Saturday, August 29, 2009

Party Envy

Just when I was feeling good about myself for throwing Sarah's surprise party, I discovered this much better surprise party via the Party Perfect blog, that blogger Leigh Anne threw for her 16-year-old daughter.

Before I show you how much better, let me say in my defence:
  1. I only decided two nights beforehand (Sunday night) that I was going to have Sarah's party (on Tuesday night). Plus I work a busy job, caring for the sick, and stuff.
  2. I had to clean my entire apartment, for the first time in a year, in that time too. 
  3. Sarah is not my daughter. She's not even related to me. She's lucky I didn't just buy her a stapler, wrap it in brown paper and smear some dog poo on it

Anyway, here's my $1.50 party decoration from the supermarket:

And here's Leigh Anne's beautiful handmade decorations (picture from her flickr):
Here's her beautiful cupcake and candy bar (picture from Leigh Anne's flickr): 
And her drool-worthy balloons (picture from Leigh Anne's flickr):

Leigh Anne's party featured a Grease/Fifties theme with a pink, black and polka dot colour scheme. Check out her blog Your Homebased Mom and flickr for more pictures of pink balloons (!), the rest of the lovely food (strawberry cupcakes! strawberries dipped in white chocolate with pink sprinkles!) and her daughter's reaction. Makes me want to throw more parties. (How many surprise parties do you think you can have before it stops being surprising?)

Dad's Day

I am confident that my Dad will not be reading my blog any time soon so I will share with you his Father's Day pressie for next week. Every year he tells me not to buy one but clearly I am a disobedient daughter.

Firstly, "the ultimate air guitar album", Million Dollar Riff. He saw the ad on TV when I was visiting the other day and said he wanted it. Easiest present ever. (Clearly ACDC songs are too expensive because the CD has the John Farnham version of Long Way to the Top.) Hopefully Dad will not start playing air guitar. Or partake in road rage. Maybe for his birthday I can buy him Guitar Hero.

Another easy gift is this giant chocolate freckle, from local chocolatier John Walker (picture from their website).

He probably won't be into to it but I bought the DIY Dad Booklet from Kikki.K in lieu of a card. (Not that he'd expect a card. Cards are a waste of money.) There are even instructions on how to use it, here. Of course, I had to buy some alphabet stamps to help decorate it. And some of this ribbon (that I blogged about already) to tie it all with a big bow.

While at kikki.K, I also picked up some gifts for friends and for myself. I bought the lovely 2010 DIY Calendar, which came with the equally lovely 2009 DIY Calendar, which is lucky because I am currently using the 2009 RUSSH calendar and it's full of boobs and everytime I go to the fridge, I see boobs. (There are a lot of boobs in the current issue of RUSSH too. I mean, I like boobs, I have a set myself, but I don't need to see them every time I open a magazine.) Anyway, I can't wait to start making collages for my new calendars.

Australians are lucky we have rage (the show, not the emotion). Watching it now on ABC2*.

I wish there were a
24-hour rage channel
(say, ABC3?)

*Suggs from Madness is guest-programming! He chose a weezer track!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Sometimes I want to tell people in my building to buy smaller cars

Watching people park
Wheels furiously turning
Paint scraping on poles

I am loving the Secret Series by Justin Gabbard, discovered via BOOOOOOOM! It is "a series of portraits based on anonymous on-line confessionals." The one above really resonates with me, for some reason. Ahem. (Picture from Justin Gabbard)

Birthday card, in which limerick was written

O-Check balloon card, picture via Remedy (where I bought it)

Small hot air balloon,
Little yellow air balloon
No helium here

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Hosting a soiree means I cleaned my digs for the first time in, oh, a year. I discovered that some of my friends find some of my stuff creepy!

Little Joseph, you're not creepy! (Little Joseph by Qubus)
Tea towel, you're not creepy! (Family Portrait by Carolyn Alexander for Third Drawer Down)

No one finds my Canadian pseudo-taxidermy creepy, even if he's wearing a tie.

The photowall, after one of the prints FELL OFF (damn 3M Command hook!)

Surprise Soiree for Sarah

Yesterday I threw a surprise party for Sarah's birthday because last year no one went to her birthday dinner (it wasn't my fault, I was on holiday in Japan) because no one knew it was her birthday!

Before and after shots of the cake. No, it is not on fire. Check out Dania's lovely red lipstick in the background.

I made the Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake from Nigella's website (she decorates with classy sugar roses, I used giant sprinkles and kiddy candles). Sarah seemed to enjoy it. It was as yummy as it looks (the icing alone contains a block of chocolate, a tub of sour cream, butter, golden syrup, vanilla and sugar).

Why I love the cover of the new RUSSH (besides getting to open it)

Photo from RUSSH blog

That blue, that orange.
The (new) matte finish but with
A glossy white font

happy birthday sarah

There was a girl called Lil Sar',
Who was short of stature and hair.
She enjoyed a tipple,
Liked men and their nipples -
How old they were, she didn't care!

Clinics: much less busy when half the patients Did Not Attend

Let us say Hooray!
Hooray! For the DNA
Makes my day okay

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Which of these is grossest?

Brown phlegm, green sputum,
Watery diarrhoea,