Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
A fairy birthday partyShe's walking!
So daylight savings has begun and with that starts that time of year where it is stinking hot as soon as you wake up in the morning,especially in my bedroom where the sun brightly streams in.I've started wearing a hat every morning for the 15 minute walk up to the train station.It's not even summer yet but the sun is so strong, but at least there's more daylight to enjoy after work.On Saturday night a friend hosted a lovely dinner party at her fairly new apartment,which is looking even better now with some floorboards.Dinner was fantastic,you would not have know this was her first time hosting a dinner party.We knew it would be a big night and there would be quite a lot of drinking so most of us stayed the night,i probably only managed about 4 hours sleep as i kept waking up every hour which i usual;ly do when not sleeping in my own bed.
On Sunday afternoon we celebrated my niece's 1st birthday with presents and cake at my sister's house.Only a week ago my niece was just taking 1 or 2 steps before collapsing and now she is running around everywhere,she's officially trouble.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
We didn't stop drinking champagne all night while we made several rounds of the store,You see when you're faced with so many shoes,you forget which ones you liked and where you last sw them.Probably because of some hideous recent trends,the shoes that were already reduced were much nicer than the new stock which was good for us.
After we had decided what to buy we stuck around for more free champagne and my friend showed her great skills in convincing random people they really did needed those shoes they were contemplating.
I was a little shocked to see a lady walking around with a raincoat for her Birkin so the rain wouldn't ruin the leather,only in Double Bay,darling!
We continued our drinking down at The Sheaf until just before 11pm and i felt very seedy when i saw a work colleague in the city on my way home so late at night,we had a little laugh when we saw each other the next morning,i think I've only just gotten the hangover and last night i was at home by 7:30pm which is very early for a Friday night.
I have a busy weekend ahead of me,off to do some shopping,making something for a friend's housewarming dinner tonight(she only bought the place 1 year ago but there have been renovations).Then tomorrow celebrating my niece's 1st birthday.
Edit:Forgot to add that during the week I had yum cha with work colleagues at Palace Chinese which this year won best yum cha at The Good Food Guide Awards.The dumplings and duck were great but my favourite mango pancakes were very disappointing,they lacked flavour as the mango pieces were not ripe at all.And some of the trolley ladies started speaking chinese to my colleagues which i thought was rude to exclude me,as they are Asian but not even they knew what the ladies were saying.Nothing can top Sky Phoenix for yum cha but hoping to try out Zilver soon.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
This morning i had to attend a memorial service and then it was off to my sister's place for lunch.It's stinking hot here right now and couldn't imagine going out later as planned so decided to come home and prepare champagne jelly with apples for my entry in the latest round of Sugar High Friday and wasn't happy to discover somebody had thrown out the pack of gelatin i had with the rest of my baking supplies.So here i am late on Sunday afternoon wondering where my weekend went and not looking forward to the week ahead and hoping my brother doesn't come home too late and can find some in the supermarket for me.
Friday, October 19, 2007
2008 Letterpress Calendar by ilee
Jaded earrings from ackoelade
I am officially addicted to Etsy.It's like a huge online marketplace for handmade items.I've bought quite a few things recently and have added more items and sellers to my list of favourites.It's such a great place to find something unique,cheaper than most stores and you're supporting independant artsists and designers.And who doesn't love getting things in the mail that aren't bills.Here are some recent things I have bought.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I had been to Summer Hill many times to visit a friend and had gone passed while on the bus but had never had a walk around.I realise i've come while my friend is overseas and realise i should have offered to collect her mail while she's gone,must remember that next time for friends.I get off the bus at Junction Road which is a short walk to the main shopping strip.I spot a vintage store called Scoop with some interesting things in the window,i walk in and say hi to the staff who are sitting around,they don't even look up and continue with their conversation,i have a look around,they mostly have mid 20th century furniture and vintage wallpaper,i spy a brown ostrich leather Hermes Kelly bag and am surprised that it has been labelled as a Birkin,I'm surprised by their error,or maybe they know a Birkin is far more covetable in the fashion world right now and the bag is more likely to be snapped up.
I walk up to the main shopping strip passing lovely old Victorian homes on the way.There are quite a few op shops and vintage stores and one in particular(forgot to note down the name) has so many great finds,i resist every temptation to purchase,i have to be on my very best behaviour.But i find these stores to be just as unfriendly as Scoop,you walk in and give them a smile and you get nothing back,there must be a clique in this community and they must small from a mile away that i'm a visitor.
I had read about Envy cafe which owned by the same people as Perama in Petersham and was looking forward to lunch in the courtyard under the jacaranda tree but it was full so walked across the road to Decolata cafe across the road.I must admit i chose this cafe for the interior,there are dark wood floors and Thonet chairs.It's mostly simple meals like sandwiches and there's a display cabinet with muffins and Italian sweets.I have to wait a few minutes as my sandwich arrives before my coffee but both don't disappoint.I've opted for the grilled chicken,greens,avocado and homemade mayonnaise which doesn't look impressive when placed in front of me but tastes amazing.
From the photo above,start in the centre and continie clockwise there's Cookies and Cream,Orange and Poppyseed,Hazelnut,Latte,White Chocolate,Banana and Madeira cake.
Monday, October 15, 2007
More great images from the latest issue of Donna Hay magazine.All white images are very common in most issues.In the first image i love the placement of the sieve to the side after having just dusted the desserts with icing sugar.
And the second image reminded me that i must learn from my mother how to make yoghurt.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
I'm hoping to have the rest of the weekend computer free.My 3 posts all yesterday made up for the lack of posts earlier in the week.
I'm not a frequent visitor to hotel bars but last night we were invited to the Sheraton Hotel's Conservatory Bar as a colleague was leaving to live overseas.The wine list was quite expensive so we decided to drink cocktails which were the average price you can expect to pay and i got to indulge in some apple martinis and champagne cocktails.I wasn't expecting much but the drinks were great and i loved having a the piano man in the corner crooning away.
I've decided I'd like to explore different areas of Sydney,thought about this last week after i had just visited McMahons Point for the first time and it's great seeing what's available in other suburbs.
Today I'm off to Summer Hill,it's become more popular in the last few years as it's quiet but still close to the city and i've read a great village feel.I've been there a few times to visit a friend but have never had a look around,i just go straight to her apartment.Also was remined of this area after Deborah's entry in Let's Travel To on Simply Photo.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
I had plans to attend the growers market on Saturday morning but after a friend couldn't make it,it lost it's appeal and i went back to bed.Hope Street markets were also on and i made a quick visit on my way to a friend's birthday.It was a stinking hot day,and i was beginging to sweat while walking through the back streets of Surry Hills.Once there you walked into a room that wasn't much cooler and the place was full with hardly anywhere to move,everybody was packed in like sardines.I did a quick round of the stalls,hoe anybody would have wanted to linger around i don't know,you just wanted to get out of there asap.
I found this gorgeous clutch made from vintage fabric from Kara Smith,when i saw the bag it instantly reminded me of this clutch that Soulemama had made.I would have also bought another gorgeous larger bag but i was on a budget,also bought a badge that was appropriate to give to a friend who was celebrating her birthday.
It was my first time in McMahons Point and it's such a a lovely area,the main strip is filled with cafes,delis and restaurants and the area looks over the harbour.We enjoyed a few hours drinking at the bar at the back of the Blues Point Hotel then later that night over to North Sydney for Mexican and margaritas at Had to Happen.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
There's been a tonne of books published recently about sea changes,life changes,finding yourself and so on.I decided to buy this one as i remember listening to her on Merrick and Rosso every morning on the radio and she was fun to listen to.Anybody would love to take a break for 6 months and travel the world and that's exactly what the author and her husband did and she finds it hard to let go in the beginning. I'm only about 30 pages into the book and even if the other themes of the book don't appeal it's lovely just for the travel stories.
It's made me think about my travel plans and i really just need to set a date for a trip and start planning,i tend to get ideas in my head,think about it for a while and then move on to something else.Need a little more focus right now.