Even just browsing is exciting!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Even just browsing is exciting!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Here are some of my favourite decorations. The green angel on the left is from Ireland; the blue wooden scene from Germany; and the Buckingham palace crown is from, that's right, England!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
4. Put your pot plants out in the rain for a drink.
6. Partake in some online retail therapy. (This mexican oilcloth address book from lmoss was too good to resist)
7. Gaze out the window at the rain.
8. Do some more sewing. (I got inspired by the Dust Team with more fruity ideas)
9. Eat a warm, wholesome soup for lunch.
10. Update your blog!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Needless to say I have been very busy this week. I have been working with an Australian website that is selling my items, Bubbee; I have been frantically sewing Sleeping Beauty costumes for a ballet school; I have been at work at my day job constructing some gorgeous 17th century frocks; and of course keeping up with my Etsy orders, all the while throwing in a weekend in Tasmania!
Gourmet cooking is a little more infrequent at the moment but I plan to resurrect it tomorrow night, making a lovely-sounding salmon and proscuitto dinner with lentils, spinach and yogurt. If it is any good I'll let you know the recipe. :)
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
If I was a little bit more buff I would have carried them home by myself. But unfortunately I am not an Olympic weightlifter.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
That's me, the Dressed for Dinner Bib! What a thrill to be amongst such distinguished company. Click on the picture to visit the real thing. Thanks to littlestonedesigns for including me.
Today I have a day off from work, which I am really enjoying. There is nothing quite like languishing on your couch with the sun coming in the window, watching the trees outside and eating a roast beef sandwich with horseradish cream! I highly recommend it.
Tonight for dinner is a lovely spinach and chorizo soup, which I have cooked before once and was a great success - off to cook it again!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Since the supermarket sweep of the last two weeks, when I have Etsyfinds to thank for sending many eco-friendly grocery shopping people my way, I have been inspired also for a new range of calico shopping bags. So you will see these in my store too - NeverEver has never looked so full of cute designs (or just so full, hehe.)
Past readers will be pleased to know that Jack Black the fussy fish has been put back in his place. A new kind of food that TASTES like brine shrimp but isn't anywhere near as expensive or tricky to administer has proved successful, after a few days of stubbornness on his part.
The Olympics! I have heard so many differing opinions on this subject recently, varying greatly from the "Complete waste of money" school to the " Best thing since Athens" variety. I am somewhere around the "Every moment with a slight emotional connection makes me a bawling wreck" mark. Even the moving, heart-wrenching ADS are getting me teary. Today, Day One, I have cried at a Thai weightlifter who couldn't stand still for a split-second long enough, a Spanish cyclist winning, and MacDonalds ad. What chance have I got when it gets to the finals and people of my own country being the ones dishing out the emotional power? None! I love it.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Then, just when I thought I was having a good week, it turned into a great one when I received a message from Etsy Admin saying my supermarket shopping bag (yeah, the one I was bragging about last time) was to be featured in their EtsyFinds email! How exciting! I enjoyed my 15 minutes of fame and strutted around the house like a peacock for a good day, which I think is allowed every now and then.
I am currently hooked on watching the Amazing Race - every week I can choose a different pair to cheer on, and I enjoy seeing all the different countries. What an experience!
Speaking of experiences in countries, I may not have mentioned that I am going to Mexico this year! More updates on this soon, but I can tell you now that I am soooo excited about the food, the people, and the shopping...
Monday, July 21, 2008
I know I'm probably light years behind all you savvy computer users out there but I would like to share this fantastic video of Feist counting to 4 on Sesame St. What a classic! I love her. And such a great song to have on Sesame St. I remember learning that it was "Hip To Be A Square", Miss Piggy's "New Way to Walk", and the Count doing the Batty Bat. I was petrified of the two aliens "Yepyeps" that only said yep, uh-huh and no. So scary I still don't like watching them even now I have grown way beyond being scared of brightly-coloured puppet aliens. I would post a picture but I would never be able to look at my blog again.
In other news, I have beed working on some special requests that have been interesting. Here is a onesie for a friend of mine with a cutie niece:
Gorgeous! I love doing custom sayings. Off to work now on a newborn set with another cute motif... wait and see!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
As happens so often with me, I had a middle-of-the-night brainwave about some new products for my store the other night and was unable to sleep. I am going to venture into greeting cards and see how that goes. I have some cute ideas and have bought up on supplies! Off to do some crafty business...
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
How could it not make anyone feel better? I know you want to make it, so here it is: Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan. Throw in (all chopped roughly) an onion, a carrot, a parsnip, and a stick of celery. Saute until onion is transparent and soft. Add 1 litre (4 cups) of chicken or vegetable stock. Throw in (again, chopped roughly) a small tomato, a small sweet potato (kumera), a zucchini, 2 bay leaves, salt and pepper, a dash of worcestershire sauce, and a good teaspoon of mixed herbs (dried, or if you have it, fresh thyme is lovely). Bring to the boil. Add a good handful of chopped silverbeet or spinach (washed first please, unless you like the feel of dirt in your teeth), and a dessertspoon of tomato paste. Stir in and simmer for 20 minutes. Eat with toast covered in LOTS of butter! (Makes 4 large serves).
Of course you can omit or add any vegetables you like, but the more the merrier!
This seems like a good time to mention that I have an addiction to collecting gorgeous old crockery and kitchen knick-knacks. This is my favourite toast-to-go-with-soup plate -
I think it helps greatly in the recuperation process.
All this talk of produce has me inspired to make a new range of shopping bags for my Etsy store. Keep your eyes peeled.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thanks to Silvercanyons for helping me out with the screenshot! Much appreciated!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
A good friend of mine is getting married so I have been looking with interest at a few bridal shops in my area. Such a big industry, and so much to think about! Being the emotional rag that I am, I was already imagining the scene when I see her in her dress, and was feeling a bit teary until I pulled myself up and reminded myself where I was.
So many beautiful wedding-related things on Etsy!
These gorgeous eyelet lace-inspired letterpress cards by Pistachio Press are to die for. So understated and elegant. I recently bought some other non-wedding related cards from PP and was very impressed.
And while I was trawling I spotted this great photo, as part of the Handmade Wedding Series:
What elegant guests, and such a happy bunch! *Sigh*
Monday, June 30, 2008
I will soon have some of my items for sale in "My Poppet" a gorgeous shop in Caulfield full of the most delectable baby and children's wear and nostalgic, clever toys. I am excited and proud to be included in such a classy store. The manager also has a great blog which I have thoroughly enjoyed reading.
I am afraid I have fallen foul of spoiling my fish. Fretting that he was too cold, not interested in life, about to leap out of the bowl and end it all - (I have a bad habit of bestowing my creatures and plants with far more emotional intellegence than they may well have) - I decided to spoil him with some brine shrimp as a treat to cheer him up. Didn't he just gobble those down with gay abandon, and now someone's tastes are far too posh for lowly old pellets and he refuses to eat anything else. I know, it's my fault but surely a fish has no right to be so uppity about his food? Help! Anyone?
It's been getting colder around here recently and I have been indulging in some baking - the ultimate comfort food. Not only is it delicious and homely, it also serves to warm my house up while the oven is on, so no need for a heater. Hurrah! Recent experiments have included Chicken Pie that I made up as I went along, with leeks, stock, and other yummy veggies... and a DELICIOUS greek spanakopita or spinach and fetta pie from this great blog called Souvlaki For The Soul full of lots of other yummy treats. Highly recommended!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
In between working two jobs, having my house flooded, hosting interstate visitors and some fine dining, I have managed to fit in some more little handmade treats for my Etsy store. I am very excited also to have been asked to have my designs on consignment in a store here in Melbourne - something I am new to and hope will be a big success! So also I am frantically trying to complete that collection before the deadline! Phew.
I have been feeling very special of late as a costume I made has been pictured on a billboard in the middle of Melbourne. I nearly fell off my tram seat when I first went past it, and it is a lovely feeling to look up and think "I made that!"
A little more experimental cooking has been happening, mostly through flicking through my various cookbooks and choosing a page at random. My gardening has also taken a turn for the better, with some seed planting taking place - I am eagerly awaiting tomatillos and chillies to sprout to be used in my cooking.
See my store for all my new and exciting baby wear - you'll notice a bit of a nautical theme!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
This week, my sewing skills and expertise have been extended - I have been very busy working on an unusual project. She is a large rag doll for a dance company. She was an interesting challenge!
I am pleased with how she turned out. She hasn't got a dress yet, but it will come!
This week the Melbourne Comedy Festival has been on. Sadly, Ross Noble, my favourite and
first choice was sold out, but not to be deterred we got tickets for Nina Conti, a great UK comedian who is a ventriloquist. Now the image that springs to mind on hearing the word "ventriloquist" is a creepy one, I'll admit. But the puppets Conti uses are super cute (in appearance, at least ) and I enjoyed her show immensely.
I am enjoying Food Safari on SBS so much lately that I have made Wednesday nights "Experimental Cooking Nights", ie. cook something from a book or magazine cutting that you have never made before! I think of it as a useful expansion to my Recipe Culling 101, which is still slowly going! Last night was a combination of Jamie Oliver and 1080 Recipes, the classic Spanish tome (that is the only word suitable for such a weighty book!). Jamie provided us with chargrilled BBQ pork fillet, and 1080 gave us rice with beans, capsicum and onion. Accompanied with corn on the cob, it was a delicious, satisfying soul food meal. Yum! And all made whilst watching George Columbaris of the Press Club, one of our favourite restaurants, work his magic on Food Safari.
It's getting cooler here which means the joys of winter plants in my little garden. Yesterday I stocked up on primulas, foxgloves, pansies and some more herbs for my ever-expanding collection. I am itching to get outside and plant them so this edition of blog is finished!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Seeing the sights of regional Australia has been something that makes me very aware of who I am in the world. My job tours around to big and small towns in Australia and occasionally overseas, and the things you see make you feel very small. Today we flew over floodlands in Queensland and the landscape was like nothing I had ever seen before, in any country. The way the rivers twisted and blossomed with coloured sand amazed me. Seeing whole fields of sugar cane flattened by the rains tore at my heart. And yet being in the torrential rain in Northern Queensland I felt I was experiencing the real landscape - a proper RAINforest.
Another thing that I have discovered that I think is absolutely great is http://www.improveverywhere.com/. My friend posted their video of "Frozen Grand Central Station" on facebook and I think it is just fantastic. That's really my kind of entertainment. Creative, witty, funny, and done for the pleasure of all, and just for the hell of it. Check out their video:
As far as my NeverEver store goes, I have some Big Ideas coming very soon to my store, which has been a bit dormant while I have been traipsing all over Australia. Think Laptop Sleeves, Doorstops, Tote Bags and more gorgeous baby clothing and some accessories, too. I have been dreaming it all up for a few weeks now, and am ready to go. Stay tuned! I am excited about this "season" of goodies, as it were...
Friday, January 25, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
In other news, I am having difficulty pulling myself away from my laptop for long enough to actually sit down and do some Hard Work. I get engrossed in the Etsy forums and just looking at the sheer amount of beautiful things to buy. I need to stop! Or my things will never get made!
Monday, January 14, 2008
Hello - let me introduce myself. My name is Emma and I live in Melbourne. This week has been a week of starting new things, including this blog. I have also started a fishbowl, a fitness regime (let's see how long that keeps up), a balcony garden, a Ruthless Recipe Culling Program (more on that later) and I have launched my own handmade crafty treats out there into cyberspace, on www.neverever.etsy.com.
So, a big week; and I am curious to see how all this turns out. Mostly I will use this blog to talk about my NeverEver label of handmade stuff - baby wear, stationery, bags, and assorted things that I like to make. But inevitably I will keep whoever's interested informed of the state of my fish, my garden, my cooking, and my running shoes. How mundane it sounds when listed like that!