants to move to Surrey Hills where their regional tooth fairy is much more generous).

A good end to the school year: – Apart from tired children from parties and discos and too much gifted chocolate and candy canes, everyone is cheerful and well. The head lice seem to have even taken a break.

Tumblr: – I’ve been following some folks with beautiful images and illustration posts. I’m liking Tumblr again very much.

Other web loves this week: Make and Meaning and The Design Files. Good stuff!


Noisy middle of the night neighbours. Noisy middle of the night neighbours’ dogs.

Glue gun burns – they are not kidding when they say that those things can cause burns. So hot it’s not hot.

How about you?

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35 Responses

  1. Redness says:

    Your parents and the loves of your life … they’re hard to beat HOTs. Thanks for doing this each week, loving playing along πŸ˜‰

  2. beth says:

    Ohhhh. That GARDEN! I’ve lost my garden impetus now that we have to move – though I should be doing all my cultivating in pots… Love those pictures! And am intrigued by glue gun…

  3. Karin says:

    That garden is amazing – may I please move into the tent? Thank you

  4. Alisa says:

    Wow, envying all the green in the garden! Here it’s snowing ….Oh, and I really like those teeny-tiny hats πŸ™‚ they’d be great for next year’s Advent Calendar!

  5. shannon says:

    oh you are so cute claire. I just bought a pic from your etsy faves from your sidebar…see if you had ads imagine the trouble Id get into….

  6. christie says:

    That garden is amazing!I just bought some teeny tiny needles to do some teeny tiny knitting, I am also apologising in advance for copying your beautiful ornaments!

    PS hot glue gun burns are BAD!

  7. hmmm, glue gun you say. Maybe it is time to move on from clag paste..Oh I love that garden your folks have!and hurrah for Phil coming back. I remeber when my Dad would get back from trips and how exciting it was, never thought about how much my Mum would have been looking forward to it too!

  8. Ben says:

    Indeed….Tooth fairies here are very well to do. I hear they use Louis Vuitton bags to carry the teeth in.

  9. Francesca says:

    Yes, me too – I’m in LOVE with that garden! And I’m curious about the no-dig veggie garden concept – it sounds wonderful :-)Thanks for being the hostess with the mostess!

  10. Ian Chia says:

    Yep – hot glue gun. Best thing EVER. Super handy for a myriad of school holiday activities and things that break around the house.Also works great for building crazy cardbox sculptures and costumes with the kids. And insanely long marble runs too. You can get cheaper refills at places like the Reject Shop.

  11. Tania says:

    Wah! TEN dollars, did you say? The Tooth Fairy who does our suburb only does a measly fifty cents!Your Mum and Dad’s garden is utterly sublime.

  12. miss cinti says:

    I have garden envy, am whatever is the total opposite of a ‘green thumb’, well we can’t all be good at everything! Cheers Cinti

  13. Bianca says:

    Oh I haven’t hung out with my hot glue gun for years…must dig it out and get reacquainted!

  14. tikki says:

    OMG I am so envious of that incredible garden, mine should look like that!! It would be soo blissful.$10!!! ouch, I’m sure the tooth fairy will only deliver $2 here too.

  15. melissa says:

    I love your parents garden. We are hoping to start a vegie garden early next year- I’m inspired by those pics.

  16. Tara says:

    Petal just came up and peered over my shoulder at your photos. “Mmm,” she said thoughtfully “Whose garden is that ? It looks good.” Straight from the horses mouth πŸ™‚

  17. Jacquie says:

    $10 for a tooth! The tooth fairy can have all of mine for that price.

  18. Lisa says:

    We’ve been loosing a tooth this week too, literally lost! so after tears and a lovely note explaining the situation the tooth fairy left 2, Sky said she felt her lift up her lip in the night to check she was telling the truth!!

  19. Kirsty says:

    Our tooth fairy leaves money that jingles. There’s not much magical about the silence of a fold.The no dig garden is an absolute sensation!

  20. Cassandra says:

    What a garden! I want one! How inspiring.Laughed out loud about the tooth fairy, hehehe.xx.c

  21. Tara says:

    That garden is going to grow food for many years to come, very nice. Funny about the tooth in the pizza!

  22. sam says:

    I too have garden envy. Wow! Looks like a wonderful space to potter and grow.

  23. Umatji says:

    That garden looks wonderful – I just want a blanket and I can have a lie down in it please???And I agree there are definitely more hots than nots at this time of year!

  24. Diem says:

    I have been hanging out for some gardening pictures and gardening pictures did I get! It’s so refreshing and optimistic to see what’s growing at your parents garden. Thank you

  25. Beecher says:

    I love coming here and seeing your lovely photos. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Chris says:

    That was my first time posting a what’s hot, and it was lots of fun! Thanks. Your parents garden looks wonderful. I’ve made wee hats before, to use as boiled egg warmers, but they have had much more love as Barbie hats! Thanks again.

  27. Belinda says:

    Hi Claire,We live in Surrey Hills and you can reassure Amelia that when my daughter Emily lost her first tooth in August, our tooth fairy only left $2. Perhaps the Tooth Fairy has felt the pinch of the GFC too!

  28. Lil says:

    Your parents garden is wonderful…It’s wonderful to have such a large space to ‘play’ and ‘potter’ in… The tooth fairy issue is a good one… My son recieved $5.00 each for his two front teeth but from now on $2.00 is suffice..he’s just delighted when there’s a little something left in his tooth fairy pillow!!

  29. Happydacks says:

    What a time of the year!!I loved your post and am currently making some of your little hats for some of my own wee folk decorations…among plenty of other crafty things! Have a well deserved break Claire! Thanks so much for your blog, it is the best!!! Chele xxxx

  30. funny you mentioned hot glue guns. i bought a cheapy one from Spotlight and i didn’t even get sa far as turning the damn thing on. the glue STUCK in the hole and i cannot for the life of me get in any further in… or out. bah!

  31. sue warry says:

    yep, life changing…..I bought a glue gun this year after doing arts and crafts for 20 years without one.CANNOT go on without one now; best $10 I ever spent!

  32. Hunter says:

    i love your site. You are awesome.

  33. Juddie says:

    Ooooh! What a lovely garden! Gorgeous!

  34. Gabe says:

    Cool looking garden, I’m jealous!

  35. Jo says:

    I’ve used glue guns for years & love it. I only buy ones with a trigger…I dislike having to push the stick in to make it work. I put the gun on a china plate to prevent damage to the worksurface. Burns are inevitable. But here is the BEST glue gun tip ever: BEFORE you turn on your glue gun get in the habit of ALWAYS always ALWAYS putting 3 or 4 ice cubes in a small bowl. Place the bowl next to your right hand (left hand if you are left-handed) and immediately put the ice on the dripped glue. The glue goes ice cold & stops doing any more damage (like making a scar) & soothes the burnt area.

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