Home | My Neighbourhood

Here are some pictures from a little wander I took around my neighbourhood (it was a race against time before my camera battery ran out). I've been trying to take more walks and it has been nice to get to know the area. I will say though, I haven't seen enough cats. 

My suburb is quite lovely and just a little bit posh. There are three private schools within 200m of my house and thus mornings and afternoons are a bit hellish to drive down the main street (because posh kids don't catch the bus - they all get picked up by their parents in SUVs).

What are your favourite things about your neighbourhood?

Home | The Apartment

Here is a little wander around my new abode. I'm still on the look out for a little dining table and chairs and a nice rug and some other bits and bobs, but otherwise I have really enjoyed decorating and making myself feel at home. It is a cosy, sweet place and I feel very lucky that is it affordable, homely and well located (10 minutes bike ride into the city, 5 mins to work).

I got my couch a week or two ago on Gumtree, cheap as chips (and they delivered it!) and I'm a bit in love with it. Thankfully it is as comfortable as it is pretty.

I got my bed (on sale!) and mattress online a few weeks ago too from Deals Direct. The mattress came rolled up in a box and despite reading dozens of positive reviews about its comfiness, I was still quite skeptical when it arrived and I pulled it out of its box, rolled it out, cut open the layers of plastic and watched as it came to life. It made a loud hissing noise and sure enough, it eventually became a very comfy and fairly firm, pillow-top mattress.

My office area is still a bit of a mess at the moment, but I thought I'd include a photo of it anyway. I haven't brought over all of my mess from my old studio yet, but I'm getting there. I bought the cube shelving out of sheer storage necessity - I need to keep all of my supplies, stationery, tools and overabundance of papery items tucked away. Fabric cubes to put inside the shelves are stupidly expensive, so I think I'm going to find a way to fashion some myself. Also, there is a door behind that floral sheet into my lovely upstairs neighbours stairwell! I think I'll share some more photos of my office when it is properly set up.

My kitchen is little and neat and has a dishwasher I haven't even touched yet and I am still a bit dumbfounded by the controls on the oven, so I've been eating a lot of salads!

The little succulent above was a house warming gift from my friend Isis. I think I've inherited quite a lot of her succulents!

It has been nice to separate my books from C's (much larger collection) and see what I actually own and haven't even read.

The apartment was listed as having only one bedroom, however there are two large living spaces, so I use one as my office/bedroom and the little bedroom (not pictured) will serve as Theo's room when he comes to stay, though it is currently empty. I have a cute single bed for him similar to mine, but I don't have a mattress for him yet. The bedroom also has a walk in wardrobe, which I have already filled to the brim! 

I've had a handful of friends over to visit since I moved in and one friend said he thought it looked a bit like I was sleeping in my lounge room, haha. I don't mind - I'm treating it a bit like a studio apartment.

Just A Minute | February

Reading | The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide, Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, The Secret History by Donna Tartt (I've been reading the last two books for months - partly because I'm a slow reader and partly because I'm savouring them) & Flow Magazine (my new favourite).
Watching | A Most Wanted Man, Girls, Downton Abbey & Suits.
Listening | The Bedroom Philosopher's Funemployed Series on Radio National (and lots of RN shows in general).
Making | My little apartment a home, painting furniture and tinkering away at fun commissions.
Consuming | Chocolate biscuits and chocolate hot cross buns. It's been a very chocolatey month!
Looking forward to | Getting back into my course work (I'm several weeks behind unfortunately), going to see Darren Hanlon, finishing up commissions, spending lots of time with Theo and hopefully, when time allows, working on a new zine. 

Why hello! I took an unexpected month off blogging, brought about by having no internet access at my new dwelling yet. The lack of internet has been a bit of a pain but I've been reading lots of good books, working on commissions, watching good shows and spending time with Theo. I am loving being there though; it has lots of natural light, is the perfect size, in a great location and it just makes me happy to be there, so that's a relief. I've had Theo over to stay several times already (though I don't have a bed for him yet so he sleeps in with me). I'm still without a washing machine, though a friend has lent me his bar fridge, which has been a godsend. Life is good and I am happy. Over the next month (and a bit) I'm actually house sitting back in our old neighbourhood so I'll be close to Theo (and have internet access and access to a washing machine!) which will be nice. By the time I get back to my apartment I'll have a washing machine, a single bed for Theo, a proper fridge and internet. Hooray.

Worn | The Mauve Cardigan

C is in Melbourne for four days seeing Belle & Sebastian (my sister and I went halves in buying him surprise tickets - they're one of his favourite bands), so it has just been me and Theo at home. Funnily enough, it's the first time C has ever been away from Theo and the first time I've had Theo on my own for an extended period of time. Theo and I are having a lovely time together and I'm so enjoying this time, wherein I have no other responsibilities except the care of my boy - no multitasking. 

Today we went out for coffee with my friend Isis at Inside Cafe (I'm so sorry to the people who work there for Theo's rambunctious table manners - sugar and milk everywhere!). Afterwards we went to the chemist because Theo has had what I thought were lots of little bites all over him and they've been causing him a lot of grief, especially at night, but the chemist seemed pretty sure that it is chickenpox! It was a bit of a surprise and I've since gathered up supplies of things to bathe him in and slather over him to hopefully make him a bit more comfortable. Everyone keeps telling me that it's better that he gets it over and done with early.

Also, my whole outfit except for my shoes and brooch was thrifted. I think it's nice when that happens! Theo's clothes are hand-me-downs from his cousins. 

Just A Minute | January

Reading | Not That Kind of Girl - Lena Dunham (I'm rationing it out and reading it slowly because I'm really enjoying it).
Watching | The Imitation Game (with my friend Sara at the cinema), Grand Designs & The Asian Cup (soccer tournament).
Listening | Laura Jean.
Making | My first paste-up, a birthday card for my favourite cafe, working on commissions, painting addresses on envelopes, practicing my calligraphy and doing doodled daily diary illustrations. 
Consuming | Lots of delicious, healthy, homemade food - my favourites have been frittatas, baked eggs, nut & date balls and big hot breakfasts. 
Looking forward to | The next month; a big, uncertain, exciting, scary one.

This past month my brother and niece came to stay for a week, I did the #whole30 and C and I decided to separate. This week I was approved for my own little apartment and I'll be moving in next week. It probably sounds pretty unexpected, and in some ways it has been, but it's what is necessary right now and I really think our relationship will improve with at least some time apart. There's no unpleasantness, we're still very close and we share the parenting of our lovely little human, so we'll always be important people in each others lives. I don't really think its necessary to say much more than that about the situation, but I am genuinely feeling positive about the future.