Monday, 16 November 2009

Waiting game

I'm playing a waiting game at the moment. My new grandson is due on Friday, the date has been brought forward by a week, so this has thrown me into chaos as I'm teaching a necklace workshop at home on Saturday.
I've been at the birth of my three other grandchildren so I hope I don't have to miss this one. I've told him if he wants to keep on the right side of his Ro Ro he'd better arrive before Friday or after Saturday. I hope he's listening. It's been very hot here so my daughter's ready to have him now.

In the mean time I've been creating a cover for my next journal which I hope to have on etsy soon.

Below is the piece of paper that I decorated with the stamps that I have in my etsy store.

I scanned it into photoshop and then changed the hue, posterized the edges and added some more of my stamps that I've turned into brushes, below is the result.

On Saturday it was beautiful and warm so we went for a visit to Brunswick Street which is in Fitzroy, an inner suburb of Melbourne. The whole street has a very bohemian atmosphere. Lots of fabulous cafes, art shops and interesting characters.
Below are just a few of the wonderful places to visit.

Beautiful Zetta Florence, papers from Italy, cards, boxes etc. a real luxury.

This was a fabulous shop that sold everything relating to coffee and coffee and tea making, the aroma was so enticing when we walked in. We wondered where they served the coffee then discovered this delightful little area, it's a passage way between the two shops. They've turned it into this gorgeous 'cafe', very inspiring what you can do with a small space.

A blocked off door looking into the shop.

A paper and print maker addicts heaven, it's Neil Wallace's shop and has some wonderful papers, paints and all things for printing. Needless to say I bought some beautiful Japanese paper that they had on special.

A wonderful graffiti wall.

Fabulous bougainvillia, what a magnificent display.

I love the sign, there are many interesting ones along this street. Lots of mosaic seats too.

Finally one of my favourite places. The Artist's Garden nursery. It's an oasis in the city, beautifully set out with lovely plants and garden sculptures. It makes you want to rush home and start gardening.
We live about an hour out of the city so by the time we arrived home the urge to garden had subsided some what.


sherry ♥ lee said...

Thank you for such a wonderful travel experience on Brunswick Street!! Lovely little spots and I'm taken with the tiny space for a cafe! Brilliant use of space indeed!

Your art work as always captivates me and encourages me to "be" more and "do" more!!

Fingers crossed your new grandson knows when to make his spectacular entrance!! :) Wishing mom and baby a safe and joyous delivery!

Elizabeth said...

Oh I will keep good Come Early thoughts all week long for your daughter, the little one and for you!! Your girl must be ready to be done with the whole pregnancy thing- when it is hot it can be so very miserable!!! htings will work out and I do hope that you can be there!!!
Wish that I could walk these streets and shop these places with you!!!
Big hugs!
Happy Birthing wishes and positive vibes being sent your way!!

Terri Kahrs said...

Thanks sooo much for the virtual tour of Brunswick Street! What a nice way to begin my day. Am also sending good thoughts and vibes for a healthy, happy, safe delivery! Maybe with the all of the heat and his Mom's wishes, this new little one will make an early entrance! Hugs, Terri

La Dolce Vita said...

thanks for the lovely tour! I really enjoyed it and good luck with your new grand baby!

Dolores said...

That was a wonderful stroll. Thank you. I do hope your new grandson comes when you can be there to greet him.

Pat said...

great post. loved looking at the city and its delight. what i wouldn't give to be there.....hope your new granchild arrives on time.....but you know how they do it on their time. when my daughter was ready to deliver her first child, i took a week before and after the due date. no work away from home. no travel. did he arrive then? NO. waited until that time was up and i had to leave for alaska and only had a couple of days to be with them.

Sweetpea said...

Thanks for the lovely tour around your environs! ooooh, what I would give to visit that nursery...after having a cup of java at the other little place. I do so enjoy reading your blog so thought I'd finally leave you a message. I'm across the Big Puddle, in the Pacific Northwest of America, and we are heading into winter at the moment so it was a real treat to see bougainvillea in its full blooming glory - even if it is on the other side of the world!!

Heather said...

What an interesting place Fitzroy is - I love that little alleyway cafe. Your journal cover and paper are gorgeous as usual, if not even better than usual. Best wishes to your daughter for Friday, or whenever, and I hope the little chap times things right for you!

Doreen G said...

A timely post Ro as I am coming down to Melbourne the first week in December and I am always looking for places to visit.I always go to the Chapel Street Bazaar in Prahran so now I have another point of interest.
We are staying in Collins St in the City --can you tell me any other streets of interest that I could see.

Joy Logan said...

WOW just came by for a bit and you have so much to see and admire! Love the stamps the necklace,journals,and your travels. You live a charmed life! Be back soon.

zoranoske said...

Thanks for sharing so nice Brunswick Street atmosphere with us. I'm knid of jealous, cos here I can't by Japanese paper, or some special kind of paper. :(

Your work is great and I often come here to your page.

rivergardenstudio said...

Brunswick Street is beautiful and charming... I love each photograph... the doors and the windows and the little alleyway with you siiting in it... and your class below looks fabulous! Roxanne

Stephanie said...

Always a treat to pop in and see what you are up to....

Excited for you and your new grandbaby!

whymsicalmusings said...

AHHH One can dream! What a beautiful display I so enjoyed the pictures I wanted to save them in my ideas I want to do someday book!
The journal is lovely the colors are amazing!

Jacky said...

Glad you took us on that trip with you Ro... lovely part of Melbourne.
Lee and I are off into town this weekend to take in two wonderful exhibitions (pop over to Lee's blog for details). Cressida Campbell and Judy Drew. We intent to visit Neil Wallaces too (one can never have too much lovely paper).
Hope that little grandson arrives in time for his Ro Ro to be present at the birth.

Love the new journal cover and thankyou so much for sending those pieces of netting which I received yesterday in the mail.

Jacky xox

Sadia Hussain said...

Enjoyed the tour; wonderful pictures!
Congratulations in advance on the arrival of your new grandchild.

Chris said...

wow, i love it when you post all these photos, and that one of you on the bench is v. nice!

Has the baby arrived?!?

mansuetude said...

Thanks for making the world smaller, and beautiful by your tour.

Good luck on the delivery--they have a way of their own, even when "induced" to hurry on out. My sister just finished her bout of breast feeding her little guy, time sure flies.

katie jane said...

What a fun post! I loved every single photo. LOVED the little bistro between the buildings! Clever idea. Hope that grandbaby hears you loud and clear and doesn't interrupt your class.

Judy said...

Thanks for the tour. Good luck for the grandchild. I so want to go to Neils store.... one day

Karen Cole said...

I hope all went well with the birth of your grandchild and that everything in your schedule fell into place nicely. Perhaps someday I will be able to mention the birth of mine.....probably no time soon....sigh.

So much beauty in your life, Ro.

xo K

lindacreates said...

I hope your new grandson has arrived!
What a joy they are.

I loved this post as I catch up on my blogs. I would love to come and visit and go to this great little city. You really captured it beautifully.

Jen Crossley said...

wow I must go down to Brunswick again You know all the great spots Ro Ro.
Hope all is well any news yet on the grandchild??
PS not long to go now till SLK

jackie said...

What a great trip out, it all sound fascinating.