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Tag Archives: Australia

Summer loving

10 Feb

It’s been a busy few weeks in the land of ZoSews! Unfortunately not a huge amount of sewing has been done, but I do have a shiny new dress that I’ll share soon.

So far this year I’ve been back to work after Xmas, then on holidays again, and now back to work again!

In amongst that I completed Tough Mudder (22km obstacle race), spent a week at the beach (bliss!), went to the Australian Open, celebrated Australia Day, went the zoo, started French lessons, went to moonlight cinema for the first time, attended a wedding, started ballet and sewing for the year and finished a certain By Hand London dress on a crazy deadline. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know what I’m talking about!

Anyway, I thought I’d share with you guys what I’ve been up to and why I’ve been absent from blogland.

The beach

The weather has been fairly stunning here in Melbourne (sorry cold northern hemisphere folks!), which made for a brilliant week at Phillip Island with Mr ZoSews, his two mini people, plus Mr ZoSews’ sister and family.

Here’s a picture if the beach at the end of our street where we spent many an afternoon. The tide is waaay out, when it was in it came up to the pebbles. I attempted surfing here – which was a huge fail given that my body was still recovering from Tough Mudder at the time!

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And more beach…

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Pyramid Rock

Wineries, fishing, food, cocktails, barbeques and beach and backyard cricket also featured this holiday.

As did Tough Mudder. If you’re considering it, do it. It was so much fun!!! See…

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Electro shock therapy

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In and around Melbourne

As well as turning into a beach bum at Phillip Island, Ive been up and about in Melbourne.

At the tennis… We were treated to a brilliant early round five setter.

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And at the Zoo…

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And more…! Including visiting the local ‘beaches’ and *drum roll* hitting my one year blogiversary! Yay! Thanks to everyone for your enthusiasm and encouragement along the way 🙂

What have you all been up to? I’ve been trying to get outside as much as possible while the weather’s good!!

Z xx

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A sewer’s guide to Melbourne

15 Feb

I can get jealous of the vast available options for sewers overseas, especially in the US! There’s so much variety, and everything seems to be cheaper there too. ‘Down Under’ we can certainly purchase these bargains online, but the postage costs can be a killer. In fact, sometimes the postage costs more than the actual purchase!

Anyway, I find that half the fun of shopping for fabric and the like is the retail experience. I like to see the true colours, touch, rub, stretch, drape and play with fabric before I purchase it – it’s like the fabric and I are bonding!

Shopping in Melbourne

Shopping in a Melbourne laneway

Here in Melbourne, I have my tried and true favourite haunts, and every now and again I’ll come across a fabulous new ‘sewing resource’. It could be a new fabric store, or a perhaps a place that makes custom buttons and belts.

I want to share the local sewing wonderlands I know of and discover with other Melbournians (and visitors to this lovely city), so I’ve created what I’m calling the ‘Sewer’s Guide to Melbourne’. A map that shares all the local, fabulous sewing delights here in Melbourne.

You can view the guide on the My Sewing Resources page. The map is an ongoing work in progress that I plan to update whenever I find somewhere new.

Have a look and let me know what you think, and let me know of any other places I should add too! I hope you find the guide useful!