Tuesday, 31 January 2012


hello! a few more pictures of our new and improved bookshelves. thanks for the comments yesterday.
you are all welcome to come round for coffee and a browse!!
so here you can see some more strong women books... and a bit of non-fiction on the right...

books by authors that we have a lot of... alice hoffman, paul auster, Dave Eggers, charles bukowski (actually there are way more bukowski but they are in the poetry section)

...more graphic novels and dr seuss...

the Richard Brautigan area... and a couple of donleavy's...
one big thing we did was get rid of any doubles of books that we had.
This means that if Bert ever leaves me I won't have any Ginsberg...
we did keep doubles of Brautigan though. 

some poetry...

sadie showing her respect for scarlett thomas and tove jansson

and these are my pagan and magick books
I love to read about folklore and herbalism and crystals.....

that's all the pictures. hope you liked them...

Monday, 30 January 2012

our bookshelves...

on saturday we went through our books... cleaning, dusting, sorting and deciding which books to get rid of. somehow this took about 7 hours... at which point we gave up and went for veggie burgers. also, we both have allergies so were sneezing because of the dust round about a half hour in. I maintain that my allergies were more severe, bert does not agree with this but unfortunately does not have his own blog to state his case.
Bert put another few hours in on sunday while i drank coffee, listed some of the more fancy books on ebay and made pizza... now our shelves look beautiful... wanna see them? here goes...

this is after we chucked out two boxes and two big bags of books....

craft books... i think there's space for one or two more...

some robert crumb and a monkey

some of my 'young adult' books...

cute things....

graphic novels... you ever read Owly? cutest thing ever. splendid glass cat too...

some crime and some tofu figures...


the strong women area...

more strong women...and an elephant

pretty books. I love the book 'I am a bunny'

a little shrine...

art books and a house....

and there are more pictures... I may treat you to them later.x

Friday, 27 January 2012

vegan gingerbread cupcakes with lemon frosting

 I made gingerbread cupcakes yesterday, in the top photo they they are uniced so you can see the delicious colour, and the second photo is them with lemon (vegan) cream cheese frosting. They are really good!
The recipe is from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero... here it is, tho you should probably buy the book as it's unlikely that i'll ever be making the nutty cupcakes coz bert's got allergies...
anway, the recipe, shortened.

1 and a quarter cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
half teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
quarter teaspoon ground cloves
quarter teaspoon salt
half cup of vegetable oil
third of a cup of light molasses
half cup maple syrup
quarter cup soy milk
2 tablespoons of soy yogurt
1 and a half teaspoons grated lemon zest
quarter cup finely chopped crystallized ginger


  • sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt into a bowl and mix
  • whisk oil, molasses, maple syrup, soy milk, yogurt and lemon zest into a bowl
  • add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just smooth. fold in the chopped crysallized ginger
  • add to cupake liners (my mix made 12 cupcakes)
  • cook for 19 to 22 minutes and insert a knife into the center to see if they are done.
Lemon cream cheese frosting

quarter cup vegan plain cream cheese and quarter cup margarine mixed together. Sift 2 cups of icing sugar/confectioners' sugar and mix until smooth and creamy. add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a tablespoon of lemon zest. 

This frosting is the best frosting I've made!

there were a few things I did differently with the cupcake recipe though...
I don't know what the difference is between baking powder and soda so I just go for the powder (does anyone know the difference?), the thought of crystallized ginger was too much for me so I skipped that and I also skipped the yogurt and ground cloves as I didn't have them.
YUM yum yum.
I also made a batch of vanilla cupcakes in case the gingerbread were a disaster, which of course they weren't!

Thursday, 26 January 2012

an online shop?

I opened one. At the moment it's just selling felt brooches (which am sure you've all had enough of by now),  but eventually it will be selling all manner of handmade awesomeness.
anyway, have a look here. The photos I have added are not great... but they will do for now... as it's raining outside and my house is too dark.x
I found the process of listing each item incredibly dull... so I may have gone a bit crazy over there.


...I paid the $5... I couldn't keep a photo of a heart with a mustache to myself.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

no photos....

...as I seem to have exceeded my blogger photo allowance. what now? do I have to pay? sad times.x

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

surprise party complex

Bert was on flickr looking at 60s pulp fiction and saw this beauty and had to have it.
And while that is a wonderful cover, the book that Bert got in the post looked like this:

 what. a .cover.
here's a close up of the highball...

actually, am not sure what this drink is - any thoughts?
it kinda looks like a martini with a slice of orange to me.

yep, I just published the post and Bert said 'it's a lollipop' and so it is!
I am now thinking a lollipop in a glass of champagne - a comment on the teenagers in the book no doubt.

The book is now out of print, but lord knows why as it is just great. From the 60s, this novel is a dreamy and summery story about three teenagers living in LA. It has a lovely sense of place and time, and other than the ending (a bit too plot driven for me) it was wonderful.

Have just checked out some other Ramona Stewart titles:
Possession of Joel Delaney?
Sixth Sense?
A Confidence in Magic?

they sound good....

Monday, 23 January 2012

yoga yoga

Am trying to do lots of yoga... I went last night to a class after work and it was pretty hard work... and am planning on going on Tuesday too. Twice or maybe three times a week yoga class sounds pretty doable I think.The class I go to is just the right kind of level, there are lots of sun saluations and 'generating of heat' as we like to call it in class. The pose I like the least is the one in the photo which is meant to be kind of a relaxing rest pose....
..but I just find it claustrophobic...
Am also thinking of trying a hot yoga class. How hot is hot? will it be fun or will there by way to much generating of heat?

(photo from here)

Sunday, 22 January 2012

sunday music: boom by wild flag

I got the wild flag album for Christmas from Bert.
I made sure I got it by saying in October, 'I really want the Wild Flag cd for Christmas'
and in November, 'Have you got me the Wild Flag cd for Christmas?'
...and that seemed to work.

Two of the members of Wild Flag used to be in Sleater-Kinney. I love Sleater-Kinney... I very much would have liked to be in Sleater-Kinney, and if I can't be in Sleater-Kinney I'll join Wild Flag instead.

here's carrie snuggling a kitty. I got this picture from here...
...where they seem to like her quite a lot too.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

sadie loves quilts

I'm working this weekend, so haven't had my usual blog time - reading other blogs and updating my own. I thought it would be best if we just looked at pictures of Sadie. She's a cutie alright and she loves Bert's new quilt.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

on learning to knit....

yay! I've started to learn!
this is actually how far I've got. I've been using the stich n bitch book which I love, but to be honest can't really follow very well. The plain knitting I did yesterday was more a re-learning/re-remembering thing as I used to knit when I was a child.
I think I may have to just watch some videos to learn some more stitches....
What should I make first? Do you know of any easy but cute projects? I don't really want to make a scarf, but am not against knitted ties or blankets....

i love you

It's St Dwynwen's day on the 25th of January which is sort of like a Welsh Valentine's Day.
This weekend in work I'll be making St Dwynwen cards with the little ones and maybe some of these felt brooches for older people... I think they are pretty cute...

by 'older people' I mean those over 10.. not 90 year olds, although if the 90 year olds want to make felt hearts thats's fine too.x

Sunday, 15 January 2012

on saturday....

 ...I got new fabric in the post....
...blogged and internetted....
 ...read and sewed...
...made butternut squash and sweet potato soup with cornbread...
...my sister is sick so I packed up some food and delivered it to her. When I was there I played two games of the scooby doo board game with my niece Eiry (it's a good game) and read a spongebob comic.

....and then came back cooked dinner for me and Bert (he'd been on his university course), watched a movie (well fell asleep watching a movie) and read more of my Jan Kerouac book. Am very much enjoying the book, plus - look at that awesome cover and title. yep.


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