Thursday, May 31, 2007
If it isn't enough for you that the Lindt bars are down to $1.99 a block at Woolies this week, we also have the return of the Free Lindt chocolate offer. Come on, what's better in life than free chocolate, especially when it's Lindt?
(Listening to: Angel Beach, The Third Wave)
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I love love LOVE the Loop compilations and consider them the Kinder Surprise of the CD world as they contain:
a CD! (full of excellent Kiwi music)
a DVD! (chockers with interesting Kiwi short films and music videos and stuff)
and (often, but not always) a Book! (bursting with Kiwi art, which I have, on occasion, framed thus stretching the giving power of the package even further)
Even better, this year they've set this year's design theme with me in mind. Bless...
(Listening to: Loop select 8, oddly enough)
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
(Listening to: Air, 10,000 Hz Legend)
Monday, May 28, 2007
(Listening to: The Killers, Read my Mind (go on, pretend to be surprised!))
Sunday, May 27, 2007
170: Design classics read about (only 693 to go before June 8th, when the books are due back).
152: Photos taken.
59: Number of times Killers' Read my mind Pet Shop Boys mix was played in car (rough estimate only).
45: Minutes stuck in traffic jam in the middle of nowhere on the way home.
11: Cupcakes knitted.
10: Boxes of Happy Feet smarties purchased.
4: Friends hung out with.
2: Op shops visited.
1: Birthday dinners eaten.
1: Birthday cakes presented.
0: Op shop purchases made.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Princess B got me a black foldable cutting board, which I already knew but held off opening until today. I'm in the middle of a major workroom overhaul and this will be the perfect finishing touch...
I also knew Kerry had got me a pristine vintage tracing and painting book because I saw it at Camberwell Markets and she bought it for me, making sure I knew it had to stay in it's wrapping until today. I am bursting with crafty ideas for the pictures:Then, in the what's in this package? category was some kiwifruit and pavlova soap (smells very very yummy and I can't wait til it's cured enough to use) and a new CD (See below) from Sis, which will make a nice change from the Pet Shop Boy's remix of The Killers' Read my Mind which I've been rather obsessed by since I heard it on Triple J Tuesday night and which has been on (very very) high rotate since I gave up and went out and bought the CD single yesterday. Such maturity...
And my last parcel for the morning, also from New Zealand, was from the lovely Tracy. Who sent a set of 5 black felt handcrafted cats (yay! now I can be an old spinster with lots of cats, but without the vet bills!), a bag of cream vintage daisy buttons and the most excellent book for reading in bed the morning of your 41st birthday...
I'm feeling terribly spoilt. Thanks girls!
(Listening to: Humphreys & Keen, The Overflow)
Sunday, May 20, 2007
The food (of course) was delicious:(Unfortunately, by the time we got back to these yummy looking strawberry pastries they'd all gone so we didn't get to try them):They had wonderful looking mini pears which I was told I had to take a photo of:And here are two (of many!) reasons why I love The Hyatt so much:
1. The staff are all dressed in 1920s style uniforms (this is Fred the Doorman)And the Hotel itself is is very Prairie School style which I have a new appreciation of after my trip to Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings in Chicago this time last year....
(Listening to: Salmonella Dub, One drop east)
Friday, May 18, 2007
Caffeine Faerie has got a place to live - now she needs stuff to live with....
"Anyway, this is a general shout out - we have the essentials - you know - glassware, tea cups and a teapot, a bed, and Magpie's made the arrangements to get a fridge, washing machine and those appliancey sorts of things.
But that is the sub-total of everything we have - so if anybody has anything - bookshelves, desks, chairs, drawers, cutlery, crockery, etc, that you intended to ship off to the Salvos*, we would be more than happy to look after it in the interim while we save up to buy our own furniture and stock. (And we will be happy to sent it on to the Salvos ourselves). *We call them the sallies in NZ, so I'm getting used to this new term. :)
Anything would be appreciated. You can get hold me of either through the notes on my blog, or at arwenamin (at) gmail (dot) com. There will be cake/cookies/yummy stuff of the food variety in repayment. "
I think I'll be attacking my top cupboards this weekend...
1. It's now winter so all the flies have buggered off
2. It'll be a pain to find a space to keep it (although I did toy with the idea that I could use it as a light shade...)
But I had to have it - It's black (never seen a black cake cover before...), it was only $12.95, the last one there and, of course, how could I pass up those daisies?!
And underneath the cake cover? One of 5 pairs of black rubber gloves I picked up at Homebase for a whopping $1.99 a pair. I can now be slightly more coordinated when I do the dishes (the yellow ones I had were bugging me). Now if only I'd bought those white sponges I spied at Crate and Barrel (and talked myself out of) last year in New York, I'd be completely sorted.While I was in Woden I had lunch with the lovely Taph who handed me a bag containing the above while saying "This is NOT a birthday present so you can open it immediately."!
Yay! More Maxwell Williams (I'm feeling quite frustrated at the lack of rimmed bowls and dinner plates I've managed to spot recently so this cheered me up a little) and a 1993 IKEA catalogue to add to my collection. I'm saving it to read on a special occasion...And if I wasn't feeling spoilt enough already, in the mail this morning was this package from Kara who had kindly sent me (all the way from England) the only Sophie Kinsella I've not read yet (hardback, even!) plus a backup supply of Boots toothbrushes. Because a 6 year supply isn't enough, you know...
(Listening to: Afterdark Chicago)
Thursday, May 17, 2007
The party is always fabulous. Dressing up is optional (I opted out this year and last time I just wore one of my stripy shirts and pretended I was french) but Kerry and Dermuid always outdo themselves:(In case you can't read Kerry's badge, it says "Hello my name is Nana. Please note Dermuid's fine collection of ABBA bubblegum cards on the fridge, and admire the bottom half of his costume below:) Each year we have to pick a flag at random (this year it was out of a vintage ABBA vinyl case) and there are a couple of traditions involving them. If a song is particularly dire the chant of "burn! burn! burn!" starts around the room. And whoever "owns" the flag of that country has to ceremoniously throw it in the fire.
There is also voting under topical themes. For instance, this year I got to be Finland and won the Paris Hilton's "Stars are blind" Jail Bird Song Award which meant I was presented with the following classy prizes:I've included a picture of the voting sheet as the voting system was simplified last year. Each person is given a sheet of stickers with one sticker for each category. There is a piece of paper representing each of the countries hung on the wall. You simply stick your stickers onto the country's paper when you decide to vote for them. Result: final counting much simplified! (See action shot below)Oh, you want to know what some of the categories were this year?
* Dig me up before you Go-Go...!! Anna Nicole Smith Best Dressed Award (Ukraine)
And speaking of Ukraine, why didn't they win...
instead of K D lang and Sean Lennon's love child with The Madonna Clones? I don't speak Serbian but imagine the poor thing was singing about how she only had white sneakers and everyone else had black high heels and how she wished she could afford black high heels.
Also high on my list (but, alas, it would seem, no one in Europe's) was the UK entry. Which I think Richard Branson should adopt immediately as the Virgin theme song:
Oh yes, the postcards. There was knitting (once) and Libraries (twice!)
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
So the big Eurovision final post will have to wait and instead I'll share with you my photos from Monday.
I had no real plans for the day except lunch with someone I'd known briefly when I lived in Sydney almost 10 years ago and had regained contact with. Oh, and a plane in the afternoon (with a guest pass for the Qantas Club kindly donated by the boys). Kerry was working so I was on my own...
First up I thought I might do a 2 hour walking tour of The Golden Mile, which started at 10am. But the weather was inclement so I decided not to tempt fate.
Then I decided, since I was down at Federation Square anyway, to go check out the Focus on Punk season at ACMI. Except they weren't screening anything that day.
So I checked out the three gift shops in the complex (ACMI, The National Design Centre and The Ian Potter Centre, where I spotted this 1/6 scale Vitra miniature Marc Newson Lockheed Lounge. A snip at $1,200.)
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I was doing pretty well at Camberwell Markets. I'd successfully sidestepped this stall:but was sunk when it came to needles (especially those still in original packaging for $2 a pair).
And it got worse. We went to Chapel Street Bazaar, and my favorite stall: where I bought more needles ($1 a pair. I rest my case)
I had a laugh when I spied this lot for $55:(I bought Pink Trees' set for 50 cents a piece)
And then I saw a smaller version of what Pink Trees bought me, for $45!Kerry and I took a tram back to the boys' placeand discovered the friendliest tram driver in Melbourne, who wanted me to drive the tram and kept suggesting (through the glass) that I ditch Kerry and go home with him. Oddly enough, I didn't show him the bottles of bubbly we had on board for the party that evening...
(Listening to: OneTwo, Item)
This, in our opinion, was the entry which should have won Eurovision 2007. Instead it didn't even make it through to the final :-(
Luckily, Nick burnt a DVD of it which we played during every commercial break of Sunday's final (another thing I'm not too keen on - it's just wrong for SBS to have commercials in the middle of programmes...)
Here's the other entry I think should have gone through, and not just because of the delicious jackets in the video clip (where the hell is Andorra, anyway?)
And I thought Austria's entry was pretty cool (once I worked out that wasn't a giant vagina but rather a large red AIDs ribbon...)