i'd done these last night. what am i saying? i have children. i thought thats what happened when you had children, that they would magically drift out to the kitchen and ..........
we didn't replace our dishwasher when it turned up its toes a couple of years ago and i can honestly say that i have never ever missed it. i didn't mind loading it but unloading - please no! i actually enjoy washing all our tony sly dishes and glass jars. its just when you go out the night before and then come home and curl up with some late night viewing!
our gorgeous god daughter has been home from new york to catch up with family and friends. i wanted to make her something to take back with her and to thank her for bringing me some koigu yarn from purl.
frida. i love her. i love the black and white photos of her especially the ones where she is seemingly unadorned. her costume is plain, her jewellery simple, her hair severe, her beauty deep.
i have long wanted to make a doll and always thought she would be the classic frida with flowers in her hair and lots of colour but i was so drawn to the tonal qualities of the photography - i wanted to somehow capture that.
it had to be a quick project because of course i had left it to the last minute. i did want there to be a simpliciy, a rawness to her. she ended up larger than i thought she would -over a foot high. i grabbed whatever came to light and tea dyed some muslin for her skirt. it was a most enjoyable project and now she is on her way to the big apple.
i don't have a room in which to store all my bits and pieces and believe me there are a lot! i have an area in the lounge and the bottom of the stairs had morphed into a large messy cupboard. there are certainly no before photos and there are no after photos, yet. with the help of the sweet k (i could not have done it without her amazing help) we made an almighty dent. i am a great one for doing a quick tidy - sweeping things into a basket and thinking that i must sort that later. how many baskets later?!! this many and that isn't counting the cardboard boxes. sometimes i had to slide away for a little game of solitaire when it all got a bit over whelming - i was that person. i can relate.
on my deck in this late summer heat i have a pot of mesclun and one of cilantro/coriander. i saw the cilantro on pinterest and thought it was a great way to grow it. same as the mesclun - cut and come again. it is the king of herbs for me and there is nothing like fresh out of the garden. i have yet to take to them with the scissors though - still too delicate. my sweet baby seedlings. still, one whiff of that pungent cilantro and i will be edward scissorhands!
its friday afternoon here and i am excitedly waiting for some new bees to be delivered. i have so missed them in the garden.
we're on a bender with the blender! morning, noon, night.tossed into every awaiting dish. our local organinc store has it in great big bags at the moment for, surprisingly, a good price. i love it. i might even go so far as to say that it is my favourite green. i have seedlings popping up but for now i will buy those big bursting bags of goodness. we have it in a smoothie in the morning and threw it over pizzas on the weekend. what tucked under the cheese was deliciously cooked, what lay exposed was crispy and so tasty. i made a potato and corned beef hash last night and threw the finely shredded vegetable through at the last moment. it doesn't all go in the blender, most of the time i shred it before adding it. and best of all, one feels so virtuous for consuming so much green!
our big boy hit two decades. i think i am still processing this information! to help with the celebrations i made a garland.
we had hung a piece of bamboo off the roof deck for the grape to climb along but i couldn't resist hanging things off it. i also would ivy around it which i'll remove as the grape creeps along. i used some polystyrene balls left over from a science project and bound them with ripped fabric. basically, i used whatever came to light, some linen, an old brass bell, string, bias binding. oh it was fun creating this!