Saturday, March 31, 2012

Flowers for a wedding

I've been busy working with Vasette Flowers on Brunswick Street for the wedding. I had in mind some war time make do and mend - flowers straight from the garden in whatever containers are available.

We're going for chrysanthemums, my favourite flowers, and bunches of herbs, because I love green! Friends have been very kind and pitched in with their vintage jugs and vases.- Toodle Pip!

Miss Grey

New pretties for a new dress. I'm remaking Colonel Mustard and this time with my head screwed on properly! It's going to be beautiful! - Toodle Pip!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Colonel Mustard, in the library, with a romance author

In a programming coup, I got New York Times best selling romance author Stephanie Laurens to speak at the library. And what an awesome lady she is! She was so so nice, her talk on reading genre fiction was fantastic and inspiring and the audience adored her. I love doing programs. Stephanie kindly gave her time for free because she likes to support public libraries. How great is that? And she liked my outfit! - Toodle Pip!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Colonel Mustard in the library with the lead piping

I know I studied the pattern. But clearly comprehension wasn't on the agenda that day. I was so busy looking at the wretched pleats that I didn't look at anything else - which means that I ran into a few problems... Like sewing the collar on back to front. Like using new interfacing that I now think is rubbish. I got up to look at it in the middle of the night, convinced I'd sewn the skirt on backwards. And I had. I've said this before but this time I mean it - never sewing from a mail order pattern again. Meant for rural and poorer folk, they were cheaply produced - I've never found one that doesn't have a problem. Lines that should be straight - curve. Front pieces are longer than back pieces. The seam allowances are a miserly 3/8" - absolutely no room for error or alteration - or fraying seams. Pattern pieces don't exist - I found I needed to draft particular pieces myself. I'm annoyed that I made so many mistakes. I don't know where my head was at. But I will say, for a disaster, it's very pretty. Just got to cut OVER ONE FOOT off the hem (ie, most of my lovely pleats) and then we're done. Sigh. Need. New. Head. - Toodle Pip!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Toasty toes!

Goodness me! I'm pretty sure I need to get me some of these! Now that the weather's all grey and rainy there's nothing like some jewel toned wool to raise the spirits. If only we weren't saving for a wedding! Maybe my mum can knit socks (hint hint!) - These are from

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


I came home from work sick today and after a snooze on the sofa with some kitties I feel much better! Mr Chairman made the haberdashery store run again and look what I've got!

For making (on the left...)

Now that cheers me up! I would have happily gone on making the same pattern but this will be a challenge. Going to spend tonight studying the pattern.- Toodle Pip!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Bad hair day

Seriously. I got to work and my hair was a mess and I poked a hole through a new stocking and it pretty much went downhill from there. Even the power of a new dress and girdle didn't help. I feel fat, bad skinned and tired. And my hair is still a mess.

Blah! Just finished reading Agatha Christie: Murder In The Making. What an astoundingly creative woman. I am in awe. She pretty much had half a dozen solutions for every mystery. I'm still hanging out for an undiscovered novel. The book could have done with a little more literary criticism - despite what people think, she was a very clever writer. Still, if you want a glimpse into her creative processes ( and the fifteen different names she proposed for each character - in detail) this is the book for you! - Toodle Pip!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


ELP = extra love patterns. Pieces missing, tears, no instructions. But cheap! This is my current fave pattern.

I've made it twice already and each time I'm so proud! Today my sweetie bought me some fabric. I know it drives him nuts but I love it when he chooses it for me.

Hmm, crappy phone photo! It's a luscious cream with burgundy leaves and it's perfect for early autumn. I have some perfect vintage oval buttons in charcoal that are going to look great with it. This was a real treat as we're supposed to be on a wedding budget! Can't wait til we can shop again - I'm going to top up on fabric for some autumnal frocks. And Jack is doing really well. Bright eyed and bushy tailed. Back on the pavement and getting lots of food and laps from strangers. People can be kind. Thank you all for your concern. - Toodle Pip!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My cat Jack

After a bit of a kitty cancer scare things are looking a bit more positive. Actually things are looking nasty and swollen and bloody. Poor Jack. He has an infected leg and it's three times its normal size and looks very hurty. But it's better than it was yesterday. Stressful.