Saturday, 27 February 2010


how could i have forgotten you!

hello...i miss you

 brown bread, good wine, wide open space, ovens, pies, olives, fresh herbs, antiperspirant deodorant, hair dye, road trips, pubs, live music, log fires, central heating, nice jewelry, rollies, kitchen tables, gardens, dinner parties, weekends, the volvo, talford fire pits, bacon, porridge, hummus, ebay, time out, winter TV,
news papers, cork screws...with arms. and you...yoou know who im talking about...mum, dad, tys, han, lot, onders, gracs, kate, adie, jase, matt, willy, roland, sal, ...and oh all of YOU lovely people. i MISS you!
( and summer, i miss you too)

ps ...i realised quickly i couldnt list you all. id be here all night.

Friday, 26 February 2010


i've just spent 10 minutes tearing the shirt off a handsome man  over and over again. 

Thursday, 25 February 2010

looking for inspiration: simple home decor on a shoe string.

i like the colourful personal touches in this home featured on the selby

paper greetings...

i realise i have been a woefully bad blogger of late. i've been getting into the swing of a new job which has been occupying my time way more than i'd like. i dont get home until 11pm which has put my entire body clock out of kilter and seems to be leaving me very little time for the important things! im working on changing that asap, let me tell you!
on my day off i followed a tip from one of my students (a prize winning quilter and crafter) to this UH-mazing shop. yuzawaya is an enormous 5 story crafters haven, part of a chain in japan. i've never seen anything like it, they stock everything, i mean everything that those of a crafty disposition could possibly desire. whether quilt making, doll making, embroidery, glasswork, crocheting, knitting or leather work be your craft of choice, this place has what  you need.
be warned: if you are a crafter and you ever find yourself in the kamata region, in need of a fix;  enter with caution. go in with a plan.  i emerged after a two hour binge, with an extremely random selection of materials. exciting? yes. pretty? yes. purposeful?...what do you reckon? planning is not my forte.  these paper discs may or may not be destined for some handmade greetings cards. i have them on the brain since the rubber stamp frenzy of last week...good idea? yey or ney?

p.s they also stocked the most beautiful japanese fabrics i've ever seen so there could also be cushion covers here soon.

i really need help with japanese grocery shopping and cooking. i have become shamefully unimaginative with what my friend han has coined, my cooking carousel ( you know, the dishes on regular rotation). this is because a) im not sure what most things are and b) i wouldn't know what to do with them even if i did. anyhoo by fortuitous chance yesterday i stumbled upon this food blog. it will stop raining is a great source of simple japanese fusion meal ideas, it has me inspired! everything looks delicious and so healthy. yumyumyum.

Friday, 19 February 2010

oh wow! i love surprises!!!

i got the nicest surprise in the post last night! imagine my delight at opening an exciting and rare non-bill-looking envelope to find this wonderful print and mix cd, every song with 'sun' in the title.  

seriously folks, it made my day- week-month-year!

 my incredibly talented friend freya, she knows how winters drag for sun worshippers like me. so sent me some sunshine all they way from australia! how lovely is that!

 that girl, she's a ray of sunshine :-)

for more of her sweet prints and wise word visit her etsy shop. because in opinion everyone  could do with a little piece of freya on their wall.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010


billie holiday is my favourite. a beautiful melody.


im a big fan of them. especially ones of the amorous and colourful variety. a love letter for you.

and o the tokyo connection...

a charming new photoblog discovery. wowzers. this guy has the eye.

sandra juto. illustrator. photographer. crafter. genius.

 every thing she creates is unbelievably cool. i sort of wish i was her a little bit.

Monday, 15 February 2010

robin hood tax. yes or no. errrrrm let me think.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

from me to you.

i made rubber stamps, cut from erasers. now i have hundreds of valentine cards and no one to give them thinking i will slip them into unsuspecting pockets this evening when im out. ;-)

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowliness. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Mark Twain

happy valentines day loves.

I love you more than this and maybe even this too.

Saturday, 13 February 2010

japanese chicks

they have the coolest hair.

so sleek. so shiny. the variety is astonishing too. curly, feathered, straight. blonde, red, every shade of brunette and even a startling  neon violet, popular with the over 70's ( japanese version of the lavender rinse).
 ive been feeling increasingly self conscious of my dry, unruly mop and mousy roots. everyone here is so well groomed... yesterday i decided it was time i joined their stylish ranks and got me some trendy hair... i mean what better place to have a hip hair makeover than japan, where everything is so painfully hip and everyone but everyone has an artfully coiffed-to- perfection hairdo?

so after about 20 minutes of pacing back and forth past the entrance of a swanky looking salon. and then another five minutes of hovering by the door, one of the receptionists  came out and asked if she could help me ( in japanese of course). we established that i didnt speak japanese and she didnt speak english but we managed to sign  our way though booking me an appointment.
 I went back  a few hours later to be met with the disappointing news that there would be no hair dying that day ( or any other). apparently, despite the walls being adorned with enormous photos of western  women,  no one was feeling brave enough to actually give it a go. they apologetically  informed me that they only dyed japanese hair. i guess the reason japan has hair  down to such a fine art is that they've only ever had one type of hair to contend with here.
.. huuumph.  this is bad news for a girl who loves the bottle.  i havent had completely natural hair since i was 13. the thought of it strikes fear into my heart.

 judging by the expression  on his face, (somewhere between fear and confusion) i got the distinct impression that they'd drawn straws to pick the poor soul who got lumbered with the task of cutting the mop. he did pretty good job as it turns out, although there was a moment when he set about thinning my hair with a blade that i had my doubts..
...alas, it still looks like my hair...and i have not become instantly cool and groomed as id hoped.  *sigh* i guess, as the saying goes, you cannot polish a turd.

p.s  errrm can someone send me some sun-in please. this situation is looking quite desperate folks.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

old japan

view them in 3d at the pink tentacle. amazing!

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

celia carlstedt


seriously taking my breath away. ozzie photographer andrew pearce.

today was hot.

the weather in japan is so schizophrenic. this time last week it was the coldest day i'd had yet. snow covered the ground. i had to wear clothes in bed and i could see my breath like plumes of smoke inside my apartment. today was the warmest. it was truly balmy. and when the sun went down for a while afterwards the air smelt of warm earth.

wishing it was summer

and i owned this dress

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Monday, 8 February 2010

i have a dream....

that one day i will meet a man and we will build a house...

maybe underground

...or possibly out of wood.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

this week i love.

donna wilson cushions

new albums

their hair ( and lippy)

this light

this home made necklace and how to make it.

beaten up wwII engineer boots...where can i get some?

navajo rugs

Thursday, 4 February 2010

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