Thursday, October 12, 2006

Rings...

"Ring, circular band used to decorate ears, toes, noses, or, most often, fingers. The finger ring has traditionally been worn for a number of reasons. It may have a symbolic meaning, as a wedding ring; it may identify the wearer or indicate rank or authority, as a signet ring; it may be thought to have magic powers, as a talismanic ring; or it may be worn merely as an ornament. In ancient Egypt signet rings bearing carved scarabs (beetles) or engraved hieroglyphs developed from seals carried on cords. The Greeks wore gold bands, often with a cameo or other engraving. The ancient Romans regulated the wearing of rings by law. In early Rome, iron rings were worn by all who were freeborn. Under the early empire, high-ranking citizens were permitted to wear gold rings; later on, freeborn citizens wore gold, freed slaves wore silver, and slaves wore iron. Roman matrons wore wedding rings, sometimes with a small key attached, to signify their authority in the household.

The early Christians adopted the use of rings, and during the Middle Ages (5th century to 15th century) it became customary for a bishop to receive a ring as part of the ceremony of consecration. Popes traditionally receive the so-called Fisherman's ring, a signet ring with the name of the pope encircling a representation of Saint Peter in a fishing boat. The pope uses the ring to attest to papal briefs, and it is destroyed when he dies. Since medieval times rings have also been presented to kings at their coronation. During the 16th century the popularity of rings reached its height, and one or more rings, usually set with jewels, were often worn on every finger. Signet rings were also worn.

Engagement rings have been given since ancient times. One set with a diamond became popular in the 15th century. Wedding rings are also an ancient tradition, and the gold band has been popular since the 16th century. In the United States today, a married woman often wears both an engagement ring and a wedding band, and a married man often wears a wedding band." http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761569722/Ring.html

I've always had a soft spot for rings, I have never ever left the house without a ring on my finger since my early teen years, now of course if I leave without my wedding band I'll have an earfull from hubby :)

I have been messing about with jewelry making, I made a few rings and a couple of necklaces, I'm planning to try and make something similar to the rings below (the ones with stones)





you can find more rings here...

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Greeting Cards...

"Don't tell your friends about your indigestion. "How are you" is a greeting, not a question." Arthur Guiterman (http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/arthurguit107927.html)

I was looking for a greeting card for a friend, I wanted to share some of the ones I really liked...



these greeting cards can be found here

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

My Hourglass Sweater...





















Finally, I'm posting a couple of photos of my hourglass sweater, the photos are terrible quality due to the fact that I took them when I was sleepy and I took them with my cell phone. Try and ignore the mess on the bed if you can, and the dumb look on my face trying to figure out how to photograph myself J
The neckline is a little bit smaller than I had planned, but I read in several blogs that the necklines tends to become looser and drop off the shoulders.

Two bad things about the sweater (which will not prevent me from wearing it- I hope):

1. The yarn is very scratchy! It's 100% wool, and although I do not have an allergy to it, when I tried it on the necklines is causing my neck to become itchy. I tried to wash it by hand and soak it in fabric softener, but it didn't help at all.
2. after washing the sweater, the arms became too long, I also don't know what to do with this.

Best Fish...

“Some dishes are of such indisputable excellence that their appearance alone is capable of arousing a level-headed man's degustatory powers. All those who, when presented with such a dish, show neither the rush of desire, nor the radiance of ecstasy, may justly be deemed unworthy of the honors of the sitting, and its related delights."Jean-Anthelme Brillat-SavarinMeditation XIII in the 'Physiologie du gout'


We tried this dish while traveling in Malaysia, I must say that the photograph does not do it justice at all. Unfortunately I don’t' have the proper writing skills to describe the amazing smell and taste of it, but I can honestly say that this was the best fish dish (that sounds funny) I have ever eaten. The dish is called Red Snapper with Honey Tamarind sauce, the flesh of the fish is seperated from the skelleton, cut into this strips and deep fried along with the skelleton, when the dish is assembelled, it looks as if it's a whole fish. I tried it at home and it was a success, although to be honest I did not bother with the skelleton bit, I might do it if I invite people over for this meal…

I will be posting the recipe tomorrow.



Not the most inventive idea...

so I woke up at around 3 in the morning and couldn't fall back asleep, I spent my morning doing silly stuff around the house. I took a shower then started to get dressed for work. Speaking of work, things haven't been very brilliant lately, I won't go into details for reasons which I cannot mention here as well :) Anyway, I've been trying to do positive things before leaving to work so I can bear the long day, one thing I have been trying to maintain is a positive image through putting more effort into the way I dress (no more coming to work like a zombie) and surprisingly it has made a difference to me. Of course not enough difference to change the situation at work, but at least people can't see that I'm phased... Cutting the story short, I'm wearing something pink to work today and I don't have any hair accessories that go with pink, so I just stuck an earring in my hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Monday, October 09, 2006

Dragonfruit...

This was the first time I ever saw this fruit, it's red, full of spikes and kind of looks like a dragon (hence the name) we forgot to take a photo of what it looked like before peeling it! When I sliced it in half, I thought it looked like a bleached kiwi fruit :) It turned out to be quite delicious actually.

"Also known as the Dragon Fruit, the Pitaya is a stunningly beautiful fruit with an intense colour and shape, magnificent flowers and a delicious taste. Once only seen in the finest restaurants it is fast becoming common-place throughout Australia as a garnish and a delicious fresh fruit. To eat the fruit serve chilled and cut in half. Scoop out the flesh and seeds much like a kiwi fruit. " Daleys Fruit Nursery

When I Close My Eyes...

Nothing much to say, only had three holidays with hubby since we got married (6 years ago!), an annual traveler before I met him, I never would have believed that work and other commitments would prevent me from doing one of the things I enjoyed most...
Below are some photos from our last holiday, we went to Malaysia this July, it was exquisite, looking at the photos now, it seems so far away. The photos bring back such fond memories of hot summer days lying on the beach, tropical fruits and juices, warm nights filled with delicious food, romantic walks...





Sunday, October 08, 2006

Now that winter is around the corner...



Here are some scarves I made a couple of years ago, they are crocheted, knitted or a combination of both. Although it's autumn here and the weather has started to become a bit chilly, my male colleagues still insist on turning on the AC unit, so I'm either fighting with them, or freezing! Posting these scarves reminded me of the warm and cozy feeling of wearing a scarf...

Cell Phone Cozy


I made this last year, it's made of felt and has been very durable. I also made some with cotton fabric, jeans fabric and vinyl. If interested, you can find a tutorial here and here.

Saturday, October 07, 2006


I made this cake for my mother in law yesterday, I was ecstatic with the way it turned out because I must admit I was skeptical about it while making it. I used a recipe from Betty Crocker's Ultimate Cake Mix Cookbook, It's the mint chocolate swirl cake, it has mint flavored cream cheese in it, I forgot to take photos of the cake when it's sliced, it looks like marble cake but instead of the yellow bit, it's bright green.
I also recommend the chocolate fudge ring cake, it's one of the most indulgent home-made cakes I've ever tasted.


This is a scarf I made last winter for a friend of mine, I previously posted pictures of it on www.craftster.org, and i promised to include the pattern, i still have not had the time to write it down!!
I'm working on a few new patterns which I will be posting sometime soon.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Baby Gifts for a Friend..

I knittied these items last winter when a friend of mine gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl. She's too big for them now, but I hope another baby will be using them sometime soon.

This is a poncho thati knit on circular needles, I didn't use a pattern, but it was quite east to make. I started knitting from the neck down, then I picked up stiches from the neckline to knit the hood. The edging is crochet. If I have the time, I will post a pattern.

This set also was made without a pattern, the sweater is a top down reglan, with a crochet daisy. The hat is a rectangle folded in half. the scarf is alos basic two by two ribbing. I will post a pattern for these one day.

Welcome to my Blog!

Over the years, I developed a love for various crafts, I'm inspired to create new things every single day, unfortunately my time doesn't allow me to do that much, so i spend mytime browsing endless blogs for ideas that I might use once i have the time (I usually do this when I'm at work and need a break).

I used to crochet lace when i was in my teens, and did some sewing, mostly reconstruction. These days i mostly knit, because it's an easy craft to carry around, not too messy, doesn't need much space, and you can get instant gratification with small projects.

I can't speak of small projects without mentioning two knitting books that i have recently laid my hands on:


Weekend Knitting by Ericka McConnell and Melanie Falick

&



Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Anna Williams and Joelle Hoverson
I have been lusting over projects from both books since the moment i read about them in various blogs, I knitted the hourglass sweater for myself two weeks ago (a success), i'll be posting pictures of it soon.
I also knitted the mens' zip up sweater for my husband but it turned out to be small, he tried it on before I blocked it, so I'm going to block it and give the fitting another try. I'm not sure what I will do if the sweater still doesn't fit him! Any ideas are welcome.