Work has been a bit full on of late so, this Saturday I decided to indulge myself a bit. Therefore with my fellow homesick Yorkshire lass Julie, a.k.a. Jamsandwich, I headed out to Fitzroy and Brunswick in search of some handmade treasures. We weren’t disappointed at all.
We met at “Meet me at Mike’s” (the shop that inspired one of the books in my last post) on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, where I purchased a few cute badges. Then we popped round the corner to Gertrude Street where we stumbled on Cottage Industry which is full of hand sewn and knitted pretties, I purchased this adorable wheatie hottie. The shopping bags they use are made in India from recycled newspapers and support 2 charities in India, a lovely touch I thought.
Following this we drove to Sydney Road in Brunswick where I showed Julie round some of my favourite handmade shops such as Olive Grove who sell hand made ethical clothes and teach silk-screen-printing, and Lulamae where I bagged a bargain end of season jacket. It’s made from a lovely green herringbone cloth and has a nipped in waist and cute collar, I love it.
I finished my indulgent Saturday in the time honoured fashion in our house, beer, pizza and a movie. The beer was a creamy porter which is the second beer my husband and I have made at Barleycorn brewers. A delicious dark ale kind of in between brown ale and stout it has lovely caramel and bonfire toffee notes. I’m a bit boring with pizza and tend to stick to mushroom and prosciutto with a rocket salad, but it is all made from scratch. My pizza dough looked a bit rude in the bowl though!
The movie was Alice in Wonderland, which I found to be fantastically whimsical and visually wonderful, just as it should be.
Today, I’m trying to finish the second sock for Sam (I’ve finished the foot and onto the leg) whilst listening to Muse and pretending I can’t see that the floor needs a clean and the school shirts need ironing.