Monday, November 30, 2009

sunday* stash #8

Are you good at delaying gratification?


Oh dear ...


Oh my ...




Well, with the exchange rate being what it is at the moment, how was I meant to resist? I had my first Liberty store experience with the lovely Alison . Armed with her currency converter Alison was the ultimate enabler. Mind you I now wish she had pressed me to buy more!

For more stashers head on over to Tam's place.

And speaking of Liberty, don't forget to enter my giveaway and you can win some as well as some other stuff.

*Hmmm stretching the bounds of "Sunday" I guess but I figure allowing for my jet lag it's still Sunday somewhere in the world ... and in my body

Saturday, November 28, 2009

young blood


Just a quickie to say that if you happen to be near the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney tomorrow (Sunday), and you're in need of some very cool stuff for Chrissy presents then look no further than the Young Blood Designers Markets.

If you were there in August and were freaked out by the crowds have no fear: they have moved inside the main exhibition centre and spill out into the playground and cafe area.

And here's the shameless plug: my sister Clare has a stall there ...

My mum

Here's a photo of our Mum unbeknownst to her at the time, sporting one of Clare's resin creations (you can see more here).

Thursday, November 26, 2009

my creative space ... is having a giveaway!

Frankfurt airport

Oh I know I know it's shameless to use Kirsty's meme to get yet another post in about this but this time I have actual photographic proof that loot will be given away!

Now, if you didn't see my last post (and you can't be bothered clicking on that link or this one or this one *) then you may have missed that this little giveaway of mine is centred around finding a name for the adventures of me and my crochet hook (or is that my crochet hook and I?), on our recent travels. Such was my sheer astonishment that the hook made it through all the airport security checks that I decided I better chronicle our adventures together.

So here's the deal: If you can think of a name that might sum up the travels of a girl and her crochet hook through Germany and the UK, then let me have it and you may well end up with all this stuff that I picked up on my travels!

the giveaway haul!
(more details of what it all is here )

There's more actually but it's still in transit from Germany**. I was also planning on adding the actual crocheted item (a somewhat lumpy face cloth) but that will depend if it's finished in time!

You can enter via my original post (and a massive thanks to all those who have entered so far. I actually snorted tea out my nose at the airport when I read them), or in the comments for this post and I will choose a winner next Wednesday 2 December and publish my "official" crochet hook adventure post with the winning title the following day.

Now, for some real creative spaces where people are actually making stuff pop in on Kirsty's place ;)

* all those links go to the same 'ol page
** Too much stuff, bag too small. You know how it is.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

my creative space ... needs a name ... and that's where you come in!

Ok I am just popping my head up briefly from my digs in sunny (not) but beautiful Stuttgart to let you all know that the crochet hook I mentioned I might try to bring with me here made it through all the relevant checkpoints and is by my side as I type!

I am not going to go into any more details now because I am planning to do a bit of a trip synopsis of the 'ol crochet hook upon my return ... and that's where you come in!

I'm after a name or title for the adventures of my hook and I as we make our way through Germany and the UK. And seen as how I am up to about post 99 I'm also thinking a giveaway could be in order upon my return. Not sure what that might involve at this moment but it's bound to contain lots of little goodies from my trip.

So if you can conjure up a name/title which you think might describe the adventures of this girl and her crochet hook before you actually get to see the adventures (it's tricky but you guys are crafty, I know) then hit me with your best shot and you'll be in with a chance at winning ... something.

Trip on over to Kirsty's for some no doubt warmer and less hotel orientated creative spaces.

Edited to add: Sorry, I should have added that there is NO RUSH! I won't be writing of our adventures until my return (in a week or so).

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


... is how I would describe day seven of solo parenting. Oh and I think there was some thingo down in Melbourne today involving a horse named Shocking as well.

Not that I'm a betting person but if Luca's tips were anything to go by he seemed to think the race would be won by the only female jockey (sporting slightly large boots), with an elderly woman riding a cow coming a close second.

Melbourne cup

Also utterly shocking (and I mean S-H-O-C-K-I-N-G) was the heat in Sydney today. I have it on good authority* that the mercury reached 39.2 degrees C (102.6 F)! I know I said somewhere a while back that I was really going to try and embrace summer this time around but it's really hard to embrace anything other than a glass of ice water in this heat.

And actually it's not even summer yet! Yeesh!

Having said that I did embrace - from afar - a moment of summer-ness in the backyard this afternoon


A spot of nudie strawberry eating in the wading pool.

Oh and I have also just now, at 7:30 pm, embraced the still warm washing from the line. Which I hung out at 4pm.

Shocking I tell you.

* the ABC weather man and he seems a trustworthy bloke


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