What big eyes you have Grandma. . . .

I have been doing a little bit of sewing recently as a birthday present for our youngest granddaughter.  Her mum suggested a Red Riding Hood cape as a present so that is what I have been making.  The pattern I used was this one but unfortunately it is not in the size required so I…

Recycle, reuse Bananas in Pyjamas

Bananas in Pyjamas have been a feature of Australian television for many, many years. I think the song was first heard around 1972.  If you haven’t heard of them, here is the original stair descent on Play School on ABC television. Since that time the bananas have had a series of their own and a…

Tartan and Tweed

One of my recent borrowings from the local library was this wonderful book entitled Tartan and Tweed. Tartan and Tweed, a well illustrated book, gives the history of tartan and tweed from their beginnings in the Scottish Highlands to their popularity and use in contemporary fashion design, music, art and film. When they were talking…

Is your wardrobe in crisis?

We were in Melbourne recently and when there I always visit the bookshops.  I have been fairly good this year in limiting my book buying and tend to use the library more frequently but I couldn’t pass up the chance to go to the bookshops and of course there were books I wanted to buy….

Jean Paul Gaultier at the NGV

The Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria was an exhibition I was fortunate enough to have the time to visit while in Melbourne.  The actual exhibition space was very busy but I was still able to make good use of my time and get round the whole exhibition. The fashions were…

Pinafore dresses for Miss M

I remember when my girls were little that a pinafore dress was a quick easy way for winter dressing.  Tights, a skivvy and a pinafore.  Last winter I made some pinafores for my granddaughter and she got much use out of them.  I thought I would make some new ones for this winter, this time…