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.*

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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 like nice stuff

I noticed a while ago a swell of opinion which seems to have become a wave that a lot of people are riding on. I’m going to call it the ‘living simply’ movement.

I like the ideal of living simply and as someone who has moved house way too many times in the last five years alone I pretty much do out of necessity. We constantly evaluate the things we have and reduce those that aren’t used or we don’t love. New things aren’t purchased without a lot of consideration, partly for monetary reasons but also due to lack of space. We still have a whole lot of junk, some of it we can’t get rid of because we can’t afford a nicer replacement, some are gifts that I keep because I feel obligated. We fight the junk by making regular trips to the op shop bins to donate (seriously at least once a month and often a car boot full), most of it comes from well intentioned family giving us things without actually thinking it through.

I do know that if you looked around our house you wouldn’t believe me, because there is crap spilling out all over the place. I have high hopes that adding storage to our house will help.

But this isn’t really what I want to talk about right now, while living simply is great and not purchasing unnecessary items or repairing existing ones is a laudable goal it is not what I see happening amongst most of the people that promote simple living.

It seems to me that a lot of people are saying they aim to live simply and then immediately talk about the newest item they have purchased or been gifted. It frustrates me endlessly. Probably as much as the whole sponsored content/gifted items debate does others, let’s face it the two are closely related. Just because something is free doesn’t mean it’s excluded from the list of items you own and will still contribute to pulling you away from your simple living goal.

We have lived simply, without a kitchen for over a month and I can tell you I hope never to do that again, but it also made me truly pare down what we do own before things were allowed back in to the kitchen. It also made me aware that being able to live that bare bones is a task the majority of people are not up to, because when you tell people you have been cooking in your bedroom they give you the you are effing crazy face.

But for all my paring down I’m going to make this pretty clear I like stuff, I am materialistic. I don’t like a false veneer of simple earthy living being presented when that’s just not true. Own your likes, your wants and your desires, material or otherwise. I don’t think there’s shame in wanting beautiful things in your life and home and I’m tired of people inferring that there is.

Right this moment, I want

A Canon EOS M to replace my broken Leica
A new laptop to replace my dead iPad and long broken Vaio (preferably a MacBook because I really want to try one)
This cookie jar from Anthropologie
Lighting for my kitchen (one of these and two of these)

And so on and so on.

Will I get all these things? Hell no, probably I dare to say I’ll get none of them, but it’s okay to aspire to them. It is not evil to enjoy the products that are made for our pleasure, it’s bad if you constantly purchase (or otherwise acquire) and then throw away but that’s not what I’m talking about. It keeps people in jobs, something people seem to forget when cursing out big brands is that they employ people and if you don’t buy things people don’t get employed, and funnily enough it’s important for people to have jobs. The Labour government seems to think that jobs are created by shunting single parents on to Newstart but (though economist I am not) I’m pretty sure that consumer demand is a bigger part of what creates them.

Yes there are millions of people that need basic things, like safety, health and food. My wanting nice things is not harming them. Ignoring their plight would harm them, but I don’t do that, I do what I can to help. I think we all should, especially those of us fortunate enough to be born in stable countries, we should not be greedy with our good fortune. My 2nd* favorite Christmas gift that I received this year was the donation my cousin made to World Vision, what could be better than getting that?

But I can do both, I can be a good person and still like nice even frivolous things. It doesn’t make me vapid or selfish, and at least while practicing thoughtful consumerism I am not being underhanded about how much I am consuming.

So maybe people can stop the competitive self deprication and start enjoying the things they like?

*My favourite was the swing my husband made, seriously how could it not be.

disclaimer: it’s been 40+ degrees here since Thursday it’s highly likely the heat has fried my brain and I’m being reactionary and judgmental.

I like nice stuff

I noticed a while ago a swell of opinion which seems to have become a wave that a lot of people are riding on. I’m going to call it the ‘living simply’ movement.
I like the ideal of living simply and as someone who has moved house way too many times in the last five years alone I pretty much do out of necessity. We constantly evaluate the things we have and reduce those that aren’t used or we don’t love. New things aren’t purchased without a lot of consideration, partly for monetary reasons but also due to lack of space. We still have a whole lot of junk, some of it we can’t get rid of because we can’t afford a nicer replacement, some are gifts that I keep because I feel obligated. We fight the junk by making regular trips to the op shop bins to donate (seriously at least once a month and often a car boot full), most of it comes from well intentioned family giving us things without actually thinking it through.

I do know that if you looked around our house you wouldn’t believe me, because there is crap spilling out all over the place. I have high hopes that adding storage to our house will help.

But this isn’t really what I want to talk about right now, while living simply is great and not purchasing unnecessary items or repairing existing ones is a laudable goal it is not what I see happening amongst most of the people that promote simple living.

It seems to me that a lot of people are saying they aim to live simply and then immediately talk about the newest item they have purchased or been gifted. It frustrates me endlessly. Probably as much as the whole sponsored content/gifted items debate does others, let’s face it the two are closely related. Just because something is free doesn’t mean it’s excluded from the list of items you own and will still contribute to pulling you away from your simple living goal.

We have lived simply, without a kitchen for over a month and I can tell you I hope never to do that again, but it also made me truly pare down what we do own before things were allowed back in to the kitchen. It also made me aware that being able to live that bare bones is a task the majority of people are not up to, because when you tell people you have been cooking in your bedroom they give you the you are effing crazy face.

But for all my paring down I’m going to make this pretty clear I like stuff, I am materialistic. I don’t like a false veneer of simple earthy living being presented when that’s just not true. Own your likes, your wants and your desires, material or otherwise. I don’t think there’s shame in wanting beautiful things in your life and home and I’m tired of people inferring that there is.

Right this moment, I want

A Canon EOS M to replace my broken Leica

A new laptop to replace my dead iPad and long broken Vaio (preferably a MacBook because I really want to try one)

This cookie jar from Anthropologie

Lighting for my kitchen (one of these and two of these)

And so on and so on.

Will I get all these things? Hell no, probably I dare to say I’ll get none of them, but it’s okay to aspire to them. It is not evil to enjoy the products that are made for our pleasure, it’s bad if you constantly purchase (or otherwise acquire) and then throw away but that’s not what I’m talking about. It keeps people in jobs, something people seem to forget when cursing out big brands is that they employ people and if you don’t buy things people don’t get employed, and funnily enough it’s important for people to have jobs. The Labour government seems to think that jobs are created by shunting single parents on to Newstart but (though economist I am not) I’m pretty sure that consumer demand is a bigger part of what creates them.

Yes there are millions of people that need basic things, like safety, health and food. My wanting nice things is not harming them. Ignoring their plight would harm them, but I don’t do that, I do what I can to help. I think we all should, especially those of us fortunate enough to be born in stable countries, we should not be greedy with our good fortune. My 2nd* favorite Christmas gift that I received this year was the donation my cousin made to World Vision, what could be better than getting that?

But I can do both, I can be a good person and still like nice even frivolous things. It doesn’t make me vapid or selfish, and at least while practicing thoughtful consumerism I am not being underhanded about how much I am consuming.

So maybe people can stop the competitive self deprication and start enjoying the things they like?

*My favourite was the swing my husband made, seriously how could it not be.

disclaimer: it’s been 40+ degrees here since Thursday it’s highly likely the heat has fried my brain and I’m being reactionary and judgmental.

Christmas wish list

While I try not to want things, butit his time of year makes it hard not to desire and dream.

So here’s my completely not reasonable Christmas wish list.

A Canon EOS M to replace my poor broken camera (in white please I’m fussy when getting imaginary gifts).

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From Canon

A Technivorm Moccamaster because if I can’t have sleep at least I can have coffee to get me through.

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From Nord Coffee

An indoor swing obviously

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From Pop & Scott

Or a giant Mr X because I don’t care that I’m probably too old for toys

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From Blabla

Christmas wish list

While I try not to want things, but this time of year makes it hard not to desire and dream.

So here’s my completely not reasonable Christmas wish list.

A Canon EOS M to replace my poor broken camera (in white please I’m fussy when getting imaginary gifts).

From Canon

A Technivorm Moccamaster because if I can’t have sleep at least I can have coffee to get me through.

From Nord Coffee

An indoor swing obviously

From Pop & Scott

Or a giant Mr X because I don’t care that I’m probably too old for toys

From Blabla

What’s your number?

It seems that Fridays are for dreaming of finishing touches.
This week house numbers, which are probably one of the final touches seeing our exterior repaint. is fairly far down the list and there’s not much point in putting up new numbers before then.

I’ve made quite a narrow selection, because I adore the Neutra font.

The first are the Neutra numbers from Heath Ceramics.

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They also make a range of Eames house numbers if that’s your thing.

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My other favourites, again in Neutra font are from Design Within Reach.

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Do you like or even notice your house numbers?

Light up

Whenever I reach an impasse with the house renovations (such as our kitchen roadblock) I like to search for interesting fittings for our home.
Today I’ve been looking at lighting and there’s a lot out there to love.

The Hull pendant light by Cummins Design

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Inspired by the hull structure of boats and the wing of an airplane, constructed using lasercut plywood and LED lights, an absolutely gorgeous feature to add to your home.

The Cloud suspension light by Kenneth Cobonpue via Kezu

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Moon suspension lamp again by Kenneth Cobonpue via Kezu

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Prometheus via Inlite

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And last but favourite works from Michelle James NYC.

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Do you prefer lighting that makes a statement or just quietly blends in?

Choices made and delayed

As one of the items I finally decided on was on sale this week I settled in and planned out what I was going to order with my lovely gift certificates.

The first was the Replica Eames Hang it All, on sale until today.

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Via Matt Blatt

The second a Replica Eames Junior DSW side chair in Red for Eve.

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via Tempt Interiors NZ

And third a Replica Eames RAR plastic rocker in black.

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Via eBay

I got online and added them to my cart and attempted to check out. A little message came up saying I would need to call customer service because my post code wasn’t in their shipping matrix. A little frustrating seeing that I’ve had goods shipped from all over the world without this issue but I put my big girl panties on and dialed the number.

The incredibly perky sales assistant went through my order with me with ease, until dealing with the post code issue. She then informs me that the order would have to go to head office and they probably wouldn’t get back to me until Monday. I’m a little annoyed at this point as I’m pretty sure that means I’ll miss the sale price, but really my own fault for procrastinating, so I’ll deal with it.

Then I mentioned the gift certificates, there was a brief pause and the sales assistant says the words I am not too thrilled to hear. You can only use those in store, so next time you’re in Melbourne or Sydney you can use them. My head nearly exploded when she then attempted to continue processing the order*.

So unfortunately I’m not sure when I’ll be using the gift vouchers which is such a shame, especially seeing I can’t even be sure they’ll have what I want in stock if we do make a special trip. I wasn’t even sure if I would post about this and I hate to whine because I don’t want any of the lovely gift givers to feel that I don’t still cherish and appreciate their gift as I really do. But I did feel it best to put this out there in case other non Melbourne or Sydney based people went to buy gift vouchers, there’s no warning on the website that they can’t be used that way (believe me I’ve trawled the FAQ’s, policies etc to check). I’d hate to not speak up and have anyone else caught out.

*Note to salespeople I am not going to reward shitty service policies by spending more money in your store, I would have thought that was common sense, no matter how cheerful your voice is.

Choices made and delayed

As one of the items I finally decided on was on sale this week I settled in and planned out what I was going to order with my lovely gift certificates.
The first was the Replica Eames Hang it All, on sale until today.

Via Matt Blatt

The second a Replica Eames Junior DSW side chair in Red for Petite.

via Tempt Interiors NZ

And third a Replica Eames RAR plastic rocker in black.

Via eBay

I got online and added them to my cart and attempted to check out. A little message came up saying I would need to call customer service because my post code wasn’t in their shipping matrix. A little frustrating seeing that I’ve had goods shipped from all over the world without this issue but I put my big girl panties on and dialed the number.

The incredibly perky sales assistant went through my order with me with ease, until dealing with the post code issue. She then informs me that the order would have to go to head office and they probably wouldn’t get back to me until Monday. I’m a little annoyed at this point as I’m pretty sure that means I’ll miss the sale price, but really my own fault for procrastinating, so I’ll deal with it.

Then I mentioned the gift certificates, there was a brief pause and the sales assistant says the words I am not too thrilled to hear. You can only use those in store, so next time you’re in Melbourne or Sydney you can use them. My head nearly exploded when she then attempted to continue processing the order*.

So unfortunately I’m not sure when I’ll be using the gift vouchers which is such a shame, especially seeing I can’t even be sure they’ll have what I want in stock if we do make a special trip. I wasn’t even sure if I would post about this and I hate to whine because I don’t want any of the lovely gift givers to feel that I don’t still cherish and appreciate their gift as I really do. But I did feel it best to put this out there in case other non Melbourne or Sydney based people went to buy gift vouchers, there’s no warning on the website that they can’t be used that way (believe me I’ve trawled the FAQ’s, policies etc to check). I’d hate to not speak up and have anyone else caught out.

*Note to salespeople I am not going to reward shitty service policies by spending more money in your store, I would have thought that was common sense, no matter how cheerful your voice is.

So many lovely things

It’s been a couple of weeks and I still haven’t made my final decision on what I will order from Matt Blatt.

Here are some of the many many lovely things to choose from.

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This isn’t a realistic choice our house has no space but I do love it because it reminds me of the spinning eggs that used to be in playgrounds.

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DCW in red, a splash of bold colour for the house.

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LCW in rosewood, my favourite of the timber veneers.

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LCM in walnut or oak, I prefer the metal legs but am torn on the timber.

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Eames jr. chairs and elephant stool, for Miss Eve to be adorable on.

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Eames hang it all because I am obsessed with storage.

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Glo ball light fitting for our bedroom.

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Artichoke light, which doesn’t really suit our house but is lovely nonetheless.

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And my constant favourite the saucer bubble lamp.

All images via Matt Blatt