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Weekend in Pictures – Auckland

Ah, Auckland… you were grand…. This has turned into a travel blog of sorts hasn’t it, ha… last week Hamilton Island, this week New Zealand… … so I arrived in Auckland and picked up the hire car and went straight to Father Rabbit.… isn’t it funny, you never feel alone in a city which hosts your favourite shops… Father Rabbit was introduced to me by my good friend Sally O.. all good things come from Sally O…. Father Rabbit’s new burrow – in The Bloc on 20 Normanby Road, Mt Eden…. … when I was first starting up Travelling Wares with Frankie the caravan – so too did Father Rabbit with their online experience….. I instantly feel in love with Father Rabbit’s aesthetic and their humour…. in Father Rabbit’s words our two businesses are ‘brothers from a different mother… but same Father Rabbit… I think they actually said it a lot more eloquently than that… that’s my Mother Rabbit’s genes coming through x … I feel so proud of my friends Claudia and Nick for their huge achievement with Father Rabbit. When you start a small business you never know where you will end up with it… especially when it comes to turbulent retail…. their space at The Bloc is exquisite… … after meeting Claudia finally in person I felt like I was some foreign exchange student / penpal from Germany after corresponding via instagram and Facebook for so long, ha ….we decided to go out for dinner to Orphans Kitchen.. ohmy… that experience deserves a whole new blog post on it’s own…. and in proper photographer fashion I decided to not take my camera to dinner… fool… If you are a local check it out, if you are visiting Auckland put it on your list….. brilliant atmosphere and top notch seasonal food…. packed from 7pm with Auckland’s cool kids… with beards and tattoos riding fixies… you know the type…. … I woke rather early in the hotel room forgot to pull the curtains and shot this frame while still in bed…. with the three hour time difference it was about 2am in Brisbane…. 5am in Auckland….. ah…. time to get the day rolling I supposed….. … went for a morning walk and hit Good One for an early coffee and brioche….. it is off Ponsonby Road on Douglas street – my dad’s name is Douglas, so I thought I would see what was down papa’s street.… again more super cool Auckland kids…. beards, tattoos, bikes and coffee…..all goes hand in hand really doesn’t it…. this is clearly on the list for the seriously cool coffee connoisseur… .. By 10am I was at Mildred & Co to meet Milly who was hosting Megan Morton’s The School’s NZ Roadshow …. and my Vignette Workshop…. … another light filled beautiful space done so well and really considered… …. come 6pm the space was bustling with 45 lovely ladies all here to see my Vignette class.… so exciting… and boy did we have a blast! xx … thank you all who came along…. it is one thing to host workshops in your own country… though to cross the blue pacific is another thing…. I was so touched by the audience. thank you x … Saturday morning I hit Flotsam and Jetsam …. now, this place came with quite the reputation….. a very good reputation….. forget beards, tattoos and fixies, this is the real deal…. … I didn’t know what this sign meant which was out the front of Cameron and Gav’s shop…. boy, o, boy….. was I about to… hello world class donuts…. … who says retail is dead…. this place was heaving with people… this was a lucky shot with no one in it… l think I was blocking the doorway as I shot this….. … now, I know how hard it is to source the good stuff….and not keep it for yourself my hat really does go off to Flotsam and Jetsam… amazing variety of objects, both small and large, from 45c upwards…. something for everyone, which really is the secret to a successful retail experience is’n it…. such an array of the good stuff…. …. a rabbit warren of rooms both upstairs and downstairs… perfect for the thrill of the hunt…. ….. I […]

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Weekend in Pictures

©Kara Rosenlund Ah, Weekend in Pictures… it was a market weekend, so that meant Saturday got off to a very early start….. the alarm went off at 2.45am … I usually am up before the alarm goes off anyway… just in bed waiting for it to go off…. you know when you know you have something on and you never have a proper night’s sleep the night before… well, that is me before a market…. excited! … we had loads of new stock on the trestle tables… enamel ware, baking tins, breadboards…. it was such a fun day… always so great to see familiar faces and also new ones… we also look forward to seeing our market friends who also have stalls…. there is such warm camaraderie between us all…. … after the market we decided to drop in to visit the newly opened Cardigan Bar at Sandgate… my friend Sally O of Studio Sixty always knows about cool and hip happenings around town before I do; Sally mentioned this place a couple of weeks back, so Timothy O and I thought we would call in for a visit and a cheeky drink post market….. it was fantastic, I would highly recommend it, especially if you are northside… love a bit of cool on the northside…. … Timothy O and I then decided to hit the road and and get home as we were both a bit shattered after the early rise of the market, we were in bed by 7pm ha …..   … Sunday morning clocked around and these cheeky feather bombs were trying their hardest to get inside the house…. I’m still puzzled as to why they love being indoors so much…. … I decided to start a little ‘mirror wall’ in the bathroom with some old mirrors I had been collecting… still need a few more to fill the space… … I love this time of year for flowers… I bought a bunch of stocks from a grower at the market and put them in the bathroom… their fragrance is divine…..   … a bunch of foliage – not sure what is it… I bought it to decorate the trestle tables at the market… I thought it was camellia foliage, though it smells very unique….. kinda strange… … my absolute favourite for this time of year though are jonquils….. these ones are actually from my garden, more like travelling pots. I planted a crazy amount of jonquil bulbs years ago into pots and they still come up this time of year to say hello…. I adore their fragrance like nothing else….. … keeping on the accidental floral theme I picked up these local organic edible flowers from the market, so I decided to ‘sweeten’ them up and ‘sugar’ the pansies, snaps dragons and violets to decorate a cake…. … it was really easy to do… I just whisked an egg white with a teaspoon of water and then ‘painted’ the flower using a brush with the egg white wash…. then I used a small hand strainer and sprinkled the individual flower on my finger tips with caster sugar… … then I placed them on a piece of greaseproof paper and let them set over night… … so pretty and so easy…. .. atop my chocolate cake…. the flowers look much prettier than the cake… Hope you had a wonderful weekend… K x

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This Weekend

…. I’m busily getting new well it’s really actually old, but its new to me stock ready for this weekend’s Finders Keepers! Very exciting! Come by and see us from 10am, we will be there both days as well as so many other crafters and makers! It will be a fun sunny day out in Brisbane! Wahoo! K x

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Weekend in Pictures

©Kara Rosenlund Ah, the weekend feels like it was forever ago now, however this is what we got up to… Saturday morning clocked around and I made boiled eggs for Timothy O and I using our new egg cosies, pure joy… our girls aren’t laying right now as they are still molting – you can’t lay and regrow feathers at the same time they tell me… cheeky free loaders…. I had the ‘Trixie’ cosy…. After breakfast we couldn’t find the chickens anywhere in the yard…. sheer panic….. as I was hightailing it out the front to see if they had escaped onto to the street through the garden I heard a little ‘cluck’ from the sofa…. they had snuck upstairs, down the hallway and were all bundled in the living room together…. never trust a chicken…. they are sneaky… ha… I filled up this new piece of furniture which I recently picked up on my travels down rural Victoria…. it doesn’t fit inside, oops. so it is happily on the back deck…. … I found some amazing blue and natural nautical rope… … and then I worked late into the evening on a project I hope to share with you soon… Sunday was a bit random actually. There is a house two doors up which is being demolished. An elderly lady who I used to wave hello to passed away about two years ago. She lived alone and would seldom receive any visits from family or friends, except the ‘meals on wheels’ people who would deliver her meals through a tiny hole in the wall. Her large family house has been vacant for some time, so when I saw the demolisher people on Sunday I asked if I could have a last look inside…. … an old bar which I’m sure saw some laughs and good times back in the day… … the family room upstairs… … bedroom… … must admit I felt a bit sad after I left the house…. I just wanted to piece the story together in my head… people’s spirit and joy really are the most important elements when it comes to a home… if you don’t have that the home will always feel empty… … so I came home and backed a cake…. a Madeira cake…. I love how the top splits right down the middle… recipe tomorrow. … then packed a few days worth of bits into my bag and I hit the road again… I shall be back for this weekend’s market at the Powerhouse. K x    

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Frankie in SYDNEY THIS Weekend

  So, this is where Frankie, myself and Timothy O will be THIS weekend….. parked fabulously at The School selling our wares, while celebrating my friend and super stylist Megan Morton’s ‘The School’s’ FIRST Birthday….. It will be like a carnival…..a crazy colourful mad carnival…. The festivities kick off at 10am until 3pm on both Saturday and Sunday….85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery (same place as my workshops) there will be loads to see and do…. besides Frankie there will also be free paper craft classes, a ‘Pav Party’, lots to eat and drink and so much more for words……so much more…. Click here to visit The School for more information. Tell your friends… pass it on. It’s going to rock! K x P.S …. packing up Frankie today for the road trip….. super excited!

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Vignette Classes with Kara Rosenlund

©Kara Rosenlund As you know I’m hitting the road next week with Frankie the caravan and going down the east coast of Australia….  to coincide with this I’m also offering is a ‘How To…’ class on Vignettes – otherwise known as a still life. I adore a perfectly balanced and well composed still life. If you are curious how I put together my bits and pieces then you should come along. I will be covering a whole range of topics on the subject and will be talking you through how to achieve the perfect vignette for the home, for social media or for work… Below are the dates and details. To book visit Megan Morton’s The School’s website and click on the ‘Schedule’ tickets are $120, I would run, not walk to avoid disappointment. K x   Sydney 14th April 2013, 5.30pm – 8.00pm  at The School, 85 Dunning Ave Rosebery Sydney 15th April 2013, 7.00pm – 9.30pm at The School, 85 Dunning Ave Rosebery Sydney 16th April 2013, 7.00pm – 9.30pm at The School, 85 Dunning Ave Rosebery Melbourne 2nd May 2013, 6.30pm-9.00pm at Small Giants, 11 Princes St, St Kilda Brisbane 26th July 2013, 6.30 – 9.00pm at Toby Scott’s, 515 Sandgate Rd, Clayfield NEW SYDNEY DATE ADDED – TUESDAY NIGHT

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Weekend in Pictures

©Kara Rosenlund It was a wet weekend here in Brisbane…. the light was darker and the air was a touch cooler….We had hoped to do some exterior painting of the house though the weather took care of those plans…. instead Timothy O and I headed off early Saturday morning to an old little town we hadn’t visited together in a long time… … we came home with an array of wonderful old thick glass bottles and vessels… … old and heavy worn wooden rolling pins and buckets…. …. even a french postal ‘sac’ found it’s way home with us… This set of butchers hooks was a recent rusty find; come Saturday afternoon Timothy O gave them a sand and I gave them a coat of ‘stove oven black’ … I had been after a small set of these for such a long time… they are bound for the kitchen ceiling…..tonight. Sunday morning brunch was simple hot cross buns on the go… We received a belated wedding gift from a close friend who had returned from the UK. This basket was filled with the most sentimental treasures one could imagine…the sort of treasures to wish you well into married life…. Had a chat to the pumpkins to make sure everything is on track…. Timothy O quickly mowed in between the rainy patches…. I think it’s time to start thinking about a new laundry…. Everything just got wet… including the girls…. I spent a lot of time in here on Sunday….I noticed I like to have a lot of things around me in the kitchen… it just feels really warm and safe to have all the different textures at arms length to use and admire… in other rooms of the house it’s not like this at all, you would swear I’m a minimalist ok, not really, who am I kidding, though you know what I mean…  Come the afternoon Timothy O and I had an early dinner of grilled sardines and ciabatta… … and then we wasted no time getting into this large golden ‘Creme Caramel’….  when I was little my mother used to occasionally buy pre-made creme caramels from the supermarket in plastic little pots…..I used to love them, especially the sweet caramel syrup…. This homemade one was completely out of this world and delicious… I will be making it again. Recipe to come… Hope you all had a great weekend… K x

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Weekend in Pictures

All Images ©Kara Rosenlund How was your weekend? Mine felt like it was over in a flash! This is probably because it was a market weekend and they always seem to go by so fast. The above shot is of new pieces being unpacked onto the tables…  I actually do all of our displays at the market in the dark… usually just after 4am …. while dreaming of being back in bed… Once the sun comes up it is a different story… I absolutely love being at our market and meeting people. Timothy O and I met so many new people at the market on Saturday. Thank you all who came by to say hello and to all the people who travelled such distances to see us…. I hope you love your new found pieces too. We packed up the market and came back home for a quick pit stop before heading out again…. I managed a few spare minutes to flip through this book by Diane Keaton yes, that Diane Keaton, the actress which I ordered last week… Come early Saturday evening Timothy O and I met up with some of our friends for a few drinks and a bite to eat out… … then the early evening rolled in to the later evening….   I was up with the birds at 5am and on the road to travel to meet a few people who wanted to move some things on. I picked up this quiant collection of seashells amongst other bits. I love taking on other peoples collections; collections are so personal, you can tell a lot about someone based on what and how they collect. None of the seashells are expensive or rare, however they meant something to someone and gave them great satisfaction. I decided to pick up this little cluster of hydrangeas to plant in the front garden; let’s see how I go this time at looking after them…. there should be a book called ‘Starting over yet again with Hydrangea’s’… fickle little things. Timothy O decided we should fire up the wood fire oven… so out he went to the local fish market…. Lemon and fresh thyme from the garden… Such a beautiful Red Throat Emperor… the colours are incredible… nature knows best. Bound for the outdoor oven… We haven’t used the wood fire oven in a few weeks… I love hearing the fire crackle and sizzle and the smell of smoke wafting about the garden…. While upstairs I decided to make something sweet with the figs I picked up from the market and our girls’ bantam eggs… I decided to make a Fig Clafoutis… traditionally it is made with cherries, however I thought that maybe figs would work well as an alternative… … and they did… sweet and juicy and pretty on the eye… I just love the blushed colour of baked figs… so beautiful. I am going to share the Fig Clafoutis recipe tomorrow. K xx ** A note on the recipes….I didn’t realise you all like to get amongst it so much with cooking… after reading all your emails and instagram comments I am going to incorporate a cooking/recipe post more often.

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Chocolate Tart Recipe

©Kara Rosenlund With so many of you requesting the recipes from my latest ‘Weekend in Pictures’ food shoots it has me a little nervous… I make changes to recipes a lot… and this one is no different. The original recipe called for a ‘rich sweet pastry’, however when I made this I was more in the mood for something darker and less sweet, rather more bitter…. so I used a savoury shortcrust pastry recipe… mainly because I love a bit of salt with my sweet… The pastry is a traditional shortcrust pastry recipe and the filling is from Matt Moran. For the Pastry 250 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil 1/2 teaspoon of salt 125 g butter, chilled and diced, plus extra for greasing 1-2 tablespoons ice cold water For the Filling 210 g dark chocolate, chopped 60 g milk chocolate, chopped 60 g butter, diced 315 ml cream 3 eggs 2 egg yolks   For The Pastry Place the flour into a bowl. Make a well in the middle and add the oil, salt and butter. Rub the butter into the flour using just your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Moisten with the cold water to bring the dough together. Briefly knead the dough by hand, the more quickly this is done the better the pastry will be. Roll into a ball and cover in kitchen plastic and place in the fridge from anywhere to 30 minutes til overnight. Take it out of the fridge and leave it to come back to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and grease your 23 cm tart case, the ones with removable bases are really handy. Lightly flour your work surface and roll out the pastry into a circle at 5mm thick and wide enough to lay in your greased tart tin. This sort of pastry is very crumbly so if yours breaks just gently mend it together again with your fingertips. Line the pastry with a piece of baking paper and fill with either uncooked rice or baking weights and bake for 10 minutes. Then remove baking paper and weights and bake for another 10 minutes, or until is is golden brown. For The Filling Preheat the oven to 160°C. Place both chopped chocolates and butter in a bowl. Then place cream in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Pour gently boiled cream over the chocolate and butter in the bowl and stir until smooth. Stir in eggs one at a time. Pour the chocolate and cream mixture into your tart shell and bake for 25 minutes. K xx

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New Arrivals This Friday

Exciting new arrivals will be appearing in the online shop from 8am Sydney time, even though I am in Brisbane, it’s just easier to say Sydney time. I have received many emails from people wondering when I will be restocking certain items; all of the beautiful pieces I find are one off authentic vintage numbers, so the chances of finding more of the same can be tricky. That’s why it is best to get in first to avoid disappointment… See you Friday! K x

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Market this Saturday

Market this Saturday at the Jan Power’s Farmers Market at the Powerhouse, New Farm Brisbane! K x

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Kara’s love for authenticity and adventure is celebrated through her photography, styling and travelling wares retail experience. She is passionate about Australia and how we all live within its vast landscape. Kara photographs and shares visual stories from her adventures inspired by the everyday people and landscapes she encounters. She has a unique little caravan shop called Travelling Wares, where she shares utilitarian objects for the home sourced locally. Above all else Kara is a lover of all things stylish and beautiful. She shares her humble life through her blog, Facebook and Instagram.

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