Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Fairly basic, this one. No lights, just a big red dial and a scale and four small control buttons. More an analog robot than a digital, but none-the-less capable of performing at least 222 functions. He will be sent anywhere in the world to one of you. Blog friends, other friends, lurkers, curious onlookers, you are all warmly invited to enter the draw. I'll pick a winner next Wednesday (May the 27th).
And (gulp of self conciousness because I'm about to be a little emotional), thanks everyone, all you visitors, commenters, lurkers, I am so happy that you all stop by and look in this tiny corner of the world. Love, Miss Smith
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
To get in the party mood, I wrap up some of their toys in wrapping paper and tie a ribbon around them. I have a box of old wrapping paper and ribbon that is kept expressly for this purpose. The cake is iced party-style, with hundreds and thousands and a candle of course. If we have balloons we blow some up.
And then we have a party. The presents are torn open and the children say "what a lovely gift" in a silly voice. There's a "Happy pretend birthday" song, and the cake is pounced upon.
It's a great way to spend an afternoon, if you're at a loose end.
Postscript: I totally cracked myself up imagining doing this at work. I imagined putting a Very Important Meeting into everyone's Outlook Calender, then surprising them at the meeting with their own staplers, highlighters, and post-its wrapped in festive paper. Then a cake, and a happy pretend birthday song. Ha ha ha! Now if work really had been like that, perhaps I would have kept at it.
Postpostscript: I hope that wasn't sharing my imagination too excessively.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Anyway, getting back to the conversation with my friend. She then said that actually she didn't particularly care what I was making and that she just liked reading about whatever. How's that for liberating? I now feel I can do a random post about whatever, with no shame.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Aren't they beautiful?
And just to show that we aren't being toooo sanctimonious, you might like to see what I bought for myself last week.
Yup, consumerism is alive and well, even if we have no presents on Mothers and Fathers Days. It's beautiful too, don't you think?
Yesterday I wore it out on brisk walk to the Centre of New Zealand. On the summit, there were four 20-something Irish tourists who wanted me to take their photo. "Sure" I said "Say centre-of-new-zealand!". They said nothing. Afterwards, one of them said "What did she say?" . His friend said, "I have no idea".
Friday, May 8, 2009
Anyhoo, just to let you in on the twists and turns of the craft journey, I've been rethinking the whole aesthetic and I've come up with this: Calico, blue bias binding, and the last supper. Sigh. Much better.
Now that we've resolved the problem of the pillowcases, lets talk about the weekend. Tonight is my Great Night In, watching Project Runway whilst drinking several glasses of wine and organizing receipts and bank statements for my tax return. It's my very favourite night of the week. What's on your Friday night agenda?
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Wanna see a close up of the print? Here you go.
Now I just need to come up with a few more bits and pieces for each care parcel. Some chocolate of course, but what else?
Friday, May 1, 2009
My first resolution was to stop eating leftovers off the children's plates. I've done okay with that. I don't do it unless I am really hungry and their leftovers really look delicious.
The second one was to drink a cup of water for every cup of coffee consumed, and I must confess that has been a dismal failure. D- for effort. Must try harder. Perhaps this lovely new coffee cup will help me.
I got it at a Garage Sale last weekend. It's made by Poole. Pooleware. Did I mention it's Poole? I am very proud of it.
Because I was doing so badly on my second resolution, I got discouraged and didn't make any new month resolutions in March and April. But now, May is here and I am getting back on that new month resolution horse.
May's resolution: Cook something every day. Apart from dinner I mean. My sister Miriam gave me that tip and it really does make our household more thrifty. If we already have biscuits in the tins then I don't buy any, and if we have french dressing already made in the fridge then I never need the Paul Newman's.