love my $5.99 camera. if only it wasn’t so expensive to get film developed…
it was going to happen one day or another; i’m a part-time sessional teacher whose position is entirely dependent on student numbers, which, unfortunately, are down this semester. hence no work for this 12 week term (at least).
it’s pretty shitty.
i’m not sure what to do.
i’m trying to be positive and look on the bright side, but it’s hard sometimes. i’m very romantic and all ‘happiness > money’ but there is something to be said about job security and knowing that you have enough money to pay the rent.
but i’m not going to get down about it: i’m going to make shit happen. you heard it here first.
more at cloth & company
apologies for the (relative) quietness around here lately.
i’ve been busy working two days a week, doing work experience / internships two days a week, completing a masters degree, and – what has taken up most of my hours – wasting time on pinterest / twitter / instagram.
if i’m very honest, i haven’t picked up a book for uni since before easter, AND i had last week off work. but still: instagram never sleeps.
jealousy-inducing wonderfulness at kurasukoto.
okay; i just scored what officially is my best ever purchase from savers (dries van noten jacket in my size, begone: you look rubbish on anyway. vintage mannequin: why won’t you stand up properly? and countless pieces of clothes and crockery and bits-and-bobs: i love you, but eh, you’re nothing compared to today’s find)…
a knitting machine and ribber for $29.99.
a singer 321 memomatic machine with ribber and manual and all parts which looks to be in working order (i hope), to be exact.
happy, happy, happy!
fellow machine knitters will know that the singer 321 is pretty much your bog-standard model, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing when it comes to sourcing parts or getting it repaired. and i actually already have a singer 321 (albeit a slightly newer model), so tools and techniques (hopefully) won’t be a problem. but what i didn’t have until today’s find was a ribber attachment, and that opens up a whole new knitting world for me.
okay, you may think i’m incredibly geeky for gushing on about a knitting machine, but look at the picture above: knitwear rocks.
on sunday, despite the plus 30c temperature, i baked.
these are (some) of my christmas treats made so far;
cranberry and pistachio biscotti from the latest donna hay magazine
shortbread from an old cookbook that belonged to my nanna (though of course no shortbread is as good as my nanna’s!)
toasted pine nut and almond toffee (which is jaw-breakingly moreish) from this bargainous book
and rosemary and thyme roasted almonds (adapted from here).
these gingersnaps (the dough for which is maturing in the fridge)
a solid chocolate christmas tree (that still needs to be stuck together and decorated)
these snowballs (which i’ll make a little closer to chistmas)
these caramels (forgot to get cream so will make them tomorrow)
and this magic sauce (because even i need to eat something other than sweets all the time, and because it truly is delicious).
meanwhile, i have no idea what i’m going to have for dinner (and no inclination to cook anything). might be reaching for a tin of baked beans tonight, methinks…
okay, i said that i was going easy on the christmas decorations around the house this year, but that excludes wrapping. i’m all for bright colours this year (though when am i NOT about bright colours?!)
ps. this picture has made me realise that i have SO much more christmas shopping to do…