Sunday, 30 December 2007

Farewell 2007

One more day of this year left, so odd really, one year over and another about to start and yet it is just another day. I am not generally someone who makes resolutions, however I did have a little list of things I wanted to achieve this year such as starting a blog, opening a store on etsy, learning to drive and getting a new job. I feel quite happy in myself that I could do these things and have got to know some wonderful new people through blogging.

So 2008, I am not exactly sure what it will have in store, I am planning some new ideas for etsy, and have a hankering to learn how to crochet (rugs like the one in the picture above keep calling to me), I would love to read more, create more and be a little more outgoing. It is comforting to be given the chance to start a new year, clean slate and a world of possibilities.

Have a wonderful new year and thank you so much for all your kind, supportive and lovely comments, it really does make me happy.

Catherine xx

(Photo from flickr member secretsofabutterfly)

Saturday, 29 December 2007

Summer Evenings

Last night was our first real balmy summer evening, I truely love this time of year when the nights are warm and calm, fortunately we had a good excuse to celebrate the evening with friends. Every year at the docks there is an event called the Taste of Tasmania where over a hundred restaurants and cafes and vineyards from around our state have stalls and you can wander around and try taster plates, listen to live bands and just generally enjoy the finer things in life. I have to say rd had the pick of the night this potato rosti with beautiful smoked salmon and some some sort of mustard mayonaise, it was very delictable.

Thursday, 27 December 2007

Relaxing

Hi there,
I hope everyone had a wonderful and merry christmas, I certainly did, so much lovely food, champagne and special gifts to give and receive. It was very enjoyable and I am a little sad that it is all over, however I am still on holidays and that is something to be very pleased about. I have a large pile of books and magazines to get through and hopefully if the sun decides to come out (please please do!) I intend to sit in the new sun lounge chair rd bought for me with a large hat, big sunnies and work my way through the pile, perhaps with the odd ice cream along the way. Unfortunately it is slightly miserable out there so it will have to be inside curled up with a snoring grey kitty. Lovely!

Sunday, 23 December 2007

Christmas Love Pt 2

It has been such a busy week this past week, I did not intend to be so long away but what with work parties, dinners and a wedding yesterday things have been pretty hectic but very enjoyable. Luckily now I am on holidays with no more shopping to do and plenty of time to relax. I did have time to finish my last project for this christmas, some bon bons. I started making them a few years ago, they are so simple and I love the fact that I can fill them with whatever I choose, hats and bad jokes are obligatory! It's a little difficult to see in the picture but I used some transparent paper with white dots over plain white paper.

Sunday, 16 December 2007

Top Ten: Albums 2007

Tonight on the radio we listened to the top ten albums of 2007, as voted by listeners. Always a contentious and intriguing listen for rd and myself, whether we agree or disagree and what we would put in our top ten albums for the year, it's always best to listen to what Richard Kingsmill has to say (he is the king there's no doubt!). So here is my version of my top ten album's for the year:

1. Radiohead - In Rainbows
Without a doubt they come in first, this is an album I was unsure about after the first few listens but it has grown on me so much I would have to say it is quite possibly their best ever, they let loose and are simply magnificent. Favourite tracks: Reckoner, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi and Nude....all of them really.

2. Josh Pyke - Memories and Dust
A most lovely Australian singer and song writer this album will always be 2007 I suspect. Seeing him on new years eve at the falls festival and then again on my birthday with lots of friends around were big highlights. Favourite lyric: "where the cliffs stand sentry watching over me" Lines on Palms.

3. Once - Soundtrack - Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
This film was my favourite of the year, but the soundtrack was as beautiful and touching in itself. Favourite songs: When Your Mind's Made Up and If You Want Me.

4. Bjork - Volta
I am still uncertain about this album, I do think it has a lot of incredible elements that are so Bjork and so creative and different and wonderful and yet in some ways for me it doesn't quite flow. I am not sure what it is but I haven't given up on it at all. Love: Bjork singing with Antony Hegarty, pure bliss.

5. Feist - The Reminder
I am sure this album would probably be in a lot of top tens out there. I am generally speaking not a huge fan of female singers, I don't know why this is (exceptions include Bjork, PJ Harvey, Neneh Cherry, and Sinead O'Connor) and now Feist, can be included as a female singer I admire, this album has some really great moments. Favourite song: I Feel It All.

6. Klaxons - Myths Of The Near Future
Golden Skans completely sucked me into loving this band, that song is incredible with it's harmonies the rest of the album is pretty darn good in itself! Live: short but definitely sweet!

7. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
This is a lovely quiet album, Jeff Tweedy has a great voice and although I haven't got into this album as much as I thought perhaps, I know it's something I will come back to at some stage and be amazed.

8. Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
I liked some songs off their first album, but wasn't impressed with all the hype, I think this second one is much better and rocks along. Old Yellow Brick is a most incredible song, I really love it no matter how many times I listen to it.

9. !!! - Myth Takes
One of rd's finds for this year, this is such a great album makes you want to dance and definitely want to see them live. Great beats and rhythm. Highlights: Heart of Hearts and Bend Over Beethoven

10. M.I.A. - Kala
I only recently started to appreciate her work, Jimmy and Boyz, they are such summer songs. I am looking forward to playing this album on the way to the beach with the windows down without a care in the world.

So there it is, an strange mix really when I look back on it, but isn't that the beauty of music!
What is in your top ten?

Off to the Kitchen

Today is my official christmas cooking day, well I am sure it's the first of a few, but today I plan to spend a considerable time there making some biscuits and some nougat, I've never tried nougat before and I have to say I am a little daunted, wish me well!
I started off with poached eggs....they came out alright so here goes with the rest.
Have a lovely sunday.

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Christmas Love Pt 1

There are a few things about christmas that I really love, and one of them is wrapping gifts. This year I spread myself out on the dining table and passed a leisurely morning in my jammies wraping gifts and listening to music. I can't think of a better way to spend a morning. I still haven't actually finished my shopping but I couldn't wait any longer. Everyone has such beautiful gift wrapping this year, I am loving Alyson's, Michelle's and Ali's. I'm so curious I am looking forward to seeing more!

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Wise Old Owl

Hi there,
Is it only tuesday, it feels like it should be thursday already! I am currently loving this print by Kat Heyes, it makes me think of a poem rd always says about a wise old owl...maybe in this case it is a very smart looking younger owl (still wise I am sure).

Thank you for all your lovely comments about Lola (yes she's a burmese), the more time I spend with her the more beautiful she seems. Although she has taken to playing with my hair and trying to eat it, not something I want to encourage, and even Angus is slowly coming around. They truely are such wonderful animals to watch and spend time with.

Hope your week is going well,

Catherine xx

Monday, 10 December 2007

New Beginings

Yesterday we had a new arrival, a gorgeous and lively little 12-week old kitten called Lola, she is tiny tiny and so curious and adventurous for someone her size. I am besotted I have to say, but our poor grey boy is not so happy. It's taking a bit for him to adjust to the changes, but I'm sure in time he will grow to love her, besides I don't think he can watch her play much more and not have to join in.

This past weekend was pretty lovely, going to the market with rd and doing some handmade local christmas shopping followed by buying new plants, including some good fresh chillies to grow (I can't wait to be able to stuff them like the little bell peppers you can buy at the deli - but cost a fortune, so addictive!). We also planted 15 native woolley tea trees which have some very pretty little pink flowers and should eventually create a screening hedge. Lots of new beginnings this weekend which makes me very happy.

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Dear Santa

Is it just me, or does everyone suffer the same problem, when buying gifts for everyone I always find a million things I fall in love with. So here is my christmas list to dear old Santa:
1. Beautiful organic serving-ware by David Edmons, in duck egg blue naturally (definitely my most favourite colour ever!)
2. To further fuel my current love of all things with a deer motif I would love nothing more than to be greeted in the hallway by this fellow
3. Christmas calls for cheery music to get you moving, and for me this year I am hankering for some live Flaming Lips, perhaps one of the most surprising bands I have ever seen (along with the most people on stage ever). I can't wait to check out The Fearless Freaks dvd
4. La la love is a new handbag and I am smitten.
5. I love her recipies and her style, wouldn't we all love to be a domestic goddess like nigella, this book looks so lovely.

Monday, 3 December 2007

Inspiration Board


A new season called for new pictures on my pin board, lots of light and airy-ness and pinks with some bold reds and animals like horses and deers seems to be my current influences. Artist's Jane Reiseger and Marise Maas I have found particularly inspiring and both similar in a way, I love the space in their work, it's just calling out for a large white room.

And on a slightly different note, this post which I found lovely at this time of year when it is all about shopping (even though I do love my shopping.....very much).

Catherine xx

Sunday, 2 December 2007

In Appreciation


Sometimes life can be a funny thing, sometimes you loose sight of what is really important and forget to tell those you love how you really feel, how you need them so much. I went to a funeral last week, the grandmother of one of my olderst friends, I have known them both since I was about five. She felt like my nanna just as much as my friend's, she would always want a chat and know how you were doing and always call it as it was. The funeral was very sad as it brought back a lot of childhood memories and made me think a lot about making the most of life. I know lately for myself I have been very inward, and isolated in a way, and so I need to appreciate the way Nanna lived her life and make sure I tell Rd that he is the most amazing thing in my life, that my family is so very special and also believe in myself. She was a great one in self belief. I am so fortunate to have known some one like that.