Monday, January 30, 2012


obsession with the instantaneity of instagam.
such a enticing package of instant pleasure.
it sits alongside all the other quick and easy pleasures of life such as instant noodles, expresso coffee and spray on sunscreen.

anyway here is an photo diary of my last few days...

follow my life (how lame) here

amd yes i do realise that i am failing miserably in the way of providing meaty posts for ya'll, however do not fret, there's something on it's way!

patience is a virtue my lovelies...
patience is a virtue!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Grand Opening

Big news bebs!
I'm all stocked up and ready to go!

Yesterday I very excitedly launched my online store- Made By Gab, on Etsy!

It's here that I will be selling all my kooky creations, including the Dog coats and Funky Bike Shorts I have mentioned here.

My Zine will also be available through this store, when it is finally finished– not long now!

Head on over and check out my current listings! More exciting items soon to come!

The Doggy coats are super cute, and only $15. Fully handmade and all warm and snuggly for our doggy pals. They could even fit a cat... if you were so inclined!

Some cheeky Instagram shots...

Sunday, January 22, 2012

unclaimed goods, and the trials of internet shopping

i am starting to think my little 'tulip' beauties are never going to arrive.
still haven't received confirmation from ZU about my order, yet they have taken mah moneyyyy.

the little poos.

anyway, just hoping they look as hot on my feet as they do on these lovelies!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

wolf circus

i just discovered wolf circus jewellery thanks to the babes over at ANNIEEMAL
definitely on my must-buy list...

little sparrow necklace
fishbone bracelet– i am a sucker for all things rose gold

plus just about every ring they have never made!

Check out their online store here

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

kinda outfit post

what i wore to ride my bike down the street to buy pink grapefruits and apricots.

i then proceeded to make apricot jam and eat the grapefruit– yummo.

i did receive some questionable stares from the over-fifties and possibly made the teenage check-out lad a tad uncomfortable... no matter– the shorts are just too damn funky to remain unseen!

wrangler denim shirt
homemade funky shorts
wittner grandpa loafers– later changed for vans

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

add to cart (part 2)

I am pretty sure I have a problem...

Online shopping is such a poo sometimes. I mean, no one in their right mind would let an offer like this go. $32 for a rad pair of patent wedges– super comfy, super light, super cheap.

The sad thing is that I am currently sick in bed. Even that doesn't stop me from pulling out the debit card. least I can stay comforted in the fact that I have cute shoes– as demising as the fact is I am addicted to shopping...

Zu Shoes: Tulip in plum

Monday, January 16, 2012


Well check this out bébs! I have been busy busy busy!

The other day a friend (hey there béb!) mentioned that she was going to hold a stall at her local church to sell off some of her own clothes.
Of course any mention of a stall or selling has me jumping about excitedly (yes, admittedly I was one of those maniac–marketing children, selling lemonade, homemade salads and jewellery to anyone who would listen!) so you can imagine my delight when she said I could join her!

The initial idea was that we would sell all our old clothes in an attempt to make some much needed money, but then my creative side (pretty sure I only have a creative side) took over.

And so, what have I been doing today? SEWING OF COURSE! Sewing the only things I know how– funky patterned bike shorts!

I mean who wouldn't want a pair of these bébés! I absolutely live in my four or five pairs.

The stall isn't until February, so I have plenty of time for further sewing.
My current ideas include cute little dog coats, epic necklaces and perhaps some funky leggings to match the funky shorts.

Watch this space for more excitement, and more details regarding when and where I will be selling!

adios amigos!

p.s. i have finally joined the instagram club– and yes it is fab, yes you should join and yes you should follow me. My username is Gab-gab-gaby (i mean, what else would it be!!!)


Saturday, January 14, 2012

good lookin' cookin' chookin'

do you ever feel like waltzing around the kitchen like a voluptuous, gaudy goddess, whipping cream with a hand whisk, stirring endless amounts of pots and chopping vegetables in the finest of fine julienne batons?

no...well that's disappointing, because I DO!

and when i get this irrepressible desire, nigella is my go-to-girl for all things kitsch-en!

mostly i am satisfied by a quick jump on iview to watch her latest show, but when simply watching gelly do all the work/have all the fun isn't enough to suppress my cooking-cravings, i do meander into the kitchen and make something delish...usually this ah-mazing pud.

such a crowd pleaser at my house, and so effortlessly easy! i can even manage a dairy-gluten free version without too much sorcery!

(from Nigella Express)

Serves: 6-8

This is a cross between Pears Belle Helene and Eve's Pudding, but the only important thing to remember is that this is easy, quick, very comforting and seems to please absolutely everyone. It's not hard to ensure you always have what you need in the house to make this. And, for hot days when baked sponge and sauce seems inappropriate, then bear in mind that canned (or bottled) pears and chocolate sauce - with or without vanilla ice cream - make a lovely pudding on their own.

As with any baking, you really do want to have all ingredients at room temperature before you start.


2 x 415g cans pear halves in juice

125g plain flour

(OR GF flour if you're that way inclined)

25g cocoa powder

125g caster sugar

150g soft butter, plus extra for greasing

(half a cup of olive oil for those vegan bébés out there!)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a 22cm square ovenproof dish with butter.

2. Drain the pears and arrange them on the base of the dish. (i always put a little of the juice into the dish too, to add to the gooey-ness!)

3. Put all the remaining ingredients in a food processor and blitz until you have a batter with a soft dropping consistency.

4. Spread the brown batter over the pears, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. (i only ever bake this béb for 20 mins so that it has a soft, oozy centre)

5. Let stand out of the oven for 5 or 10 minutes and then cut into slabs.

Friday, January 13, 2012

summer lovin'

I am dreaming about this kind of weather while freezing my butt off in miserable melbourne.

so so jealous of miss oracle fox, who seems to be living the absolute summer dream in hawaii!

wow. how sad is it that i am talking about weather here. it seems i have an unavoidable habit of boring conversation! haha. ah well, the mundane can have just as much fun as the crazed. mind you, i am starting to think that i may fall into the latter category after last nights shinanginas. i mean who on earth dances for 5 hours straight– keeping in mind at least 1 of those was sans dance-floor crowds and decent music!
thank goodness for my zompy heels- their comfort never ceases to amaze me!

still cursing the man on the door for his comments post awkward ankle roll moment– "the floor inside is even!" what a poo! haha

Monday, January 9, 2012

en lieu

i am currently working on another edition of my 'zine, lamely named this is a magazine.

im stepping it up this time bebs, with additonal features such as images which are not hand scribbled by moi, blogger interviews (cue gasps and oooh-ahhhhhs!) d.i.ys and an entry from brittany spears.

okay the last thing may have been a lie, but i promise this– this little zine is going to be epic. just wait and see!


p.s. check out this sexy banana. i can tell you are digging that fruit like hell!

fruit sculture by lauren hillabrant- a babe by default

p.p.s. i didn't realise how phallic this fruity artistic contraption was until just then. talk about Freudian!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

shoppin' with ma eyes

list of my hobbies...
1. jumping over high bars
2. pumping weights at the gym (jks. my arms are to chicken to pump anything heavier than a can of tomatoes)
3. writing adjective-ridden essays for a living (yes that is actually my job)
4. hypothetical shopping sprees on net-a-porter.

the last item (of course) being THE most important.

needless to say this is what i have been doing for the last hour or so..... not sad at all. perfectly justified by the fact that i just got back from a shopping-free beach holiday, and am feeling a little deprived.
tomorrow is already booked-up with a trip to south yarra. boo yeah!

shoes which should be sitting on my mantle piece, but for some reason are yet to appear. quintessentially summer...quintessentially suave, and most importantly quintessentially damn freaking cool.