Sunday, 30 September 2007

This Weekend

This weekend I have been:

-catching up with friends for Grand Final day in the country and kicking the football, bewildering the poor cows, who no doubt had no idea what was going on (oh and watching the game as well)
- listening to the rain on the roof all night and day and being warm and cosy inside
- wanting it to be 2008 for this calendar and this diary
- watching new movies curled up under a blanket and drinking tea and eating chocolate
- hoping this book will be out soon after watching the fantastic tv series
- listening to the new Ben Harper cd
- going out for late lunch by the water and chatting away with rd, planning our holiday in 25 days, yes I am counting...

All in all a very enjoyable time, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend also.

Catherine xx

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Beside Myself

I am the most excited person on the planet right now, this is something I have been waiting for since I was 13 when I first heard Debut! Bjork is finally coming to Australia, finally finally! Playing on the steps of the Sydney Opera House in January next year. This is a dream come true! You know that list that's in the back of your head of the things you really want to do in your life, well seeing Bjork is just about the top of that list for me (along with Led Zeppelin and the Clash, not going to happen though). She is so beautiful and amazing and a musical genius, and yes I am obsessed, I have driven my family and friends crazy over the years playing her music non-stop. Even this blog is named in honor of her beautiful track Heirloom from Vespertine. Oh I just hope I will be able to get tickets!
(Photo from

There's a Hole in Our Town

Yesterday I experienced first hand the result of the fire on the weekend, and was blown away. Imagine once stood here a large three storey department store, this picture is after they had pulled what was left of the facade and steel girders down. The smell was unblievably acrid and strong, and there was a big mesh fence we were standing behind (today they have covered it so you can no longer look in). Everyone was taking photo's, it is one of those times when everyone feels the same, shocked and can't believe it. Especially as none of the buildings next door burnt though they are badly water damaged. Very luckily no one was injured, but our little town isn't going to be quite the same for some time.

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

A Little TV and Some Laughs

Hey there,

Hope your week is going well, mine has been going surprisingly fast. Finally I am starting to get into a rhythm at work and know what on earth I am supposed to be doing, it has been quite daunting. So a quiet night to relax tonight and have a bit of me time. Turning on the tv I was so excited to find that Red Dwarf was being replayed, I absolutely love this show, it makes me laugh a lot, just the crazy antics they get up to and the fantastic little one-liners, it's very clever. I had forgotten how much I enjoy it, leaving me with a big smile.

I do intend to get some drawing done, but slightly lacking the urge, it's a little difficult and not the way I want to feel. I did come across this print on Three Potato Four, which is a fantastic shop and has a lot of goodies I am sure I couldn't live without! I like the colours in this print

ok I am off to watch some live Feist!
Catherine xx

Sunday, 23 September 2007

This Weekend

Hey there,

well it has been a strange surreal weekend for me, and for a lot of Hobartians as well. Our one and only department store, an old building right in the centre of town burnt to the ground. We could see the giant flames and orange fireball from home, it was the most surreal moment. Living in such a small place, the effect this will have is pretty major, and just really very sad. So it has been an odd weekend, where you walk around and every now and then think about it and feel a bit shocked.

Besides that I did have a lovely day today, rd and I went for a super-great bike ride in the sunshine, wonderful to be out in the fresh air and getting some exercise. I have been a little tired and unwell this past week, so I am really looking forward to feeling better and getting a few crafty things done this week.
Hope everyone out there had a lovely weekend.
Catherine x

Tuesday, 18 September 2007


I have been tagged by the lovely Anna of Hey Bubbles.
This is my first tagging, the rules as everyone knows: 8 facts/habits about yourself.
ok here goes...

1. While I love music so very much I have absolutely no musical skills whatsoever.
When I was younger at school we would all play little xylophones and I would always end up taking bars off I didn't need, to make it as easy as possible....I had no hope with a recorder. My parents did get me a harmonica when I was little, that must have been a nightmare for them.

2. I have recently started writing all my thoughts on little sticky post it notes, and now have a growing pile, I do intend to write them in my journal or blog about them but I never seem to find the time

3. I am allergic to cats and horses. With Angus I pretty much decided I wasn't going to be allergic and for some reason I'm not, but get a terrible reaction with other cats. I feel sad about horses, they are so beautiful.

4. My all time favourite books are the Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo both by Alexandre Dumas, I like the adventure of these books, and the characters are so well written.

5. I have a thing for Swatch watches, I think I have had mmm six oh no maybe seven of them over the years since I was a child. I have had a pop swatch, a nice big chrono, several originals, and a scuba. I lost the chrono, it was my favourite, I am still looking out for my next Swatch watch.

6. I get crazy excited about Christmas decoration, I am not big on any other part of Christmas, but the decoration and the tree that is the best.

7. Two of the best gifts I have ever been given are boxes. The first was an aluminium box by a Tasmanian artist called Patrick Hall when I turned 18, it has a painting of a sheep called Haymish on the top, inside is a quote about his dilemma of wanting to be an individual but still wanting a sense of belonging. The second is a wooden box made from Tasmanian myrtle that rd made himself, it's beautiful and was made with love and inside is a shell bracelet collected and also made by rd.

8. Today I had my lunch in the park near work and had a not-so-great roll, it had gherkin in it which I don't like so threw for the seagulls to finish know what they wouldn't eat it either! Does anyone!

Now to pass this on, I don't think I can pick 8 people so how about: Laurab, Liss , MissK, Robin and Sarah

Monday, 17 September 2007


Hi there,

I have a severe case of monday-itis today, it's been a long slow day, and to be honest I am very glad it is almost done with. Bring on a better tuesday. It's not all bad really, the little grey kitten up the tree makes me smile, being a little sticky beak and needing to know everything that is going on in his backyard. I made some experimental banana and date muffins and they turned out pretty good, and my tickets to see Klaxons in october turned up, after a little hiccup with Ticketek (very frustrating) but now it's happening and I can't wait. Have a great week out there.
Catherine xx

Saturday, 15 September 2007

The Little Faux CD Swap

Well my packages for the cd swap are all sent and I have had several arrivals in the mail. Sharing music is such a great experience. Here is my little playlist:

1. Energy Song - Xavier Rudd
2. Into the Dark - Ben Lee
3. Falling Aeroplanes - Darren Hanlon
4. California - Something For Kate
5. Rock the Casbah - Something For Kate
6. Golden Skans - Klaxons
7. Always Worth It - Sarah Blasko
8. Forever Song - Josh Pyke
9. This Time - DJ Shadow
10. Better Than - John Butler Trio
11. I've Been Thinking - Handsome Boy Modelling School
12. One Crowded Hour - Augie March
13. Sundress - Ben Kweller
14. Hearts A Mess - Gotye
15. Dashboard - Modest Mouse
16. Harrowdown Hill - Thom Yorke
17. Trains to Brazil - Guillemots
18. Decent Days and Nights - The Futureheads
19. Los Angeles Waltz - Razorlight
20. Vibrations in Air - Josh Pyke

I hope they arrive soon and they are enjoyed.

A Girl Can Dream

You know sometimes when you just instantly fall in love with something, it's just so perfect and so right and makes you feel happy and inspired. Well that is how I feel about this house. It was in Vogue Living in January/February this year, and I am still so drawn in and desperate to live in that house, or if not my own that is pretty much exactly the same! I love the paintings, the rug, the ikea cupboards, the white floor, the lampshade, yes pretty much everything. This would certainly feel like home for me.

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Pretty Pink

Hi there,

I started a new project this week, a little felt cosy for my ipod. I made one earlier this year a bit similar, but decided it was time for a new colour. Pink! Bright and cheerful for this time of year. My sewing leaves a lot to be desired, it's kinda frustrating for me, lots of grand ideas but completely lacking the skills to pull it off. I did enjoy making it very much and sat and watched Marie Antoinette at the same time, although perhaps it wasn't the best choice as it's such a beautiful visual film, maybe that's why my stitching is so bad (and why I choose pink)... a good excuse anyway!
I have also done a few designs for a possible gocco print, but after a few expensive failed attempts I want it to be right before I get to the printing stage.
Oh and I have a little question for my blogging friends, I am looking into purchasing a new camera, I really don't have much idea, what do you use? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Hope the week is going well,
Catherine x

Monday, 10 September 2007

Origami Reindeer

I stumbled across this website today and thought these bone china origami animals are so gorgeous. I haven't seen anything quite like them before, such a brilliant idea. I love origami but my skills don't extend beyond a paper crane, at least a china one would last forever. I am crazy about the reindeer, I wish they could be purchased online...sigh...

Sunday, 9 September 2007

This weekend

Hi there,
I have been a little quiet this week, just trying to adjust to my new job. I have missed blogging and feel a bit determined to make sure that I save some time for blogging and doing some serious crafting. This weekend however I am taking it easy and chilling out, we had a few quiet drinks with friends on friday night and yesterday spent a lot of time sitting in the sun listening to music, it doesn't get much better than that I have to say. I have received two of my cd swaps and it's really exciting to listen to something totally new and different. For some reason I feel far more inclined to listen to music now the weather is lighter and warmer, I felt really quiet this winter.
The picture above is of the Tord Boontje card Clara sent me, the other goodies can be seen here.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend
Catherine x

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Working Week

Hello there,

Just a quick post tonight because I am a little tired. My job seems to be pretty good, but a bit daunting as there is so much to learn, it feels like it's been a week already. My Back2School swap goodies from Clara arrived today which was a wonderful surprise, thank you so much Clara! It included some great stationary like pens, and clips, some ribbon, and a card which is a fantastic pull apart with Tord Boontje cut outs, very cool. I will try to take some photo's to show as soon as I can. Clara your parcel is on the way so I hope it arrives soon.
I have just realised that I think my swallow broach in the above picture may be upside down....mmm...anyway it is one of my faves from Elk Accessories, they have some lovely things.
Hope everyone's having a great week.
Catherine x

Sunday, 2 September 2007

September = Spring + A little Football

Hello there,
Yay it's officially sping now! September means a few things for me this year, starting my new job on monday (wow I am so anxious about that!), being able to get out in the fresh air a lot more (hopefully lots of bike rides) and for some of us, the football finals (AFL of course) . I am not a huge sports person, but I will watch the occasional game on tv, I've given up completely on my team (last on the ladder, poor Tigers).

Yesterday we went with a big group of friends to support another friend play his 100th game (the grand final) for Swansea. It wasn't really much of a spring day, but it didn't matter. It was a great atmosphere and there was quite a big crowd. I have never been to a country football game before so it was an experience, when a goal is kicked everone beeps their car horns, that was kinda cool. It was fun to have a beer and a laugh and cheer them on.
There was the most amazing light on the hills on the way back, I haven't seen the countryside quite so green either, it was quite spectacular.

We ended the day with dinner with my dad and step-mother for father's day (which is today) and that was great too, we ate at my japanese tea house mmm so yum!

Spring you are most welcome if we are going to have weekends like this.
Wish me luck for monday, I think I need it.

Hope everyone's having a great weekend out there.
Catherine x