Friday, July 29, 2011


©Kara Rosenlund

What an absolute busy crazy week! By the time Wednesday evening clocked around I had decided that my office was very uninspiring and I just could no longer work in there...

As soon as Timothy O casually strolled through the door it was on! Packed up my office bits, computer, files, desk (the desk is actually a long and heavy, heavy, heavy old workers bench... did I mention heavy?) and did a room swap!

Voila! I feel much better in this room. Have a wonderful weekend all!

K xx

P.S. Still absolutely digging that trophy/bowl vase!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hello Aunty!

©Kara Rosenlund
That's right, I am now a proud Aunty...... Aunty Kara, hehehe, I like it. I have never been an Aunt before, being an only child I wasn't too sure if becoming an Aunt was on the cards for me, however Timothy O's clever brother and sister-in-law welcomed a gorgeous little boy into the world this week!

So, in pure decadent Aunty style, I decided to make an outrageously high cake to celebrate and eat a slice for breakfast..... bring on the sleep overs I say!!!

K xx

P.S I'm so in love with this little glass cake stand that arrived this week... not sure if it will make it on to the trestles at the market...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Our Engagement Party

Thought I would share a few images from our recent 1930's themed Engagement Party that we held in a little old croquet club by the sea at Woody Point at Redcliffe.

It was so wonderful to see everybody dressed up in full swing, very authentic, sipping out of champagne coupe glasses, playing croquet, conversing on hay bales and generally having a glorious afternoon in the winter's sun..... Thank you everybody for all your efforts.

If you would like to see more pop over to Studio Sixty's blog

K xx

Monday, July 25, 2011

Wholesome Sunday

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A big THANK YOU to all of our lovely customers who came to the Powerhouse Famers Market on Saturday, it was great to see you all!

What a cracker of a gorgeous day! I hope you have had a chance to use your new found treasures over the weekend - baking tins, silver cutlery, milk jugs, plates and more!

I whipped up a quick roast chicken lunch yesterday in between tree lopping with Timothy O and a couple of furniture deliveries.

I love a good ol' classic Sunday lunch, so wholesome.

K xx

Friday, July 22, 2011

Last Minute Reminder

Hope to see you there tomorrow!


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Scottish Wool

Thought I would squeeze this in before tomorrow. Just arrived, Scottish 100% Wool Blankets in a beautiful donkey grey. Now, if anyone can give you tips on staying warm this winter it would have to be the Scots! Wrap yourself up in one of these!

See you tomorrow!
K x
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Lace and Ribbons and Trims OhMy

Perhaps fossicking through my favourite dusty out of control haberdashery store with my chest infection wasn't such a good idea, but pff, the pure adrenaline rush and sheer joy did wonders for the spirit! This haberdashery is a beauty - old, independent and a classic!

Had to share with you the wondrous chaos that occurs in the ribbon and trim isles above, the people at Spotlight would not be impressed, (for our global friends Spotlight is a fabric superstore here in Australia).

Above are my sweet found delights, which I will be using to decorate bits and bobs with for Saturday.

K xx

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Favourite Things

Thought I would share a couple of my favourite things that will be available on Saturday!

Old French Wicker Baskets; I love these, either for laundry or for toys or even for your fire wood. Very versatile, you can never have too many (isn't that right Timothy O - mmm, we have quite a few).

A few of you have been asking after these - lovely old butter house/bells, I managed to snap this lovely heavy glass one up recently. I hate packaging, so everything is always decanted into glass jars or canisters - including the ol' butter!

A pair of old English bowls with strong Portuguese influence, very unusual. I recently styled a cookbook (more on that to come) with photographer Nikole Furnari and these were perfect for the shoot.

For something a bit unexpected, an educational map of South America. Now, we all know about Inca gold, let me tell you that this is 'vintage map gold!' Ready to hang. Ah, I love maps.

I'm so excited about Saturday, hope you are too!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Lemon Chicken Sandwiches with Tarragon

I recently served these Chicken and Lemon Sandwiches with Tarragon at our 1930's themed Engagement Party and they were a smash! If lemon zing, creamy mayonnaise and tarragon are your thing keep reading!

These gorgeous little chive encrusted triangles are one of my favourite things to eat; they look impressive for an event and taste very refreshing. They are even great for a casual on the run weekday sandwich too.

The original recipe is from Donna Hay (I know, I know, she really is too good! She made these for Oprah!), though I like to 'french' mine up a bit by adding lemon zest and tarragon and leaving out Donna's mint and basil.

Here we go...

Lemon, Tarragon and Chicken Sandwiches
Makes 24 delicious little triangles


12 Slices of White Bread
Soft Butter for Spreading
2 Cups of Chopped Cooked Chicken (320grams)
3/4 cup of Whole Egg Mayonnaise (I use the Kewpie Japanese Mayonnaise)
2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons of Lemon Zest
1 Handful of Tarragon
Sea Salt and Cracked Papper
Extra Mayonnaise for spreading
Handful of Finely Chopped Chives

Spread one side of each bread slice with butter.

Place the chicken, mayonnaise, lemon zest and juice, tarragon, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix to combine.

Divide chicken mixture between half the bread slices and top with remaining bread slices.

Cut sandwiches into small triangles and brush one side with the extra mayonnaise.

Press the mayonnaise side of the sandwich into the chives (I keep mine on a plate).


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

White Sneak Peek

This one is for all you white lovers out there (myself included!).
Here is a sneak peek at what will be available this Saturday at the Powerhouse Farmers Market. A beautiful array of white ware and pale wood for the kitchen.

I personally think produce should only be served on white plates, just like an art gallery with white walls, there are just some things you shouldn't mess with!

K xx

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Second Grade

On a recent buying trip I picked up this little art deco trophy; apart from rewarding the 'Second Grade Premiers' in 1926 (not sure who they were), this trophy was also designed to hold small stemmed flowers - now that's my sort of trophy! There is nothing especially unique about it, though I happen to really see some beauty in it.

The trophy is now perched up proudly on the bathroom shelf - I wonder what the 'Second Grade Premiers' would think of that!

K x

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Market This Saturday!

Its market time again! Yup, come along this Saturday to the Powerhouse Farmers Market at New Farm and say hello! Looks as though it will be a cracker of a winters day, blues skies and lots of sunshine!

On offer will be lots of white enamelware, old large french bakers baskets, metal shipping trunks, decorative english platters (perfect for roast chicken!), original french cane fishing creels and plenty more!

Be There or Be Square!

K xx

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Ode to Enamel

I love old original enamelware! I love how practical and utilitarian the approach is with enamel - no nonsense. Plus I think it looks pretty attractive too, especially the white palette!

It looks as though I will have quite the collection come Saturday on offer at Travelling Wares, we have colanders, ladles, skimmers, pitchers, and some stunning old sets of white storage canisters.
All kitchens needs a dash of enamel!

K xx

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Studio Sixty

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Our lovely friends Sally and Jason over at Studio Sixty have blogged about Travelling Wares and Frankie! We feel very chuffed indeed!
Make yourself a cup of tea and pop over to devour their blog - an absolute must.
Thank you Studio Sixty!

P.S. I have tracked down a colourful array of enamel ware that will make you weak at the knees! Monday morning post!

Have a great weekend!
K xx

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chesty Cold

Hello All! Apologies for my slight delay in starting off the week in 'blogland'. I seem to have caught myself a good old fashion chesty cold over the weekend.

I'm heading over to a girlfriends house today who lives by the sea to do some basking in the sun. Nothing like catching up with a friend to make you feel better again!

K xx

Friday, July 8, 2011

Another Cheeky Reminder!

A little cheeky reminder to come and visit me tomorrow!!
I'll be at the Powerhouse Markets from 6am (well, actually 4.30am.. eeww)
Come and say hi! I'll be waiting for you!

K xxx

Thursday, July 7, 2011


About to dash out the door, though I couldn't leave without sharing this gorgeous flower with you. I think it is either called a Peach Rose or a Cabbage Rose. Gardeners out there?? Peach or Cabbage?
Its just bursting with petal goodness! I love it!

K xx

P.S Totally in love with the beautiful sounds of Astrud Gilberto right now.

Image by Ellen Silverman
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