Sunday, September 30, 2007
* Did some housework
* Sewed some bags (I'm well on track for tomorrow's shop update)
* Made it to the gym (and celebrated by putting up my weights)
* Attended a lecture at National Archives (love this building)on Conserving the Griffins' vision (I saw someone knittingand was most nonplussed that I hadn't thought to take any with me. Where's Taph when you need her?)
I also saw some appalling grammar:but being able to eyeball the original drawings for the competition at such close quarters made up for that:* And now, to round things off nicely, I'm off to have a pot luck dinner with a bunch of friends.
* Black zipfront hoodie
Total In this week: 7
Saturday, September 29, 2007
I managed to get dressed in my gym clothes but never made it to the gym (having the correct outfit on has got to count for something, right?!)
I cleaned out my office and discovered my desktop, did 4 loads of washing, no sewing (but sorted through some old magazines.)
And that was about it.
Just what I needed after The Week That Was...
Friday, September 28, 2007
* My weekly accounts
* Changed my bathroom & kitchen towels and my bed
* Staggered across to the Post Office to post a couple of eBay parcels.
* Cleaned up the mess of stuff on the office floor (and cursed the late arrival of stock from Sydney which means there is still stuff on the floor instead of having been packaged up, had invoices sent, payments made and also put in the post.)
* Worked on my blog Blurb book (at the rate I'm going I should have the first year of my blog Blurbed by, oh, 2017...)
* Was interviewed by The Sydney Morning Herald about IKEA Hacking (!)
* Added myself to the mailing list for the 2008 Jasmax Film Festival ("celebrating architecture") in New Zealand so I find out what's happening in time to arrange to get over there next year, rather than reading all about the goodies on offer in NZ Home and Entertaining a month after it's all finished.
* Sorted out the bag-sewing situation for the countdown to a shop update on Monday: cut out some missing bits, ironed a lot of bits, sewed a lot of bits together and made some more printer fabric sheets for pockets for the new knitting bags I'm working on.
* Did some work-work even though it's a non-work day. (This is getting to be a habit - I've racked up about 12 hours work-work on non-work days in the past 3 weeks...)
* Dropped off some free Powerhouse Museum passes to someone who's heading to Sydney for the weekend and staying just round the corner in Pyrmont.
* Delivered 5 bags of clothing from Taph to The Women's Refuge.
* Picked up my credit card which I'd left behind at Das Kapital last night (whoops!)
* Mowed the front lawn (it's only been on my To Do list since last Saturday...)
And now I'm supposed to go to a 5:45 Pump class at the gym.
Like that's going to happen after today...
I think the lawn mowing can count as aerobic exercise and I'll drift towards my lovely fresh clean bed with a glass of Banrock Station's finest, a pile of magazines and CDs. And spend an evening at home for a change this week. (I'd buy a Turkish pide for dinner but I don't think I have the energy to make it to the front gate, let alone over to Turk 'Oz...)
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The craziness started yesterday when I got a call from Princess B's sister saying she was in town for work and had a delivery for me. And I realised that she had A CAR. And was heading back TO SYDNEY. And if I got organised I could get her to drive Princess B's birthday and Christmas presents back up with her and, for a change, Princess B might get pristinely wrapped presents rather than the usual delivery of packages that have been through the hell that is 3.25 hours in the hold of a Murrays Bus.
There was just one small problem (of course!) One of the largest presents wasn't actually completed as I (working on the whole Just In Time Management theory) planned to finish it this weekend. So lunchtime yesterday saw me in a mad frenzy of making and wrapping (yep - a new record. I was wrapping Christmas presents on September 25th...)
But I got it all sorted and packed into the car in exchange for a collection of shipping boxes and, more importantly, packing peanuts - something I refuse to buy and which Princess B seems to be very good at keeping me supplied with...Just as well, really, as it would seem the wrapping of the Christmas presents was the signal of the start of the Christmas season. This is the view from my desk today:teetering piles of dolls house furniture waiting to be posted out once I get payment. Good timing on the packing peanuts, Princess B!
In the last 24 hours I've also managed to make it to Stitch 'n' Bitch in Woden (where there was discussion of a new home for the Northside meeting), promise Georgie that there's a new range of knitting bags due up in my Made It store on October 1st, cut out said bags, visit the vet with George and J (George the cat seems to have decided that having a pierced eyebrow is de rigour. I don't think he realised you're not supposed to piece it with another cat's teeth...), finally see the Miniature Magic painting exhibition at Yarralumla Gallery (which weren't miniature at all according to my definition but reignited by mad plan to hold a proper exhibition of 1/12th scale original artworks), buy some goodies for J's garden next door at the nursery, check out the new Sculpture Gallery at the National Gallery (plus have lunch with J & M in the members' lounge), have coffee with Barb at Exodus and then, err, stagger home and collapse.
And on top of that I'm excited to see that Remo is offering a Buy one get one free offer on its T shirts plus is launching a Design'O'matic "a place where our CustOMERS will be able to create, save, compile, manicure and earn royalties from the sale of their own deigns at REMO."
So I can cross Work out how much it would cost to bank a Cafepress cheque from the USA off my list of things to do and just wait for the local version. Excellent news!
On the other hand I'm grumpy to notice that the Italian Film Festival isn't offering Forever Vespa in Canberra and it's on the day before I arrive in Sydney. Rats!
Oh, yeah, speaking of rats, I have an invite to see Ratatouille as a guest at The ANU Film Group on October 21st. For free. Yay!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Using an idea from Pink Trees a few months back to create the leaves.
The only thing is I think I like it too much to wear to bed...
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
* US voltage hair straightener
Total In this week: 69 (gulp!)
Total Out this week: 76
Friday, September 21, 2007
But since I was out at EPIC, I figured I should swing past Mitchell Salvos. And once I left there Miss Daisy sort of automatically headed up over the new Gunghalin Drive extension to visit Colleen at Belconnen Vinnies and Ken at Belconnen Salvos. It was Friday, after all...
I bought some patterns for Taph at Vinnies so had to head to Woden to drop them off to her. And once again Miss Daisy just automatically headed for Phillip Vinnies and parked outside.
But that's not all. In the spirit of a dieter who's just eaten a large slice of chocolate mud cake and ends up devouring the rest in one sitting as they've already falied, I finished the day by picking up the two guide books I'd had my eye on for months. Brand spanking new. With no discount.
So let's have a count of the damage:12 books and CDs from the Lifeline Bookfair. Plus:
* 7 lots of fabric masquerading as linen (Hello, my name is The Shopping Sherpa and I'm a fabric addict.)
* 1 summer dress.
* 1 book to Book Cross on the cruise ("Hey kids! You're on a ship. Let's read about another ship which sank and lots of people DIED!") and another to read. Then sell.
* Spy Kids DVD. Yay! I love Spy Kids!
* The two guide books just mentioned...
* (Not really seen) a perspex pamphlet holder just in case I actually stop frittering away my days off work, make some bags and have a stall which requires some information to be displayed..
* (This is a killer): 15 pairs of knitting needles. Do I need them? No. Do I like my ever changing knitting needle sculpture? Hell, yes!
* Hangy thing for displaying err things somewhere like err a stall...
Total: 42 so far today
But wait! There's more!
* 3 very cool Enid Gilchrist pattern books (which I hope to eBay with much success very very soon, if only to redress the balance of my Seven Things Spring... (I'm desperate so also open to swap suggestions...)45
* The Life issue which covered Jim Henson's death. *Sniff*46
* Two wooden jigsaws - one about sewing (how cool is that?!) and one with Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Still deciding if these are swap material or eBay material.
As Taph so plaintively put it this morning as we had a coffee at the Bookfair "Why didn't we give ourselves a Get out of jail free card since we knew Lifeline was coming up this month?"
I hear you Sister!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
* The Rumble Strips: Thanks to a piece in US Elle which used the words "Soul" "Ska" "joyful" and the phrase "compared to Dexy's Midnight Runners", I was intrigued. Thanks to the joys of Youtube, I was hooked. Roll on the CD (or is that being terribly old fashioned in this era of downloads?)
Monday, September 17, 2007
And so it came to pass that Private W. Conway of the 9th Australian Division is featured on a second one-of-a-kind bag: This time, lined with knitting fabric:
At first I think I can just stain it with the wenge coloured gel stain I have. But after mulling it over for a while I come up with this rough sketch:Paint the base white (not sure if it's going to be "chippy" yet or not) and the top to look like zinc. I think I'm going with that whole "light Swedish" look.
The fun bit finished, the messy bit starts:1. I decide the table top definitely has to be replaced. So the table goes into the microwave with a cup of water and is nuked in 30 second increments until the glue is soft enough that I can prise the top off (from the back edge so any marks will be hidden when the piece is finished. I think it took about 5 minutes in total)
2. I draw around the original top onto a piece of basswood the same thickness...
3. ...and cut it out with my scroll saw (if you don't have one of these a metal ruler and stanley knife would work just as well.)
4. I discover I do have a silver spray can lid after all (drats!), which happens to be attached to a can of silver leaf spray paint. I spray the table top with several coats, sanding well in between to get rid of the woodgrain.
5. After popping out to buy more off-white acrylic paint (mine is so old it has solidified in the tin) I paint the base.
6. After everything is dry I glue the table top back onto the base using PVA glue.
7. I consider giving the the top a well-worn look by carefully placing it onto a patch of concrete and pressing gently until it has the right amount of battering. But I decide I like the pristine look better.
And so it is that we arrive here: Bricks: Precision Products 1101, $15.95 from a show. Flooring: "Marble" contact paper. Side table: See above. Framed doily: See above. Jug: I have no idea. There's a mark on the bottom which is no help in remembering where or when I got it! Covered bowl: From eBay - I believe it was part of a dime store miniature tea set. Woven lidded basket: Ahhh... This is where I start to understand the thinking behind keeping track of your purchases as, again, I have no idea who made it or how it came to be with me... Wool: Yay! I know this one! Shell: From a box bought at a mini show years ago for $4.50. Shopping bag: AMEA freebie.)
Sunday, September 16, 2007
* August 2007 Wallpaper magazine
* August 2007 Living Etc magazine
* 4 yards Michael Miller K2P2 fabric (partly for a bag I promised to make for Taph)
* Burda pencil skirt pattern, courtesy of Taph
* Howards Storage World catalogue, also courtesy of Taph
* Small furry zebra stripe pouch, again from Taph
* Two raw wood dolls house furniture pieces from Twitchy Fingers (side table and cupboard)
* CD - Erasure, Light at the end of the world
* CD - Ben Watt, Buzzin Fly Vol 4
* 7 CDs from Cuzzie C
* 12 frugalled goodies as shown on Thursday
* 8 black T shirts
* Summer dress
* Cable turtle
* 1 pair laddered pantihose, 1 pair holey socks: binned
* 11 ancient UK marie claires, 15 books and 23 design supplements: donated to Lifeline Bookfair
Total Out this week: 100
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
In the meantime I printed off some letters accidentally which got framed in wee box frames - pictures to follow when the lighting's better....
This afternoon as I was cleaning out a drawer as part of Seven Things Spring I came across a packet of magnetic paper and since I was in a present making frame of mind I had an aha! moment.
I spelled out my friend's name on Spell with Flickr, changing the letters until I had a pleasing combination.
I then copied the code and pasted it into an empty blog post. Switched to preview mode and picked up the picture.
Opened word and pasted the picture onto a landscape format. Played with the size of each image until they were the same height as each other.
Chucked the magnetic paper into the printer and printed using best quality. Waited for it to dry, tried cutting the letters using a cutter but gave up and used scissors.
And that's it. I'm a genius, if I say so myself!
(Oh, and Princess B, if you're reading this you see noooothing....)
I used Premier 12mm 2 part self cover buttons from Lincraft, made following the instructions but leaving out the plastic backing. I then superglued the drawing pin on the back using the button covering tool to press it together. Easy peasy!
This set is a gift but I'm very tempted to make another set for myself...
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