Saturday, December 31, 2011

Palm Springs!!

Apologies for things being a wee bit quiet here on the old blog.  We took advantage of my husband's mini-break from work and went to Palm springs for a few days.  It was such a nice little getaway.  We loved lounging by the pool at our hotel, riding bikes down residential streets and checking out the AMAZING architecture and visiting the mid-century modern furniture stores.  And we managed most of these activities with Iggy in tow.  I love how dog-friendly California is!

*why is it that waiters always assume that ribs are for men and not women???

Friday, December 23, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Happy Family

*A custom portrait I worked on for this family's holiday card

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


On the morning of my birthday,  my lovely husband made me breakfast (after a quick snuggle with our dog ofcourse!)  Later in the evening we went to Firefly in Studio City for an amazing dinner and then to a friend's house for Christmas cocktails.  It was a fun day.  I even tried spiked eggnog (please remember I'm from Australia) and now I know for next time if anyone asks if I would like some, the answer is NO!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Two ladies on a Bike

Sometimes it gets so busy around here I forget all about my blog.  Happy Friday,  my lovely readers!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Frederick the Cat

Original painting now available in the shop

Friday, December 2, 2011

Nicolas the Cat

Original painting now available in the shop

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Cute Family of Three

A custom portrait I recently finished for a sweet lady as a secret present for her husband.  In the portrait her daughter is wearing a cutie patootie flower pot romper and shoes from when she was a little girl, n'aw!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving Thursday

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I just spent a quiet day with my husband and pooch hiking in Solstice Canyon, baking gluten-free white chocolate and macadamia cookies, watching old movies on netflix and cooking a scrumptious dinner of duck breast in plum sauce with garlic mash and string beans.  I love my days with my little family.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Macy and The Red Ball

New painting now available in the shop

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Lovely Things Caught on Camera

1. a yummy home made salad  2. a happily positioned house  3. a surprise gift from friends  4. the last of the Autumn leaves

Monday, November 14, 2011

Where's Winifred?

I imagine that if Waldo and Wenda had a daughter she'd look something like this, she is a much better dresser than her parents.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Iggy in the Land of Nod

I'm falling a little behind with my painting so I'm posting some photos of Iggy instead, I hope that's ok.  Happy weekend!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friends on a Stoop

Sometimes it's nice to just sit on a stoop with a buddy and drink coffee.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Little Drifter named Micaela

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Micaela of The Drifter and the Gypsy.  We went to a couple of galleries, had a cup of tea and did a spot of (window!) shopping.  She is a total sweetie.  Thanks for the wonderful day!

*check out Micaela's post about the day here

Monday, October 31, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Bake Day

When I was in Australia I picked up a copy of The Australian Women's Weekly "little squares and slices".  The book was so pretty and filled with such delightful recipes I just had to buy it (even though I'm not much of a baker).  And so,  today I gave it a go and made a Strawberry and Almond Friand.  And it is DELICIOUS! Woot woot!

Monday, October 24, 2011

What I (wish) I Wore


If only money grew on trees then I would definitely buy this amazing Mary Katrantzou blouse from Opening Ceremony...I do have the dog though!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Last of the Holiday Photos and a Cute Little Kid

1. cutely knitted bike cozy looking thing 2. Melbourne docks 3. Flinders Street crossing 4. thrifted vintage cotton dress  5. Antique Royal Albert tea sets- gift from my mother-in-law 6. Brunswick St
*custom portrait

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Our New Best Friend

Meet Iggy - she is a french bulldog and a couch potato.  She is almost 18 months old, pulls funny faces and has a very sweet temperament.  She is also a little naughty and needs more training.  We love her to bits!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Holiday Update No.4 and a Gal in Black

I'm back in LA and recovering from the crazy, long plane ride.  Melbourne and Tassie were so much fun and it was sad to say goodbye to my loved ones again.  As much as we can skype each other, nothing beats a gathering with your closest people accompanied with food, drinks and loads and loads of hugs.  But's some more snaps from Launceston, Tasmania.

 1. Evandale Market 2. Pretty Royal Albert tea cups 3. Super kitsch Bambi teapot and sugar bowl 4. Grumpy men 5. View from plane 6. Cadbury chocolate (is so much better in Australia)

*Custom portrait

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Holiday Update No.3

It's a little food heavy but anyway...
1. Nanna's in Launceston 2. Koala Soda 3. Lord of the Fries 4. Macarons - gift from my little cousin Jason (so sweet!) 5. Vegemite Crisps  6. Another photo of Nanna's - it was just too cute!

* I haven't just been eating, I've been catching up with friends and family too :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Holiday Update No.2

We're in Launceston, Tasmania visiting my in-laws.  The air is fresh, the food is good and the thrift stores have things that are priced 20¢...what's not to love? 

1. Melbourne Cityscape 2. Prosciutto and potato pizza @ Blue Cafe 3. Vintage Japanese egg cups, mug, silk scarf - thrifted finds 4. Tippy 5. Bronson 6. Amazing view from in-law's backyard

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

High Tea on Australian Soil

I'm in Melbourne!  My first trip back in over two years :)  It's been wonderful catching up with my family again and on Sunday I get to see my friends, woot woot!  Just wanted to quickly share a few iphone snaps...
1. Swan St, Richmond 2. my little sister's expression after taking a wrong turn 3. pretty flower 4 & 5. High Tea at the Langham Hotel 6. hand felted bunny gifted from my little sis.  Ciao ciao!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Back to Basics

Meet Kate.  She is the queen of casual wear.  Her wardrobe is filled will beautiful separates that are both charming yet simple.  She reminds me of devonshire tea.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A day for Miniature Cones

This LA heat just won't quit, thank goodness for mini ice cream cones from Trader Joe's

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Two Besties

I recently painted this portrait for a lovely lass in Sydney, Australia - it's a present for her best friend's birthday - so sweet.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I love these guys!

My husband's best friend and his best gal came to LA for a visit.  It was so much fun having them around and it's sad to say goodbye...well, not too sad because we'll be seeing them again when we go back to Oz for a visit in three weeks time, woo hoo!  But still...

Monday, August 29, 2011

Frenchie Wish

My husband and I are finally ready for a new addition to our family - a French bulldog puppy!  I've been researching like crazy and talking to alot of breeders.  Now it's playing the waiting game til a suitable pup is available, which is frustrating because I can be a little impatient but it'll be worth it because when it does happen I know we'll be getting a healthy puppy with a great temperament, aw!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monkey Business

I'm going on a road trip to San Francisco with my husband and a couple of mates,  I'll be back next week sometime...ciao ciao!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Retired Fang Necklace

A belated thank you to Twilight for the early retirement of my much loved fang necklace (circa 2007 by Australian label P.A.M) I only wore you for a year before you became a symbol for the love of a soppy, adolescent and somewhat addictive vampire trilogy.

Monday, August 1, 2011

In memoriam

I recently finished this drawing for my mother-in-law of her beloved pooch Minnie aka Min.  Min was the sweetest, most darling little dog ever with breath so incredibly bad it rivaled end-of-day fish market!  We miss you everyday.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Meet Bertie.  She loves to embroider and collects vintage cross stitch cat cushions. Please don't assume that she is dowdy because of her name and this information - she is actually quite the firecraker!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Guy for You

Happy Thursday!
*A custom portrait I recently finished for a website