Thursday, March 31, 2011

Green Beauty - Perfume

I haven't been happy using synthetic fragrance (even though I LOVE my Issey Miyake!), so I've been investigating natural perfume oils. Anita found the shop For Strange Women on Etsy, which has a wide range of perfume oils, solid perfumes, and the opportunity to have a perfume created especially for you (if you have a spare $300!). I ordered Sweet Androgyny for myself, and Winter Kitty for Anita - both came in 7.3ml amber bottles, beautifully packaged, and were US$25 each + postage. It's difficult to get used to putting a tiny dab of oil on pulse points (well, for me it is!), but although subtle, the scent is strong enough to last most of the day. Anita's been using non-synthetic perfume for a few months now, and has stopped getting rashes on her neck. Makes sense, huh?

I will definitely be ordering from here again - I also ordered the range of oils in sample size, and have found that Jaded and Cleopatra suit me, and Decadence & Debauchery and Moss & Ivy suit Anita - YUM!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cat Amongst The Weft

Just having a quick weaving break - I have the day off for study (thank the gods for a great boss, and lots of annual leave to use up!). I'm replicating a portion of a Flemish tapestry, and have made a rod for my own back by choosing to weave in 16 epi - EEEK! So fine that my eyes are boggling :P I originally wanted to do a Morris & Co tapestry, but 'The Adoration Of The Magi' which usually resides in the Art Gallery Of South Australia is currently touring Japan (of all places!).

Charlie has decided that tapestry = lap sitting ... hmmm, not easy to weave when there's a (rather large) kitteh on one's lap!

Right, off to do some Colour Theory homework, then back to the weaving later on.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


OK - *still* coughing, and consequently driving everyone mad ... but I'll get there! :)

Last Friday Anita, Brigitte (Anita's mum) and I went to see the magnificent Kaffe Fassett, who was giving one of his amazing lectures / slide shows - WOW! :O He and Brandon Mably are so inspirations! Here's a pic of them both (nicked from Facebook):

Kaffe Fassett was the reason I started designing needlepoint - I picked up one of his books in the early 90s (after I finished Art School), stitched a few of his designs, then decided to start designing my own. I saw him first in 1995, then in 2000. Apparently he has toured in between then and now, but I missed him. I had lent Brigitte all my Kaffe books, and she was the one who tipped me off about this visit.

Kaffe started off as a painter, then moved to knitting, then needlepoint, rag rugs, mosaics, and now quilting - PHEW! He still does them all interchangeably, as well as touring the world with his workshops and lectures. I wanna be that energetic when I'm in my 70s too! Brandon, as well as being Kaffe's partner and studio manager, is also a designer - he showed us the rooster needlepoint he's working in when Anita and I decided to be groupies and corner him :P

Tapestry-wise, I'm getting really bogged down with the massive amounts of work I have to complete in a fairly short space of time ... it's crazy up until the end of April, then the assignment due dates are a bit more spaced out. I wouldn't be surprised if that's the reason my persistent cough won't go away. So - in typical Michelle-fashion - I've created a study timetable, which is becoming increasingly more detailed. My cure for being overwhelmed is strict organisation! Cross fingers that it works ;)