Friday, September 11, 2009

Kimono arrived!

So my wisteria kimono arrived and its the beautiful purple! i know it looks blue in the photos bellow but really its a deep, rich purple.
I think i'll see if i can let the sleeves out and make them longer cuz there seems to be excess fabric sewn in.
I think i'll do a demo dressing next week, I've got this crimson ro obi with cream, gold and blue coloured maple leaves so paired together it should be a very strong, vibrant outfit! ( or so i hope)
I also got a 60's inspired shift dress in bold sky blue and deep purple, don't know if i really like it or what, maybe when i tan up a bit.
I've got some chilli seeds growing at the moment, they're doing really well.
My wisteria seedlings got potted up outside last week, before i got sick and spent a few days in bed.
so all shoud be good by next week i hope

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Kimono fun! or will be when they arrive in the mail

So the cherry blossom festival season is almost here!
now i just need something to wear, so being a little obsessed with wisteria it was my first choice.
i wasn't gonna get into the politics of wearing sakura themed kimono to the festival not to mention i don't really like sakura as a motif anyway, so cliche.

so i bought a wisteria kimono, stylized wisteria mind you.

and cuz they were on ebay i bought a few more sets of kitsuke items, can never have enough of these things you know.

i was really keen to get these cuz it looks like a summer obi-ita, eri-shin, a lower back padding which i need (i don't generally use padding but i think this'll be a great improvment) that obi tying device and that obi clip thing (have no idea of their proper names tho)
so i'm looking forward to dressing with my new gadgets, hopefully it'l make the process a lot better!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Panna Cotta

So I'm doing a traineeship in hospitality right?
so, this is my first panna cotta- its orange with a choc sauce, so jaffa flavours.
I was worried about the liquid to gelatine ratio but all went good, so easy for such a lovely dessert!
And the choc sauce has a texture a bit like choc mousse.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Blogging virgin

Exactly as the title states, this is my first time, go gently on me.

Should i be random? why not.
I swear i literally just pulled a muscle in my shoulder, right then! while waiting for my slow internet to do something, takes about 5mins a page. Slight exaggeration. God i love spell check, makes the world as easier place, except when its on the mobile, then it causes some headaches for me- i can't spell for shit.

so besides randomness this'll be about my kimono, my love for growing plants and things i make. i guess there'll be the odd movie review cuz i like to watch SBS movies. Whatever your perception on that is, I'll guess its the standard "SBS are porn movies" well, slightly. Most involve sex in some form, but then again, so do Hollywood films.

That being said there's a movie on right now! called the "manual of love" its good, check it out at some point.

So, here's what i did today:
i sanded she-oak seeds and made beads out of them, they have this bee-hive type pattern on them when sanded down.
I either need to sand them more finely or use wood wax on them cuz their a but rough, but i'm happy enough.

And my wisteria seeds! these are about 2 weeks old (i think, don't really remember)
my plan for these are the grow them for a year then next year try my hand at grafting using these as rootstocks. Now i've never done any grafting before so it'll be interesting. But a friend gave me a bag of wisteria pods so i have plently to practice on!
I'm also thinking of trying the technique where seedlings are straped/molded together over a frame to fuse together. don't know the technical term bit that's the dumbed-down version.
and no, i don't care if it won't flower for 20yrs cuz i have bought grafted wisteria and have tried hardwood cuttings all thru this winter and hoping some will strike so i will not be short of wisteria, quite the opposite hopefully!