Friday, October 29, 2010



I missed 'One of my Poems Thursday'. I've decided that I'm not going to beat myself up about it. Sometimes it will happen, sometimes it won't, I'm cool with that.

The reason I didn't get the opportunity to post yesterday was because I was insanely busy. The usual kind of stuff; work, commitments and Ritchie and I decided at the spur-of-the-moment to go and see the new David Fincher (we're both BIG Fincher fans) film 'The Social Network'.

I have to say that I was a teensy bit disappointed. This is probably entirely my own fault. I tend to build-up films that I am looking forward to seeing to gargantuan heights. They can never live up to my entirely unrealistic expectations. After having watched the film, I want to 'deactivate' my 'Facebook' account.

I found most of the people represented to be entirely unlikeable. Additionally Zuckerberg seems to be someone, wholly impressed by status and authority, despite his alleged 'disinterest' in money - which I don't 'buy' at all. For someone with no 'interest' in cash, he has sure as hell managed to keep a lot of it for himself.

He seems like an arse-hole. But hey, what do I know ?  I'm not a member of an exclusive fraternity and I'm certainly no billionaire.  My opinions will be of no consequence, to an entirely dysfunctional man with a 'good idea', but a distinct lack of social/emotional intelligence. I'm no 'Rhodes Scholar' and I'm not professing perfection, however I do have more friends than I can count on one hand.

I'd also like to add that those impressed by status always appear to me to be needy and of weak character, both in movies and real-life.

Now on to the Divine

I've recently been introduced to the Artwork of Australian Emma van Leest. I have to say I am blown away by the beauty of her creations. I've added an exquisite photo from her website of her artwork entitled 'To dream in waking life.'  I'm a HUGE fan. Enjoy!

I'm off now. 


Currently Listening to: 'I, Me, Mine' The Beatles
Currently Reading: 'Midnight's Children' Salman Rushdie 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Crafting, Sylvia's Birthday and Ritchie's Afternoon Tea.


Today it has been raining steadily. The rain hasn't however, put a dampener on our level of excitement - It's our baby girl's Birthday today. 

That's right Sylvia is 2! Happy Birthday Sylvie.

Here is a photograph of the little chestnut herself.

In other news, I have used the bad weather as an excuse to avoid doing loads of washing and have been crafting instead. I used the tutorial at 'Under the Sycamore Tree'  to make a 'Doily Table-Runner'. It was super easy to make and the results are pretty impressive, even if I do say so myself. I bought all of the doilies for around $20.00 AUD from an op-shop in Belmont North, so it was a very inexpensive project.

I have included one snap-shot of my finished Table-Runner. Here 'tis

Additionally, I have started planning Ritchie's 'Citizenship' Afternoon-Tea. For those who don't know, Ritchie is becoming an Australian on the 3rd of November. It is very exciting. For the most part I have been thinking about the food I am going to prepare. We're thinking; Mini-Pavlovas, Lamingtons, Iced-Vovos, Tim-Tams, a Cheese Board and Mini-Savoury Muffins. Yum Yum Yum!
I'll update the blog later,  after I have given the decorations some thought. 

I've done some shopping for my 'Operation Christmas Child' shoe-box. I still have some additional items to purchase, so I will update the blog with all the details, when I have finished.

Well that's all for now, I'm not sure what I'm going to cook for tea. I guess I'll have to start thinking about that soon. 


Currently Listening to: My Brother and Ritchie playing 'Modern Warfare' on the PS3.
Currently Reading: 'Midnight's Children' Salman Rushdie.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Just thought you'd like to know

If I was a piece of Swedish furniture I would be.......

Peace Out


Currently Listening to: 'Far' Regina Spektor
Currently Reading: 'Midnight's Children' Salman Rushdie

Thursday, October 21, 2010

One of my poems Thursday

Wow!, it's been a week already! It's time for one of my poems again. 

I wrote this in 2008, for my brilliant Ritchie. It's not about sex. So with that, here it is.


 Speckled China doll 
with bristled peach cheeks
and a discerning ear and eye

Imperfect lips; teeth;
 a down-and-dirty mind

I am with you and..
 laughter permeates our night-time. 

In addition to one of my indulgent poems, I wanted to share a beautiful quote by a man I needn't really introduce - Carl Sagan. 

' In the vastness of space and the immensity of time, it is my joy to share a planet and an epoch with Ann'.
- Carl Sagan

I told you it was a good one. 
My wonderful partner Ritchie, made this quote super-special for me as he added it to my birthday card this year (obviously changing 'Ann' to 'Erin'). 

So thank you Carl Sagan, in addition to all the wonderful work you did, you also posthumously managed to make my birthday a little bit more special.

I thought I'd share some photos of my birthday card. Ritchie is wonderful, I know I am incredibly fortunate to have him.

This quote is for my little brother;
'More Babble!' - Christopher Hitchens.

Who do you love? 


Currently Listening to: 'La Roux' La Roux (Yes I LOVE this album)
Currently Reading: 'Midnight's Children' Salman Rushdie

Monday, October 18, 2010

I'm going to do this

Hey Hey, 

I'm not religious, however I do believe in helping those less fortunate than me. So I suppose in that respect I have some ideologies that are similar to those of 'The Samaritans'. 

I know we have different sources of motivation, but who cares about the motivation, let's simply focus on the outcome. 

I'm going to be participating in 'Operation Christmas Child', an initiative established and organised by 'The Samaritans' 

Feel free to join in too. 



Currently Listening to: The Bathroom Exhaustion Fan
Currently Reading: 'Midnight's Children' Salman Rushdie.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Crafting and Important Birthdays


It's my beautiful Nana's 80th Birthday today. We are all going out for dinner. I love her so much - Happy Birthday Nan!

Additionally, I have been candle-making and my attempts have proved successful. I will be uploading a 'Tea-Cup Candle' tutorial in .pdf format soon.  Here is a little sneaky peak, at one of the Christmas presents I have been making for friends and family. 

Well, it's a brief post today. Take it easy.

Currently Listening to: 'La Roux' La Roux
Currently Reading: 'Beatrice and Virgil' Yann Martel

Friday, October 15, 2010

Interior Lust

Hey Hey, 

I've been flicking through some old and new copies of 'Inside Out' Magazine, specifically 'September/October 2008' and 'November/December' 2010'. 

I have been DROOLING, so I thought I'd share a little bit of what's been making my eyes melt with delight. 

I had to take photographs of the pages, as I don't have a scanner (that I know how to operate - I know it's entirely shameful). So some of the pics look a little wavy - photographing a magazine with a thick spine will produce that effect.

These two shots, are both from homes in Italy. More Drool. 

Loving these two too.

Anyway, I wanted to share a little bit of what makes me the sad individual that I am. Looking through Interiors mags, is my pornography.

Currently Listening to: 'Let It Be... Naked'  The Beatles
Currently Reading: 'Letters to a Young Contrarian' Christopher Hitchens. 

PS: I'm off to scour op-shops for goodies.
PPS: I'm going to be uploading a tutorial in .pdf format soon too. 

Have a great day!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

One of my poems Thursday

Well here it is. An old one, I wrote this in 2005. I don't know if I still like it, however it has a lot of sentimental value. It was written with my first and only broken-heart. <--- Cliche' alert!

Scottish Writer's Block

It was in Inverness
that I broke the lead in my pencil.
It couldn't or wouldn't sharpen; 
it kept breaking as I attempted to whittle away at the wood.

It was in Dundee
that all I had was a stub of wood.
I could no longer write
and had to record everything in tantrums and tears.

Poetry Thursday seems like a good idea.


Currently Listening to: My fingers hitting the keyboard.
Currently Reading: 'Letters to a Young Contrarian' Christopher Hitchens.

PS: 'Of a Boy' by Sonya Hartnett, was beautifully tragic. I'd recommend it to everyone. 

PPS: How do I have so much reading time? I don't have children and I read every night in bed, prior to falling asleep.

PPPS: I am so in love with this fabric by 'Gurumania' on 'Spoonflower'. IN LOVE!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Goodies in the post

Yay, a gift I ordered from Etsy for my nephew arrived today.  
They are absolutely beautiful, and exactly as I anticipated. 

A pretty non-eventful day, aside from my goodies in the post.  Just the usual.

Planning on knitting some more face-cloths this evening with the delightful bamboo 'wool' I purchased on my last trip to Spotlight

I'm cooking 'Spag Bol', which I've been assured, is the 'World's Best'. My Brother will definitely be joining us for tea tonight - He can't get enough of my spaghetti.

I guess, I could add the recipe for my 'Spag Bol' to this here blog, however, I'm sure everyone has their own way of making said pedestrian dish. 

I'd love a back-yard pizza oven. I am dying to make traditional Italian style pizzas - Perhaps on the weekend I will have the motivation. 
I intend on adding some of my poetry,  perhaps it could be a Wednesday thing?


Currently Listening to: 'Maths and English' Dizzee Rascal
Currently Reading: 'Of a Boy' by Sonya Hartnett

Monday, October 11, 2010


This will have to be a brief entry, as I'm currently in the process of eating my breakfast and getting ready for work. Yes school is back today!

Went to 'Darby Street Fair' yesterday, and of course, I totally forgot my camera. I don't want to rag on the event entirely, however, I guess I had high expectations. 

I did purchase some little odds and sods for Christmas, and bought myself some divine earrings from 'Oscar and Matilda'.

On another note, I'm coveting some beautiful ceramics. I am entirely in love.

As I said, it's only a brief post. I'm off to have a shower.


Currently Listening to: The wind whipping past my study window.  
Currently Reading: 'Of a Boy' Sonya Hartnett

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Programming and Cupcakes


So much for exciting entries. I spent the day with my Mum, working on her class program (we have a mutually beneficial relationship- giventhat both of us are Teachers). Term Four of the school year is to start on Monday, so it's all go.

In more exciting news, I made Chai Cupcakes today.  I'm a huge fan of Chai Tea, and as a consequence couldn't resist making some cupcakes. I used this recipe Chai Cupcakes from Greenie in the Making. They're a little bit like crack (so I've heard), in that they are entirely more-ish.

I just wanted to add, I have recently been following the 'How to No 'Poo' instructions detailed at lovely Helen Heath's webpage. (In fairness I haven't met Helen, however she seems like a wonderful lady.)

I have been pleasantly surprised by my hair. Helen suggests that it could take an individual's hair 'two weeks to two months' to transition to this new method. I have to say that I haven't noticed a difference in my hair. It looks the same as when I use expensive shampoos and conditioners. Needless to say, I won't be going back to shampooing. Give it a try.

Additionally, my lovely Ritchie bought home 'Singstar 80s' and 'Singstar PS3 Volume 1'. They were both marked down to $9.00-isn't he brilliant! Sorry next-door-neighbours.

I'm going to be attending the 'Darby Street Festival' tomorrow, so I'm certain to post a few photos and the like.


Currently Listening to: The Dishwasher
Currently Reading: 'Why Orwell Matters' Christopher Hitchens.

Friday, October 8, 2010

More often than not.

This is perhaps the third or fourth time I have attempted to establish a blog. My inability to maintain the momentum necessary to regularly update a blog reminds me of my failed attempts at diary keeping as a child. I am someone who enjoys writing, so as you can imagine, I regularly received journals and diaries as gifts. Each new journal was filled with promise. I was going to record my thoughts and feelings successfully in its pages.

Alas, more often than not I would fail - Writing became a chore, I just had such a dull non-eventful childhood. Fortunately I was no Anne Frank.

This time it's different! I'm an adult now and my life is much more interesting. This blog will be all about my much more exciting existence.

It's with a change-of-heart, that I begin blogging. It promises to be stupendous.


I thought I'd share this video, as it really tickled my funny bone.

Currently Listening to: Regina Spektor 'Far'
Currently Reading: 'Why Orwell Matters'  Christopher Hitchens