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An ex-film/tv art department and costume lass who now works in the advertising world, I channel my creative bursts into my lovely Brisbane home. Tchotchkes etc profiles my interior design, cooking and gardening projects and inspirations

Owner: Alecia

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Tags: interior design, recipes, gardening, chickens, renovation

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  • Irish Cupcakes
    on Apr 17, 2012 in savoury recipe finger food
    Okay these aren't your average cupcakes. To be honest they're not cupcakes at all - but I'd spent too long calling them "those potato pastry bacon things" and decided they needed a better name. I can't claim credit for these - they were originally i...
  • Doing Things The Hard Way (ie Raised Veggie Garden Borders)
    on Apr 11, 2012 in veggie patch
    Do you ever feel like you end up doing everything the hard way? First you do it the quick way and then you do it another way and then you do it the right way? In this instance I'm talking about our veggie garden. I've put in a lot of work over the pa...
  • Mystery Succulent Flower
    on Mar 28, 2012 in succulent flowers banana
    I love a good mystery - don't you? This little potted succulent was a leftover from the previous owner of the house. It's a little battler - it withers and shrinks and then comes back again, and has flowered each year with this bulbous purple lone fl...
  • The Secret to Inner Peace Is...
    on Mar 17, 2012 in kitchen before and after
    ...Sorting out your tupperware cupboard. Ahh, that's better. Somehow getting on top of a little task like this just helps calm down my inner cranky control freak just a little. She won't mind if I just schoomze on the couch watching 30 Rock back t...
  • Rot n Roll: Our New Compost Tumbler
    on Mar 3, 2012 in compost
    These days everyone has a Tumblr. Well I've gone one step further and got one in my backyard. (groan!) We've persevered with our current compost box for over two years now with underwhelming results, so I didn't feel too guilty splashing out on a whi...
  • Summer Deck Update
    on Feb 19, 2012 in outdoor lounge deck
    So this is pretty much where I spent this weekend. It's like Brisbane just suddenly realised it's February and it better turn up the temperature. It's been a real stinker of a weekend. I've spent a bit of time peering over the deck railings and mak...
  • Paleo Carrot Cake: Cavemen Deserve Treats Too
    on Feb 8, 2012 in paleo cake
    To treat myself for making it through four weeks of Paleo eating I whipped up a little Paleo Carrot Cake on the weekend. It really didn't hold a candle to my favourite ever carrot cake at Bourke st Bakery in Sydney, but for a Paleo interpretation it...
  • A Pasta Fiend Goes Paleo
    on Feb 3, 2012 in paleo books food
    So I've been conducting a little experiment. A little food experiment - a Palaeolithic experiment to be exact. I'd read a bit about eating "Paleo" - but I think it was this post on Sarah Wilson's blog that kicked me into gear and inspire...
  • Surprise Harvest
    on Jan 23, 2012 in veggie patch sweet potato lemongrass
    I've gotten a bit disheartened with our veggie patch of late. My cucumber seedlings got scratched out by naughty chicken feet. My zucchini seedlings got eaten by rogue possums. My pumpkin vine shrivelled up and died. Ditto the choke vine. Ditto the c...
  • Taschen's The Vegetable Garden
    on Jan 11, 2012 in veggie patch books
    Mr T hit it out of the ball park this Christmas. Oh yeeeah! As soon as I ripped open the wrapping and saw the Tashsen logo I squealed a little. There's a lovely flip through pamphlet with a blurb on gardening and the key for each image.. ...and...
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