Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
This beautiful image is courtesy of etsy seller lynndavis. Stunning isn't it?
My friends I bid you farewell for a very short while. I will be back on the 14th September, bigger and better. Ok well I'd prefer to be thinner and better but with all the genius inventions going on at my place I reckon I'll be double my size in 2 weeks.
I am having an operation and I'll be out of action for a wee while. Don't worry I'll be just fine and I'll be back soon. I have a few exciting projects to share with you all on my return. Take care and I'll see you soon.
Just don't ditch me for any of those perfect glamazon super mum blogs while I'm gone will you?
Someone is about to feel very very lucky. The little Tinker picked the winner first thing this morning under the watchful gaze of Henry and Beatrice. So, who won?
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The 5th entrant. Who was that? Quick go back and count down...
Simone you lucky duck, you are the winner!! Shoot me an email with your size and address and I will forward the details on to the lovely Vanessa so she can send out your prize.
Thank you all for entering and providing such great comment about sleepwear design I think they will really be interest to Vanessa and her team.
Of course the biggest thanks goes to Vanessa, thank you again for supporting Stepford Dreams with your amazing Gingerlilly Sleepwear. We love your store! xx
The little Tinker is mad about funny animal videos on YouTube. I made the mistake of showing her one video of a swimming cat and ever since, she demands a new video once a day. Today's video is this silly fat cat dancing. She howls laughing and says "ok now watch it again please" over and over again. So you can thank Tinker for this week's FFF.
Have a great Friday and a great weekend!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
If you are interested in buying one let me know and I'll fish out the link. I bought this top when I was pregnant they have such fun prints there. Such a sweet little design as well.
She also loves shuffling about the house in her little leather elephant slippers from NZ. Tinker is big fan of elephants after visiting an elephant rehab farm in Chiang Mai. If anyone is interested I will post up some snaps from that holiday.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
This gorgeous boxed set of Claudia Sleepwear could be yours!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Anyway the show must go on so I managed to score a really amazing supermodel to stand in for Tinker. Strange coincidence... the supermodel actually owns the same pink cardigan and the same Ikea apron as I do. Weird that.
Here we have the supermodel using Tinker's cup to pick the winner of our outrageously cute cocoon giveaway from Megan at Edan Rose.
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Please shoot me an email with your address and colour choice and I will pass your details on to Megan so she can send you your gorgeous prize.
Thanks again to Megan, I love supporting other mummies and I wish your fabulous store lots of luck!
Now, I must get back to my poorly bear. I'll see you all again on Monday. Bright and early for another amazing giveaway. Please tune in, you won't want to miss this one I promise. xx
For me, there is no hope. I cannot sing. I've always been hopeless and I always will be but this girl here, this young Chinese girl has potential. Ok I'm being facetious. She is possibly as bad or maybe even worse than me. The difference between us is that I know I can't sing. Very funny. Watch and see:
I'll be back later today to draw the winner of our giveaway. My Tinker is really sick so I don't know how helpful she will be I may need to rope Henry or Beatrice in her place.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
My friend Glen received an awesome jug for his birthday last week and I thought I'd share it with you. It is a piece by American pottery guru Jonathan Adler.
Now I'm sure all you cool American readers know this fellow already but I'm slow off the mark and I must say I've totally fallen for him. He can be my new gay-husband. He is fabulous I love his work.
Anyway girls, get your jugs out because they are gorgeous not just for drinks but for holding a bunch of cute flowers picked fresh from your very own garden. Tinker is obsessed with picking the nastertions from our weed infested garden. They actually have a really beautiful scent. The ones we have here are bright orange but otherwise identical to this one pictured below.
Have a very happy Thursday, I will see you all again tomorrow. Please make sure you enter my giveaway today. Tinker will be drawing the winner tomorrow. Who doesn't love a cute baby gift? These little cocoons are ideal as gifts for baby showers and new babies. So sweet, so snug. xx
Red, mauve and brown all working well. Who'd have thunk it? That said, the Tinker looks cute in any combination of colours. Well, that's what I think anyway. Stay tuned for more trend tips from the Tinker. xx
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I am a thief. I stole this recipe from Australian Good Taste magazine but that isn't even the half of it. I stole the magazine from the waiting room at my doctor's office. Horrified? I couldn't leave it behind I had to have it. I'm sorry universe.
So you know what I did? I swapped it for my current Vogue magazine. I had it in my bag ready to read while I was waiting. I made the ultimate sacrifice. I exchanged style for sustenance. It says a lot about who I am these days doesn't it? Ok so it says I'm a thief but it also says that when you become a mum your priorities totally shift. Amen to that. Bye Anna Wintour, hello Donna Hay.
Thai Chicken Curry
2 tsp vegetable oil
300g chicken tenderloins halved crossways
1 tbsp yellow curry paste
1 onion, halved and cut into thin wedges
250ml (1 cup) light coconut milk
80ml (1/3 cup) water
150g green beans, topped and halved
1 red capsicum thinly sliced
1 zucchini thinly sliced
fresh coriander to serve
1. heat oil in wok over medium heat til smoking. Add chicken cook 2 mins til golden.
2. Add curry paste and onion. Stir fry til onion is soft.
3. Add coconut milk and water, bring to the boil. Cook 3 mins. Add beans, capsicum and zucchini cook for 2 mins. Beans should be bright green and chicken cooked through.
4. Divide into 4 bowls serve with rice and top with coriander.
EASY mid-week meal and cheap too $3.79 per serve!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
My able helper is very busy catching up on her beauty sleep so I have turned to a far less pretty helper. Mr random.
So, here we go the winner of the Honeybunch Designs giveaway is:
#4 so that means Cloth Paper Stitches, you are the winner of our Honeybunch Designs prize.
And the winner of the Ivy Designs giveaway is:
#9 So that means Mrs Clarkson you are the winner!
Shoot me an email to claim your prizes! xx
Ok so I have just looked at these pictures and for some reason (probably something to do with my technostupidity) you can't see the winner generated but I can. You will have to trust me on those numbers! Meh. The Tinker does a far better job than the silly random generator.
The very lovely WAHM Megan from Edan Rose contacted me recently to tell me about her very clever little baby cocoons. Now, Tinker and I have moved on from all the soft cuddly newborn things and onto the loud, fast, bouncy delights of toddlerhood but I am still partial to a great newbie gift idea and I think Megan's baby cocoons are fabulous.
Edan Rose Cocoons are handkitted pieces of glowworm goodness! All little babies love being swaddled nice and tight just like in the womb. Perfect in the pram or out and about to keep bubby warm. Made of a acrylic, wool and nylon blend so they are durable and soft. Megan recommends using a light wrap under the cocoon for sleeping so that little fingers and toes don't escape through the knit (although this is very cute!)
Sunday, August 16, 2009
This stylish ensemble is from one of my favourites- Red Plum Linen. Red and blue stripes will outlast the toddler years and the cowboy print makes it fun. Made in Australia, beautiful quality, stylish prints and lots of custom features you really can't go wrong.
Robots are cool. Just ask Tinker, she has a crush on Plex from Yo Gabba Gabba. This gorgeous bedding is from The Land of Nod. An American online store (they ship here don't worry) with really funky bedding, toys and furniture. Tinker has some beautiful cot bedding from here and some really well made toys as well. Big tick from me!
Chesnut Hill in Deep Water
Friday, August 14, 2009
Complete with cookie crumbs and crayon under her nails the little Tink picked a winner...
Permanently Twenty Three it's you! Please shoot me an email with your address and I'll send your prize out to you. While I'm talking about prizes, last week's winner has not yet emailed me. I am going to start a new rule on MOnday that people have 3 days to make contact otherwise Tinker redraws!! So Digella you'd better get your skates on my friend!
I will be back later this afternoon. Yes, I know you are all itching to hear who wins the amazing giveaway this week!
As some of you know I have managed to secure an appointment with the famous neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo for my beautiful best friend Alli. We are headed there today. Please continue to pray for her, cancer is evil but Alli has a fighting spirit, with all of your good thoughts she will get through.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Since today is only half done I can only say that this picture tells you enough about my morning. One word. Food. Some people when faced with stress & sadness, find it impossible to eat. They lose oodles of weight. The only oodles going down at my place are oodles of noodles. When stressed I eat. And eat. And eat. And eat. Oh why couldn't I be to the too stressed to eat type?
This morning on my way out to visit Alli at the hospital with Tinker my friendly postie delivered a small box. I was so excited to find a box of homemade gingerbread men inside. My wonderful friend Cazz sent them to cheer me up.
Now lets not even start on the fact that she manages to juggle two kids a demanding part time job and a husband and a home AND bakes and decorates armies of gingerbread men in her spare time.
So tell me, what cheers you up? Are you another unfortunate type like me who can never tire of sweets?
Oh and I'm sorry posts are a little light on the ground this week my plate is huge but perhaps not quite huge enough for all this food! Please keep praying for Alli she needs your thoughts and prayers right now. xx
Monday, August 10, 2009
This is clearly the only oven mitt a true devotee of Stepford Dreams would be seen wearing. Plus, it matches your teapot. What more could you want? RRP $14.95It doesn't stop here. From the Barefoot Contessa's kitchen we have her famous Outrageous Brownie Mix. This isn't any old packet mix. If you are not familiar with Ina Garten you must google her, she is an amazing cook. Of her brownie recipe she says “I tested this recipe so many times that I am positive it is the best brownie recipe you will find.” These brownies are rich, dark, chewy and with just the subtlest hint of coffee…these brownies are incredible! And this box mix makes them easy to bake. Great to have on hand to make a fabulous dessert for guests or when you’re craving a sweet treat. RRP $17.95
Cookshop Plus is one of Australia's premier kitchenware boutiques. They stock all the major kitchenware brands, plus a new range of exclusive imported products from America, including an extensive range of Stonewall Kitchen. After a move and a major renovation, the shop has undergone a transformation into homeware heaven, with everything from Conran towels to Mauviel Copperware, and (just arrived) one of Australia's most extensive ranges of Nordic Bakeware. Located in the gorgeous Southern Highlands of NSW, Cookshop Plus is a fabulous shopping experience for the home chef (and Stepford Dreamer).
As with all my giveaways, the Tinker will draw the winner on Friday and everyone can enter. It doesn't matter where you live or if you are a follower or not. You know I hate blogs that make you jump through hoops for giveaways, so go on enter this week!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Ok I'll stop talking and start posting... I know you all want to see who won!
Digella, It's you! Email me your address and I'll post it today.
Have a great weekend everyone, make sure you tune in again on Monday for another amazing giveaway.