Tuesday, April 01, 2014

In April I am reading...

After having them sit on my shelves for ages, this month I am finally getting around to reading George R. R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series - probably better known as A Game of Thrones.
They are some big books, but after starting just about a week ago I am already a little over a third of the way into the first one (which is called A Game of Thrones) - and absolutely loving it!

They way the story is told is really compelling - the chapters are written from the perspective of different characters, and it is really intriguing to see how each of their stories come together, and what each voice brings to the overall story.
I'm also looking forward to checking out the TV series once I get through the books!

I'd love to know what you're reading if you'd like to share in the comments, or link to your blog if you write about it there =)

Happy reading!

Monday, December 02, 2013

December 2 :: the baking begins!

This morning I was struck by the sudden urge to do some festive baking (I blame all the tinsel at work!)
Shortbread is always a good place to start, and I thought this recipe for cranberry & white chocolate shortbread sounded too good not to try =)


Sunday, December 01, 2013

December 1 :: advent

Hooray for the first day of December, AND the first Sunday of advent!

As in previous years we were super excited to head out to the Scandinavian Australian Association's Christmas Bazaar. We always look forward to the Danish pastries they sell there, and of course a lovely sparkly advent calendar. I'm always surprised at how it's practically impossible to get this kind of advent calendar anywhere - everything these days is chocolate, and most of them are pictures of something/someone trademarked!

This year we went with this lovely tall treehouse, covered in glittery snow =)

We always like to choose something with a few kittens on it 

Being the first Sunday of advent I also put together a very simple "adventskrans". 
Is really isn't quite a wreath, but I think 1 little candle is enough to get the hygge of "julestemning" across in the Australian summer =)

Happy December everyone!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Birthday cake!

One of the funnest things about having a bestie with young kids is having an excuse to make a fancy cake every so often =)
This year, for her 5th birthday, miss E asked for a 'Dashi' cake. 
A bit of research into the Octonauts, and I managed to come up with something the kids recognised =)


Sunday, September 22, 2013

taadaa :: Scrap vomit quilt

This is one of my biggest crafty finishes ever (my first bigger-than-baby-sized quilt!), so it's a bit embarrassing that it has taken so long to share it! I managed to finish up in time to have my quilt hanging in the Canberra Quilters Members exhibition at the start of August, and it has been on the bed keeping us warm since.

I had so much fun making my this quilt! 
The scrap swaps organised by the fabulous Angie from GnomeAngel (and Green Tangerine Quilts!) meant that I have so so much variety in my squares - there are hardly any double up prints - AND I made loads of new friends, who I think of every time I look at the quilt. Which is a lot. I could look at it for days and days, and still see something new in all those tiny squares.

I had it professionally quilted by Raylee at Sunflower Quilting, and am just so happy with the job she did on it. The pattern is called 'popcorn', which, you'll see, goes nicely with the backing fabric.
The backing was pieced from a dotty print, the light blue from the cross blocks on the front and this cinema scaredy cat print, which I just love. Seriously - who thinks up these designs? =) 

I chose to do the binding myself. It was a bit of a huge job, but I'm really glad I did - I'm a bit proud of it =) look at those corners!

And, most importantly, it has the kitty seal of approval =)

Friday, June 14, 2013


These past few weeks we've been introduced to the world of home renovations - and not by choice!
We had a leaky pipe under our house slab that has resulted in having all our carpet pulled up for replacing, and all our plumbing redirected through the roof. 

We're also having the shower pulled out (due to a chronic leak there as well) so that all the water proofing can be redone (properly this time!) Phew!

Everything is all topsy turvy here, furniture all moved about, books packed into boxes and stuff EVERYWHERE.

We're looking forward to how nice it will be once it's all done =)

Friday, May 17, 2013

To market

The weather has really turned autumn-wintry all of a sudden in canberra - most of the trees have dropped their gorgeous fiery leaves to the ground, and the days have been really cold this week.

I might be addicted to my new photo app - A Beautiful Mess

The cooler weather has many of us seasonal knitters thinking seriously about pulling out the sticks - and spending far too much time clicking around on Ravelry trying to match up our favourite pattern with a perfect yarn (or vice versa!)

Last year I made myself a honey cowl, which I started in May and finally got around to finishing on our holiday in the UK in late November. I've been wearing it every single day the last two or so weeks, and love it so much that I'm keen to add another cowl (or two) to my wardrobe.

My Honey Cowl in action - riding on the York Wheel
I'm currently trying to decide between Purl Soho's Big Herringbone and the Cupido Cowl.

1. Whit's Knits: Big Herringbone Cowl, 2. Cupido Cowl
I'm not completely decided about which yarn I'll use yet, but there will be plenty of opportunity to squeeze a few contender on Sunday since the end of autumn in Canberra also means that it is time for the Old Bus Depot Markets annual Celebration of Wool. I had so much fun with my friend Suzy Hausfrau last year that I'll be there helping her out again this time.

 And, given both the cowls on my lust list call for worsted weight yarn, I won't be surprised if some of this gorgeous Swans Island worsted in oatmeal comes home with me =)