Sunday, April 29, 2012

The other side...

I spent Saturday entertaining the troops in South Melbourne so I was looking forward to a jaunt on Sunday. I woke up pretty convinced that I needed a faux fur cape. We headed over to the other side of the river to Brunswick Street. Ostensibly I was there to do some canny off season linen buying but it's hard to stay excited by something you won't be sewing for 6 months. And after my morning fur epiphany I easily got side tracked by this: I didn't buy any - this time. It's not part of my winter sewing plan and it's pretty exxy. But it's been on my mind ever since we left the store... As for the rest of Fitzroy, you can keep your over priced 70s furniture, drunk koories and 80s 'vintage'. Le crap. - Toodle Pip!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Traveling abroad

We've booked our tickets. Me and my honey are off to London, with side trips to the Continent. A pretty scary amount of money spending is coming up! - Toodle Pip!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

ANZAC Day: Changi Songbook

I got treated to a fabulous concert on ANZAC Day: a recital of the Changi Songbook. These were the original songs composed by the AIF Changi Concert Party, a troupe of talented prisoners who performed for POW in Singapore in WW2. The songs are fantastic 1940s fare but they're also so much more. They reflect the humour and hopes of the 22 000 Australian prisoners. The show was interspersed by stories of the prisoner experience, jokes from their pantos and images of POW life. It was terribly moving. As there commander said after the war, "The medical units kept the men fit while the Concert Party did all they could to keep the men's spirit alive". The performance was a bit ragged and the band didn't exactly swing but one of the performers completely captured the 1940s singing style and overall it was a joy and a privilege to watch.

It also reminded me that one of the two composers of the material, Slim de Grey, appears in the excellent ABC miniseries Changi. The show also features a depiction of a performance by the Concert Party. It's a fantastic series and I think I'll be watching it again. - Toodle Pip!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Morning tea

My mum and my sister have arrived for the wedding. We went to the gallery for tea: scones and eclairs and cupcakes and delicate savouries. Yum yum! Then a spot of shopping. L'Uccello of course, where I got some buttons for a new dress. A beautiful headpiece with vintage millinery flowers from the antique store next door. I also got an early birthday present which is going to be really hard not to unwrap! A book on 1940s fashion.

Plus I wore a new dress. I really need to take the belt in. I keep making them too loose. I reckon i'm still a pretty calm bride but it's possible my family might push me over the edge! And tomorrow I've an event at the library. What crazy librarian organises a function two days before her wedding? Crikey.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sick bunny rabbit

I've still got an upset tummy. Finally had to go to the doctors and now on antibiotics. Hopefully they start working soon! Been sewing up a storm! Made two dresses and almost finished an ascot scarf. Except I didn't adjust the tension for the fine lawn I used so I might have to start again. Family starts to arrive soon! - Toodle Pip!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Autumn colour

I get excited with the change of seasons - planning my new wardrobe. None of which ever really works out because the choice of fabrics here is pretty limited. But if I did have my way...

- Toodle Pip!