March 3, 2015

First Day of Autumn

First of March is the first day of Autumn, Fall for those of you living in North America. To celebrate first day of Autumn my friend and I went out looking for this scrumptious cafe Chez Dre in South Melbourne. We weren't disappointed when we got there. The French patisseries on display were to die for. We thought they were there for display only! Too gorgeous to eat, honestly!  

Only this much fits in my camera lens!

Waterlogue Latte

Full, Skinny and Magic are just a few interesting names for latte. I used Waterlogue app to enhance this photo so it looks like a water colour painting! After morning coffee and cakes my friend took me to South Melbourne market. To me it's one of the best markets in Melbourne. I did my usual weekly shopping there. 

On my way back I stopped at Ziguzagu Warehouse at 7-11 Hill St. Cremorne (Richmond). The week before I went to Kazari, which is the parent of Ziguzagu, and saw some amazing stuff there. 

Beautiful Japanese vintage metallic threads.

BORO Kasuri jackets

Bits and pieces from ZZ warehouse

ZZ warehouse is also where furniture restorations take place. Every time I'm there I spend as much time in the workshop as the shop part itself. 

I dyed some canes with coffee and posted them here. I started weaving a Scallop basket. I finished the first basket. I was on a roll and started another one with finer dyed canes I dyed a while ago. 

First Scallop basket finished.

Second Scallop basket finished.

These baskets might look complicated to you, but for me it's easy and straightforward to make. I lost count how many I have made to-date. I have given most of them away to friends and family.

Another journal cover is in the making. I used the string that I wrapped the eco-dye bundle as surface design and crouched it down with dyed threads.

Instead of a lucky find for ending my post, today I would like to share with you what my week ending is. After I finish work on Friday, I swim about 25-30 laps each week. It's a refreshing way to end a working week!

So, what is everyone else doing this week? March is zooming along at lightning speed. It won't be long before we are off on our around the world trip to celebrate Mr Notjustnat's retirement. The preparation is under-way at the moment. All dates are fixed, tickets booked. Some more accommodation to be booked and we are ready!

Until next time


deanna7trees said...

i absolutely love your journal cover. it must be even more beautiful in person. i didn't realize you had made 2 baskets. i thought you treated the first one with color. they are both just beautiful.

Needled Mom said...

Those patisseries are just too pretty to eat! I really like that altered latte picture.

Your shopping looks like such fun. The threads are gorgeous. Are they still stable enough to stitch with?

Your baskets are beautiful. YES....they do look so complicated. I love your journal cover pretty.

Your trip is going to be amazing. How long are you going to be away? That is the way to celebrate retirement.

Nifty Quilts said...

Beautiful baskets!! I hope you'll share your travels with us. Sounds like a perfect way to celebrate the retirement. Happy Autumn!

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

The desserts look so good. I love the basket you made. I think it looks good both ways plain and dyed. Happy Autumn. We are waiting for Spring right now.

Jeannie said...

I am watching the tulip and daffodil starts. The one's closest to the house are budded. Finally, Spring is close enough to get excited about it. Your baskets are gorgeous, as is your journal cover. I love to swim. Sadly, that is only a warm weather activity here due to no indoor pools. I keep thinking of Jules Verne when you speak of your trip. I can't wait to hear the details. Have a beautiful remainder of the week.

Penny said...

Would love to know how to make those baskets, you are one busy woman. The round the world trip sounds like a fabulous thing to be planning.

Els said...

My mouth watered with that first picture Nat !!!!
And of course (in another way) with that wonderful ZZstore !
Have a good week !

Bev C said...

Hello Nat,

Happy Autumn to you. Look at the amazing things that are in that warehouse, I can imagine spending quite a bit of time in there. Your basket making is top notch. Have fun planning your trip, congrats to your husband on his upcoming retirement, enjoy.

Happy days.

neki desu said...

♥ that cover. and the latte watercolor.
did you buy some of those amazing threads? they made my head reel!!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh yes Nat those cakes look scrumptious! My Friend went to Paris and didn't eat any as hey were too beautiful! Great baskets and gave fun planning your trip!

ARTISUN said...

Hey Nat,

Love the eco string whipped to the journal cover. What a great look! Hoping you will be opening your store soon :) hint, hint xoxox

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