Thursday 25 October 2012


A little peek into the wonders of 1950s life via the dollhouses of Puppenhausmuseum.  (I rarely visit the site as once I am in there I can't leave: you have been warned.)

Sunday 21 October 2012

A book of nature from 1967

This is the last of my posts on books found in the public library of my parents' hometown of Pucisca.  I was particularly enamoured of this one, but was slightly disappointed when I realised above that it was actually just an American book in translation.  At least that means it would be easier to get my own copy!

Wednesday 17 October 2012

New mirrors

Hello!  New mirrors in the shop.

Thursday 11 October 2012

A strange animal book

This somewhat strange animal book comes from the library of Pucisca.  Originally in Italian, it was published in 1968.  I will put in more details when I retrieve my notes, which I left at the studio.  For now I'll let you know that every kid I have shown these pictures to has found them absolutely hilarious!    Try them out.

Friday 5 October 2012

Knitting: winners and losers

No, this isn't a post about teams that didn't get into the AFL Grand Final.  (Nor is it a post about strangely heavy rubber baby props with machinery inside them, much as that would be quite an interesting topic.)  I have been working casually as an assistant in the props and graphics departments of the Channel Seven TV show Winners and Losers for a little while now.  The third season is presently being filmed, but for my very first task last season I was asked to knit a football beanie tiny enough to fit onto a newborn baby's head.  (Hence the slightly creepy dummy/ model/ prop creature.)

On the evening of October 2, my little beanie made its debut on national television.  I was pretty worried about whether it would fit, but baby Harrison's (Madeleine & Chloe Taylor's) mum Bec (Zoe Tuckwell-Smith) did a great job, and stepdad Matt (Blair McDonough) seemed slightly impressed too.  Another knitter made the scarf.
Meanwhile, my own shawl collared jacket/cardigan thing is not progressing as I am frustratingly stuck on the 'shawl' part.  So close and yet so far....I'll finish it mid summer no doubt.