Saturday, 31 March 2012

at the movies

oh. this week we haven't watched many movies and didn't make it to the cinema either! the plan was to go and see 'Hunger Games' but that didn't happen... maybe next week....

embarrasingly we did watch the following (along with lots of episodes of 'charmed' 'star trek', 'barefoot contessa' and 'diners drive ins and dives')

If me and Bert have the afternoon off we watch the made for tv movie on at 3.15.  It's fun to watch it together, but vaguely depressing to watch it alone. 'The perfect teacher' was about a teacher (that guy on the left) whose student (blondie on the right) has a crush on him. She is naughty alright and actually runs his ex-wife over in her car so he won't move away. It all works out fine in the end though....

I do like Ramen Girl.... it's sad that Brittany Murphy died (she died the day after we first watched this movie - I don't think it was connected).  I am pretty much a fool for any movie which has lots of cooking in it, or should I say cooking and self discovery?


Abby (Brittany) moves to Japan to be with her boyfriend, he leaves her, she's sad and eating ramen makes her feel better, she learns to make ramen, meets a hottie, he has to move for work and then eventually she moves back home and opens a ramen shop. hurrah! (hottie turns up at the end too)

I hope by next saturday we will have watched some movies of a higher quality... but there are no guarantees.

Friday, 30 March 2012

friday favourite things

well...what have I been finding this week?
all of this stuff!

a charming telegram from Dirk Bogarde to director Joseph Losey about a part in a film he'd just finished playing.

a really pretty room....I love the dark walls and the headphones

I want this kitty top.

really pretty hanging felt hearts, easy to make but look so good!
I love the film 'Daisies' and it's showing at our local cinema soon. Here is the gorgeous poster....
...and a still from the film. I get all my style tips from the brunette.
It has been super hot this week, like middle of summer hot. Yesterday and today I went swimming after work to cool down and hang out in the steam room.

sadly I did not go swimming here. It seems that even in this paradise of pools they have lanes. Lanes in pools are not one of my friday favourite things, they are ridonkulous. Down with lanes! down with lanes!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

creative space

I haven't done that much creating recently, well at least nothing that would make a good photo. My crochet adventures continue at a pretty slow pace....

I have assisted little ones in making things though! How dya fancy these little models of buildings? I made them with a group of school children a week or so ago.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

vegetable bake

I've been away for the weekend - I went to Aberystwyth to visit my parents... Aberystwyth is BEAUTIFUL in the sun and it's been so hot over the last few days. Today I am feeling a little hayfevery and tired... hayfever gets me down.. but I usually get it early on in the season and then by June am fine.

Bert has still been having digestion and stomach problems, but I made this delicious healthy bake with beans and vegetables and I think it did him good.  We had it with salad and coleslaw and lemony white wine (that wine bit was just me) and it tasted so good. Feast your eyes on this!

Saturday, 24 March 2012

at the movies

Bert and I have decided that every wednesday we are going to go out and watch a movie, there are so many great films on at our local arts centre and we miss so much!   I mentioned in a previous post how awful my film taste is (I do love a rom-com) but am pretty proud of what I watched this week...

I went to see this with my friends Rhys and Arabella. We had veggie burgers and pints of 'handsome' beer beforehand which makes all movies better.
I really liked this movie, I loved the way it looked and you could almost feel the humidity. It's a film that has stuck with me since watching it too. It has a slightly sad story but is quite uplifting.

Oh gosh. This was great.
It also made me a bit anxious and gave me bad dreams.
It's about a girl who has escaped a cult, and the more the film goes on the more the creepiness of the cult unfurls.
I thought it was really really good, but also never want to watch it again.
I liked the look of it too.

I love a movie based on fairy tales... and I thought this one was... but it isn't.
I really disliked this... and I found it pretty dull.
I think it's meant to be erotic... women were serving dinner in their underwear...
to be honest I was surprised a woman directed this film as it seemed a bit male fantasy...

Have you seen any of these movies?
what should we watch next?

Friday, 23 March 2012

friday favourites

everyone is doing friday favourite things so why not me?
here goes....

This week I have been learning to crochet. I have taken to it much more than knitting, I even dreamt about crochet which proves that it has got right in my head. I adore this blanket, I hope I can make something like it soon.
did you ever read Judy Blume? she is amazing. I remember reading this when I was young and feeling it was kind of naughty.... I'd quite like to re-read it, especially with this cover.

'Sleeping Beauty performs an operation' by Sarah Maple, my new favourite artist.
My friend Jackie took me to Maple's exhibition in London a couple of weeks ago. She has done a series of these photos called 'disney princesses', I loved the phrase she used 'You can't be what you can't see' in the sense that if young girls don't see women doing great things they won't know that they can be anything they want to be.

sorry, not sure where this image is from.
This week the Welsh Government decided not to 'cull' badgers (or kill badgers, I hate how the word cull is used), but to vaccinate them instead. This is good news for badgers and all who love them!!
(more info here)

we went to see Marcy May Martha Marlene at the cinema this week (a 'review' of that to come tomorrow)
the above picture is of Elizabeth Olson who is the main star of the film. She is also a style icon. ELIZABETH AND I HAVE THE SAME JUMPER!!!
Here I am:
I know I know, it's hard to tell who wore it best.
the jumper is from TopShop should you want one.
Have you got any favourite things this week? please share.x

Tuesday, 20 March 2012


this is what I am reading at the moment... and I really like it.
I haven't written much about what I've been reading recently... and I know how much you want to know about these things....
Some of my favourite books from the last few months are...
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick - this is lovely. Maybe you've seen the movie? if so, it's pretty similar and has fantastic illustrations. It's magical stuff.
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick - I liked this one even more than Hugo Cabret. It's so sweet and magical. It is made up of  two interlinking stories, one in 1927 New York (told through illustrations) and the other 1977 New York (told through text).
Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture by Kaya Oakes - fascinating book that looks at indie culture from books, movies and music to crafts..
Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus - I found this so inspiring. It looks at riot grrrl and feminism of the 90s and it's just great.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - cute, cute cute.
Zippermouth by Laurie Weeks - druggy, wonderful, feminist novel for fans of Michelle Tea and Eileen Myles
Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner - this is about a young poet living in Spain. It's smart and well written but I also find it a touch bleak.
Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker - I LOVED this one, it had such a great narrative voice.
that's it for now. Have you read anything good recently?x

Monday, 19 March 2012

sadie has a new blanket

Look at that girl!
Sadie does love a blanket and sits on all of them. I keep meaning to make her a blanket, but am taking so long about it I bought her one for a £1 instead.
She loves it.
Although it hasn't stopped her sleeping on Bert's quilt....

In other kitty news, did you see Dr Octopus over at dainty squid?
Sadie would never do this...

also, Pip's daughter Rin has a new kitten called Cyril... ohmygosh how cute is he???
(It's not like I know Pip, but she has been teaching me crochet this weekend...without her knowledge)

Sunday, 18 March 2012

going with bunches....

here I am!
I admit I am not looking too fancy here... but look at the hair!
I wrote a while ago that a patch of my hair fell out overnight about a year and a half ago and it all kind of went thin and not great. But now! whoop! things are looking up - it's all grown back!
It's grown back enough that I no longer have a bald patch, but because it's quite short in areas it looks like I have permanent bed hair.... so bunches it is!
when my hair initially fell out I was really upset about it, but I also found out that it is quite a common thing.
I just wanted to say that if a patch of your hair does suddenly fall out it will probably grow back, but it's going to take a long time. oh, and you should visit the doctors just to check there is nothing wrong...  and you need to relax.xxxx


We've been going super-plain food wise over here. This is all down to Bert not being that great in the digestion/acid reflux department at the moment. Inspired by his childhood, Bert made pastini the other day and it was so delicious.

Pastini is just the name of the pasta that's in the dish (teeny-tiny pasta), so maybe this should be called pastini soup?  Bert cooked the pastini in one pan and in the other pan cooked carrot, potato and parsnip in vegetable stock and fresh sage. Once everything was done he put them all together along with some cannellini beans and fresh parsely.

It's a lovely dish, fresh tasting, wholesome and healthy.

Saturday, 17 March 2012


socks from the mid nineteenth century

Hello! Today in work we had our first knitting session! whoop! My friend amy taught people how to make socks inspired by the ones above, and the non-knitters like me, got to work on squares....

On the way home from work I picked up some yarn and a crochet hook and then spent, oh, round about four hours trying to learn how to crochet with mixed success....

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

movies we've been watching....

some of my friends say that I have the worst taste in films. When my friends Jackie and Ben go to the cinema together and see a trailer for some trashy looking rom-com, Ben says 'that's one for Sian'...
this is what we've watched over the last week or so

Clint Eastwood is in this, he has pretty good hair as  you can see from the photo, but he really shouldn't have slept with that lady there... she's crazy.
Clint also has a really good house in this one which has some kind of indoor stream with stepping stones.

I have read two of the 'pants' books... and I have watched these films before.
This weekend at the supermarket you could buy both films for £5!! Yep.
so we watched one on saturday and one on sunday and I cried in both.
I love Amber Tamblyn.

we went to the cinema to see this. That's Ethan Hawke and he's being nuzzled Kristen Scott Thomas.
The film is half in french and half in english.
It explains nothing and keeps you guessing and wondering about it afterwards.
It was pretty good.

I swear this is Bert's favourite film (Bert says it's not really....)
It has Kim Cattrall as a ice skating coach.
Michelle Tractenberg is a nerd set for Harvard who gets hooked on ice skating.
She pays for some skating lessons by helping other skaters improve their jumps by using physics. She regularly says 'that's physics' after saying something vaguely scientific.

you been watching anything good? any guilty movie pleasures?

Friday, 9 March 2012

what i wore to the library and to buy vinegar

this is what i wore to the library and to buy vinegar. here i am showing what i would look like if i was driving to Lana del Rey's 'Lolita'
here it is in case you want the full experience:

 'D.A.R.K do it my way'

some detail shots of my crazy jumper

 and when i got to the library they had only gone and got a new chair! here i am sitting in it.
happy weekend

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

new jumper

yep. i got a new jumper.
it's got lions on it and a bit of animal print.
i fancy it's a bit crazy and it's also rather gold and yellow...
tho you can't tell how gold and yellow it is from this picture.
i tend to stay away from yellows as a rule as it does no favours to my pale/slighlty olive skin.
this jumper was too yummy to leave in the shop.

Monday, 5 March 2012

text messages....

pip was asking what were the last five text messages you sent....
i actually have a new phone...and these are the last five messages i sent... all to bert....

hi. new phone
wld you like to go to chap bertie?
hi pea
hope u r working hard on your book

what are the last five you sent?
oh and just so my text messages make sense - chap means chapter - our local arts centre type place... and bert is writing a book this week. ha.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

bert's been reading William Faulkner....'s taken him a month to read 'Light in August'. His review on goodreads made me laugh out loud. Here it is....

"That bastard, lord!" says old Doc Hines midway through Light In August, which is exactly what I thought about Faulkner as I read it. I struggled with this'un. I'm not saying the blame is entirely down to Faulkner, I read the book in small bursts, mostly during my breaks at work (or when I had the strength to face it) so most of my recollections involve eating bagels, feeling sleepy, with that weird putrid egg smell coming out of the sink. But holy craps was this novel flabby - whilst there were passages of utter beauty, just great great writing, did we really need to know the entire family histories of every single freaking character? I mean, Christ Faulkner..every time a new character was introduced (which happened a lot) I felt a wave of anxiety come over me. Followed by sleepys. When it was good though, it was some of the best almost trance-like writing I've ever read - incredibly intense, amorphous, revelatory, as though written in a frenzy in which Faulkner had to create whole new words in a hurry 'in the grey yetdark' 'manmovement' 'chocolatecolored' and how about this; 'It was as though he carried within him, somewhere within that inert and sighing mass of flesh, the secret itself: that which moved and evoked them as with a promise of something beyond the sluttishness of stuffed entrails and monotonous days.' Those slutty, slutty entrails..

sunday music mixtape

hello! we have bought quite a few cds recently... wanna hear some songs?
have you been listening to stuff that I need to know about? tell me!!

Thursday, 1 March 2012

ice cream colours - what i wore

Hello! Happy St David's day! I've had a busy day in work doing art activites... it was pretty cute tho as today I did the art activities in an old 18th century (i think - i am not great on dates) barn and little robins kept coming in to say hello!

I mentioned yesterday that I won a giveaway over on dreamsarenecessary and here it is!

 Isn't it lovely? and I love the little note it came in and the business cards. I love ice cream colours and I had an outfit to match....

you should probably visit claire's shop and get yourself an ice cream brooch.. or a tooth plush.xx


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