29 March 2010

Hello Back Again

 Hi All

Well have had a really busy last couple of weeks which have just started easing off...... finally! I worked on Saturday but Sunday was all mine!!!!!!

I managed to enthuse my other half to leave the safety of his laptop and leave the house in search of coffee and food. We ended up at Fruits of Passion in Kensington a favourite little spot of mine (I know...I have so many). Kensington is another suburb that I like to spend time in I feel really at home as it reminds me a little of North Hobart (another fav spot of mine) with its hilly streets and old weatherboard and stone buildings. It always feel quite lofty and open. I love the classically Melbourne cluster of shops lining parts of the main strip that buzz with activity, the Railway station smack in the middle of it (I have access envy). Coffee at FOP is well made very homey and flavoursome, and their poached eggs are perfect.  The vibe in the cafe is good with a group of tables out under the victorian verandah making for pleasant outdoor dining. It is very busy a lot of the time and sometimes a wait is needed to get a table. But the wait is worth it and the consolation is there is lots to look at while you wait. In fact it is probably one of the very few places that I dont mind waiting for a table. Afterwards we took a lovely stroll down the street to the car taking in the eclectic collection of architectural styles that make Kensington so special. Here have a look yourself!

Fruits of Passion
188 Bellair St
Kensington 3031 VIC

 stan itching to get back to his work

20 March 2010

Happy Happy Happy RIver Cafe Footscray

Happy River Cafe
45 Moreland St,
Footscray VIC 3011
(03) 9689 3244

open all week 8am-6‎pm

Happy Happy Happy

I was at a loose end last Sunday....husband working........ family away at a wedding.... and me with no real plans except housework, washing and other mundane things. The afternoon turned into a beautiful sunny day with cool fresh breeze and having no car I set off for a walk into Footscray and ended up past the station and onto the river. Now Ive heard about the Happy River Cafe and Footscray Community Arts Centre but hadnt actually got round to spending time there and in hindsight I couldn't have picked a better day. 

It was a really lovely way to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon. I had brunch homemade baked beans (nice smokey flavour) spinach and crusty bread as well as my usual coffee. It was all good no complaints food and coffee were delicious. Then it was time to wander round the surrounding gardens and community centre. The waterfront garden was the perfect place to park myself on soft grass and watch the world go by. Finally picked myself up and headed off to the Melbourne Museum of Printing (MMOP). Ill post about this later. Later I headed back to the River Cafe to meet husband for a drink and happily discovered they sell my favourite sparkly by the glass…..bliss!
the thing I really liked about the cafe was the mix of people enjoying the day and the venue. The actual venue of cafe and surrounding garden meant that families had the luxury of relaxing on the lawns on mats and tables (provided) and big shady umbrellas whilst the kids happily played with baskets of toys (provided) without getting under the feet of waiting staff or other patrons. It truly was an enjoyable community experience one I will happily do again.

13 March 2010

vintage buttons, sisterly love and Koumpounophobia

Sorry for late postings but have had pooter and network troubles grrrr!


Vintage Buttons are beautiful objects I always feel excited when I find one or more! on my travels. 
I love looking at them up close.
I like them free of fabric just being a design object in its own right.

I often think the depth of my love of buttons comes from the fact that my sister equally cant stand the sight of buttons. Perhaps I got allocated her measure of button love as well as my own in my genetic code who knows?
She particularly hates vintage buttons the sight of jars of buttons in secondhand shops actually make her feel physically sick. When I was younger I must admit that I did use this to my advantage taunting her with very descriptive threats of tying her to a chair and pouring big glass jars of vintage buttons slowly over her head - the reward being the look of nausea that would wash over her face ahhh those were the good ol days of sibling tormenting. 
Im not so cruel these days Ill make sure I send her an email warning her not to open and read this post.

Anyway here are some button pics.  I thought you might like to look at some lovely pics I have found whilst indulging in my love of trawling google images for buttons. I love the fact that phtographing buttons changes their dimension there is something quite lovely about a button that has been blown up through photography dont you think?

 love the combination of colours

Whoopsie! just thought I would use the ol reliable google to see if there was such a condition you know for button phobia and oh lordy just my luck there is!!!!! 
That would be right I tormented my sister all those years causing her great physcological damage. How was I to know she was suffering from acute Koumpounophobia? 
No wonder she used to pinch me so hard and often to point of where my Mum would yell  'youre going to give her cancer if you pinch her that hard" (not quite sure how that one worked) nevertheless it used to frighten the bejesus out of me - the threat of cancer that is - not the pinch, that just used to make my legs wobbly. 
AHHHH yes sisterly love where would we be without it.......This of course has taken me completely offcourse of the real post topic of vintage buttons. 

Ooooh just found this!
the ultimate present for my sis 
combining her love of chocolate 
with her hate of buttons heh heh


Ive also included images of this fabulous shop and its wares called buttonmania in Melbourne with contact details for all of you to add to your list of places to visit when you are next in Melbourne. Check out the website its fab!

Phone    (03) 9650 3627
Fax    (03) 9650 7868
Email    kate.boulton@internode.on.net
Level 2 - The Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 

Buttonmania: just look at that wall of buttons aaahhh!
Hope you enjoyed the post

Have a great weekend gals and any guys who might happen to stumble upon this blog......