Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cup and saucer swap

In my recent blog about a reunion of friends, I mentioned we are taking a cup and saucer to swap.  This little darling seemed to suit all the lovely ladies and so became my choice.
Also on the agenda at the reunion is a cake stand workshop.  My friend Trindy and I are the cake stand fiends and will take along some plates.  These were my choice, Trindy chose lovely flowery plates.  She is the cake stand Queen.
Hope you like my bargains.  They were only a couple of dollars each. 
Il take pics of the finished stands after the workshop.
Next, we choose a book to swap.  Trindy said she has trouble parting with books so maybe the books could come home after they travel !
I'm sure, knowing us there will be mire fun ideas emerge. Il keep you posted.
Ten years ago, when we had our girls "farewell" weekend.  I  did sketching and painted a picture for each friend.
Trindy wrote a journal and bound a copy for each of us.  Shelleigh collected shells and glass and gave us a collection.  Jo took photos. 
Some of my thrifted plates for cake stand.
So you may gather, this is a gathering of wonderful friends. Can't wait!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Up cycling family bed cover

 I have made cushion covers from a very very old cotton bedspread completely worn through in places.
Still a shabby corner on this one but will last years I'm sure. The cotton is so thick and spotlessly clean. I think il get four large or two large and several small covers.  Il keep you posted. 
Think they will look great on a bed.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Re-union plans

As many of you know, Low Head is my favorite place on the planet.
We lived there for many years and still have a cottage there.
10 years ago five friends decided to have a girls weekend at the Pilot Station( cottages are historic ) to farewell one of our circle of friends, Jo.
Jo and her family were off to Chile.
We gathered on the Friday evening like school kids on camp.  We had organized food, wine, activities etc.
It was a huge success and we dined on those stories for years.
Next Month, we are re living the adventure.  Jo came back, via a few years in W. A. 
The menu is organized. We have one  of the group running a class on cake stand making. We will run a book swap. Each of us will bring a tea cup and saucer to swap. Something to remind us of our friends.
We will all take time out from family, work, and life in general and review the past 10 years no doubt.  So much has happened. But for us the celebration will be that we are all still healthy and happy.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A fun Dinner

Last week, we held a dinner party for a couple of girls who are heading to Paris on an art residency. 
For me, the room is as important as the food, so French theme was set!
This print was very kindly given to me by clients last year and for this night it held centre stage.  I dragged every French related book out and included all my art books.  Little mementos I'd gathered on trips, and a gift for each guest of a photograph from Paris printed on A3.
The room was full of candles and flowers and it looked great.
We bought some fairly reasonably priced French wine.  The menu started off with Pate and champers. The main meal was a provincial style banquet which really is just another way of saying roast chook!
Desert was a yummy cake the guest of  honor brought along.
Out came all the lively crystal and china from my early married days and a French dinner party was under way.
I had such fun dressing the house.  The best part was the mad rush to tidy and polish!!
Many years ago, my husband and I entertained a great deal at home.  It seems to be something City folks don't do.  Think il get back into it!
Maybe themed nights are the way back. 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Tip on cooking fish

We were given a great tip on cooking fish recently.  Cut you fish into pieces and soak in milk. Roll in flour.   Fry in a little vegetable oil. For some reason the milk seems to eliminate a lot if the fishy smell and the fish tastes so good.
This fish was flounder. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Weekend Fun

A gorgeous rainbow at Federation Square
Meet my friend Margie.  We have been lucky to find cheap flights to Melbourne this weekend and are having a wonderful time with our friends and shack partners.  Marg and Vince.
They are childrens entertainers and Vince is a singer songwriter.  Today Marg and I have painted silk forlittle scarves she sells to go with their children's rainbow song.  I ran a child care centre for many years and I know just how popular this flag waving song is.  This afternoon we travelled into Melbourne to the wonderful Fred Williams exhibition St Federation. Sq.
I'm a huge fan and feel inspired to paint a large canvas. Tonight a poet friend is staying here so the dinner conversation will be very funny. 
Tomorrow night we are attending a friends book launch and play reading.
So all in all a full on art inspired weekend with the nicest people you can imagine.  We feel very lucky.
I did catch up with my boys in the week so I feel the Mothers day love.
Hope your all having a nice weekend. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

My new bike

Look what I found when I arrived home from work yesterday!!
My husband and I pass a cycle shop on our walks.  At Christmas time a bike like this was in the window with sold sticker attached.  I used to stop and fantasize about cycling at Low head(as it's very flat and a safe cycle path all the way to George Town along the rivers edge).
My dear husband must have ordered this or spotted another.
I shrieked with delight when I saw it and can honestly say it was the happiest moment in a very long time.  I think as wives and mothers we spent huge amounts of energy making other people happy and to be on the receiving end of such a gift is something I will always remember and appreciate. I couldn't believe it.
I loved cycling as a girl and had a bike when we were first married. It was replaced by a pram!! 
I will find a basket for the front, pack our thermos and cycle along the river as often as I can.  (my husband has a nice bike)
This cycle is called an Amsterdam by Electra.  Not sure of a name for her.
Any suggestions?

Friday, May 4, 2012

Lunch catch up

A perfect escape for lunch and a catch up with my friend Anne today.
This beautiful old building was once a tannery, now a fantastic cafe near Longford.  The room is is an eclectic mix of antique and vintage furniture, beautiful prints of far away cities, candles, a roaring fire and a friendly dog.
The food was tasty and beautifully cooked.  A great selection of wine and very good coffee. 
The garden is beautiful.  All in all a great place to visit.  Reminded me of