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September 15, 2010

I love clothes!

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: A model poses at the Sophie Theallet Spring 2011 presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Official Coverage at Lincoln Center on September 14, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)
15 September 2010

I love clothes, like I love food.

I realise this because every so often I need to go shopping for clothes, the way I need to go shopping for food.

I inevitable land up not purchasing a darn thing! Because I don't find anything I like - or, mostly, I feel bad because I really don't need clothes like I need food.

I think I do it because I would love to make my own clothes. And I love the feeling of the fabric between my fingers. And I love looking at clothes.

I know it frustrates my poor husband no end, because I'll look for hours and not buy anything...

Well, the main reason I started to talk about this was because I've done a Top 10 of the NY Fashion Week. I would love it if you could look and let me know what you think of my choices!?


As an aside, I would like to say that it's strange that women base their fashion on the choices men, as there are many men designing for women. What do you think?

September 14, 2010

Euthanasia: what would you choose?

14 September 2010

There has been a lot of controversy recently about choosing euthanasia if you're suffering and know that you're going to die.

The controversy rests in the fact that those assisting someone in self-euthanasia are considered murderers by the majority of the "ethical" world.

The topic has once again risen in status following Free TV Australia's banning of an advertisement advocating such a service. However, the creators have vowed to continue with their television and billboard advertising campaigns despite this first rejection.

The advertisement, below, features an ill man talking about his choices - he covers everything, from whom he decided to marry to the car he decided to drive, but is not his choice to lie in pain, to struggle to live, to involve his family in it.

He concludes by saying that he just needs the government to listen to his plea now.

What are your thoughts about this situation? If you had the choice now to be euthanised when you're lying in a hospital bed with no way of ever getting up again, perhaps even paralysed or brain-dead, what would you do?

September 6, 2010

Our Polly

Our Polly
6 September 2010

Polly is our slightly dilly cat.

I don't really know what made me choose her when we were at the pet shop...she just seemed the most relaxed. An error of judgement on my part perhaps, but she's definitely added a little more fun to our lives!

She was named Polly for an obvious reason - she used to sleep on our shoulders, or the back of our chairs, a habit that has not entirely left her, as she still likes to claw her way up the back of your chair and place herself behind your head.

Her nickname, however, is Hyena, because she is such a slinky creature.

She is also the epitome of the phrase "small things amuse small minds" - she'll spend hours throwing around a piece of bark or plastic - as long as it's in the bathroom where it can make a noise on the floor.

The funniest moments though, are when she sits on her toy balls and tries to dig them out from under her, or wiggles her bum in the air as she's about to launch into the air in the direction of one of our other cats.

She was also the first to be adopted by Ming - the two of them look like a yin-yang symbol as they kick each other's heads.

DIY || Upcycle your newspaper!

6 September 2010

Friday before last, I was bitten by a bug to do something creative yet quick. I found this tutorial through one of my subscriptions (Thanks Green Eyed Monster!), and had fun creating three of these lovely baskets! Plus, they're really all about upcycling, because you use old newspaper and create something useful and beautiful! 

Here are my pics of my work, and a short tutorial.
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1. Start out with scissors, staples and stapler, and a pile of newspaper - the size of your box depends on the size of the newspaper, but local newspapers torn in half give you a box about 20cm x 30cm. You can also use a glue gun if you'd like to keep it neater.

2. Fold the newspaper into strips: first in half lengthwise, then in half again, and then in half again - you should need about 18 strips if I remember correctly...this, of course, changes depending on how big you want your box! :)

3. Begin weaving the strips together, starting from the centre of the basket's bottom. You need to have six strips eight strips in your weave if you're making a box like mine.
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4. It seems a little complicated once you begin to make the sides of the box, but it's very simple - simply fold up the strip on the very edge on the short side of the box, then fold up the strip on the edge of the longer side of the box, and continue weaving with the strip from the long side, following your weave pattern.
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5. Your box should look something like this now...
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6. Trim the strips so that the top of the box is even.
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7. Join two of your strips together, and fold them in half lengthwise once again - you will use this strip to cover the edges of your box, as in the image above.
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8. This just finishes off your box neatly.

And there you have your box! I thought that if you really would like to, you could spray them with an acrylic sealer, or paint them a particular colour, and then seal them. This would also harden the box, and no one would know that you've just used *gasp* newspaper! :)

What do you think? Please link to your results in the comments - I would love to see your results! Have fun!