12 November 2010
So, suggestions please...! Either bags themselves or patterns whichever. The only prerequistite is that I want to be able to sling it over my arm, so no short handles!
04 November 2010
03 November 2010
It was much less scary than I thought it was going to be. And none of the problems I was worried about happened (my iron being too low, travel, being rejected because of my back operation).
It all went very smoothly I think. I won't lie, it did hurt but it was nothing that I couldn't handle and it's all over fairly quickly. So no big deal.
One tip, don't get cocky about how well you're doing. Then don't only sit down for a few minutes after instead of the recommended 15. You will nearly faint and then have to lie down on the couch for 30 minutes in front of everyone and look like a huge dork.... That was pretty embarrassing.
So make sure you go to www.donateblood.com and make an appointment! It's really easy and you get free chocolate milk and cookies after. There is no downside.
01 November 2010
28 October 2010
I haven't had much chance to have a good look yet. But it's very promising. There's very cute dresses that I was surprised about and I'm planning to make.
Have you got yours yet?
27 October 2010
Let me tell you, he's just as handsome in person and more squishy that you've even imagined.
24 October 2010
23 October 2010
22 October 2010
Damien pressed the button and out popped number 6. Mystica, sorry I don't know your real name. So please email me your address and I'll send your prize along!
I decided not to force you to work hard for the money. So, just comment and you're in the draw! Blog, or Tweet about it and let me know and you'll get another entry.
How can you resists his adorable face?!
I'll draw the winner on the night of the 31st as a send of for Blogtober!
21 October 2010
Here's a sneak peak of the giveaway I'll be starting tomorrow for the last week of Blogtoberfest. I haven't decided rules yet, but you may be in for some work for you giveaway. Maybe!
The lovely brooch arrived in the mail this morning. It's even better up close and personal, so don't forget to enter the giveaway while you still can. I'll be choosing the winner at 5 ish tomorrow night.
20 October 2010
19 October 2010
18 October 2010
17 October 2010
Look! I rippled! It was much easier than I thought it would be too. So I really recommend giving it a try.
I found a really great tutorial here that I used that broke the steps down so they were really easy. So you should go have a look and try it out! It's very relaxing in its repetition!
16 October 2010
15 October 2010
14 October 2010
I've just ordered this from the edward and lilly made it store as the prize for this giveaway. I already own a brooch of my own and it's very cute so I thought I'd share one with one of you.
And now, the challenge. I know that I am really different in real life than most people would think I am from reading this blog. For one thing, I swear like a sailor. I'm not nearly as politely spoken day to day. And I say cool a lot. But the main thing that people are amazed to learn about me is that I love music. Specifically the louder, angrier and faster the better.
I love punk and metal and hardcore and post hardcore and any other kind of core you can think of. Going to a concerts and dancing and shoving and jumping is one of my favourite things to do in the world, even more than making!
So there you go. What's your bloggy secret? Your secret personality quirk, your thing that someone would never guess you loved? Answer in the comments and each answer is one entry. Extra entries for mentioning the giveaway on your blog.
**Winner will be picked at random next Friday the 22nd and I'll also announce another giveaway that day too for the last week of the wonderful blogtoberfest!**
(make sure you let me know if you mention this on your blog)
13 October 2010
A photo session sitting on my bed. It took about 20 minutes to get a photo that didn't look ridiculous. I wasn't entirely sucessfull and may have gotten cranky.
Go search for other self portraits at Cathie's. It's fun, yeah!
(Hand on the head is from a fringe that wouldn't sit flat)
12 October 2010
11 October 2010
10 October 2010
09 October 2010
Today Damien very kindly agreed to go to finders keepers with me, which was nice since he knew in advance it was a craft market....
He was pretty bored until he saw the shiny cuff link store. That cheered him up a bit... He couldn't buy any though since he didn't bring any cash thinking it would all be crochet blankets and crazy old ladies...
I got myself the lovely frankie calendar and some Victoria Mason earrings. They're little apples!
For the rest of our day we went to Costco which was in a word, awesome! I think I died and went to heaven a little. I didn't know washing powder came in 9kg packs?!
(2 days in a row of nearly missing blogtoberfest... I'm slipping....)
08 October 2010
This is one of my cats. He's named for Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock (if you've ever seen it) and he's modeling a legwarmer I made that didn't turn out how I wanted it to.
What's something that you've made that didn't turn our right? And what did you do with it after?
07 October 2010
I haven't actually gone in for the donation yet. My booking is for the 1st of November, and I'm pretty terrified. But I know that it's an excellent thing to do. Especially us Jorna's, we're bleeders. I might be like my dad too, the very special universal donor. His blood goes in a special section. Fancy right ?
06 October 2010
05 October 2010
Yet another list item that works in nicely with the pre move clean out. It looks so messy because I also had clothes overflowing in there from my closet and drawers.
This makes it look like I have a sadly small amount of linen. But we do only have one bed. The new house is going to have the first spare bedroom we've ever had! Somewhere for Jess to stay while she's here.
04 October 2010
This is our freezer as it was yesterday morning. And yes I am ashamed. One of us had left the door ajar a little while back, and not notice for a week or so. When I went back after I was faced with something similar to this, but not as bad. We then forgot about it and I went and had a look last week and saw this....
We have the problem that the freezer is wedged in a space and the washing machine blocks it in. So we couldn't get it out without moving the washing machine too. That's a lot of effort really.
Anyway, after a big morning of moving things to the nature strip for hard rubbish, and walking around car city for about an hour I tackled this.
I have to say, it was heaps of fun! I spent about 2 hours just laying into with a bar-b-mate (big heavy spatula). It was a nice warm day, so the flying ice wasn't annoying it was amusing! I reckon I could have even gotten some small nephews to find the joy in it.
Now we have a freezer that's not going to be used till the first weekend of December, since there's no point filling it up before we move. But still a job well done.
03 October 2010
My first step in this list item is that I've enrolled in crochet class at Spotlight. I've just had my first of 4 classes, and I can already see improvement.
I'd been taught to make granny squares at Brown Owls about 2 years ago, but never progressed beyond that really. I could never make a sampler that had even sides for example. It's hard to make non wonky sides when crocheting! For me anyway....
The picture is a granny square that I made in the last 15 minutes of the class (poorly) that my teacher did a cool border on. She had a funny name for it, but I can't remember...
Are you blogtoberfesting? Go check it out over at Cathie's.
02 October 2010
Just a quick note to let you know that I've decided to use Blogtoberfest as a platform to kick start my life list of doing these 101 things in 1001 day. Not sure how many days I've gone through yet and I've already done NOTHING
Anything from my 101 list is going to be put into a Mighty Life List. So even if it's not done in the 2 1/2 (ish) years. It will be done!
Have you made a list? I think you should, it's fun to make the list even if you don't think you'll really be doing it all...
One more set of papers to sign and this house will be ours. It's in Belgrave for those Victorians who know the area and we can hear the puffing billy go past from our back yard.
500m walk one way to a local pool, 500m the other to the local footy ground. In the middle of a triangle of 3 national parks.
Sounds good, huh?
Any moving tips you wish to share? Also, expect a "Cleaning out the house to move" giveaway in a few Friday's time.
30 September 2010
My first post is a call for help.
Are you doing Softies for Mirabel this year? I want to, but I really want to do something more this year too.
That's where you all come in. I'm hoping, thinking, looking into hiring or using a space this year to have a little class and show some people who are interested in it how to make softies. But I have no idea where to start. I was thinking a first step might be Spotlight? They have sewing machines there, the people know me sort of because I go to class there every Saturday and it's a well known place.
But, what do you think? Have you ever hired somewhere, or arranged a place for Brown Owls or something (free preferably)?
Suggestions would be great!
Thanks to the lovely Cathy!
08 September 2010
-Put chicken in the steamer for about 10 minutes. Add the Chinese broccoli (choy sum) and then cook for another 5 minutes.
-Mix some oyster sauce and garlic and then add some boiling water to heat it up, just a splash. Pour the oyster sauce over the chicken and broccoli.
This is my favourite dinner at the moment. If you buy chicken tenderloins you don't even have to waste any time cutting. So this literally takes 15 minutes fridge to belly. I love it!
07 September 2010
My new nephew that's coming in early October has been named Swiper (of Dora fame) by the oldest boy. That, or pinata...
This is a sneak peak of a quilt I'm making for him. It was going to be a present for being born successfully, but I've decided because of the amount of effort involved it's going to be for Christmas instead.
Pictured too, recommendation from Amy.
First things to do include getting Damien a passport, working out the itinerary (so many places!), finding out about car rentals/trains/domestic flights in America and looking at Anthropologie catalogs online to see what I can buy.
Have you ever been to America? Any handy hints, or must sees?
06 September 2010
Lately I haven't been liking it as much and I think it's kind of girly, or childish maybe.... Not to mention that I don't even live in Boronia anymore.
06 July 2010
I decided to use the 10th anniversary list as opposed to the original, just because there’s a more modern selection. I have crossed off the ones that I’ve already seen, no need to go again. But I’ve left off the ones that I know I’ve seen, but have no memory of. I know that I watched some like it hot with my mum in my primary school holidays once, funnily though I remember nothing about the plot. So watch it again I will!
1 CITIZEN KANE (1941)
2 GODFATHER, THE (1972)
3 CASABLANCA (1942)
4 RAGING BULL (1980)
5 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952)
6 GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
7 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
8 SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993)
9 VERTIGO (1958)
10 WIZARD OF OZ, THE (1939)
11 CITY LIGHTS (1931)
12 SEARCHERS, THE (1956)
13 STAR WARS (1977)
14 PSYCHO (1960)
15 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
16 SUNSET BLVD. (1950)
17 GRADUATE, THE (1967)
18 GENERAL, THE (1927)
19 ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
20 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
21 CHINATOWN (1974)
22 SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
23 GRAPES OF WRATH, THE (1940)
24 E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)
25 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)
26 MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)
27 HIGH NOON (1952)
28 ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)
29 DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)
30 APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)
31 MALTESE FALCON, THE (1941)
32 GODFATHER PART II, THE (1974)
33 ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975)
34 SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)
35 ANNIE HALL (1977)
36 BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, THE (1957)
37 BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, THE (1946)
38 TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, THE (1948)
39 DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
40 SOUND OF MUSIC, THE (1965)
41 KING KONG (1933)
42 BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)
43 MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)
44 PHILADELPHIA STORY, THE (1940)
45 SHANE (1953)
46 IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)
47 STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, A (1951)
48 REAR WINDOW (1954)
49 INTOLERANCE (1916)
50 LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE (2001)
51 WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
52 TAXI DRIVER (1976)
53 DEER HUNTER, THE (1978)
54 M*A*S*H (1970)
55 NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
56 JAWS (1975)
57 ROCKY (1976)
58 GOLD RUSH, THE (1925)
59 NASHVILLE (1975)
60 DUCK SOUP (1933)
61 SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS (1941)
62 AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)
63 CABARET (1972)
64 NETWORK (1976)
65 AFRICAN QUEEN, THE (1951)
66 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
67 WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (1966)
68 UNFORGIVEN (1992)
69 TOOTSIE (1982)
70 CLOCKWORK ORANGE, A (1971)
71 SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998)
72 SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, THE (1994)
73 BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969) 50 -23
74 SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE (1991)
75 IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)
76 FORREST GUMP (1994)
77 ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN (1976)
78 MODERN TIMES (1936)
79 WILD BUNCH, THE (1969)
80 APARTMENT, THE (1960)
81 SPARTACUS (1960)
82 SUNRISE (1927)
83 TITANIC (1997)
84 EASY RIDER (1969)
85 NIGHT AT THE OPERA, A (1935)
86 PLATOON (1986)
87 12 ANGRY MEN (1957)
88 BRINGING UP BABY (1938)
89 SIXTH SENSE, THE (1999)
90 SWING TIME (1936)
91 SOPHIE'S CHOICE (1982)
92 GOODFELLAS (1990)
93 FRENCH CONNECTION, THE (1971)
94 PULP FICTION (1994)
95 LAST PICTURE SHOW, THE (1971)
96 DO THE RIGHT THING (1989)
97 BLADE RUNNER (1982)
98 YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)
99 TOY STORY (1995)
100 BEN-HUR (1959)
13 down, uh…. 87 to go…
05 July 2010
Idea from here.
But mostly inspired by this amazing lady. You really need to read her blog. Really, really.
1. Get better at embroidery.
2. Learn about wines.
3. Organise my kitchen, throw out containers with no lids, make a special place for recipe books and throw out expired things.
4. See old friends, make new friends.
5. Learn to drive a manual car.
6. Get good at crochet.
7. Take portraits of my immediate family, frame and hang.
8. Bake fresh bread every week for 6 months.
9. Sell something in a store.
10. Go to the Americas
11. Do washing before I run out of clean clothes, not after.
12. Make something for charity.
13. Get better at Gocco.
14. Learn to do my hair and make-up really well.
15. Have my posters and prints framed and hang them.
16. Have my own business cards.
17. Collaborate on a project.
18. Walk the dog everyday for a least half an hour
19. Meet more bloggy people in person.
20. Don’t eat any refined sugar for a month.
21. Learn to make soap.
22. Do Pilates
23. Watch the top 100 AFI movies
24. Increase my typing speed.
25. Organise my sewing room really properly - not just big piles in a vague order
26. Throw more things out.
27. Post on my blog everyday for a month (at least)
28. Have a real garden
29. Get a tattoo
30. Finish all of my video games!
31. Have a market stall
32. Donate blood for the first time.
33. Bring my lunch to work at least twice a week.
34. Write a tutorial.
35. Have one of my nephews sleep over.
36. Get a manicure and pedicure.
37. Find out more about my family history.
38. Take more photos.
39. Put $50 a week in my savings account.
40. Clean my linen closet.
41. Make 5 quilts start to finish.
42. Wear more vintage clothes.
43. Alter a complicated patter without help
44. Spend more time outside.
45. Find a hat that compliments me.
46. Learn how to make real coffee.
47. Pay my bills on time.
48. Buy a house
49. Visit central Australia and Perth.
50. See more of my local area.
51. Appreciate my stamp albums and start collecting again.
52. Drink more fresh brewed tea
53. Learn a language
54. Eat at 10 new restaurants.
55. Cook 100 new recipes - at least 20 of which I think are too hard.
56. Take a road trip to Sydney
57. Take piano lessons
58. Make homebrew.
59. Learn to use Photoshop
60. Make my own balms and salves.
61. Teach someone a craft, who’s never done it before.
62. Take a short course at a TAFE - in anything
63. Display my collections.
64. Read 10 books that people have recommended to me. (Suggestions please)
65. Take a cooking class.
66. Learn how to fix my computer when it breaks.
67. Buy a big bookshelf and organise all of my books alphabetically.
68. Enter something into the Royal Melbourne show.
69. Go to the dentist. Gulp.
70. Buy a candy thermometer and use it.
71. Take a pattern making class.
72. Paint a room.
73. Go to a rugby game.
74. Register as an organ donor, and convince as many people as I can to do the same.
75. Have something for sale in a store.
76. Remember to take out the rubbish bins every week.
77. Learn knitting stitches other than knit and purl.
78. Don’t eat take out for a month. (Maybe two)
79. Perfect my pancake recipe
80. Make a dress from my own design
81. Get a clothes dryer of my very own!
82. Eat breakfast everyday for a year.
83. Go to Europe
84. See Damien graduate.
85. Make progress in my job.
86. Organise my fabric in colour order.
87. Don’t walk into anything for a week.
88. Have my own fully stocked tool box.
89. Take a defensive driving course
90. Meet my neighbors.
91. Buy a filing cabinet and have my papers in order.
92. Make all of my Christmas presents one year.
93. Learn to use my camera properly.
94. Don’t eat meat for a month.
95. Make my bed every day for a month, then realise I like it and keep doing it forever!
96. Have waffles for the first time
97. Support local businesses.
98. Make a really good book with all of my recipes. Not worrying about order or how it looks for once.
99. Get a lime tree.
100. Make a custom order, of anything.
101. See snow for the first time.
It's a lot to do in 3 years. Some will be easy, some I already know I won't do. But just having them on the list makes them more of a possibility.
You should make a list too. And if you do, you should post it. So I can see too, and we can inspire each other. If you make a list, leave the link below.
*in no particular order*
27 June 2010
**Sorry for the crappy photo, taken with my iPhone in poor light**
Or first gocco..... Whatever.
After first peeling off a large chunk of the emulsion on one screen thinking it as a special protective film I needed to remove before burning the screen and then trying to burn a screen that I had put in upside down and completely smooshing it, I had success!
After my first stupid mistakes and had my eureka moment and realised how dumb I was I got it right. I mean, the screen was obviously upside down and I of course shouldn't have had to jam it in a bend it to get it right. It's all very obvious...now...
Anyway, next mission is a good even application of the paint to get a better print. Any suggestions?
P.S. Did I mention that the iPhone that I took the photo with is a brand new one I got today after dropping my other one in the toilet? It still works fine, if you don't mind the fact that the speakers and main button don't work.... Let's just write that $795 off to a harsh but valuable lesson....
30 March 2010
I know that this has been covered before in blogland. Extensively I would imagine. Let’s call it laziness but I’m going to ask the questions anyway.
What difference, if any, is there between buying a pattern, making the garment and then selling the finished product on and having someone else buy the pattern and materials, making the garment and then charging them for your dressmaking labour and is either of these ok?
I have a feeling that the first option would be a no-no. I seem to remember reading somewhere that if you do buy a dress pattern that the copyright is that you need to buy one pattern per dress you plan to make. So if you were to onsell the completed product, I can’t see that working really.
One more question. If either of the above two scenarios are ok, what implications are there when I want to use a vintage pattern that I paid 50c for?
I’m sure your advice is going to be great!
28 March 2010
Tonight. I am going to go see my favourite band. And I'm pretty damn excited. So, obviously they're first.
So if you hear fangirl screaming tonight in the vicinity of Melbourne. Don't worry, it's just me.
The next are 4 t.v. shows that I love that I think that you should be watching too! I watch a lot of t.v. Don't judge me.
Fringe, kind of like the X-Files. But with Joshua Jackson and better. I don't think I need to say more...
It's always sunny in Philadelphia. It's hilarious. If you ever get the chance to see it, make sure you wait till you've seen the second season before you pass judgement.
Community. If you've ever seen the Soup. You'll know how funny Joel McHale is.
Chuck. In it's 3rd season know, and I think it's just getting better!