Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Corner View - Modes of Transportation

I have joined in Jane's project "A Corner View", although for my first week I have had to cheat, as my camera has decided it needs to be serviced.

The first photo is getting a tram down Smith Street in Melbourne last week; the second is driving from Sydney to Canberra late last year.

Other corner view bloggers:

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I Cannot Stop.......

Watching Season 3 of Weeds

janes addiction photo graph.jpg

Listening to Jane's Addiction

When I was 15, I told my parents I was staying a a friend's house and snuck off with some other friends to Auckland (about 2-3 hours from my hometown) to see them play. It was amazing. They broke up a couple of weeks later.

As my luck would have it, they are playing here in Melbourne on 30 July. We leave on 13 July.

Still, I am very excited about seeing Deerhunter play here on 12 June.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Happy Birthday Cara!

Beautiful Cara by you.

Sleeping by you.

Pensive by you.

Awake by you.

Wide Eyed by you.

It was my gorgeous little niece Cara's first birthday on Friday. She lives in New Zealand; I am in Australia, so I didn't get to see her, but we had a lovely time via skype. I am making her a quilt for her birthday gift which T and I will take over when we visit in June.

Among many very cute things she did, Cara had a little walk around (almost unassisted), said "oooooh!" a lot and gave me the biggest wave ever when it came time to say goodbye. It's hard to be in different countries, which I expect will be even more difficult when we go to Canada. But, skype does at least make the distance seem much less.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A Big Decision

Toronto Street by you.

T and I have finally made the big decision to move from Melbourne to Toronto. I'm feeling nervous and a bit scared, but also really excited to be doing this.

We are all set to fly out on July 13, and travel around Central America and Mexico for about two months on the way over. Has anyone travelled around this area and have any recommendations?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


T and I managed to pack a lot in to our time in Canberra over the Easter weekend:

Spending time with friends, including some adorable kids:



Visiting the National Gallery of Australia to see the Australian Tonalists and Degas' World exhibitions:

News photo

Enjoying a happy picnic with T's family on Easter Sunday:

Easter Eggs

Easter Cake

Visiting the National Portrait Gallery of Australia for the first time:

Florence Broadhurst Nick Cave by Howard Arkley Michael Hutchence by Harry Borden

Combining a coffee and chai at Bookplate with the Ballet Russes exhibition at the National Library of Australia:

I'm now looking forward to a trip to my hometown in New Zealand in June.

Thursday, April 9, 2009


Packed by you.

Tonight T and I fly up to Canberra for Easter. I'm looking forward to:
  • Visiting here, here and here
  • Eating some vegan lemongrass "chicken" at the Au Lac restaurant
  • Visiting friends and spending time with T's family
  • Enjoying some chocolate from here
Have a happy Easter everyone!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Italian Dinner & Another Parcel



I find it quite relaxing to cook dinner at the end of a long day at work. Last night I made a huge batch of beanballs and marinara sauce with wholemeal spaghetti from this great book.

Pink Liberty

Blue Liberty

Another package was waiting for me when I got home, this time a small pile of pre-cut Liberty fabric squares. I've been very inspired by Valerie's wonderful creations using lovely Liberty fabrics. Not sure what I will do with these yet, any ideas?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Postal Service

I've been having a horrendously hard time at work lately, so I have been rewarding myself with a bit of retail therapy on etsy. Yesterday I came home to not just one but two parcels waiting patiently on my doorstep.

Inside the first package was this very cute 70's Gunne Sax jacket from Calico Vintage:

Inside the second package were three blouses from The Vintage Mistress:

I'm wearing the poppy shirt today. So nice and happy on this grey, cold and wet Melbourne day!

Sunday, April 5, 2009





It's been a pretty quiet weekend. So far it has included:
  • Getting a new 'do on Friday - I like it much more than my bang-less predecessor.
  • A Mexican lunch on Smith Street at Trippy Taco.
  • Watching Dirty Harry - I had never seen it before, it is fantastic! Great music.
  • Wearing long socks and warm cardigans to ward off this newly chilly weather.
  • Putting back the clock for the end of daylight savings.
  • Finishing off some sewing projects - I'll post some photos when they are done.

Friday, April 3, 2009

A Rainy Day



It's really coming down outside, with lots of thunder and lightening. Before I bundle up and head out for a haircut, I'm working on a patchwork belt a la Valerie of Dear Birthday. I love the top listed today in her etsy store.