Friday, August 26, 2011

Junction Festival: So You Think You can Interpretative Dance

Last night the wee girl, the sister and I ventured into the evening to sample a little more of the Junction Arts Festival. This time it was for So You Think You Can Interpretative Dance at Fresh. The idea ... take 10 brave acts (8 solo, 2 duets). Have 10 envelopes containing 1 music track. Each contestant, their order drawn from a hat gets to choose an envelope ... then let the interpretative dancing begin. The benefits of taking smalls, is you get a front row berth. They waited with baited breath.

The dancing began and they clapped and smiled and watched entranced. It may be that they did not get the somewhat 'tongue in cheek' elements of each dance extravaganza ... but they were clearly in the moment!

This was a duet ... just out of camera is his 36 week pregnant dance partner, also in lycra dancing to "I've had the time of my life"... hysterical! Other choice dance tracks included a spot of Massive Attack and the winning performance to Mariah Carey's "Hero". With judging complete it was time for a quick audience boogie to 'Bohemian Rhapsody' before the girls, no longer able to contain themselves, took to the stage for their own interpretative dances.
My cheeks hurt when I left, from all the smiling!Today we are off to see the whale, do a spot of the Arts ALive: arts trail and who knows what else we will discover along the way ...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

At a Junction

We thought we would step out into the city with the sister to check out a little of this year's Junction Arts Festival. Talk about people power ... last year's festival was meant to be a one off ... but people wrote and rallied and now it is secured for a further three ... nice one! We had a most ace time last year ... I wrote about it here and here. First stop Civic Square to see the Big Top and to eat our lunch at the wild willow cafe . We will return here on Saturday Night to bust some moves at The Junc Room. We like da hop hop!Then the wee girl did a spot of climbing before we headed of to see Launceston clock up their first ping pong win against Search Party. We took the Tiger Performance Bus ... but it seems the performance didn't ... nay bother .. will try again tomorrow. We made it home just before the heavens opened! Tonight Edie, the Aunt and I are going to see 'So You think you can Interpretive Dance'. We are a little disappointed we didn't prepare something and don some lycra and sweat bands ... I don't think Launceston will share our disappointment ... *

Tomorrow I think we will go search for the whale ... you coming? Get amongst it people!!

*This in late ... just showed the wee girl my version of running man ... she said 'you can do that tonight, Mummy' ... seems there will be one disappointed person in Launceston.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Free to good home ...

This morning there was a loud knock at the door. Upon opening aforementioned door, this is what I found.Quel surprise! I called Dunc to 'come and have a look at this'. We both stood agog. Before you think we are 1. running some kind of baby racket 2. Live in a converted church or 3. Run a workhouse and feed children gruel before sending them off to make carpets in dark factories or 4. Are looking to expand our brood (cough, splutter, guffaw) ... this is my beautiful nephew... and hiding around the front of my house was his mother, my youngest sister... and in my family we LOVE surprises. Giving and getting... and this got me a doozy ... she's here for A WHOLE WEEK. Grand. Arlo welcomed his cousin in the best way he knows how ... STACKS ON!!!!!!!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011


This morning was just the wee girl and me. The brothers got their Dad. We went on an adventure, custom made for a small. We drove out to a country market and ate strawberry cupcakes and raspberry icecream. We ran around the old velodrome track, balloons flapping in the breeze. We got all muddy on the footy oval and watched the orange balloon sail so high it disappeared into the clouds.We got a pink balloon to replace it. We got to buy a beautiful Nest from a beautiful stall. We got to forget the routine our life with the twin brothers runs by. We got to linger. We got to explore. Just us.

Not wanting it to end we adventured on to our favourite playground and built our own nests from stick and flowers and leaves, fossicked and gathered. It felt good to be in a rhythm of our own in a day where the sun shone.
I love my wee girl.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

For Myself

Today I completed a project. Completing anything in particular is always a bit of a 'Hurrah' moment round these parts but this project was a veritable 'You little Beauty' moment. I sewed. I sewed MYSELF something. And it WORKED. Tight Ass Table Spotlight fabric + Simplicity pattern 2209 = A little 50s inspired frock action. I finished just as I heard the boys stirring from their midday nap ... so here is the ' just quickly pop it on over my current outfit' photo shoot. So over the jeans it went. The pose, that wasn't my blue steel ... the sun was in my eyes and the chickens in my bloody spring bulbs.Clearly I am on some kind of roll or is it mission? because last week I made something else. I conjured up this skirt from this pattern and then hung it on my newly blossoming quince tree in some sort of effort to look all arty, photography-like. Let's call it a fail - please go lurk on a photography blog if you are artisitcally offended, but by this time I had one of the boys on my hip, so another outfit change was a serious NO GO SISTA! Before I started, I took all my measurenments and it said I was a size 18 ... but by the amount I had to run it in the back ... I'd say I was a 12-14.A little jaunty? Nothing like a wardrobe that contains nothing it seems bar black and a budget that is far from being in the black, to act as a little motivation. As I got sewing I also got thinking. I realised that the last time I sewed myself something I was 24. I was working overseas. I sewed on a borrowed machine on the tiled floor of the condo I lived in in Singapore (we didn't have much furniture). I didn't use a pattern I just cut around a dress I liked at the time and sewed up some side seams and made it up. It was very, um, grungy... and I thought I looked HOT. Only took me a little under a decade and a half to have another go at it. AT this rate I'll have an entire wardobe by the time my one year olds graduate from high school. Ace!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sunday Dreaming

Windows framing views to far off places. Small glimpses to what lies beyond. Being here rather than there. Just the usual Sunday drive.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Ahoy me hearties!

Despite being a five minute stroll from our gate ... it's been a while since I ventured to the Esk Market. The man gets a little overwhemed by the wafty deep fryers. So glad I did... this was waiting patiently for me. I love a bit of vintage nautical. I'm just partial to maritime really. I think it might like to keep this print company.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Easy Afternoons

Yesterday, whilst the brothers had their epic midday snooze, I did a spot of sewing. Seems the kitchen table only becomes a sweat shop these days when a present is in order....and that is just the way I like it. Edie kept stroking the flannelette fabric chanting 'oooooo sooooo soooooft'. The machine rumbled along. Nothing complicated. No thinking required. Just colour combinations to choose ...

All finished, before the snoozers even stirred. These will wing their way off next week ... and if I remember I'll post pics of the finished pieces.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Lantern Jollies

A while back I bought these pretty vintage lanterns. I had intended to string them up in the 'play room'. I had bold such visions. I could almost have applied for some kind of sainthood, the visions were so clear. But they involved a shelf ... and the plaster wasn't going to hold the shelf ... so I would need some kind of batten brace ... renovation blah, blah, blah ... so when the Man's birthday rolled around last week, the small and I strung them up in the kitchen over the table ... You know, to get a little festive-like....and, well we kinda loved them there. So they are staying. Swinging a little in our draught. Lit by our skylight, looking all jolly. It's enough to brighten your day, non?Keen to get your lantern jollies? Lanterns can be found here. From this seller.