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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

So long, grey skies! Hello sunshine and blue! The last few days have brought glorious weather – although the wind is still biting and has a habit of getting through all layers of clothing. It’s bloody cold, really. I’m used to consecutive days of sunshine equalling warmer temperatures but so far this hasn’t happened. They forecast some higher numbers for the rest of the week which is a bit of a relief. Every time I try and put on a skirt the wind suggests otherwise.

But sunshine does bring general happiness – my mood seems to lift greatly when the sun is out. Paris looks so beautiful when it isn’t contending with grey clouds – the buildings shine, the trees seem to instantly fill with new buds, birds flutter and Parisians make out on park benches. The past weekend was particularly glorious. Saturday was Tom and my two-years-and-six-months-versary which we celebrate just for the excuse of going out to eat food. We had had a rather late one the night before (getting home at 3am is apparently early in Paris) so we didn’t get up until almost lunch time. We headed to Les Enfants Perdus – a cosy little restaurant in the next street. We treated ourselves to a fancy lunch – I had lamb, Tom had prawns, we both had chocolate cake. The restaurant was a delight – amazing food beautifully presented, lovely staff and a very cosy place to sit. Definitely one to go back to.

Lamb lunch

My lamb – so good.


Tom's prawns – apparently also so good

Chocolate pudding

Chocolate cake with delicious, gooey innards. So so so good - although the menu said it had chilli in it. I couldn't find it... Clearly French "chilli"

After lunch we walked in the sunshine along the canal to Parc de la Villette – a large space with parkland, museums, giant glass domes, kids’ play equipment, concert halls… Tom described a conference hall located in the park as “Like the Perth Convention Centre, but with style and it actually works.” It’s nice to discover new places and to find places we want to go back to. So much to see.

Parc de la Villette

Parc de la Villette

Sunday was the first Sunday of the month so all of the art galleries were open for free. We caught three trains on the metro to get to Musee Rodin and wandered through the gallery and gardens looking at Rodin’s work. I had seen many replicas of The Thinker so it was amazing to finally see the real thing. Sundays are always ‘days out with the family’ for Parisians and they were all out in full swing, enjoying the rays of sunlight. People had clearly come to the Musee Rodin to simply sit in the sun in the garden. Poor French people with their lack of sunshine. That said, France gets heaps of sun compared to England. Give me Paris over London any day.

The Thinker

He's a thinker.

We walked back home through Saint Germain which was completely closed and made me think about everyone complaining about Perth’s lack of Sunday trading. Paris is just as bad. Everything closes on Sundays. Bakeries close at lunch time, just when you want some bread. Tom and I walked for miles trying to find a baguette – we ended up having lebanese.

Today I went shopping with my friend Pip (a fellow Perthian who has moved to Paris at the same time as me) and bought a lot. I went shopping with a list of necessities and came home with some added bonuses. I bought:

  1. Moisturiser for my excessively dry skin due to France’s stupidly cold air (necessity)
  2. Jeans (necessity as I only have one pair and my other pair of pants are too big)
  3. A tshirt (You always need tshirts)
  4. A grey skirt that has cool angles and is just great (it was half price so it would have been wrong not to buy it)
  5. Books (Books are educational (and these are beautiful) which means they are a necessity)
  6. A statue of a pig (added bonus)

The pig needs a name and I am currently undecided. I will post a photo of him soon so that everyone can meet my new pet. Maurice is a possibility – all I know is that he is a French cochon.

Ok well it is my bed time and I am going to post this sans-photos. My internet can’t handle uploading photos at this time of the day so I will add them later. So you can read this post TWICE. Lucky you!

New Zaum Projects Alert!

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Exciting times, Zaum-followers! This week at Zaum central I’ve been in a buying frenzy – stocking up for future projects. My bargain of the week was from S2, a fantastic clothing store that I drool over every Sunday morning as I walk past it to eat breakfast at Il Circolo next door. They had a clearance sale which resulted me in buying these delicious fabrics:

Fabric remnants

Fabulous fabric remnants (My Aunty is teaching me the lingo)

Look at them, sitting there waiting for me to find a pattern and make something beautiful with them. I have a slight fetish for skirts so I keep looking at each piece and thinking, “Ooh, that would make a nice skirt!” But all I have made are skirts so I should probably ‘push the boundaries’ and ‘look further afield’ into the realms of tops, dresses, pantaloons. Ideas and free patterns welcomed.

My second purchase for the week involved a trip to Fibreglass and Resin Sales in Welshpool where they sell (surprisingly enough) fibreglass and resin. I had been searching high and low for a resin supplier in Perth and had failed miserably. I was told about this magical place and I ventured there and bought myself a starter kit.

Resin supplies

Excitement in multiple bottles

Resin, hardener, silicon, releasing agent, pigments and popsticks! What more could a girl want? So the plan is to use these supplies to make brilliant resin jewellery (most likely red in colour) that I can sell and/or keep for myself! So send your orders in now. I’ll have some test products on show soon.


Monday, March 1st, 2010

I finished my skirt on Saturday. It looks great apart from the dodgy bits on the inside. But you can’t see those so who cares?!!


Finally, the Zaum uniform is complete

And now for some new photos, just because my sewing teacher demanded them!

Inside my skirt

Don't judge me on my messy insides. I don't have an overlocker!

Close up of pleats

Nice angles! Not so nice/straight ditch stitching but hey! I'm learning!

The Making of the Zaum Skirt

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Great news, everyone! I have finally pulled out my new sewing machine and have started work on my latest sewing project. This skirt is going to match perfectly with my Zaum colour. Look at those pleats! Not bad for sewing project #2.

Sewing machine

Puttin' in the pleats

This is my new sewing machine that is going to turn me into a world famous seamstress, or a really great housewife/mother.

Sewing machine

Little Bernie hard at work

Having never sewed a pleat in my life, I’m very pleased with how these have turned out. I didn’t have to unpick once! The next step is the waistband, but before I do that I need to ring my Aunt and ask her how to do it…

Red skirt

Zaum skirt – it will be part of my new uniform