Sunday, February 8, 2015


I don't use that word very often...serendipity. I think it's one of those very special words in our language that helps us determine important moments in our lives. Today was definitely serendipitous.


The lovely husband man and I woke up this morning (after a grown-up evening with super-nice pals) and suggested we 'go for a drive'. For us that means packing our people in a car and letting the decision to take a left or a right determine our day. Today we took a right...and ended up having the nicest day in a very long time.

We ended up in Warwick for lunch. To get there you cross the Great Dividing Range, an incredibly beautiful drive where, if the whim takes you, you can stop and hike to the lookout. We have done this before, but not today. We pushed on to Warwick Town and crusied the Main Street for a lunch spot. And here was the first moment of serendipity.

The Bluebird Kitchen and Bar had opened a short 5 days earlier in an old petrol stop. It's very cool, with hand painted signs and vintage, industrial style furnishings. The coffee, from a local Toowoomba roaster Two Moos, was some of the best we have had in years and the salmon bagel was delicious. I really do love finding places like this and messaged my pal, a chef and restaraunt owner, immediately. Must visit again during the week for lunch...perhaps with a stroll down the street to the two, side by side, craft shops I spotted.


After brunch, we left Warick and headed the back way to Toowoomba through Allora. So many pretty vistas to dream about. And then we hit Toowoomba. Which I love and know pretty well. I taught dancing there in my 20's and travelled there every year for competitions. The houses are amazing. The parks are so lush.

Clancy needed a feed and a change so we hit up Laurel Bank Park, right in the middle of town. It's surrounded by amazing homes and tiny narrow streets. It has a croquet club and some play equipment so I thought it would be a nice energy burner for the Tiny Hipster. And so came the second lovely moment of serendipity. It just so happened that the carpark was full and the streets were parked out. We squeezed the car into a spare spot close to the hall and wandered into the park wondering what the fuss was...

A band was playing, retirees were knocking back spritzers and cheese on picnic blankets, pre-teens were collecting macadamia nuts from the grass and the shade was glorious. We spent an hour sitting in the shade, feeding the baby and listening to a not-completely-in-tune Elvis cover band. The gardens were lovely, no wonder Toowoomba is the 'Garden City'...need to remember to visit during the Carnival of Flowers this year.

Sigh. If only we could do this every weekend. I have promised to be more prepared for the next road trip Sunday. I will pack a proper picnic blanket and a cheap bottle of red. I will take my proper camera and a shady hat. I promise.






These girls had collected a sheet-full of macadamia nuts. I guess it would have cost them a few hundred dollars in the shops. It's free in the park!




Monday, January 19, 2015

This week a year ago...

Well, it wasn't the best week of my life 12 months ago but it can't be said that I'll shirk my patriotic responsibility. Australia Day is a unique opportunity for me to indulge in a little decorating, and you know how I love a good tablescape!

I'm not the "Aussie flag waving, southern-cross-tattooed chest beating" kinda girl but I do like celebrating what is beautiful about where we live. When I think of Oz, I envisage the beautiful, delightfully naff things we have produced over the years. The iconic Aussie images from the 50's and 60's.

This is how I decorated the table last year, perhaps it will help inspire you to use a few of those iconic, truely Aussie designs from yesteryear.


So, grab some vintage table linens from the op shop, pull out grandma's old Johnson crockery, turn on The Hottest 100, pour yourself a good South Australian red and have a great Australia Day with your family and mates.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Moscow Mules

Well, it's been a freakin' hot day here in the hood. It definitely hit 40 degrees (that's Celsius for my American friends). Too hot even to crack out the slip 'n slide for #mytinyhipster, too hot to do anything except sit under the air-conditioner with all the blinds closed and watch movies.

My lovely friend moved house this weekend in this hideous heat and so this post is especially for her. Something to cool down even the grimiest, most sweat soaked folks (say that 3 times quickly). A recipe for my favourite refreshing bevvy at the moment, a Moscow Mule!

My sister gave me these beautiful mule mugs for Christmas after coming across them in the local Spotlight. They are purpose made for this drink but I'm sure it's just as delicious in any other glass, mug or cup.

Here's what you will need to make your drink tonight (This recipe makes one serve)...


xxx Kyla




I do A LOT of crochet. It helps fill my days and keeps my hands busy so I don't snack all day. (Not a perfect diet plan but it does help)

Today I started one of my favourite patterns, the chevron or ripple. Here's the one I'm currently working on for a lovely new soul due soon...

And here are a few that I've done previously..

For those with some crochet experience it's a pretty easy pattern and once you get going it grows fairly quickly. I used a few different techniques until I came across this one from Attic 24. It's really easy to follow and has great images for those who are visual learners like me. Give her a visit and try out a chevron, you won't be disappointed.

I always post my current #dailycrochet on Instagram. If you would like to follow me my name is @kyladoesstuff (there's also a little linky button to your right there)

Have fun!!





Friday, January 16, 2015

A bit of a sale

As some of you may know, I make a lot of stuff. In the months before Clancy was due I seemed to get quite a few 'mojo moments' which resulted in a bunch of new designs for my wee business Bristle Design.

Over on the Facebook page tonight, and over the next few days, I will be selling off the prototypes of those new designs. Check them out here...




Monday, January 12, 2015 book lists.

I was going to be organised this year. I was going to order the school books week ahead of time. It was going to be a great idea seeing as number 2 was due in December. Well, that all went down the tube when he was 3 weeks early and the cutoff date for ordering was 2 days after he was born.

No worries, right? I can just go to the shops and do it my self. Sure. Sounds like a bloody fairytale...not so.


I frikken hate doing the book list shopping. I hate everything about the annual experience. I don't remember it being so awful when I was a kid. I don't remember the thousands of other families tussling over the last feint ruled exercise book. I don't remember the plethora of unwashed toddlers upending the stack of modelling clay whilst their older sister throws a tantrum because there are no more Frozen lunch packs left.

Ugh. I mean....kill me. The giant stationery store with a 7 year old, the baby in a pram and my mum. It wasn't pretty.

I promise next year I will try harder. Someone remind me of that in 10 or so months

Don't get me wrong, though...I love shopping for stationery supplies. In fact, it's on my Top 10 list of stuff to do. I love the smell of a fresh packet of HB's, I can't walk past the fancy erasers without slipping one into the shopping basket. I rocked Lisa Frank pretty hard in my school days. I should probably have a separate room just for Sharpies.

And once those book, felt pens and folders are home I'm in my element. Covering, labelling, packing and stacking like a boss.


Friday, January 9, 2015

This is my life...

I've told you a little about my self in my very first blog post. Things I'm sure a lot of you already know about me. But for those new to 'Kyla-Land' here's what the view is like from here.
This is me...

I've done heaps of different things in my life. I've been a dancer, a photographer, a waitress, an artist, a business owner, a trophy maker, a waitress, a teacher, a shop assistant and a barista. I'm a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mum and a friend. And I think it is these last things that I am the most proud of, it's those things that have fulfilled me the most.
I get obsessed easily, by different things almost every day. But some obsessions stay constant. Crochet, vintage books, Pyrex, more ice in my glass than drink. I line things up a lot, I'm probably one traumatic event away from full blown OCD. But for now I am happy making organised pockets of pretty around my home.
I like throwing parties. I'll plan them down to the smallest detail and always, always over-decorate. My family and friends think I'm crazy but they keep coming back for more.
I write lists. Lots and lots of lists. I write them in notebooks scattered about the house. (I'd better add 'notebook storage' to a list)
This is my family...(Without the new baby...must take a new family shot)
King Julian is the most amazing guy. I really lucked out with this one, he is the most big hearted, supportive husband a girl could ask for. He hates having his photo taken and is always ready with some sort of ridiculous face when thereis a camera in the room. He has an amazing voice and finds joy in making very loud noises with it. He has been know to sing a bit of opera whilst mowing or rip out a bit of Jimmy Barnes business after a few drinks. He is hilarious and sensitive and I really couldn't do without him.
Luca, or #mytinyhipster as we have called him for years, is 7 years old. He's a tiny little dude with a very big brain and has his father's talent for mimicry, which drives my completely nuts. He reads at a level far above his age (which we are so proud of) but can't remember what day it is even though I've told him 12 times. He loves skinny jeans, Adventure Time, reading till all hours and a red-haired girl named Emily.
Clancy is almost 8 weeks old and already a completely different little character to his big brother. He came into the world early and is so calm that sometimes we have to sneak into his room and stare at him for a while to check that he is still breathing. He looks mostly like his father and brother but I think he will be a ginger like me! His feet are huge and he is already smiling and lifting up his giant head.
* (I had written a huge paragraph here about my 'journey' over the past 12 months but I deleted it all. I'm not really a soul-searching, heart-on-my-sleeve kinda girl so let's just say that it's been a really shit year for me and leave it at that.)
But the view from here is looking pretty nice right now. I've been learning how to look after myself a little better (with the help of a few special, precious friends) and I'm looking to the future with my eyes open wide. The grass is pretty green so I can't really complain.
So, hopefully that fills you in on the person behind the blog. I would love if you could introduce yourself in the comments. I am always interested in who I'm writing to.
I'm glad you're here xxx Kyla

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Today's Obsession: Copper

I get obsessed easily. By little things. It usually passes quickly but I also end up with another Pinterest board dedicated to whatever it is. Does this happen to you too?

My obsession today is the current trend of copper items. Lamps, pots, candlesticks. They are all amazing and I need them all!

My sister bought me these amazing Moscow Mule mugs for Christmas. I'm pretty sure that's what kicked off my need for all things copper and shiny. I'll tell about Moscow Mules another day, they are delicious.


Here are a few lovely things to hopefully start your copper obsession but you can also check out my Pinterest board of Copper Stuff. Enjoy!






Good Morning

It's something I don't get to do very often...breakfast. I love the thought of it, sitting down to a cuppa every morning looking at the sun streaming through the kitchen window but too often life gets in the way.

I love school holidays for the fact that I have the chance to enjoy this little moment instead of rushing about to get out the door in time.

I hope you have time for a deep breath before you start your day.

xxx Kyla