Monday’s muse

It’s time for the Archibald Prize 2013 finalists ​- here are some of my favourites

Click on image to go to artist’s site.​

all images via The Australian​ 

I have previously featured the following nominees on Monday’s muse:

Natasha Bieniek

Heidi Yardley

What’s in my bag

I’ve seen a few posts around where people share the contents of their bag.​  I thought as a continuation of my Real-ish​ post I’d show you what was in my bag today.

My lovely bag purchased from ​Bookhou

Eve’s water bottle, my purse, keys and Houdini Stop (I don’t go out without it)​​

And of course, empty biscuit packet, shopping list, pens, highlighters, my phone and half a tonne of cookie crumbs (I am a little piggy).​

Not really hitting the lofty standards of designer purses and cosmetics that others seem to manage,​ but there you have it.

Is your bag as chaotic and disgusting as mine?​

Gratitude v Greed

Gentle gratitude and green with greed



  1. Not quite here yet but the cooler mornings are giving me hope that Autumn is on it’s way here
  2. That awesome husband of mine, maker of bookshelves, cleaner of kitchens. Who gets out of bed to turn lights on for me when I’m being silly after watching too much Supernatural, he also looks pretty nice in a suit.​
  3. Crunchy leaves from my favourite tree the Plane tree, another sign of my favourite season Autumn.​


I’d love to add this vertical garden to our kitchen when we finally finish.​  I wouldn’t mind the marble benchtops either.

Want more gratitude or greed in your day? Previous weeks are here.​

Easter without the (chocolate) eggs

Easter is a tricky time for us, Eve can’t have dairy (or any beef byproducts) so the majority of Easter treats are off the menu for us.

While weighing up whether Easter is a tradition that we will maintain in our family I have come across a few adorable Easter-ish treats that could replace chocolate eggs.*

Click on images to go to supplier


More ideas are up on our Easter Pinterest board

*That’s not to say there isn’t a lot more to working out whether Easter is for us, I don’t want to fulfill just the commercial side of a holiday and I still have a lot of thinking to do on this one.


I’ve alluded to it in other posts and especially in my back and forth comments with Jess, but I thought it was about time I talked about having a child who is what I describe as More.

As a little background my older two as babies and toddlers were for want* of a better word normal. Sleeping, eating, developing all at manageable rates, sometimes early in Miss P’s case but nothing quite so, well, exhausting. ​Other people refer to them as Spirited children but for Eve I feel the word more is what sits right with me.

Awake – ​Eve is more often awake than not, no full night sleeps or reliable naps here because she has more​ to do.

Physical – ​Once Eve was on the move (walking at a reasonably normal 10  months), kicking a ball followed soon after and so did jumping.  While it’s pretty awesome to see that my child is coordinated (unlike her mother) what’s not awesome is the climbing of ladders, bedheads and jumping off with a complete lack of fear.

Mental – ​Eve is more ​switched on than my other two were.  If I don’t want her to know how to open a lock or get what is in a cupboard I can’t let her see me open it.  Putting things up high is no barrier, obviously.


For all that the more-ness takes out of me there is one thing that makes it worth it.​

Love – ​We get more smiles, more ​hugs, more ​kisses, more ​laughs, which reminds us no matter how tired and worn down we are so so blessed to have been given a child who is more.

*and I do really​ want a better word as I don’t like the obvious inference of people who don’t fit a particular pattern or mold as abnormal.

Art update

The third goal in my 13 for 2013 list was to draw or paint one piece a month.  I’m not creating with a lot of depth and most attempts are stalling half way through but while I can pretty much write off January and February’s attempts March is already complete.​

Simple but complete.​

Dahlia (my love), plucked from our garden as it begins to fade, stem sketched simply, photograph taken and edited.​

I think this goal has to be reduced to one piece quarterly, I’m looking at paring back all of my goals now that I am studying I don’t think they are realistic.​

​I toyed with the idea of incorporating the flowers in to the header.


What do you think?​