Friday, February 1, 2013

Currently {31.01.13}

Loving: The kindness of our neighbours. We had a pretty massive job to do last weekend which involved cutting back these two crazy trees in our front yard to a stump as they were not only dropping a lot of leaves, but becoming a bit of a hazard (a job so big that the other neighbours told us the previous owners got charged $500 for by the gardeners! It was A LOT of work!). Anyway, Mitch was out there in the rain sawing the first tree when our neighbour came and pitched in. It was such a huge help and totally unexpected - it certainly made the job a lot less painful then it could have been!

Reading: Last week I read 3 books in 3 days. All by James Patterson (ie thriller), all pretty much the same - mindless and allowed me to truly switch off. It was bliss so I've just stocked up on a bunch more thrillers to get me through the next week :-)

Watching: We're a little late to the game, but we started watching Season 1 of Downton Abbey. I do love a good Brit drama and so far, we are BOTH really enjoying this one! Now that Fringe has ended for good *sob*, it's nice to have 'our' show to watch together again.

Listening to: I've been listening to a lot of Kate Miller-Heidke and Angus & Julia Stone. Perhaps it was Australia Day on Saturday making me feel slightly homesick and unusually patriotic, I don't know. But I do love my Aussie music :-)

Creating: I made a bunch of 'girly' softies - I have so many scraps of floral fabrics but tend to make more boyish softies because they seem to be so few and far between in shops. I'm really happy with how these came out - I made a cat, puppy, bear and tulip! Australian animals are next on my list.

Thinking about: All our friends & family back in Australia - there has been some seriously wild weather this past week with tornados and extreme flooding in our home state. This comes right after the huge bush fires in the south of the country - it feels like Australia has been getting hit with some pretty crazy weather recently. Stay safe everyone!

Making me happy: Learning to use the DSLR in manual mode and Lightroom/Photoshop. I've never really had a desire to take photos other then on my iPhone (all non-blurry photos are usually courtesy of the husband!) but I wanted to participate in the 52 weeks project so I got Mitch to give me a crash course. I've also been attempting to figure out Photoshop for creating things like the recipe I posted on Tuesday. What do you think? I have no clue what I'm doing with any of this and just keep pressing random buttons 'til it looks pretty - but it's fun anyway!

Looking forward to: Having Mitch home again! He went to Washington today and although it's only a short trip, I still really struggle when he goes away. The days are so loooooong when you don't have the Dadda walking through the door to end cranky hour :-(

Happy Thursday everyone :-)


  1. I love love love Downton Abbey. It is a fantastic show!

  2. I need to start watching Downtown Abbey. All of my expat friends were obsessed with it. :)

  3. I love Downton Abbey! Your softie is darling and what a cute idea for a blog post... darling! :) New follower from the blog hop... would love a return visit if you have time!

  4. Have fun at Disney! I've been watching the Australia crazy weather - hope yours are safe & sound. And cute softie!

  5. Downton Abbey is a favorite of mine! Being a Brit, I do love anything in that genre :) Just got caught up to the current episode in season 3!

    The softies you make are absolutely adorable! I need to get back to sewing... I did a lot before Judah was born, but then it fell by the wayside. I need to make time for it - it relaxes me! I love to make little baby blankies.

  6. p.s. this is a really good idea to organize a "random post", hope you don't mind if I steal it!

  7. What lovely neighbors you have. I've watched Downtown Abbey a few times. 3 books in 3 days?! I could only dream.
    Thank you for linking up to the Thumping Thursdays Blog Hop.


  8. That is so cute! You are talented, You could sell those. What a great way to keep everyone updated on what is happening. I love the picture of you and your child in the snow! Awesome.

  9. I've never tried using my DSLR in manual mode too. Haha. I've always used it in auto mode, maybe I should start learning how to use it properly too. Hmm...

  10. I was just telling my husband we should check out Downton Abbey. First we are waiting for Justified to finish for this season, and then it is on. :) Three books in three days! That is impressive. I do that a lot with Patterson too. His books really do fly by. Dropping by for a hello from Our Everyday Harvest's blog hop. Have a lovely day!

  11. Just discover you blog through Jodi's project! You're soft toy is beautiful! I'm a neophyte with sewing & co. but i really really want to learn how to create something like this!!


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