Monday, 31 October 2011

Star Jasmine Diamonds!

I have decided to put a Star Jasmine over our neighbours garage wall.
It will eventually look like this... (image from Polyvore)

star jasmine growing on wall trellis
Preparing the wall
This wall is 11m long x 3 m tall!
My neighbour Denise and I repainted the wall together which was fantastic fun and fabulous bonding time!  It was so so lovely of her to help me!  We are blessed with fabulous neighbours!

Zenith Hanging Accessory - Screw Eye 114mm - Zinc Plated (purchased from Bunnings)
Galvanised Wire attached.

Star Jasmine planted at every ground point.

So if you come around and can't find me I will be trimming the star jasmine to make sure it stays in those diamonds!

Inspiration was found in these pictures and articles....

I think I might spend a lot of time pruning to keep the vine under control!

How have you made an ugly wall pretty??


 Ginger Me

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Vist to Kova - Fortitude Valley

I visted Kova Lifestyle in James Street in the Valley this week and here are some pretty pics..... 

These butterflies were a bit different to the norm!

Quite liked this cushion arrangement


Ginger Me

Friday, 28 October 2011

Cushion Love Love Love.....

I had these floor cushions made and am just thrilled by the result!
What do you think?

For those interested the picture behind is our wedding album!  We look at it all the time.  Our fabulous photographer Simon James composed the collage and then it was printed onto one sheet and mounted on the most amazing piece of MDF you have ever seen.... (it looks like honeycomb on the reverse side).. it has a UV coating to guard against fading.... 


Ginger Me

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Powder room....

I have been building up the black, white and cream in my powder room... more to go, but this is the start.... I think the mirror has to go... what do you think?

Butterflies, by Gingerbabe 2011

See the Pear in corner and Cherend Plate on wall
(thanks Jessie Lauren)

Close up of the pear!
Hurricane by Bella Cee - thanks Jano!

Water Colour by Local Art Student


Ginger Me

Springtime garden....

My yellow rose is out for Melbourne Cup.... HOORAY...  I am very excited as this was a plant I always thought might not even work...... divine!

Superb Gardenia's blossoming!


Ginger Me

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Halloween preparations!

Oh my, these lady bugs are So So Scary....

(we are a girly household!)


Ginger Me

Lily G arrangements.....

Popped into Lily-G this week to see these gorgeous arrangements... thought I would share them with you!
I am particularly in love with the Black and White Cabinet.........


Ginger Me


It was fabulous to have the Queen in Brissy town.  Many kids from our school went down to the river to see her sail on by... unfortunately all the younger kids could see was Anna Bligh in her red suit, but it  was an experience for them anyway.

They love doing the royal wave just like the HRH is doing here.....


Ginger Me

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Bulimba Fashion Festival

Last Friday a few friends and I went along to the Bulimba Fashion Festival, organised by Shannon Harvey of Place, in support of the AEIOU Foundation.  It was a fabulous day with lots of fun fashions, chatting and a few wines!

Congratulations to Shannon for pulling off such a great day!

(photo courtesy of Quest Newspapers)

Ginger Me

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Celebration time!

Post #50

I am planning a blog-overhaul in celebration of my 50th Post!  Hopefully one day soon that will be in celebration of my 50th follower..... Oh yeah... you just press the "follow" button up in the top left hand corner of your screen!

Watch this space for a new look over the coming weeks!
(currently my new look is a bit on the black side of brown... post spray tan... Darlene from Yummy Mummy Tan & Beauty Bar assures me tomorrow morning it will look stunning!)


Ginger Me

Relish the thought...

I love Relish! I have been saving jars to make my mum's beautiful spicy relish, and whilst I do this, I have also been trying all the store bought relishes to see if one measures up!

OMG... I found it.... would you believe, Huey's Hamburger Relish!  It is just like mums... hers is slightly chunkier, but I am happy to settle for his!  Thanks Huey!

Mmmm Sourdough, Cheddar Cheese (look like chips don't they...), Gherkins and Relish.....YUM!!!
No... I am not pregnant!

What are you having for lunch today?


Ginger Me

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Halloween Preparations.....

My Father in law turned up for dinner tonight with a Halloween Pumkin for us!  He had already carved it into this fantastic artwork!

What are you doing for Halloween???

Oh my, Oh my.... did you know that on October 23rd there is a Brisbane Zombie Walk... aiming to raise $10,000 for the Brain Foundation of Australia.... little freaky, but sounds like fun... we won't be doing it as it clashes with our street Halloween party!


Ginger Me

Deer oh Deer...

I may be losing it!  
I have long had an obsession with the Ski lodge look of a Deer Head mounted on a wall... of course a fake one, or an antique - not one just shot... heaven help me...

Anyway, I think I am now over it.... but I found some novel and interesting things on my quest to explore them....

Note: I have left out the Taxidermy links, which totally grossed me out!

 I quite like this last print and could be the answer to my dreams.


Ginger Me

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Delivery from Jessie Lauren.... excuse me....

Thank you Jess for dropping off my gorgeous Cherend plate and pear this morning.... I absolutely love them.  When I get the plate on the wall, I will take the appropriate pics!


Ginger Me

OMG how exciting....

Hi.... did you know the Stokehouse ... yes the same one as in Melbourne.... yes owned by the infamous Van Haandel Family ..... is opening in Brisbane on November 1?

It will be at Southbank.... lets go!


Ginger Me

Blue and White

Here are some pics of the Blue and White love from a recent trip to Peter Baker Finch in Brissy.... they explained that they keep as much in stock as they can as it is always popular and many of the factories that have manufactured it for years in China are closing down.  Hopefully they and many other stores continue to stock it for all you blue and white addicts out there.....


(Sorry about the poor quality pics, but I only had my I-Phone 3 on me.....)


Ginger Me

Monday, 17 October 2011

Out door tables for deck...

Shopping today at French and English in the Valley I found these two gorgeous outdoor tables.  The bottom one can also come with a marble top.  The chairs are outdoor ones, so no need to bring them inside all the time!

Definitely going on the maybe list......


Ginger Me

Friday, 14 October 2011


Who would have thought Rocket Flowers could be so gorgeous!


Ginger Me

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Spray Painting Cane Lounge

Finally got to photograph the new look cane lounge on back deck.... Hmmm looks better in real life... Cushions are crazy, but fun.....  Will breath life into back deck whilst I search for perfect table and chairs ensemble!


Ginger Me


Tuna, White Bean, Tomato, Parley, Garlic, Lemon Salad
Thanks Me

My Geisha Girl is flowering... I love Spring... it makes me feel like the best gardener!

The violetey thingo is flowering too.....

So are the Gardenias
The smell is even better!

Had my nails done this morning by MIWA, the best nail techo in Brisbane!  I have had my nails done by her for 5 months now and no breakages ... even after Netball!  
Here are her toes this morning... I don't have this done... but she is amazing....
Check her out...


Ginger Me

Amazing Water Colour Artist!

I am loving these water colours by artist James White!  I can't believe I have met him, attended his daughters wedding, played with his grand kids and not realised he was such an amazing artist! Ginger Me... wake up!!!!

Make sure you check out his gallery pages, some truly inspiring images.... 


Ginger Me

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Fascinator for the Melbourne Cup - Sorted!

Hi All,

I can't believe I just made it to get a fascinator made by Tracey for the Melbourne Cup... her orders are now full!

Here is my fantastic fascinator..... on Tracey's head..... (for those that don't know me...)


Ginger Me

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Black & Cream Ginger Jars....

Shopping in James Street, Fortitude Valley on the weekend I spotted these FABULOUS Ginger Jars at The Flower Trap.....

They would look so fabulous in my lounge!

Ooooo..... I ordered my fascinator for the Melbourne Cup today... can't wait to see it!


Ginger Me

Monday, 10 October 2011

Follow me....

Hi all you readers out there.... 
If you are reading my blog through a "reader", could you please "follow me".



Ginger Me

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Lychee Granita - Gingerbabe Style!

After searching the whole of Brisbane, I came to the realisation that what I knew was actually true - Lychees are not in season!.... So to deliver on my promise (and craving) of a Lychee Granita I headed for the cans!

The result: STUNNING!  A definite crowd pleaser and looked FAB in my new Moroccan Tea Glasses!!

(don't be fooled by mint in picture... 
it just looked good 
...this recipe does not contain mint!)


- 2 Cans of Lychees - reserve appox 200ml of liquid
- Juice of 1/2 a Lime

Blend the Lychees, liquid and lime juice until well combined.
Strain, make sure you push as much pulp through the strainer as you can... this is your flavour!

Put in a dish (large enough so it is only 3-4 cm deep) and freeze.

Fork frozen sides into centre every 1/2 hour until it is fully frozen, (approx 2-3 hours) then you will probably be able to leave it to refresh when serving. If you have an ice cream shelf in your freezer as I do, it will stay forked and fluffy for days without fully freezing!

The flavour seems to develop as it freezes and every time you fork it over it tastes better and better!!

Next time I might ad some vodka to the mix or even some Gin.... Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm



Ginger Me

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Lychee Granita

I am having a dinner party tonight and have been searching for something to serve in the divine Moroccan Tea Glasses I purchased...... and thought up Lychee Granita as a pallet cleanser.... of course a quick google provided this.... by Seasaltwithfood... love it....(I will report back post dinner party to show you how it worked!)...

Lychee Granita
500g Fresh Lychee
300 ml Water
6-8 Tbsp Sugar
1 tsp Lime or Lemon Juice

Peel the lychee and remove the pits. Blend lychee, water, sugar and lime juice until completely smooth. Press the mixture through a mesh strainer.

To freeze granita, pour the mixture into the dish and place in the freezer. Begin checking it after about 1 hour. Once it begins to freeze around the edges, take a fork and stir the mixture, breaking up the frozen parts near the edges into smaller chunks and raking them toward the center.

Return the dish to the freezer, then check the mixture every 30 minutes afterward, stirring each time and breaking up any large chunks into small pieces with a fork, until you have a beautiful, fine crystals of homemade granita. If any time the granita freezes too hard, simply leave it out at room temperature for a few minutes until it softens enough to be stirred again with a fork, and rake it back into crystals. Then return it to the freezer.

Images and recipe from Seasaltwithfood!


Ginger Me