Tickle my fancy Friday!

Friday, April 30, 2010

nn.pl fan·cies
1. The mental faculty through which whims, visions, and fantasies are summoned up; imagination, especially of a whimsical or fantastic nature.
2. An image or a fantastic invention created by the mind.
3. A capricious notion; a whim.
4. A capricious liking or inclination.
5. Critical sensibility; taste.
6. Amorous or romantic attachment; love.

This Friday I fancy:

Products from Bake it Pretty's online store...
especially these animal print cupcake cases!

This gorgeous baking a decorating kit...

And how clever are these silicone
teacup baking molds!

These darling miniture paper suitcase would be
great for filling with gifts or even your own baked goods!

Above: Cross stitch gloves in cerise
cape leather via Polyvore.

A new pair of gloves! These are a must for those cold
winter mornings and I will be needing a pair for my mid
year trip back to Melbourne... I can't wait to escape the heat
and humidity here in KL, rug up and enjoy a snippet of the
cool, crisp Melbourne winter weather!

Above: Black Mimco Starbuck glove.

Above: Take a bow gloves in crème from Modcloth.

Above: Dents vintage inspired leather gloves via Polyvore.

Above: Loving these black leather stud gloves from Witchery!

Buying some white paint to do a few DIY home improvements!

Further researching digital SLR cameras as I
am hoping to get one for my birthday :P
Do you have one? I would love some advice from
any of you keen photographers if you have any!

And lastly, I fancy that the trip hubby booked to Pangkor Island
for my birthday weekend is only four weeks away... yippee!!!

I can't wait to frolick on the beach...

And relax on the private balcony of our seaside villa...
and yes, this is an image of the villas where we will be staying!

Oooh it looks as though the next few months will be fancy ones! Do you have any special plans for the weekend? As always, wishing you a fancy Friday and I'll see you on Monday! x

Operation Apartment: Adorn with art Part #2

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Over a month ago I shared a little story about a particular painting by Thai Artist Narate Kathong... AND I can't believe it has taken me this long to tell you that shortly after that post my husband and I purchased the Narate painting that we stumbled across here in KL. Although it is quite different to the one we saw in Melbourne (not to mention we got it for a steal compared to the prices in Melbourne!), it is still a part of the 'Season of Love' series which hubby and I found quite appropriate as we are newly weds... so we decided to buy this as a wedding present to ourselves :) This blossoming beauty has been hanging on our wall for the last few weeks and I cannot tell you how much she sets off the room!

Narate Kathong 'Red Forest' 200x200cm
Acrylic on Canvas

I also failed to update you on the arrival of my 'Flora' print from Etsy seller Sandra Suy. She may only be small but I cannot tell you how much I LOVE her... the quality of the paper and ink used is just beautiful and in the flesh the colours are so stunningly vibrant!

Sorry about the poor quality photo...
it just doesn't do the print justice!

AND I still have to find a home for my La La Love You poster from Esty seller Sparkle Power. Even when I purchased this I didn't really know where I was going to put it but I've always wanted one :P

Lastly, our trip to Ikea on the weekend was a success! I should probably start by giving hubby kudos for successfully and patiently enduring Ikea on a Saturday without having a meltdown or losing his cool (thanks darling! xo) We purchased x2 bedside tables for one of the guest bedrooms, x2 square coffee tables which we thought would only be temporary as anything had to be better than the one we had... BUT now we rather like them YAY, another throw for our new lounges and a few more Ribba frames! If that wasn't a big enough win on the board, we then successfully assembled both coffee tables and both bedside tables without killing each other... those of you whom have attempted self assembling furniture with your partner know this is a big deal! I joked that if a relationship can get through that, it can get through anything :P

Anyway, back to adorning with art... I have begun arranging the Ribba frames on the floor to get an idea of spacing etc. and will hopefully hang them later today :) Then I have to go through the thousands of photos we have and select only nine to display!

Our apartment is finally starting to take shape! Hopefully a certain someone will be getting a new SLR camera for her birthday next month (hint hint to hubby :P) so will finally be able to start sharing some decent pics of the apartment!

Have you had any big wins this week? Happy hump day my friends x


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

There’s something extra special about a family working together to create and grow a successful family business, wouldn’t you agree? Australian contemporary furniture designer Zuster, is a fine example of a home grown success story. Zuster, meaning sister in Dutch, is run by four incredibly stylish sisters who each bring their individual talents to the table. From design to marketing, manufacturing to strategic management, these creative ladies continue to provide consumers with contemporary, clean line, Australian designed and crafted furniture. Not to mention their equally divine range of homewares sourced from both Australian and international designers.

Zuster’s website is a ‘must visit’ and if you haven’t already, check out the recently released 10th anniversary issue of Inside Out Magazine which features an editorial on Zuster along with a pic of two of the Zuster sisters! Whilst we are on the topic of sisters... did I mention that the ever so talented Managing Director, Fleur Bouw, is my sister-in-law :)

Inside Out Magazine...

Zuster's feature in the
May/June edition.

Promoting Zuster's new
outdoor furniture collection!

Their collections are far too extensive for me to include pictures of all their products, so below are just a few pics from Zuster’s amazing furniture and homewares range!

Both Zuster 'Lace'...

And Zuster 'Utopia' outdoor collections
were launched earlier this year!

'Stella' coffee table and
'Wonderwall' home theatre unit.

'Pearl' buffet.

'Stella' lamp table with loop base.

'Zen' dining table.

Fine bone china 'Bird & Bowl'

White candlestick.

Zuster tea set.

There you have it. AND that's just a sneak peek... to view Zuster's full range and read a little more about how Zuster has evolved over the last 10 years you can visit their stunning website!

Is anyone else wondering where the year is going... I cannot believe it will be the 1st of May this Saturday! I hope you had a great weekend (for my fellow Aussie's, a LONG one at that) and are having a fine start to the week! x

Tickle my fancy Friday!

Friday, April 23, 2010

nn.pl fan·cies
1. The mental faculty through which whims, visions, and fantasies are summoned up; imagination, especially of a whimsical or fantastic nature.
2. An image or a fantastic invention created by the mind.
3. A capricious notion; a whim.
4. A capricious liking or inclination.
5. Critical sensibility; taste.
6. Amorous or romantic attachment; love.

This Friday I fancy:

These gorgeous sketched Sex and the City
bookmarks from Brooke Hagel's esty shop Brooklit.

This sweet pink front door
(image via pink wallpaper)

Buying a few more Ikea Ribba frames
so that I may finally organise
a photo wall for our living room!

These preppy playing cards...

And these ones too!
Both from Tiffany & Co.

And finally I fancy baking
some Anzac biscuits...

Putting some pies in the oven...

And cosying up on the couch with hubby to
watch the annual Aussie Anzac day tradition
of the Bombers Vs the Pies!

Go Bombers!!!

Wishing you a wonderfully fancy Friday and weekend... and to my family and friends back in Melbourne, may you have yet ANOTHER fabulous long weekend (you lucky things you)! x

Photo #6... a blogging game.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The always lovely Anna from Lona De Anna has tagged me in a blogging game called Photo #6. The aim of this game is to go back to the 6th photo I ever uploaded to my blog, re-post it to show you all what it was, and remember this moment. My blog is only a wee 3 months old so it wasn’t all that long ago that I posted the below photo... but for me this is a moment I will always remember, photo or no photo. It was taken by my little sister only moments before I became Mrs Bouw :)

And what a coincidence that just last night we received the proof for our professional magazine style album and both hubby and I LOVE it... and I’m secretly loving the fact that a few photos have been touched up here and there :P Once we have the finished product, along with the images on a disc, I will upload a few more. But for the time being, click here (and scroll through) to see just a few more pics from our special day!

Ok, so it’s now my job to keep the wheels in this games turning by tagging a few of my fellow bloggers... I choose:

Helena from A Diary of Lovely
Sally from Once.Daily.Chic
Nellie from McCarthy Designs
And Jackie Fo from self titled blog Jackie Fo

Thank-you to Anna for tagging me in this little game!

And a happy hump day to you all :) x

Baking with Mrs Bouw: Banana Bread!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

This week’s recipe may not sound fancy, and it definitely doesn’t look that fancy but if you must know, it is one of my absolute favourites! I am proud to say I have made this recipe my own by combining bits and pieces from recipes that I ‘liked’ creating a recipe that I truly LOVE! My banana bread exudes everything that home baking should; it’s easy to make, it’s heavenly scent wafts through the house as it bakes, it is moist, sweet but not too sweet, will leave you wanting just one more ‘slither’ and lastly, it is filled with that home baked goodness you often find in your mum or grandmas famous recipes... oh and you can’t go past the fact that it tastes even better with just a smidgen of butter spread on top. Need I say more?! :)

Creaming the butter, sugar and vanilla essence...

This is what it should look like onced creamed.

Adding the eggs, flour, bicarb soda,
mixed spice, cinnamon and salt.

Mix well.

After mixing...

Add the banana and walnuts..

This is what your final mixture should look like...

Simply pour into your loaf tin and pop it in the oven...


Mrs Bouw's Banana Loaf

½ cup butter
1 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 large eggs, well beaten
1 ¼ cups plain (all purpose) flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon mixed spice
Pinch of salt
3-4 ripe bananas mashed
½ cup roughly chopped walnuts

- Preheat the oven to 180°c
- Grease and line the bottom of a  9 x 5 inch loaf tin (23cm x 13cm x 8cm)
- Place the butter, sugar and vanilla esscence in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and creamy
- Add the eggs, flour, bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice and salt and mix well.
- Stir in the bananas and walnuts until combined.
- Pour the mixture into your greased loaf tin and bake for 50mins or until cooked when tested with a skewer (please note: if you loaf is browning too much on top but is not yet cooked through, place a sheet of foil over the top to stop any burning).
- Let it sit in for 10mins before turning it out onto a wire rack.
- You can serve it warm but I prefer it at room temperature with just a smidgen of butter :P
- Enjoy!

There you have it, one of my favourite recipes. Perfect for any season and any occasion. Hubby and I had a few slices on Sunday night but like most of my baked goods, I sent the rest off to work with my husband on Monday morning. I am afraid my self control is not that great and before I know it that 'oh just one more slither' turns into a few more 'slithers' and before I know it I've eaten half the blooming cake! But hey, I know I'm not alone there :P

As always, happy baking my friends! x


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