Sunday, December 27, 2009

oooooohhh...



Looks like I've found my next couches! :D
better start saving...

http://www.couchgb.com/



Monday, December 21, 2009

wii-hugging hippie?...



Hey all you eco-friendly gamers out there...take a leaf out of this guys book! Because everything can be made out of hemp :)....right? xD

http://www.dhreck.com/2008/12/11/endtroducing-the-hemp-mote/


Sunday, December 20, 2009

loving it...


Just have to say that I am LOVING all the wild, gypsy styles going round right now. :D


my toaster is getting a makeover...



Well....Now that my eyes have been opened, I can see a lot of wildly painted colorful appliances in my very near future. :)


Thursday, December 17, 2009

oh how i hate you rednecks....



A message to all the bogan rednecks out there. You are so nasty, intolerant, racist and intellectually impaired. You think you are a superior human because of the color of your skin? or the fact that your only slightly cultural thing is the Friday night hoe-down? Well...most of the people that you look down upon are smarter, healthier, happier people than yourself. And maybe if you give them the time of of day, you would be able to see that....but wait, then you would just scratch your stubbly chin (or lack there of) and think (to the extent that you can) "that Sam ain't so bad, he's not like all them other Asians". What? Can you hear yourself? Obviously not or you wouldn't say stupid crap like that. Oh but I'm sorry....I have implied you are not intelligent? But I have forgotten all your really smart, important conversations about the immigrants and all those other 'political' arguments you have. You know....the ones where you start off knowing half the facts and making the other half up? Only to be proven wrong 3 minutes later, because lets face it...your argument was shit anyway. Well to all you bogan rednecks......go to hell.

*End rant*


the purpose of robots is clear to me now...



Gotta love it! Tiny little robots dancing for Christmas. If that doesn't put you in the festive mood I don't know what will.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAlWRGMbju4


now i want to cook and clean...

I've always liked the style of old-timey aprons, so feminine, so perky, proof that you can still look good while scrubbing burnt on crap out of the oven... They are so funky and cute that one will soon have to be mine. Hmmmm fair enough...I don't cook, and I won't clean if I can get away with it, and I'm probably not the most perky housewife around, but dammit, if I can get one of these it might change all that...well, at least I'll look funky, perky and pleasant lazing around the house. :P

http://www.jessiesteele.com/catalog.php


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

want to watch...



There is one movie that I am really hanging out to see...Avatar. I'm not going to go on and on about a movie I haven't even seen, but it looks awesome. By what i've seen so far, it looks like it's going to be quite a story, and even if it's not...hell, there's going to be one crazy world with some pretty cool plants and creatures. :) If I had to chose to be an alien, I want to be a 10 foot tall, blue-skinned native with a tail. xD

spiral light over norway...old news?...


Completely off the subject of all things creative (kindove)…

On the morning of December 9th a spiraling light appeared in the dark sky above Norway. The light remained in the sky for several minutes, appearing to have a blue spiral radiating out from it’s center, and then was engulfed by what seemed to be a black hole.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/981989/spiralling-sky-light-baffles-experts

While watching the footage and looking at some photos, my husband said he had seen it somewhere before. He had a browse around and came up with this painting. It’s by Carlo Crivelli (1435 – 1495) and hangs in the National Gallery, London.

So maybe it wasn’t a russian rocket? And maybe it’s not the first time the world has seen this phenomenon?


turtles...


I have just finished my first in a series of 4 (of course!) of turtles. It’s Mikey! He turned out far better than I expected and when I get some more spare time when i’m not cleaning or reading (…which reminds me, I’ll have to try and find one of those hands free book holders…so handy) I am going to finish the gang. And then I will see if I can find or make a pattern for shredder and splimter to…and one of the foot (turtles must have someone to fight right?). I might go the whole hog and make them a pizza and weapons too! Anyhow here he is… Michelangelo. (even if he is a bit lonely) And Cy loves him!! Glad I made him chewable!



rainbows...



Over the next couple of months I’m hoping to venture into tie dyeing (if I manage to find the time). Tie dyed stuff is just so awesome, anything you tie dye (in my opinion, anyway) ends up at least 97 to 98% more appealing. And it’s not just the tye dyeing, it’s painting with fabric dyes as well. You can get some pretty cool results designing your own paterns.

The thing that started it all was my son’s new singlet. It’s the funkiest piece of clothing I have gotten for him yet. His Nanna and Grandpa got this singlet for him at the Bellingen markets when they went there last weekend (which reminds me…I’ll have to make my own way down there sooner or later).

Gorgeous isn’t it? (Oh and Cy!) But when I do tye dye (whether it be t-shirts, baby clothes or tablecloths) I will post the results along with a step by step instruction guide on tie dyeing.

cleaner walls...


60g of borax

1 teaspoon of ammonia

2 litres of water

Put the water in a bucket. mix in the borax and ammonia. Stir well until dissolved. Use a sponge or washcloth to wash the wall from the botttom up.


cleaner toilet...


1/4 cup of baking soda

1 cup of vinegar

Mix vinegar and baking soda thoroughly together in a container. Pour the mixture into the tiolet bowl and let it sit. After a few minutes scrub with brush and flush.


furniture polish...


2 lemons

1 cup of olive oil

spray bottle

2 cleaning cloths/rags

Squeeze the lemons until you have 1/2 a cup of lemon juice. Pour the oil and lemon juice into the spray bottle and shake to mix. Spray a small amount onto one cloth and rub evenly onto the furniture. Use the second cloth to polish dry.


cleaner floors...


wood floors...

1 cup of white vinegar

2 cups of warm water

Mix the water and vinegar together in a bucket. Make sure when you mop the floor your mop is only damp not wet.

tiled / linoleum Floors...

1/4 cup white vinegar

7 1/2 litres of hot water

1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid

1/4 cup of baking soda

Put the hot water into a bucket and mix in the vinegar, baking soda and dishwashing liquid. Stir well and mop. Easy and effective.


cleaner windows...


1 tablespoon of vinegar

1 cup of rubbing alcohol

1 cup of water

spray bottle

Pour the alcohol, vinegar and water into the spray bottle and shake to mix. Use just as you would commercial window cleaner.


cleaner fridge...


a lemon

1 tablespoon of baking soda

4 cups of water

Squeeze the lemon. Mix the 4 cups of water and baking soda in a small bucket. Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and stir well. Use this mixture to wash down the inside of your fridge.


cleaner microwave...


a lemon

1 cup of water

medium sized microwave bowl

Pour the water into the bowl. Squeeze the lemon and add 4 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the water in the bowl. Stir. Put the bowl into the microwave uncoved and boil for 5 minutes. Then take the bowl out and wipe the inside of the oven clean.


simple mould killer...


bottle of tea tree oil

500ml of water

spray bottle

Put 2 teaspoons of Tea tree oil into the spray bottle and fill with 500ml of water. Shake to mix. Easy and works well in bathroom, kitchen etc.


disinfectant...


500ml of pine oil

1 1/2 litres of hot water

2 bars of soap

cheese grater

large glass jar

spray bottle

Grate soap until you have 2 cups worth of soap flakes. Slowly mix the soap flakes into the hot water in the glass jar. If suds form, stop stirring until they disappear. Slowly stir in pine oil. Make sure it is completely blended. Fill spray bottle with 1/4 mixture 3/4 water. Put the lid on the jar of the remaining mixture and store in the pantry/cupboard.

Shake bottle every time before you use it.


new flavors...

Recently my baby boy has been experiencing his first flavors, and although he’s taken to food like a duck to water, there has been some iffy moments…So far it seems banana is his favorite & he hates pear. so it got me thinking… What other foods are popular with tiny tots… any suggestions?

hats hats hats...



I will be the first to admit that I have an unhealthy obsession with hats…beanies, tams, headbands, scarves…the lot. And the fact that I can make them myself immensly appeals to me. Although I’m only a fledgling at making hats, I do enjoy it. So i’m off on the (hopefully) long journey which will lead me to a large closet full of hats…
The little jester hat was my first ever knitted hat. I knitted it in two halves so it was an easy first project. The little blue hat was a fun little project…this was my first attempt at cable knitting (it was a great success). I made it in the 6-9 month size but it only just fits (hehehe a great excuse to make another). It’s still a great hat. The orange elf hat is the most recent hat I’ve made for Cy. It was my first project on circular and dpn. Towards the end I got a bit tired of the dpns but it was a good project to learn on…and it looks awesome! The last one I made for myself! I’ve been dying to try my hand at a calorimetry for ages. This one ended up a bit big large because of the wool I used but it still looks funky and is comfy and warm. Will definitely be making more of these…


hmmm...

So…this is my very first time blogging, I thought I might tell you a little bit about myself…..

I live with my husband and our little boy Cy (11 months). I love to relax and take life easy. My favorite things are knitting, sewing etc. It is so rewarding to see a ball of wool and some sticks, or some string and some random materials….and then (after a while) bam…Something beautiful, crafty, cute, warm, funky…whatever it is, it’s always awesome. :) So mostly my entries are going to be my adventures into tricky things like sewing, knitting, painting…and maybe even crocheting (maybe).