14 June 2010

Paper Garlands from maps

A few days ago Pip over at meetmeatmikes posted about Zakka life paper flower garlands. Ive mad these myself before along while ago. Seeing the flower garland made me want to make one again so here it is Ive include an image showing the materials and tools I used. I was going to do a tutorial but zakka  life have posted a really good one on their site if you need some help making one its not very difficult. Hint:  I use 2-sided tape to stick my 'petals' together....less messy than glue....so have a go they are quick and rewarding to make.

11 June 2010

REscue : REcycle : REuse

I relined some metal draws that were going into the skip at my old work before I rescued them. My fav drawliners are better quality publication newsmags that you get with an event or exhibition I dont like putting them straight into recycle as it seems a waste not to get more use out of them first so I line my drawers with them. I love the little peeks I get everytime I open a drawer! When they get a little scrappy then you can recycle them.

Margaret Atwoods Childrens book

I love Margaret Atwoods books and admire her as a writer and successful woman. What I didnt know is that she wrote and illustrated a childrens book in 1978. She created the typeface as well (clever woman!) It was reprinted in 2008 and I feel lucky to have a copy. I will gift it to my first grandchild and in the meantime I will enjoy a quiet moment flicking through the pages every now and then. What I find particularly interesting is the resourceful and clever way she resolves the problems of restricting publication methods of the day. Ive included her preface which talks about her process and what she overcame to achieve this delightful book.
You can purchase it from Amazon I got mine from the gorgeous bookstore in Yarraville The Sun Bookshop
Here is the ISBN: 0-88899-729-9 / 978-0-88899-729-6 

10 June 2010

instamatic iphone app

My daughter put me onto this one love the effects of this photo taking app and the user interface is real cute looks like an old instamatic camera and makes cute noises when taking a picture. Here are some random pics I took with this app.

08 June 2010

Barber Shops I

Finally my wild and woolly husband took himself off to the Barber for a long overdue haircut. We had been to see a client this morning and I wanted a quick squizz in a couple of shops so went along with him. I sat and watched for awhile mainly because I love Barber shops theres something very appealing about them and I like sitting and watching a man cutting another mans hair. I loved it as a kid watching my Dad, Brothers and Grandfather getting their hair trimmed. The sound of a transistor radio going in the background, the decor, the Barbers stripey columns and retro typefaces red/blue/white colour scheme. The sound of the buzzing hair trimmer, lino floors and male banter.
Here are some images that Ive collected of Barbershops sorry but I dont have credits for most of them so thankyou to the people who took these fab fotos.  Hope you enjoy!

 One of my fav John Bracks paintings  The Barbers shop 1952.

06 June 2010

Haus Frau Cafe Yarraville (my little secret no more)

Since moving to Melbourne 3 years ago on my quest to discover the perfect latte I was fortunate enough to discover a cafe/bakery in Yarraville (thankfully close enough for regular visits). Three years on and quite well known these days its has developed a very steady local following and a wait may be involved to get a table but we sometimes we have to suffer in order to experience great things….and my friends the coffee made here is a great thing.
Ive often talked about consistency as a factor in providing a great coffee and I can without a doubt state that every coffee I have ever had from Haus Frau is indistinguishable from the next and the one before. The 'main man' is a coffee making craftsman pure genius. Watching him master his machine is mesmerising. It matters not if the cafe is a fully packed weekend or a leisurely midweek the coffee is always without fault and always the same high quality. The flavour is a well chosen all rounder, I like mine nutty with a hint of bitter. Temperature perfect and oh so silky creme. Presentation is a pleasure each and every time.
The bonus is the amazing food that goes with the coffee. It is a very busy and popular bakery ranging from large cakes to tiny sweet honey madelines. My favourite is the croque monsieur a delicious hot cheesy little number and the scrambled egg tart is equally delicious and a nice alternative to a full cooked breakfast. Grabbing a freshly baked (on the premises) crusty loaf to take home with you means the whole Haus Frau experience is a very pleasant one.
The actual cafe/bakery environment tops it all off retro scandinavian folk style is how I describe it. Female staff have the retro 'heidi' thing happening with kerchiefs on their heads with matching aprons very cute! The terrazzo floor is very beautiful and the decor quirky. Please make time to pop out West for a visit to this lovely cafe it really is worth it and very close to Yarraville Station if you want to commute. Ill see you there!