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Achievements, celebrations & the mundane

What a week it has been! We’ve done more home improvement in the last month than we have done in the last year! That’s Parkinson’s Law for you.

The biggest achievement (and a huge weight of my shoulders) is the completion of Richard’s office. It’s a small room attached to our garage and basically had bare brick walls, a concrete slab floor and a dodgy light. Richard installed down lights and put new power, telephone and TV points. Then we spent the entire last weekend painting the brick walls and ceiling, which by the way is very hard work! And on Friday I laid down the new vinyl flooring all by myself. Yes, me! I rock!

Richard's newly renovated office

Richard has set up his office now and he is a very happy hubby. Only 2 more weeks before my new house mate moves in and I’m starting to feel nervous and excited at the same time.

On Saturday, we celebrated our nephew’s 9th birthday and there was a bit of fooling around when the sparkles got lit on the cake! That’s the uncle (Richard’s brother) grabbing his nephew’s face. Haha… no harm done I promise!

Jackson's 9th B'day

Now for the mundane part of life. Charlie had one of his showers this week and was happy to show off for the video camera. He LOVES it and gets all excited when he sees the spray bottle.


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I’ve also bought yarn to start knitting a charity Christmas project. I won’t say what it is just yet.

Red & White Homemaker Acrylic 8ply

Has anyone started their Christmas knitting? I can’t believe we’re only 4 months away from 2011!

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Not your typical love poem

Love is in the sleepy smiles that greet me in morning.

Morning Smiles

Love is sharing a laugh when brunch arrives with roquette adorning!

Brunch

Love is dreaming of our future together –

Deaming

while others wonder, will it be forever?

Etched heart

Love is smooching and cuddling your beau.

Cuddling Cats

And love is in every stitch, row after row. 🙂

Seamless Hybrid Sweater WIP

XOXO Happy Valentines Day!

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The Winner and Many Thanks :)

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the first day of Spring other than to give away an Amigurumi Pear!

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The winner of the giveaway is Amanda of Sasikirana Handmade! Congratulations! I will be in touch shortly.

By the way, Amanda has a great blog full of quilting, knitting and embroidery. I saw her embroidery project and it inspired me to make the same one for myself. 🙂

I would also like to thank everyone for entering the giveaway. I had an overwhelming response and it really blew me away! With all the requests for the various pears, I can tell you now that the most popular pear is the Little Niri Pear.
Amigurumi Pear Popularity

I was rather surprised. I was expecting the biggest and most expensive pears to be most popular. But looks like you guys voted for cuteness over everything else. Niri is rather cute. 😉
Small Green Pear

I would also urge you to visit my two big supporters of the Amigurumi Pears. Firstly, Melissa Goodsell of One Crafty Mumma, you totally rock! I know many of you have visited my site for the first time through her gorgeous blog. For those who have not heard of her, do visit her blog. She is famous in the scrapbooking and sewing world here in Australia. And I think she’s becoming a rather good crocheter too!
One Crafty Mumma

My other big supporter is Vivian of Ecoyarns. Her daughter, Ysoline, was just so patient during the Amigurumi Pears photoshoot. Wasn’t she just precious? Vivian runs a very successful online shop dedicated to organic and eco-friendly yarns, fibres and fabrics.
Ecoyarns

And Ecoyarns will also be sponsoring my next giveaway! I’ll tell you more about it in my next post. If you don’t want to miss it, get automatic updates from me via email or RSS.

See you soon!

Related Posts:
Learning to Embroider
Baby Ysoline {& Amigurumi Pears}
Say Hello to My Amigurumi Pear Family

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Saturday

Bushwalking
A view like that never gets old. Location: Warrah Trig to Patonga Beach, Brisbane Water National Park
Warrag Trig Lookout
Not bad for photos taken from a mobile phone and joined in Photoshop. I’m rather proud of it.

Knitting
I haven’t been knitting much but I’m meeting up with the girls from the Central Coast Knit & Crochet Ravelry group tomorrow and I thought I should warm up. 😛 I’ve finally reached the mid-point of the Baktus scarf (pattern).
Alpine Pearl Baktus Scarf WIP
Anyone recognise the yarn from a previous project?

Baking
Our attempt to bake this condensed milk pound cake (recipe). Hmm… not as light and airy as the recipe’s pictures. I’m lousy at baking anything that requires creaming butter and sugar together.
Condensed Milk Pound Cake
But you know what? It tasted alright despite not tasting nearly sweet enough. I thought it was going to be sickly with the condensed milk so I cut the sugar back a little. Oh well. Most importantly, we both had fun making it together. 😀

Qantas
I watched the making of the new Qantas ad tonight and I LOVED it! I’m so thrilled to see an Australian indigineous boy leading the song. It’s a small but significant step in recognising the owners of this land.

If you don’t see the video above, CLICK HERE to watch the Qantas ad directly in YouTube.

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Life’s Simple Pleasures

I bought a little toy from a soya bean drink stall in Singapore called Mr Bean. It’s such a cute little toy and I just couldn’t resist him.
Mr Bean

When I got home and was putting the toy together, I saw this paragraph at the back of the box:

“Have you felt the beauty of a smile, the warmth of a touch or the bliss of simply watching the world go by… Share a little time and imagination with us. Let’s indulge in Life’s Simple Pleasures.”

If you’ve been to Singapore before, you would know that life there is far from simple. It’s fast paced, busy, loud and did I say, busy? It’s hard to find people enjoying life’s simple pleasures. I thought about this carefully and have managed to capture five wonderful memories from my trip there.

1. Meeting my cousin’s 17 month old daughter for the first time. Her name is Sofea and she is soooo cute. She has the sweetest smile and her face just lights up when she giggles.
Sofea (Mosaic)

2. Meeting my friend’s daughter, Georgia, for the first time. Teresa was heavily pregnant and gave birth the day before we flew back. We didn’t get a chance to meet her baby son, Kieran, but Georgia sure was entertaining!
Teresa, Georgia & Me
She played doctor and nurse with Richard and it was such a crack up! Don’t be fooled by the photo. Georgia wasn’t the nurse. She kept bossing Richard around and Nurse Richard played along, following her every instruction very carefully. Haha… She is so imaginative and will make a very good big sister!
Georgia & Richard

3. Catching up with my mum and three brothers. My two teenage brothers grow so fast! I’ve only met them a few months ago when they visited me here and now Irfan is already taller than me! Here we are sharing a meal together at Pastamania the night before we flew home. Who would have thought that their pesto pasta would actually be the best tasting pesto I’ve ever had! Either I need to eat out more in Australia or Pastamania got a good thing worth coming back to!
Umi & 3 Brothers

4. Friends! It’s always too long between visits! I miss having Jeevan and my two girl friends, Radiana and Dianah, around. But they’re more like family to me so the years never seem to have passed by when we get together again.
Richard, Me, Jeevan & Salihin
Me, Dianah & Radiana

5. Finding unexpected surprises throughout the ever changing Singapore. I’ve only been away a bit more than two years and there are so many new buildings around. The train line has expanded too. There are so much construction around that it’ll be exciting coming back to see all the changes.

Here we are testing out Goretex jackets from the National Geographic shop where Salihin works at. The cold room is in the shop to test their jacket. Cold wind blasts you and the room is set at -7 degrees celcius! Such a cool experience, especially when it’s stinking hot and humid outdoors.
Testing Jackets from National Georgraphic Shop

And the new Marina Barrage with the water play area and the grass roof was an interesting visit. It was also a hydrologist’s dream (…ahem… Richard). He took pictures of everything! I was just happy to find a place where I don’t have to fight for standing space and the water play area really helped cooled me down. (It was just so hot and humid!)
Jump!

Click HERE to view more photos from Singapore

What are your simple pleasures?

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