Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Week Past and the Week Ahead.

Seem to have survived the first week back at school. A huge one for my big girl - starting high school - but she seems to have thrived in the new environment and hopefully there's no looking back now. Business as usual for my little boy but plans to hold his birthday party for 17 six and seven year olds at an establishment so aptly called "Monkey Mania" next week is keeping him in high spirits and me in a state of mild anxiety. Practised making him a dinosaur cake yesterday and lucky I did. Scroll down for a free laugh, it's on me. Why is it so hard to make it look like the picture in the book? I am sure they are leaving out vital information. Something like "Must use professional food colourants available only at industrial outlets on the outskirt of town" or "Just outsource the cake you inept moron". Sigh. Lets hope the actual party effort is an improvement....
Well true to form as soon as seasonal changes crept into the weather on came the trans seasonal bugs. I'd been three weeks without one and had managed to achieve heaps around the house and was kind of on a high about that when it arrived. But there was still so much more on the to do list and I wasn't going to admit defeat. My School (CIT) starts back this week and I had hoped to do something with the bare walls in the house before it had. So in between lying exhausted in bed and getting kids off to school and back I hammered a few holes in the wall. That's kind of exhausting in itself but I was determined, the hammer and hooks lying by my bed during the breaks. Up went a lot of frames - some photos, others just vintage frames from my mother in law's house clear out last year. Before long I realised that getting stuff thats been laying around the house up and on the walls, actually clears out a lot of storage area and neatens up the house no end. I began to wonder (insert Carrie Bradshaw voice here) is hanging stuff up on the wall the New Storage? No seriously, that's why you can see my little red 1950s bag, which had been looking for a home, hanging up there. Endless possibilities....
So now all left to worry about (and I am worried) is how I'm going to cope with a stepped up schedule of study this year. Two days a week from 9.00 till 3.00. I send a little mantra out about my head whenever I get too nervous  which is you can only try and it helps a lot. Oh, and that goes for the cake too.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Pepper Stitches Mix Tape Cushion.

Pepper Stitches is the very clever person who did this embroidered cushion of a Mix Tape which I have been meaning to put up here ever since I saw it (ages ago now). I love this so much. Firstly because it is a really good design but also the great nostalgia for mix tapes it brings back. For anyone old enough to remember mix tapes were incredibly laborious and sometimes as you waited with your finger over pause for a song to end you wished there was an easier way of bringing together your choice songs. But as we realise now, that was the whole point - it was a labor of love. For the music or for the person we were making the tape for. That's what made them special and a really great way to say, as Pepper illustrates "I Like You". I guess that has been lost with the ipod - convenient and compact as they are. And the itunes store in their own kind of cleverness makes it hard to deliver your choice of songs to someone else in any kind of comparable way. A bit sad. I definitely miss the slow thoughtful process of the mix tape....

PS This clever design is available free to download from the Pepper Stitches blog along with several other great patterns here.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Couture, Kristen and Chandeliers.

The September 2010 issue of Italian Vogue (which my sister thoughtfully bought me for Christmas!) contained the Grand Couture supplement of which I'm still feasting my eyes on. Twenty pages of Kristen McMenamy, impractical couture and - you guessed it - chandeliers. A Perfect combination. Like a modern day Ms Havisham, Kristen Mcmenamy with her strong, hard features draped in glittery couture and languishing in a dilapidated mansion. And how about that giant chandelier? Like I said, a feast for the eyes..
Images via Fashion Gone Rogue.