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“The race that stops a nation”

It’s all about the drinks
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And the food

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All that gorgeous food

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And a splash of colour in my outfit

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Good friends, good times.
The Melbourne Cup. Our most famous horse race. And it does indeed stop the nation. Melbourne has a public holiday, and pretty well everywhere else stops for a piece of the action mid afternoon.
Aside from the horses, it’s all about frocking up and what you have in your hair! Fashions on the field are almost a bigger attraction that’ll the race itself.
A group of us a lovely few hours of drink, nibbles and laughter.
By the time I had decided on my outfit, all fascinators had been sold – the ones I was looking at – so had to make an impromptu one which ended up looking like a rosette – the one downfall to having boys and short hair, there is no girly head wear in the house to borrow.

Jennifer 🙂

– I will eventually get around to posting about out little day trip on Saturday –

A new winter wardrobe…

Everyone knows I love clothes. And bright colours. I have now found – thanks to two friends – the home of my new winter wardrobe.
Keshet. A bright and funky wild shop in the city which sells amazing Tasmanian designed clothes. Insane colours, insane patterns and oh so comfortable. The price is dealable, which makes it even more desireable.
One such friend is now selling these clothes at our local market. After all she totally rocks the crazy patterns and loud clothes, so it is perfect she is selling them. And given the fact I think she buys all her clothes from there already.

I had bought a wrap top from them a month ago, hot pink no less. And a few weeks ago found a gorgeous dark teal cap sleeve wrap top – it brings out my eyes apparently – that is super comfortable and easy to wear over a long sleeve top in cooler weather or with a tank top when it warm.

While I love bright colours, I am not a fan of out there patterns, I just don’t have the confidence to pull it off, not like Rachel. Which is funny, coz she said to me today the bright blue jeans I wore were more out there than any of the crazy patterns she was selling, and she just couldn’t do it. Go figure. I was not at all worried, or self conscious of the colour. Maybe the patterns make me feel like a hippy left over from the 70’s…?

Checking out her rack (ahem, clothes) I found some gorgeous new items and will be doing some serious saving I think. I am more of the plain clothes with a bright accent to stand out, or a basic pattern with a bright highlight. I’ll be the one wearing the dark skirt or skants with basic grey scale pattern with a hot pink, or bright red wrap top. Or maybe my bright blue jeans with a plain poncho.

Should I, could I, wear the hot pink wrap with my bright blue jeans… You won’t miss me then. Or is it just asking people to look??

20130310-223057.jpg love these ponchos, in muted colours (I saw purple, brown, black, navy) an oh so comfy outfit topper.

20130310-223214.jpgI have the hot pink one of these.

20130310-223305.jpgfunky bright patterns, but I would prefer something more like this…

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And looking a little dishevelled after a full day out and about… My teal Keshet top over black long sleeve top and my bright blue jeans (accessorised with black and silver jewellery and black flats).

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Bright clothes in winter? You bet. Black is boring, neutrals are nothing, but colour will bring a smile to your face.
Jen 🙂

You can also check out the Keshet website and my other post over at Woodbridge Market.

I’ve gone knotty!!

Certainly not nutty, I was born that way (damn it, now I have that silly Gaga song in my head).

I was in a bit of a funk this week trying to make myself a super long bright pink necklace.  I had the dyed pink Agate, the pearls, the clear glass beads… so what could go wrong with a simple repeating pattern? Everything. I tried too many times to no avail. Nothing was going to work. They are now sitting on my desk in a pile waiting. When they are ready to be made, they will call for me and I will then have my necklace.
I was wandering around the Chickenfeed (cheapy shop) looking for more canvases when I came across these gorgeous bright wooden beads.  I knew straight away what I could make.
Hence the start of my going knotty.

This is the product of yesterday. I’m very happy with the results.

Turquoise and wooden beads. 126cm length.

Knotted glass beads – 2 strands 63cm length

Mega long knotted wooden beads – 210cm length.

Ok, so this is not knotted, but wrapped loops and linked – ceramic beads with Swarovski crystals. Chain length can be adjusted.

This one – what can I say. Not happy.  Too chunky, too blah.  I was going to knot it, but don’t know what happened. Feedback is gratefully accepted – it will get pulled apart. How it is re made is another story…

And the beads that started it all.  I’m going to hunt out more and make a short multi strand knotted necklace.  This one will be finished with two strands in between the current lengths.  I just had to order more silver spacers to do it.

Saying ‘get knotted’ my not be appropriate, but I’m saying in the nicest possible way.
Jennifer 😀

from drab to Fab!! from wubbish to Wearable!!

I love free stuff, bonus with purchase etc… of course I am always careful with my choices ‘do I read that magazine?’ ‘will I use that scarf?’
Actually, the scarf I got, I have never used. Ever. Magazine has gone by the wayside, and the never worn scarf has travelled with me everywhere. Why. I really don’t know. It’s a latte/bone/light brown colour and quite long.  A basic neutral scarf.  With pockets to keep your hands warm.  But itchy as all buggery.  So why didn’t i throw it out?  No idea.  For some reason I just love that scarf.

It looks soft doesn’t it? That’s what mum said til she tried it on herself – it came off pretty quick though.  Materials used, polyester, nylon ?? and wool.
scarf - polyester, nylon, ??, wool.

I got it out the other day and decided to wear it – ~shudders~ “now I remember why I don’t, itchy silly scarf”  But, being in the frame of mind I was/am, next time I saw mum I asked if we could dye a piece of material and I could sew it on as a lining… bingo!

Long story short: we dyed several pieces that I could take my pick from. A little experimentation.  When wet, they look quite different, because the one that I didn’t like wet was the best one dry.
I went for a colour that was similar but richer as the scarf, I still wanted it to be a basic neutral one to wear.  So a rich dark brown it was. And it is perfect.
It was then ironed, cut and (borrowing mum’s machine) sewn onto the scarf.

Trying it on, I can see it’s going to become a favourite accessory.. (go figure?) comfy and warm, just the way it should be.  The original scarf was soft and squishy, it is now still soft but holds it’s shape better as it’s firmer.

I love it. Thanks mum!

Keep warm, or stay cool and be comfortable 😀
Jennifer

let me introduce you to…. Peggy.

Here is Peggy. A beautiful and stylish 1950’s lass who is very much ahead of her time in this 70’s outfit.
She is comfortable everywhere and quite capable to start a conversation where you might be unsure.
She is flexible and strong enough to carry the load, and comfortable in herself to also be arm candy.   She will draw you in with her charms and please you no end. 🙂

Ok, now we’ve been introduced, let me show you how I got to know her.
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I found her in this fab book my sister sent me for Christmas.

Her pattern had to be enlarged and then cut.

pattern pieces enlarged, cut and ready to go

Now comes the fun part.  This pattern includes some skills I have not tried yet, so I am being careful and taking my time here.  Peggy has to be perfect. (As I type, Peggy has yet to have a handle on life, but I’ll find it for her).

Material laid out ready to go … what’s that … where does this go … why does it say that … ~ ;-} ~ not enough material… ahh ~lightbbulb moment~ pays if I read the pattern piece.  Ok, so shall read and re-read before I cut anything.

pattern pieces done.

First up after all the cutting was placing the zip in place.  The zip did not go in the usual place at the top of the bag, rather at the back, the functuality taking nothing away from the beauty of this bag.

zipper pinned into place

I was a little scared and kept checking the instructions to make sure the picture and my material matched up.
Thankfully they did.
And I now have a zip, very nicely sewn into the back of the bag.

ta-daa… i did it! it worked 🙂

The tabs for the handle were actually the first thing, but they were quick and easy.  Now to sew the front and back peieces together – with only half the lining. The front piece comes later.
I did stuff up here, by sewing all the way round the corners instead of leaving them open to make the lovely boxed bottom.  Unpick the stictches and fix it up.

The front part of the lining was then pinned to the back and sewn as a seperate piece, this was where I noticed I missed the corners, and had to go back, on both lining and outer.

boxed corners – helps make more room, and a flatter bottom on the bag

The bow for the front was the worst thing, and I’m not totally happy with it.  It may come off yet, we’ll see. The bow came off and was re sewn, looks 100% better.
I was looking for buttons to add for the accents when I came across a bag of funky flower buttons. Bright colours including those that I needed, yellow, green and orange. The buttons took a little bit of fiddling but they look great and are the perfect finishing touch.


The last bit to do is the handle. In the magazine the handle was a turned piece of timber, I didn’t have that luxury, instead a piece of balsa dowel I am painting. After looking through mum’s paints we found just the right one.
Raw Sienna. It looks a little like baby poo, but once it has two coats and has dried it will fit quite nicely, blend but not stand out.

Other than that, I am really happy with how Peggy looks and I think there will be more Peggy’s and her friends in the coming months.

Peggy is now complete and looking very nice indeed. Her new ‘friend’ (owner) has seen her and approved…

I shall swap this for a ‘proper’ picture when I get it done.