Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Now for a short commercial break...

Love this packaging, but love the licorice tea more.

Today's realisations:

1. Cup-a-Soup is gross

2. My friend Caroline and I have realised that our mothers were right, we do look better in A-line skirts and a bit of lipstick. (do I feel good or rebelious about this...can't decide)


Stripey Cushion

I crocheted these stripes on our holiday with the intention of making a long thin cushion. I used a cotton/silk mixed yarn because I'm a snob and HATE acrylic yarn. Im pleased how it turned out. First of all I have just learned to crochet - this is just double stitch (single stitch in N. America??) with an old pair of jean legs for the backing- envelope style. The stuffing is part of an unwanted pillow case stuffed with strips of old t-shirts and pairless socks. I really like recycling stuff. I got the idea from my mother who used to cut up old panty hose and tights to make stuffing. My favourite pillow when I was a child was stuffed like this and was the most comfortable pillow ever. I'm not great at sewing, but the crochet front was hand stitched to the denim which was surprisingly easy to do with a tapestry needle. I deliberately didn't over stuff it. ( I have a thing about denim as you can see from the slip cover on the chair. It is so hard wearing and fades beautifully. There once was a "joke" on Friends where Phoebe had an idea about making denim furniture and all the others laughed....what is so funny about that? huh?)


Monday, September 18, 2006


Recent collage -the face is an old photo etching


Saturday, September 16, 2006

Big Girl

Georgia's first day of school this week. She looks so grown up in her uniform. She's taking it in her stride - no hitches.


Holiday Colour

We recently came home from the most brilliant relaxing and happy holiday. Our wonderful friend TS joined us from the States and we went to the Isle of Arran (off the west coast of southern Scotland). Arran has family history significance for TS and beautiful land/sea scape and quietness qualities that we all fell in love with. Green, purple, blue and grey were the predominate colours with a bit of red sandstone thrown in as an accent. The weather was mixed, but that means Rainbows! Oh - the yellow thing is a lichen, Mike's crazy about lichens. And the purple door is actually on a house near Durham Cathedral back in England.


  • Purple heather like throw rugs on green hills
  • Hydrangeas in practically every garden
  • Looking out over water
  • Beach combing at Drumadoon with Georgia in the warm sunshine
  • Crocheting stripes (blue, purple and green)
  • Sweet friendship
  • Too much cheese (or can you eat too much cheese?)
  • Spicy beanburgers and chips

Things that made us laugh

  • from an article in the Guardian - "Whoever said sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me was a fathead."
  • Headline in the Arran Banner: "Local Teenagers Destraught Over Driving Test Cancellations". Proved to us just how sleepy and sweet life must be there.
  • TS's idea that there should be a website for all those people (like me) who ended up in the wrong major at university. wrongmajor.com I'll have to work up the content of the site in my copious free time.