Peachy Keen

Last night I had the really exciting opportunity to head along to the official launch of The Peach.

The Peach is something you should probably be getting excited about if you’re entirely over the garbage in most women’s magazines. That is, it’s all about real women who, get this, aren’t pressuring you to be anything other than the woman you already are.

As well as meeting a whole bunch of exciting people, including editor Amelia Grevis-James, I got to meet Phoebe from Lady Melbourne – the woman behind the first blog that I got into, when I was seventeen!

Iolanthe from Ruby Slipper was kind enough to get a happy snap for me!

After reading ALL of the articles on The Peach tonight, I’m super keen to keep up to date with what’s to come!!

Make, Do and Mend!!

Oh, hey. It’s been a while. My bad.

I have three weeks left of my Journalism degree, and it’s been pretty much taking up all my time.

But! Come November, I have big plans! For starters, a breath of fresh air into Cardigan Magazine. Expect a relaunch by December; I’m pretty excited for this, but won’t say too much more on the topic for now.

The other thing is, I cannot stop thinking of craft projects. 

And not just casual craft projects either… I want a drill.

So here is a list of projects I want to dabble in over the next year. Twelve projects for twelve months.

– A variety of garden pots
– Candle making
– Resin jewellery
– Felting
– Hat making
– Knitted clothing
– Crocheted clothing
– Make a piece of furniture!
– Screen printing
– Fabric stamping
– Wall art
– Embroidery

I’m really excited to try these projects out… now just to wait for uni to be done!

Scrubby Dub Dub

The skin on my legs was feeling dry and flakey and yuck. So, I figured I would exfoliate them.

Instead of buying a ready made product, I figured I would go ahead and make my own. With two simple products, which, by the way, you may ALREADY HAVE IN YOUR HOUSE.

First, check your pantry. You need sugar. I bought raw sugar, because I wanted it nice and grainy.


Next, tip in some good old baby oil. Does anyone else love the smell of baby oil?


As much as baby oil smells nice, and sugar is tasty, don’t go eating this stuff. Baby oil ain’t for nomming.

Give this all a mixeroo, and away you go! Super easy, super cheap, sugar scrub!


Rub it in circles on the offending skin, then rinse it off! Make sure you rinse thoroughly; it IS oil you’re putting on your skin… Soft and silky is one thing… Greasy oil slick is another.


Walking on Gold

So last year, I bought a pair of shoes from like, Kmart or something, and this year, they were beginning to look a little tired.


So, inspired by this tutorial, I decided to give them a new lease on life.

But… Well… You may have noticed I am on a tight budget unashamedly cheap… I like a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget. So if I could find an alternative to buying paint that I’d only use for this one project, I had a wonder of what I could use instead.

And, the natural conclusion I came to, of course, was nail polish.


Now, in the spirit of cheapness, for the love of the lemonade budget, use a cheap nail polish. I’m pretty sure this cost me all of a two dollar coin. Don’t go around putting OPI or Chanel or whatever on your Kmart shoes only use it on your pricey shoes, right? No, just use something cheap. Because what you do now, is just slop it on.

In the large blocks, I just slopped it on, loads of paint on the brush. But on the trims, where it needed to be a bit neater, I made sure there were no opportunities for drips.

A few coats later, and voila!


My cousin Hannah took these happy snaps for me. Cheers, cuz!


And now, I can match my shoes to my nail polish!!! Or, if I didn’t just get this lovely manicure done, I would!


(Most Of The*) Books I Read in 2011

I like to keep a list of all the books I read in a year. Honestly, this year was my worst in terms of quantity since I started keeping these lists three years ago. My bad. I’ll do better this year. Promise. I think my problem was I read lots off half books. Like, I’d start… And then not finish. Poor form.

Also, (and this explains the asterisk in the title) I kept the list in my diary this year, and, as you may have seen in my 50 Things post, I lost my diary in April. So I remembered most of the ones I’d read in the earlier months, but I think I forgot two or three.

So here we go. Italics mean I’ve read it before. Bold means twice this year.

1. “1984” – George Orwell
2. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” – JK Rowling
3. “Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers” – JRR Tolkien (began in 2010)
4. “Princess Diaries” – Meg Cabot
5. “Princess Diaries: Take Two” – Meg Cabot
6. “Princess Diaries: Third Time Lucky” – Meg Cabot
7. “Finnikin of the Rock” – Melina Marchetta
8. “The Song of an Innocent Bystander” – Ian Bone

9. “No and Me” – Delphine de Vigan
10. “Princess Diaries: Mia Goes Fourth” – Meg Cabot
11. “Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business. Revised and Updated” – Erik Qualman
12. “The Messenger” – Markus Zusak
13. “The Book Thief” – Markus Zusak
14. “The Last Little Blue Envelope” – Maureen Johnson
15. “The Assassination of Marilyn Monroe” – Donald H. Wolfe
16. “Let It Snow” – John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
17. “Looking For Alaska” – John Green
18. “An Abundance of Katherines” – John Green
19. “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” JK Rowling
20. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” JK Rowling
21. “Paper Towns” – John Green

22. “The Picture of Dorian Grey” – Oscar Wilde
23. “The Virgin Suicides” – Jeffrey Eugenides
24. “In Cold Blood” – Truman Capote
25. “Devilish” – Maureen Johnson
26. “Harry, a History” – Melissa Anelli
27. “The Name of the Star” – Maureen Johnson
28. “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” – John Green and David Levithan
29. “Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six Word Memoirs by Famous and Obscure Writers” – famous and obscure writers, I guess.
30. “Book of Longing” – Leonard Cohen
31. “Don’t Stop Now” – Julie Halpern
32. “Bye, Beautiful” – Julia Lawrinson
33. “Froi of the Exiles” – Melina Marchetta
34. “Girl Saves Boy” – Steph Bowe
35. “Diving In” – Kate Cann
36. “In the Deep End” – Kate Cann
37. “Sink or Swim” – Kate Cann
38. “The Half Life of Planets” – Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin
39. “Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares” – Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
40. “Let It Snow” – John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

Fifty Things of 2011

So I told you last year how I like to do a roundup of fifty things I have done in a year. And… this year is no exception. Go!!!

1. Began the year in Indonesia.
2. Where I attended an amazing wedding and
3. Fell in a hole.


4. I quit my first job after almost four years and
5. Have spent eight months working in a shop I adore.
6. Been excited to learn shorthand.
7. Thought I was going to fail shorthand.
8. Ended up getting a credit in shorthand.
9. Crossed “donate blood” off my list. Which I did twice (the second time on my birthday, no less), only to find that it’s too difficult for both parties for my blood to be drawn, and to try again in a few years.
10. Crossed be in an artwork off my list, for my best friend Alana’s trade school assignment
11. Turned twenty.
12. Had a song written about me
13. Learnt what beautifully amazing friends I have.
14. Acquired even more beautifully amazing friends.
15. Made a speech at Rhianna’s 21st birthday
16. Helped out at the IMAX showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two with the Melbourne Muggles
17. Was interviewed by the Bendigo Advertiser for being a Harry Potter nerd, which led to me…
18. Writing a review of HPDHII for the Bendigo Advertiser
19. Attended a Harry Potter weekend, and various other meetups
20. Finally got my Learners Permit (and racked up a total of three hours driving)
21. Had a lady stop me in train station bathrooms to ask me if she could take a photo of my shoes.
22. Met my buddy Hannah at the airport with flowers when she was returning from South America
23. Cried every day for two weeks
24. Realised I’d been walking around in shoes which had about a 1.5cm height difference after being “repaired”… For a month.

25. Made food featured in John Green books.
26. Watched my buddy Emma play in Revlon and Razorwire
27. Found two wallets within one week, which I handed in, which gave me Good Wallet Karma for when I lost my wallet within the same month.
30. Dressed as Diana and the Golden Apples for my friend Eleanor’s 21st
31. Saw The Lion King at the cinema
32. Saw HPDHII at the cinema four times
33. Bought two petticoats off a square dancing website.
34. Apparently lived in a sitcom entitled Allyoops!
35. Attended Oaks Day

36. Failed NaNoWriMo (for the second time out of four :/ ).. and Blog Every Day in April, and Haiku Every Day in June :/
37. Saw and met Wil Anderson
38. Ate many dumplings, drank many cocktails
39. Worked at the WIGGLES CONCERT for two days

40. Saw the Myer Windows for the first time
41. Worked a retail Christmas
42. Lost my diary, which was really distressing.
43. Lost a ring that had belonged to my mother which was even more distressing
44. Played two games of Harry Potter Scrabble in a cafe (Hufflepuffs won both times, yeahhhhh)
45. Bought many clothes from Glassons
46. Watched too much a healthy amount of trashy wedding TV
47. Took many baths
48. Went to a show which was part of the Ukulele Festival
49. Ate pizza with M’n’Ms
50. Dyed my hair red

Christmas Breakfast Om Nom Nom

Merry Christmas everybody!!

I made breakfast for my family this morning, after Santa brought me a cooking magazine!! It was inspired by an Israeli dish, but I guess mine ended up with more of a Mediterranean feel.


So I fried some garlic and mushrooms (if I’d had onion, there’d totally be onions) and then tipped in a tin of crushed tomatoes. I took the time now to add a little cumin and some “Italian herbs”.


That simmered away for a little while, and then I cracked a whole bunch of eggs in, and put on the lid.

In the mean time, I toasted some Turkish bread, and set the table.


Om nom nom and merry Christmas!!!

Christmas Reading #2: Let It Snow

So I have this cousin, Hannah. She’s the youngest of all my family, and she is pretty Gosh Darn Cool.

The Hungry Kids of Hungary think she’s “rad”, and it’s possible you will too.

Here are a few things to know about Hannie:
– In the past twoish years we’ve become pretty good friends 🙂 🙂 🙂
– She’s a Hufflepuff, like me!
– She’s currently in France and we’re all looking forward to souvenirs her coming back!!
– She doesn’t reread books.

There are two exceptions to this last one. Harry Potter, because, well, it did take her a few years to get into (awkies), but we ARE related, right? And the other is Let It Snow.

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The Time I First Heard… July Days

So it was the afternoon of my Year 12 History exam in which I’d studied the Russian and Chinese Revolutions. And I got home from the exam, and I was doing a little browsing on the old Facebook, and one of my friends had “liked” the “July Days”.

And I was sitting there wondering, “why would you like the events in 1917 that took place in Petrograd, Russia, between 3 July and 7 July ( Julian calendar ) (16 July – 20 July, Gregorian calendar ), when soldiers and industrial workers engaged in spontaneous demonstrations against the Russian Provisional Government?

So I clicked. And I listened. And I enjoyed.

And that’s it. You should listen to July Days, because they’re pretty delightful. They remind me a bit of Jet, except I’ve heard that Jet are kind of jerks in person? July Days didn’t seem that way when I saw them, which, you know, is always nice.

Click. Listen. Enjoy.

Christmas Reading #1: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

Guys. I don’t mean to alarm you, but there are only four sleeps to my birthday six sleeps to Christmas.

Do you have Christmas traditions? At my house we all have to help eat stir the batter of the pudding.

Also, though we’ve been lax on this recently, Christmas doesn’t start until after my birthday. When I was a kid it was a sweet idea… Now I think it’s an excuse for us to be unorganised.

I also enjoy reading the same books at christmastime. And one of those is Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.

If the names sound familiar, you might know them from Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which I adore in the way that the first time I read it, I turned around and read it again about a week after I finished.

But Nick and Norah aside, we’re talking about Dash and Lily.

I’ve read books by David Levithan before. And I’ve read books by Rachel Cohn before. And I’ve enjoyed them. But there is something so much more… I don’t know… amazing when they write together. They balance out.

So we’ve got Rachel Cohn. We’ve got David Levithan. And we have Christmas. What’s not to love?

The story itself. It’s Christmastime in New York. Lily has left Moleskine journal full of clues in a bookshop. I know, right?

It gets better. Dash and Lily strike up a relationship through this notebook and through the dares, and the entire novel drips of brilliance and Christmas goodness and Cohn and Levithan’s typical mix of indieness, nerdiness and music references.

I recommend you read this before Christmas, but up until new year is fine, too (as is any time of year).

And I’ll leave you with my favourite quote from the novel:

“You think fairy takes are only for girls? Here’s a hint – ask yourself who wrote them. I assure you, it wasn’t just the women. … Yes, girls want their princes, but boys want their princesses just as much.”

Now go read the rest.