Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fascinating! How to make an 'x-ray' themed fascinator

X-ray Fascinator

A hat competition is being held on Melbourne Cup day at work which I plan to participate in. The prize is a $50 voucher and initially I was going to buy this extravagant fascinator for $40 but decided to make my own instead...out of x-ray film! A much cheaper alternative and so much more fun! So I went to my old work place to gather some free film and went to spotlight and spent $12 on materials (50% off millinery materials - yay).

Millinery Materials
Materials bought: Headband, hat base, 1 metre of veil, a variety of feathers & rhinestones

I gathered the veil and folded it until I was happy with the formation and sewed it underneath the base and then sewed the base to the headband itself.
Arrange the feathers and stuck it on to the hat base with craft glue.
Cut out flower shapes from the x-ray film and curled each petal with fingers. Using a paper fastener, joined each different sized flower shapes together. Glue flower onto base.
Glued a rhinestone in the middle of the flower.
Cut out feather shapes from x-ray film and attach to wires. Attach to base.

In Construction:

Flower Cut outs

X-ray Film Flower Cut outs.

In construction

Combined Flower cut outs and Rhinestones.

End Product

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Tea Party for Three

Tea Party for three :)

I had leftover cheese from my cheese platter so invited a couple of friends over for a mini tea party at mine. We decided to tape my Diana Mini coloured filters on top of our Fujifilm Instax Mini 7s flashes to create crazy coloured outcomes!

taped coloured filters on the instax

After googling colour filters I came across this article on the lomography site that has another colour filter idea for the Instax Mini 7s. I will have to try that one day!

Friday, October 07, 2011

Cheesy Friday

Today was the last day for the students working at Shents so they made some Brownies and we decided earlier that some of us would bring in some food as well so we could have a little tea party at work. Two girls brought in two different types of brownies and I decided to bring in a cheese platter. Got a little bit carried away and went Thursday night shopping and bought some beautiful Maxwell & Williams dinnerware and cutlery for cheese platters. Plated up three different types of cheese with crackers and mini toasts and garnished it with a fanned homegrown strawberry. Pictures below!

Cheese platter with M&W white basics bamboo

Finished product.

Fanned Homegrown Strawberry

My fanned homegrown strawberry, oops should've snipped off the stalk.

Brie, Apricot&Almond & Cheddar

Brie, Apricot & Almond Cream Cheese and Cheddar

Crackers & Mini toasts & cheese knife

Crackers & Mini toasts.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Got the Green Thumb

A trip to Bunnings.
Strawberry, Basil and Grape Tomatoes.
wish me luck...

M.I.A - Snow trips

I have been MIA for a few months, oops! I blame my long hiatus on my 'recent' employment at a public hospital! I am happily working and earning some moolah, very exciting stuff! I shall write a catching up blog entry on the snow trips I've been on in the last month. One weekend (26th of August) we decided to fly to Melbourne for a snow trip. Rob & I flew on a Friday night and came back on a Monday morning, and had work that Monday afternoon! It was hectic but oh so fun! We went up to Mount Buller and snowboarded til our legs couldn't hold us up no more and explored Melbourne City and met up with a friend that lives there.

One week later we flew to New Zealand for another snow trip! We spent 10 days in NZ driving from Christchurch to Kaikoura to Wanaka, then Queenstown, to Methven and back to Christchurch. This time we went snowboarding at Mt Hutt and Cadrona! It wasn't that snowy this time of the year but it was still ten times better than Mt Buller and also much much cheaper. Got to catch up with my amazing NZ friends again which was awesome. We went to Hanmer, initially to go to the hot springs but ended up quad biking in the mud. NZ never ceases to amaze me with its amazing scenary! I've forgotten how beautiful the place was.

If you ever go to Queenstown, I highly recommend the Onsen Hot Pools which is an indoor/outdoor spa. By that I mean, it's indoors but it has A RETRACTABLE ROOF!! With the push of a button *POOF* you're suddenly outdoors looking at beautiful mountain views or if it is at night, star gazing into the magnificent night sky! Also, if you choose the candlelit pamper pack like we did, the spa room is filled with many a candles. The only negative comment I can offer was that the candles weren't real candles unfortunately (poo). Otherwise it gave a relaxing and amazing atmosphere.

Not us - picture from Onsen website

I have caught the travelling bug again and the minute I got back to work, filled in my leave form for my next trip! Next stop: Singapore in November! Can't wait!