Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Gearing Up

My worktable has been woefully neglected for too long...

I need to get my arse in gear, and get down to creating some new pieces...


Don't be fooled by the look of industry in these pics.  Everything you see has been languishing in the same position for a few weeks now.  The pliers, the randomly strewn stones, the mangle of wires, all have been in situ since my last artisanal spurt.  Gosh, even my pet rock, sitting next to the table lamp that hasn't been flicked on, is stifling a yawn...

Truth be told, I have a wedding to attend come July.  And I need some fabulous jewelry.  I'm thinking one-shoulder grecian wrap dress, with some fancy chandeliers.  If I have the time, perhaps a matching cuff.  Well, if I start now, I will have the time.  So off I go.  But not before hanging out the laundry and vacuuming the downstairs... ;)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Happy Monday!

Over the weekend, the weather was nice and mild, so we decided on an outdoor pub lunch, and a walk around Putney.   Not as cute as Wimbledon Village, but better shopping than Wimbledon Centre, I must admit.  There's a robustness about Putney, which makes it more interesting.

And as always, Monday rolls up all too quickly.  I shall be off to do the dirty now.  Yep, sort out the dirty dishes, wash the dirty laundry, and clean the dirty house... Then, treat myself to some lovely crochet time.

What will you treat yourself to today?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gratuitous Fabulous Jewelry Pic(s)

Just how delish is this?  Stackable rings by Cathy Waterman.  I love how the gnarly gold ring juxtaposes with the fancy bling.  Makes me wanna curl up in a ball of Yearn...

And check this one out!  "Gorgeous" is an understatement.  Pink Sapphire and Pave Diamonds in 22 carat gold.  Argh...*desperate sigh + salivation*

See the rest of Cathy Waterman's masterpieces and their prices, here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Scenes from Half-Term Hols

Time well-spent gallivanting around Central London, I must say...


Friday, February 10, 2012

Makes Me Smile

Note to self: GOTTA get this cool when Those Two are well into their teens.

Rizzle Kicks in da house!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

On My Lust List

Aren't these just the most darling-looking things ever?

Crochet Hook - Ergonomic - Vintage Green Posies


Truthfully, my metal crochet hooks get really cold to the touch in this dastardly weather.  So I went about looking for crochet hooks with a handle.  And I found these!  Crochet hooks with handy (and gorgeous) grips, made by Emma at Emsyjane.

These are just a few.  She has loads more irresistible designs. I am planning to one day HAVE THEM ALL!  MUAHAHAHAHA!!

Crochet Hook - Lilac and Rose BudsCrochet Hook - Ergonomic - Pink and Blue Polka DotsCrochet Hook - Ergonomic 4.5mm - Asian Fantasy

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Poncho Production II

I know this looks nothing like a poncho right now.  But this is the one I am custom-ing up for a friend.

It's basically constructed from half-stitching together two almost-complete giant crocheted circles.  I say "almost" because I incorporate a nifty little boat-neckline for to slip the head through.

Sounds rudimentary, I know.  But, boy, does it look oh-so-smart!  The aran-wool blend that I'm using is soft yet sturdy, which makes the poncho quite warm, and gives it a very contemporary look with it's fairly structured drape.  With the rounded hem and a no-nonsense design, it is a really gorgeous updated poncho-style.

I can't wait to make one for myself!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Scenes from Our Backyard

Thanks to the snow, the weekend was packed with snowball fights and refreshing winter walks on the Common.  The Big Chill has been very kind to us -- no wind, lovely sunshine, and super crisp air.  So it made sense to get out there and frolick about a bit.

Hope your weekend was as fun-filled as ours! :)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Gratuitous Fabulous Jewelry Pic

Multi-stone bib necklace
Antony and Cleopatra Collection SS/12
by Anton Heunis

Educated in South Africa and Spain, designer Anton Heunis attributes his grandmother as his muse, having grown up fascinated with her dressing table and jewelry boxes.  His art is a genius balance between classical style and post-modern form.  LURVE. 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Too Cold For Comfort

It suddenly became cold a few days back, just when everyone began saying "Oh, it's been such a mild winter this year..."

And so, it's Payback.  Runny noses, coughs, headaches... you name it.  From what I can see, half the population is down. 

It's bitingly cold.  And when the wind does it's thing, you just want to go inside somewhere, anywhere.  The sun is out, but it's no help.  In fact, it's a cruel tease...  Days like these, I miss the sweltering heat of Singapore... and just want to lean against the radiator all day...

On the bright side, I get to use all my crochet-ed stuff.  Now, my heartwarmer has come in handy, as Super Burly Scarf.  So good against the elements on my Common treks. :)