Thursday, January 26, 2012

Playing in the park..

We walk Teddy twice a day and one of his favourite walks is around Blackwattle Bay, Glebe. I find it so peaceful walking around there and Ted always finds another Schnauzer to play with.

He is a bit of a breed snob, so this is a good thing. If there is another breed of dog, he will just walk on by and pretend it isn't even there.


When I was 14 my parents bought me a sewing machine because I did sewing at school. When I moved out of home at 18 and left it there for storage my Mum decided it was to be hers and I never got it back.

Fast forward a few years and I decided I need a hobby and that I missed sewing, so my parents bought me a machine for Christmas. They bought me a Singer 2277 Tradition. It's entry level and at the moment, it is perfect.
Mum is really crafty and has bags and bags of material and lots of little bits and pieces, so she let me raid her stash and I got some really beautiful vintage materials.. The only problem is that I am not sure if I would actually wear any of them, so I am trying to figure out how I can best use them. 

So far, I've made my Cousin's little girl a skirt and nappy cover (I forgot to take pics), a skirt for myself which I need to fix and a top for myself.

The top was made using the Colette Sorbetto top (free) pattern. I used a black and white striped material which I bought for $10/m from Lincraft. I lengthened the pattern about 1inch because I like the length to be a little longer.. though, it is still too short for my liking.

I am not really that brown.. I love photoshop!

I love the top! For my first proper project, I am really proud of how it came out. I can't wait to make more!

I am also looking to buy some dress patterns to make some nice summer dresses. Colette have some good ones, though I think I would prefer a few more casual dresses. 
Does anyone have any recommendations?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Iphone pics

 Teddy, my sweet boy
 Teddy is such a mans dog. He loves S so much!
 Japanese Yen
 A cool bar in Tokyo
 Art in said cool bar
 Aww, Ted.
 Live Jazz at the Park Hyatt, Tokyo
 Dressed up for drinks
 Playing with headbands
 Christmas gift. Pink, grey, brown and purple. Not sure about the brown.

Back to reality

S and I got back from Japan on the 7th and have been really busy since. Japan was amazing! We spent the first week in Hakuba where we skied. The snow was amazing! So so powdery and so awesome to ski on. I was really apprehensive before we went about the skiing, as I've never really enjoyed it in Australia, but Hakuba certainly changed my mind!

The second week was spent in Tokyo which was also fantastic. I didn't realise the shopping there was so good and came home with a new Winter wardrobe.

 The ski mountains
 It snowed a lot overnight...

 Blizzarding on the slopes
 Showing how deep the snow is. This is outside our accommodation.
 The trees looked like glass trees
 The view from our room
 Snow monkeys!
 The only family of monkeys in the world that use hot springs

 We bought fireworks..

 The view from The Peak Lounge - Park Hyatt, Tokyo
 Amazing view!
 Mount Takao Shrine
 Tokyo City is so clean and modern
The view from the New York Bar, 52nd Floor of the Park Hyatt, Tokyo.