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Hello good people of the earth !!!!

Now that the eye candy of the new year has been presented, its time to share some news!

We’re moving into our very own house this year!

We’re having a baby this year!

We’re getting married this year!

(no need to rush things , he hee)

Busy looking into cashmere wedding shawls, – think i’ve picked this one – marriage certificates, homeschool registration, baby blankets, cast iron bathtubs, oooh its all happening.

The knitted sweater above belongs to my dear Jackson – its a Gathering Stripes by Veera Valimaki. I loooove her, and she will soon be publishing her first baby knits,,,, whoooo how excited I am !

The crochet squares above are for this blanket by the I love Wollmeise yarn, its squishy soft. I haven’t done crochet in ages and I am happy to be back into it. In other crafty news, I will hopefully be saying HELLO to my new santa claus pressie this week ….. as it still sits patiently in its pretty box. :)

I’ve been doing some blog reading/ catching up and hope to do more soon. I do hope you are all well friends, and greeting this special new year with a big SMILE.

love ,




End of August

Hello dear friends. What a week it has been. News of an earthquake and hurricane overseas, which is still on my mind and affecting my friends on the east coast. Sickness here in our household, of various sorts. I can say I have the utmost respect for the amazing discovery of Penicillin, and would be long ago deceased without it. Aren’t we lucky to live in this day and age.

We have mango trees, and boy are they fruiting. Soon, we will have mango delights ! It is such fun to live in a tropical climate, so different to anything i’ve ever experienced before. It has now been ‘dry’ for 6 months, wonderful cool weather. In the next few months it will heat up and bring the rainy ‘wet’ season with it. During the exchange, we experience 8 full months without a single drop of rain. Marvelous how the trees and plants and people adapt.

Due to our illnesses of sorts we’ve had some downtime from the homeschooling, but we have managed to complete our newspaper Biology man, turning it into a fun game to boot. This was super fun for us all….. Moving on into Roman Numerals in our Maths.

I myself having revelations of sorts as I continue reading “Art of zen” as discussed before. So many things I could post from it, but I won’t. Just read it sometime, won’t yoU?  It has helped me become more rooted – in a foreign country that isn’t easy to do I had thought. But aren’t you the same person wherever you roam? Perhaps life throws little tests at us ; intervalls of teaching and learning. The world keeps spinning around and around.

( I’m glad to be on it. )

birthday zen

“” To the untrained eye ego – climbing and selfless climbing may appear identical.  Both kinds of climbers place one foot in front of the other.  Both breathe in and out at the same rate.  Both stop when tired.  Both go forward when rested.  But what a difference!  The ego – climber is like an instrument that’s out of adjustment.  He puts his foot down an instant too soon or too late.  He’s likely to miss a beautiful passage of sunlight through the trees.  He goes on when the sloppiness of his step shows he’s tired.  He rests at odd times.  He looks up the trail trying to see what’s ahead even when he knows what’s ahead because he just looked a second before.  He goes too fast or too slow for the conditions and when he talks his talk is forever about somewhere else, something else.  He’s here but he’s not here.  He rejects the here, is unhappy with it, wants to be farther up the trail but when he gets there will be just as unhappy because then it will be “here”.  What he’s looking for, what he wants, is all around him, but he doesn’t want that because it is all around him.  Every step’s an effort, both physically and spiritually, because he imagines his goal to be external and distant.”     

 – p. 206, Art of Zen and Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

Loving this book. Loving my crochet kitchen goodies of this week ( hot pots, washcloths, and dishtowels). Pictured is the hot pot , pattern is here. Loving especially,,,, my birthday present today…that beautiful red Nancybird bag!  Isn’t it gorgeous! Other knitters/crocheters and readers to be found at Ginny\’s.

Have you read this book? Are you an ego- climber or a selfless climber? I think we are all both at times. It is certainly my goal to try and be more where I am at the moment physically. It is not the ideal place, and I do get homesick. But wherever we all find ourselves, there is some beauty in that if we hold up our heads and look for it . x


To the lighthouse

For now she need not think about anybody.
She could be herself. And that was what now, she often
felt the need of — to think; well not even to think.
To be silent; to be alone. All the being and the doing,
expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated . . .
Although she continued to knit, and sat upright, it was
thus that she felt herself; and this self having
shed its attachments was free for the strangest adventure.

From To the Lighthouse, VIRGINIA WOOLF, 1927

Crochet loving

My goodness, it’s been awhile!

Busy Busy Busy crafting here… so many wonderful things to share with you !

My blanket , long time in progress, is as-we-speak getting oversewn and finished.

I’ve got a wonderful granny visiting us here at the moment, and she is a marvelous neck band picker upper!!! So I am loving handing over these vests and sweaters from the to-do pile! Aah, it feels so so good to pull knitted items out of the drawer where they gather dust and become outgrown (before they’ve been worn) and hand them over to a pro. More on that later… much to reveal! And this granny has been busy making dolls dresses too! What a multi talented one she is.

With my Giant Granny Square crochet along? I went until my wool ran out, and turned it into a lovely pillow covering. LOVE IT.

My Attic 24 crochet basket is coming along a charm… Only have the flowers to add and all finished. Love it also.

Who doesn’t love pineapple upsides?

The pincushion…isn’t it gorgeous? Thank you  Wendy ,, i love it. So perfect. x

good granny lovin’

my first granny square !

Hello there!! Teaming up with some girls on a giant granny crochet group! This was just the thrilling little newness i needed today, thank you Ang!  I have done a good bit of motif learning here lately , and was fully confident to tackle the little granny square this time. An hour outside with the kiddos, and lookey !   I did it !!  I just love it … i will keep going and going … I am using sz 5 hook and various colours of a Debbie Bliss Chunky Cashmerino i’ve had in my stash for years. It feels so good to finally give it a project !


I’m no stranger to the round repeatedness of crochet. This was originally intended to become a floor RUG. .. . however .. I got about this far ( its 12×12 currently ) and can go no more. Its big, it takes forever to go round now.  I have no idea what i’ll do with it.  (Any ideas?)

Some more roundness. This was a successful attempt at a floor rug! Still in progress. . . made with Thrifted Bias Tape ( which cost nearly nothing ) and a child’s hacked off TOOTHBRUSH. (Hence the name ‘Toothbrush Rug’).  I did a big blog post about how to make these on my old blog , and deleted it . OoOps. If you google, you’ll find heaps of instruction on these rugs. Easy. Fun.

This dear little blanket is what has been receiving FULL ATTENTION for the last two weeks. No other crafting project of any kind. (which i think is why i was so eager for this granny square business today).  I have finished the crocheting, now I just have to work on the correct joining method and the silk edging. It’s gonna be novel baby, novel. You can go here to see just how long i’ve been working on this blanket. (so embarassing!)

Wishing you all a wonderful fuzzy filled weekend !

Cleaning the Closet

my weekly

Hi guys…teaming up with small things tonight. Don’t you love to see what other folks are making and reading? I do. It’s one of my top questions I think I ask people. Whatcha reading? Whatcha making? Whatcha eating?

I wish a big gooey chocolate brownie was up there in my photo…not gooeying itself on my flash { i-started-last year-ahem } crochet blanket i mean,, and definitely not on that new library book {you wouldn’t believe how many we’ve bought already } …. but waiting to go into my beak. Can you tell its tea time? No smells coming from the kitchen,,here i sit…

I have been on a serious RAVELRY rampage lately. I want to make this crochet case, and this pompomy hat, and every night i drool over this lady\’s extremely awesome sweater……however I have declared myself to be ‘cleaning out the closet’. Soooooooooo….all those projects sitting in that drawer are getting pulled out and finished. ONE by ONE. I think i’m gonna open up a page to share my closet cleans. Anyone care to join in?

crochet week

silk trifoil crochet blanket edging

popcorn crochet motif :: silk aster flower

 Hi guys ! Some snippits of my crochet happenings of the week. I learned the ‘popcorn’ stitch, and made a bedside trivit.
Also have begun tortuing myself with a silk aster flower motif from the book ” The New Granny Square” , which is probably a book for the most of experienced crochet folks, which i am not.
Most exciting to me….is the blanket edging!! I totally love the trofoil crochet edging….it goes so well with the pastels of this blanket. It is going to be a nice little heirloom piece I am thinking.

Windjana Gorge - Western Kimberley

 We camped here this weekend. What a magical place. We saw :: ancient sea floorbeds and fossilized remains. Slept under stars surrounding these rock formations. Truly beautiful : a place you’ll not forget. More photos here.

art of crochet edging

diamond, tricut, scallop edgings + dottie angel blanket

                                                    ::  CROCHET EDGING ::

 A nice selection for your viewing pleasure ::

GREEN: scallop edging. easy. i’ll go with that for pillowcases. doesn’t use much yarn.

PURPLE: trifoil edging. adds height and majestic nature , a bit crowny. pattern looked terrible but was pretty easy! I learned new stitches, the half double treble and the treble4together. i like this one.

BLUE : Diamond edging. the diamond is only half finished (abandoned) as the pattern quickly turned into a very long paragraph of alien fish gibberish. Something like .. place leg cluster and draw loop and yoh yoh and miss two yohs and chsp thru 6 base hole clusters. OoOOoo. Suddenly I felt like Pete Seeger was in the room and I was reading words to a folk song. If you can do this edging, then you are seriously waaaaay cool.

 I won’t even show you what the butterfly lip, ricrac, and scallop edgings turned out  like – where do they get these names ? 

Believe me, it was fun. In an excited feverish sortof way. I do love the purple one, its height and the little crowns were certainly amusing to create. I did learn a few new stitches. And I totally know how to land an alien spacecraft now.

I see lovely little crochet edgings along pillowcases, neckscarves, handkerchiefs, doilies, and skirts. And it does make me ever so happy to see them.   Do you have a favorite crochet edging? 

satchel & crochet giveaway

Hello! Welcome to my space…I am proudly hosting a giveaway as part of this years Sew Mama Sew MAY DAY Giveaway ! Last year I won several lovely things by entering, and met some great crafters by blog hopping. So….this year I have decided to make something for you.

satchel & crochet flowers

 My satchel is a pattern from handmade home.  It is a generous 12 x 12 inch size; sewn with lovely Echino Linen by  Etsuko Furuya.

Lined with Amy Butler’s cotton interfacing, and closing with a Sterling Magnetic Snap. Dazzling !

I have also popped into this winning prize two of my gorgeous little crochet creations.


Pretty crochet flowers

Star Flower Hot Pad crochet with BlueSky Alpacas Organic Cotton {my favorite}. Flower square crochet with Debbie Bliss Cashmere. Do you just love it?

To enter this giveaway, no matter where you are, just leave a comment!  Couldn’t get any easier than that!

For an additional entry, follow this blog. You may do so by subscribing by email or feeds, or copy and paste the address onto your blogger list. Let me know which method you choose, and enter one more time. 

If you are not a blogger, you MUST leave a way in which i can contact you on the comment, or it will be deleted!

I will pick the winner MAY 25 via Random Number Generator. Best of Luck!

         COMMENTS ARE CLOSED….     Random Gen picked number 113…..

         Amanda Pedro at By Hook & Thread!

         Looks like my goodies are going to Canada! x

To check out and enter all of the other hundreds of generous people participating in this giant giveaway party, simply click on the Sew Mama Sew photo link at the top of my blog. It will take you directly to there!

love love love! Angelina x

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“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the Breath of a Buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which run across the Grass and loses itself in the Sunset”. – Crowfoot , great warrior.

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