The Weekly Bindi – Week 12… and corsets… and OMGI’MGOINGTOAMURRIKA!

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“I’m cuter than that kitten you’re watching on Youtube, right mum? RIGHT MUM?!”

I actually can’t remember what video I was watching, but I was cackling away and then all of a sudden I felt the SCRAMBLE-THUD of Bindi on the bed. She started on my hip and slowly worked her way up my back until she was within petting reach and purring happily into my ear as I obliged her.

And then of course I flipped the webcam on and took a couple of shots. She didn’t mind so much. It’s cold now and I was the warmest spot in the house.

Anyway… last weekend I went to OzComicCon at the Melbourne Exhibition Buildings in Carlton in search of all things geeky and nerdy and, joy of joys, I found it! I have become somewhat obsessed with cosplay after my first experience playing at SupaNova a couple months ago and I’m now part of Facebook cosplay group where some local talent show off their amazing work and works in progress for up-coming conventions.

Sadly I didn’t get any pictures at OzComicCon because I was simply unprepared for the amount of people there and the crush inside the exhibition hall but the bro in-law and I are planning a visit to Armageddon to take pictures of the awesome cosplayers that show up there. And I know there will be many!

The other reason I went to OzCC was to go looking for bits to add to my steampunk costume.

Because…

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DragonCon. ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USofA, BABY!!!!

I am going to DragonCon!

I’m going to AMURRIKA!

Yes, due to the extreme kindness and generosity of a dear, dear friend, I have found myself America-bound for one of the biggest conventions in that country.

AND I AM STOKED.

Because I don’t really have the body to be comfortable cosplaying most of the characters that I like, I am sticking with what makes me look good and feel good and to that end, I’m joining the American steampunk ranks and revisiting my steampunk costume. Steampunk is huge over in the States so I’m hoping to see some amazing stuff at DragonCon.

As my original corset is looking somewhat sad at the moment, I decided to go corset hunting at OzCC with one of my mates and my mother and, at Wonderland Corsets, found the most glorious corset I think I have ever seen and when the helpful shop lady strapped me into it, it looked like it was made to fit me. I had a perfect hour-glass, my boobs looked awesome and my back-cleavage all but vanished. I bought it immediately. Who wouldn’t?

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Steel-boned gorgeousness.

I cannot wait to wear this baby out with my new, pimped-out costume.

The Weekly Bindi (and friend) – Week 11

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The only way you can see Dugite’s stripes is if you put false ones on her. She is actually a stripy tabby.

“…She can only disguise, and only for those eager to believe whatever comes easiest. She cannot turn cream into butter, but she can make a lion look like a manticore to eyes that want to see a manticore. Just like she put a false horn on a real unicorn so they can see the unicorn. I know you. If I were blind, I would know what you are…” Schmendrick, The Last Unicorn, Peter S Beagle

Life is a Paradox

I love the message this guy has for us.

He kind of reminds me of a wildman version of Gene Wilder.

 

The above video is posted around the web and the guy is described as being mentally insane.

He’s far from it, as you see here.  With another important message.

“All the pretty things!”

This weekend just past, I had the delightful chance to experience a new market event as somewhat of a guest of honour.

Err. Well, no, not really. Hehe. More of a serial pest than a guest of honour.

But Nuffnang and Piccadilly Market had come together to allow 10 bloggers (including yours truly) to check out what is a new-to-the-area artisan market now being held in Williamstown. Being a local yokel, I said yes to the invitation (twice, I was so chuffed) and scampered across to Williamstown to see what it was all about. And I was so glad I braved the bright but chilly weather. The morning included a lovely, yummy breakfast and then a fun scavenger hunt which took us all around the market to look at all the pretty things!

Check out the video to get an idea of what it’s like:

A lovely lady by the name of Janina Lear has been running the market out of Deakin Uni in Geelong for the past four years and this was the first time the market had been held in Melbourne – and I’d have to say it was a crazy success from what I could tell.

There was around 60 stall-holders for this market, all beautifully arranged in the ballroom and function room of the Williamstown Town Hall. There is a clear focus on quality and original hand-made artisan clothes, jewellery, toys, decor and homeware, food and more. If trash ‘n treasure markets aren’t really your cup of tea, this little gem might be just the ticket.

As I said in the beginning, we were supposed to be doing a scavenger hunt, but to be honest, I got so completely distracted with all the pretty things that I forgot to go in search of what was on the list (even though I stumbled across a few by accident).  And sadly, my reluctance to enter the modern age and get a smartphone so I can play with Instagram truly bit me in the bum this day – there were prizes up for grabs for the best Instagram picture of the morning and I couldn’t complete! WAH!

To top the morning off, the folks at the market had very kindly  contributed to the biggest goodie bags I think I have ever seen for us all. Everything from fudge by The Fudgeman, pompom garlands from Dear Mabel, gorgeous steampunk necklaces from Run Wild Horses, bags from Saquito, lip balms from Bellalu, earrings from Gabby,  soy candles from Love & Light and so much more.

You can find all of the stall holders links, including many more not mentioned right here.

Thank you, Janina and Nuffnang for arranging our gathering.  Even though I am a small-fry, non-professional blogger, I had a fantastic time and can’t wait to get down to Geelong to see the Piccadilly there too.

Piccadilly Market is on again in Geelong on August 3rd and in Williamstown on November 9th!

Here’s a MASSIVE photobomb of some of my favourite bits from the market.

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Piccadilly is held in the gorgeous ballroom of the Williamstown Town Hall

Williamstown Town Hall is a beautiful building and I confess in the 17 years that I have lived in the area, I’ve never gone inside!

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Breakfast! (Omnomnom!) And our little scavenger hunt sheets.

Quiche, yoghurt, fruit and chocolate. That’s my kinda breakfast!

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The beautiful scented soy candles from Love & Light.

Things that make you go “Mmmmm…”

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Seagals gorgeous little stand was filled with crafty, colourful odds and ends such as Scrabble tile bookmarks and hand-made gift tags.

Too much colourful fun. Loved the Seagals stand.

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Fell head over heels for these TEEEEEEEEENY-tiny little street lamps from My Fairy World. Perfect for a wee fairy garden.

Actually, I fell in love with EVERYTHING at My Fairy World.

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My favourite print from Copenhagen Delights – this was a gorgeous little smock dress/top for a little girl.

The clothes from Copenhagen Delights almost made me want to have kids to wear them. I’ll have to borrow my friends’ children, I think.

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Can you believe this is dog food? I was like “YES! COOKIES!” and then “Awww, maaaan!”

Fabulous doggy treats from Pooches on Pakington.

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Some of the printed gift tags from Dear Mabel.

Dear Mabel had a gorgeous array of handmade decorations.

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Apple Pie soap, anyone? (Oh, HELLS yes.)

Yummy soaps from Tubtime Treats.

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Little Puddles had the most adorable stand that was filled with a plethora of goodies in cotton-candy colours

Little Puddles was definitely one of my favourite stalls – so colourful and sweet!

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Possibly some of the best smelling lip balms I’ve ever tried.

Everyone needs Bellalu lip balm in their lives.  We scored a jar of the watermelon one in our goodie bags and… well, I died.

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A handful of my favourites from Gabby – Handmade Resin Jewellery.

Beautiful pendants from gabby.

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Another sweet stand filled with quirky shelf toys, prints and jewellery.

Bird & Blossom

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I wasn’t the only blogger drooling over these bags from Sophie Taylor. Fell in love with that pale mint one!

Sophie Taylor

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Gorgeous knitted clothes and hand-made jewellery from Lauren & Angie.

Lauren & Angie

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Got one of these beautiful vinyl bags from Saquito in our gift bags – SCORE!

Saquito

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I need that sausage dog cushion in my life. Lilly Pilly Designs

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Some of my favourite designs from Miss Moi Jewellery.

Miss Moi

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I FOUND STEAMPUNK!

I get super-excited when I see anything assemblage like the jewellery from Run Wild Horses.

The Weekly (back to)Bindi – Week 9

Another sort-of selfie with the Bindipuss this evening.

She was just being so cuddly that I didn’t want to move to go get my camera, so I turned the laptop around and this happened:

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“Mmmm… a little to the right…”

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“OMG I LUV DIS LAP!”

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“Waaaaaait a minnit! You’re taking pictures again, aren’t you?”

Oh yes… Yes, I am, Bindi. And we’re only up to week 9.

The Weekly (not)Bindi – Week 8

PLOT TWIST!

I don’t have a picture of the Bindiboo for the last week. Fear not, she is alive and well. It’s just that I took a selfie on the laptop with Dugite and.. well.. I had to share, didn’t I?

So this is The Weekly Bindi – NOT Bindi edition.

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“You can’t be serious…?”

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“Are we done yet?”

Let’s just say that Unimpressed Cat was uninpressed with your selfies.

The Weekly Bindi – Week 7

My cat has a weird habit.

She likes to be with me.

That in itself is not weird but the fact that we’ve got a whole house of beds and couches and open-shelf wardrobes with lots of comfy warm clothes to snuggle into and get hair all over and yet… she chooses to curl up on boxes or plastic bags or guitar amplifiers instead.

I’m in the computer room right now and where is she?

Curled up on the box my new keyboard came in, right behind me.

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Comfortable Cat is Uncomfortably Comfortable.

Both very sweet and infuriating.

Mini Foodie Tour of Trentham & Daylesford

Ok, so we actually went for this little trip in March but it’s only been recently that I’ve been able to play on my new computer to blog about ALL THE THINGS.

It started off one Friday evening with me saying “I don’t want to spend all day on the computer tomorrow…”

Oh, the irony.

To which the Manbeast replied, “Well, what would you like to do?”

To which I replied, “I have no idea!”

To which he replied, “That’s not very helpful!”

And so it continued, with me looking up all the farmers markets or events in the usual places we like to go, only to find out that they were happening either the week before or the week after our intended visit. Much annoyance. Eventually the Manbeast got fed up with the to-ing and fro-ing over where to go and decided to make the decision for us and surprise me with a trip to Somewhere.

As it turned out, Somewhere turned out to be a little foodie tour of our favourite country spots, Trentham and Daylesford and some of the surrounding areas in the Hepburn Shire.

So our first (and longest) stop was in Trentham and wouldn’t you know it? There was a farmers market on.

So while we listened to the fun music…

… we shopped. And we bought food…

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Real peanut butter made with real peanuts. Giant cookies and cured gourmet meats… Omnom!

What I didn’t take pictures of was the jerky and the home-made raspberry jam that we also bought. Hand-made and local produce really is the best.

But then I found a stall selling shortbread. Real shortbread. Made by real hands in a real home kitchen that’s probably much neater than mine…

Look at the magnificence that is the shortbread:

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The shortbread shortly after I got it home… Yes, there is a piece missing. Call it ARTISTIC LICENSE. And I was hungry.

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Another gratuitous shortbread shot. Drool. Oh, the flakey goodness. More drool.

Our food adventures weren’t to stop there as the Manbeast was also taking me somewhere nice for brunch. And as it turned out, we were going to Redbeard Bakery.

OMG.

This is my new favourite place, ever.

The food… ALL THE FOOD!

Seriously, it’s a lovely little cafe bakery with a great range of produce to buy and goods to devour on the spot.

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Redbeard Bakery

But the highlight of brunch, and indeed the entire day out was this, the Vanilla Slice.

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Behold, the custardy goodness! Yes, I attacked it before I took a photo of it. I couldn’t help myself.

I had an existential moment over this vanilla slice.

Or it might have been an orgasm.

I’m not sure which.

It was bloody good, though.

After recovering from the vanilla slice moment, the Manbeast whisked me off to a few more places (which fortunately had nothing to do with food as I was extremely full by this stage) but I will save those images for another time.

Now, one cannot go to Daylesford without visiting the Chocolate Mill. All year round (except February), the Chocolate Mill is a must-go destination for those who love good Belgian chocolate. And they have a great little cafe that does the nicest hot chocolates.

Our recommendation is the dark chocolate for hot chocolates. It’s the yummest by far.

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The Manbeast “posing” with his chocolate… and the sign to more chocolate… which I ate most of before thinking to take another picture. I suck as a food blogger.

So if you’ve made it all the the way to the end without drowning your keyboard in drool, tell me what you think! Do you know any other places (in Victoria) worth a visit to go and stuff my face at?

I’ve already got a certain chocolate factory in the Yarra Valley on my list…

The Weekly Bindi – Week 6

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Watching the birdies from the couch.

So, we had a bit of a scare this week.

On Wednesday evening after popping in on Mum on the way home from work, I was greeted by a scene out of a horror movie.

Pools of very bloody bile everywhere.

It seems that Bindi’s tummy irritation flared up in a huge way again and she had thrown up all over the house.

My little Bindipuss wasn’t quite herself. She was wandering around the place looking a bit off. No winding figure eights around my ankles trying to trip me up as I walked down the hallway. No trying to herd me towards the food bowl. No noise.

It was the “no noise” bit that worried me the most. Anyone who knows Bindi knows she is a vocal cat when it comes to when she thinks it’s dinner time (aka ALL THE TIME) so for her to be near silent and not begging for food? Was not good.

Upset, I wandered around and cleaned up all the mess, getting increasingly distressed as I found each new puddle – the next one slightly bloodier than the last. I could track her movements through the house.

So the next day we were off to the vet for a new round of investigations and ended up bringing her home again with some new meds which, while they had the advantage of settling her nausea, also totally killed her appetite and even will to drink anything. I had to force-feed her water with a syringe to make sure she stayed hydrated because I wasn’t about to let a repeat of the near disaster of two years ago happen again. Three more days of this and I couldn’t take it so Saturday morning I took her back to the vet and cried “TELL ME WHAT’S WRONG WITH HER!”

He couldn’t really give me an answer – the little shit of an animal was, by all outward appearances, fit as a fiddle. She didn’t even have a temperature. So of course the vet was looking at me as if saying, “Woman, you are wasting my time” while going through the motions of telling me everything that he didn’t think was wrong with her. In the end we mutually agreed to take her off the medication (with the exception of the gel for her hyperthyroid) and see if her appetite came back. So long as she wasn’t throwing up anymore, she was in no danger of expiring.

Sure enough, a day later and with no extra meds in her system, she’s now picking at food and getting noisy again.

The relief is, of course, short-lived. Noisy Bindi is very, very annoying.

But I’ll still take Noisy Bindi over Scarily Quiet Bindi any day.

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“Are you really gonna take more photos, Mum? I. Don’t. Think. So.”

And since she was posing so nicely, I managed to get another nice shot of Dugite before she decided to go “Nope, nope, nope” and wander off again.

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This cat always looks like she’s thinking “Fuck you, human.”