Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Two thumbs up for the cookie recipe

Sooo goood!

It was really hard to tell if they were cooked enough in the centre because you take them out while they're still soft. After these had cooled for a few mins I could tell they weren't cooked but I'd already put the next batch in. I put them back in the oven after the others were done and they came out OK. I couldn't resist having a nibble while they were just sitting there. :)


BurdaStyle patterns are great but they take a lot of cutting out. Perhaps I'll get a guillotine?
Toasted sandwich with tomato, Danish fetta, rocket = freakin yum!
This skirt is basically a torus. What's really weird though is that when it's inside out it's a different shape.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


There's a documentary on SBS tonight called Helvetica.

It sounds interesting:

Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which recently celebrated its 50th birthday) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives.

So put your computer down and watch TV! :)

In the kitchen

Cookie recipe from the NYTimes. You have to make the dough then wait 36 hours before you cook them, arrgh!

Making this for dinner tonight, yum!

Monday, August 11, 2008


I had my bag making class again last Thursday. We're free to make whatever we like now (using the skills we learnt making the first bag) so I'm making a clutch out of this red leather, Japanese fabric and possibly one of these buttons too (aren't they beautiful!). The leather is really soft and I was hoping I'd be able to sew it at home but the feed dogs leave marks in the leather and my machine finds it a bit tough to sew through multiple layers so I'll just leave it til class.

I bought the buttons at Buttonmania and while I was there picked up these ones as well.

I also found this brochure for the Nicholas Building Open Studios which sounds great. I googled it so I could give you a link to more info but couldn't find any more than was on the brochure so I've scanned it for you. Click the link to view in Flickr then select All Sizes to see the largest size so you can read it.
Nicholas Building Open Studios
Nicholas Building Open Studios

(Please excuse the ugliness of this post, I usually use Flickr's "Blog This" function because it formats the post nicely but when I use the same HTML through Blogger it just doesn't seem to work. Grr.)

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Charlie bag

I whipped this up on Tuesday night (actually it took me ages because I didn't read the instructions properly and stuffed it up a couple of times). You can see more details (and download the pattern) here at BurdaStyle.

There's a vertical pocket on the side that sits against my body so I can reach in and get my purse with my right hand without taking the bag off my left shoulder. So handy when shopping!

It's very roomy and the straps are quite wide so it's very comfortable to carry when it's full. I like it!

Sunday, August 03, 2008


I made this clutch handbag on Thursday night at my RMIT Introduction to Bag Making class. I am so happy with how it turned out. I used it today when we went to the movies (saw Dark Knight, it was pretty good) and it held my purse, tissue and phone just perfectly :)

The course is 6 lessons and we've only had three so far so we can use the rest of the lessons to make whatever we want. I'm trying to decide what I want the next one to be like but it has to be really simple and we haven't learned how to do gussets so I'm having trouble visualising what I could do. I think I'm going to have to go on a reccie in the city to look for inspiration.

More pictures here.

And check out my latest op-shop purchase here.