Black Tie Dress Ideas bring Lunchtime Excitement!

I recently was invited to a Black Tie Dinner. You know what this means? Finally a chance to wear one of the beautiful dresses in my Wardrobe! Yay!

I know just the one I want to wear, you may have have seen it before:

The only trouble with the dress is the front split is a little too revealing for this party. So to fix this problem I’m going to make myself an underskirt!

Mind racing I picked up these two patterns from the sewing shop near work today:

I love big skirts, but I’m not sure if 3852 will be too much to go under my dress. So we’ll try them both and see what happens…

You know what this also means? I’ll have actually sewn something before Christmas πŸ˜€

Stay inspired!


A country drive to Goulburn, NSW

That’s right. This is The Big Merino in Goulburn, NSW Australia.

Australia certainly didn’t miss out on the craze for Big Things and since wool export is one of the things Australia is known for around the world, it would be silly to live here and not celebrate it!

Sweetheart wanted to go on a country drive again and who am I to say no to that! I didn’t know where we were going so it was a fun surprise to come off the freeway and see this πŸ™‚

Inside there is a gift shop (no surprise) but (surprise!) the gift shop didn’t sell much yarn! I only found one basket of 450g merino hanks in natural colours, lovely though it was. I’m considering going back and getting some.

Rather creepily, you can also climb the stairs inside the Big Merino’s head, and see the view through its eyes:

Rather a weird experience. I did take a picture of the view through the eyes, but I’ve decided that’s one anti-climax you’ll have to experience yourself πŸ˜€ hehehe!

After all that excitement, it was time for lunch. And in keeping true to my Australian roots we went across to the Bakery cafe:

Yummo, nothing beats a pie and lamington. These were two of the best I’ve ‘sampled’. Recommended!

It’s Friday night again and another weekend is upon us, I’m looking forward to some more stash sorting and getting my Star Anise Blanket on!

Stay happy πŸ˜€

A Week of Bento #8

Another week, no photos. But lunch was brought 3 out of 5 days, this time two of them bentos! Good news.

However, I have decided to stop these weekly post of bentos, because it’s just not happening for me at the moment!! That and I’m also no good at food photography it seems. Never fear though, I will still post a lunch if it is particularly awesome. πŸ™‚

I often find I get too excited and start too many projects at the same time, so deciding to cull this one is only going to make my other projects better. I’m also better at taking pictures of my projects!

I’ll still eat bento though, because I still love bento!

Happy lunching! πŸ™‚

A Week of Bento #7

Guess what I acheived this week?! I brought my lunch 4 out of 5 work days!! Yay!! Pat on the back.

However. I didn’t get a picture of a single one, and even three of my lunch were awesomely packed healthy bentos. The other two days were freezer lunches. Oh well. But rather than have another Lunch post with no pictures, here’s a delicious-looking Bento recipe from Not Exactly BentoΒ that we just have to try!

Image source:Β Not Exactly Bento

Recipe link for Teriyaki Pork with Noodles

A week of Bento #5

Another busy week where I was too busy sleepy lazy to get up early and make bento. But I did make one mid-week lunch look a bit special!


Like 3 of the 5 working meals this week, it was some sort of curry and rice and an old cheap tupperware box. The ‘furoshiki’ is a 50c tea towel.

This week has a Bonus Bento!

On Saturday, I was going to be very busy for a few hours, with no time to run out and buy myself some lunch. So it had to be packed! Earlier in the week I had bought myself a new Onigiri Bento set from the junk shop for $3. It was two decent sized rice ball containers, here is one of them below with my half eaten Onigiri:


Remember the lonely can of chilli tuna that didn’t get eaten? Well it has been now. My rice ball contained the chilli tuna wrapped in nori. It was good. But, I was so busy I didn’t get to finish it! I certainly ate all my greens at dinner that night.

A week of Bento #3 and #4

No pictures!


Oh dear, I get distracted so easily. But I did have lunch. This is how it worked:

On the days I remembered to take a photo, I had a really lame lunch that wasn’t worth photographing,

On the days I packed a cool bento, I forgot to take a photo.

On the plus side, this meant I did remember to takes photos most days.

But never fear, I only managed to pack one bento in the last two week and it looked almost exactly like this one.

Un-photography-worthy lunches included half a can of beef stew, a small can of minestrone soup, the remaining half can of beef stew, and a few rice and curry containers from the freezer.