Sunday, April 27, 2014

Back to work + Stitchery

I'm going back into full time work tomorrow. The last two weeks have been a blur of study, paperwork, taking delivery of furniture while there was still someone at home during the day and work-wardrobe shopping. There hasn't been much time for craft! (or anything, I feel like I should apologise for my husband for the drastic reduction in meal quality over the past fortnight). 

I'm looking forward to going back to work really. I'm looking forward to having some routine in our lives again after 6 months of ippity-uppity. I genuinely enjoy working and being part of a team, so am looking forward to that. And I'm looking forward to the new challenges this job will bring! 

There is a part of me that is kind of sad this chapter is over. Moving country was a big step and has bought us new challenges and new places to explore - its been refreshing for me and 6 months in I feel like it was the right move. But going back to work means the 'exciting' part of actually moving is over and I hope that going into real life won't bring me back down to the ground with a bump. 

I've been trying another new thing this week when I can grab a moment - hand stitchery. This is a pattern by The Birdhouse that will eventually be a twelve panel wall hanging. I'm enjoying the process, the portability and the rush of trying something new - I think this first block turned out fairly well. There was more fabric distortion than I was expecting (though it mostly came out with ironing) and I'm not 100% happy with the satin stitched berries (though more happy once I'd outlined them, following a tip from sublime stitching). But for a first attempt I'm really more than a little pleased. Let's hope the new job turns out the same way ;-D

So on the whole, yay for new things! Whether they be big or small.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Cookbook Challenge: Country Calendar Cookbook

Still trying to make my way through my cookbooks, one at a time! The challenge has been going really well so far I think. I haven't felt pressured, but at the same time have been looking at my cookbooks more when I feel like baking/cooking. Yay! This week it's 'The Country Calendar Cookbook,' by Alyson Gofton, which I have used precisely zero times since buying it a year ago. Which is sad, because Alyson Gofton is one of my favourite cookbook writers and it's a lovely book to flick through - filled with stories and recipes from the long running New Zealand TV show Country Calendar. For the non-Kiwi's among you, it's a half hour program that each week examines a different farm or rural person in a conversational, documentary style.  

The recipes are handily divided up by season, which was great because I was looking for a 'spring' recipe. I ended up trying out the 'Spring Chickpea Pasta Salad,' which I happened to have all the ingredients on hand for at the time and went well with a steak and green salad on a sunny evening. 

I was really pleased with how it turned out, but then again I love chickpeas, so I probably always was. Its definitely a recipe I'd use again, though unfortunately the leftovers from this one ended up languishing in the fridge because I was to sick to eat them!! Next time. . . 


Monday, April 14, 2014

Currently Monday #8

Kitten feeling very sorry for herself in her 'cone of shame'

So I fell off the blogging bandwagon for a bit there. It's been a couple of weeks of major highs and major lows for me. Last Sunday with no warning or reason I got incredibly, horribly sick. Somehow (don't ask me how because I really don't know) I managed to drag myself out of bed on Monday to go to a second job interview. Got through the interview and got home to continue being horribly sick, from which I'm only just starting to recover. Miraculously, I got a call on Wednesday to say that I got the job!! God works in strange and mysterious ways. So I'm recovering from severe dehydration caused by being horribly sick for a week, and gearing up to start a new and exciting job in two weeks time. 

Time and Place // 11.47 a.m, in bed (I am up, not being lazy, it's just cold and bed is warm and snuggly for writing essays from)

Eating and Drinking // Toast and peanut butter. Thinking I need to make some chamomile tea.

Reading // Just finished The Enormous Room, by E.E. Cummings.
About to start The Geography of You and Me, by Jennifer E. Smith

Watching // Last night I watched Frozen for the first time. Sooooooo good!!

Listening // Various versions of 'Let it Go' from Frozen, because I feel like I have to catch up on all the covers now!

Making // What with being sick my making-stuff mojo has gone completely out the window this last week. The most I managed was moving a bag of supplies for an upcoming project to the ironing board so I could iron the fabric!! (which I haven't done, I just moved the bag).

Blogging // Since I was last here I've done some one-line reviews of YA fantasy, not-talked about the most influential books in my life, reviewed New Life Stories by David Attenborough and started some spring chicks

Hating // How fast the grass grows in spring. The lawn always looks so untidy!

Loving // Cuddles with the cat when I'm not feeling well

Anticipating // The bed for our spare room that we just ordered arriving. It will be so nice to be able to have guests and not having to ask them to bring something to sleep on!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring Chicks

My bunny finish got me in the mood for some more spring-themed stitching! I browsed through patterns saved on my computer until I stopped at three chicks, which I think from memory was originally a freebie from Coats Craft (but don't quote me on that). It's a fairly simple pattern, so I just pulled some colours from stash and got started . . . 

I'm not sure yet whether I'll do all three chicks. Maybe just one or two. In any case I hope I can get them finished and made into an ornament for our stairwell by Easter.