Monday, December 17, 2012

Exit the Dragon

Well there's only a week to go until Christmas and I am going to sign off here.  I hope you've had a good year.  For me, the Year of the Dragon has definitely lived up to its reputation - a year of change and transformation with a rapid pace I've found hard to keep up with.  The year is also not over for the Chinese until February when we usher in the Year of the Snake so I have another month and a bit of exciting times!
As for my resolutions?  Hmmm, I did manage to watch less TV over the course of the year although not during winter.  My yoga practice has been sporadic at best and my meditation has almost been non-existent.  Having said that, I think it's a great tool to use when you're in a wound up state.  While I also did not buy a lot of brand new things this year, I was an avid vintage/second-hand buyer and I will share some of this with you, as well as some of the experiences I've had that that I've not managed to chronicle, in the new year.

I'll have some more interesting local profiles to share in 2013 and I look forward to another 12 month journey with you.  Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Local profile - Kirsten Parry

I do admire a crafty person.  Patience is not one of my strong points and I think that many people who knit, sew and crochet (the list goes on) are incredibly patient as well as being creative, talented and resourceful.  I also think there is a meditative element to creating and making things by hand once you find your own rhythm.  Kirsten Parry is the owner, designer and creator of Little Cookie - selling hair accessories, pillows and personalised towels amongst other things.  Come and meet Kirsten!
Name: Kirsten Parry
Occupation: Sewer! 
Lives/works: Eltham
How long have you lived/worked here? I have lived in Eltham for 14 years

Describe yourself/what you do: 
I am married and have 2 gorgeous boys, aged 7 and 11.  I have always loved sewing.  My mum always sewed when I was young and I guess I got my love of sewing from her.  I love creating new things, although sometimes what I make doesn’t always look as good as it does in my head!  But I persevere until I get it right.  When you do what you love, it doesn’t feel like work!  
I love working from home.  It has always given me flexibility to work as well as care for my children.  Although this means that my work is always around me, I can pick it up and put it down at anytime.  I have created a nice little work area into the corner of my home and can see everything that is going on around me, rather than being tucked away in a room.  Things can get a bit messy though!  I have been selling my items at the Eltham Market for 11 years.  I started off selling Teddy Wheat Bags and then began making things for kids' bedrooms.  I still make these things but now sell handmade hair accessories.  Having 2 boys, I love making lots of girly things!

Best thing(s) about living/working in Melbourne’s north-east: 
Not too far from the city but far enough away to enjoy lots of wide open spaces.

For more information:
Mobile Number: 0402 298 350

Please note that there is an online children's clothing store also called Little Cookie - this is not Kirsten's business.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Jingle Bells

Some local Christmas events on for you this weekend.  I do love the village shopping in Banyule and Santa is coming to East Ivanhoe Village this Saturday.  Free photos with Santa, face painting and live entertainment from the 30 man Grand Bellini band will all be on offer.
Image via Wikipedia
The Boulevard Christmas Lights also open on The Boulevard in East Ivanhoe every night from 8.30 - 11 pm until Christmas Eve.  It's become an annual tradition in my family to go although it doesn't really get dark until around 9 pm.  Be warned there are lots of visitors, apparently something like 10,000 people attend this event but the kids love the flashing light toys, the snack vans and the live musicians as much as the actual lights themselves.
Image via Banyule City Council website
And for those of you who don't feel like trekking into town, Banyule holds its own free Carols by Candlelight at Poulter Reserve in Greensborough (opposite the train station) from 7.30 - 9.30pm on Saturday night - gates open from 6.30pm.  The Diamond Valley Brass Band and the Australian Children's Choir will be part of the stage show.

STOP PRESS! As of 4pm Fri 14 Dec, Carols by Candlelight at Poulter Reserve has been CANCELLED due to safety concerns about inclement weather.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Christmas rush...

I can't believe there's only a couple of weeks until Christmas.  Having not one but two members of my family born in December has meant the past couple of weeks have all been a bit of a blur and that's not including the Christmas parties that have also started!  I can't keep up at the moment.

Some more markets for you to do your shopping - the Northcote Kris Kringle night market is on again tomorrow as well as the Sisters Market at QV in the city, which also runs on Friday and Saturday and again on the same days next week.
Flyer image via Banyule Youth website
The Olympic Village makers market is on tomorrow night as a twilight event while the Ivanhoe Makers Market is on this Saturday followed by the Suitcase Rummage market in Thornbury on Sunday.  Phew!  I'll post about some local Christmas celebrations tomorrow.  Hope you are staying cool.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Local profile - Alison Sewell

There's nothing like a bit of glam in the every day and that's something I love about Alison Sewell's beautiful robes and their whole Asian aesthetic.  As a mother, I've spend an inordinate amount of time wearing a very average terry towelling dressing gown so I'm all for a more stylish existence and have already dropped hints to Mr Rosanna about Alison's kimono robes for Christmas.  Read on for more about Alison.
Name: Alison Sewell
Occupation: Founder and Director of Beautiful Robes and Mum 
Lives/works: Heidelberg VIC
How long have you lived/worked here? 
I have lived here for 4 years and have worked here since I started our business in December 2011.

Describe yourself/what you do: 
I founded Beautiful Robes, an importer of Japanese kimono robes in December 2011 after I identified a gap in the market internationally.  With a 20 year history in strategic customer management relating to call centres and websites, my skills allow me to offer customers a unique and enriching experience.

Now, with my thriving little online business, I do everything, from researching new product offerings, to marketing to sales to customer service, managing the website, business management and distribution.  It is a juggling act for sure, but we have a 'rhythm' now and the business for the most part takes care of itself.  

I also offer Search Engine Optimisation advice to other like-minded mums setting up websites for the first time.  I learned a terrific amount from some amazing people when setting up my business, and now I help others to do the same.  What goes around comes around I think!

Repeat purchasing and referral customers with Beautiful Robes is high.  We believe this means that customers genuinely love the product, the website and the service.

Needless to say, my gorgeous kids and husband come first and it is at times really difficult to manage that balance, particularly at busy times of the year.  The family are really proud of Beautiful Robes too (my 6 yo daughter is a shameless promoter of our website), so they are happy enough to support mum.  Doesn't stop them from needing help just at those 'critical' moments though, but the whole reason I set up the business is so I could drop everything and be there for them.  It definitely works.....

Best thing(s) about living/working in Melbourne’s north-east:
I love the close-knit community in which we live.  There are lots of great people in and around this area, who share similar aspirations and interests.  Of course there are lots of things to do for families like us, but it is also close enough to the city and other resources that we also like to take advantage of at times.

For more information: 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas goodies

Continuing on with the many markets now on - the Northcote Kris Kringle Night Market is on tonight while The Big Design Market starts tomorrow at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton and runs all weekend.  On Saturday, the Diamond Village Craft Market is on in Watsonia while The Fine Design Market is on Sunday in Doncaster.
Image via The Big Design Market website
The Christmas fairs have also started with the Macleod Village Christmas Fair on tomorrow night from 4 - 7 pm while the Bell Street Mall in Heidelberg West is also holding its Christmas Carnival on Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm.  If you feel like a drive or hopping on the train, the Christmas in Hurstbridge family fun day is also being held on Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm.  No excuses not to start your shopping and celebrations now - enjoy!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Lie of the land

Mr Rosanna and I had a fantastic holiday in Castlemaine a few years ago.  Lots to see and do there including visiting the Royal Theatre, the Goldfields steam train, historic homestead and garden at Buda and the Castlemaine Art Gallery housed in an Art Deco era building which is definitely worth a look.
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You can see some of renowned Australian artist John Borrack's paintings from the Castlemaine Art Gallery collection at the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre from this Friday until 10 February 2013.  Borrack is known for his beautifully structured paintings of the Australian landscape and selected paintings in water colour, gouache and oil dating from 1970 to 2012 will be on show as part of this exhibition.
Image via
On another note, the Possum Hollow Playground at Warringal Parklands in Heidelberg is being officially launched this Friday from 5 - 7 pm.  There'll be a sausage sizzle on offer or you're welcome to bring along a picnic and listen to some free live music while the kids run themselves silly on the playground.  For more information call Catherine Borg at Banyule City Council on 9457 9933.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Markets a plenty

Tomorrow is the first day of summer and also traditionally the day when you can start putting your Christmas trees up.  The markets have already started.  The Eaglemont Village Twilight Market and the Made n' Thornbury Christmas Market are both on this evening from 4 - 8 pm while tomorrow the Merry Monty Christmas at Montmorency Shopping Village and Fair@ Square at Federation Square are both being held.  Sip and Shop at Heide is also being held tomorrow where there is free gift wrapping for all purchases, Yering Station wine tastings and live music plus PLANK building for the kids.  I've already bought a couple of small presents there as well.
Origen image via Glimpse of Style blog
The Summer at BAAG exhibition (Bulleen Art and Garden) in Bulleen also starts from tomorrow and I have to say BAAG is a great place to do some Christmas shopping if you're after things with more of a bohemian vibe about them - Indian glass lanterns, Moroccan lotus dishes, Frida Kahlo-inspired Mexican homewares and Asian ceramics.  One of my other favourite shops to visit if I'm ever in the city is Origen which also does beautiful homewares, fashion, jewellery and accessories of a similar nature, and which supports fair trade ventures overseas.
Image via
Locally, Fair Trade shop Only Just in Montmorency is now online in time for Christmas.  I've also bought some world music CDs for kids from Wendy's Music - the Putumayo range is all half price at the moment.  Enjoy your weekend!

Nb. Miss Rosanna is Wendy's Music freelance PR consultant

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bright stars

Well, his is the most highly read post, and highly read profile by far, on my blog so I have written a longer article on the very talented Guy Franklin which is out this week in the RED issue of The Weekly Review.  He's directed Kimbra's latest music clip 'Come into my head' and she is performing at this week's Aria Awards.  Hopefully the story will also appear at some stage before Christmas in the Ivanhoe & Valley edition so all you locals get to see it in hard copy format!
Writer/Director Guy Franklin
A couple of things starting tomorrow - the Nillumbik Artists Open Studios 25th Anniversary exhibition at The Light Factory Gallery in Eltham which showcases the work of close to 40 different local artists who work across a variety of different disciplines.  A special twilight opening is being held this Thursday night to launch the exhibition which will be the last for the year.
Silence of Butterflies image by Ixia Black
Poetic Forms - an exhibition by six emerging artists including Renee Cosgrave, Meagan Wyke, Merryn Lloyd, Sally Wemyss, Stephanie Stott and Tom Reddington will also open tomorrow and show until Sunday 20 January 2013 at the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre.  Four years after graduation, these artists have come together again to explore the ongoing relationship between their artwork.
Image via Renee Cosgrave website 
Nb. Miss Rosanna and Guy Franklin are relatives by marriage.
Miss Rosanna is The Light Factory Gallery's freelance PR consultant.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Indoors and out

A few things on this Saturday including the annual Super Strawberry Fair at the Rosanna Uniting Church in Arden Crescent Rosanna from 9.30 am - 2.30 pm.  There's a book stall, white elephant treasures, tea room and BBQ not to mention a magic show at 10.45 am and 12.30 pm for $3 or $10 for a family.  I've been strawberry picking before many, many years ago in Kinglake and it was back breaking work so I figure buying them already pre-packed has got to be way better!

Speaking of fresh produce, the Monty Farmers Market is also on this Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm at 60A Rattray Road Montmorency - if the weather is anything like today, it will be a great morning to be out and about.
Image via Little Salon
For something different, Little Salon is having a studio sale from 10 am - 4 pm on Saturday at 12/167 Beavers Road Northcote (Ph: 9482 6518) where you can buy Nancybird bags, scarves and cushions (up to 70% off), Little Salon clothing, swimwear and bags (up to 80% off) and Lovehate Jewellery and Accessories (up to 80% off) - these are all seconds, samples and discontinued lines.  Their summer sale also starts tomorrow in-store at 71 Gertrude Street Fitzroy.
Image via Lovehate blog
Finally, on Sunday there is free twilight music by acoustic band Ricketty Bridge in the park (and low cost BBQ run by Rotary Heidelberg) at Cheverton Valley Reserve in Lower Plenty from 5 - 7pm.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Christmas cheer

With Christmas on it's way, it's good to know there are places to buy 'special occasion' food as I call it.  We had friends recently house-sit who are ex-pats now living in Papua New Guinea and I think they went on a food orgy at Leo's in Heidelberg most of the time they were here.

We usually get our ham there every Christmas and they stock an amazing array of food from other cultures as well as goods from smaller, boutique producers.  Our new neighbours have asked us about recommending a good butcher (I do miss the organic butcher who used to be in Greville Road Rosanna - apparently he's moved to one of the gourmet supermarkets on Station Street in Fairfield).  My foodie brother-in-law once cooked the best roast beef I've ever had, which came from Jonathon's in Collingwood.  Closer to home, the Eaglemont Meats butcher is more affordable and smokes his own meat.  He also sells fish on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.  Mr Rosanna and I occasionally buy seafood from Fishi Business (near Coles) at Ivanhoe Plaza who are also pretty good but again, not cheap.
Leo's Fine Food & Wine Heidelberg image via
At the other end of the spectrum, I know some people who are madly trying to get into shape with summer on the horizon.  A few of the them have signed up for classes (which include a personal training session) at Snap Fitness 24 hour gym on Burgundy Street in Heidelberg.  I've also noticed a new personal training studio SuperHealth Fitness which has recently opened (along with a new hairdresser) at the Station Road shops in Rosanna.  A Slice of Europe continental delicatessen on Station Road is also a goodie - their cheeses in particular.

Speaking of cheeses - two gourmet cheeses which are both available from Leo's were mentioned in today's Epicure - a French cheese Brillat-Severin triple cream (sounds decadent) recommended by Will Studd as well as the Jindi Old Telegraph Road Fire Engine Red, which apparently goes down well with a Belgian strong, dark ale.  Here's to Christmas!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Locally made and sold

The Ivanhoe Makers Market is on tomorrow and there are some lovely things on offer if you want to start your Christmas shopping early.  The final market for the year will be on Saturday 15 December.  I also popped into the Heide store briefly yesterday and Lene Kuhl Jakobsen's ceramics are also sold there as well as at the market.  I love her teardop pieces in particular and Lene has also started making porcelain jewellery as well.

Images above courtesy of Lene Kuhl-Jakobsen
Heide was dangerous as always and I picked up a number of Christmas presents and discovered a new New Zealand brand called Newbies - I loved their wooden jewellery trees and butterflies - the P & S Robin bird clips on the Newbies tree below are also sold at Heide - cute huh?
Image via Heide Facebook page
Image via
Finally the first Nillumbik Artists Open Studios weekend starts tomorrow (and is also on next weekend) - I've had recent dealings with Montsalvat-based jeweller Jeannette Dyke who is one of the participating artists and also love her petal necklaces.  Lots of beautiful things!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Let the festivities begin...

Two festivals on this weekend - the Manningham Multicultural Festival on Saturday at Ruffey Lake Park in George Street Doncaster and the Malahang Community Festival on Sunday at Malahang Reserve in Southern Road Heidelberg West.  One thing I noticed when moving from Brunswick to this part of the world was how 'white bread' it was...
I do think this is slowly changing as people from different cultural backgrounds move into the area to mix things up a little and one of the things I love about Melbourne is how culturally diverse it is largely without the racism and violence that has been experienced in other parts of the world (Indian taxi drivers and students not withstanding).  Heidelberg West is one of the most diverse areas in Banyule with many people from African descent now living there.
If the weather is good this weekend, then both would be good events to visit with the family - I daresay there'll also be some pretty good food on offer as well as lots of activities for the kids.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I wish...

I've had a thing for all things Art Deco for over a decade now.  I did go on a tour of The Centre Ivanhoe on Derby Day where the highlights included finding out more about the history of the centre in its hey day as well as climbing up the clock tower and having a 360 degree view from the top on a magnificent, sunny morning in Melbourne - the views were spectacular.

At the risk of sounding terribly materialistic, I do have a dream Art Deco watch and I also think if you're going to invest in a classic timepiece that you should buy from a reputable dealer that sells real Swiss watches.  I bought my first (and only) watch many years ago in Melbourne paying less for cash and also duty-free when I first went overseas.  I still wear it over 10 years later.
Image via
If I was going to upgrade, this Jaeger Lecoultre watch is the one I would choose - it's the Grande Reverso Lady Ultra Thin (is that enough of a mouthful for you?) which is a new watch that came out last year as an update to their classic Reverso watch (which does in fact reverse as the watch was originally worn by polo players wanting to protect the watch face) and is specifically for women.  I love the sunburst pattern, Art Deco styling (the Reverso first came out in 1931) and Arabic numerals.  One very special time piece to add to the wish list...

Monday, November 12, 2012

Party time

I've got a number of big events before Christmas including a birthday party for Mr Rosanna.  If you're after yummy food, there is the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) Catering which is also used by Banyule Council.  You've got a choice of 4 different finger food menus including Asian, Middle Eastern and African amongst other things.  It is all vegetarian and headed up by an ex-Soul Mama chef.  I've sampled the food before and it's great.  Sadly they were booked the night I wanted them for Gotye's Melbourne concert!
Beatbox Kitchen image via Facebook
I also did ask about catering with Beatbox Kitchen and Taco Truck mobile food vans just for something different - they do catering for private functions but require a minimum of 80 people.  They were also booked out for the Meredith Music Festival...
Taco Truck image via Facebook
So locally, Caffe Strada in Ivanhoe (who we've booked and who also do gluten-free food) do catering as well as Luckman Catering who are based in Bundoora.  If you're after glassware and ice tubs, Dan Murphy's in Alphington also has a hire service.  I'll also be picking up some flowers from Jaclyn Roma who has moved from Eaglemont Village to Upper Heidelberg Road in Ivanhoe and ordering a cake from a local lady who is a pastry chef (let me know if you want her details).  There - I'm all set for the party!

Friday, November 9, 2012

A festive season

Once Melbourne Cup week is over, I reckon we all go into Christmas mode.  The Diamond Village Craft Market is on tomorrow from 9 am - 1pm while the Fine Design Market in Manningham is on this Sunday from 9 am - 2 pm if you want to start your Christmas shopping now - I found some lovely things at the Ivanhoe Makers Market last year for family, friends and the kids' teachers.
Image via Etsy website
Two of my favourite online retailers, which I've mentioned before, are Etsy and Blue Caravan - Etsy in particular is pretty dangerous...I try my hardest to buy locally where I can but have bought things before on Etsy that I couldn't get in Australia.  Be warned that you could spend many hours and many dollars on this site if you're into vintage and hand made things from designer makers and more.

The Eltham Town Festival is also on this weekend which will be a great day out if the weather is good in Melbourne.  Have a good weekend!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Starry, starry night

There is a Star Gazing Night on tomorrow night from 8.15 pm at Westerfolds Park presented by the Astronomical Society of Victoria.  You're invited to bring a torch covered with red cellophane and warm clothes plus you're advised to reverse into your car parking spot to reduce headlight shine on exit.  Sounds like an adventure!  Cost is free but bookings are limited to the first 150 participants on 9840 9124.  Another place I've always wanted to check out is the Melbourne Planetarium at Science Works in Spotswood but I will have to save that for another day when we head out west.
Starry, starry night by Vincent Van Gogh
Manningham Council are also holding their annual Artists Studios Tour from 11 am - 4 pm on Saturday 10 November departing from the Manningham Gallery.  The cost is $18 and bookings are essential on 9840 9382 as numbers are limited to 20 participants - please call as details differ on the website.  Nillumbik Artists Open Studios celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year and I will also feature this event closer to the time.
Del Kathryn Barton image via Heide website
Finally, Archibald Winner Del Kathryn Barton is holding an exhibition of her beautiful paintings at Heide Museum of Modern Art from this Saturday 10 November, inspired by Oscar Wilde's story: The Nightingale and the Rose, and originally created for an illustrated book commissioned by Art & Australia.   One for lovers of flora, fauna, music, books and art!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Giddy Up!

I hope you're enjoying your Melbourne Cup week even if, like me, you're not into horses, gambling or drinking!  I do like looking at the fashion and it was interesting to see the winners of Fashions on the Field.  Peplum skirts and dresses have been big this year so I wasn't surprised to see these featured and while I'm not a personal fan of the colour yellow - I do admire those who can wear it and it does go brilliantly with black (as well as grey, white, cobalt blue and red).
Image via Glamour Drops blog
Of all the race days I think the day is Derby Day if you manage to score a ticket to that and I just like the idea of everyone wearing black and white.

Image via Lil Boy Blue website
I had a pretty quiet one just catching up with the girls for a quick brunch on Saturday at a relatively new and edgy place for Kew - Lil Boy Blue right on High Street close to Dan Murphy - the food (I had the salmon gravalax), coffee and service were all great (but so they should have been given they weren't busy) and I'll be interested to see how something with such an inner-city vibe goes in the genteel streets of the eastern suburbs.  If it's anything like Miss Marie - they're gonna kill it!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Retail therapy

The Olympic Village Spring Makers Market will be held tomorrow, corner Southern and Alamein Roads in Heidelberg West from 10 am - 2 pm.  There are a heap of markets on leading up to Christmas and I will be toddling along to buy many of my Christmas presents with a difference for family and friends.
Image via Banyule Youth Services website
Also for those of you who love Tupperware, there is a local lady in Macleod - Jill Fisher - who has been selling Tupperware for over 23 years!  She also holds a regular 'party in a garage' at her place - 1 Joynt Street Macleod where you can pick up not only the latest tupperware product but specials such as discontinued lines at great prices.  It's definitely worth a look and she will be open on Sunday from 12pm until late and again on Cup Day from 9 am until late.  You can contact her on 0400 594 303 or 9459 8656 or via email: - happy shopping!
Mahalo bowl set via Tupperware website

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ladies and Gentleman!

Depending on how you feel about live animals as performers - there is a circus is in town.  Circus Olympia is a family owned traditional variety spectacle that works in conjunction with The Great Siberian Circus.  For the first time, you'll be able to see the circus in Bulleen at 1 Thompsons Road.  The show runs for two hours with a 15 minute interval and you're advised to get there 30 minutes before the show starts.  You can buy tickets here.
Image via Circus Olympia website
There are also Art Deco tours happening at The Centre Ivanhoe this Saturday led by Robin Grow, President of the Art Deco and Modernism Society.  Bookings are essential on 9490 4300.  These book out fast but are also regularly held throughout the year if you do miss out.
The Spirit of Progress image via the ADMS website

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Still Reflections

'Still' is the name of emerging local artist Mark Roberts' latest exhibition at The Light Factory Gallery in Eltham and his arresting figurative work and distinctive portraits look pretty amazing - the portraits in particular have a touch of the Dutch Old Masters about them.
Portrait 2 (section) by Mark Roberts, Still exhibition 2012
Accompanying Roberts is Greensborough artist Louis Jetten - a Dutch Australian painter whose colourful 'Reflections' exhibition spans a number of decades with works including paintings in acrylic and gouache on paper.  The official opening is this Sunday 4 November from 2 - 4 pm with both exhibitions running until Sunday 25 November.  Entry is free.
Currently on at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre is Cloudy Sensoria exploring the intangible forms of sensation and featuring the work of Chris Cottrell, Georgina Cue, Jason Parmington, Malte Wagenfeld and Cara-Ann Simpson (who has previously been featured as a local profile).  Cara-Ann Simpson has also co-curated this exhibition with Malte Wagenfeld, which runs until Sunday 2 December.  Entry is free
Finally, there's a call to artists for Pimp my MUF 4 (sounds quite rude!) - an exhibition of custom painted ukeleles for next year's Melbourne Ukelele Festival being held 1 - 3 March in Northcote.  For entry details you can contact local artist Jacqueline Gwynne (who was also featured more recently as a local profile) at

Nb. Miss Rosanna is The Light Factory Gallery's freelance PR consultant

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fun in the sun

Well I'm back on deck (at least in body if not in spirit) and I must say that the Year of the Dragon has certainly been living up to its reputation for me - it's been a year of change with a lot going on, I'm not sure if it's been the same for you as well?
Photo courtesy of Warren Lynam
Thought you might like to see a pic of the boys which almost made it into the Sunshine Coast Daily - strangely enough they were pipped at the post by a Californian girl in a bikini : ) which made page 3.
Image via Banyule City Council
We had a glorious time up north and managed to go the beach most days, swim in the pool, eat, sleep and read and not do much at all.  Mr Rosanna and I got to catch up on a few movies as well as watch a lot of TV - I was so excited to see the Banyule Homestead featured in the second episode ('Black Tide') of Jack Irish with Guy Pearce on the ABC while we were away.
Image via ABC Shop
Lots of stuff going on and I'll be back tomorrow as we gear up for the mad dash to Christmas!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A little break

My computer has died on me and I'm writing this on Mr Rosanna's laptop - it must mean I need to have a little break! There are a few events on over the next fortnight which I just wanted to mention in my absence - no links and no pictures so you're just getting the quick and dirty version.

Markets galore - The Finders Keepers Melbourne market is being held on Friday 19 & Saturday 20 October while the Suitcase Rummage market at The Thornbury Theatre, Diamond Village Preloved Baby & Kids Market and Eltham Community Craft Market are all on Sunday 21 October. On that same Sunday (21 October), the Practically Green Festival at Edendale Farm in Eltham is also on as well as the Nillumbik Mud Brick Tour.

On the Hill at Panton Hill is on the following Saturday 27 October while on Sunday 28 October you can  Breakfast with the Birds at 7.30am at the Old Shire Offices off Beverley Road in Heidelberg. The Cuban Jazz Festival is also being held that same day at Rochford Winery in the Yarra Valley.  Lots to see and do! I'll be back in a couple of weeks time.  Cheers!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Having a look

A few things on this weekend - if you're into mid century architecture and design, Robyn Boyd's Featherston House at 22 The Boulevard in Ivanhoe is having its Open Day this Sunday 7 October.  Tickets must be pre-purchased and are cheaper if you're a member of the Robyn Boyd Foundation.
Image via State Library of Victoria
The Hurstbridge Garage Sale Trail is also on this weekend from 8 am - 2 pm and the Hurstbridge Farmers Market (which we've sadly not yet visited) is on this Sunday.
Image via Hurstbridge Garage Sale Trail Facebook page

The Meeting Pool Restaurant in Eltham's Montsalvat also celebrates its re-launch this Sunday.  The last time I was there, the Masterchef crew were shooting some of their last TV series.

Finally the Love Vintage Melbourne Summer Show also starts tomorrow and runs all weekend.  Are the school holidays over yet?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

In suburbia

A few new exhibitions to mention today.  'Recollections of a suburban boy' by newcomer Martin Gash opens at The Light Factory Gallery in Eltham today and runs until 28 October.  This is his first ever exhibition and his sublimely beautiful work includes cityscapes and landscapes of both Melbourne (where he has lived for the past 10 years) and the NSW Riverina area where he spent some of his adult years.
And they're racing (section) image by Martin Gash, Recollections of a suburban boy 2012
Established local artist Marcello D'Amico will also exhibit his work at The Light Factory Gallery at the same time in 'Drawing life' - 19 drawings and 4 sculptures which all celebrate the female form - something which has inspired D'Amico since the late 1990s.  The official opening for both exhibitions is this Sunday at the gallery from 2 - 4 pm.
Hera beggin Zeus image by Marcello D'Amico, Drawing life 2012
Meanwhile, Heidelberg artist Jacqueline Gwynne is curating a quirky animal-inspired exhibition titled 'The Origin of Fur & Whiskers' which opens this Friday night from 6 - 9 pm at Off the Kerb, 66B Johnston St in Collingwood.  It features both her work and 19 other very talented artists.
Image via Jacqueline Gwynne blog
Nb. Miss Rosanna is The Light Factory Gallery's freelance PR consultant

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

More is more

Did you catch the Brownlow Medal on TV last night?  I did watch the red carpet special just to see what the WAGS were wearing - it's usually what I call 'glamorous' rather than classy.  Sometimes, it's way more sexy to keep it covered up girls!
Image via
My favourite outfit of the night probably not surprisingly, was the black peplum dress worn by Jack Riewoldt's partner Carly Ziegler.  Simple, classic and a little bit vintage-inspired - I thought she looked absolutely beautiful.

I did spy another gorgeous dress on a woman briefly seen accompanying Matthew Richardson but sadly have not been able to locate any images of her.  The mystery brunette had a white Grecian-style gown on - again, very simple but also very lovely.  If any of you can work out who it is, let me know!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A feast for the senses

The Darebin Music Feast starts today and runs until 7 October - this year as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival and minus their annual High Vibes concert.  Check out their program if you're a lover of independent live music.
Image via Darebin Council website
There are also a couple of markets on this weekend - a fashion market at the Livingstone Centre in Ivanhoe this Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm for pre-loved and vintage clothing as well as the Suitcase Rummage market at The Thornbury Theatre from 11 am on Sunday.
Image via The Thornbury Theatre website
Finally, over 4000 people (more than some of the inner city design markets) attended last Sunday's Fine Design Market in Manningham and the next market will be held on 14 October and then on the second Sunday of every month during Spring/Summer.

All images above via The Fine Design Market