Thursday, November 22, 2012

THE FOOD OF FIRENZE

I know that food posting has such a bad reputation, but I just cant help myself, Florentine food is just so tasty, and deserves to be shared! (Also, the rest of my images are really just close ups of church facades and the insides of the roofs - AMAZING in themselves! - more taken for educational purposes than for blogging) So here are a few shots of the taste morsels i've experienced in my first week here in Firenze

Anchovy and blue cheese sandwhich

Morning macchiato (and matching exercise book)

Trays and trays of thinly sliced meats

Another sandwich, from the famous Fratellini Brother's establishment. This one is Cheese, truffle and lettuce. Simple but delicious!

Morning pastry with real butter and jam

Antipasto course from a group dinner

Sunday, November 18, 2012

CIAO PRATO

Hey hey from Florence! 
Have finally arrived and settled in, having unpacked for our month-long stay and trying to master my [basic] Italian so as to not look like a complete fool when 'engaging with the locals' (as all guidebooks seem to phrase it). 
I actually started this blog with a mind to have it as a sort of travel diary, as I cringe terribly at the crap i've written in past private diaries. So that means more of key pictures and related text than just me woffling on. 


So, just one picture today (turns out the internet cant really hack it with the uploading of camera images, maybe shall try late at night, when everyone else is asleep and not on the net). This is the Duomo in Prato. We're (myself and other Monash students on the course) are staying in Prato, an ancient walled city about a 20 minute train ride outside of Florence. 
It is surprisingly nice to be able to escape the busy, touristy bustling streets of Florence, to come back to the more chilled out Prato. It has a history of its own, and plenty of day and night life, so really, we're getting the best of both worlds. 
Anywho, off to do some readings, as proper classes and tutes start tomorrow! The honeymoon period is over...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

THEY DON'T MAKE THEM LIKE THEY USED TO


Let us just spend a moment in contemplation of the lost art of illustration in advertising. Maybe i'm just biased (an ardent fan of Mad Men), but aren't these packets soooooo much nicer that what is available in stores today? Given, these are stockings, so perhaps not the most varied representation of the artistic medium, but still, they are quite simply delightful, and just as nice as the stockings are themselves! 

Target eat your heart out



 





 

Friday, November 9, 2012

SCANDINAVIAN DREAMING

I've been addicted to the Danish/Swedish television show Bron/Broen (The Bridge), and as a result, have been dreaming of all things Scandinavian. 

In honor of that, here are some LOVELY pictures of LOVELY homes that I am currently drooling over. Am now desperately trying to come up with ways of transforming my peach accented kitchen into a stark white dream, and rip up the horrendous carpet to reveal perfect parquet flooring...




1, 2 & 3 from here


The floors! The light! 
From here





LOVE the wood detail on the floors and stairs
5, 6, 7 & 8 from here



Oh what beautiful books!
9 & 10 from here

Sunday, November 4, 2012

DIY: TURNING SOMETHING UGLY INTO SOMETHING NICE

Morning all! Terribly sorry about the break from blogging, finishing up uni, final tests and lots of money earning seems to have made the days fly by. 

It's less than 2 weeks until I'm of to Florence, so I thought it was about time I did some crafty magic on some rather dull objects, firstly to take away with me, but also just to get back into sewing and help keep me sane. 

So, without further ado, I present to you one pimped up laptop case (yes, you read right!)...

Take one boring, too large laptop case of a foamy fabric
(forgot to do a before picture, but i'm sure you get the idea!)


Cut said case up and mark out the desired shape and size


Choose your fabrics, one for the outside and one for the lining (preferably ones that nicely clash the most). Pick out a colourful zipper.


Pin said zipper onto fabric


Sew pinned zipper onto fabric


Post sewing shot


Sandwich the layers of lining, original foamy fabric (covered in white cotton) and outer layer. Sew altogether


And there you have it, one nice, non-boring, travel friendly lap top case



The end. 


Friday, October 26, 2012

DONE

Scarf is finally complete! A few days later than planned though, as I had to buy another ball of wool, as it really wasn't long enough (probably could have been narrower, but as I unravelled it 3 times when I started, I really didn't feel like doing it again, in order to make it narrower and thus longer). But not to worry, all done now, and wonderfully warm.


I did a moss stitch, after seeing a friend Lizi doing it. I'm such a terrible copier, sorry Lizi! I am rather taken with the texture it has created, especially when using a chunky yarn. 


And here it is, modelled by yours truly, looking a tad self-conscious...


I also thought I'd show off my trip-related literature (I use this term loosely, of course). Purchased from the financially pleasing Book Depository (cheap AND you get a parcel in the mail! Win-win!), to help me plan my short stay in London in January. I am well aware it is going to be freezing, but I figured that once I have had my fill in the shops (which I intend on spending a large amount of my time in), I may like to keep myself warm whilst seeing the sights and boroughs of old London town. 
And the Vintage Guide to London is a must, as, after all, I do like my stuff vintage. 




Tuesday, October 23, 2012

COMO HOUSE

When trawling through some old images on my computer, I came across these, that document a lovely day out i had last year at Como House in South Yarra. Elizabeth and I went along to see a costume exhibition, but as there was no photography allowed inside, we had to make do with some happysnaps out and around the property. Fortunately, the historic house and gardens are glorious, so we were just as happy to poke around the old kitchens and servants quarters as we were inside the main house, looking at the lovely clothes. 

What with Downton Abbey season 3 currently showing in the UK (totes cant wait for it to air on shitty channel 7 here in Australia, so am streaming it as the episodes are aired) and the recently concluded series Miss Phryne Fisher's Murder Mysteries on the ABC (with the house featuring in numerous scenes and episodes), I think it to be entirely appropriate to show these, even if they are hardly recent! 










This last shot is of me, just after I had spilt the juice on my sleeve... Also featured is the last scarf I knitted, mostly during a long stint of night-shifts, much to the amusement of the security guards. Speaking of scarves, the one I mentioned in my very first post is almost done! Just have to remind myself how to cast off, and she will be finished. Shall have pictures up soon. 

Anyhoo, off to enrol in units for uni next year...Ancient Egyptian Language anyone?? Am tempted, but also slightly concerned that I am subconsciously trying to emulate Rachel Weiss in the first Mummy movie...

Toodles!

(p.s. Have to give credit to Elizabeth and her SLR for the photos) 

Saturday, October 20, 2012