awesome day

July 16, 2005

Today was totally, totally, awesome. The sheep show, bendi mills back room (finally), and some winery touring. Good food, Good Company, Terrible Weather.. It was rocking. And boy did I buy... But, I think though I did buy more than intended they are all fairly reasonable purchases! More tomorrow..

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New Jewels!

July 14, 2005

On a whim last week, I searched for dinosaur designs on ebay. I am not big into jewellery (at all, I hardly own any really) but frequently intend to get myself some nice chunky and funky stuff and start wearing it everyday.

I found these things that I liked but did not win at auctions
this one
and this one

And ended up going shopping and buying myself all these lovely things!

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In the why not make it yourself department.. I still really want something in chunky resin and found these (currently out of stock though) from an australian supplier and a huge amount of things at pretty good prices (will depend on postage though) from here.

So this may be my next stop when the craft fund gets a bit more cash ola in it.

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No Japanese Books For Me, One Year

June 14, 2005

Oh no.. two weeks after my order, sigh, yesasia have sent me an order saying they can't get a hold of one of my items, so do I want them to ship the rest?

It's the sashiko embroidery one that's out of stock. One of the remaining books I only ordered cos it was only going to cost me a couple of dollars, as adding it gave me free shipping.. I need to look into this further methinks to decide what to do!

At this stage I'm leaning towards cancellign the whole thing. I don't want to pay shipping. Or, just getting the patchwork one. Sigh!!!

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New Purchases

June 08, 2005

In the new purchases department are some new platic containers for my overflowing stash and things, and my lovely bag ordered from Laura's house of the red shoes.

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No buyers remorse on any of these purchases, only the extreme and fortifying emotion of total satisfaction and value! I LOVE those type of purchases.

Packages I'm waiting on: kidsilk haze I ordered three weeks ago now (three weeks!!) Amazon order which finally finished shipping yesterday (Though the loop-d-loop bit shipped a few days before that), yarn for simply marilyn plus some cotton fleece potentially for honeymoon cami, won't be here a while, and my japanese craft books ordered last monday, and my new virgin mobile phone - that's right I will be persisiting with my nokkia 5110 'brick' no longer, I'm finally joining the new millenium.

That's a lot of packages. Arrive, arrive, arrive! Note to all: I am still on my craft spending diet and have not spent a cent since that announcement. Still five weeks or so to go! and then I'll be back to my $100 a month, so it's not like I'll be going crazy..

Oh hangon. I did buy the plastic tubs - only $14 for the two but it's still spending. Does it count as craft spending though really, or is it household infrastructure??

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Money, Money, Money (Problems)

May 30, 2005

Have just done a big amazon order including loop d loop, get crafty, stitch it book/kit, new best recipe, plus two fiction and a trading book. And then I got three japanese craft books. After that it is cold turkey cos I've got more yarn on the way, for simply marilyn and a surprise gift, and my craft fund is already in $100 deficit (will get back to square next payday, then have another month to wait before it's got $100 in it). But M and I have talked about setting me up a book fund moving forward, and for these books I'm sacrificing two months of clothes and shoes fund - I'm stocked for winter anyway.. So if you see me blog about buying ANYTHING crafty or clothesy in the next two months, be VERY disappointed! I will be the woman of iron will. PS - Later I'll put in details of all the books I've ordered! yay.

By the way, I am not sure if I'm actually going to LIKE anything from loop d loop - but I have seen this hybrid of two different pattersn on crafster and I love it.

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New stuff, relish to make, and soup

May 29, 2005

On Friday I went to supply and demand in the city and for around $15 bought a huge maxwell williams white salad bowl, a small 250ml glass carafe, and six relish/storage jars. What a bargain. Here are the jars, they have got me thinking it's time to have another crack at relish or chutney, esp now I have my great new large stockpot (which I didn't blog about but should have - it was $35 from a junk store in footscray and is the best stock pot ever). In fact they are so cute, handy, lovely, and retro looking, with the six pack only abotu $2.60 I think I'll go back and pick up a few more. Especially as home made chutney and relish makes such a great gift (once I get the recipe right). On that note if anyone has any never fail excellent recipes please send them my way!

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Here is the bowl, housing about 8 serves of last winter's big hit, my part italian part mexican spicy low fat skinless sausage, veg, and a bit of everything soup stew. I will put the recipe up this week, it's one of those that are subject to many modifications and is quite different each time I make it, but the basic threads holding it together guarantee that it is always fabulous (which makes for a truly easy, successful dish). It isn't quick though - you can't have everything.

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I'ts also generally not that pretty, though when you serve it with some parmesan or mozarrella on top, that helps, and a sprinkle of fresh parsley would top it off nicely in that regard also. Luckily the smell is insanely seductive so anybody you're serving it too is going to be in an extremely positive frame of mind before they see it.

And it's cheap. I make it and freeze it so Michael and I can take it into work for lunches.

After making the soup I felt keen for some bikkies!

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Brunswick Stash Enhancement Excursion

May 26, 2005

Update: Added in the rest of the detail, and moved it all to the extended entry, cos it was such a long and picture intensive post.

Emporio fabrics closed down on the weekend and they were open today because a wholesaler was coming in to bid for what was left this arvo.

I happened to be in the area, for the first time, to go to spotlight.

I got all of this stuff at prices around 80 - 90% off. I spent $36 including 1 metre of silk, 1 of linen, 2 lots of 2 x 1.5m striped fabrics perfect for backing quilts, 2 lots of 2 x 1.5m brushed cotton check/ginghams fabrics perfect for quilts, and some other stuff besides.

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Then I went to spotlight where I spent another $60 and a bit, here are some pics.

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10 fat quarters in a pack for $8 - neutrals, browns, yellows. Some bits and bobs of fabric for use in quilting - two aged looking black and whites (the flowers and the stripes), bargains at only $2 a metre, and then some other stuff mainly for patchworks or bags - dots, cherries, stars, flowers.

Two wonderful patterns which speak for themselves, even if it takes me a while to get to them - maybe not till next winter for the jacket

And... a thimble, a pom pom maker, some white embroidery cotton, some charcoal and beige thread, some red bias binding (don't know how to bind things at all and want to learn and experiment), a new little rule thing that I can carry in my pencil case, some white velcro cause I keep misplacing all the white velcro I have, and a whizz bang disappearing pen for quilting etc.

Still want: pinking shears.

I have been spending so much on craft lately - luckily the craft fund has had a few topups from gifts I've made. When i make a gift with supplies I've purchased from my craft fund, I purchase it from craft fund with money from gift fund! Some may call this anal, but it works for me :)

I did a huge grocery shop after all this too, and then taxi'd it all home. I am quite exhausted!

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Rowan Arrivals for Bloom

May 25, 2005

As blogged I did an order from janette's rare yarns (ebay store called 4 to 4) and here it is! I have just started to swatch for bloom so can't say If I'm on guage or not yet. The kidsilk haze's intentions are not 100% locked in yet.

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Cool Target Sox

May 06, 2005

I bought these today at target, aren't they great?? If I didn't have so many things I wanted to knit, I would have taken away the idea and knitted some myself, but intsead I took a quick fix. Also bought two scarves and a huge wrap type scarf (even bigger than clapotis, by quite a lot actually).. These ones have great little rubber balls on the bottom to make them non slip, too.

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I'm just loving buttons at the moment. Hopefully I will take some time away from finishing clapotis # 2 to make the button necklace I have been dreaming about lately! I have purchased the supplies but progress stalled when my shirring elastic I was going to string them on would not go through the eye of the needle I had on hand.. All I had to do was go upstairs, but I didn't.. Anyway now I have a set of larger eye needles after getting some basic embroidery supplies to make mr kitty, so even if the ones I did have upstairs turn out not to be big enough, I'll be sorted. I just have to get to it!

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It's been a while.

April 20, 2005

So I'm not so good at this whole blogging thing! But today I am going to totally blog! I've just taken a bunch of photos and stuff and I am going to put them up.

Things to show off
- my new overlocker
- clapotis number two started
- new jean greenhowe knitted toy books
- new bendi shade card and leftover clapotis yarn
- finished french market bag, and pictures in progress
- Local lincraft closing down, stock totally gutted but was able to pick up a couple of bargains at 75% off today

and since I was taking photos, some cooking I'd just done! and some tops I'd just bought! All to be found in the extended entry so click-ez-vouz!

French Market Bag

french market bag from knitty. Modified the pattern significantly using 8mm instead of 4.5 or something like that specified in pattern. Shrunk the pattern down 4/5 in terms of stitches, but with much bigger needles it's come out much bigger of course. I used two strands of cosy wool held together, colours from stash (leftover from the cancelled kyoto!). It probably used eight ish balls all up.

All was going incredibly well and it had only taken less than a week when I got to the handles I wasn't paying attention, miscounted significantly (so I think I counted correctly then subtracted 20!) and everything went horribly wrong. So I ended up just casting off everything I could where I could (I won't explain the detail but it left me with millions of ends to weave in later).
I ended up just sewing a simple handle of my own design and making a knitting basket.

As my first felting experiment using yarn from stash, I'm happy enough. Considering Bendy rustic in one colour (probably red) and a considerably different shape for the next one, and I'll be doing it very soon me thinks. On the felting note, it was as simple as it sounds. Put in lingerie bag. Put in washing machine with a towel. Wash, and check every 10 minutes! I ended up having it in about 30 minutes. Next time, I'll err on the side of shrinking too much as it does stretch a bit when you are stuffing to the shape you want.

Stuffing it was probably the hardest bit - would be much easier if you had something the right shape to just let it dry on. I didn't, so I put clothing in lots of plastic bags and used them all to stuff it. It took two days ish to dry, longer than I expected..

anyway here's some photos.. starting, pre felting, and finished!

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New overlocker!
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I uhmed and ahhed after this for a long time and then finally bought it. $399 reduced from $599 in the janome sale. Haven't used it much yet though I have wanted to but been very busy. I am sure there will be lots to come v soon. Threading it was an extremely arduous task.

Clapotis # 2 started on Sunday

Not much to say yet. The yarn arrived from brooks farm last week (actually i think it was the week before). The colourway is beautiful, mostly browns and pinks (does not look at all like this picture) and it is very soft. I was not planning on getting started immediately, but with FMB off the needles so quickly and me yet to decide on yarn for the next, it's started! I am wearing clapotis # 1 practically every day at the moment and love it more every day.

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Baking

This afternoon I cooked, and since I had the camera out.. I made Nikki's Zuchini slice (rechristened bacon quiche) .. I made 4/5 of the standard recipe as I only had 4 eggs, and it all fitted perfectly in my blue flan dish I bought during a xmas visit to Perth a few years ago, when I wanted to make a lime tart.

That was for our tea with a nice big greek salad, and I also made a big lasagne for tomorrow nights dinner. And, some anzac cookies. I looked on the web and found heaps of very similar recipes, will add a link to the one I used a bit later. I just made one batch as a test - will probably make a double or triple batch this weekend [anzac day!] to send in to my and michael's work. After we munched on a few and I gladwrapped some for Elizabeth our cleaner who is in today, M took the rest to work.

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Jean Greenhowe Knitted Toy Books

I ordered these from the shearing shed in Canberra. I really wanted them! Will have more to say about them once I get onto a pattern or two.

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Lincraft haul at 75% off

So they are closing down my local lincraft. They finally put some stuff on sale but that was after getting rid of all the yarn and fabric (must have found a buyer to take the whole lot) they had hardly anything left. But, today I did find the following for less than $15 all up! dpns in 5 and 6.5mm, a sewing book I had coveted but wasn't willing to pay $40 for, and some google eyes to use for my knitted toys in the future.

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More Shopping

I also bought some generic wash and wear tops from suzanne gray and two new belts from army surplus. Yay!

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New shade card from Bendi, leftover yarn from clapotis # 1

Was very exciting to receive this new shade card from bendigo wollen mills. I love bendi, that's where my alpaca was for clapotis # 1. This is how much yarn I had left over from two balls - quite a lot. I think I will make a matching hat. Just a plain one - not the clapotis hat over at that blog I can't think of right now..

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