Sunday, January 03, 2016

Wreaths and a Wrap

This will do for Sunday Selections. It is not much. Maybe River and some others will do better.

Wreaths have gone viral on one particular floor of our building. I don't know of any other wreaths on doors of the 128 apartments in The Highrise, but four of the five apartments on our carpark level have wreaths. We have never put up a wreath. I took the photos with my phone.





Melbourne Central's Christmas effort. Ho hum. I don't like the place anyway.


Royal Arcade. Nice work.


Sunlight on the hangy things.


My Christmas gift from R. A new fitted sheet, a flat sheet and two pillowcases. I am not fussed on the pillow cases. I like my coloured ones but the fitted sheet in proper black and is great, instead of off black that I bought cheaply. I gave him a kind of French hand knitting machine. It has disappeared and so maybe he is not so impressed. It was quite some work to find. I bought the machine at Riot, which does not sell the wool to use in it, so then I had to visit Lincraft. Lincraft in town is just great but I was astonished at the price of a ball of wool. Surely it's cheaper to buy a woollen garment than make one.

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  1. Wreaths, like adult colouring books, seem to be on-trend at the moment. Walking up the street I saw lots of them this year. None here though.

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    1. EC, it is an incorrect association by my brain, but I see wreaths connected with death. I am not keen on them.

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    2. In Adelaide wreaths seem to have been replaced this year with giant red bows on doors, fences, gates, stobie poles, street trees. I think it's an awful trend.

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    3. River, not so many here but I have seen them and I am not so keen either.

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    4. I love the big red bows, especially against a white fence or door.

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    5. Strayer, maybe it is another imported fashion from the US.

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  2. That Christmas tree at Melbourne Central is very strange.
    Knitting is an expensive hobby, but think of all the love that goes into those handmade garments.
    Happy New Year Andrew. I hope it is a good year for you.

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    1. Carol, no doubt much love went into the bilious green jumper my grandmother knitted for me when I was a kid. It was so awful and so heavy, even Mother didn't make me wear it.

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    2. I learned to knit once and made everyone awful scarves for Christmas. People opened them, looked, feigned smiles and I never saw any of those scarves ever again. I ditched knitting. I'll let machines do it, or better knitters.

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  3. Andrew the first wreath is my favourite one

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    1. Gosia, I think I agree. Number 1 or number 4. Definitely not number 3.

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    2. ummm, I like #3

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    3. River, all that frippery! I like a more austere wreath.

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  4. Is it actually a Christmas tree in Melbourne Central? Looks kinda weird.

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    1. CM, yes, I suppose it is. Weird describes it well enough but I might use a stronger adjective.

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  5. I have a wreath it's a bit odd but I made it so that explains it.
    Making a jumper in pure wool is very expensive but it's a one off no one has one the same, I like bamboo mixture wool but hard to get.
    Merle..........

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    1. Merle, no surprise that your wreath was quirky. Bamboo wool. The mind boggles.

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  6. I like the hangy things, but then I would! :) I don't even know what that is meant to be at Melbourne Central but if that is their Christmas effort, I would likely go elsewhere! :)

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    1. Snoskred, it is a place I visit only if I have to. Nearby QV is much more civilised.

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  7. The third wreath is the best with the bows and tiny toys, Melbourne Central needs more effort, the Arcade is nice.
    It used to be much cheaper to make your own woolen jumpers, cheaper to sew your own clothes too, now the cost of all the bits needed is far more than the few dollars required at K-Mart or Target. Sadly, the K-Marts are no longer reasonable quality, they seem to be clearing houses for mass produced $4 t-shirts and other stuff made in you-know-where.

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    1. River, having travelled a little, our cheap clothing is rubbish compared to other western country's cheap clothing. Other places get much better fabrics and better made quality for what we pay.

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    2. Is it possible that Australia is seen as a dumping ground? Because England dumped her convicts here and now every other country is following that trend? Boat people, crappy clothing....

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  8. You would love my wreaths but strike that from Highriser next Christmas list. New Year Resolution, make the Highrisers the presents from two Christmases ago and they will still be in style. I have all the makings just not the time. I am incapable of passing an sale basket of wool and will buy as long as it's Oz wool but most of that is sent to China to be spun.

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    1. Jah Teh, you are making me afraid that I will have to say something nice about something I don't like.

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  9. All the wreaths look ok, but the 3rd one is more pleasing to my eye.
    The Royal Arcade is so much better than the other one.
    Sheets - black, hmmm, a bit too dark for me as I'm inclined to prefer light coloured sheets.
    Wool, well it is expensive and cheaper to buy a knitted jumper (they both rub). Ok if you buy cheaper wool.
    I gave up knitting long time ago due to price of 'wool'.

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    1. Margaret, rather odd that that wool is so expensive here when we grow our own. I don't care about sheet colour so much, but I do not like flannelette sheets. I am already hot enough in bed.

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  10. I rather like dark sheets too - deep wine for me at the moment. Black is very avant garde! A friend made a fresh wreath for us this year and it was lovely - the first time we've hung a wreath on our front door.

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    1. Deep wine, Craig. Very nice. A fresh wreath sounds lovely. Was there some mistletoe in the wreath?

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  11. We only have an advent wreath. That's a German use. A wreath with 4 candles, one for each week before Christmas.

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    1. Ah yes Gattina, I have seen pictures of them.

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  12. Sexy black sheets oh la! I'm intrigued by R's French hand knitting machine? If you find out what he's done with it a demonstration would be appreciated, merci beaucoup :)

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    1. Grace, it seems a little complicated to use but I am sure he will give it go once this seasonal madness has gone.

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  13. p.s. Nearly all my Christmas gifts were French themed, how strange :)

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    1. Gifts given to you, Grace? Maybe people guessed you have a slight interest in France.

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    2. Oui gifts given to moi :)

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  14. Will R use his present do you think? My brother says he got a gc from Amazon, used it to buy a turntable for vinyl records. Back to the past. Now he says he's going to thrift stores in search of good vinyl. He had about four he'd kept from teen years, in great condition, that play well. He loves it!

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    1. Strayer, I think he will. I sold all my vinyl and threw out what could not be sold and sold my turntable for quite a few dollars. Your brother is certainly on trend. A record making place has opened here and vinyl is becoming very popular.

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    2. I'm planning to one day buy a turntable that records your vinyl onto mp3 players because I still have a few vinyl albums somewhere.

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    3. River, unless you have further use for a turntable after swapping vinyl tracks to mp3, might I suggest you just take your vinyl to a professional who will charge but that may be cheaper in the long run and certainly less of a technology head ache for you.

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  15. Darling Andrew, of course you will like it. It's just that after finding all the gorgeous glitter beads, it was hell finding a jock strap in your SIZE.

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