Monday, October 11, 2010


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Monday, March 8, 2010

New shoes!


Last week I bought these Poetic License shoes from Redpath - one of the few places in Canberra that sells interesting shoes. I particularly liked the scalloped edges and the shiny heel.  

No idea where or when I'm going to wear them though.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Epic project fail :(

Have you ever had those sewing disappointments where the pattern fits, the toile looks ok, but there's something about with the finished product that doesn't suit you?

The last thing I tried to sew was a Simplicity dress, 2724 (the pink version without the front ruffle) in a navy blue stretch cotton sateen.

The first issue was that the bust allowance was ridiculously small - the front, which is meant to sit at the waist, barely covered my ribcage. 3 drafts later for FBA, I was good to go for the final cut - or so I thought. After carefully finishing the dress with the straightest invisible zipper I'd ever sewn, I tried it on and found that the dress made me look top-heavy and frumpy.

I've had similar dresses before and they always looked good, so I can't figure out why this one looks stupid. What a waste of fabric. I suppose the only thing that can be done is salvage the bottom and make it into a skirt.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

I wanted to make something easy, but kind of gourmet, to take to a friend's place for dinner.  So I made this pear and blue cheese salad.

Bag of mixed leaf salad
Small handful of pine nuts
4 pears
Extra virgin olive oil
50 grams of blue cheese (I used English Stilton)

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.  Put pine nuts onto a baking tray and lightly spray with olive oil.  Toast for about 5-10 minutes or until deep yellow or light brown.

While the pine nuts are being toasted, core and slice the pears.  Mix with the salad leaves and drizzle olive oil on top.  Crumble cheese into the salad.  Add toasted pine nuts and toss.

Serve at room temperature.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Bittersweet shoes

I normally don't buy vinyl shoes given that they don't last long, but these were too cute to pass up when I saw them at Scooter today.