My perfect ankle boot

My perfect ankle boot

I’ve been on the hunt for an every day ankle boot to suit my work wardrobe. Which means, it needs to be black, leather and flat. I’ve wanted an elegant looking one with a bit of character for a while now. All the boots these days seem to have that chunky Cuban heel, which has it’s own place and time.

I went into Midas the other day (my current fave shoe brand – I swear all of their shoes are super duper comfy). I managed to find a design I really loved. Round toe, deep side slit, textured/smooth leather. Love it.

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Midas Goody ankle boot

I ummed and ahhed over sizes, I fit snuggly into one size (without a thick sock), but also fit into a size up a little more loosely. I decided on the tighter fit – I figure I’ll wear the ankle boots with dresses + stockings so would want to pad them out less rather than more. If that makes sense.

I need to waterproof them still! I want to know, do you have a go-to brand for shoes?

I dream of Tokyo

I dream of Tokyo

So what’s with this Sydney weather? It feels a lot like inconsistent Melbourne weather to me. Hah. Today is supposedly going to reach a maximum of 26 degrees, did I mention it’s the middle of winter? Whaaaaat? Anyway. It makes dressing in the morning a nightmare.

Everyone I know seems to be overseas at the moment, so I’ve been running around tending to plants, taking out the trash, meal planning for my entire week. Who knew maintaining a household(s) on your lonesome could be so exhausting?

I’ve barely had much time to myself to do some crafting, but I did have some time to edit some of the cherry blossom photos I have from Tokyo. So delayed, but I’m keen to get some of these printed out and framed for the house.

Anyway. Happy Friday all!

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All wound up

All wound up

Yeah, you could say I have a *bit* of a yarn addiction. I originally ordered a cheap-o yarn winder off eBay. It came to the grand total of $11 inclusive of postage and was due to ship from Hong Kong. After an entire month of anticipation and waiting, the yarn winder never showed up. I was disappointed but never fear, this story has a happy ending. I got a full refund for the cheapie winder.

I ended up ordering a heavy-duty yarn winder for a little more money and a fraction of the time. It has metal gears unlike the original one I was getting, and can make balls of up to 10oz. I don’t really measure in ounces, so I don’t really know what that means, but I have zero regrets. I love my new winder.

They say it isn’t good to cake any skeins if you aren’t planning on using them soon. The problem with my stash is that I adopted a majority of them as loose skeins which have been bugging me for a while. I am planning on using them very soon, so I love that they’re beautiful centre pull cakes. Hashtag yarn nerd.

It is sososo much easier than winding a skein by hand. I did 6 yarn cakes in the space of about 30 minutes. Definitely the best thing in my maker life right now.

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T-shirt or spaghetti?

T-shirt or spaghetti?

Each time the cold weather sets in, I’m inspired to knit something. I’ll do a separate post with the projects I currently have on the go. Off the top of my head I have about six projects on. Help. I think I may have too many. I tend to switch between each project depending on how mobile I am on a particular day. Nothing is worse than bringing 10 billion balls of yarn onto the train. I’m so looking forward to receiving the yarn winder I ordered.

T-shirt yarn (aka spaghetti yarn) has been on my radar for a little while now, but I haven’t brought myself to take the plunge. I stocked up on some t-shirt yarn at the last Lincraft sale, where giant balls were 50% off and as low as $4 each. I made a small planter out of yarn which I gifted to someone.  Not too dissimilar to this planter tutorial from Wool and the Gang.

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Jeans planter from Wool and the Gang

Now I yarn yearn for more. Sorry I couldn’t resist.

I’m thinking of whipping up one of those cute floor rug weavings that are very much in at the moment, but I’m not sure how slippery it would be on tiling and wooden floor boards. I also worry that they’ll only be trendy for a short time. I imagine with a larger gauge they’d work up super quick and easy. I like this tutorial from My World of Wool.

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Rug tutorial from My World of Wool

I love all things kitschy, and this macrame planter is calling out to me. I made some out of fluorescent builders rope, and it looks fab. I had never thought to experiment with yarn instead. Find the tutorial for this planter at the Clover USA blog.

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A neat woven plant holder from the Clover USA blog

There are so many fantastic yarn colours out at Lincraft at the moment. Unfortunately no longer half price, but still as steal for $8 bucks for a large skein. After I pick which project I want to do first, the next problem will be deciding the colour!

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Canberra part deux

Canberra part deux

Continuing on from my last post about the nation’s capital, we stayed in the New Acton precinct which gave us a good chance to explore the surrounds on foot. Behind our hotel was the snazzy Hotel Hotel… hotel. Definitely worth a gander if you plan on staying in Canberra.

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We ate brunch at Mocan and Green Grout, where there is always a wait for a table. The coffee however is amazing. As I mentioned in the last post, we went to the Handmade Markets where I bought some matching coffee cups and some cold smoked garlic. The latter with the most intoxicating smell. I have some plans for the garlic with some fluffy scrambled eggs and potentially truffle.

We ended up in the city’s centre on the Sunday, and went to Akiba for some late lunching. I had read some reviews of them having some amazing dumplings and just couldn’t resist the allure of warm parcels of goodness on such a cold winter’s day. The beef rib dumplings were delicious and tender and melt in your mouth – everything they should be.

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On our final day we had a late breakfast at The Cupping Room, which was one of the few things open on a public holiday. After putting our name down we got some take away coffees and stood out in the sun. Once finally seated, we opted for a sweet and savoury dish, French toast and the bacon and egg roll which were both delicious. The citrus on the French toast would have ordinarily put me off, but it wasn’t too tart which made it perfection.

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All in all it was an excellent stay and Canberra was a great choice for a short road trip. I’d definitely recommend Canberra as a place for great coffee and amazing food! Also. GO NOW while it’s truffle season! The best season of them all.

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All wrapped up

All wrapped up

I am obsessed with furoshiki, which is the traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used to transport items such as clothes, gifts, or food. I purchased a few squares during my trip and have been using them to wrap my bento box that I bring into work every day. Well. I try to bring it. I usually forget it, but on the days that I do remember, it’s nicely wrapped in a furoshiki. I find it so quaint.

This furoshiki from Cochae is so adorable and playful. I have too many squares right now but that doesn’t stop me pining over these. Kawaii!

Do you wrap your things in furoshiki?

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Eating my way through the capital city

Eating my way through the capital city

For the Queen’s birthday long weekend, we decided to do a road trip down to Canberra which is an approximately 3 hour drive. Let me just say that the Australian capital city has changed quite a bit from what I remember. There are loads of jobs in C-town which I guess means the foodie scene has been flourishing. We stayed in the New Acton area, which was pretty much hipster central. We made Japanese pancakes (AMAZING) before setting off on the drive down.

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We got to Canberra late in the afternoon, driving to Joe’s Bar for a late tapas lunch. No regrets. We got three dishes to share (admittedly 2 fried dishes #noregrets). I started off with a floral G+T, too pretty to drink.

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We got the burrata con tartufo, an oozy mozzarella made from fresh cows milk and cream, finished off with fresh local truffles. Did I mention it was truffle season? Oh and some arancini and calamari as well. Jokes aside, the calamari was pretty amazing. It was the most tender calamari I’ve had. You didn’t even need cutlery to slice it up, it was that soft. The calamari was paired with a black squid ink aioli, which despite it’s scary hue, was quite salty and went nicely with the seafood.

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Arancini di Riso on the left, and Burrata con Tartufo on the right.
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Calamari Fritti with black squid ink aioli hidden underneath.

We stayed at the newly renovated QT hotel, which was previously the Rydges hotel. The verdict? It wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t horrible either. Each QT hotel has their own theme, and in Canberra it’s no surprise that the theme is politics.

There are multiple prior Aussie prime ministers hidden within the wallpaper in the lobby and streaming political tweets all over the walls. Overall it was a good stay, however we found the mini bar fridge didn’t work well. It was faster to chill a bottle of champagne on the balcony in the sub-zero temperatures!

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A stunning view at sunset.

Dinner that night was at the Capitol Bar and Grill at the hotel, famed for their enormous tomahawk steaks. Naturally we chose to have some truffle mac and cheese on the side. Amazing. I love truffle season. M&C didn’t look too attractive, but believe me, it was the most delicious thing ever on a winter’s night.

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The handmade markets happened to be on during the weekend we were visiting. We stopped by at EPIC, the Exhibition Park In Canberra. It was like a slightly less crowded version of the Finders Markets that they hold in the other capital cities. We ate a few things, bought a few things, and had a pretty good day.

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Cinnamon donut ice cream and a cute wall shelf stall.

I have a part 2 Canberra post lined up as we ate at so many great food places, but for now, thanks Canberra, you’re alright.

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