Sunday, 29 March 2015

The Red Haired Amazona plays with her stash & gets the munchies

So yesterday's little road trip to Geelong saw me spending more money than I'm going to admit on STUFF.




I've loved Fimo since I was a kid.  I still have some ornaments that I made when I was about 10 years old. I'd made them as Chrissie decorations for my great grandmother. After she passed away they came back to me. Now I bring them out at Christmas time.

So I found a super cool tutorial via Pinterest by Vicki Brown Designs on making polymer clay handles for crochet hooks. How about that? Combine my love of Fimo AND crochet! Find a way to incorporate a glass of wine and Zac Efron and I'm in heaven!



Soft gooey fimo, a knife and a wooden table. What could possibly go wrong?




Yes. I did actually sit and roll all those little balls.




 Tah- dah!!!!   The original tutorial says you are supposed to leave the flat space where the hook size is clear, but I hold the hook quite close to the hooky bit, so this wouldn't have felt comfy for me.  



See all that yellow?  Sonofagun No. 2 wanted to make a mini Pikachu. Then got bored and made Things. Apparently they were bazookas and snail poo. He doesn't know what a bazooka is, but thinks the word sounds cool.







I also cleaned up my stash and added my new yarn.  It looks like bright lollies!



And also tidied up my cotton yarn basket in readiness for placemat making...



From the nearby sports fields I can hear the blare of sirens from local AFL footie games.
The sun is warming enough to comfort, and the birdlife has being singing happily all day.
I've had all the doors and windows flung open wide to catch soft autumn leaf breezes and with it the sound of birdsong through the house.



It's a perfect 24 degrees celcius today.  I think 24 degrees is the perfect temperature. It's so rare to have an absolutely perfect weather day in Melbourne that lasts for the whole day.



One of the few flowering things in my garden right now. Hot pink Ivy Geraniums!

I've got tonight's dinner in the oven. BBQ Curry.

We had a barbie last night for dinner. A couple of steaks, sausages and BBQ'd onion was leftover.  One of our favourite dinners is a curry made with the leftover meat from the previous nights barbie.  It's sitting in the oven cooking slowly until the meat melts in your mouth!
Then we'll dollop on some greek yoghurt and crunch on some pappadums!

I was also inspired by Jamie Oliver's Southern Fried Chicken Recipe.  I was lucky enough to be given his Comfort Food book for Christmas.

The first step is to brine the chicken!
I've never made a brine before but it's made the kitchen smell mouthwatering! Now it's sitting happily in the fridge overnight until the buttermilk stage tomorrow morning!




I think this week may be Melbourne's last hurrah for nice weather before the colder months start to sneak in. I'm contemplating taking the Sonofaguns on a trip to the Bellarine Peninsula on Tuesday as it heats up towards 27 degrees.

It's mid term holidays for the next two weeks. I'm off work to stay with the boys.  I'm not complaining! In between trips out where they whinge about wanting to stay home, or days at home when they complain of being bored, I look forward to lots of crochet time!

OK, the dulcet tones of screaming from the loungeroom means it's time to stop Sonofagun No.2 from jumping on Sonofagun No.1's spine...
Check out some of the lovely bloggers over at Handmade Monday! 


xox
Louise

The Red Haired Amazona

18 comments:

  1. Did the crochet hooks work ok with the Fimo on? They certainly look fun!

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    1. Yes! It feels easier to grip. I think I might have made mine a little too big, but it feels more comfortable than gripping the hook on it's own. I did have one fail with another hook where I made the clay come too far up close to the hook, so I'm going to break that handle off and try again.
      Thank you for stopping by!

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  2. Loving your weather, cold and wet over here.

    Your buys this week are fantastic and a good idea with the crochet hook handles.

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    1. Thanks Caroline! Normally Melbourne has 4 seasons in one day but we're blessed with one last lovely week before the cold kicks in in!

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  3. Great crochet hooks and snail poo! In fact an all round great post, your autumn is better than our summer xx

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  4. Great crochet hooks and snail poo! In fact an all round great post, your autumn is better than our summer xx

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    1. Thanks Josie! This is a great weather week before the cooler autumn weather kicks in after Easter. It still never gets as cold as the UK though!

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  5. I'm a Fimo fan myself too, definitely empathise with how long rolling all the balls would make as i recently made a keyring to look like those white chocolate jazzies- the ones with sprinkles on- took forever!

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    1. I saw your wonderful creations on your blog yesterday: the biscuit! Amazing! My efforts are much more basic but yours were inspiring! The little faces on your other pieces were gorgeous!

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  6. Glad to visit, what a cute and Funny post of your childrens nick names, LOL never heard of Fimo, but have seen folks playing with it a lot lately. Love what you created with it. And the weather here in good ol USA Missouri, is finally getting a bit warmer, finally feeling like Spring.

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    1. Gosh I look forward to spring. But we've got the rest of Autumn and winter to get through first! Thank you for visiting and taking the time to say hello from Missouri!

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  7. I like the crochet hook handles. May think of doing that for a few of mine. Love your new yarn purchases :)

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    1. Hi Fiddly! Thanks for visiting. New yarn always gives me inspiration for new projects. But then I usually need to buy more to finish! It's a never ending cycle ;)

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  8. Gosh Fimo takes me back. I've haven't used that since I was a child. Such a great way of making crocheting hooks more comfortable as they can be a little hard on the fingers.

    I'm so envious of your warm weather. Fancy sending some sunshine here as it's been pretty miserable today.... xx

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    1. Hi Gertie. And it's warmer again today after a cold night. 27 degrees apparently! Thanks for visiting! Xox

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  9. Sounds like you have lots of fun things going on. I love the crochet hook and the bbq curry sounds yummy :)

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    1. Life is full of creative fun around here at the moment! Although your visit to the beach looked wonderful!

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  10. I love your crochet hook looks great, I hope its comfy to use. All of your yarn looks so colourful, I also can't resist buying yarn when its just sitting on the shelf calling out to me!

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