dscf0124oh just how comfy does honey look?  I wish that I could just drape myself over the couch and immediately achieve sleep and comfort!  I love couch napping so much, but this couch is was to small for comfort adult sized couch napping… not that honey would let us on there anyway!

There has been a small amount of craft productivity here this week, I completed a childs vest for a friend made from squooshy marshmellowy alpaca.  It’s to be modelled at the home show this weekend for the Creative Fibre group I belong to.  The vest is ok, not my best work, but it will do – what am I talking about!  Its fine.. hopefully I’ll get some photos this weekend.

I’ve also made some progress on a jumper I’m making for myself out of this in a lovely purple tinged grey colour.  I love this yarn!  When knitted it has a gorgeous even texture and I just love the subtle purple heathery tinge.  So far I’ve done the cable part, 2/3rds of the bottom part – didn’t want to finish it off until I’ve done the top and sleeves, just so I can check the length when I try it on, and now I’m up to splitting for the armholes.  Go me!

Oh, and I started some spinning last night!  Lovely mooshy alpaca.  Oh it felt so good to be spinning again especially something which almost spins itself.

Personally I think this this admirable progress!




I’m in time out, self imposed time out.  The others have taken shelter in the living room cowering in fear that I will leave the bedroom to make foot stompy demands like “why can’t someone do the dishes” “why can’t someone make me tea”.  I think it’s because “someone” is too busy doing other things like moving all my sons belongings to a parrallel dimension.  This was a grumpy discussion held earlier “mum. where’s my calculator” “I don’t know, where did you last have it” “on the coffee table, but someone keeps chucking my stuff out” “the only place I move your stuff to is your room” “well it’s not there, someone keeps losing my stuff”  AAARGH, well when you find this someone, tell him I want a up of tea and the dishes done…

(he found his calculator in the garage where he’d left it at the end of last year celebrating giving up maths…)

Oh the grump isn’t terminal, it’s just tiredness related which I’m trying to remedy by going to bed early to read and blog until about my normal bed time…

This past weekend I made the big decision to pay off my credit card this year and that means no new craft supplies until that happens!  Crikey… but never fear, like all good plans there are two exceptions.  The first exception is in April, I’m travelling to the South Island for the Creative Fibre annual festival where there will be traders and because this trip was planned prior to my big high and mighty plans, it is an official exception.  The second exception is I can buy fabric or yarn if it is for specific winter clothing to be made for myself or any member of my family, I don’t have many clothes left from last season and nor do my kids – so this is a very real and practical exception.  So apart from that I will not be purchasing any new craft books, patterns, no magazines of any kind (imagine a high pitched whiny screech about now) no yarn, no fleece, no gadgets… whew… lucky then I have stash!  I’ve got enough fleece to keep me spinning for a few months, and enough yarn to play around with.  Not the world’s biggest stash, or even the worlds most medium stash, but it’s enough.

I’ll also cut down on coffee’s…  (visualise sobbing and cold sweats..) oh and have sworn to buy no new books this year either..

It’s not all doom and gloom, I still can buy one new pair of boots for winter, I’m still going to get my hair done every 10 weeks, I will still buy the odd tune or two on i-tunes.  Total deprivation only causes binges at the end!

Anyhow, if I stick to my plan I will have this paid off in under one year.  I’ve marked off my fortnightly goal balances on outlook at work to keep me focussed.  I really mean it this time, I’ve made two or three lame attempts at it in the past couple of years.  But this is it.

Oh and I also will stop buying vintage shit from Trade me… and I’ll stop filling up my cart on Amazon for when the exchange rate gets better…  oh gosh n darn…

Anyhoo, the lights appear to be going out it the lounge, I guess this means it’s bed time. Sweet dreams everyone!

I hope “someone” has done the dishes…..

I love to read blogs, especially pretty lovely craft blogs like and and aaandd annndd aaanddd ttthhennn, well then I start clicking links from their blogrolls and end up at more insanely gorgeous crafty, flowery, sweet, blogs.  And I start to get envious… and feel inadequate and all those other feelings.  I’m such a horrible envious person… I even torment my real life blogging friends for everything she has that I want….

Oh I know, envy is a mirror showing us those things we want for ourselves, and it’s true, I want all those lovely flowery things, I want to be that prolifiic at crafting, but mostly I want that level of artistry and ease intersperesd with my crafting.  But then I know I’ll never be just quite like that, I’ll be my own version of it, and then I think, god, I’ve hardly done any crafting at all this week, and I’m hopeless, and dreadful, and gosh what on earth or who on earth do I think I am…

By this time I’m completely exhausted and done with thinking, and if I’m clever I’ll just either go to sleep, do some work, or just get on with it.

Then occasionally I’ll stop and look around me… and see..

006see the pretty green view from my kitchen (the magnolia has been chopped and there is so much more light) look at my lovely vintage milkshake shakers, the cute blue pottery from a trip to Great Barrier Island and the sugar bowl from a trip to India, while I’m simultaneously

cooking dinner;

007which turns out just fine despite being thrown together using fresh from the freezer sausages in about 20 minutes flat, whilst baking a batch of;

004to take to guild meeting that night, allowing only just enough time to let them cool prior to tinning them up, scrabbling around for the various projects in progress or completed, allowing enough time to briefly look down at my new homemade favourite pants;

005with my new brown leather chucks, enough to bring the smile back to my face! Before I rush out into the Monday night precisely one hour after I walked in the door.

Then I start thinking, again, and this time the thoughts are ok, I remember I work full time, have a second job which keeps me pretty busy at the moment, 3 teenagers to run around after, a house to keep relatively orderly… so the fact I’ve made the above pants, a pair of jammie pants for my daughter, warped a loom, knitted an eighth of a sweater… well you get where i’m going, it’s not all doom and gloom in the house of gen.

I start to feel better!  In the meantime I’ll keep calm and carry on .. and keep reading those inspirational blogs to bring a little flowery sunshine into my days.

hunkered down


The first signs of autumn/winter are showing today, I’m at home with the non-serious but very annoying stages of a cold, there is no signs of humidity but in fact a chill in the air instead and last night I noticed it was dark at 8.30! When did that happen?

Today has been a nice day considering, I like having snuffly days at home, catching up on my recorded programmes, sleeping in, no demands on me – well not until schools out, a good excuse for a fish and chip dinner.

I’ve also been flicking through this little gem

magazine-001Published in Melbourne, no date – but with the dual currency of 50c or 5/- it must have been in the late 60’s

magazine-002So many things to make! Where to start?

magazine-0071What about a jewell tidy for “teeners”

magazine-011ooh, some nice pinny’s!

but the piece de resistance has to be this;


the natty cravatte for boys!

Wonder if the men in my life a ready for a cravatte for xmas….

pipes need cleaning


My creative juices are flowing just fine, but there are other things blocking the pipes.   And so I haven’t been focusing on documenting my joy. I guess blogging is like anything,  just need to keep at it.

I’ve been sewing, knitting, weaving and a little spinning.  Do I spread myself too thin? Would I feel more productive if I focused on one craft?  Or would I feel bored then? I’m even bored with the books I’ve been reading.  I guess it’s kind of a fun.  Even my baking has been a little off this week, two cakes baked and both mediocre at best.

I have been enjoying reading a couple of blogs at the moment – this guy and these woman.  Click through and enjoy!