Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts

Monday, 12 December 2016

Musings from the 9.14 to Southern Cross

After being absent for a whole month, I wanted to pop my head in and say HI!

It's Summer in Straya!

It's been rather frustrating for me that all the end of year busy-ness has kept me away from my little bloggy space here in the Interwebs.

I've still been able to crochet daily, but I've been limited in time for designing and writing. Hopefully the upcoming summer holidays will give that back to me because I've really missed hanging out with you guys! I've been so desperate to blog, I'm currently writing this up on my little phone on the train to Southern Cross Station on my way to work!

I'm on the train. Bloggin' and stuff...
I have finally finished a delicious scarflet pattern I have been working on. That was created using some yummy Debbie Bliss cashmerino which was lovingly hand dyed and posted to me by Vicki from the blog Off The Hook in the UK.

I then became quite excited by the idea of these scarflets and made a slightly different variation using Moda Vera Shiver. This is a super soft, chunky acrylic yarn.

I have the idea of releasing the pattern with the 2 versions. One for cashmerino style yarns and one for chunky yarns. So stay tuned for that in the coming weeks!

I also took some time to make a variation of my Stevie Bird pattern.

What do you think of this little Cockatoo?

I love him! I'd like to try making other Aussie birds too!

If you follow along on Spacey Facey, you'd know I love Xmas and Xmas movies! I have some goodies planned for my Saturday night Movies & Crochet.

We started off last weekend with one our favourite Xmas classics Die Hard! 

Once I had a glass of Egg Nog in hand, Die Hard on the tv and the lights twinkling on the Xmas tree I had that delicious, cosy Christmassy feeling!

And our old friend Rocko the Elf has arrived again this year. He always makes his debut like this:

The following day, we woke up and he continued the superhero theme.

Aren't these little masks adorable?  They were designed by Simple Made Pretty. You can download them for free after you subscribe to their site. They are designed to print so each mask perfectly fits your Elfs face. The eyeholes are even in the right place.

Our Christmas tree is up.

I wanted to go with a pink and gold theme this year. But I have so many cute little ornaments that are not pink and gold, and I absolutely HAVE TO put up that once again my tree is a mishmash of things.

Like these adorable little mushrooms I bought online a couple of years ago...

I recently discovered that we don't have to travel all the way to Phillip Island for Sonofagun No.2s penguin fix.

A couple of weeks ago it was Bears work Xmas party. It was held at a lovely restaurant called Little Blue on the St Kilda pier.

We got all dressed up and I spent a great deal of time ironing my hair and twisting it into lovely waves. I felt a bit glam!

We caught trains and trams to St Kilda, then had to walk along a very long pier to the little restaurant at the end. 

Unfortunately piers and bays are kind of windy. My hair did this....

Definitely NOT glam!         btw Where's Wally?
After taking refuge in the restaurant and grabbing a medicinal glass of bubbly, we realised on the otherside of the restaurant through some rather largish small windows, we could see a small crowd gathering around the rocks. We watched and were able to see some Australian Little Penguins emerge from the bay. 

One of the Wait Staff told us it was a nightly tourist attraction, so the Bear and I decided to take Sonofofagun No.2 and his Bear cub along the following weekend.

Now we were on the otherside of the glass!

Sonofagun No.2 waits for penguins....
These penguins certainly weren't shy!

They swim in just after sunset every night.

Many waddle their way up into the breakwater boulders to their nests but quite a few perch on top of the rocks to preen and perve at the two legged visitors.

So that's just a little recap from the train...

 If I don't get the chance to pop in again before Christmas, stay tuned for the end of the year when I do my Year of Saturday Night Movies & Crochet wrap up!


The Red Haired Amazona

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Mollymook Bliss 2016

I've been having a little holiday with the Sonofaguns.

red haired amazona

A much needed trip away to stay with my parents at Mollymook on the NSW South Coast.

The poor Bear had to stay home as he had to work, so I traveled up in convoy with mum and dad, who had been down in Melbourne for Xmas.

It's just beautiful here.  

My favourite view as I arrive is this.

red haired amazona

When I glimpse the view of the beach and the waves I feel like I'm actually AWAY.

Sadly the weather wasn't very obliging for the first 4 days.  It rained every single bloody day! For the first 4 days, I hadn't had the chance to touch toe to sand because RAIN.

Thursday was the first day that there was a bit of sun and blue sky. After a drizzly morning, the skies cleared so I could take the Sonofaguns, the Mothership and my Furbrother Koko to the beach.

The Mothership and Fatherdoms garden is quite lovely.

Lots of beautiful tropicalish flowers and greenery. 

A King Parrot rests briefly after decimating the Fatherdoms tomatoes.


With passionfruit as big as lemons!

And little interesting creatures and sculptures.

Sunny Jim spends his days sheltered under the verandah tweeting and singing to all the local parrots.

Whenever I travel anywhere new, I'm always on the look out for local yarn shops. I google, ask locals etc because the small shops usually have interesting yarny finds.  Sadly there doesn't seem to be any of those around here, so when we drove up to Nowra on Wednesday, I satisfied my Yarnoholic tendencies by popping into Spotlight.  

I only picked up 2 balls of acrylics (because I don't think I have these specific shades of yellow and red ;)  ) but also splurged on a few metres of lovely japanese kimono style fabric.  
kimono fabric

So here's my thinking with that:

Before going to Spotlight, I found this pretty blue greeny floral maxi dress in a shop. It cost dollars. Just enough to make me think "Do I need this? No. Is it cheap? Not really. Do I look Not Fattish in this? Sort of."  
So I pulled the Mothership into the shop with me. She also agreed I looked not too fatish in the dress.
And before I had firmly decided NOT to buy it, I bought it.

Then I went to Spotlight because I also decided that even though me and sewing don't love each other and I'm moderately shit at it, that I can absolutely replicate this blue greeny floral maxi dress because the Bear bought me a whizz bang sewing machine for Xmas which can do everything all by itself and sew ALL OF THE THINGS. 
And that's what the lovely japanese fabric is for.


I will easily replicate the blue greeny floral maxi pretty dress to make another with the japanese fabric, even though I am totally shithouse at sewing and have 5% sewing skillz.  

After buying 3 metres of the fabric for a dress, getting home and having a cup of coffee to think about the making of the dress, I started to think the fabric would make very nice cushion covers. With Crochet edging.  Because I'm good at crochet.

Stay tuned for THAT one!
In about 3 years when I rediscover the pretty japanese fabric in the bottom of my sewing box.

The next day the Mothership and I swanned our ladylike selves in to the nearby village of Milton for ladylike breakfasting and the spending of the monies.

**Just in case, I'll drop in a quick note to say that I'm probably going to name drop a few shops and places of interest in this post. But only because I REALLY LIKE THEM.  This is NOT a sponsored post by any means. **

Milton is super cute with lots of cosy cafes and shops for the spending of the monies.  We breakfasted in a very ladylike manner on the top verandah of the Driftwood Cafe.

The Breakfast Egg Pot thingy with mushrooms and tomatoes was so delicious, I was trying to scrape around the inside of the pot to get every last morsel.

So ridiculously tasty!
We then popped into one of my favourite shops Nikki B's. It's a bit of an institution in Milton and has been there for years. In there you can find an eclectic variety of antiques, curios and new pieces, including some bootilicious Rockabilly dresses.  

Many years ago I bought a little dead crab in a glass bubble. Because dead crabs are cute. And macabre. This time I bought one of these little Sewing Pin pots in the photo below!  

Then Mum wanted to show me one of her fave shops called Surya which was a little further up the main street. Suryas website states 

"All our pieces are either Nepali certified Fair Trade, or are produced by small, ethical traders. Our producers are small cottage industry artisans, many of whom are home based workers empowering the mothers, daughters, sisters and wives in villages and cities in Nepal"

Nepalese ethical clothing

I had a little chat with one of the owners Melissa who was very friendly and kind enough to let me take a few photos of her shop! I loved the all beautiful homewares, jewellery, toys and clothing.  

hair pins

I bought myself this funky singlet dress (on the left), a cute blue skirt (on the right), one of those pom pom trivets (which I have been lusting after for yonks), and a couple of gorgeous hairpins. You can only see one in this photo as I was wearing the other in my hair!  I couldn't believe how reasonable the prices were and what a fabulous range they had! The Mothership bought some hand pressed wrapping paper. 

I just realized everything I bought in this photo has circles.

When the clouds finally cleared later that afternoon, we went to the beach.

Sonofagun No.1 contemplates like, rocks and water and stuff. And took lots of photographs of both.

We dipped our toes in water. I don't really like photos of peoples feet. You know those naffy pics peeps take when they're on holidays of views of the palm trees with their manky toes taking up the bottom third of the screen? Blech!
Or pictures of their feet squelched in sand on the beach? Jeezus people! I'm loving that you're on holiday but the only ones who wanna see your feet are the foot fetishists. You know this is true.
So here's a photo of my fat paddles. Because I was photographing everything in sight,  and ranting to the Mothership about peoples manky tinea holiday snaps, I logically decided to photograph our feet. The Motherships tootsies are delightfully painted. Mine are the ugly ducklings on the left.

narrawallee beach

Sonofagun No.2 caught his first ever fish in Ulladulla Harbour on his first ever attempt at fishing thanks to his fishing savvy Nanna...

The fish were practically leaping onto our hooks, but all were undersized, so they all got the Rex Hunt pash....

ulladulla harbour

And then popped back into the harbor to swim another day!

How's your summer/ winter going?

The Red Haired Amazona

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Christmas with Boxhead and The Eggnog

When many people reach a certain age, they don't like Christmas anymore. Some people never liked Christmas.

I love Christmas. Always have. Christmas is my crush. I think about planning for Christmas throughout most of the year.  I said THINK ABOUT PLANNING. I don't actually plan. I don't even prepare early. Please don't confuse me for an organised person. But I still think about it. I PIN Christmas stuff. All year long!  I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to my ideal Christmasness.

I search on eBay for vintage Christmas baubles and birds. Yep. Birds are exploding their little feathery carcasses all over my Christmas tree.

Here's one.

My cute little glass owl with a rather unfortunately placed clip.
And another:

And now one in pink...

And some that are allowed out of the cage all year round but with a Christmas tree thrown in...

The retro TV Table in my front entry with it's usual assortment of birds plus Christmas...

Every year I joyfully, almost orgasmically leap into Kris Kringle's arms, smooch all over his big gorgeous face and declare, "Baby, I'm back!"

I love decorating a tree. I love putting a few little Xmas type bits around, nothing too ridiculous.
Except a pink moose.

Every Saturday night BFF The Blonde Bombshell comes over for movie night.  We call it Hooked on Crochet night. Or Saturday Night at the movies with The Red Haired Amazona, Blonde Bombshell and their yarn.

We watch movies and crochet. At the same time. People seem amazed when we tell them we watch movies and crochet. You Crochet queens will understand, right? It's perfectly normal for this to happen.

Then the people who do occasionally join us express surprise when the movie starts and out come the hooks and yarn. They say, "Oh! You really do both crochet and watch movies at the same time! Gee willickers!" Mostly people with penises are surprised. They aren't up with this multitasking business.

So the month of December is given over to Christmas movies.

Last Saturday we cosied up on the couch with our crochet and fully soaked up Bing Crosby goodness with the most awesome Holiday Inn.

Now this is an absolutely adorable movie but pretty racist (Bing does black face) and Bing & Fred do treat the starlet Marjorie Reynolds like she's the last snag on the barbie.

But the minute Bing starts singing White Christmas, I get all dewey eyed and longfully look out the window for traces of snow. Which is stupid because this is Australia and it was 29 degrees (celcius) outside. Because it's summer. Sad face.

The only thing we were sadly missing is The Eggnog.

Here's a little glass I prepared last year...

The Eggnog with a dollop of Double Cream and a few splodges of The Brandy...
I don't make Eggnog because it's easier to buy it and The Blonde Bombshell loves The Eggnog but hates the idea of drinking anything with real-life raw egg.  However none of the supermarkets seem to be selling it yet which is ridiculous since they've been selling Christmas since August.

Speaking of summer, the weather has been so typically Melbourne: Oh wow, little Stevie on the Today Show says Melbourne's supposed to be 23 today. Aaaand it's sunny, now it's cloudy, now there's a thunderstorm, and it's sunny again. Aaaaand now it's windy and freezing, and now it's sunny.

Some Tigerella Tomatoes

So I had the opportunity to enjoy a 5 minute bit of sun and pick some flowers....

Which I then added to a vase of some gorgeous flowers from the florist...

This Saturday night the Blonde Bombshell and I will be joined by some fellas, so gorgeous, romantic, racist 1940s-50s movies will be replaced by another type of Christmas movie of a sort more enjoyable to people with penises. 

Die Hard. 

We will be watching Die Hard. Yes it is a Xmas movie.  People without penises will also enjoy this movie as it stars BoxHead. And in his youth BoxHead was a cutie.  And I will be doing my very best to ensure there will be The Eggnog.

Yippy ki-yay.....

The Red Haired Amazona