Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ginza & Neon

Above: Ginza, an exclusive shopping street in Tokyo. I didn't buy anything here - way too expensive!

Below: neon lights - night shopping in Osaka and Tokyo

You can click on any picture for a closer view.

Merry Christmas!
Seasons greetings to those who don't celebrate Christmas. Best wishes to everyone for a healthy, happy, and creative 2010.
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More Retail Therapy in Japan

Above: some more of my shopping experiences in Japan.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Morning tea in Roleystone

Saturday we often go to Genesis in the Hills vegetarian restaurant (near Araluen) for a loaf of bread and cake and coffee - the best cakes I've ever tasted! Baked fresh by Rivka every day, only using fresh in season ingredients, they are not too heavy and also suit people with some food allergies. I had the plum cake (front left) absolutely delicious! Great lunches too. They're closed from 23rd Dec until 17th Feb - we'll miss them.

Below: DH Wayne on the verandah, about to tuck in. He grows some of the fresh herbs for the restaurant.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009


We've just come back from a short break in Dongara - about 350 kms north of Perth. Although it's a bit late for wildflowers we saw some beautiful ones.
Above & below: masses of gorgeous Verticordias about an hours drive from Perth. I've never seen as many as this in one place - we usually go at a different time of year.
The main purpose of the trip was to see an exhibition in Geraldton: Momentum - 18th Tamworth fibre textile biennial which is an eastern states exhibition that is not coming to Perth. Well worth seeing if you get the chance. Christine Atkins is one of the WA artists included.

Above: some banksias - saw many of these along the road.
Below: old jetty at Dongara with cray (lobster) boats in the background.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Designing Women's Christmas Lunch

We had a lovely lunch at Jan's house in Swanbourne today. It's an old heritage listed wooden house on quite a large block of land with a lovely garden. Unfortunately she recently had a fire upstairs and was very lucky not to lose the whole house. Despite that, she decided to go ahead with hosting the lunch and a good time was had by all. I didn't take my camera so no pics of that but we always have a swap of a hand made Christmas decoration - the one I made is shown above - front & back. (Joan has some pics on her blog)

I've been asked how it was made:

I already had the machine embroidered, digitized lace motif & thought it wasn't very exciting so I cut out a larger shape from some hand printed gold fabric and some gold organza. They were bonded together with sinamay in between to stiffen. Then one side was covered with bonded angelina fibres & some leftover gold machine embroidery and free machine stitched over with gold thread. Cords made by zig-zagging over yarns were used for the edging and hanger. The lace motif was stitched on by machine and the heart shape applique was hand stitched onto the other side. I added some beads to the lace motif and used the trailing cord to tie on the bead at the base which was then painted with gold glitter varnish.

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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Autumn leaves & Chrysanthamums

My photos don't really do justice to the stunning Autumn leaves we saw in Japan although I took many. We also saw displays of Chrysanthamums everywhere - especially outside the temples. Many of the plants are trained to grow a certain way. The pine tree (bottom right photo) was trained to look like a boat and is all one tree.

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