Monday, March 24, 2008

Loving Monday . . . for a change

How great is Sunday night when you don't have to go to work on Monday morning? I know it's not profound, but there you have it.

Beth and I were craft-tastic yet again today, journeying bright and early to Portaferry for a little local craft fair. Easter at it's earliest in over 90 years didn't exactly make for balmy weather, and we ended up packing up around lunchtime, in between stints of rain and hail. It would seem that we are fair-weather marketers but I'm okay with that!

To my delight I returned to Stu in full spring cleaning mode giving the kitchen a full-on scrub (gotta love him!) Midst all the busy-ness of life I will admit that we can tend to be a bit lax on the housekeeping front but when he sets his mind to it I am lucky to be married to a near-professional cleaner. Our kitchen is now officially sparkling so if anyone's contemplating coming over for dinner in the near future I say seize the day!

Later in the afternoon we went out for a lovely lunch and then to a class at the gym. I then dragged Stu across town to see a very chicky flick at the cinema under the guise that a girl should basically get whatever she wants around her birthday, only to discover that it doesn't open until Thursday! I fear I won't be able to talk him into it the second time around . . .

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

Grace and peace to you on Easter Morning - may you have a lovely, restful time with family and friends and maybe even a Creme Egg or two!

Well, just wanted to report back on the first day of trading for Knitwear Deli! No, we haven't made our first million (yet!) but we had a really fab time. We got a really warm response from browsers and buyers alike, including a great many friends and family who kindly made special trips to the market to check us out. My partner in craft Beth and I had a great (if somewhat nerve-wracking) time learning the ways of the market and met some very friendly people. We're planning to give it another go again on April 12th and between now and then just need to attend to the little matter of setting up my own private sweatshop specialising in the production of felt brooches!

Last night we unwound big-style by going to see Brian Houston and band at the Empire. This is our third time seeing BH and co since the autumn and we are confirmed fans.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Introducing . . .

Meet my great friend Beth and her wee man Dom. I wanted to take this opportunity to go public with a fun little project we've been working away on these past several weeks that will come to fruition (all being well!) tomorrow morning! Beth and I will have a crafty stall at the lovely St George's Market all day tomorrow - we call ourselves The Knitwear Deli and we have a range of funky baby hats, felted and knitted brooches, knit kits, yarn and bamboo needles. So, if you're at the Market celebrating Easter this weekend, stop by and say hi!

Friday, March 14, 2008

May the road rise up to meet you

Okay, I think it's time to post something other than ear hair guy . . . Nuf said.

Despite being struck by yet another cold (argh!) it's been a very good weekend - improved all the more by the fact that it doesn't end tomorrow morning with the dreaded buzzing of the alarm clock. Three cheers for clover, leprechauns, green beer and a Monday off!

The weekend has been very relaxed. On Friday evening after work we went to Boojum for dinner - the new fresh Mexican restaurant on Botanic and Stu and I are big fans. It's friendly, reasonably priced and the food is scrummy indeed. On Saturday we went into town in the morning and then spent the rest of the day chilling in the house - sometimes it's just lovely to be at home and I spent the afternoon drinking tea, crafting felted flowers (pics coming soon!) and listening to the spring rain fall heavily outside. Oh, and being in denial about having a cold as I sneezed my way through the afternoon. Tonight Stu got all cheffy (is that a word?) and cooked a lovely roast chicken dinner for his parents and me - the whole day we've sortof basked in the knowledge that tomorrow brings more relaxation!

So yes it's been mostly a homebody weekend (which is good as I've been contemplating becoming a hermit.) I've noticed that the internet sure makes it easy to spend moolah, even when you can't be bothered to leave the house. Why just this evening I clicked my way to owning some Bic Runga (new discovery for me!) and this Bella bag in Black by Jordana Paige (two words - knitting handbag!)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Sometimes you don't know whether to laugh or cry. Warning - this clip is not for the faint of heart!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

A few thoughts

Gone gone gone, I been gone so long. Well, not gone really . . . just not bloggin'. Here's what's new . . .

Belfast has gone up a notch (or six) with the opening this week of the new Victoria Square. Ta daaaa! Peace brings prosperity, so they say and after a visit this morning I'm convinced. It's very well done and House of Fraser is especially swishy (Stu was wooed by the Pink stall.) Thank heaven now I have something other than mural tours to offer any of you lovelies that might be contemplating a visit!

In other news, I've started a new knitting project with a vengeance. I'm doing Ms Marigold in a popping purple. Come to think of it I should probably call it Ms Violet instead. I'm enjoying working on it but not sure if it will actually fit. I've been clicking away so much lately that my wrists are getting slightly sore from all the stitching. Occupational hazard.

Last but not least, I'm pleased to broadcast that the amazing Hawksley Workman is headed this way (thanks Ninny for the heads up!) He's playing in Dublin on the 29th April and we will be there.