Friday, November 30, 2012

finish something.

the thing i'm finishing with today is november.
it's been a pretty crazy month, and i don't really feel i'm ready to finish with it yet... i had so many plans, not all of which have come to fruition.

i feel like this past month has absolutely FLOWN, surely it was just yesterday that it started?

november was my month to get organised, for the nightmare of december ahead, but here i stand, 30th of november, seemingly no more organised than on the 1st.

i also didn't go quite so well with my running every day goal...

oh well, onwards and upwards i guess

how are you going organise-wise for december? how did you go playing along with a month of my creative space?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


today, bb cooked up a biiiiiiiiig pot of bolognaise for dinner while he worked from home.

so tonight, we're having fresh bolognaise for dinner :D
it's as delicious as it looks!

for the first week in a few weeks, we've actually got our meal plans sorted for the week!
our waistlines and bank account are looking all the healthier for it too!

what are your meal plans for the week? are you joining in the month of my creative space too?

frame it.

yesterday i went for a little trip to the magical swedish emporium...
i was very restrained, only picking up one item, other than the ones that i went in there for that is.
one of those items that i tripped to springvale for, was a couple of frames to finish off the prints i scored from finders keepers last month.

they're all framed up now and ready for me to hang up on the wall!

now if only i can remember to get some hooks tomorrow...

Monday, November 26, 2012

a mistake.

a little boo-boo i'll hope you'll forgive...

it is in the first piece of crochet i ever did!
it's great to look back on things you've done in the past, you realise how things have improved!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

an arrangement.

today's a month of my creative space prompt is 'an arrangement'
so i've arranged my current wooly projects...

a softie for mirabel, a jumper for bb and a bamcal square.

would you believe that i'm about to go through my stash to start yet another project?
i need to make a gift for a work colleague for a kris kringle.
i'm thinking of whipping up a shawl... i've drawn a lady, in her late 50's/early 60's and i'm drawing a complete blank as to what to make, any ideas???
they'd be most appreciated!!

Friday, November 23, 2012

a creative quote.

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
— Maya Angelou

i took the above photo, several months ago while taking a course for work in sydney.
what else is a girl to do when magnifying glasses start to get handed out than take macro photos of her knitting project? honestly? :D

close up.

this guy. what a cutie.

joining in with a month of my creative space. are you?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

something new.

a couple of months ago, i signed up for a home composting trial through my local council...

and this week, they've delivered all the stuff to get me going!
i have to measure the amount of household waste that is going into our compost bin, and the amount that we're putting into landfill each week. hopefully the latter will start to go down significantly, as the former goes up :D
i can't wait to start producing some awesome compost to put in the garden! quality soil, here i come!

do you compost? has it improved your garden? are you playing along with a month of my creative space too?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

a creative spark.

i was feeling a little bit un-inspired lately, and then i popped over to ravelry and noticed that the last few blocks for the bamcal group are up!

an end that is in sight?
there's nothing that gets my creativity sparking more :D

what's sparking your creativity lately? are you playing along with a month of my creative space too?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

in the kitchen.

in my kitchen today...

i'm out of tea!!

don't despair though, this is a good thing!
it was one of the things on my list.
the stash that i had of teabags of different varieties was getting out of control and now it's very much back IN control.
there's only black ones left! oh, and some loose leaf, choc chip chai (drooooool) and a blend my clever cousin made!

what are you favourite teas? are you joining in with a month of my creative space? are you (almost perpetually) a day behind like me?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

sunday snippets.

in case you weren't following the fun on instagram yesterday (#bfabwedding), i thought i'd share some of my favourite snaps from this lady's special day yesterday...

pop over and visit cathy to visit or join in with sunday snippets!

ps. this counts as a creative link, yep! linking up with other creatives :D

Saturday, November 17, 2012

from a distance.

today's a month of my creative space prompt is 'from a distance' so i thought i'd share this shot of my backyard.
i used the panorama feature on my phone, and i think it came out quite well considering i'd not used it before!

i stood up on my fence to take it, and it gives a good idea of the shape and layout of the yard.
you can see my tangle of passionfruit, colourful flower box, window box of strawberries, mini-barrow of mint, various pots with herbs, trees and seedlings, the grapes, now featuring beans and peas in their lower levels, the jasmine right back to the fence full of ivy!
it also makes me realise, just how badly the lawn needs a trim!

what have you been looking at from a distance recently? how's your yard/garden looking this spring?

Friday, November 16, 2012

i made it myself.

i've blogged about this many times, but one of my proudest crafty moments, was finishing this...

bb and i love our ripple, it's lived on the end of our bed aaaaaalllll winter!
it's almost time for it to go away for the summer which is a bit sad, but it'll be ready to go once the weather gets cools again?

what have you made yourself?

ps. apologies about the cat hair, sampson will sleep on ANYTHING! including (not surprisingly) super comfy blankies :D

favourite online creative.

yesterday's (yep, still a bit behind...) prompt for a month of my creative space was 'favourite online creative' which put me into a little bit of despair...
there are far more that just a single creative my friends!
all of the blogs that i read, i read because the creativity captured in them inspire and excite me :D

so for that reason, my favourite online creative is pinterest!

it allows me to glean inspiration from some of my favourite online creatives (via what they're pinning, from their own spaces and beyond) AND from other peeps who i've not had the pleasure of getting to know yet!

win/win :D

who (or what) is your favourite online creative? are you on pinterest? do you follow my pins?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

greatest hero.

oops! missed a day again! the days are just zooming past faaaaaaaaar too quickly!
yesterday's prompt for a month of my creative space is 'greatest hero' which for me is mother nature!
and at the moment, this is why...

i cut these spring onions up on saturday and popped them in a glass with some water, after seeing this on pinterest, and looky how much they've grown! i'll never have to BUY spring onions again!

truly amazing!!

who is your biggest hero?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


i mentioned yesterday that i broke one of my knitting needles i was using to knit up a little softie for mirabel...

well i took a little bit of a risk (which happens to be today's a month of creative space prompt) and carefully glued it back together to continue my knitting...

it seems to have turned out ok :D

what risks have you taken lately?

Monday, November 12, 2012

from above.

today's a month of my creative space prompt is from above.
so here's what i'm doing right now...

eating curry for dinner, flipping through frankie, and blog posts, and doing a few lazy sweater sleeve stitches.

i broke one of my knitpro needles on saturday night, so the little softie i started last week is well and truly on the backburner.
one day i'll stop being so clumsy...

and because it's monday, i thought i'd share my meal plans for the week too!

tonight, we had a red chicken curry. i threw it together before my hair dressing appointment and then left bb to serve up and clean up while i was getting pampered, bit cheeky :D

tomorrow night is date night, and we'll definitely be going out! i've just found out bb will need the car all day tomorrow and i'll have cabin fever after spending all day at home alone!

wednesday night, i'll pop some chicken kievs in the oven, and serve them with a huge mound of salad, before i jet off to ncb for some stitches, chocolate cake and a zillion laughs!

and thus ends the meal planning for the week... a good friend is having a special event :D and i'll be keeping myself busy keeping her sane/distracted/drunk and all around helping her celebrate!

what are you up to this week?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

a time saver and someone else's creative space.

i've decided to cheat a little today, and combine yesterday and today's a month of my creative space prompts.

first up, a time saver

this morning, i attached velcro to the underside of our hallway rug, and then attached sticky velcro to the tiles.
i think i re-adjust the rug approximately 12984301 times a day so this actually saves me a ridiculous amount of time :D

and now, someone else's creative space.

this is bb's desk. i don't think a lot of creativity happens here...
mostly just playing games and wasting time on the internet ha ha, who am i to judge though...

and, i still have 1 sewing kit to giveaway, just pop over here to comment. the next comment will be the final winner :D

and there are 2 places left in the pay it forward program :D

lots of things happening over here ha ha!

what have you got happening this weekend? what little things do you do to save yourself time?

Friday, November 9, 2012


today's prompt for a month of my creative space is colour!
and i thought i'd share a little project that i cast on last night at brown owls...

i'm knitting up a little softie for mirabel
there's not a lot of colour in it, it's mostly white, but there's little flecks of colour.
i'm thinking it should be PERFECT for a little littly :D

and just a little bit of housekeeping too, while i'm thinking about it...

the giveaway i started on the last day of blogtoberfest, is actually still open.
i've got 4 sewing kits to give away, and i've only had 2 entries!
the next 2 comments will also be winners :D

aaaaaaaand, way back in march (!), i signed up for a pay it forward gifty type thing, and i've just realised, no one has commented for me to send a gift to them!
pop over to this post and leave a comment for me to send you a lovely little gift in the post :D

what have you been up to today? have you entered any giveaways? are you making a softie for mirabel?

Thursday, November 8, 2012


nature is today's prompt for a month of my creative space, so i thought i'd share some snaps of what has popped up in my garden in the last little while...

i'm thinking these little ones have only popped up in the last 24 hours or so.

now if i can find a way to keep them safe from the @*&$#( possums!
any ideas?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

makes you think.

today's prompt for a month of my creative space is 'makes you think' and boyyyyyy do i have something that is making me think!

i'm working on this project at the moment and have almost finished the back section.
however, i've come up to this part...

and i am COMPLEtELY stumped!
as far as i can tell, it says to cast off 9 stitches, knit and leave the last 13 stitches on a holder, then cast off the first 4 stitches of the "middle" bit , knit until the final 9 stitches and cast them off too.
then go back to the stitches i've got on the holder (13 of them) and bind off the center 18, WAIT WHAT?

confused would be the understatement of the century!

so does anyone out there speak knitting pattern? i would DEFINITELY appreciate any advice :D

know your roots.

yesterday's prompt (yep, still running a day behind... maybe i'll catch up today :D) for a month of my creative space was know you roots.

so i thought i'd share some photograms i made as part of my vce assessment piece.

i was using the theme of homage, and this was a bit of a nod to my roots.

the watch with the knitting was my great grandmothers, as were the spoons, one for each of my grandmother's children, and were gifted to me by my maternal grandmother. the knitting also reminds me of her as well, she's always got a project on the go.
the glass bowl, full of sweets, is a tip of the hat to my paternal grandmother. the only diabetic i know that ALWAYS had a container FULL of lollies on her counter top. the bowl came to me via her as well.

beautiful memories, encapsulated on my living room wall. always within reach :D

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


oops, bit late with yesterday's post! but better late than never i guess...
yesterday's prompt for a month of my creative space was happy, so i thought i'd share my happy place...

the place i spend most of my time dreaming about...
my cosy comfy bed! complete with boyfriend AND kitty to snuggle.
happy days :D

Sunday, November 4, 2012


today's a month of my creative space prompt is hands.

these hands have been busy today...

what have your hands been up to today?

Saturday, November 3, 2012


this puppy lives in my handbag alllllll of the time!

yet i don't write nearly enough things in it...
i think i need to tie a pen to it, i can never find one (though there's always one in my bag...) when i have something pressing to write!

how do you go with writing things down in a notebook? do you have one on you all of the time?

notebook is today's prompt for a month of my creative space, you should join in too!

Friday, November 2, 2012

make lists.

today's prompt in a month of my creative space was make lists.
i love making lists!!

this is my list for this morning...
not much creative stuff happening there, that's for sure!

maybe i'll write myself a creative-only list next...

what's on your to-do list today?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

november & a creative space.

despite blogging every day this past month, i think october was the quickest month so far!
is it just me that's finding each month goes quicker than the last?

anywho, i achieved almost all of my october goals... the accountability of blogging every day definitely helped with that, i HAD to get stuff done so i had something to blog about!

which is definitely why i've decided to play along with kirsty in her "a month of my creative space"

so a second month of daily blogging. yep. it's going to be awesome!
there's a prompt everyday so that'll help me stay motivated... plus there's lots for me to do!

there's the second last month of bamcal squares to complete. i'm getting super excited for it to be done!
i want to get those side tables painted too, they were one of the things that slipped through the cracks this past month...
i want to get some more things happening in my backyard too, it's slowly coming together which is lovely! i've got a whole lotta seeds planted and i can't wait for them to start popping up!


i'm also trying to get back into running!
i haven't been running regularly since august and i bloody well miss it!
i'm trying to get a bit interactive with it too! i'm using the hashtag #runinnovember on twitter and instagram, so if you're interested and playing with those platforms, pleas join in!
i'm hoping the interactivity will keep me a bit more accountable and get me off my butt!!

now for today's prompt, a creative space...

wherever this little carpet bag is, that's where my creative space is...
there's a couple of projects on the go, my needles and hooks, some magazines, notebooks, sample cards and bits and pieces of wool!
a very inspiring bag of tricks :D

are you joining in with a month of my creative space?
or perhaps just playing along with today's creative space