Posted in Personal

September nails

Made by Shelly of French Nails again

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They have it all: matte, gloss, glitter, gold, red and art xx

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Posted in Hobbies, Personal

Leftovers….

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Now that I have actually finished my Cosy Stripe Blanket and some fingerless gloves in between I am ready for some smaller and quicker projects.

After cruising the interwebs and looking through my leftover yarn stash I decided that these coasters by Marinke (Wink) are the perfect way to use my leftovers from the foxy gloves I made a view months ago for my daughters upcoming trip to Europe.

Only difference really is that I made a set of 6 🙂

Best thing about them: they are easy, quick and a perfect Christmas present (yep, don’t get me started but I hate to break it to you it isn’t that long to go). I know exactly whom to give it to.

With that I have started officially thinking about this years presents – have you?

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As always – stay safe. Love J. xx

Posted in Hobbies, Personal

Cosy Stripe Blanket (Attic24)

I am so proud of myself. Yep, this is how I am starting this post 🙂

My biggest project yet – let me re-phrase this: my biggest completed project yet is finished!

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Attic24Cosy striped blanket is here albeit not for long. It will make the trip to Europe in less than 3 weeks to help my nearly 98-year old Purzel-Oma to stay warm while thinking of us here in Oz.

I found this project while I was looking to crochet something that would take me a little longer, would be a bit bigger and completely different from all my other things I have ever done.

Yes, this is also my very first blanket and how much I enjoyed doing it.

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Lucy is the name behind Attic24 and is full of creative handcrafts and projects. I highly recommend you to check it out.

So here it goes:

I have Lucy’s website Attic24 bookmarked as I find a lot of fun projects on it. Most of her patterns are in UK terms and it is great that she actually specifies that very fact. I find that extremely helpful.

Anyway – back to the Cosy Stripe Blanket, let’s get started:

Best thing, it uses only one stitch: the Treble Crochet (or DC in US terms):

tr [treble] – yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull through the stitch (3 loops on the hook), yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops

The pattern is also step-by-step accompanied by pictures if you need some visual help.

Next we are required to have 15  x 100g balls of Stylecraft Special DK but as always I needed to find an alternative and used 4 Seasons Marvel 8 Ply Yarn from Spotlight .

The colours I chose were: mint, cerise, laguna, aqua, green, pink, orange, lemsor, flesh, royal blue, sungold, lime, purple, saxe and claret.

Before I started I needed to get my colour sequence in order. To do that I cut from each ball about 10cm and arranged the strings until I was happy with the order. I sticky-taped the sequence to the back of the printed pattern and with the recommended Size 4 hook I was ready to get started.

For you guys that started following me you will know that I learned the Foundation Single Crochet stitch which replaces the chain and subsequent first row of stitches with the Fox Fingerless Gloves.     I did use them here again and am pleased to say it looks a lot tidier for me as my chains are very crooked.

I wasn’t too worried about the measurements of the end result which actually is 145cm x 147cm; nearly square without intention. However when it came to the edging I did get quite worried about having enough yarn left, so I decided to finish the blanket with 2 colours short off completing the full sequence in the hope that it will leave me with enough yarn for the  first two rounds of edging. I knew the 3rd round was easy enough and not very yarn hungry but the last and 4th did get me worried. But as can be seen – all is well and there is still plenty left.

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There you have it; I can just imagine my beautiful Purzel-Oma (grandma, in case you are wondering is named after her most treasured late cat) sitting on her balcony with this blanket on her knees for comfort and warmth, a cuppa in her hands and thinking of us. Bliss ♥♥♥

Until then – stay safe peeps. J xx

Posted in Personal, pets

My pets #2

Love is a four-legged word

Apologies if this took a little while. I have been having a bit of a lazy period lately 🙂

But to get to the subject matter; as promised in “My Pets #1” here is the story about another of my past fur babies.

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“Baby” our very first kitty cat in Australia was also a rescue from the RSPCA. We were told that she had been a minimum of 18 months when we got her but our vet agreed with us that she most likely was about 6 month younger than the estimate.

This one was quite the fighter; I could not take her home immediately as she had to be desexed first. In Australia, animal shelters cannot re-home dogs and/or cats unless they are desexed, vaccinated and micro-chipped. I returned to the RSPCA to pick her up on the day of her surgery. Although I was very careful when handling her she must have felt pain > she bit me.

Not knowing when I received my last Tetanus I had to take a tour to my Doctor and get a shot.

Baby was – as all my cats were and still are – an indoor cat only. We never therefore had to worry about car accidents, cat fights and other injuries outside the home. All we had to do is accustom her to our Rick and give her everything a feline friend could possibly want. Besides, where I live – we have a 24 hour cat curfew. This means one has to try to keep the cat within ones own property boundary at all times. Hello – we are talking cats; the jump, claim and whatnot. So – for me indoors it will always be.

Baby lived with us 10 years until I had her too sent over the rainbow due to acute kidney failure.

We had to let go of her on 16 July 2008.

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R.I.P my “Baby”, you too shall never be forgotten. xxx

Posted in BOOKS, Hobbies, Personal

Online Shopping Haul in August

I have been splurging at the end of July coming right into August:

  1. Yesstyle.com.au

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2. Bookdepository (my favourite book shop 🙂 )

FiveChimneys

Having lost her husband, her parents, and her two young sons to the Nazi exterminators, Olga Lengyel had little to live for during her seven-month internment in Auschwitz. Only Lengyel’s work in the prisoners’ underground resistance and the need to tell this story kept her fighting for survival. She survived by her wit and incredible strength. Despite her horrifying closeness to the subject, FIVE CHIMNEYS does not retreat into self-pity or sensationalism. When first published (two years after World War 2 ended), Albert Einstein was so moved by her story that he wrote a personal letter to Lengyel, thanking her for her “”very frank, very well written book””. Today, with ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Bosnia, and neo-Nazism on the rise in western Europe, we cannot afford to forget the grisly lessons of the Holocaust. FIVE CHIMNEYS is a stark reminder that the unspeakable can happen wherever and whenever ethnic hatreds, religious bigotries, and racial discriminations are permitted to exist.

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Love. Blood. Betrayal. Demons. First of 6 brand-new collectable editions of the New York Times No. 1 bestselling Shadowhunter series that has swept the globe. City of Bones is now a major movie. Irresistibly drawn towards a group of demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City – and the dangers of forbidden love. Gorgeous cover illustration by Mila Furstova, the artist who created the album art for Coldplay’s Ghost Stories. Read all the sensational books in The Shadowhunter Chronicles: The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, The Bane Chronicles and The Shadowhunter’s Codex.

3. Baimeni – Skincare

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Three products that work virtually overnight.

Posted in Aussie Rules Football, Hobbies, Personal

August – Footy Nails

Here are the current nails I had done by the gorgeous Shelley of French Nails in Mooroolbark.

My beloved St.Kilda FC’s colours are red, white and black. Since this was the third last game of the season and likely the last I was to attend I had to have them:

Here they are:

 

And for anyone who is interested to find out about our great Aussie Game, Australian Rules Football (AFL) – here is the link to the St. Kilda FC page.