We Need to Talk About Paully

I’ve known Paully forever. We grew up together, went everywhere together, and have pretty much shared everything. I’ve always trusted him to look after me, and he’s never let me down.

The last few years there’s been some things go awry—almost as if someone was sabotaging me. I tried to push it away at first, told myself I was being silly. But as it got worse I started to worry. I talked to friends about it, I told them how horrible it left me feeling, how shattered I often was when things didn’t work properly. I talked to experts and got referred to specialists who deal with these kinds of things. While most of my friends and family believed and supported me, some told me to just get over it—I was being paranoid. The experts and specialists said the same—one even suggested I stop making excuses and take responsibility for the problems.

Then, a few months ago, I went to an expert who seemed to understand. She believed me—someone was messing with me. Something was not right. After some deep investigation she was able to provide me with pictures of the culprit. It was Paully! I couldn’t believe it. After all this time and all we’d been through together, he’d let me down. I was hurt. But I was also relieved—I wasn’t going crazy, or being paranoid. Something really was up.

Paully is my gall bladder. I’ve spent the last two years schlepping from doctor to doctor, and having endless tests and terrifying diagnosis—early menopause, Polycystic Ovaries, various autoimmune diseases. I’ve had endless medications to try to fix the rapid weight gain, intense pain, and exhaustion. After all this, and almost ready to accept I really was making it all up, I tried one last doctor who tested for Cholelithiasis (gallstones). Winner! I was so relieved I cried tears of happiness. She laughed at my unexpected response.

Best Friend’s for Not EverNatalie Dee

Paully and I are no longer friends. He’s no use to me, especially while causing me so much trouble. So, tomorrow, I go in for surgery to have him removed. I probably should be nervous or anxious—everyone around me seems worried—but I’m excited to finally feel better.

My gal pals, Wabi and Miss Vodka, each gave me a small gift today, because I’m “going for surgery and might die”. I was both amused and incredibly touched. I seriously have the best friends anyone could ask for, and you should all be very envious.

Sadly, while I’m being sliced and diced I’ll be away from Heidielka, but only for a few of day. Watch this space Sunday for an update, and a return to regular scheduled programming.

My Endless Love: Spring Storms

Last night, just as my lappy was dying, we lost power. After waiting desperately in the dark for a half-hour, I cut my losses and decided it was time for bed. I lay there listening to the tempestuous winds scream through the neighbourhood, and I smiled—the spring storms are here!

I love this time of year. You can smell the rain in the air, feel the electricity on your skin, and almost breathe the heat that hits before a storm. The mornings slowly heat up to a sweltering afternoon. Everything seems to still. And then the sky darkens and the heavens crash down to earth with thunder claps that shake the very air around you, and sheet lightning brighter than the brightest of days.

The rain itself pounds down with such ferocity it can feel like needles on your skin, before lessening to a patter and falling for hours on end—the sound of it on a tin roof sends my heart aflutter. But there is always a chance, especially in Queensland, that this rain will plummet to earth not as droplets, but as icy pearls. Sometimes very large pearls, as was the case yesterday. The ground was carpeted in such a layer of ice-cold hail it seemed almost as if it had snowed a little…at least to this little snow-virgin.

It was all slightly magical and delightful.

Dreamtime Art

I stumbled across Silk & Burg a week ago now, and have since been dreaming of acquiring this:

I’m not really taken by the print by itself, but I’d love to buy these two as well:

And put them in my future office together, like this:

That way, whenever I got bored, I could stare at them and dream of flying away…

Dress me Up, Take me out. Vol.6: Rokit

I’m a vintage addict. My friends can attest to this, as can most people that have known me more the five minutes. Take me to an op shop or vintage store, and you will inevitably hear “oooh, look at this!” and “how cool is that!” leave my lips far too many times. Buy me vintage and you win my heart.

While vintage in every form woos me, due to my limited living space I  try to avoid buying vintage hoemwares (with little success). Vintage clothes, on the other hand, are always never off limits.

The past few years have seen a huge resurgence in the love of vintage wear, thanks to big-name celebrities donning old-school gowns and gear. This bums me out (see, I even talk like a relic), because it means that the stuff I once snapped up for a few bucks now requires a savings plan. Thanks a lot Sienna Miller! That being said, it’s not impossible to find places that still sell reasonably-priced, high-quality vintage, both locally and online.

Rokit is a reasonably new find for me, but I’m already mildly obsessed. The site is broken down into a great range of categories, and includes an excellent sizing chart to help make sure your measurements match theirs. Each item is described well and, while the images are limited to a few per item, they are clear and well-sized.

The clothing itself is a brilliant mix of vintage from various eras, with some great designer pieces jumbled in with regular vintage items. The prices, while hardly bargain-basement, are generally much cheaper than other online vintage stores, and seem to match with the quality and likely popularity of each item.

Here’s a few of Rokit’s items I’ve been ogling lately:

Store: Rokit—True Vintage Clothing

Store Locations: Various London localities, and Online

International Shipping: YES! Shipping costs vary, see delivery info for details.

Best Bits: Excellent easy-to-use sizing charts. Great range of styles from various eras, excellent size range, and well thought-out categorising. Price options for Pounds, US Dollars and Euro, with price given both with and without VAT.

(Clockwise from top left. All in US Dollars)

–       Dark Green Leaf Print Dress (100% polyester): $53.92

–       Black and White Circle print Dress (100% polyester): $53.92

–       Colourful Houndstooth Print Pencil Skirt (cotton/rayon blend): $38.51

–       Navy Marching Band Themed Skirt (wool): $46.21

Thematic: Rainbow Kids

I love kid’s parties. Not only are they a bunch of fun, you get to play games and eat loads of kid-style junk food. And they create such incredible memories for kids—I still remember my sixth birthday vividly!

The hardest part of a kids party, especially with so many character-themed options based on TV shows, is creating a party that is both fun and affordable. In essence, as much as your daughter might love Dora, or you may have a real-life Bob the Builder, the most important thing is that the party is fun. As long as you have the fun down-pat, your little tyke (and all the other sugar-filled tots) will eventually forgive you for the lack of commercial characters.

Easy-peasy, fun birthday theme for kids of any age—COLOUR—and lots of it! You can choose your children’s favourite colour, the colour of their favourite character, or even just a random selection—just make sure it’s bright. And if you’re having trouble deciding, don’t. Choose all the colours and have a rainbow-themed extravaganza!

The great thing about going rainbow is that it’s super easy and quick to create a festive, fun atmosphere, starting with the invites. These ones, from 3 Tots Designs (1) not only look modern and cool with the chevron trim, but also allow you to really make the birthday girl or boy the star.

3 Tot Designs Rainbow Invitiation

Rainbow Birthday Party Invitation from 3 Tot Designs

Once you’ve sent the invites out, the next challenge is food. But guess what? Everything can be made rainbow! First there’s the boring, healthy stuff, like these totally un-boring fruit kebabs (2), or why not make some cool fruit juice icy treats (3). Moving on to the sugar overload and I can guarantee even the adults will be reaching for one of these awesome mini piñata cookies (4), and probably even some rainbow slushie (5).

Thematic kids rainbow food

2. Rainbow Fruit Kebabs via Jennifer Colton’s Pinterest
3. Rainbow Popsicles via Cutest Food
4. Pinata Sugar Cookies via She Know’s
5. Rainbow Slush via Ramblings from the Sunshine State

Cake-wise there’s about a billion options, but I’m all for the big reveal of this neat rainbow layer cake (6). You can leave it plain or decorate it with rainbow treats if you’re keen to keep with the theme.

Rainbow birthday cake - babyology

6. Rainbow Birthday Cake via Babyology

Speaking of theme, keep it going with rainbow activities. Set up a cupcake station with rainbow-coloured frosting (7) and let the kids decorate their own cupcakes—they’ll have a blast! If the party is over the school holidays, get your hands on some non-permanent coloured hair spray-paint and let them rainbow-up themselves (8), but be sure to get parent’s permission and remind the kids to bring an old shirt. For the littlies, rainbow-hued play-dough is a guaranteed success. Check out this recipe made with jello (9). Or simply print out a bunch of rainbow colouring pages and get creative with paints, pencils, collage materials, and crayons.

7. Rainbow-coloured frosting via Art, Tips and Thoughts
8. Rainbow Fade Hair via Hair Colors Ideas
9. Jello Play Dough via Playdough Recipe

Once all the fun is had, send each guest home with a rainbow-inspired thank you, filled with a giant lollipop (10) or one of these cool toffee apples (11), and some rainbow stationery fun (12).

10. XL Rainbow Swirl Lollipops (4.5″) from Candy Swirls UK
11. Rainbow toffee apples via Carrie Dickerson’s Pinterest
12. Rainbow Crayons (30 x 2.5′) from Kaboodle

Don’t forget to sneak a toffee apple for yourself either—remember, half the fun is reliving your own youth!

Beauty in Simplicity

Singer - Kendra Baird

“Singer” – Kendra Baird (acrylic on wood)

 

Too often, I think, we make art about the abstract meanings behind an image. Why? Can’t it simply be what it is?

I love this piece, not for any hidden message, but for exactly what it is—an old Singer sewing machine. Simple, honest beauty.