Thursday, June 23, 2011

Me and my iPhone!

Have I told you how much I love my iPhone! We are such good mates. He does everything for me. I have so many apps I have had to give him a quick makeover and rearrange. 
At the moment one of my favorite apps and biggest time waster is Instagram.
People are posting wonderful photos on here. iPhonography is almost becoming a new art form! I've been posting a couple a day and here are a few of my favorites:

My new tea cup

Waiting at the car wash

Waiting at kinder, through the sun roof

Lilly Pilly

Waiting at swimming
4 yr old freckles

6 yr old freckles

44 yr old freckles

St Pauls

Morning tea at the deli

Morning tea at my house

Brunswick st

Brunswick st


Brunswick St

Brunswick St

If you already have instagram my name is Bron66. Follow me if you like. I am following new people every day but one of my favorites is sionfullana. He is a photographer/journalist living in New York. He takes a shot every day of the Starbucks window. I love his photos. You can see his iPhone photos Here
I usually take the original photo with my hipstamatic app. I love how they turn out! 
What do you think? I never took photos like this before. Am I cheating? 

(apologies to those without the aforementioned phone. I can't help it - I am obsessed)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Broomstick Knitting

One day when I was young, (?12) we went for a drive in the country. Maybe Maldon? I really can't remember. I do remember being very exited about buying a pair of broomstick knitting needles. They came with a book:

It was published in 1978 so I must have been 12 or older. I don't remember if I ever made anything. Actually, I seem to remember I made a string bag out of brown jute or wool. Mum might remember. Anyway, the needles have long been thrown away. Such a shame!! I've since bought some 15mm needles that do the trick. I've made a couple of scarves with. They have been so quick to knit up and they make the wool go further. Now I am trying the scarf pattern out of the book:
( I love the hand drawn pictures used in the book.)I'm going to use some pink hand spun wool I picked up from the Pascoe Vale Spinners and Weavers Exhibition last year and have decided it is a bit scratchy for anything else. I'm just not sure I have enough wool. I'll show it to you when I've finished. Have you tried broomstick knitting? Do you know, they even have a pattern for a hammock and a fly screen? Included is instructions on how to make the needles too. What a fabulous book! I wonder if Ron and Mandi Heath are still around?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Things I've Been Making

I haven't written much about what I've been making lately. I feel like I haven't been doing much but, actually, there are a few things:

I made my Mum this funny bird using this wonderful Attic24 tutorial. 

I made this draft snake out of my own head. He turned out a bit pointy in the head due to an ironing incident, but he does the job. I filled him with recycled newspaper kitty litter, which has seemed to work OK. I think of him as a prototype.

I made this flat teddy from Curly Pops Fuzzy Bear Softie He's a bit wonky too. I'm sending him to a little newborn who won't mind. 
As well as that, I have made a little visit to the Wool Baa in Albert Park and bought a few balls of Silky Merino DK. I made Miss E a red beanie for school and am in the process of making a black and red one for Mr N, using the free pattern they gave me. The wool is so soft!! I have many more ideas running around in my head. The problem with me is that the idea is often better than the finished product! Ah well. At least I try....

Sunday, June 5, 2011

New Things

We got ourselves a new/old car recently. It's a Lexus and, although it is not new, we love it. I had to increase my mortgage to get it, but it was worth it! While I was spending money, I decided to get some new shoes. I haven"t bought myself new shoes for years. There were so many choices, I couldn't decide.....
So I bought all three:
Keen. Golden Loafer

Footprints Garda Black (By Birkinstock)

El Naturalista

I bought them all at Yodgees at D.F.O. in Essendon. I went a bit crazy didn't I? All I need now are the clothes to go with them. I have to stop spending though. I am usually on such a strict budget!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Learning not to push the point and other stuff

Yes, we did head off to the markets! We had our pretzels, my coffee and their free bubbuccinos. I love the atmosphere at the Sister's Market, although I always feel rushed because I know the kids will loose it any minute. We didn't buy anything, but I love to look. On the way to the other market Mr N said he didn't feel well but I pushed on. A quick zip around the Pascoe Vale Spinners and Weavers Exhibition and I bought these beauties:
Not sure what they will make. I'm thinking of a red beanie for me with one of them. 
By the time we got home, Mr N had to lie down. He was looking a little pale. Amazingly he sparked up, then I started to feel a bit queezie (and more, I won't go into details). I had to ring up sick because I knew not what was to come. Last night we were at Dad's for dinner. The kids were having a bit of trouble eating, which is sometimes a problem at home. I made Mr N have 2 more mouthfuls and he promptly vomited into his dinner plate. "You shouldn't have made me eat so much, Mum" he said through tear-filled eyes. We made a hasty retreat home. I hope he does no such thing at the farm tonight. Actually, I hope I do no such thing. I'm not feeling crash hot. Not bad enough to go to bed just yet.
So I must learn not to push...

Turn off and head to the market!!

Yarn from Pascoe Vale Spinners and Weavers

I think I am being overly ambitious!! I have delusions of marketing!! It's Saturday morning, ABC kids is on the tele, two children lay like lizards on the couch. "After this show, lets turn it off and head to the Pretzel Market!" (Yeah sure Mum!) The Pretzel Market is The Sisters Market. We try to go every time it is on and the kids enjoy a delicious pretzel and I enjoy their great coffee! I was the planning to go to The Pascoe Vale Spinners And Weavers Exhibition too. I try to go to that every time too. I always pick up some really nice wool. I hope I am as lucky today! I noticed that Dianne from Coburg craft stuff has a similar idea! That's if I get there!! This is always dependent on my slightly unwilling participants.... (wondering if the Pretzel bribe is enough.)