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Week 51: Creative Challenge 52

Trish Urquhart, who runs Allaboutwriting, works as a documentary producer for Left-Eye Productions, and tries her best to live up to the title chef extraordinaire, is in Paris, and she's taken the opportunity to take some photos while she's there.

Trish and Richard are staying in a gorgeous, but tiny apartment on the Ile Saint Louis, but they've had a lot of work to fit in and that hasn't left Trish any time for cooking. With extraordinary food on every corner, who needs to cook in Paris?

Paris photography
Paris Photography
Paris Photography

Telena Routh

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, has returned from a joyful family wedding in San Diego, where she spent time with family, went sightseeing, and drank quite a few margaritas.

Telena in San Diego

She took bamboo knitting needles, crochet hook and some wool to amuse herself on the plane, and she managed to knit and crochet a number of squares while watching seven movies over the course of two flights. She finds it easy to knit without watching what she's doing and she's getting better at this when she's crocheting, although she notes that she's a little slower.

Telena's squares

Telena had no opportunity for felting this week, but she's gathered some silk chiffon and fleece for a new project and can hardly wait to get started.

San Diego

Kanen Breen

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, has been the Jimmy Choo of Warragul this week. With three of the girls from the Remembrance tour green with envy over the ruby boots he made for Libby last week, he's found himself in hot demand. The girls trooped off to Target to buy some cheap shoes for Kanen to play with, and they put in requests for their favourite colours.

Kanen's shoes

Kanen says he spent no more than about 90 minutes on any one pair, although he notes that the pink undercoat didn't take to the faux leather very well, requiring four coats for even coverage. Each coat was completely dry within 5 minutes, however, so it didn't hold up production.

Shoe makeover

Kanen forgot to take a before photo of the blue boots (which were black), but he was quite taken with the blue leather paint, sans glitter, and he says he might whip up a pair for himself when he's home from tour.

shoe makeover

Stephen Bennett

Steve's scones

Stephen Bennett put on his chef's hat this afternoon to make a delicious batch of sultana scones to get us through the working week. He was a popular fellow indeed when they were sampled this afternoon. They're delicious!

Steve's scones

He's also shared some photos from a gathering of film photographers last weekend. The group sat around for a while talking about cameras, films, prints and the weather, then went their separate ways to see what they could find to photograph. The two buildings in Steve's photos were taken with a lens on the camera and the other two are pinhole (lens-less) photographs. Nice.

landscape photography
landscape photography

Scarlet Bennett

I've started working on some pieces to put aside for Christmas gifts, and I put together this choker set today for a friend who adores blue and butterflies. It's made with blue sky jasper, crystal quartz and sterling silver. It's not something I'd wear myself, but she'll love it.

blue sky jasper choker

Week 50: Creative Challenge 52

Opera singer and Strange Bedfellow, Kanen Breen, sends greetings from sunny Wodonga today. He is, he says, time poor but glitter rich, and he's whipped up these little Target lovelies in a sparkling frenzy for his tour manager, Libby Hill, who greatly admired last week's blue effort. Libby swears that she'll wear the boots to their first regional performance of Remembrance.

Kanen's shoe makeover

The shoe makeover took Kanen all of 90 minutes - he's getting speedy and slap dash in his old age, he says. Speedy perhaps, but I can see no sign of the slap dash. These shoes are just splendid.

Kanen's shoe makeover

Trish Urquhart

Trish Urquhart, who runs Allaboutwriting, works as a documentary producer for Left-Eye Productions, and tries her best to live up to the title chef extraordinaire, has been impressively creative with the fruit she's been picking along the river bank this past week.

Trish made spiced roasted plums, which she says are delicious on oat porridge, with yoghurt, and also with cheese and crackers. She made sloe gin, which will take at least six months to mature (but will it last that long without someone giving in to the urge to sample it?). Still working with free fruit, Trish made apple, elderberry and sloe jelly. She also made a tomato tart tatin, and she's taken photos to show the making of it. Do check out Trish's food blog to see more of her fabulous food adventures.

Trish's tomato tart tatin

Trish has also been busy with travel photography this week and she's shared a photo of Godmanchester at night. Stunning.


Telena Routh

Classical oboist and textile designer, Telena Routh, has been busy preparing for an overseas trip. That meant lots of packing and giving extra lessons to prepare her students for exams too.

She decided to felt a cover for her ipad so she can slip it into her handbag while sightseeing. Telena estimated the size of her pattern before shrinkage and laid out the base layer of a silvery grey fleece with a more colourful fleece laid on top. She had to felt carefully to avoid getting ridges around the edges, measuring at each step to make sure the ipad would fit. Telena was very pleased to discover that she can turn the felt cover inside out because both sides are attractive.

Telena's felt ipad cover

Telena has also been indulging her passion for knitting, and she's been working on the sleeves to a jumper she showed us not so long ago. She thinks she'll have it finished just in time for the warmer weather, but is happy to have it ready for when the cold sets in next year.

Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett has had a man-cold all week, so he's been a bit under the weather creatively. He did, however, find a camellia flower on our pathway this morning, and he took a very nice photograph of it.


He also finished his camera renovation project this week, and here are the finished bellows, ready to go. Nice job.


Scarlet Bennett

It's still too cold in Canberra to be soldering, hammering and filing downstairs in my jewellery studio, so I've been making pieces that I can put together on the couch in our warm living room.

I played around with some copper wire and black lava stone this week, creating a necklace that I put together with sterling silver links and findings. I made a pair of earrings to match too.

Copper lava stone jewellery

I also made a necklace and earring set using amber stones with mixed sterling silver findings.

Amber and sterling silver necklace set