Prepare to be dazzled
I channeled a disco ball on Friday night, and attended the Jam Factory's 40th Birthday celebration dinner. The dress code was "festive", so I figured sequins would do the trick. Wore this chevron sequinned tunic dress with fishnets and my gold heels and blinded my dinner companions by reflecting light all night. It's a great dress, very flattering on as it hides a multitude of sins (which was good because it was a four course dinner).
The menu was inspired by the four decades the Jam Factory has operated in - we started with seafood cocktails for the 70's. Lots of thousand Island dressing and iceberg lettuce were at the bottom of the glass. The next course was a 1988 Gourmet traveller recipe of broccoli and camembert soup. The main was the 90's so it was a stack of beef inter-layered with Italian themed things - roast capsicum and eggplant and mozzarella type stuff. The dessert was from the Noughties, so was Maggie Beer ice-cream, and a walnut and caramel mousse. Yummy and fun.
The Jam Factory is very well known Australia wide in Art and Design circles - Artists who work in Jewellery, Glass, China, and Furniture making apply annually to learn and work in the studios where they are mentored to run themselves as a business, and also to develop their creativity and technique. The model has subsequently been replicated across Australia in other states, but many of Australia's best Artisans have been through the Jam Factory's alumni program - it it internationally recognised for design.
There were the obligatory silent auctions. One artists work that I loved was Stephen Bowers, there was a giant (70cm) plate, that had Alice in Wonderland overlaying blue and white willow print. I sat on my hands, as it was knocked down for $12,500 (retail price). He has an exhibition coming up, and I LOVE this pair of china dogs. If you look closely at the blue and white it's actually contemporary - Sydney Harbour Bridge, parrots, and other modern imagery are painted in traditional style. I love art that draws you in to inspect it up close, and that you then notice new and quirky detail again and again.
image via Jam Factory
It's been freezing and raining here. Last night I whipped up a big pot of Osso Bucco for dinner.
And I read "Ruby Red Shoes" to E for her bedtime story. It's such a gorgeous book - I've been giving it as birthday party presents recently to other 5 year old girls. It's written by a Queensland author and illustrator, Kate Knapp.
Her illustrations are so detailed and pretty, it's the story of a little white Hare who lives with her Grandmother in a caravan, and describes her daily life - gardening, looking after her chickens, taking a bath, cuddling up under feather quilts to read books... very soothing and the perfect bedtime story for girls aged 4-8.
And on renovation news.... not a lot of visible action. The weather has caused some delays again. We've had a bit of progress on the brickwork, but we only have one bricklayer, so it is slow going. We've been given a new installation date for the steel windows, so in 2 weeks time things should suddenly take a big leap forward with the window installation being completed (that's if they don't forget something again and trundle back to Melbourne for another few weeks...). I've been looking at render samples (thrilling), and discussing the location of air-conditioning vents (also thrilling). This is a half bricked up wall with steel windows to the Kid's playroom. The bricks are to be rendered.
And no magnolia buds have opened in the garden still! Maybe this week is the week. But I do have some Hellebores, which I also love.
Hope you had a good week xx
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