Monday, April 27, 2009

biscuits not cookies

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The awesome Miss Gemma Jones has been talking about Australiana and I was giggling as I realised that we had both made Anzac biscuits over the weekend.

See Gemma's post here... I hadn't made Anzac biscuits for years and cursed not having my copy of Cookery the Australian Way. If you ever did Home economics at high school in Australia, I'm sure you have a battered copy of this book floating around too. I'd love to check out a new copy to see if it has been 'updated' at all or if it still includes that classic rock cakes and various cake recipes. I know that my mum still has my copy at her house... maybe I'll have to grab it back! Cookery the Australian Way was my staple for baking biscuits such as Anzac bikkies!

I was slightly horrified that my partner had never had Anzac biscuits before, I think he's sold on them now though.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A weekly round up



I've been up to all sorts of things lately and also checking out various new stuff so I thought I would do a weekly round up on what I've been loving and thinking about.



I went to the amazing Zappa plays Zappa last Thursday with my partner and my two pals, Jones and Joe. We went last time they were here in Melbourne and it left us speechless. These guys play for 3 hours some spellbinding music and being a Dweezil zappa fan also, I totally appreciate how much of a great guitarist he has become. This time we had some great seats, 8th row from the front and the priceless moment was seeing my pal Joe totally speechless at the end of the show... he is a gig veteran so I was glad he enjoyed it so much after we had built it up so much!


Dress to wear to a wedding

I've got an old friend's wedding to go to on Saturday, so I'm madly making a new dress to wear. Above is a picture of the fabric I'm using, this is actually the front of the dress in progress. I wanted something cheerful as those who know me well know that I wear the usual Melbourne arts scene of black with a touch of black and it's not always appropriate for a wedding. There will be some mad sewing this week after work!




New knitting book

I've also been back doing some knitting. Currently working on a very chunky skinny scarf that will be finished with large pom-poms ...(or is that Pom-pons Mark? ;-) It was inspired by my pal Aaron's Christian Dior scarf that he wears so well. I also spied this book the other day and had to have it! It has the cutest knitted animal projects and I'm excited to start one in the next week or so.


Also I discovered that my favourite vodka, Belvedere has brought out a new vodka!!! It's in this gorgeous black and pink bottle designed by Andre and is called Belvedere ix (pronounced one - x) It is a flavoured vodka and has 9 different ingredients infused in it! Wow. It could be really disgusting or really bloody good. I'm hoping it's good as the bottle is way too cute. I'm not sure if it's available in Australia yet, I'm sure I will get to try it when I'm in the states later this year anyway. I might see if my lovely boys at Baranows can order a bottle in for us to try... hmmmm.....

I think that's a weeks round up... just for notes, been drinking zubrowka vodka with lemon & lime and soda, just to be fancy. Also drinking cheap Riesling from Germany, courtesy of Aldi. Yay for Aldi! Got stuck in my head Rod Stewart's song Young Turks... 80s goodness. Been eating lots of slow cooked yummy foods and being domesticated. Always a good thing.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Latest tapestry in progress

Stop tapestry in progress

Detail of stop sign weaving


A couple of photos of the latest tapestry in progress. I haven't finalized a title for it yet. Currently it is known as the 'stop sign' tapestry. It is being woven on the side. So far this has been a fun tapestry to weave as it's colours that I normally wouldn't work with and the original image is quite small (about 10cm x 10xm) whereas the tapestry is close to 1 metre square.

Easter comings and goings...

I was super excited about the Easter break, I had five days off to relax, do some work and generally mooch around the house. I had offered our house as the venue of a friend's birthday party on Good Friday so I spent the day tidying up and cooking. Menu? miniature slow-cooked lamb Shepard's pies (well miniature in the way that they came in small ramekins) Also there was bright pink and blue cupcakes with pictures of the sneakers that my friend was wearing for the night. I should mention it was a 'Sneaker Freaker' party...

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here are the cupcakes, I took the photo on my iphone so they don't look nearly as bright as they were in real life!

We spent the evening drinking and playing Guitar Hero and Lips and making general fools of ourselves... what a way to spend Good Friday!

Chillies that we grew

Also our chili plant has been going a bit nuts, I picked all these chilies off our plants to freeze. Good for colds and all that when the cold weather starts kicking in, which won't be too far away and personally I can't wait!

Back on the weave now, I got a nasty cigarette burn the other week so it put me out of action but it's all happening now. I haven't posted any photos as they really aren't that interesting as such! This cold weather is making me think about making lovely warm, woolly things too.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

I think this is cool

From http://www.iri5.com/

iRI5 is an imaginative painter and sculptor who is driven by an incredible passion for self-expression through art. Her works are often noted for their unique style, elegance, and technique. iRI5 has developed an innovative style that focuses on recycling found materials, such as old cassettes and used books, turning trash into treasure. Her use of such a variety of techniques and materials make her work an excellent choice for a wide range of projects and purposes. iRI5 is accomplished in using traditional methods as well as modern technique. Her works have been featured in galleries in London and Brisol. iRI5's art has also been featured in an article in Knowledge Magazine, 2009. Although irI5 loves to express her vision through art, she is also adept at creating commercial works and readily communicates the vision of her clientele.
Love it!
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