Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Next Monday...7:30

Just a quick note to remind everyone - craft group starts back next Monday 2nd May, 7:30 at the PO.  Love to see some new faces there - don't just read this, come along!  If you haven't got a craft project underway, or would love to learn a new one - come along! Plenty of crafty people, and new crafters too, we can all learn from each other, or at least get out of the house and enjoy some fun company!!!
PS I have booked 2 spots at the Brunswick library next Wednesday for the "Frankie" presentation - anyone want to come and keep me company?

Oh yeah - nearly forgot to say - click on the "Made in Thornbury" link on the right - I know the date looks old, but there is actually a market on this Saturday.  And also check out the fabulous article in the 'M' magazine in last Sunday's Age about local Melbourne craft markets!

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Frankie at the Brunswick Library

Finally some craft!  Here is my diary cover which I finally got around to making about a month or so back.  I made it from denim, with a pocket from an old pair of kid's jeans (the other pocket is on my Babushka jeans bag), and the cassette/boom box print fabric is actually a "bandana day" Canteen bandana, bought last year just for the print.  Buttons are a Birch set from Spotlight. Very 80's/ retro styled (do kids these days even know what a cassette is???)

I discovered "Frankie" magazine about 18 months ago, and have been buying and reading it ever since.  I can't stand most magazines full of hollywood gossip, and I especially hate anything to do with people who are famous just for being rich bimbos who slept with some other rich bimbo or d-grade actor. AARRGGHH!!!  Why do people aspire to be rich and thick? That description is fine for chocolate sauce, but not for people! Anyway, Frankie is the antithesis of those mags - it is smart, witty, arty, thought-provoking.  AND "Made in Moreland" are celebrating all things Frankie with a free talk at the Brunswick Library on Wednesday 4th May. 7:30pm.

The frankie story
7.45 pm Wednesday 4 May
Brunswick Library

frankie magazine recently celebrated its 40th issue and has quietly been achieving cult-like status with its ‘nana-chic’ style and friendly attitude. As part of the Talks on Moreland series, hear how local girl Jo Walker became involved with frankie, first as a writer and later as editor, and how, together with founders Louise Bannister and Lara Burke and support from Morrison Media, they have nurtured frankie to become one of Australia’s fastest-growing magazines.

Bookings: 9389 8600

Monday, 11 April 2011

Free to good home...

One slightly mad chicken, approx 14 months old. Good layer, quiet with children, will eat out of your hand and tolerate a pat or to be picked up. Only vice  -  she doesn't like other chickens. 
 We had one chook last year, and got 2 more in March 2010, the older one Bessie (the smartest chicken in the world that one!) died in December.  Got 2 new girls last month, and this mad one (actually it may not be her in the photo, there were twins) named Molly, decided to attack the new girls.  Not just your normal little peck to show who is boss, but full on 'jump on their back and try to peck their eyes out' attacking.  So she is now living in the guinea pig hutch. We have tried putting her back with the others (who are all getting on famously now), or letting them all run around the back yard together, but she still goes the new girls every time she sees them.  And we still can't go and buy the much awaited guinea pigs.  
So... anyone want a pet chook?

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Sorry for the delay...but...

just wasn't up for it this week.  We had been sooooo looking forward to meeting some of our favourite authors and illustrators ( Bob Graham, Terry Denton et. al.) at the State Library last Sunday.  We were excitedly watching the wonderful Bob Graham talk about where he gets his writing and drawing inspiration from... I leant forward to comment to the boys about the sketch he was making- and some filthy, miserable low-life scum walked past and stole my backpack.  One of those split second things - I hardly ever take it off my back, my H always carries the camera - but not at this time, for some reason I hadn't handed the camera over, and THEY must have seen me put it into the backpack. And then it was gone. Along with our lunch;
*the camera of course (thankfuly we had downloaded all recent photos)
*my nearly brand new rivers raincoat & the boys' raincoats
* my knitting in my lovely flower knitting bag I made last year along with a ball of (thankfully cheap and as yet not started wool), 2 pairs of short knitting needles
*my first ever knitted beanie I made last year
* and my first ever little zip purse I had made, which I always carry on outings, because it has a mini sewing kit (for emergency repairs to loose buttons and broken elastic in pants), band aids, panadol and claratyne tablets, lip balm, mini bapanthem ointment, and my little old pocket knife I bought myself when I finished uni and was working in my Dad's shop - great for chopping apples/cake/slice/bread on spontaneous picnics. It was old, blunt, going rusty,  the timber is worn, but it was special, something I thought I would have forever, meaningless to anyone but me. And not something I mentioned to the police when I reported the theft of the bag...
I have managed to buy a new camera (not quite the same features, a cheapy one for now, but at least it has an optical view finder which is very rare these days.  I will have to hunt the op shops for another back pack, it was the most perfect design for day trips.
LUCKILY I had my favourite home made skirt on, with the secret pocket on the front  - with my phone in it. So I could call 000. The security guards at the library seemed to be pretty ineffectual, they're only concerned that people don't take coffee into the library.

SOOOO if anyone is going near a Spotlight or other store - I need one ball of Patons "Wilderness" in the flecky charcoal grey (it only comes in about 6 colours), so I can make another beanie. Brunswick don't have any, tried Lincraft at Highpoint but they don't sell much other than Lincraft brand wool.

And most amazingly, somehow in the midst of all the crap and chaos of the day, I managed to control myself and NOT drop the f-bomb in front of the kids! As much as I felt like SCREAMING it at the top of my lungs, I think I was more concerned not to interrupt the famous personage in the room!