Saturday, December 1, 2012


Loving: I am really loving Clinique right now. I've had shocking eczema since moving here, some of which is on my face and it really irritates me as no amount of makeup can fully conceal it. After doing some research, I concluded that Clinique skincare products had the best reviews for eczema sufferers and I made the switch. It's a little more pricey then the Body Shop stuff I had been using for years (since I was 12!!!!) but worth every cent - bye bye eczema :-)

Reading: I finally made it back to the library and have been spending some time reading for fun again! I just finished off a bunch of books, including Lone Wolf - one of Jodi Picoult's latest (it was ok, I think I prefer her earlier work though), Micro - the final book by Michael Crichton (it wasn't quite what I was expecting - think along the lines of Honey I shrunk the kids. I don't know if the fact that it was finished by another author is why I didn't take to it as much as his other work) and I'm currently half way through Blindsight  by Robin Cook. It is so, so good to be reading again - especially in this colder weather, there is nothing quite like snuggling up under a doona with a good book and a cuppa while it's raining outside.

Watching: The current season of The Amazing Race. I used to hate this show with a passion (I can't remember why?) but ever since I watched the first Aussie edition of the show, I've been hooked - much to the joy of my Amazing Race obsessed husband... I think he imagines us racing on it together one day :-) This season of the US version isn't the most interesting I've seen - but still, I'm enjoying some mindless television & seeing some new and familiar sights. They raced to Holland on last Sundays episode - it made me feel homesick :-(

Listening to: When I was packing for our Thanksgiving holiday I came across a CD tucked away in a box from our move to California. It immediately went in the car and although I'm ashamed to admit I forgot the name the instant it went into the CD stacker, I've really been enjoying listening to it. It's a Dutch band (one of the members is a friend of ours) and it's kinda folk music-ish? Anyway, it's been helping to wake me up on those early morning drives to the gym!

Creating: With Christmas drawing near, I've had a handful of custom orders come in for the shop recently so that has been keeping me busy at the Janome. So far I've done a racecar, lion & my first XL softie, a fox. I've just drawn up some designs for a tiger, dragon, cockatoo & rabbit which I'm looking forward to sewing up shortly. I think custom orders could possibly be my new favourite thing because it gives me ideas for new softie designs!

Thinking about: Ways in which I can promote my Etsy store/increase traffic & sales (suggestions, anyone?). I do have to admit, I've been very happy with the sales I've been getting so far - especially given that I'm just starting out. But me being me, I love to create and I just want to grow! My softies have been featured on a couple of different sites lately - here, here and here. Things like this are a huge help!

Making me happy: Seeing my little man really develop some friendships. Even at such an early age, he already has chosen a little best friend and watching them play together really makes me happy (although we still do have to break up the odd fight over a popular toy or two!). While we were away last week they were playing chasey around the furniture and then later giving us a fashion parade of kitchenware worn as hats. So, so cute!

Looking forward to: Going on a Christmas tree hunt!!!! Eeeeee!!! I am excited. The last time we did this was way back here in 2010 and it was so much fun! I also can't wait to get all of our decorations out of the attic. It's been a few years since I've laid eyes on most of these because they were in storage in Australia.

And lastly - don't forget to head on over here & vote! Thanks & happy weekend!!!


  1. I can't bring myself to read "Micro." I was a huge fan of Michael Crichton, and was positively heartbroken when he passed away! "Next" will always be his last book to me.

    1. I didn't even know he had passed away until I read the intro to Micro - I was so sad! I don't blame you for not reading Micro, it was a disappointment. Just didn't have the same feel as his previous work!

  2. I love Jodi Picoult! And the hubby is a hive Crichton fan.
    (And also cannot wait to go tree shopping)

    1. Jodi Picoult is a fav here :) Have fun tree shopping, we are off to do ours this morning!


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