La Jolla – A relaxing start, dispelling myths and meeting new friends


One of the first stops on the journey was a quaint and beautiful little town in San Diego called La Jolla (pronounced La Hoya) yes I pronounced it like it was a little Jolly! – Apologies for all those that I offended! Although I did manage to get my own back when I was asked to throw another shrimp on the BBQ….. Much to my friends dismay I had to dispel the myth that Aussies call prawns “shrimps”….. Mr Paul Hogan was scripted purely for the American market I am afraid….. anyway I digress.

For those of you who love a quaint little town ,with an abundance of wild life then this is a must stop for you, where you are guaranteed to bump in to the odd seal lapping up the afternoon sun on the beach or peruse around The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

I am not really a travel writer, but love to take pictures so forgive me if I just stop with the words and give you the pictures!

Introducing my new friend Sammy!



Obviously Sammy had the right idea and found a beach away from the crowds….









Well hopefully you are nice and relaxed…. on with the colourful adventure…


Posted by on June 7, 2013 in Art, Travel, United States


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Stumble upon – “Perish Trust” San Francisco


On a windy San Francisco day I decided to explore a little bit out of the central city and stumbled upon Divisadero St and a little gem called “The Perish Trust”.  I am a sucker for curiosity and nick nacs, especially when they are displayed in such a gorgeous way.  So out came the camera for me to share with you…. Unfortunately excess baggage did not allow me to partake as I had already bout too many shoes and jeans at this point… but I am wishing I had bought those little moccasin’s now!

“Our mission is to diligently collect and curate antiques from the dead and dying industries. Perusing basements, boxes and personal stashes for the odd, obsolete and unusual. Hand picking artists from coast to coast to collaborate and showcasing it all in our gussied up little bunker.”











On with the colourful adventure!………..


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British India – New Collection from Bethany Linz


Before I begin my journey from San Diego to San Francisco, I thought I would keep you in suspense for a couple more days to share a little news from Sydney creative Bethany Linz, who’s beautiful work has featured in a couple of my posts. During my interview with Bethany (back in October) she mentioned that she would be releasing a range of wallpapers and textiles for Sparkk, and I am really excited to get a little sneak preview for you.

The collection, due to be released this month, is based on the theme of British India, and Beth explains why below.
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“The reason why I chose British India as the theme for my first collection was simply because I love all things victorian.

During the reign of Queen Victoria, Britain was discovering the treasures and culture of India, the Victorians as a result started to have a love affair with all things Indian and they began to decorate their houses with tropical plants and murals of exotic flowers and birds.
You wouldn’t think that two opposite worlds colliding together design-wise would work so harmoniously, but having bright green tropical foliage and exotic murals work so well next to the dark wooden furniture and victorian tiles.With this collection I wanted to capture that “new world meets old”, having a tropical collection whilst still keeping a classic British feel about it.”

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With winter making its way into Sydney, I could just see myself snuggled up with a little bit of an Indian Summer….let me know your thoughts…. meanwhile on with the colourful adventure.


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San Diego to San Fran – Out of the Birdcage on the road!



Just flying on a jet plane after a road trip on California’s Highway 1 – looking forward to sharing all my stories from my colourful adventure…….


Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Travel, United States


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A floored obsession – Sonya Marish


Sometimes we become a little bit obsessed with decorating our walls and dressing windows and kind of forget about the floor.  Maybe we will throw down a rug, but rarely is there as much excitement about the flooring as the walls or a piece of furniture. A few years ago I stumbled upon an article about a store which has evolved from the passion of Byron Bay based designer Sonya Marish.

Sonya has the most amazing range of antique and reproduction tiles which have been sourced from her travels around the globe.

“Forever searching for those rarities, I was over the moon when I stumbled across some beautiful antique tiles that I had to have. Their history, beauty and imperfections were exactly what I was looking for.” Sonya Marish, Jatana Interiors.

Sonya began her hunt for the perfect tiles when she commenced styling her own bathroom.  From here an obsession started which grew into her business in Byron Bay Jatana Interiors….So if there is such a thing as tile porn then this is a good place to get your fix and who says that you have to stick to tiling the floor….. Let me know your thoughts.

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My favourite has to be when they are all mixed up to create a colourful festival…who says you have to stick to conformity.


Which is your favourite?….. Meanwhile on with the colourful adventure…..


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Taming Wild Strawberries – Happy Friday


“Are wild strawberries really wild? Will they scratch an adult, will they snap at a child? Should you pet them, or let them run free where they roam? Could they ever relax in a steam-heated home? Can they be trained to not growl at the guests? Will a litterbox work or would they make a mess? Can we make them a Cowberry, herding the cows, or maybe a Muleberry pulling the plows, or maybe a Huntberry chasing the grouse, or maybe a Watchberry guarding the house, and though they may curl up at your feet oh so sweetly can you ever feel that you trust them completely? Or should we make a pet out of something less scary, like the Domestic Prune or the Imported Cherry, Anyhow, you’ve been warned and I will not be blamed if your Wild Strawberries cannot be tamed.” – Shel Silverstein – “Where the Sidewalk ends”

In an attempt to hold on to the summer months in OZ, I thought I would share my attempt to tame the strawberries..introducing the white chocolate and strawberry tart….


1.5 cups plain flour
Half cup icing sugar
125g chilled butter
6 egg yolks- chilled
200 g white chocolate
Two punnets of strawberries hulled and cut in half
375ml thickened cream
Teaspoon vanilla extract

  • First step is to make the pastry case, pre heat the oven to 180 degrees.
  • In a food processor blitz the flour, sugar and cubed butter until it resembles bread crumbs.
  • Add 3 of the egg yolks and about a tablespoon of iced water. Blitz until forms a dough.  As there is so much butter it will be soft so turn out and put into a ball and place in the fridge to cool for 10mins.
  • Roll to a disc to fit a 23cm round loose base tin. It is best to roll out between two sheets of baking paper. It will probably be soft again so you may want to place in fridge for 10 mins. Then place into the greased dish. Prick base all over with a fork
  • Cover base with some baking paper and pastry weights (or rice) and place in oven for 15 mins. Then remove paper and weights and cook for another ten mins….
  • While this is baking, heat the cream and white chocolate until the chocolate melts, this should be in a pan on a low heat.
  • Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract and whisk in the remaining three egg yolks.
  • Pour mixture into case, I normally place the case on a lined baking tray incase it leaks a little!
  • Reduce the oven to 140 degrees and then bake for around 35 mins( or until just set when you touch the top).
  • When almost cool, place the strawberries as per the picture! Voila enjoy!

Have a fantastic weekend, meanwhile on with the colourful adventure………


Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Cookery


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Stumble Upon – Nicole Porter’s Neon Style


I love these handmade bowls by New York designer Nicole Porter.  They are the perfect way to add a little colour to your table whatever season you are entering.  Using a mixture of graphic prints, and bold bright and fun colours, they are a simple way to add a little colour to your garden salad.


I also love the quirky tongue in cheek napery, after all who said the dinner table could not be fun! Whether you love your Citrus fruits…..


…you are appearing on Beauty or the Geek…..


….or you love your American home state…..and there is practically every state to choose from…


..just have some fun…meanwhile on with the colourful adventure…..


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