Monday, January 30, 2012

day one ..

OK, I started SureSlim today! Funny thing is, I've actually lost 2kg from when I signed up to the programme ??! I've only changed a couple of things, but it must have made a difference: no snacks between meals, and I've made healthier choices. Oh, except for the Eggs Benedict I had for brekkie Sunday morning, heh heh! :P

Anyway, the diet is pretty strict - without going into too many details (since it's my personalised programme), basically it's all about whole and mainly unprocessed foods, having one protein per meal along with specified vegies, 5 hour breaks between meals (which means no snacking), and only water and green tea between meals. Since I only have 10kg to lose, I'm making a couple of changes that I can live with - having my morning soy latte twice a week, and maybe a glass of wine a couple of nights a week. I can live with the slower weight loss if I can have those things ;)

So Blogworld, I'm confessing that last night after dinner I was 64.7kg (I prefer to weigh myself at my heaviest time of day). My goal weight is 55kg - bear in mind that I'm only 160cm in height (5'2") ;)

My aim is to re-learn healthy eating habits. Anita is very slim, and I watch her eating - she finishes when she's full, and she naturally chooses healthier foods than I would. Her approach to food is completely different to mine, and that's reflected in our figure types.

So, onwards and ... er ... downwards! And here's to fitting back into all my clothes again - yipppeeee!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

radio shows

With all this music posting, I thought I'd better remind you of these two FANTASTIC radio shows, heh heh!

Goth, deathrock, darkwave: SHADOWPLAY

Coldwave, dark post-punk: CANNIBAL ROSES

Podcasts are uploaded to these blogs when they have finished broadcasting on Cathedral 13 ;)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

weirdness ... but in a good way!

Such a strange day today ... I went to my local needlework shop - err, the *only* needlework shop in Adelaide, that is! - to drop in my Red Over Red needlepoint to be made up into a cushion. Well, the shop has been bought by someone else, and after a 'WOW!' upon looking at my needlepoint, she ended up making an appointment for me to bring some of my kits in next Saturday!! :O

I'll keep you posted ... but wouldn't it be nice if they sold some of my kits at their shop? It's definitely a 'granny' sort of shop, but I think that they are trying to make it more contemporary, which is so awesome!

Oh, and I received my SureSlim programme today too, so I'll be starting Monday. Have a bit of menu planning to do first, as well as source the *massive* amount of seeds I have to consume every day (6 tablespoons!!). It's very much a healthy eating plan rather than a diet - I'll keep you all posted! ;)

Friday, January 27, 2012

goth rock from 2011

OK, especially for Linea-Maria ... some NEW goth rock. Yep, goth rock is still around, especially in the UK, where they are very proud of their goth rock heritage ;)

This is a great band called Angels Of Liberty - the lead singer Voe is such a nice guy ... and not just because Anita and I are included in the credits of their 'Black Madonna' EP, heh heh! :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

12 hours of stitching ...

I'm so pleased with the way this is turning out! Well, except for the weird little spider-looking bat in the middle - but luckily this is the prototype, and I've learnt how much (and how little) detail I can get away with when using 10 count canvas ;)

PS - I'm still waiting for my SureSlim programme ... hopefully it will arrive soon!

australian goth rock

It's Australia Day, so I thought I'd post some classic Australian goth rock from the 90s - ENJOY! ;)

Later today I'll post an updated pic of my bat clutch - I've done a lot more!

PS - and yes, there are aspects of this holiday that make me uncomfortable ... :S

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

one more goth track for today ;)

This time from 1980 ... Bauhaus' 'Dark Entries' is for me the most goth of all their releases. Some may disagree and choose 'Bela Lugosi's Dead', but I love the raw energy of this song.

What Is Goth?

I've been reading a few blogs here and there, arguing about what is goth, and what isn't. I will admit right now that yes, I AM a goth snob! I have a pretty good excuse though, being a goth/darkwave/deathrock radio dj - if I thought everything was goth, then the show would be pretty crap :P

My personal opinion - for anyone who cares - is that 'goth' is about the MUSIC!! I don't care how you dress, or what label you put on yourself ... but the music is the most important thing. Sometimes, the most 'goth' people are the ones that don't go around telling everyone they are :P

Every now and then I'll post some 'proper' goth music, just in case anyone reading this is wondering what it is ;)

Here's one of my no. 1 goth tracks ... even though Screams For Tina is sometimes considered 'Californian Deathrock', for me that strong bass line and deep voice is what goth music is all about. Please feel free to argue with me (even Anita and I sometimes disagree about 'what is goth', heh heh) ;)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

red over red .... and some batz

The full set of pics are HERE ... but here are the highlights ;)

My 'red' design has just been finished and named - 'Red Over Red' ... I've been a massive Siouxsie & The Banshees fan since I was 15 - that was a bit of hint as to where the name came from (ie. the song 'Red Over White') :P

Here's Lily holding it up for me:

I'll take Red Over Red to the local needlework shop to get made up into a cushion next week. I've also started on the Bats clutch in lolly pink and black, with accents of silver metallic thread for extra zing:

I'll post a better pic when I've done more - right now, I'm eager to get back to it!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

fitter and healthier for 2012

Yes - that's the plan!

I hesitated before posting about this ... it's pretty embarrassing admitting that one's weight has crept up a bit - but there, I've done it! I always decide things spur-of-the-moment, because I'm very impulsive - and yesterday I decided that I needed a bit of help in the weight management department. So just after I started thinking about it, I signed up to SureSlim.

About a million years ago (well, more like 15), I went on Weight Watchers and lost about 20kg. Again, decided one night that I had to lose weight, and went to a meeting the next day ;) I've kept it off pretty well, but in the last year the 'love fat' has been creeping on. I've started exercising, and Anita has been controlling my portion sizes (she's the chef in the family) - but I think I need a bit of an extra push (and some accountability).

So, Blog World - I am hereby declaring that I will be losing 10kg! Not sure how long it will take, and that doesn't matter ... I just want to learn what's best for my body. We didn't even have scales, so had to quickly buy some last night!

SureSlim mainly involves whole, unprocessed foods - no diet shakes or meal replacements, just healthy eating. I have to get a blood test done tomorrow, then will be starting my programme next week. An intensive 6 week programme follows - hopefully I don't have to give up my morning soy lattes!! :P

Sunday, January 15, 2012

new dreadz - red + purple

Time for my 3-monthly dread changeover! I decided on a more 'sedate' red/purple/black combo:

The red is Ashford Corriedale 'Chilli Pepper', black is Ashford 'Liquorice', and the purples are Bendigo Woollen Mills Corriedale in a mix of purples. I'll have to get a close-up pic of the purple, since they are gorgeous!

Tomorrow is the first Kids Stitching Workshop at Brighton Library - cross fingers it all goes well ;)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

new pics for old kits

This morning I took a few pics of Anita posing with some of my old cross stitch kits - it was time for an update! Bookmark kits are next ...

The rest are in my Etsy Store! ;)

Thursday, January 5, 2012


OK ... I've succumbed to Pinterest! Brigitte invited me (I'm not sure whether you *have* to be invited, or whether you can just sign up?). I was sceptical, but have found it a great place to 'save' pics you've seen on the internet that you don't know what to do with.

This is my 'Random Awesomeness' folder, which I use for styles I admire ... I love the goth/deathrock aesthetic, as well as vintage films and fashion - they all fit together ;)

It's very easy to add pictures - you first put a 'pin it' bookmark on your browser. Then you can go to any website, select 'pin it' and it comes up with all the images from that webpage. Once it's on your pinboard, it links back to the website. A good way to save things you want to buy, recipes, inspirational pictures, etc.

I've created a folder for my cross stitch kits, and have already had hits from there to my Etsy store. So it works on many different levels.

Have you tried Pinterest? If you want to join, let me know and I'll 'invite' you ;)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

ooo, it's 2012!

Welcome to 2012! I hope you like the 'new look' blog - something I've been meaning to do for some time ... being on holidays is the perfect excuse!

I have another week of hols (except for one half-day on Tuesday), and have a list of things I need to get done, including recording January's Cannibal Roses show, finishing off the 'Red' cross stitch kit, making wool dreads, getting ready for the Kids Cross Stitching Workshop ... oh, and probably another million things ;)

2011 has been wonderful, and I'm sure 2012 will be even better! I hope everyone reading this has many wonderful memories from the last year.