Possibly my favourite part of grocery shopping is checking out the stationery section.
It’s not even a whole aisle but depending on what’s in stock you can usually find something interesting, new, or pretty.
Recently I spotted some metallic sharpies and they somehow slipped and found their way into my basket!
I sat down on the couch with some glass jars, some coloured permanent markers, got comfy and started experimenting.
My drawing didn’t go too well. The glass was slippery, my drawing skills are limited, and once you draw on the glass it doesn’t come off!
I experimented with text by taping the design on paper and sticking it to the inside of the jar.
That was not easy. It was fiddly, I didn’t have enough light, and half way through the paper moved.
I had the most success when I went to basics. Horizontal lines and geometric patterns. They’re my strong suits. Nothing too tricky but striking.
I then ran out of jars, so I moved on to the pot I use as a yarn bowl. I had bought it from the hardware store with a little plant because I thought I’d try my hand at keeping 1 solitary plan alive.
I was quickly informed by the gardener in the relationship that the pot was too small for the plant.
So it’s been holding my yarn ever since.
Using the gold metallic sharpie I gave it a scalloped top.
It was exactly how I thought I’d spend my friday night, but there you go.
Oh and naturally I filled the jars with pompoms because that’s how I roll.
PS for those readers who use feedly or by email. I’ve redecorated! Come have a look and tell me what you think?
When we moved out of the apartment I pressed a few flowers to remember it by.
Turns out I pressed a lot of lavender, which we have at the house, but I still want to make some sort of artwork out of the pressed flowers.
Things didn’t exactly go as planned.
Whatever way I arranged it, things didn’t look right.
I looked through my paper stash but nothing seemed right.
The plan was to modpodge the dried flowers and some pretty paper to a canvas and that would be that.
My original plan was to make a crayon artwork like McStabby’s nugget made for her. But that failed dismally.
I was however able to use the canvas to test how the paper and flowers would stick, so it wasn’t an entirely wasted exercise. Even if I don’t have anything to show for it.
So it wasn’t an entirely failed experiment.
Although I still don’t know what to do with the pressed flowers.
*electronic stitch counters that tell me exactly where I’m at in a pattern
*finding flowers pressed in a book that you forgot all about
*pretty knitwear in movies
*tea selections arriving in the mail
*yarn just waiting to be dyed- full of potential
*nail polish the exact same colour as my glasses with chipped paint
*doctor who yarn club deliveries
*eyemasks with headphones in them
*being greeted by the giant ball of hair known as Cookie-Dog
I may not be much of a gardener or any of one, but I do appreciate our garden (and the hard work Hewhofishes puts into it). I particularly enjoy the edible parts of it.
We’ve eaten a few home grown radishes this year, but these two just keep on growing. We’re not sure if they’re going to be tasty so we’re just letting them keep growing. We want to see how big they get!
I cooked up some pasta the other night with sauce straight out of the jar, but I leant out of the window and added some fresh bok choy and parsley and it turned into something extra yummy.
The plan is for two more window boxes along that side of the house. I keep giving HWFs not so subtle hints that I want him to grow spinach. Spinach is on the gout list so he won’t be able to enjoy it, but I will. Isn’t that what love’s about? Growing vegies you shouldn’t eat for the lady that you love?
Ignoring the compost bin, this is an avocado tree. Another food that HWFs doesn’t like, but this one came with the house so no special effort required. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an avocado on a tree so I’m looking forward to that.
The oranges that I was looking forward to making marmalade didn’t quite work out as planned. We only got about 4 off the tree which were edible, the rest had squishy parts which turned scaley after a while. Still we learn when things go wrong so there will be more potash in the soil next year, and if that fails a call into the gardening show on talk back radio.
There may have also been a slight incident involving the brand new greenhouse. The day after planting seeds into those little tiny pot thingies, there was a bit of a storm and the wind knocked it over. Poor greenhouse.
The pea hay that mulched the tomatoes sprouted some peas. So they were rescued and planted into their own pot. Surprise peas!
Of course there are some pretty things too. What sort of garden doesn’t have flowers.
I’m not sure that I would be proud of a weed, but if you are going to be proud of a weed, it might as well be a big one. He insisted on showing off his handiwork.
So even though it is smack bang in the middle of winter and most trees have lost their leaves, there is still a little growth happening.
I just need a old rocking chair.
(and that’s your blooming lot for the week)
I don’t think I’ve told you lately just how cool having a house is. Particularly a house that’s been well looked after by people who were clearly interested in sustainable living and growing their own produce.
Apparently we have a passionfruit vine, and are about to be inundated with them.
So I’ve been researching passionfruit recipes and I’m now impatient that none of them are ripe yet.
How does Passionfruit and White Chocolate Mousse sound? The correct answer is delicious!!
Then there’s Baked Passionfruit Custard for wintery nights, or Passionfruit Cheesecake for those warmer days.
For a dash of nostalgia there’s Passionfruit Jelly or the classic Passionfruit and vanilla ice-cream combination. That was always a winner when I was young.
Lemon and Passionfruit Shortbread and Melting Moments sound like just the thing to bake and give to family. Edible presents are the best kind of presents.
And these Orange, Passionfruit, and yoghurt Cupcakes would use up some of the oranges that we’re about to have a glut of.
OK everyone’s invited around for afternoon tea! I’ll make sure to have a cocktail waiting for you.
1 – the number of times I got to pretend it was cold enough to wear my unicorn jumper
2 – Buffy fans made happy with a ‘walk through the fire’ bracelet
10 – geeky bracelets I now have
1 – hour spent searching for lost items
4 – rings found
0 – metal stamping letter Rs found
1 – PlayStation 3 which decided to not read discs any more
9 – hours to transfer all our data off our old PS3 to the new one
1 – heart palpitation when Hewhofishes suggested I could ‘just start over’ in Skyrim
3 – the number of times Hewhofishes pointed a laser pointer from the tv couch to the kitchen couch to annoy me whilst waiting for the data transfer.
1.5 – books in the Grisha series read despite such laser pointer intrusions
55 – points my team beat hewhofishes’ team by
15 – minutes hewhofishes sulked for after his team lost
infinite number of times I thought about rubbing in the fact that my team is better than his team but decided to be the bigger person
12 – episodes of Bobs Burgers watched
4 – quotes I tweeted from the show
2 – confused comments I had back from followers who were unaware I was quoting Bobs Burgers
1 – old but new to me china cabinet was delivered
7 – years my 21st birthday china waited before being unpacked
4 – years my tea cup collection has been waiting for a home that wasn’t constantly under threat of being knocked over.
but by far the biggest and most important number of the weekend
100 – the age of my Great-Nan who celebrated her birthday on Saturday.
6 children, 19 grand-children, 26 great-grand children (me!), and 2 great-great-grandchildren
(Numbers are from my memory and are approximate. It may have been more than 12 episodes of Bobs Burger we watched.)
I think it’s been a whole week since I showed you some house photos.
Well it’s obvious time for some more!!
I have a claw foot bath.
And a pebbled shower floor.
Continue reading Another house tour
I love zucchini slice. (For any american’s wondering what I’m banging out about a zucchini is also known as a courgette. But just hear how zucchini rolls off the tongue. Zucchini. Zoo-kini.Zoo-keeeeeneeeey)
It’s the number one thing that I search for on my own blog.
Even though it’s so simple, I always think I forget something.
The original recipe is from the Australian’s Women’s Weekly cookbook that my Mum owns. When I left home I had a photocopy of it, which is now impossible to read.
So I made a printable to hang on the wall in the kitchen.
If it’s your first time making it, here are the proper instructions.
1 grated zucchini (don’t bother peeling it)
1 cup grated cheese
1 chopped onion
3 rashers bacon chopped
1 cup self raising flour
1/2 cup vegetable oil
dash wooshter sauce
parsley, salt, & pepper to taste…
Put all of the ingredients into a bowl. Mix well. Pour it into a pyrex baking tray.
Pop it in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees and wait for 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
Right click here to save the image
Feel free to print the recipe and display it in your homes, but please do not sell it. This is my gift to you.
My crafty room.
I’m pretty pleased with how it looks at the moment. It has just been organised so everything is neat and tidy which won’t last too long, but it’s become my favourite room in the house. (This post is really picture heavy – I tried to cut it down but it didn’t happen)
Continue reading My new favourite room
My new house!!!!
We’re almost completely moved in now, with only two wardrobe doors, a dining table, and some cleaning supplies left at the apartment.
Moving day wasn’t quite as easy as I had hoped. There was emergency dental surgery, settlement delays, rain clouds, friends who didn’t turn up, some moving day bruises (me and the house) , and a really sore back.
But we got there. Jen once again wins the best friend award as she carried boxes for most of Saturday, where as the Man’s best friend showed up precisely as the first beer was opened on Sunday.
I always buy new bedding whenever I move into a new place. Any excuse for new sheets and quilt covers.
This isn’t the grand tour just yet. Stuff is still being sorted out. And I can’t do anything much with my crafty room until the wardrobes have doors, so it looks more like a spare room but give me time.
But I have sorted out the kitchen!
And as soon as I figure out how to take a good photo of the book shelf I’ll give you a guided tour of that.
But for now I’ll have to love you and leave you with the view from our balcony. The first night we were greeted with fireworks and we’ve had a few spectacular sunsets as well.