Wednesday, June 30, 2010

80s Movie Of The Week - Bladerunner

The Bloke Who Lives At My Place has established a new Date Night ritual at our place. Each week we will be reliving and reviewing the awesome 1980s through the medium of Interpretive Dance. No, not really! Instead, we are taking turns choosing an 80s DVD to watch each week, and will be trying hard to outdo and impress each other with our choices.

I have compiled an impressive list of 80s movies I would like to watch, and The Bloke has done the same, so each week I will be bringing you a review of our 80s Movie Of The Week.

I should probably point out that my reviews will contain plot spoilers. Just in case it's an 80s flick you haven't managed to see sometime over the last 30 years, and think you might like to, you have been warned!

Popcorn and some 80s snacks to set the mood:

Week 1

His Choice: Bladerunner 1982

What's it all about: Deckard, a blade runner, has to track down and terminate 4 replicants who hijacked a ship in space and have returned to earth seeking their maker.

Who's in it: Harrison Ford, Darryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young.

The Upshot: I was seriously impressed by The Bloke's choice for opening night. I'm not a big Sci-Fi fan, but I loved Bladerunner in the 80s, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it again. It's a Sci-Fi action flick but it's also a beautiful love story, and of course it stars a young and dangerously good looking Harrison Ford.
Although Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, we actually watch the Director's Cut (1990). The directors cut omits Deckard's voiceover, which didn't bother me at all, but also cuts my favourite scene of the movie: the final scene where Deckard and Rachel fly off into the sunset toward an uncertain future but together and in love. I did not like the movie ending at the preceding scene with Deckard and Rachel getting into the elevator, and implication that Gaff would be after them, denying them a happy ending. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a happy ending!

His Rating: 8/10 Violet Crumbles
Her Rating: 7/10 West Coast Coolers

Have you seen it? What did you think?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cheeseboy strikes again

Nobody told me there'd be days like these...
when you have to laugh just so you don't cry.

Monday, June 28, 2010

I *heart* Dandelion

Last week I received a lovely package in the mail from a very special friend. I was lucky enough to win two Lavender Hearts in Beck's giveaway, so imagine my surprise when I open my package to see all this!
Beck's own biodynamic garlic, two blocks of Lindt (my favourite!) and...

As well as the two Lavender Hearts, Beck also made me a chain of hearts (which I adore!) and a beautiful vintage button hairclip. Can you smell the lavender? It's heavenly!
I am one lucky girl! Thanks so much Beck for the beautiful gifts.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Better late than never...

I used to sometimes struggle to find things to blog about, and was often wishing I had more time to be creative and make things, or do more interesting things so I'd have something to 'show and tell' on my blog. Now the blog can't keep up with real life! And now I struggle to find time to write blog posts about all the fun stuff I've been up to! How's the irony?

So, here's a belated thank you to Bec for hosting a lovely Crafternoon last Sunday. The Junior Crafter came along and had a ball playing with Bec's Little Miss and doing some Junior Crafting:

I did a little bit of cutting out for my winter pinny (on which I've made progress since last week. I really need to keep up with blogging or I feel like I'm going backwards!) 

And we all enjoyed some magnificent food and lots of great company.

And we missed some people who weren't allowed out to play. Their mums wrote them a sick note and made them stay home in bed. 

Thanks Bec for a lovely Crafternoon!
**Lots more photos here :) 

Saturday, June 26, 2010

We're going to the...

Zoo, zoo, zoo
How about you, you, you,
You can come too, too, too,
We're going to the zoo, zoo, zoo.

Yep, it's officially school holidays.
Hope you're enjoying yours :)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Rockwiz at The Palais

Last October I camped out all night with my sleeping bag and thermos to be first in line to get tickets to see Rockwiz on tour at The Palais, and it paid off, we got front row tickets! Okay, so I was actually camped out at my computer with a visa card and a glass of white, but you get the picture; it's all about the dedication.

We had a fantastic night and thoroughly enjoyed seeing awesome live performances by Ella Hooper, Angry Anderson, Claire Bowditch (how much do I love this woman!), Vika Bull, Steve Kilby and Adalita Srsen, not to mention the Rockwiz Band.

During the show, host Brian Nankervis mentioned that this was the first show to go on sale, so we were sitting amongst the most truly dedicated Rockwiz fans in the country. It did not escape my attention that we were actually sitting with 2500 people who clearly have no life and who are always home watching SBS at 9.30 on Saturday nights. And we were in the front row. I have no life.

Thanks to my mum for babysitting so we could pretend we still have a life!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

My Creative Space - Reversible winter weight Pinafore

I'm not at all sure why I jumped into the 'Pinafores for an Orphanage' cause so enthusiastically, considering that I've never really made clothing before. And I've certainly never made a dress before! A whole lot of optimism and a 'Have a Crack' attitude I presume!

Armed with new confidence after my unexpected success in turning out 3 lovely (if I do say so myself) pinafores for the orphanage, I have whipped up another Pinny for my niece's 2nd birthday. This is a winter weight dress made using embroidered corduroy.

I even had a go at pockets on this one using this great tutorial from Made By Rae.

I have to take it in a bit under the arms (she's a tiny little thing!) and it still needs hemming and some buttons. Hoping to finish it today!

For more Creative Spaces, visit Kirsty.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I'm marking my calendar

Look what's just around the corner!

See you there!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Oops, guess I was wrong

It's definitely not a silicone baking tray. Apparently it  is  was a silicone ice cube tray from Ikea. Oops.

As I glanced into the hot oven to check the progress of my banana and choc chip muffins I saw that the silicone baking tray was slowly drooping down through the bars of the oven rack in a manner reminiscent of melted cheese. Also, I now realise, in a manner reminiscent of being a silicone ice cube tray.

I immediately had visions of a similar incident and panicked at the thought of having to buy a new oven - mine is only 3 years old and is my second favourite thing in the kitchen (Behind the ducted vacuum kicker and only marginally ahead of my beloved Tupperware collection).

Luckily, my oven escaped unscathed. The baking tray ice cube tray was not so lucky. Next time I'm making Margaritas, can you bring the ice?

Monday, June 7, 2010

A lovely giveaway at Apple and Tangerine

Tanya at Apple and Tangerine is hosting a very lovely giveaway this week, that you should really look at (although you probably shouldn't enter as that will seriously diminish my chances of winning), but you really should pop in and have a look at what Tanya's been up to over at Apple and Tangerine! Thanks for the generous giveaway Tanya!

ps. there are no extra entries in the draw for blogging about this giveaway, I just thought it was very generous and deserved a mention.

Friday, June 4, 2010

NCB and some Pinny love

I ventured out to the Northern Craft Bonanza last night, and it was jumpin'! So many crafty girls there, stitching, hooking, knitting, chatting...ok, mostly chatting, but loads of craft taking place as well.
Some were making a start on Kirsty's granny shrug. Nikki and Trudi were making really beautiful newborn dolls. There was a surprise appearance by one lovely crafty girl I thought hadn't come back to the real world yet.
And the nicest surprise was the enormous stack of Pinafores which were awaiting my arrival; don't they look pretty all hanging up together:

 Thanks a million lovely ladies. I have put a list in my sidebar of all the girls who have made a pinafore for a great cause. There's still time to join in if you want to make one too.