Dec 29, 2010

A word about Indie authors

These pieces are all written by the Independent authors who started Bestseller Bound

I have just put them here in their entirety as they are pretty self explanatory. I found the whole thing very interesting and I've purchased a couple of their Indie books in Kindle version from Amazon. Some definite food for thought.
If you are interested, Maria Savva, Darcia Helle, Stacy Juba are all over the web, so search for them or Bestseller Bound on Twitter, Facebook, Good Reads, Websites and Amazon.

Dec 27, 2010

Meet Me on Monday

Follow the above link for the "Meet Me on Monday" meme at "Never Growing Old". This is the first blog meme I've done like this, although I've done a few on social media.
So here goes, and perhaps you'll get to know me and I'll get to know you.


1. What are your New Year's Eve plans?
2. How tall are you?
3. What is your favorite pudding flavor?
4. What room of the house do you blog the most in?
5. What is your best physical feature?

Dec 24, 2010

What else I'm doing...

I've been away a while, so apart from the Beaufort St piece. I crocheted my first Amigurumi, with a pattern from Irene Strange.

My first Amigurumi

Beaufort St Festival 2010

This blog post is sooo overdue. So please forgive me, I have had ISP issues and have also been really busy. But I'm back now.

At the end of November, I put a piece in the Beaufort St Festival for "Take A Knit Down Beaufort Street". They had some great yarn bombing installations and some framed pieces, covered objects like bikes and so much more.

Nov 26, 2010

Nov 22, 2010

Five minutes to spare...

I have been finishing up an assignment - the last for the year.
We've also been quite busy socially. 
I am madly working on craft piece - which I am a bit excited about and which I will post about towards the weekend. 
But I have five minutes to spare.

Nov 18, 2010

True Confessions of a Potter Addict

Well, it's probably not a secret that I'm a huge Harry Potter Fan. It seems to be one of those things where you love it or can't understand what all the fuss is about. I have re-read the books more than any other novel. Yes,  even "Alice in Wonderland".
Anyway, the wait is over and the day is here, well tomorrow.
The beginning of the end.
Part one of "The Deathly Hallows".

Nov 11, 2010

Being a Green Reader

I love collecting old books. I keep old books that belonged to relatives and I never buy new if it is available second-hand. I also pass along books, share them, donate them, sell them and use the Library. All of these practices were, in my mind, a little contribution to greening the Earth.
I try the same practices when it comes to other consumer goods, clothes, and crafting materials. But sometimes we just have to buy new. This is because it is a newly written book, or a new invention or consumable materials.
This is where it becomes a more difficult road to traverse. Adding up food miles, buying locally made, looking for the phosphate-free, or biodegradable alternatives, choosing less packaging. It's a minefield and sometimes it's harder for me than simple recycling because I was raised by parents who composted & recycled as much as possible, long before it was fashionable.
Well, thanks to Eco Libris they have provided us with some ideas on that score. Through their site you can plant trees to balance out your books. You can learn about which publishers are using environmentally friendly techniques and they have also started the "Green Books Campaign" which is linked here.

Nov 10, 2010

Look at the Bloomin' roses

We were very late pruning the roses this year. So we are surprised by the amount of blooms. In this picture you can see there are so many flower buds on each stem.


Nov 4, 2010

A New Life Attitude

This has been a huge year for me.
My beautiful daughter was married this year. *

There was a lot to organise and I also did the flowers, which I think turned out pretty okay. More pictures here.

Bride's Bouquet

After more than 8 years of homeschooling, my youngest has finally finished and both my children have secured places in courses at Technical Colleges. So I am busy getting rid of all the accumulated learning materials, books etc.

Oct 21, 2010

In A Pickle

I've been busy the last couple of days getting myself in a pickle.

It's almost summer in Australia and I really enjoy a good pickled onion with my barbeque. I'm also quite partial to the bread & butter cucumbers which a couple of "unmentionable" takeaway places put in their burgers. When I was a young bride living in the wheatbelt area, I used to have a go at anything that would save money. So I learnt a few things about pickling. For a while I only made a few favourites, so I'm experimenting again with recipes and different methods.

Oct 16, 2010

A Touch of Shakespeare

Last weekend we visited the "Elizabethan Village" pub in Armadale, Western Australia.
In this video Leo Fowler's daughter Sally-Ann explains about her father's dream of building replica houses of both William Shakespeare's Birthplace & Anne Hathaway's cottage. More videos can be seen on her YouTube channel here.

Oct 12, 2010

Crafts made from Books

I love crafts & I love books! Since this blog is about bringing these things together, I have a round-up of all things crafty to do with recycling books or making new books or something library-like such as index cards . Hope you enjoy:

Oct 11, 2010

A Mad Tea Party

Is there anything lovelier than a tea party? I love to give tea parties, but they don't have to be traditional and they can be as mad as you like. When I was little I would often have tea parties with my teasets, at my Nan's, with my Mum and sister, with my friends. I was also, terribly fond of "Alice in Wonderland" and had read it several times before I reached high school.

Oct 5, 2010

Having Fun with the Lunch Punch

Every holidays my nephew has a visit. When there is no Kindy and no swimming lessons, he likes to come to Aunty Kat's. As my children are quite a bit older now, I try and think back to the kinds of things we used to do, so we can have some fun.
Well just before the holidays the lovely blog Craft Gossip had a post about "Puzzle Sandwiches" I was very excited about this and managed to source the "Lunch Punch".I bought the "Match & Munch" which creates puzzle sandwiches, but there are other interesting punches including critters, cars & fairies.

Oct 4, 2010

Granny Square Slippers

While browsing Craft Blogs a while back I came across this great tutorial at The Purl Bee. 
I have loved making granny squares ever since I was little and my Nan taught me to make pot holders.
So I thought I would have a go and the results are below. Now I'm not a great crocheter, just enthusiastic, and these are simple enough for a beginner. The only thing I did differently was to take the lazy way out and whip stitch the squares together rather than crochet them.
Over the week my Mother-in-Law has given me a few granny squares from unfinished projects her friends had started, so I am making a few more pairs to get a feel for sizing etc. Hope you have as much fun making them as I did.

Sep 30, 2010

Guest Blog - Beastie Brew

This is a blog my son did regarding his tried and true Ginger Beer Recipe.

Beastie Brew

Over the past few years I have been brewing this Ginger Beer and tweaking here and there to get the best results possible.
This recipe makes about 15 bottles.

Sep 29, 2010

Best Ever Muffin Recipe

This muffin recipe was given to me by my Mother many years ago. It is a very easy recipe to follow and it can be customised to suit your own personal likes and dislikes. Everyone I've given this recipe to, says it is a favourite with their families.
These are all metric measurements.