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Showing posts from April, 2009


Had the misfortune last night of watching Australia's Next Top Model where infantile adults get to judge teenage girls on their looks. Even the usually lovely Sarah O Hare forces out comments akin to "We thought you were shy but now we can see there's nothing actually there" to a sixteen year old contestant. Constructive right?
But that's nothing to Alex Perry who stands in a tragic little huddle of immaturity with Charlotte Dawson and Priscilla Leighton Clark (model agent) while the teenage girls are forced to walk through a room on their own by way of introduction to a small crowd of fashion and celebrity types. Snipes such as "She's got no top lip. What a block head" and "What a lump. What a moose." suggest Perry was either systematically rejected by the most beautiful girls in High School or dropped on his head at birth causing an arrested development the likes of which the fashion world has never seen.
Best in show however must go to …


My favourite picture book at the moment is definitely Bazaar Style by Serena Lake.

Chickie Has His Portrait Done

I couldn't believe it the other day when I found Archie in the studio drawing his new friend Chickie. He never draws! And chickie was sitting there in a quiet composure until the drawing was completed! Madness!

Have wondered lately if Archie's reluctance to draw has anything to do with all the coddling from Perthes' disease he gets. The inactivity, the lack of opportunity to build hand strength out on the monkey bars like other kids. With the latest x ray results we've relaxed that a bit so is he feeling freer to try out other stuff too? More confident with his motor skills? Or is it just the inspiration gained from our trip last week to Canberra's new National Portrait Gallery?

This Made Me Smile Today.

I bought this felted brooch from Sydney's Paddington Markets a year ago. Love the colour combination with my aqua cardi and the cloth covered button!

Ticking One Off

Don't you just love it when you finish a project that's been sitting around for a while? When I was pregnant with Ruby I decided her birth date would be a good deadline for all those outstanding craft projects cluttering my home. The main one was a mirror I had interestingly paper mache'd big scrolls around and then mosaiced an inner border with small yellow and blue tiles I'd fashioned myself from polymer clay. I know, creative genius at work.

Anyway due date creeping up I still hadn't finished it. Truth be told it wasn't quite shaping up as the avantegarde masterpiece of the century. And yet I had made myself a promise. On the night I went into labour I sat there at midnight gluing in my mosaic tiles, running out of said tiles, making some more, burning them in the oven, filling the house with toxic polymer fumes, making more, gluing them in - all in between excruciating contractions. I just didn't want to start off my new life as a mother on the back foot…

bone growth

Celebrating today! Archies's latest x rays show excellent bone growth over the last six months. The little femoral head has nearly re- ossified (grown back) and done so in a pretty good shape. What this means is no more worries about major hip operations and that in a years time the disease process will be nearing its end. (A truly odd disease Perthes'). The Growth plate continues to look a bit dodgy but even that wont have huge ramifications. A happy, lucky and grateful day.

Trip to Sydney

Ruby and I just had a wonderful weekend in Sydney with my sister and her baby girl. It was great to spend some time with them and get to know little C better as she has grown so much since we saw her six weeks ago. Vowed not to go another six weeks without seeing her. Her current obsession is "puppies" the same obsession shared by my little boy Archie who is five. She would outdo him though I'm sure. Archie draws the line at softly chanting "puppies, puppies" to himself every night before he drops off.
The other great thing about Sydney was visiting ReVAmpt - the place which sells mid century modern treasures. There is just no way you'd find this stuff in Canberra. I took some photos of my favourites mid century delights (the cupcakes are from Bondi junction. Hopefully they are much fresher).

Any Takers?

Was concerned to see this outside Ruby's bedroom yesterday, trying to sell off her rubbish (empty cans of impulse and unwanted badge) to passers by. Am wondering if my habit of selling anything not nailed down on ebay is morally damaging my children. Archie will come accross some old broken bit of uselessess from his toy box and ask "Can you sell this on ebay mum?".
Have cheered myself somewhat by the honesty system Ruby is spruiking her wares with - trusting that if the goods are gone $2 will be left in their place. So far no takers.

Time wasting.

I knew this miniature fashion stationary would come in handy!