Weekend Round-Up

February 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

This has been the view from our balcony for the last few days! Not exactly a cheery sight however much (like me) you may be fond of shades of grey. I can’t say that the view is all that beautiful on a sunny day but this last week of weather has been so ashen and dingy everything is looking particularly grim. So, we spent the best part of the weekend snuggled up inside, shielding ourselves from the winter gloom.

To fight off these climate induced doldrums, here’s are some little things that cheered my spirit:

  • home-made peanut butter on warm, crispy toast (delicious and simple recipe found here)
  • alfalfa shoots sprouted in jam-jars on our windowsill
  • finding an old tea-tray with the same William Morris print that I remember so fondly from my childhood as wallpaper in my mum’s bedroom
  • the baby leaves of our first basil crop tentatively poking through their soil

So, whilst it may be grey and dismal outside, inside our little sanctuary there are some optimistic signs of Spring. And we intend to keep it that way until the seasons catch up with us. Bring on the green……!

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A Thursday Thought….

February 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Well, as I’ve said before, this is not a place to me to rant about the way the world is heading or try to ram ecological rhetoric down anyone’s throat. However, I am also not going to shy away from talking about the things that matter to me. I am by no means virtuous in the way I live: I have a comfortable life with all ‘mod-cons’ and I am often still seduced by the conveniences of modern life. However, I work hard to maintain a frugal, simple life and take as little from the earth as possible. Those who know me well will know that I do not always succeed in this and there are numerous areas in my life where I know I am both hypocritical and inconsistent. (It’s amazing how often people wish to point this out to you when you display any hint of moral or ethical conviction – I wonder if this is more a reflection on them than me).

But, however incoherent I may find myself sometimes, I truly believe that it is better to try and fail rather than assume that all is lost and not begin in the first place. We all have a part to play in this world and responsibility to each other. As I am about to bring a child into this world, this has never been more at the forefront of my mind and so I continue to work towards becoming more of the ‘world citizen’ I would like to be.

For me, the first step towards any improvement is knowledge. I cannot claim to be right all (or even the majority) the time or even be sure that the efforts I make are not actually more damaging however, my actions are based on research, understanding and knowledge. They say ignorance is bliss and I tend to agree but bliss is exclusively for the individual and we live in a global world. I cannot condone people acting out of thoughtlessness or lack of knowledge. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me about the way I choose live my life but I hope that if they don’t, they can explain why. Actions in life have consequence and so should be based on something real and true. Establishing your opinions and actions on ignorance is shirking your responsibly to this planet and its inhabitants.

My one request? Always try to find out more!

Tuesday Temptations

February 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Welcome to another new section of the site.

Many of you will already know that I am working to hard to improve my green credentials, one creation at a time. Again, I promise this will not become a place for ranting about how we must change the world. Simply, this is where I can record things I WANT but I am looking for a green, ecological alternative. Normally this involves making my own, bastardised version from second-hand materials to satisfy my desires and I will try and share as many of these creations as possible as tutorials so that I can spread just a little bit of green to people’s lives.

I have to apologise for this first “Temptation” blog as it is a selection of things I desire but have failed to note the original source of the item (I’m such a novice blogger!). If you know where any of them come from, please let me know and I will happily update it. For anyone whose temptations I have added, I am very sorry not to have named you but will happily do so if you let me know. I promise, next time I will be a bit more together on this!

Lots more temptations to come…..

Moodboard Mondays

February 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Happy Monday everyone!

Suffering from a touch of insomnia at the moment so I have plenty of time to look for inspiration. So, I’ve decided to start a new section to this blog…..Moodboard Mondays (MM). With so many ideas whirling around my head, it is a chance to get things down on (digital) paper and set the scene for the week’s crafty activities.

This week it’s all about the juxtaposition of textures and materials, specifically metal and fabric (oh, and a touch of grey).

So a busy week of creation begins……..

A Bite of Lunch….

February 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Nothing to do with anything but I just wanted to share our beautiful lunch with you all!

Weekend Round-Up

February 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Happy Valentines!!


It’s been a creative weekend. For those of you who don’t already know, A and I are expecting our first child in April. I keep reading all these pregnancy guides that talk about how it’s normal to want to start nesting and tidying the house in preparation for the new arrival. Wishful thinking in this household I’m afraid! Instead, my creative juices aren’t so much flowing as gushing, absorbing everything in their path! Another trip to the Vernissage has encouraged this weekend of crafty indulgence, as has the discovery of a second-hand shop that sells clothes by the kilo! Now I’ve realised there’s an art to getting the most from a per kilo shop. Things not to buy there: winter coats, shoes or jeans. What to buy: lightweight, cashmere jumpers and bedding. There’s another second-hand shop directly across from this one but they sell ‘per item’ so it’s a tactical consideration where I go for certain items.

So, as I was saying, it’s been a craft-fuelled weekend. Some my creative activities include:

  • collecting  twigs from the park and preparing them for a forthcoming project
  • finished off A’s Valentine’s card
  • adding to my ‘Industriale’ jewellery collection (more details of that to come)

Well, this wasn’t enough for one weekend. I have been brewing up some ideas in my head, ever since I saw the tutorial on Smile and Wave for baby blocks. I know that there are still a couple of months to go before ‘Pocket’ is born and even after that it will be quite some time until he will be able to handle the blocks effectively but still, I can’t imagine I’ll have much time to sit around making such things once he does finally make an appearance! So, finding the second-hand shop was just the excuse I needed to set me on my way. « Read the rest of this entry »

The Joys of Armenia….

February 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Living in Armenia can be a challenge sometimes what with the exotic food cravings, smoky restaurants and too much rubbish in the streets to even mention. But there are also great things about this life: cheap, fresh organic food that actually tastes like it was meant to, brilliant blue skies even in the depths of winter and the Vernissage.

There’s nothing I like more than trawling through randomness at a flea-market but this market takes things to a whole new level. I keep forgetting to take my camera every time I take the short walk from our apartment to this wonderful treasure trove (or maybe it’s a little Feudain and I just want to keep my person free to carry home the goodies that I invariably need to drag home). Anyway, I will remember it one day and you’ll see what the fuss is about. Every taste is catered for be it mending your juicer, looking for Soviet army gear, need a home dentistry kit or just need to let off steam with a good rummage through piles of hardware that you would expect to find in your granddad’s shed at the end of the garden.

Those of you with Soviet roots may find my unhealthy interest in Russian font a little bit OTT but I really cannot get enough – it may say something mundane like “do not walk on the grass” but in my mind, this foreign script is both romantic and exotic. So I apologise to those who can’t quite share my enthusiasm but there it is!

For those of you how are equally excited about such things, this post is for you. Showcasing two of my latest discoveries:

(drum roll……)

bashed up tins and paper-clip boxes!