the things I have done meme, that is.  Things in bold I’ve done.  And you?  (and props to anyone who has done more that Missy Fee)

1. Started your own blog.
2. Slept under the stars.
3. Played in a band. (I’m counting an orchestra as a band here)
4. Visited The Great Barrier Reef.
5. Stood under the stars in the outback, the real outback – think Uluru.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
7. Been to the Gold Coast’s theme parks – anyone, you take your pick.
8. Climbed a mountain.
9. Held a praying mantis.
10. Sung a solo.
11. Bungee jumped, jumped out of plane, been paragliding or hang-gliding, hot air ballooning – you get the idea, you’ve been hundreds of metres about earth in a seemingly flimsy contraption.
12. Visited Melbourne.

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.
15. Had a child. Raised a child. Worked with children.
16. Had food poisoning.
17. Been to the Snowy Mountains.
18. Grown your own vegetables.

19. Visited the Brett Whitely studio in Surry Hills, Sydney.
20. Slept on an overnight train or bus.
21. Had a pillow fight.
22. Been backpacking.
23. Taken a mental health day.

24. Been buried in sand with just your head and toes sticking out.
25. Held a possum, kangaroo or koala – or any other native Australian animal.
26. Gone skinny dipping.

27. Been in a fun run.
28. Been on the Blue Mountain cableway.
29. Seen a total eclipse.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.
31. Played, or watched, summer cricket.
32. Sailed, kayaked or canoed our beautiful waterways.
33. Seen the Daintree.
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors.

35. Visited an Aboriginal settlement or mission.
36. Learned a new language.
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied.
38. Toured the Sydney Opera House.
39. Tried rock climbing (indoor or outdoor), abseiling or just simple bush walking.

40. Visit Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art.
41. Been to the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
42. Sunbaked at Bondi.
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant.
44. Visited Broome.
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.
46. Been transported in an ambulance.
47. Had your portrait painted.
48. Gone fishing.
49. Seen Tasmania’s old growth forests.

50. Been to the top of Q1, on the Gold Coast.
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling.
52. Kissed in the rain.
53. Played in the mud.

54. Gone to a drive-in theatre.
55. Been in a movie.
56. Driven the Great Ocean Road.
57. Started a business.

58. Taken a martial arts class.
59. Visited Norfolk Island.
60. Served at a soup kitchen.
61. Sold Girl Guide biscuits.
62. Gone whale watching.
63. Got flowers for no reason.
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma.
65. Gone jet boating.
66. Visited Port Arthur.
67. Bounced a cheque.
68. Flown in a helicopter.
69. Saved a favourite childhood toy.
70. Visited the Australian War Memorial.
71. Eaten Caviar.
72. Pieced a quilt.
73. Stood in Federation Square.
74. Been on the Murray River.
75. Been fired from a job.
76. Travelled, or climbed, over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
77. Broken a bone.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Three Sisters at Echo Point, Katoomba.

80. Published a book.
81. Visited St Mary’s Cathedral, in Sydney.
82. Bought a brand new car.
83. Been to Hermannsburg.
84. Had your picture in the newspaper.
85. Read the entire Bible.
86. Visited Parliament House.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
88. Had chickenpox.
89. Saved someone’s life.
90. Sat on a jury.
91. Met someone famous.
92. Joined a book club.
93. Lost a loved one.
94. Saved a pet.
95. Been to the site of the Eureka Stockade.

96. Swum in The Whitsundays.
97. Been involved in a lawsuit.
98. Owned a mobile phone.
99. Been stung by a bee.
100. Read an entire book in one day.


“I want to make things in such a way that everyone involved in the item, including the people making it and the people using it, will all be happy. There is an underlying presence of history, skills, craftsmanship, and tools for everything, but it’s naturally quite difficult to sense such things. And if you think about the global environment, now is an era where unnecessary things shouldn’t be produced at all. That’s why as a creator I want to convey such messages, while cherishing the process at the same time. And by sensing such things, I think the feeling of treasuring something will come to the user too.”

Go read the rest. Hiroko Takahashi is doing some really interesting and beautiful work, re-engaging with traditional craftspeople to create modern designs.

(edited to fix the link).

in praise of doing nothing

14 December 2008

I’ve been on holidays this past week.  I didn’t go anywhere much, I didn’t do anything much, I didn’t have a to-do list, it was blissful.

I did whip up this little wonky-faced bear, for some friends whose baby will be arriving around New Year.

bear08:: from Erika Knight’s Simple knits for cherished babies

And I made rather a lot of biscuits.

passionfruit-shortbread:: passionfruit shortbread biscuits – from here (double the amount of passionfruit pulp and add a bit extra flour)

pfeffernusse:: gingerbread biscuits from here. These have a lovely christmassy flavour

The remaining 12 hours of my holiday will be spent eating the biscuits and painting my toenails and trying to pretend I don’t have to go back to work tomorrow.

the skirt as facade

9 December 2008


I first saw the Trellick Tower skirt on needled.  This was back in the old days, before there was a global financial crisis, in the golden age of economic expansion when the boom was going to last forever and the exchange rate was good.  I have a soft spot for Trellick Tower, because I used to live in that part of west London, and it was one of my landmarks.  So I took me immediately to Clothkits and bought two skirt kits, because I couldn’t decide whether I wanted the facade or the full picture.


When the package arrived (and what a lovely package, with everything you need to make the skirt all nicely wrapped and tied with a polka-dot ribbon) I had much amusement with the facade skirt, making Mr MachenMachen (an architect by trade) guess the building.

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mustard and denim

9 December 2008

A couple of things I sewed some time ago.


Another version of Simplicity 4589, this time cut a bit longer and a bit looser.  I’ve been wearing this to work with wide-legged black pants and a big belt to cinch it in at the waist.  The colours look better in this shot:



Another version of Machiko Kayaki’s Skirt a la Carte, shorter and in dark denim.  Substitutes for jeans-on-Friday without being jeans (yes, I’m having dress code adjustment issues again).


Please compliment the  jeans detailing.  It took for-e-ver and I need affirmation that I didn’t waste those hours of my life.