Thursday, 30 September 2010

that's what she said

a: bites into corn on the cob. eh ... it squirted in my face!
j x 2: long pause. that's what she said.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

life or lack thereof

a: yes! the post office has my large parcel. grins.
k: what did you get ... ?
a: something i don't need ... a big clock.
k: facepalm.
a: i got a trash bin the other day, too. i keep buying unecessary things.
k: you need a man.
a: this is true.

Monday, 27 September 2010

happy days

when my blogs lack emotional content, it generally means i'm fairly content with life.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

deer-lirious head

so i've officially run out of wall space to hang things without my wall looking cluttered. this deer head (from corky saint clair) was supposed to go on one of my cream walls. alas, cream and white resin lack contrast, and thus do not go well together. yes, i am a genius of sorts. there is now a hole, albeit tiny, in my cream wall. it makes me a tad anxious. hyperventilates. it's okay amanda, this too shall pass.

being the clutz i am, i knocked over half my jewellery shrine taking these photos. i would die if i chipped my beloved squirrel. needless to say, it was not a pleasant experience. for this reason, i ask you to give these photos a little extra attention by staring at them for an extended 2 seconds each. no, you can't have those 6 seconds of your life back. but thank you, it's been a pleasure.

night of the hunter

Honest to God I'll break your heart
Tear you to pieces and rip you apart

worst song ever

pussycat, pussycat

where have you been?

Thursday, 23 September 2010


i enjoyed this immensely.

dictaphone parcel

"Dictaphone Parcel is an animation based on a sound recorded with a dictaphone travelling secretly inside a parcel. As the hidden recorder travels through the global mail system, from London to Helsinki, it captures the unexpected. We hear a mixture of abstract sounds, various types of transport and even discussions between the mail workers. The animation visualizes this journey by creating an imaginary documentary." -​lauriwarsta

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

frame me

an affordable alternative to buying a mark ryden print from an art gallery.
1. tree show postcards = $16.09; 2. 3 x black typo frames = $44.85; total = $60.94

Sunday, 19 September 2010

bike shelf

isn't woodwork a beautiful thing? it makes everything feel so homey, even a bike hook (of sorts) contraption. designer, chris brigham, has humbly named it the 'bike shelf'. designed for bike riders with little household space. the new yorkers of the world. or simply for those with an eye for woodwork design and a love of bicycles. serves two functions - 1) bike hook; 2) a shelf. ingenious.

source: knifeandsaw

eric therner's diamond light

"This is “Diamond Lights”. I’d like to see them as sculptures, with a function. Diamond Lights play with the concept of the lightbulb. Stylwise I wanted a mystic, special kind of retro feel, which I already find in the existing lightbulbs. I waned to make those elements stand out stronger. I tried to capture a mystique and a romantic glamour, then mix those with the classic feel from the original lightbulbs." - eric therner

birds on the wires

"One day Jarbas Agnelli was reading his newspaper when he saw a picture of birds on electric wires which immediately fascinated him.. He noticed that the positions of the birds looked like a pice of musical notation. He set about recreating the melody based on where the birds were perched.

He contacted the photographer who had taken the original picture who was also intrigued by the music. He informed his Editor and the whole idea was turned in to a story in the newspaper. Agnelli, spurred on, then created this animation with the photo, the music and the score." - arkinspace

Wednesday, 15 September 2010


k: there's this food show i like. it's really cool.
a: you're such a geek.
k: you've got to watch it! heston blumenthal. you'd really like him.
a: why would i like him?
k: because he makes these weird things. you like weird things.

a: i'm due for a phone upgrade soon. not sure what to get.
k: you should get the ... htc? it's for people who are more tech savy, whereas the iphone is for applications and easy use. you're nerdy and tech savy.
a: oh ... thanks!

i love how people associate me with weird nerdy things.

Monday, 13 September 2010


  • 2½ cups self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 40g chilled unsalted butter, cubed
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • Jam and whipped cream, to serve
  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder ans salt into a bowl.
  3. Using your fingertips, lightly rub the butter into the dry mix until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix in the sugar.
  4. Make a well in the centre. Pour in most of the milk and mix with a flat-bladed knife or a baking spatula whilst rotating the bowl, using a cutting action, until the dough forms clumps. Handle the mixture with a very light hand. Pour in the rest of the milk.
  5. The dough should have a slightly wet and sticky consistency. With floured hands, gently gather the dough together, lift onto a lightly floured surface and pay into a smooth ball. Do not knead or the scones will be tough.
  6. Pat the dough out to 2cm thick. Separate the dough into 10 to 12 rounds using either your hands or a 5-6 cm cutter. Place on the baking tray 1cm apart and brush the tops with milk.
  7. Bake in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden and well risen. Transfer to a wire rack. Serve with butter or jam and whipped or clotted cream.

miu miu & gpv

really, what's not to love about these shoes?

image source: garypeppervintage

3.1 phillip lim spring 2010

image source: forevayoungvintage

rubbles and riches

rubbles and riches a.k.a. lavo (laverton) market. i remember going to this as a child almost every weekend. i quite enjoy spending quality time at the market with my parents, so i couldn't pass up the opportunity to go for a quick browse on saturday morning. very happy with my market finds.

double heart ring - i'm usually not a fan of jewellery, or anything for that matter, with details resembling a heart. i find it tacky and too princess-y for my liking. despite the heart detail on this ring, i like it very much. the lady asked for $3. mum, being the typical asian mother she is, bless, nudged me to bargain for less ... so i did, and i ended up getting this gem for a mere $2.

sankyo mf 404 - i'm not a collector of video cameras, but i saw this interesting old little gadget and was intrigued. i picked it up, the old man quoted $30. i didn't really feel the need to add a video camera to my collection. i placed it back down, the old man quoted $20. tempted, i fidgetted with the lens and buttons. but where would i put it? back down it went, i began to walk away. old man quoted $10. and that is how i came to acquire the sankyo mf 404. one of the many unnecessary items in my room that will be left on the shelf to collect dust for the remainder of its dull existence. but i do like it. this 70's film camera is also in great condition, complete with a spiffy case and manual. the case is quite nice. the case itself justifies the $10 price tag, given its pristine condition. of course, it's completely useless as we're not in a generation that uses projectors, let alone develops such tapes. but if you equip this little guy with 4 AA batteries and pull the trigger, it makes a pretty awesome old school video camera sound. chk-chk chk-chk. what can i say? i'm easily impressed.

adler typewriter - i've been on the lookout for a typewriter for quite sometime now, but they've either been too expensive or too dirty for my liking. i'd prefer an older black or light blue typewriter, but for $25 i really couldn't resist buying this one. although, had i known it was missing a lever attachment critical for the use of uppercase typing, i probably wouldn't have purchased it. i've cleaned it up a bit, and am content with this typewriter for now. however, i do hope to invest in a vintage royal or corona in the not too distant future.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

the snow yak show

"Traverse Mark Ryden's vast wintry landscapes into the frigid domain of the majestic Snow Yak. Images from Ryden's acclaimed Japanese Snow Yak Show are reproduced in large 11" x 14" format, and include many detail images and drawings. In this set of work, Ryden paints with a pallet of subtle whites and greys to create mysterious scenes of soft snow, clouds, and fur. The inhabitants of this wintry world are bare angelic figures and their companion woolly snow yaks. The works were originally shown at the prestigious Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo in February 2009. This book features all of the works, as well as photographs of the work on display and of Ryden's trip through Japan. Mark Ryden came to preeminence in the 1990s. With his masterful technique and disquieting content, he became a leader in the revitalization of painting, combining accessibility, craftsmanship and technique with socio-cultural relevance and emotional resonance." - boomerangbooks

Sunday, 5 September 2010

mad as hell

water pendulum by olafur eliasson

father's day

if you've received a gift from me sometime in the last three years, you'd be familiar with my gift wrapping. i wrapped my dad's father's day present yesterday, thought i'd share. he probably won't appreciate it as much as i enjoyed wrapping it.

i think it's the perfectionist in me that enjoys wrapping - cutting paper, folding with precision. my wrapping style differs from gift to gift. sometimes i use old postage stamps i collected as a child, other times i opt for wax seals. i've recently started using old pages from books. i'm starting to collect stamps as well. i keep these all in a wooden box from my primary school days. i kid you not, i used this to store my stationery. a friend's dad made them for us, so a group of us girls would lug this to and from home and school every day. in hindsight, i'm really unsure as to how i managed to fit this thing in my backpack.

ana kras

ana kras is a serbian homeware designer, photographer and illustrator. switching from these different art forms allow for ana to get the creative juices flowing. each art form feeds off the other. her furniture designs are inspired by her photography and illustration projects and vice versa. i love her simple furniture designs. i also love her photography skills. not the typical high quality focused photos you'd expect from a photographer. the grainy images produce that nostalgic feeling that modern digital photos lack.

source: ana kras; frankie