It was with breath bated and fingers crossed that I opened my front door on Tuesday morning. Bed-haired and pyjama clad, I peered hopefully toward the mailbox as I suspected that a letter may be arriving, par avion, from one delightful doll known as Miss Bianca. To my absolute delight, this is what I found....
Oh reddest of reds!
Super, extra bonus postcards :D
Brown paper packages tied up with string...
...these are a few of my favourite things!
Arrr, I foundsss me prize...ahoy, me booty!!! (booty as in treasure...yikes!)
It's all in the detail
Hmmm, who shall I send one of these beauties to??
So there you have it. I'm one lucky and very happy camper as you can imagine! Thank you Miss Bianca, you made my day/week/month! To tell you the truth kids, I have had a lousy week, feeling down and oh so blue, so Bianca's letter bought me some smiles, plenty of colour and a bucket load of inspiration. So much so that I will be sending a little letter of my own very soon...stay tuned....
That's all for this post, hope everyone is A-OK. Thanks for stopping by!
.:. Rondy .:.
P.S. In case you have not been formally introduced, Bianca is Goodnight Little Spoon, alright then, off you go now!
I was listening to my iPod on 'shuffle' mode the other day, which generally results in me skipping through hundreds of songs until I find a decent one. I read a quote somewhere that said something along the lines of "I love all the music on my iPod, except when it's on shuffle". I tend to agree with this. How many times have you had your iPod on shuffle and you're listening to a great mellow/melancholic song...(eg. Skinny Love by Bon Iver) then another equally great, moody song comes on (eg. The Past and Pending by The Shins) then out of nowhere 'Eye of the Tiger' by Foreigner* busts it's 80's power pop ass through your headphones?.....not cool.
Anyway, I thought I'd document the good, the bad and the ugly results of using Mr. Shuffly on Señor iPod. Feel free to join me, I'd love to know what you are listening to and whether your iPod/CD player/other music machine is a fool or some sort of musical genius. Today my iPod was a genius for three whole songs...here they are!
I'm back from a short trip to Northern New South Wales. Moof and I stayed with my Dad and his partner at a holiday rental house in Brunswick Heads for a few days. It was immensely beautiful. I've never been that far up north in NSW, and I tell you, if I had money to burn and no commitments here in Melbourne, I would pack everything up and move there tomorrow. No question. We hired a bomb to drive around in which was fun... here are some highlights of our travels, as captured on my 'Hipstamatic' (iPhone application currently being overused and abused by me)...
Ahhh Brunswick Heads Beach
More Brunswick Heads Beachy Goodness
Moof Being attacked by a Beached Great White Shark
Minyon Falls (Nightcap National Park)
Can you see Mr. Kookaburra?
Pretty Wildflowers by the Side of the Road
Lemon Squash by Candlelight
Nachos a la Brunswick Heads Hotel
Delicious Organic Carrot Cake from Mullumbimby
The Trusty Bomb...
An Actual Tree (Exciting because I'm from inner city Melbourne)
Last day, beach ahoy!
Well, there you go. Unfortunately my bodgy* photos don't really do our trip justice but I will post some photos from my normal camera soon. I want to try out the Mosaic Maker over at Big Huge Labs which I found out about via Meet Me At Mikes, so I will hop to it now.
Before I go, I just wanted to say a quick thanks to my 6 lovely followers. You are my favourites! I'm still trying to figure out exactly what I'm doing with this blog but I am getting there...slowly but surely. Muchas gracias for hanging in there folks :)
.:. Rondy x
*Yes, that's right...I'm bringing the word 'bodgy' back into popular vernacular...won't you join me?
I have been super, extra slack this week and haven't posted anything. I thought it would be a good idea to formally introduce myself to everyone out there in blog land, by telling you a few things about myself. How convenient then that Pip over at Meet Me At Mikes started this Ten Things idea...I'm a bit late but what the heck, off we go!
.:. My real name is Summer. Some of my friends call me Rondy
.:. I wasn't born in Summer, my parents are/were hippies. 'nuff said
.:. I'm 27 years old and I turn 28 in September .:.
.:. Apparently, I really liked ham when I was little and would often ask for "ham in my hand"
.:. I live with my boyfriend of almost 6 years. I call him 'Moof'
.:. When I was 18 my dad was ordained as a Buddhist monk, he 'disrobed' (de-monked himself) after around 5 years
.:. One of my favourite sounds is my mum's laugh, she probably doesn't know that
.:. I was a rower in high school
.:. I hated primary school and high school. A lot
.:. Despite attempting Creative Arts, then Landscape Architecture at uni, I now work in the finance industry...go figure .:.
Brrr, it's cold in Melbourne today! That's o.k though, because I'm off sick from work and it gives me an excuse to stay inside, turn the heater on and wear a nice comfy jumper (nothing better than an ugly, old jumper...yes?). Given yesterday's lengthy and whiney post I'm going to make this one less verbose...
So without much further ado, here are my 'Five Faves' for the week. This week my faves are all items I am currently lusting after. I am a bit of a spender (I prefer the term 'Seasoned Consumer') but I'm trying to curb this for the sake of my poor bank balance. I hope you enjoy this window shopping experience and maybe you like the same things that I do, if so don't be shy, give me a holler! :) Oh and Head on over to Meet Me at Mikes and join in on some five faves fun and frivolity!
1. 'Bob the Hare' copperplate engraving print by amazing artist Kyokoimazu from her shop on Etsy. I also discovered that this lovely lass has a blog which you can see over here.
So I meant to publish my second post yesterday but I was having one of those days. You know the ones. Those days when there is just 'something in the air'. Those days when you lose your mojo. Those days that have bad juju... Those days that just don't quite cut it. Well, that was my day yesterday. The day started out fairly innocuously, even positively I guess. I woke up at a reasonable hour, the sun was shining through the blinds and I got out of bed feeling fairly chipper. That's where the fun ended... Here are a few of the less than awesome events that transpired throughout the day:
1. Went to do some laundry for the upcoming week. Found a dirty great big cockroach in my washing machine. Tried to get it out using a long stick but it scuttled into the lint filter. Filled the machine up with hot water and bleach and started the mega cycle. Then had to fish the filthy, floating carcass out of the machine, and dispose of it whilst trying not to vom.
2. Opened the bedroom window to let the fresh Sunday air circulate through my flat. A massive, lethargic blowfly buzzes in through the open window. Chased said flying filth-monger around for 5 minutes, in an attempt to shoo it out. Plan backfired when the fly flew smack bang into my left eyebrow, then proceeded to get stuck in my hair...Yes, arm flailing followed.
3. I baked a key lime pie to take to friend's place for dinner (super easy recipe). I burned the pie crust. The burned crust then crumbled when I removed it from the pie tin. When attempting to cover the pie with plastic wrap to cool in fridge, the filling of the pie got stuck to the plastic wrap, leaving the pie looking like something that should be featured on Cake Wrecks (side note- I love the Cake Wrecks blog, you should check it out).
Anyway, I could go on about how lame my Sunday was, but this is only my second blog post and I don't want to admit leave the impression that I'm a complete whinger and, as my mum would say, "worse things have happened at sea".....indeed. Well, this post isn't really what I had in mind but it'll have to do for now. I had intended to write about the resin bangle/ring making workshop that I went to on Saturday, but I'll leave that for next post because I didn't get my act together. Instead I've decided to post a few pictures of the goody bags I made for Easter (I'm a bit slow yes?).
That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by muchachos!
I am new around here and feeling slightly shy about stepping out from the shadows of being a blog follower and into the bright, blinding lights of being a blog publisher. So, I've decided that the best way to start is to jump right in and join my favourite meme which runs over at Meet Me at Mikes (lots of lovely/awesome/talented/fancy people join in on this one every week). But before I sign off on this, my first ever "el rondielle" blog post, I would like to leave the following message for anyone who may read this post, whether it be by chance or by choice...
hola to you!
You are my favourite!
Treat yourself to a nice cup of tea and a sweet biscuit because you have certainly made my day!
I hope you come and visit me again soon!
Anyhoo, that's enough over-use of exclamation marks for the day. Here are my five faves ...
1. Easter eggs: I don't know what's wrong with me, but for some reason Easter egg chocolate tastes better than any other sort. I'm fairly sure that a true chocolate expert would argue that it's the cheapest, crappiest chocolate around but I can't.get.enough. As soon as the stuff comes out in the supermarket the day after Christmas (ridiculous yes?), it finds its way into my trolley every time I go shopping. Maybe it's also the pretty colours and cute/odd designs on the packaging which adds to the appeal. Either way I'm hooked. Yum.
2. Long weekend: Friends, family, food, laziness, craftiness, movies, sleep-ins, endless cups of tea and most importantly- no icky work!
3. El Miguel: After being mauled by a local cat, Miguel has been on home detention (much to his chagrin). The upside to this is I get to keep him inside all to myself and hug him constantly.
4. Rice with Sirena soy and ginger tuna: Easy.delicious.
5. Old Little Golden Books: My mum and my lovely aunties saved these for me whilst cleaning out my Grandpa's house (We miss you Papa!).I love the the old musty smell, the beautiful illustrations and familiar stories within them. I also love that some of them have scribbles and writing throughout them. Makes me all giddy and nostalgic.