Things I Love Thursday 13/11/2014

Top ‘o the morning to you, gorgeous reader!  I’m am feeling great and ready to get into this week’s edition of Things I Love Thursday.  You too?  Awesome!  Let’s begin.

This week I Love:

– Feeling better in general.  My mood is picking up and I no longer feel like a misery slug.

– Paul Rudd.  I’ve had a crush on this dude for as long as I can remember, and one of my friends sent me this video last week to cheer me up.  And it worked no end.

 

– Wriggling my bare toes in the grass.

 

– Looking forward to a visit from my friend Tom this weekend.  I haven’t seen him in months and it’s going to be great.  We’re going to drink cocktails, watch movies and wear fabulous outfits.

 

– Visiting my grandmother.  We went out for lunch together, looked through old photo albums and then she gave me some stunning vintage jewellery.  She’s been so supportive of me these past few weeks, and I’m so happy when we get to catch up.

 

– Downton Abbey

 

 

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-Finishing this Lego Block scarf for my etsy store.  I had so much fun making these and  I love the pops of colour.  I am definitely keeping one for myself.

 

– Drinking an iced coffee in the sunshine.

 

– Making time for reading.

 

– Getting through an entire power yoga workout without needing a break.  I was sore afterwards, but it was so worth it.

 

– Embracing floaty fabrics and soft colours for summer.

 

– Having almost all of my Christmas shopping completed.

 

– Puppy licks and kitty cuddles.

 

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And last but certainly not least, I love Miss Jellylorum.  Today is her 7th birthday.  We’ve had so many hugs and lots of treats to celebrate her special day.

 

What do you love this week?

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Things I Love Thursday

Yeee-hah!  This week is just whipping on by, and it’s time once again to bang out my weekly love list.  Hooray!

This week I love:

– Getting word that my favourite comic book store, All Star Comics in Melbourne, has been voted Best Comic Book Store in the World at San Diego Comic Con.  How awesome is that?  There are few things that make me happier than seeing people follow their dreams, take a risk and be rewarded for it.  The store owners, Mitch and Troy have done an incredible job creating a stellar business and building a fabulous community.  I am so proud of them.

– Hogs Breath cafe.  My gentleman friend and I took a trip to Hogs Breath on Sunday and it was awesome.  I had a blackened steak and it was drool-worthy.

– Re-watching Tank Girl for the billionth time.

– Adding new items to my etsy store.

This slouchy Bad Hair Day beanie is perfect for hiding even the most hideous bed-hair.  It’s super comfortable and funky.  I’m also able to make this one in any other colour you might desire, so if you’d like to request a custom order, just shoot me an email!

I’ve also added this sweet Cupcake Beanie.  This one is an adult size, but I can also make these to fit children or even babies.  I can also customize the colours, so once again if you would like to request a custom order I’d be happy to help you out.

– Getting an email from one of my work clients telling me that I’m “too awesome”.  Naturally I sent it to my boss so that he’s have it when my performance review rolls around.

-Finishing my first pair of knitted socks.  I feel so proud of myself.  Socks have always been one of those “too hard” items that I’d always been too scared to try knitting.  But these turned out brilliantly.  They fit perfectly and they’re so warm and comfortable.  I’m planning on making myself a whole drawer-full now!  These will also be available in my etsy store soon, so if you’d like a pair get in touch with me.  I can make them in any colour, and they are made to your measurements so they will fit like a dream.

–  Good hair days.

– Waking up from hilarious dreams feeling refreshed and ready for the day.

– Taking it easy when I’m feeling under the weather.

– Feeding the ducks at the lake.

– Watching the days slowly draw out.

What do you love this week?

Things I love Thursday 24/4/2014

This past week has been pretty darn awesome.  I’ve got a lot to be grateful for and loads of things to bring a smile to my face.  I’m very lucky indeed.

This week I love:

– Forgoing the Easter chocolate headache.  My family came to a consensus that we wouldn’t buy Easter Eggs this year.  As a result, I managed to go the entire long weekend without a chocolate-overdose.

– Checking out the nude exhibit at our local art gallery.

– Breaking out my boots, scarves and cardigans as the chilly weather rolls in.

– Watching Game of Thrones with Dad.  His reactions are priceless.  I wish that I’d had the foresight to film his response to Season 4 episode 2.  It was epic.

– Catching up with friends that I haven’t seen in ages for a bowl of soup and lots of laughter.

-Finally putting some plants in my vegetable garden.  I have worked so hard to get my garden beds ready for planting, and last week I was actually able to put some seedlings in.  I have planted peas, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach and rosemary, and all of the plants are doing really well. My peas are starting to grow new shoots, the broccoli plants are standing up really straight and the spinach have a couple of new leave starting to poke out.  I can’t wait until I’m able to start enjoying my harvest.

– Knitting. I’m trying some more adventurous knitting patterns and so far I’m pleased with the results. I’ve always found knitting a lot more difficult than crochet, but I feel as though I’m slowly improving.

– The Dead Poets Society.  What an awesome film.

– The Easter vigil mass.  It’s always such a beautiful experience.  On Saturday night, we waited outside the church with a bonfire burning.  The church was in darkness to symbolise the tomb that Jesus was laid in.  The priest blessed the fire and we were each given a candle to light from the fire.  We sat in the darkened church for an hour, hearing readings and singing hymns.  Finally, when the priest read of The Resurrection, the lights all came on, to symbolise the light of Christ and the rebirth of the world.  I just found it such a moving and special night, it really brings home the meaning of the Easter period to me.

– Cuddling with Ringo while I’m reading on the couch.

What do you love this week?

Things I Love Thursday 17/4/2014

Awwww yeah!  It’s Thursday again, and I’ve got a huge list of fantastic happenings that have been making me feel wonderful this week to share with you.

This week, I love:

– Season 4 of Breaking Bad.  As season 3 was wrapping up, I began to wonder where on earth the story was going.  I worried that they had begun to paint themselves into a corner.  But nope, season 4 took it in a direction I wasn’t expecting which is fantastic.

-Snapping a picture of this cute little moth.  I love the beautiful orange shade on its’ wings.

– Gardening.  I’ve been busily preparing my vegetable garden and I’m now ready to plant my seeds.  Normally I hate yard work, but working in my little garden has actually been really relaxing.  It’s so nice to get my hands dirty and spend some time out in nature.

– Grilled squash and cucumber salad.  Delish.

-Cuddly cats.  Now that the weather has started to get colder, my cats have become mega-cuddly.  At night time both cats pile onto the bed and compete to see who can snuggle the closest.  Miss Jelly in particular loves the chilly Autumn mornings, as they provide a wonderful opportunity for her to wriggle under the covers for one last snuggle before we get up for the day.

– Sunshine on my skin.

– Cutting my nails.  I like having long nails, but sometimes it’s such a relief to chop off my talons and enjoy the feeling of short nails.  In particular, I love to type when I’ve just cut my nails, because it feels like my fingers are flying across the keys.

-Finally finishing this crocheted Mario blanket for my brother.  I began working on this in August last year, and it’s been such a long and tedious process to get it finished.  It was supposed to be my brother’s Christmas present, but I didn’t finish it in time.  He’s a massive gaming nerd and he has a particular affinity for classic Nintendo games, so I was sure that this pixellated Mario would be just the thing to spread over his bed.  I’m so happy with how it turned out.

– Planning my birthday party.  I’ve decided that I want to have a trivia night for my birthday this year.  I love trivia and quizzes, and I think this would be a great way to celebrate my 28th birthday.  As my birthday falls in Winter, it’s always hard to think of something fun to do when it’s so cold out.  I figure this will be a nice, laid-back evening of fun and games.  I’m really looking forward to it.

 

-This amazing video tribute to one of my favourite Disney characters, who has just undergone an outrageous makeover.

 

What do you love this week?

Things I love Thursday

It’s Thursday again!  This week has seemed to go really quickly, because it was a public holiday on Monday so I had the day off.  The three-day weekend has left me feeling a bit confused as to which day it is, and the week seems very short.  I can’t believe that it’s already Thursday.

This week I love:

– Long weekends.

– Driving lessons with my Dad.  After my not-so-great practice the other day, I feel more determined than ever to learn how to drive.

– Salmon with cous cous

-How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran.  I began this book on Saturday and I am ripping through it.  It’s sensational.  Hilarious, witty and a strong feminist message.   I’m really enjoying it and I’ll happily recommend it to you.

– Falling asleep on the loungeroom floor after a long day at work.

– Making progress on a bunch of crochet projects.

– Honest answers to mundane questions.  I met an old lady at work the other day and I asked her, “How are you today?”  She looked at me and said, “Well, you look like you can take it so I’m going to give it to you straight.  I’m tired, my feet hurt and I want to go home.  How are you?”  To which I replied, “I’m O.K, but I’d rather be at home with a good book right now”.  We both laughed as I rang up her purchases.  She was gorgeous.

-Making a bunch of these little baby headbands for my etsy store.  I made the bands out of up-cycled tee shirts and crocheted the flowers by hand.  I was so happy with how they turned out.

– Wearing clunky bangles that jingle when I walk.

– Brave.  It’s possibly my favourite Disney film.

– Giving myself the day off when my period is giving me grief.  Sometimes you’ve just got to give in and let yourself take it easy.

What do you love this week?  Don’t be shy, jump in and leave a comment or a link to your own Things I Love Thursday list.

Things I Love Thursday 6/3/2014

Welcome to another Things I Love Thursday.  This week a whole bunch of wonderful things have been putting a smile onto my dial.

This week I love:

– Manatees.  They’re such majestic creatures.

– Snapping these pictures of some cheeky cockatoos in my backyard on the weekend.  They love crunching the seed pods on this tree, and I’ll often walk outside to find a whole flock of them munching away and cackling to one another.

– Waking up to find that Ringo is using my fingers as a pillow, and the vibration of his purrs is rippling up my wrist.  So gorgeous.

-Finishing this crocheted baby blanket for one of my friends.   Her baby is due in July, so I’m hoping this will help to keep the little critter warm when the temperature drops.

– Chicken enchiladas.

– Yellow nail polish.  I was a bit unsure of it when I first painted my nails yellow, but it’s grown on me.

-Finding a bunch of Disney DVDs on sale and beefing up my collection considerably.  Most of these titles were only $9, so I figured that it was the perfect time to snap them up.  Needless to say, I’ve been watching  a lot of Disney lately.

– Doing yoga foot stretches after a long day on my feet at work.

-Finally finishing this drop-stitch scarf I started ages ago.  I really loved the way it turned out.  It will be up in my etsy store very soon.

– Planning to catch up with gorgeous friends.

– Going out for lunch with my mum.

Everyday Feminism.  It’s my new favourite website.

– Beginning Lent.  I’ve decided to give up shopping for non-essential purchases.  This is going to be rough.

– Having incredibly weird dreams.  There was one night this week when I dreamed that I was in my Nana and Pa’s house and there was a door I’d never seen before.  I opened it and it let to an intricate series of rooms, each of which was filled with clothes, books, toys and trinkets from when myself and my cousins were children.  There was even a room that had a huge feather bed, and on that bed was the green eider down that my grandfather would always wrap me in when I was sick.  I could still smell the scent of that blanket: a mixture of my grandfather’s shaving foam, Pears soap and cigarette smoke when I woke up.

-Thunderstorms.

What do you love this week?

Daily outfit: 22/1/2014

Cleaning out your closet has all kinds of benefits.  Aside from the obvious ones (making more space, getting rid of crap you don’t wear) you sometimes turn up a treasure or two.  When I was cleaning out my drawers earlier this week, I stumbled across a rainbow crocheted tank top that I’ve never worn before.

I made this top way back in July.  At the time it was freezing cold, and I popped it in a drawer, thinking that I’d wear it once summer rolled around.  I promptly forgot about the top.  Until yesterday, when I found it again.

DSCF9370I’m especially proud of this top because it’s the first piece of crocheted clothing that I made all by myself.  If you like it and you want one of your own, you can get one made to order through my etsy store.  I can do them in all colours and sizes (and you get a choice of lightweight cotton or heavier acrylic yarn).

But now, back to my outfit…

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DSCF9371I am wearing:

– Rainbow crocheted top (handmade by me)

– Vintage butterfly flared jeans from Threadsville

– Black and gold Novo platforms

– White beads (thrifted)

– Japanese hair ornament (gift from my old housemate)

– Opal earrings (Nana’s)

– Resin ring (thrifted)

– Rock ring (thrifted)

– Swarovski crystal ring (found at uni one day)

– Multi coloured gem ring (gift from a mate)

DSCF9373I realised later that this outfit was especially appropriate, because I wore it on Janis Joplin’s birthday.  Janis was one of my earliest style icons, and I find that so many elements of her style still creep into my outfits.  I love her relaxed, hippie-chick vibe and the slightly tomboyish air that her outfits had.  I think my habit of piling on the rings and necklaces came from my early love of Janis Joplin.  So happy birthday Janis!

DSCF9377In future, I think I’d really like to get a cute bikini top to wear underneath this tank.  I also want to try to modify the pattern to make this into a long-sleeved top for when the weather gets a bit cooler.  What do you think?

DSCF9374Do you ever find items of clothing that you’d forgotten about?  What’s the best long-lost treasure that you’ve uncovered?