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A trip to Europe

Hello my lovely readers!

It has been too long but I did really enjoy having some holidays and not using technology too much. As promised though, I did take some pictures to share with you and I actually did get some crafting done too!

First, I was off to Belfast, where I had a conference for work.

Belfast was very lovely, and I even found a very cute shop that sold home deco and craft supplies, including yarn and fabric! And I even got a free fabric bag, isn’t it cute?

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Then I headed over to London to visit one of my good friends. We had high tea and walked around London for a bit before stopping in a pub.

And finally I got to spend some quality time with my family over in the south of France. I tanned next to the pool, went out a lot, drank wine and ate cheese! It was bliss! And I did get some knitting and crochet done too, of course! I will post more about those later next week 😊

I hope you all had a good last few weeks and I will catch up to all your wonderful blogs soon, pinky promise 😊

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I got super spoilt!

Happy Saturday readers!

I hope you have all had a great week, mine was very busy but also super productive, which is always a good thing! In the last few weeks, I’ve actually got completely spoilt, not by one, but two of my blogging friends. When I first started blogging, I had no idea people would be so lovely and generous but honestly it’s been so nice to meet new people here and I am so grateful for each and every one of you ❤️

The first parcel to arrive was from Claire. Claire is an amazing stitcher and sewer, and she just recently took up crochet as well. I’m always looking forward to her layer of the month post (she has three chooks) and to seeing some pictures of Gibbs, her adorable pup. Claire organises unbirthdays and she sent me my first unbirthday! It was super exciting!

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I got a cute postcard, a little monster pouch and a cross stitch kit (which was started straight away, more news on that next week!)

The second parcel was a total surprise. I was waiting for some music books from my nana, and at first I though that the parcel was those books. Imagine my surprise when I got to the post office and realised that it was a parcel from Tracy! Tracy is an amazing quilter, baker and crafter in general and her blog really is so sweet! Tracy sent me yarn, and look at this colour!

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All those blues are just wonderful, and I think I’ve already picked the perfect pattern for it, I might even start it tomorrow (when I get new needles to cast it on). It will be a knitted shawl, and I hope that the simplicity of the pattern will do the yarn justice! ❤️

I am just so thankful for your friendship Claire and Tracy, and for the beautiful gifts you sent, so thank you so much again.

And of course, thank you guys for reading ❤️ have a great weekend!

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July wrap up

Happy Wednesday lovelies ❤️

The time has come again to look back on the past month. I’m not sure how much I will get done in the next few months, as we are planning our big move interstate by the end of August and I will be aways for most of September. One thing is sure, I’ll be busy!

Here are my yarny makes, I got one more of my LOTR squares finished, I finished a pair of socks and started a new pair. Oh and let’s not forget Dumbo, my cute deep sea octopus 🐙 (I’m hoping to have the pattern up next week).

I didn’t get much needlecraft done, actually I did but I had no finish, so nothing to show you yet. I always feel like winter is a better time for crochet and knitting, and my stitching always suffers a bit during the colder months. I did try a new craft though, English Paper Piecing, and I really enjoy it!

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And of course, I participated in the Fantastic Bake Along, for which I chose the recipe! A quiche lorraine! Yum 🙂

So not many makes this month, but hopefully I’ll get a few more things finished before we move away and I have to pack all my craft gear (yes, when you’re at the point that it takes half the couch, I’m calling it gear!)

I hope you guys have had a great July and that you’re ready for August!

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Mystery blogger award

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Happy Monday! It’s been a little bit since I’ve done an award post and last week the lovely Jess from Ever The Crafter nominated me for the mystery blogger award. So I decided to indulge! Here are the rules.

Rules:

Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog, tell your readers three things about yourself, nominate people, notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs, ask your nominees five questions of your choice and share a link or links to your favourite posts.

3 things about me:

  1. I have been living in Australia for almost 6 years (coming this November). Before that I used to live in south France on the Cote d’Azur.
  2. I can’t sit in front of the TV without doing something else, which is great because that’s prime craft time for me!
  3. I design posters, mainly for seminars and public events we organise with the Centre for Marine Science. I love that it combines work and my creative side!

Fav posts:

Poké-alphabet – final week

Millie the Manta Ray

Questions:

1- If you had to pick one ‘pump up’ song to get you ready to do something what would you pick?

That’s a hard one, I listen to a lot of music! The one that I love at the moment though is ‘Another day of sun’ from the Lala land movie. ☀️

2- If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?

I would be in Harry Potter world in Florida because I’ve never been and I’d love to go!

3- Paperback, hardback, ebook, or audio book?

Paperback or hardback, I love a physical book with pages to turn and smell 😊

4- What’s your favourite dessert?

Anything with chocolate or Nutella!

5- Favourite quote/saying?

The world belongs to those who gets up early.

My Nominees:

@KristabellasHodgepodge

@LivingInRapidCity

@LifeTeaAndEverything

@HstoneYarnCraft

My questions:

  1. What is your favourite TV show?
  2. What is the craft you prefer?
  3. If you could live in any country, where would it be?
  4. What’s your favourite dish?
  5. Do you prefer dawn or dusk?

That’s it for me! I hope you do participate, no pressure though! And I’ve tried nominating new friends, so if you haven’t been nominated and still want to play, you can just answer the questions in the comments 😊

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Jumpers and Jazz in winter

Happy Saturday my lovely readers!

Today I went to a pretty exciting festival that’s local(ish) to me (if you count 2 hours away being local 😂). It was all about the yarn and the jazz!

I bribed my hubby to come with me by driving there and back myself and I think he did end up having fun too. It was a really lovely day, very sunny but the air was quite crisp so I was able to wear some of my yarny accessories! I got plenty of compliments on my Blurre shawl, which was very exciting. I think I’ll let the pictures talk for themselves!

We also were lucky to see two wonderful ladies spin, and it was so fascinating, it actually made me want to try it! That might have to wait a little, though, as I have neither the money nor time to invest in spinning right now!

I hope that you are all having a beautiful weekend

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Quiche Lorraine recipe – with pastry from scratch!

Happy Wednesday my lovely readers!

I hope that those of you living in the U.S. had a great 4th of July! Here is Australia it was business as usual.

Recently with some of my colleagues we were talking about cooking lunches to bring to work and I mentioned that I make savoury cakes and quiches during the weekend, freeze them and then bring them with me. I got asked then if I buy my pastry frozen, because they thought that making pastry was quite hard! So I thought that I would share with you my super easy quiche pastry so that you can also make your own quiches from scratch (I also gave my colleague the recipe, everyone deserve to eat some yummy homemade pastry!).

Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F).

You will need for the pastry:

  • 75 g butter (you can also use margarine)
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 50 g water (50 mL)
  • salt for seasoning

Mix all your ingredients together until well combined. Roll your pastry out and place in a quiche tin (I roll my pastry on a sheet of baking paper and use it to line the tin, it makes it easier to clean!). Trim your pastry and pick the bottom of the pastry with a fork to prevent it from raising once in the oven.

You will need for the filling:

  • 150-200 g of bacon bits
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g of thickened cream
  • 50 g of milk (50 mL)
  • block cheese (you can use gruyere or Swiss cheese too)
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

Cook your bacon bits in a pan for 3-5 minutes, then lay them evenly on your pastry. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, cream and milk together, adding salt and pepper to taste. Pour the mixture over the bacon bits, straight on top of your pastry. Grate about 50 g of your block cheese on top of your quiche.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.

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Enjoy! You can make those in muffin trays as well (for bite size quiches) and they freeze really well if you fancy bringing them to work for lunch! Let me know what your favourite work lunch recipe is in the comments and tell me if you make this quiche, I’d love to hear about it!

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June wrap up

Happy Monday!

Can you believe how fast this month has gone by? This was a super busy month for me, I’ve actually been knitting like a madwoman! Can you believe I’ve finished 2 and half pairs of socks? Yes! I have finished my beautiful Aquagirl socks (actually not mine, they are Tracy’s!) From left to right, the patterns I used are Sock it to me! by Patons, Mercury socks by Kim Drotar and Glynis by Cookie A.

I’ve also been crocheting fingerless gloves (Charmed gauntlets by Nerdish Delights) and a shawl (Blurre by Addydae Designs) to keep me warm.

And of course I’ve been doing some cross stitching as well, albeit not as much as I would have wanted (it’s actually quite hard to stitch with cold fingers). I’ve only just finished the May SAL from Helene et Mahelia, in June, shame on me!

One of my main goals for July will be to catch up on my SAL and to decorate my project bag, and because I like multitasking, I’m actually going to stitch the SAL on my bag! Talk about genius! I also have plans to finish a beautiful crochet top from Oceans Originals, I have been delayed slightly as I ran out of yarn (I’m sorry Kelley I’m getting on to that asap!) And of course, I can see more socks in my future, now that I’ve started there is no stopping me!!

I wish you all a super productive month! I hope it’s productive for me too 😊

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A HO and some awesome podcasts

Happy Monday readers!

It looks like I’ve skipped my Friday post 🙈 whoops! It’s actually probably better that way, I have mostly been working on the same projects so maybe it wasn’t as interesting anyway. I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather last week, but after this weekend I feel motivated again and ready to get on with this new week!

I have a half object (HO) today, my Sock it to me! made with the Aquagirl yarn from Fibre Revolution 😊 I love this yarn even more after working with it! It’s super soft and I love all the pops of colours, I actually think that the sock pattern I used shows them so well too.

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I also wanted to share with you 4 podcasts/ video blogs that I’ve really been enjoying so much in the last month. I feel like video blogs have been very popular lately, and I love being able to put a face and a voice to those bloggers. The only negative is that I get serious yarn envies and that I’ve been spending more money, but it’s supporting small businesses, so it’s okay right? 😁 Those are is no particular order, please also share with me if there is any other podcast I must watch!

  • Potter and Bloom – I just love Emma, she makes me laugh and I love seeing all her beautiful crocheted and knitted objects. I’ve back watched all her episodes because I enjoy watching her so much (I hope that doesn’t sound too creepy 😂) She is actually the one who inspired me to start knitting again and her designs are the cutest!
  • Zeens and Roger – Rosina is just so relatable and I love how honest she is about everything! I particularly enjoyed watching footage of her crochet corner of shame (it made me feel better about mine 😂) and since I have been follower her blog for a while too, it’s like getting to know a friend better.
  • Lottie and Albert – Lindsey has just started her video blog adventure and I have been following her from the beginning. My favourite thing about her podcast is how enthusiastic she is, it really inspires me to see how excited she gets about projects and yarn, and I can totally relate to that!
  • Addydae Designs – I have already talked about Deanne before, she is the designer for the Blurre shawl and I am obsessed with how mine is turning out! I love her humour too, and I love that she is an Aussie! It’s so great to learn about all the yarny events happening here and to learn about all the wonderful local dyers! Beware though, she is a serious enabler 😊

That’s it for me today! If you have other podcasts you love, please share! And have a great week!

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Liebster Award

Happy Monday readers!

Last week I have been nominated for 2 Liebster Awards and I really feel so blessed and flattered that you guys enjoy my little blog ❤️

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A particular thank of course to the two lovely ladies who nominated me: Katie from Creating time and Hannah from QuietWaterCraft.

Here are some rules:

1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 blogs.
5. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
6. Give them 11 questions to answer

So I will start with some random facts.

  • I am French but I live in Australia
  • I play the harp
  • I am doing a PhD in fish immunology
  • I own a pup named Fenris (and he is the cutest!)
  • I’ve been married for a year to the love of my life
  • I love cooking, especially baking
  • I play a lot of games on my phone
  • I love skiing but I haven’t been in a while
  • Obviously, you would know this if you are a regular follower, but I love crochet and everything yarn related
  • I love singing, especially in my car (with the windows down 😄)
  • I go to the movies pretty much every week

Now I have two lots of questions, the first is from Katie.

  1. How do you make time for blogging and crafts? Crafting is my happy place, I try to do it every night, mostly in front of the TV (we watch a lot of TV so I have a lot of craft time!)
  2. If you could give 1 million dollars to someone, who would it be and why? I would probably give it to my parents and grandparents for being so awesome and raising me with so much love. The older I get, the more I realise how lucky I am to have such a great family. 
  3. Coffee or tea? I drink tea the most but sometimes you just need coffee to get you going!
  4. What is your favourite crochet pattern or blog post? This is such a hard question! I think my favourite pattern at the moment (that I really really would like to make soon) is the Hotel of Bee shawl, it’s wonderful!
  5. What new skill do you hope to learn this year? I would love to learn how to spin yarn, but I don’t know if I’ll have the time to learn. Maybe next year?
  6. What is your favourite animal? This is a hard one too, I love animals in general! I think my favourites are nudibranchs though, I’ve even released a free pattern for a crochet one 
  7. What goal do you hope to achieve with your blog in the next year? I’ve just reached 200 followers earlier this year and I would love to hit the 300 in the next year!
  8. If you could pick one thing to do for the rest of your life, what would it be? What I am doing right now! Research, I love it and I think I will never get bored of it. 
  9. What is your favourite book? It would have to be Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, I’ve read it at least 15 times (and I am re-reading it right now!)
  10. Are you a banana or apple type of person? Banana!
  11. Who do you most admire? I have to say my nana, she is 80 and she still volunteers for her church, for the hospital and for the local stadium, she can use Facebook and Instagram as well and she still has so much sass. She is a legend!

And the second from Hannah.

  1. What are your hobbies? I crochet, knit, cross stitch and draw.
  2. What’s your favourite colour? Red
  3. When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an archaeologist, tortoise breeder and harp player (all at the same time, mind you!)
  4. Lunch and dinner, or dinner and tea? Lunch and dinner and tea? 😁
  5. Do you speak/sign any languages other than English? I speak French and Italian 
  6. Do you have a favourite number? Number 2 and 13 (Friday the 13th always seems to bring me luck)
  7. What’s your favourite smell, and why? I love the smell of books because it makes me think of all the amazing stories to discover.
  8. Are you a book sniffer? (I know I’m not the only one!) haha! yes! and I am glad I’m not the only one!
  9. Do you blog to a schedule or just whenever the muse takes you? I try to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays/Saturdays, but I was thinking of maybe taking a step back and only blogging twice a week instead of thrice. 
  10. Would you rather be rich or famous? Probably rich, because no-one has to know! unless it’s famous for something awesome like winning a Noble price (😂 a girl can dream!)
  11. What’s your favourite type of weather? Sunny and hot but I do like to cold so that I can wear my knitted and crocheted things!

Now onto my questions

  1. What’s your favourite animal?
  2. Do you have a favourite type of books (like sci-fi, fiction, etc)?
  3. What do you love doing in your spare time?
  4. Do you cook to mostly just to feed yourself or because you really enjoy it?
  5. Skiing or swimming?
  6. If you won lotto, what would you buy first?
  7. Sweet or savoury?
  8. Do you prefer watching movies at the cinema or at home?
  9. Do you own a pet?
  10. What is your biggest peeve?
  11. Do you own Pokemon cards? (this one is from my hubby 😁)

And I’d like to nominate all of you reading my post, to share the love further! No pressure of course but I’d love to learn more about all of you 😊

Have a great week!

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May wrap up

TGIF! And I am on mini holidays too for a week 😊

My hubby and I are going to spend a week in Melbourne (in Australia, not the US!) where he will start working towards the end of the year. I’ve never been there but I’m really excited as I got told that the food and coffee down there is amazing! I’m also pretty excited because they have real winters and I will be able to crochet and knit heaps of wearable things once we move there. If you have been to Melbourne or live there, do you guys have any suggestions for good yarn shops? I might as well go and visit a few!

Anyway, I just wanted to do a quick recap for May. I actually did not finish many things in May but the ones I finished were pretty big (except for Yoda, he is tiny)!

I think that starting and finishing a blanket in a month (actually more like 3 weeks) is a record for me, I’ve never done a blanket that fast! The cross stitch was also the longest of the year, look at all this beigy/brown! And I even got some sewing done, talk about multi crafting 😂 I also tested a great bikini top pattern from Oceans Originals but I can’t show you anything yet, patience!

I also dug out a few projects and I am working hard to get those finished in June!

I’m actually not sure why I’m doing so much needlework considering it’s winter! What I am thinking, I wonder?

I also did some baking in May, and I participated in my first Fantastic Bake Along! It was great and I can’t wait for the June one.

So, my plan for June is to finish knitting my socks, hopefully find some time to read more  (maybe on the plane) and get back on track for my LOTR blanket.

What have you been up to during May? Do you also have a huge list of projects you’d like to start/continue/finish in June?

Have a great weekend!

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