Friday, July 25, 2014

    I Have Very Exciting News

    What if you scored your dream job?

    What if a company you had admired for many many years and dreamed of working for employed you?

    What if you beat out over 700 other applicants to get it?

    This my friends, has happened to  me.

    New Job :)

    You are in the cyber-company of the newest contributor to Apartment Therapy.

    How excitement!!!!!!!!

    Seriously, a dream come true.  It went kinda like this:

    - See ad calling for applications
    - Not much time to apply
    - Work deadlines ahoy
    - I have to do this, I have to make this happen!
    - Friend contacts me about some product shots.  Ignore her to take long shower

    - Ruminate on application while enjoying uninterrupted shower time.
    - It needs to be someone with both an awesome home and that will support me as well as
       keeping secret squirrel and not thinking I suck if I lose....

    -  * LIGHT BULB * ( use Gru's voice from Despicable Me )

    - Call back friend and tell her how it's going to be.
    - You have an awesome home, I say.  Let me shoot it!
    - Enthuse and squee! a lot so she will feel really bad to say "No"
    - She says "Yes!"

    - We do it!
    - I collate application in a way I truly hope will make me stand out
    - Involving working in Photoshop at 2am the day before deadline ( the only way to work )
    - Apply
    - Wait, feeling ill
    - Worry, knowing they are inundated, and I am in Australia anyway
       and there will be so many applicants
    - Receive THE email from the Executive Editor
    - Go freaking nuts and almost pass out from adrenaline overload.
    - Tell friend.  Have an hour-long happy dance phonecall

    Which brings us to today!  Yay!
    All official, on the books after a midnight Skype training call from New York.

    I'M IN BABY! :D

    However ... you will have to wait and see the images I took of Jo's house when they debut
    on Apartment Therapy.  I'm a little excited and buzzed on coffee even as I type this,
    so i've thrown in some rando images of my own house. 

    I know, they're old and you've seen them before .. but I cant do a house post and talk about
    A.T. without images!  Sacré bleu!


    Anyway, if  you are still reading, I need your help!

    Do you have a cool house?  It doesn't have to be the prettiest or the most perfect ..
    I want homes with stories attached, with interest and variety.  I have noted a few of my friends
    & readers across Melbourne and they can be expecting me to hit them up in the coming
    months and lock them in.

    It's Apartment Therapy kids - of course you wanna be on it!
    Maybe your friend has a cool house - nominate them too!
    They don't even have to be Melbourne - have interesting abode, will travel.

    I've set up a little click-box over there on the side, or you can just contact me the regular way.
    I'm committed to quite a few posts per year, so don't be shy - I love other people's houses
    and i'm quite enthusiastic about getting to see your stuff. 

    Let's be friends!  True, call me! We'll do house.


    Tuesday, July 01, 2014

    Home Art

    Remember CopperArt ?  I think I saw more ads for CopperArt as a kid than I did actual
    tv programs.

    CopperArt is now HomeArt, but i'm still pretty sure most of the items you can buy there
    are on sale in this fabulous Pete Smith commercial from 1988:


    My aunt was an award-winning local copper artist. 

    She did relief sculptures and they hung around her home festooned with the
    show ribbons to show off her many successes.  Her house was pretty interesting -
    along with the copper art, there was a giant fork and spoon wall hanging and they had a bar

    I used to play in the bar a lot as there wasn't much to do for little kids at their house. 

    I was fascinated with the copper(!) necklaces around the bottlenecks declaring
    "MARTINI" or "VERMOUTH" and they had matchbooks from many different places
    and fancy cocktail napkins and swizzle sticks. 

    Oh, and her bed had a radio built in the bedhead, and she had these fibre-optic flower
    lamps that bloomed with changing colour.  I'm sure it was all very tacky, but I was fascinated. 
    We didn't have any of that stuff at my house. 

    There is something very magical about falling to sleep watching a musical fibre optic rose
    blossom and fade, blossom and fade.

    Anyway, when we moved back into this house, some of the art we had up previously
    no longer worked with the new walls, and I cant put up my giant LOVE metal letters as
    I inherited my Grandmother's piano, but we are getting there. 

    I've got some great ideas for a few empty spaces.. just got to get my craft on.

    It wont be copper art.

    Here's some art i've got up so far:

    hbfotografic - house art (2)

    ^ You've seen my hallway art .. still quite proud of that effort :)

    hbfotografic - house art (9)

    ^ Outside my son's room.

    I made this too.  There's a similar one you can buy on the market, but to be honest,
    whenever I went to click "BUY" the dimensions of the arrow bugged me .. not quite right. 

    I spent a long day in Photoshop creating this and comparing to the proper iconic
    Melbourne hook turn signs I could find in Google Images to get the dimensions just so,
    and to find the perfect font.

    You can see my big unhung L O V E metal letters on top of Grandma's piano here too. 

    hbfotografic - house art (1)

    Further down the hallway just before you turn into the open-plan kitchen/living area
    is my wall of SuperCats.

    I was lucky enough to receive these 4 SuperCats for Christmas last year .. and I knew
    where I wanted to put them, but they were just too small for the wall space. 

    Oh!  but then I remembered my Chat Noir framed print and I think good & evil offset
    themselves nicely here.

    hbfotografic - house art (5)

    hbfotografic - house art (7)

    ^ I won this piece of art with my Carpet Court prize.  I love the colours in it.
    It's by Gazza & Wazza of The Block fame. 

    I'm not sure if they actually made the art though, I think maybe just curated? 

    hbfotografic - house art (6)

    ^ and this superb canvas is an original artwork by my multi-talented friend Clair.
    When I enter my home via the front door, this is the first thing you see at the end
    of the hallway and it's just perfect.  You can find Clair here, among other places:
    ( )

    hbfotografic - house art (8)

    ^Finally, I picked this up on our Geelong Weekend, just before we were about to board the ferry.
    It is perfectly sunny in my laundry/pantry.


    ^ Next up I am concentrating on that space above my green egg chair.
    I have some ideas I need to workshop some more that are perfectly formed in my mind,
    so we'll see how they pan out in real life!

    Then I need to hit the bedrooms.

    I don't mind little steps though .. it takes time to make a home come together.


    Monday, May 12, 2014

    La Tour Eiffel ( or: Our last Day in Paris )

    We planned our last day carefully as we wanted to keep the boys out late and not wear
    them down running about the city and walking vast kilometers, as we are wont to do.

    We carefully packed up our little apartment and the boys watched "Ratatouille" on DVD. 
    We don't take restful holidays, so this felt a little odd.  But our eye was on the prize -
    the afternoon and evening at the Eiffel Tower!

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    At last the hour did fall and we set off out into the late afternoon for our last walk
    around the city.

    We browsed street stalls and breathed in the atmosphere as we made our way to the
    batobus ( rivertaxi ) to take us to our destination.

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    As to be expected, the lines were huge and one of the lifts was out of order.
    We've been up before and to be honest, the boys didn't care .. after a quiet day,
    they were content to run around on the grass underneath and play tiggy.

    Neither AB or I wanted to contend with meltdowns or demands for piggybacks climbing a tower.
    We try to keep our vacations full of good memories, not of tantrums.

    See also: not silly :p

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    So we just chilled on the grass along with everybody else. 
    People watching..

    Enterprising young men would come by with cold champagne in their backpacks,
    bought from some local boozer for €5 and would sell them for €20. 

    To be honest, it was a good little earner, and although we declined, we wished them well :)

    After the kids had got grass stains all over themselves and we got bored of sitting,
    we moved on to the carousel.

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    The kids were having a blast :)

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    Eventually it started to get darker.  It was a beautiful balmy evening -
    it really couldn't have been more perfect for our last night.

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    As it got darker, brides started arriving on the scene to be photographed with the
    Eiffel backgroup, or to be photographed riding on the carousel.  Some had hired
    professional photographers, but one couple I watched, although dressed beautifully,
    seemed to be capturing their wedding day on his smartphone? 

    Which of course meant he really wasn't in the pictures. 
    They both seemed very happy though, and who knows, maybe it was a fashion/
    photography assignment for Uni .. but still, it amused me a little :)

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    All good things must come to an end, however, and by now the boys were getting tired.

    We started walking back to the train station and admired the moon and the tower
    by night - so very gorgeous:

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    And then we went home to bed, full of mixed emotion.
    We had the countryside ahead of us, but such an amazing time in the city we were leaving behind.
    We'd done so much!  We'd done so little!

    Paris 2012: The Eiffel Tower

    Goodnight Paris! x

    More Paris/France posts from our holiday here:
    i-phone montage
    The Arts et Métiers Train Station
    Les Marchés de la France
    The Cafe de la Prominade
    Our Paris Apartment
    Les Averries :: Our Country House in France
    Paris Daily

    I Heart Versailles

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

    Auskick, the Sequel

    It's been 5yrs since we were last at Auskick.


    ( I think the footballs shrunk, or something ;) )


    Despite the fact we didn't know anyone ( Auskick is most often run on a Saturday,
    so we joined one of the rarer Sunday clubs
    ), he soon had a buddy right away to warm up with:


    Practice ball skills..


    And have some fun :D


    Then it was match time!


    If he wasn't on the ball, he was vying for it.
    I don't know much about footy, but he seemed to know what he was doing!!


    I don't know who won, or even if anyone cared.  I'm not even sure if anyone scored?

    Gee it was fun watching those little kids muck in though .. nosedives, bonks on the head,
    running the wrong way, dirty knees, tussling for the ball .. all smiles though!


    And we need another kid's activity like a hole in the head :D


    Friday, April 25, 2014

    Remember Me :: The Lost Diggers of Vignacourt

    Today it is ANZAC Day.

    Last January, we escaped the intense heat of Melbourne and the tiny airless upstairs flat
    by taking a little trip to Canberra.  There was a Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition on at the
    National Gallery, and my husband had never been to the Australian War Memorial before.

    Australian War Memorial

    I've been quite a few times. 

    Canberra was the closest "big" city to the town where I grew up, and thus where culture
    lived.  So all our school excursions were to Canberra - the War Memorial, Galleries,
    Parliament House, the Mint, the Planetarium, the Universities... 

    Australian War Memorial

    Australian War Memorial

    The "Remember Me" exhibition was also on display.

    We had been devouring this story in the news, of the lost photographs discovered in an attic.
    AB had received the book for Christmas to add to his already prolific collection of WWI reading.

    You can read more about the collection here:

    Australian War Memorial

    ^ the original rolled canvas backdrop of the photographer.

    Australian War Memorial

    Australian War Memorial

    Australian War Memorial

    The photographs have been lovingly restored, hand printed in the style of the day and mounted.
    They are beautiful.

    Australian War Memorial

    Australian War Memorial

    Lest We Forget. 

    Australian War Memorial

    After touring the special photographic exhibition, we explored the rest of the Memorial.
    I must say, staff ( who are often history buffs and volunteers ) are the kindest,
    most helpful and most interested of all staff I think I have ever encountered anywhere.

    There were special interest tours, and tours for children, interactive displays,
    and on a number of occasions, when looking at a display, a staff member might just
    come up and add a little story
    .. a bit of "did you know..." 

    I thought they were fabulous!

    Australian War Memorial

    As always, my favourite pieces were the model displays.  I could stare into them
    forever, seeing new things and hearing the stories in my mind.

    Australian War Memorial

    Australian War Memorial

    Australian War Memorial

    The Vietnam story was very big and loud ..

    Australian War Memorial

    Australian War Memorial

    "G for George"

    The Avro Lancaster B1, known with affection as "G for George", has a remarkable history.
    "G for George" flew ninety operational missions over Germany and occupied Europe
    during the height of the bomber offensive.

    Australian War Memorial

    Australian War Memorial

    Australian War Memorial

    With every entry ticket bought coming in we received a red poppy of remembrance.
    You could use these to place by your relative's name, or take home if you wish.

    Australian War Memorial

    It is a very humbling place to be

    Australian War Memorial

    On our way out, we were also handed a packet of poppy seeds, to plant at home.

    Due to the renovation, we haven't done this yet, but we know exactly where they will go.

    We will remember them.