Saturday, September 29, 2012

Alice in Wonderland Doll

 Here is a sweet little doll I made for my daughter's birthday. It was very fiddly to make, especially the skinny arms and legs.

 I think she is really cute, and I love how her face turned out.
I also should mention that my football team LOST the grand final yesterday. It was very disappointing, but I am surprised I didn't feel more devastated. I still love my team though. xxx

Friday, September 28, 2012

Hawks Tallons

Kick off is 2.30pm today. Ther will be alot of screaming going on at my house.
FOOT NOTE; It's half way through the game, and my team is losing BADLY !!!!! Time to drink some alcohol.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Getting ready for Grand Final Day

 Tomorrow is the AFL grand final.  Thought I'd support my team by decorating my house.

Craft skills come in handy no matter what the occasion.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

We Made it to the Grand Final !!!

My football team won the last elimination final this weekend and so they will now play in the AFL grand final next Saturday. The match last night caused much distress to Hawks fans as it was such a close match and we only won by 5 points. There were lots of missed goals which sent the Hawks Facebook page into pandamonium.
The home of AFL is the state of Victoria and I live  in Queensland, but I will still be doing my best to celebrate this week, The whole of Victoria becomes obsessed during grand final week with many festivities and ceremonies, plus a parade through the centre of Melbourne of the two competing teams.
You have to be extremely lucky to obtain a ticket to the game, but the match will be broadcast on television for the rest of Australia.
I'm considering decorating my house in Hawthorn colours. But if we lose the finals, I will be sulking for a year. I am a bad loser.
(pics from the hfc website)

Friday, September 21, 2012


My daughter's art work was in a second art exhibition. Last night was the opening. Her piece is entitlled "Marie's Jewellery Box". The pieces are a fantasy interpretation of Marie Antoinette's royal jewels, all made from fake pastry, whipped cream and fruit. The jewels were encased in acrylic display boxes as if on display at a museum.

This cake was inspired by a Laduree cake inspired by Marie Antionette. It is draped with a couple of jewellery pieces; a whipped cream choker and a macaron choker.
Top detail of the cake, with a tiara in the background.
The royal sceptre.
 I think my daughter has a wild imagination!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Alice in Wonderland Bag

I made an overnight bag for my daughter's birthday. She loves Alice in Wonderland.
The fabric comes from Marunan in Shibuya.
I finished it off with a Disney Alice charm which I bought from Parts Club (bead store in Japan)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Japanese Magazines

 I bought Sweet just to get this Coach wallet.

Inside contains a notepad and post it notes.

 Glow comes with a Le Creuset pot holder and very cute fridge magnet.

 Spring comes with a Cabbages and Roses tote bag.
My daughter painted this.

Techno things have gremlins in them - can't cut and paste pictures or rotate them today.

Friday, September 7, 2012


Another win last night to the Hawks in the first round of the finals. So they have next week off to rest, and then if they win the following week they will play in the grand final match.  The AFL grand final is a big deal in Australia and to win it is every AFL fan's dream. There are alot of celebrations leading up to the day, with awards ceremonies and a big parade with the two qualifying teams through the middle of the city in Melbourne. The game is held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground which is a famous Australian landmark.
Hawthorn are the favourites to win the grand final this year, and I'm certain they can do it.
I would love to attend the grand final, but tickets are difficult to obtain and my daughter is studying for her final school exams so it will have to watch from the comfort of my sofa.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Looking Forward to Holidays

I have just booked a holiday to Singapore; one of my favourite countries to visit. I thought I would try out the budget airline Scoot which offers some incredibly cheap airfares. I chose add ons of extra luggage allowance and extra legroom, but the fare was still very reasonable - half the price of what we paid when we first went there 6 years ago. I am happy to endure a cheap flight if it means more shopping money. Taking an overseas holiday is the only way I can get my workaholic husband to take a break. If we are out of the country he can't sneak into work.
I have heard it said that Singapore is too sterile, a concrete jungle with too many rules. But that is exactly what I love about the place.
Sterile= immaculately clean streets, no mosquitoes and no food poisoning.
Concrete jungle = Fantastic shopping opportunities, beautiful historical buildings and well maintained residences.
Rules = people are courteous, low crime rate and I can walk the streets without fear of being mugged (there were 8 armed hold ups within the last week where I live, one of which was across the road from my work. yay)
Other things I love about Singapore are the lush tropical gardens and of course the amazing array of food. I could eat all day and night and still never get to try everything on offer.  I especially love the hawker centres which sell cheap and tasty food.  Also the shopping mall food courts are fantastic. I'm not really one for fine dining, but there are plenty of those options too.
I also discovered that Legoland is opening in Johor Bahru this month, so we will definitely be taking a day trip there. My son is a Lego geek, so we are going to surprise him with the trip and pretend we are going on a shopping trip to Malaysia. 
I am also keen to visit the new Marina Bay Sands,  Resorts World and Gardens by the Bay. So much to see and do on one little island.
Singapore and Malaysia made from Lego!