Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
A moment of panic when I realised that the back of the fabric was just as pretty as the front. Aargh!
I used it anyway and made three little creatures, a bit bit like bears, a bit like grins, but not quite either.
Why does everything I make lately come with a scarf? I don't know, but tiny scarfs sure are cute.
Uh-huh. What would you call them?
(ps. thanks for all your lovely nesting comments, I feel a sense of comradeship that is helping, it really is! I'll be back soon, I think)
Oh I'm super excited about it. A place to share ideas and inspirations, talk about crafty things and discuss issues and new perspectives. A place to get advice, find out things, and see what other people think. A place to find out what's new and coming up and what you can get involved in, a place to meet new peeps and make new friends. Yes. I'm excited. If you haven't already, go join now.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
When I am confused about the world, or my place in it, when I am a bit sad, or feel a bit out-of-place, or when change whirls around me and makes my head spin, I nest. You know what I mean; so far today I have cleaned the house, done laundry, rearranged noticeboards, moved furniture, updated my inspiration board, sorted books and papers, and now I'm baking. I find this kind of domesticity calming and soothing , and I guess it's because no matter what is going on in the world, if I can get your little corner of it neat and pretty, I feel like you I a handle on something. If it's just colour coordinating cushions. Even if I know that, really, it makes no difference in the grand scheme of things. It makes me feel better, so when all else fails, I alphabetise my recipes.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Categories include best business blog, best hobby blog, best animal blog, best blog of all time, worst blog of all time, most freakish blog.
My personal favourites include:
pigeon blog. Written by Brian. A pigeon.
As I Was Saying. A personal journal with some funny funny stuff. Funny. Read it.
Cook to Bang. Recipes to get you laid. I have no personal experience to back this up. I will let you know.
You can also nominate a blog for an award and/or vote for one already nominated. There are so many great blogs out there, I think we ought to recognise them, don't you?
I just nominated pottymouthmama for Hottest Mommy Blogger and Hobby Blog . If you don't know her already, Lexu is funny and down-to-earth and always makes me smile with her ongoing adventures in baby-wrangling (her words), trash hunting, second-hand shopping, craftiness and everyday life. Check out her blog, and make sure you go vote for her!
(you need to register to vote, but it only takes a sec and then you can vote for other blogs too, or nominate your favourites.) Go on, go vote!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
They're much much smaller than Leon, I used up the leftover fur and felt and had more fun embroidering little tattoos.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
During the year I have felt creeping around the corners a sense of urgency in my creativeness and working life that I have only now put a name to. I don't like it. A feeling that somehow you can only do great leaps of things when you're a certain age, that I better make up my mind because I'm getting older. Of course logically I know this is a load of rubbish, but it still niggles like a true irrational thought. I don't like to think that I must decide and stick to something. I'm more of a sporadic 'ooh look at that shiny thing follow it follow it.. ooh look over there that looks like fun follow it follow it follow it...' kind of girl (which is another thing, do you call yourself a woman or a girl? 'Woman' seems to imply more than I can fit on my shoulders sometimes). Like perhaps with age my enthusiasms and interest will escape me and if I haven't achieved something extraordinary then I may wake up and wonder what happened.
Seeing those damn teenage entrepreneurs in the paper doesn't help. Or the middle-aged people on the train that seem resigned to whatever their lot is, standing slumped and withdrawn. They scare me. They leapt over puddles once. Where does creativity and zeal go? Can you keep learning and exploring all of your long long life? Can I keep wandering around through life trying things and seeing how they go? Or is there some kind of maturity code that stipulates the time to 'settle down' and make up your mind? Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? Will we ever know?
Have you ever felt this urgency? What did you do?
Friday, August 14, 2009
Bubble bath with wine while watching a great movie? I'll take two.
Sometimes I wish there were more than one of me. One doesn't seem enough to do the things I want, to try every idea, follow every dream, pursue all the interesting things in the world, read all the good books, meet all the lovely people, go to all the amazing places. I'd like a few clones please. Or perhaps more hours in the day? The ability to survive without sleep? (although that is one of my favourite things).
Argh. I am exasperated today. It seems I find so many things so darn interesting that I pursue so much and never get anything done. I mean I know I must, but sometimes it-just-doesn't-feel-like-it. Can I live this life over twice?
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Comfy and cozy Prairie Boots will get you through the coldest of winters. Turn them down for ankle length or leave them up to keep your shins warm. You don’t need to seam – just add funky buttons and they are ready to wear. Warning: it is so fun to watch them take shape on your needles that you may become addicted. But that’s okay, they make great gifts!
(make a pair for me, m-kay?) pattern at CocoKnits
1. That feeling you get when your outfit all matches and you're pretty sure you look totally awesome, so you walk with a bounce in your step.
2. Random compliments. From strangers, or friends.
3. New tattoo (slightly dodgy pic)
4. New underwear. Matching ones.
5. Forehead kisses.
(p.s. has anyone noticed that I seem to have substituted 'awesome' for 'lovely' in the word-I-use-an-awful-lot?)
Here is some of her post.
It genuinely distresses me to think how much time and energy we ALL secretly invest into feeling bad about ourselves. All that time and energy we invest wanting to be thinner, smarter, beautiful, more creative, more like that other girl over there, I want to live in their house, but have her bank balance and that wardrobe. I don't want my daughter Ruby to grow up feeling like she needs to change herself in any way to be happy, the idea makes me both angry and sick. I don't want to pass on all my paranoia and fears and moments of self loathing. I have spent a LOT of time thinking about these sorts of things and subsequently removing all the people out of my life who don't make me feel good to be around.I am sick of media who attempt to make us feel unworthy so we spend and waste money to feel better about ourselves. Mean people who put others down so they feel better about themselves, but I don't blame them. I am 100% responsible for how I feel about myself and whether I fall for that bullshit. (note: edited to clarify that I don't read magazines apart from Frankie & cooking ones usually!)So today I will tell you that I am TOPS. I am very, very nice. And especially so are you. Every day for a week I am going to write something that I like about myself and I think you should too because I like you and we need to spend our time and mental energy on more positive and productive things, yes? We need to live and be happy in the here and now, rather thinking that we will be happy or more desirable if we were different in any way. We are perfect now. You know what IS IN. Confidence and happiness. I'll be having some of that please.
And so this week I have been thinking about what makes me pretty darn awesome just-the-way-I-am. I will post about it this week. Sally's right, it is hard to talk about self-awesomeness. But I will try.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Now pick up a blob and roll it around to make a little ball of dough. Repeat until you've used up all your dough, or have enough little blobs for your dinner. I recommend watching Flight of The Concord's during this stage. Also good for chatting.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Meanwhile, it's rice and beans for me for a few weeks- but aren't they lovely?