Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

2 Things I've Noticed Today

1. Every time I ride the train and the loud speaker plays the recorded message "When traveling with a Myki remember to touch on and touch off" someone sniggers. Not just kids, but seemingly random people - a pregnant lady sniggered today. Why??

2. I have random memory jogs of holiday trips prompted by I-don't-know-what. Just a minute ago I was suddenly transported to the music shop (Dad went crazy in) next to Buffalo Exchange in Long Beach. Maybe it was the Pnau track that was playing on my headphones... but that's unlikely. Does this happen to anyone else?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Uniform Project

After whinging about having no skirts, this morning I went searching for a pair of pants and came across a (*gasp*) skirt! Now, I have no idea why I still have this skirt - I know I bought it on sale many years ago when I was a poor student... and you will know this too when you see the fabric it's made from! :

Yikes indeed! It's not too bad with the ensemble though...

Anyway, my treasure hunt through the closet has brought to light a few other cloth-y items that may make an appearance this week... but I'm not sure I'm quite up to this game:

 The Uniform Project finished a week ago and is a truly inspiring story of how to make your clothes look like new clothes every day, and of raising money for kids who can't afford to go to school. You may think I have the two inspiring things listed the wrong way around in the previous sentence, but charities needs the kind of creativity that is able to re-style one dress 365 times, or they get stuck in the mud of mail-outs and trash-and-treasure sales, which have run their course in many ways.

I am super impressed with this project, well done Sheena!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Seven Deadly Sins

Of all the seven 'deadly sins' I find I have the most trouble with envy. It seems, for me, to be one of the easiest mind-sets to slip in to. I'm using the term broadly and including 'coveting' in my definition of envy. I am quite in a GLUT (7/7) of envy towards Tania of Myrtle and Eunice. There's quite a list of things I envy her for, most of which can be distilled into one word: Time.

Now, it's ridiculous really (I ridicule it myself) because Tania doesn't actually HAVE more time than me - yes, essentially we all get the same 24 hours cycle - but she seems to USE it to do more.

The biggest thing this demi-rant has been inspired by is SKIRTS. Melbourne seems to have gone crazy for pencil skirts, and try as I might (and I have) I cannot find a skirt that is pencil-ed that will suit me. Someone should write an adage that reads: Pears and Pencils Do Not Mix. But maybe no one would know what that means except for us pear-shaped ladies.

So, while I have been making pout-y faces over the lack of skirts in my immediate vicinity, and wishing I had less weddings to go to (not really though) so I could get to Spotlight, Tania has been sewing. Check it:

Nice. I'm wanting to make myself some skirts now, more than ever, because of said lack of skirt shapes and the above inspiration. However, although I can sew, I need a good A-line skirt pattern and they are always a matter of trial and error. And I need to have a practice skirt to test with before I use my beautiful Akira fabric, which will also include making a lining - difficulty rating x2.

And now, I've got sick of myself whinging so I'll shut up. Anyone wanna plan a skirt making day with me?? I have ... well, if you're free let me know and I can see when I'm free, it may be some weekends away still.

Monday, April 12, 2010


2 weddings down - 2 to go
1 week into new job - 0 cancelled trains so far
1 freelance job lost - 0 on the horizon
1 dress size down - 1 amazed me, 4 new items of clothing
5cm knitted - 25cm to go (for this panel)
4 day holiday over - 0 days on the horizon

I've been pretty busy lately. Highlights this past week (and a bit) have been the 4 days in Apollo Bay, the Easter Quilting Show, the beautiful walk to work along the Yarra and across Queens Bridge, reading a tonne of library books (most of them good,) speaking to BaSiL again after an extended abscence from the country on her part, cuddles with Franklin, the rain, getting past the annoying avalanche level of Mini Ninjas and on to the final boss battle, kitchen tea celebrations with J, spending time with Annie, anticipating ethiopian birthday celebrations with Amiriche.