Thursday, June 18, 2009

A blog reveling in fabric prettiness - you've been warned

Today has been a big one. I went for a job interview this am - went well so hopefully something comes of that.

After the 'view I went to the pop-up shop by Signature Prints (Sydney) selling off some of Florence Broadhurst's designs on fabric and wallpaper incl. covered cushions, handbags, aprons etc etc on and on it was crazy (as was the line to get out!)

Unfortunately I couldn't afford a handbag - even at 30-50% off (!!) and with a tight budget I wandered the crowded room over ottomans and around 5" stacks of cushions to the fabric section hoping to nab a bargain. Well, there weren't so many absolute bargains - but I did find this:

- and the two larger pieces of fabric below (top to bottom) are 60cm of canvas (hello future cushion - cheaper than an already made up one) and 1m felted wool (hello future jacket/skirt) .

How pretty!!!! Below is a small glipse of the wallpaper I bought which I'm gonna frame and hang in my house.
Shopping for unique bargains is fun - and standing in line with over a dozen other undecided ladies (and one guy) all umming and ahhing about if they're making a mistake leaving this or that object behind was quite amusing. I also enjoyed the conversations about the 'themes' that were being looked for ('Classy Manhattan', and 'Supportive Colourings' were two memorable phrases that didn't really make any sense to me, but then, I've never been to Manhattan...?)

I did truely enjoy the feeling that I was standing in line with a bunch of other creative chicks (and one guy) who were taking their goodies home to pull out their sewing machines or frames and make something new and pretty.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

lost thing

Today I really need my USB key - Hegesi (a kind of pack horse like a camel but shaggier - thanks Kate Constable) AND I CANNOT FIND IT! It is gone. I am very sad - especially as I did not back up what was on there (a lot).

And there's a ghost in my mouse - weird...

Please watch this Weebl and Bob episode to understand my feelings:

According to this Death has my USB stick - that's gonna be hard to get back.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Beach-side adventures

Spending a weekend away from the city is lovely, being able to do so makes it a delight to live in the city. We've just come home from the long weekend in Apollo Bay. The weather was cold, rainy and perfect for being holed up in the mountains in front of a fireplace and for trawling the beaches for shells and watching the tide change.

It seems also that we brought the rain back with us to Melbourne, which is great for our water reserves.

I love taking photos at the beach, especially when there are people around to laugh with and use as subjects.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


Today I'm here to talk about food. More accurately, food I've made.

So finally I'm getting around to posting about the Bento phase that's happening in our house at the moment. It all began in 'Little Tokyo' in LA where they have really useful and kawaii (cute) bento boxes and accessories which Melbourne is severely lacking - we also don't have many Japanese people in res, so it makes sense.

I bought a bento 'kit' of my own devising for Oli G (my niece) and when Franklin saw it he was immediately jealous. He already had a bento box but none of the cute and useful accessories. Poor Franklin - however he now has someone who makes his lunch most days and puts it considerately and (attempts) attractively into his bento box for him. This person is me.

After looking at the website Just Bento my motivation increased - Bento is an excellent way to calorie control and make sure the variety of food types (veg, protein etc) is balanced. AND it's actually quick and quite easy. I was surprised too. The recipes at Just Bento are also vegetarian/vegan for the most part too - bonus!

This is one of my first bento attempts - since my first two attempts I've stopped photographing them.

So basically the contents of this is LEFT (clockwise) carrot kinpira, grape tomatoes and cocktail onions, two chocolate cookies (I found these in the freezer! I'd made them ages ago,) two peanut crispy biscuit things, Babybel cheese with two savoys. RIGHT two rice onigiri, a salmon pattie cut up (thanks Sanitarium) a black (because I used Chinese soya instead of light soy sauce) japanese omelet and scattered plum bits. After a few meals in this box Franklin said it's too much food so we're back to the littler box. How about that?!

This past weekend was Franklin's 31st birthday and while high on Sudafed and my cold I made him a cake. The cake part turned out wonderfully - Franklin kept an eye on me for that bit though - however the icing turned out well, just plain wrong. Chocolate cake with green icing is his favorite - and so see for yourself:

Last night I made my very first ramen soup, and it was very good to eat on a cold night. It was also full of the end bits of veges I wasn't sure I was gonna be able to use in bentos or other dinners - how handy! It looks pretty too, I think.

I'm gonna make it again!