Friday, 16 July 2010

Projects - I'm a Start-Stopper

Not a stop-starter...

I'm a shocker at starting things with gusto and then my interest wanes and the project fizzles and peters out

I have over 50 crocheted granny squares I made in 1978, YES 1978! I was a CHILD.
The colours were black/moss green/BROWN - say no more
They are still in the bag I put them in all those decades ago
I bought truck loads of gorgeous teeny, cotton print fabrics when my babies WERE babies, with the intention of making cute clothes for them, I never did & that fabric? No idea what happened to it all. I DID manage to knit them some HILARIOUS who-needs-a-pattern, basic, plain-stitch, boat-neck SHOCKERS though! There are photos...but they'll keep for future blackmail purposes.

At the moment I have four wooly projects going on, two of which I started over a year ago
This time I am D-E-T-E-R-M-I-N-E-D to finish ALL of them
I shall and I WILL

here they are...

Project #1 some lovely heart bunting (isn't BUNTING a jolly great word?)
I got the pattern for the hearts from the fabulous Miss Pip @ Meet Me at Mikes & I used them here


project #2 some moss stitch squares to go around the edge of a knitted
patchwork blanket I made a few years ago
(oooo there's another ALMOST finished project I forgot to mention)


project #3 new THIS-century granny squares for another rug


project #4 knitted chain-links which will eventually be a necklace!

So you see, I really am a hopeless start-stopper

What about you?

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Looking & Music

A musical discovery day today whilst looking at some gorgeous interior design...

I LOVE this entry and staircase...

http://www.designspongeonline.com/2010/06/sneak-peek-karen-barlow.html

and this stunningly vibrant room...

http://www.designspongeonline.com/2010/06/sneak-peek-karen-barlow.html

Two wonderful clips with some smashingly talented chikadees and no raunch in sight!



Saturday, 3 July 2010

Truly and Simply Beautiful


Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present Photo by Marco Anelli. © 2010 Marina Abramović


Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present Photo by Marco Anelli. © 2010 Marina Abramović


Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present Photo by Marco Anelli. © 2010 Marina Abramović


Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present Photo by Marco Anelli. © 2010 Marina Abramović


http://notcommonpeople.blogspot.com/


http://notcommonpeople.blogspot.com/


http://notcommonpeople.blogspot.com/


http://notcommonpeople.blogspot.com/

Friday, 2 July 2010

Labyrinthian Blogosphere Meanderings

A collection of some of the mesmerising images I have come across in just one morning whilst fossicking & wandering around the interwebby...



So clever & so lovely...Fifi Lapin modelling the latest catwalk styles
http://fifi-lapin.blogspot.com/2008/11/decisions-decisions.html


Seriously, if someone in Australia sold these, I would do a deal with the devil to get my hands on one
http://dreamstoves.com/portfolio.html


I have no idea why but this hauntingly beautiful image by Tasmanian artist Chen Ping speaks to me...I covet it
http://www.chenping.com.au/


What a clever fella Mr Ben Heine is...this confounds me...how did he do it - draw it & get the cat in the exact same position? Or is there some new-fangled techno trickery going on?
ben heine cat drawing http://www.ciaocimba.com


Well just because it's glorious...is it not?
purple cabbage via http://www.ciaocimba.com


I love this idea - playing around with photos with a bit of etching & doodling...charming
hairdoodling via alexintrouble http://www.flickr.com/groups/photodoodling/


A stunningly-brooding, slightly menacing yet glorious shot
red angel via http://www.ciaocimba.com


How clever - a tea bag hidey-hole
http://casecose.blogspot.com/


Another nifty tea bag idea
http://casecose.blogspot.com/


I want it NOW with an Italian espresso! Lemon & pomegranate cake by stylist Kate Wesson
http://www.designspongeonline.com/


How GOOD is a macaroon? I reckon I could cheerfully stuff about 40 in before regretting it.
http://www.designspongeonline.com/

Wintry Wonders

I adore Winter.
I function better in Winter I feel more alive and my brain even feels a bit springier!

I find so much is magical about Winter...

Crunchy, sparkly frost after snappingly-crisp, clear-skied nights
The crackling and settling of a glowing wood fire
Fingerless "fagan" gloves
Rosy cheeks
Steamy breath hitting the chilly air
Stylishly tossed scrarfery
FOG
Long, slow, low-heat cooking
Layer-upon-layer of fabulous frockery

AND...


Glorious golden Silver Birches in our driveway


My beautiful, snuggly, comfy FABULOUS bed


The magnificent, shimmering, life force of Liffey Falls Tasmania


Stunarama views from the cliff at Table Cape Tasmania


Our feline Frank making the most of the Winter sun & zestily vibrant limes from OUR lime tree! Who says you can't grow limes in Tassie?


My made-up apple & sultana & quince jam flan-ey thing

Winter energises me

What about you?

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Paper Dolls Make me Happy

As a small child I had a book of paper dolls. I distinctly remember that one of them was called Priscilla. They all wore silky undergarments and then you got to dress them up by carefully cutting out all sorts of fabulous frockery with tabs that you then you folded over the edges of the ladies.
I remember their frocks as being from the crinoline era.
I LOVED playing with them.
They truly fascinated me and absorbed me far more than silly old Barbie with her stupid stilettos, which kept getting lost, and her dumb knotty hair!
I have just come across this amazing Tasmanian arsitst named Joan Pitman who drew these beautiful paper dolls when she was 14-years-old!
I WANT them...I COVET them. Here is just one of the gorgeous creatures...

Her family has released her drawings to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and there are 3 books of paper dolls to purchase! Have a look HERE to see them. Go on! they are delightful.

I'm going to get them. I AM!

What about you?