Today’s Try Something New Tuesday brings me to the Daily Planet in Mount Lawley. To be honest I am actually trying two new things this Tuesday, writing a review AND blogging from a cafe. Look at me go! I have blogged outdoors before so I didn’t really feel like I was exerting myself if the only new thing I tried was blogging in a cafe. So lets just focus on the review.
Despite getting off to a rocky start earlier in the year the Daily Planet is establishing itself as yet another tasty feeding ground on the Beaufort Street strip. I was here last on Sunday for a late lunch and enjoyed some kind of delicious breakfast burrito creation and an apple, pineapple and watermelon juice that packed a punch.
It took a lot of willpower to avoid the dessert cabinet but I didn’t order any food today because I am just about to hop along to tap and food in the belly plus jumping around does not make for a happy dancer. I did however try one of their hot chocolates which are served with not one but two marshmallows – always a winner in my book!
It’s not often that I find a cafe where I am comfortable to do my knitting and crochet, but I would definitely be happy to bring it along to the Daily Planet. There is a really nice area towards the back of the cafe which is a little more private and the staff aren’t bothering you every two seconds or trying to kick you out to fit more people in. There are also power points, a plus for anyone who likes to take a working lunch.
On top of all this they play really great music, the staff are friendly and the decor is super cosy (there’s even a fireplace), all they need now is just a few more bodies warming up the place.
Happy Tuesday! I better go get ready for dancing now.
Do you ever have those moments when you see something and you feel you need to have/make/do it immediately? For me this occurs on a daily basis, but I rarely have the funds or time to get on to whatever it is straight away and then it ends up on my forever growing to-do-list glaring at me each day I open my diary. Well today that is different!
I saw this print on Urban Outfitters and I got the sudden urge to make something similar with one of the pretty photos I took on holidays last October.
The photo is of the outside of the Chelsea Market in New York where we bought some amazing cheese, ate delicious brownies and sipped on iced tea. It was such a lovely place.
I used Illustrator to create the effects and played around with colours and opacity until it felt jazzy enough. I really like the way that the squares frame the pretty details of the building.
I think I might make a series of these images from our New York visit and print them on canvas for my wall – on the to-do-list it goes! Go on, give it a try with one of your photos!
Aside from Citizen Kane* I love just about any old classic, but when it comes to choosing a film on a Friday night I tend to reach for the new release over the tried and true classic films. So this Try Something New Tuesday I am going to watch Funny Face! I adore everything about Audrey Hepburn and this film looks like a real treat, especially with the dancing extraordinaire that is Fred Astaire. It should be the perfect thing to watch after tap class!
Here are some of my favourite old classics:
Breakfast At Tiffany’s: Who doesn’t love this gem of a movie?
The Way We Were: Oh Robert Redford, he’s such a charmer and Barbra Streisand is adorable as Katie. Warning: this movie will make you cry.
Singin’ In The Rain: Gene Kelly, what a babe! His fancy footwork in this film is oh-so-incredible, it’s not to be missed!
Houseboat: Oh my gosh, it’s just not fair that someone can be as beautiful as Sophia Loren!
What are your favourite old classics?
*I had to watch Citizen Kane about a thousand times while I was at university – I get that it made waves in the way that films were made and I really appreciate it for that but I just cannot like this movie no matter how hard I try. I find this quite amusing seeing as my boyfriend is a director!
Here’s a little bit of fun for your Tuesday! The other day I was taking a break from study and found my cushion smiling cheekily back at me. I promptly took a photo and sent it to my man friend in Los Angeles. He told me to try turning it into a meme. That’s when I decided that it would be a perfect activity for Try Something New Tuesday (thanks man friend!).
Sometimes I get a little weighed down in thinking up new things to try on Tuesdays, so this was a fun exercise to remind me to loosen up and have a little fun. It’s not supposed to be a chore after all!
I’m not sure if this meme will be a big hit across the interwebs, but it sure was fun to make. I hope it brings a smile to your face too!
Make your own meme here!
Okay, I am a little bit of a liar. I actually started this project last Tuesday when I had already posted my letter to the editor, but I figure it still counts. Right?
Anyway, moving on to knitting with DPNs. When I first heard the term DPNs I thought, “What is this crazy code language these amazing knitters are speaking?”. I wanted to be in with the cool kids so I quickly Googled the term and discovered it stood for double-pointed needles – those cute little needles used to make socks and the like.
I did not intend to use DPNs for a long while, I still felt that my knitting skills were quite basic and I wasn’t crafty enough to handle working with four needles at a time. Then the other day I found myself walking through the isles of my local craft store and decided I should at least give it a go, so I picked out this pattern for thigh highs and chose some cosy wool and went on my way.
It turns out it is not as difficult as I thought! I actually feel like a bit of a pro using all four needles at once, like one of the cool kids. I certainly love throwing the term DPNs around. When people ask me what I am doing I say, “Oh, just knitting with DPNs” – like it’s nothing. You’re rolling your eyes now aren’t you?
Anyway, it is still early days. After all I have about, I don’t know, nearly a whole thigh high and then another thigh high to go and I may encounter some problems when it comes to decreasing. We’ll see! For now I am going to bask in my DPN knitting awesomeness!
Check out my V-Day mani! What are you doing for the day of love? I’ve got two hours of tap dancing to get through and then we are going to the movies! Happy days!
Frankie is my favourite magazine of all times, it is so darn cool. But I feel our relationship is quite one-sided. They religiously send me an issue every two months which I read from cover to cover and display lovingly on my book stand – but I never give anything back. So for this week’s Try Something New Tuesday I decided to write a letter back to Frankie to say thanks. Here’s what it said…
Dearest Frankie, I just read “Perth is for Lovers” and feel compelled to extend my dearest thanks to you. People in Perth often feel like the forgotten middle child, we are forever waiting for our favourite bands, festivals and theatre shows to make their way West to see us. I admit that it has gotten better in recent years, but a lot of us still have a chip on our shoulders and fear being left behind. Not with you though, Frankie, you never forget us. You realise all that this little city has to offer and we love you for it. Thanks for loving us all equally. Love, Chloe.
It took me a good few minutes and about a dozen proof-reads before I was actually able to hit send, but when I did I felt giddy with excitement contemplating what they might think of my letter. It sure does feel good to give something back!
Chlo Bear and I have been pretty tired this week so we have decided to take the night off and rest up. Starting…..NOW!
What did we do without the Internet? Seriously? It probably would have taken me months to figure out how to crochet a granny square, trying to interpret those messy little instructional drawings in the crochet books. Instead, with a very big thank you to YouTube, I was able to learn the craft in no less than 30 minutes! I’m pretty sure one day people won’t even need much of an education to get a job, they will just apply for the job of their dreams and use Google to figure out the rest. Isn’t that what a lot of us do now anyway?
Back to granny squares. I was never really fond of granny square blankets as I was growing up – I thought they were obscenely coloured things that hippies used to decorate their combis (no offence to any hippies out there – I really do like combis now, and granny square blankets for that matter). Now that I realise it is not a requirement of a granny square blanket to be made up of all the colours of the rainbow (or for them to be made by grannies) I have a major desire to make one. For now this granny square garland will have to do!
If you need help getting started with your granny squares, this guy on YouTube is a champ!
When I started this blog I never thought I would ever be comfortable enough to do an outfit post, but here I am doing just that. I think change and growth is what is so great about running a personal blog. Each day I find myself trying new things, learning and building on my self confidence. In the six months since I have had Paper Bunnys I have been actively shaping myself into the person I want to be. I don’t think it is a journey that will ever end.
I love that personal style blogs have taken over my need for fashion magazines, it feels a lot healthier. Instead of browsing page after page of stick-thin, airbrushed models thinking “I hate my thighs”, I am scrolling through pages of beautiful everyday people for a style fix and actually embracing my thighs! Those ‘real people’ are the reason why I was confident enough to do this outfit post in the first place!
Dress, Earrings and Belt/Cotton On, Bag/Levis, Shoes/Anthropologie, Watch/Fossil
Thanks to my lovely boy for taking these happy snaps!
While wandering the isles of my local craft store in search of fabric my boyfriend came across the most adorable bunny amigurumi kit and I just had to get it. I didn’t even think twice! My crochet skills are pretty basic and up till now I have only made really simple projects based on square patterns so I was quite shocked to find out that this cutesy craft is easy to pick up.
I didn’t even know what amigurumi was until I bought this kit, I just thought they were cute squishy little crochet creatures that make you smile (I’m glad I can finally put a name to them because ‘cute squishy little crochet creatures that make you smile’ is quite a mouthful!).
I finished this little guy in about three hours – that may sound like a long time but it went really quickly because you make each section individually and sew it on as you go so your time is broken up and you don’t get bored of doing the same thing over and over.
The kits are jam packed with everything you need to make an adorable amigurumi – including a really nice aluminium crochet hook (I have been trying to hunt one of these down forever) and easy-to-read instructions.
I have decided to call the little guy Hudson after the Instagram filter I used on these pictures. I think it is perfect for him because he is cute but also has a bit of attitude!
Hudson meeting my other bunny, Benjamin, for the first time. Maybe one day I will have a real bunny to introduce these guys to!
Here he is again taking pride of place on my bed!
I had so much fun with this week’s Try Something New Tuesday – it feels so great to extend myself and go out of my comfort zone! I hope you are enjoying your week so far!