Friday, 30 December 2011

500 Days of Summer

When I first heard about this movie I thought how could there possibly be 500 days of Summer. But seeing this trailer, now I get it.
I can hardly wait to watch this film...


Not 100 % certain, but I have this startling notion of an idea that I just might be turning indie hipster chic. Could it be all the Frankie magazines I've been reading and finding a generation hero in Scott Pilgrim. Stay tuned on these thoughts. Maybe.

I Like Flowers

     I like flowers. Indeed I do. There are roses in my garden, as well as zinnias, marigolds, sweetpeas and gardenias.
    This week I have been busy with the usual things that need doing around the house, as well as trying to recover from a head cold, playing with the girls, reading the Trueblood Omnibus [for the third time], and crocheting granny squares. Never a dull moment.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

It Grows!

    The one thing worse than getting sick in winter, is getting sick in summer. Tragically I have been struggling with a bit of a virus. It is never good to be sick on Christmas day. But fingers crossed, I do think I am over the worst of it.
    Still life goes on and I am finding pleasure in watching the Dr Who Christmas Special, my family making me laugh and working on my granny square project - see how it grows...

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Weekend Reading

    After a couple of wacky weeks it's good to reach the end of a week and sit down with some good reads. Tonight, and tomorrow I plan to tuck into Under the Duvet [by Marian Keyes - one of my favourite authors] and two magazines - Donna Hay and Frankie. While I am at it I might even tuck into eating potato gems - yum.
    Lately I have taken to using weird things to bookmark the books I am reading. I find that with a toddler running about my regular bookmarks tend to disappear into some void and I end up losing the page I was on. So right now I have Under the Duvet bookmarked with a small piece of yarn.
    The odd thing about reading a Marian Keyes book is it makes me yearn for the Emerald Isle, my inner voice takes on what it believes to be an Irish accent and I find myself saying 'feck' a lot.

4 Done

This week I began work on a granny square blanket. I have been following a pattern courtesy of Pip Lincolne's book - 26 crafty projects and things to make. I have now made 4 squares. Yay! Hooray!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Peek

Because I have nothing better to say, but am still in a sharing mood I thought I'd let you take a peek in one of my many, many journals...







My Creative Space

    In my creative space this week I have begun a granny square blanket project. This is my first attempt at making granny squares. It is all quite new and exciting for me.
    This is going to be quite a large blanket. I have estimated that I'll be making 204 squares so this will most definitely be a long term project. I am giving myself a whole year to get it done.

The first granny square.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Get Granny

    I am setting myself a new challenge. I am learning to crochet granny squares and intend to have completed a nice big comfy blanket by November next year. That may seem a long way away, but it is a large project and I want to give myself plenty of breathing space to complete the thing.
    I have been following Pip Lincolne's instructions of making a granny square. I have her book, 26 crafty projects and things to make, plus I have referred to her videos for some visual  reference.
    I am so excited about doing this project. I will keep you posted on the progress of my blanket.


Some of the yarn that I will use for the blanket.


Getting some crochet practice in before I really begin.


Check out this lovely book,
by an equally lovely lady.
Simply lovely.


For the Love of Things

I love the effect the Christmas lights have on the ceiling at night.
I love watching the birds fly.
I love that there is a Buddhist school near one of my favourite parks.
I love the rich and vibrant colours of Australian flora.







Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Falling

Some days are just going to feel like this. Like you are falling, falling, falling down a dark hole.



But then another day is upon us and life returns to normal.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Oh, Christmas Tree


    We have already begun celebrating the end of year festive season in our house. Michael and I bought a beautiful new tree and some decorations. The other day we put it up between watching Transformers. Everyone is quite excited, after all this is the girl's first festive tree.
    The past few days I have been thinking of making somes changes in my life. Maybe it's because it is the end of the year. Or maybe it's because I know I've been eating way too much chocolate. Anyway one day at a time I'll work at it. So that means no chocolate today. And if I am successful my reward will be chocolate. Oh, wait a minute! That can't be right. So maybe I'll just clap myself on the back for each day I go without chocolate.
    Other things I want to do is play more music around the house. Last night during dinner I put on the album Mannheim Steamroller's Fresh Aire V. It was quite a nostalgic sound for me. I grew up listening to that music.
    Here's a sample of the album I listened to last night. I highly recommend you listen to the whole album. It is quite uplifting and dare I say it - spiritual.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Dream of Trees


As the days plough towards hot summer days I find myself daydreaming about the trees in Canada.