As usual, I didn't keep to my word of putting up a weekend links post. For now, this will be my last post on this Blogspot until my new website is up and running. Actually, that's a lie because I'll post again once more to direct people to my new site!

Since a lot of things link to this site I will keep what is on here to date and hope that people follow my redirect through to my new one.

For the time being please check out my Tumblr posts if you are after some graphic design, typography, stationery, wedding, event, baking and food inspiration! I'm currently lining up a whole bunch of posts for it whilst I trawl through the huge amount of blogs and sites I follow.

See you all soon!

Exciting times!

Sorry about the scarce posts at the moment. I've started to work on moving my blog to Wordpress and making more of a portfolio style site so I'm trying to hold off on the posts till I get it up and running.

I have a few fun posts lined up for when it's all sorted, like my experience at the letterpress workshop, some baking adventures and a letterpress wedding invitation. Here's a sneak peak of something we worked on at the letterpress workshop. It was so much fun!

Hopefully after tomorrow's links post the next time I will be in touch is when my new blog/site is all go! Eeee!

Happy Queen's Birthday!

I love 3 day weekends.
Although a 4 day weekend would be even better... Not that I'm complaining.

In celebration of the Queen's birthday (Well not really. Regardless of her birthday, I still would have gone to get them) I decided to FINALLY try out the J'aime les macarons from Dizengoff Cafe in Ponsonby. My friend Mel had told me they were amazing and much better than the Ma Cherie ones that seem to be stocked everywhere else in Auckland.

Boy was she right. They were AMAZING!

Sour cherry and pistachio macaron (below)
This was really great! The flavours were fantastic and the filling was super creamy with little bits of cherry and pistachio in it. YUM!

Coconut macaron (below)
I'm not usually a coconut fan but this was really good, I'd definitely get it again! The toasted coconut on the top really made the entire macaron.

Blackcurrant and chocolate macaron (below)
I don't even know what to say about this one, words cannot describe how AMAZING it was. With the added surprise of the blackcurrant jam / sauce / stuff in the middle with the chocolate ganache, it's really giving the blueberry cheesecake macaron I had in Melbourne a run for my favourite macaron.

Vanilla macaron (below left)
If you're a fan of vanilla, then this is the macaron for you. The vanilla flavour was perfection.

Rose macaron (below top)
This was the only one that had any downside to it and that's just because I realised whilst eating it that I really don't like rose flavour. Just not my thing. Otherwise the textures were still spot on, so if you like rose flavour you should try this one. It was definitely better than the rose one I had in Melbourne.

Chocolate and caramel macaron (below bottom)
Caramel and chocolate work so well together. This was yummy as! Although it was a little sickening (especially after I had eaten 5 macarons in the few hours before it - bad idea).

So if you're on the hunt for a really good macaron, look no further. There are a few stores you can get them from around the country, or you can order them direct from Christchurch and they will courier them to you. Although they are more expensive than the Ma Cherie ones, they are far more superior in flavour, texture and creative combinations.

Will definitely be buying these every time I visit Ponsonby!
I'm gonna get faaaaaat.

My heart is out at sea.

The weather isn't looking too great for this long weekend. Not that I intended on spending much time outdoors...

Tomorrow I will be on the hunt for a pointed calligraphy nib and I might hit up Dizengoff Cafe as I have been meaning to try the macarons they sell there for a while. Looking forward to it, even if I'll be spending the day alone. Then letterpress workshop on Monday! Woop!

Currently listening to: You Me At Six - Always Attract
I cannot get enough of this song. Got it on repeat at the moment. I love Josh's sisters voice!

Looking through my usual billion blogs I check weekly I have noticed that far too many of the bloggers and studios I follow are lucky enough to attend the National Stationery Show. You'll never understand just how jealous I am of them all. If I ever get to New York, I will make sure I go in May so that I can make it to this event!

So, as I am inspired by some amazing stationery, here are your links for the weekend!

P.S. The word stationery is often confused with stationary. See this cute post for further information.

  1. Neon colours used in letterpress may just be my new favourite. Fig.2 Design has pulled this off well!
  2. The gold foiling on Rifle Paper Co.'s new 'Hello' card collection is stunning. Looks like it was hand painted on!
  3. Avie Designs have put out a new range of wedding invitations, one of which is this amazing paper cut design that is based on Avis's own wedding invitation.
  4. Loving the style of these wedding invitations from Studio SloMo. Nice classic colours and look.
  5. A birthday card you can colour in? Love it! The 100 flames are blind embossed so you can colour in as many candles as the birthday number, perfect!
  6. Dingbat Press put together this fantastic post about their experience at the NSS from beginning to end. They've even put up all of their costs involved in setting up their showcase area. Great for those thinking of getting involved.