Top Ten Looks One Year In

How time flies when you’re having fun!! It’s been 365 days since I decided to wrap a gift every day for a year, each one to a daily theme. My aim was to explore the world of wrapping with different looks, techniques, papers and embellishments. It was all about trying new things and to push the boundaries […]

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Name Changer

Today 30 May , a recent interview on 891 ABC Adelaide caught my eye. It reported that more than 80 per cent of Australian women take their husband’s name after marriage. The Amal Clooney effect aside, that is far far higher than I thought it would be especially while there is debate over whether the tradition, dating back to a time when women […]

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It’s getting personal

If there’s one thing I like it’s a trend report. Scoff you might on this 29 May, but the top notch trend reports are well researched, very clever and most insightful. The bad ones are just made up. I eagerly wait to receive regular briefs from J. Walter Thompson Intelligence which describes itself as “a center for provocative thinking […]

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The Letter F

Today Friday 27 May is bought to you by the letter F. I must admit my interest in the letter F was piqued last Friday when I came across a list of fabulous Friday words on my continuing Facebook obsession site Grammarly . My favourite Friday find was the verb FUDGEL – meaning pretending to work when […]

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Collective Nouns abound

Today 26 May, I was browsing a catalogue of the latest in gorgeous home wares and unbearably cute and clever stuff from Hard to Find. It is always a visual treat even though my husband says I could live the rest of my natural born life without any of the items featured therein. They’re things […]

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Collage at large

Today 25 May it’s all about collage. Collage gift wrapping paper? Now there’s a thought. And, if I might modestly say, it’s a good thought because there are some very talented Collage artists out there. But first some Collage context. According to A Brief History of Collage Collage gets its name from the French word for glue, and […]

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Jubilations

Lucky my mother called me today to remind me that 24 May is Empire Day. Not a lot of other people would know that. But my mother did and as she reminded me Empire Day was, in its heyday, a bit of a thing. Some people (yes Australian people) even wore union jack badges to […]

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Elementary

It’s May 22 and it’s no mystery that it is Sherlock Holmes Day.  It is surely no mere coincidence falls that this celebration falls on the birthday of the man who created him, author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. We can all debate whether Robert Downey Jnr  or Benedict Cumberbatch or Jonny Lee Miller in Elementary makes the best Sherlock (I’m […]

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Madama Butterfly

I have just been to the Opera. So today 21 May it’s all about Giacomo Puccini and Madama Butterfly. I am not what you would call an Opera buff. I have been to the Opera before, most memorably in Verona Italy to see the splendid spectacle of Carmen being performed in the Roman amphitheatre there. […]

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Transatlantic Avaitrix

I am not embarrassed to say that when I was growing up, I loved language and grammar classes. Prefixes, suffixes, latin roots…what joy. It’s why I, along with 6 330 537 pendants can’t get enough of the Grammarly Facebook site. Bite size doses of grammar with a pinch of grammar snobbery. Bliss. I am especially […]

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