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.