Saturday, July 26, 2014

holiday week

Yep, it's nearly over .... but boy, did I really need/deserve that week off from work!!  I like my job, but I was physically and mentally exhausted - it's the first break I have had in nearly 7 months - hopefully I don't have to wait so long for the next one!

We spent a few days in Robe - mmm, one of my favourite places on earth!  Here's the view from our bedroom window:

We love Robe, and the wonderful people we have met there - especially Kiri and Paul, who own Wild Mulberry Cafe (make sure you visit if you're down that way!).  We were super-lucky to be invited to dinner ... and we met the new addition to their family, Gracie (their 4th kitty!) ;)

And we made sure we had time for crafting!  I practiced my tatting, and Anita her knitting ;)

On the way home we discovered that Larry The Lobster was for sale!!  $327,400 for a 17 metre, 4 tonne lobster (and adjoining cafe) ;)

When I got home, my next challenge was to complete a couple of scarves in a couple of days ... I promised I'd bring them to work on Monday - and I will!

Commission for Anne:

And one for the shop!

And even though I put on 1kg/2.2lbs in Robe (so much good food!!), I've been getting right back into it ... all made better by my new Lululemon pants - aren't they AWESOME??

Hopefully Monday morning's weigh in isn't too scary!  But at the same time, I had a fantastic holiday - as long as I get back on track straight away, I need to learn it's OK to let it all go every now and then ;)

Monday, July 7, 2014

taking yoga to a whole new level ...

OK, so you know I've been doing yoga from YouTube for quite a few months now (maybe 6?) ... and I have been getting better and better, stronger and stronger.  I feel that yoga is giving me what the gym didn't - that toned look, which is getting better the more weight I am losing ;) 

As Yoga With Adriene is a more gentler form of yoga, I've been stepping up my routines with Sadie Nardini (as recommended by Kate - thanks for that!!). 

Well, I've just purchased her full-on Yoga Shred For Weightloss, which is a paid 14 day programme designed to combine cardio-yoga workouts with straight yoga for maximum fitness ... I've done 2 days so far, and I feel sore (in a good way!).

Oh .. and I weighed in this morning - 6.5kg (14lbs) lost so far (more than half way - just over 5kg to go)!! 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

monty don's real craft

Oh my goodness, this show is BRILLIANT!!!

I see it as a sequel to my favourite show of all time, Mastercrafts - while the latter focused on complete beginners, Monty Don's Real Craft shows 3 amateurs being mentored by a professional to see if they can make the grade in the commercial world.  It's so inspiring (especially the weaving episode!).

If you're not in the UK and can't view these, you may want to investigate ... Anita has set up my computer so I can view these (not illegal, but part of a legal grey area).

And if you want to view the entire series of Mastercrafts, here is the series on YouTube:  MASTERCRAFTS SERIES


Thursday, July 3, 2014


I couldn't resist learning something completely different - and portable!
I'm rubbish at knitting, never been interested in crochet ... so shuttle tatting it is ;)

First baby steps (well, just a chain):

I originally wanted to do bobbin lace after seeing this AMAZING short film (which I originally watched for the weaving, but was mesmerised by the bobbins!):

I saw Rebecca Mezoff talking about tatting on her blog, and wondered if that might be a nice compromise, especially when I was fortuitously sent an email from Craftsy with their tatting class included!  Guess it was meant to be ;)

So I'll keep you up to date with how I go!!  Nothing like piling on the hobbies, heh :P
Who knows, I may learn how to design bat and skull jewellery one day!