Monday, 15 March 2021

Things Here Lately


Auckland is currently in a one week lockdown, so that means we're back to online classes for Miss B and Mr J, and work zoom meetings for me. 

I figured that meant it's a good time to have a little round up of what has been keeping me busy in my spare time over the past month.
  • Hearts and more hearts, I've made 28 blocks in total now,  so I'm over half way.  I'm trying to add some new colours to the background and have some more similarly toned heart halves rather than being totally contrasting. 
  • I sewed another Cuff Top - this time in a bright cobalt Frida Kahlo inspired printed viscose.  I used the round neckline hack from The Assembly Line tutorials and hacks page.  While lowering the neckline,  it seems to have made it a little wider on my shoulders, so not sure how it's going to feel when being worn all day.  I adore the colour of this fabric though.
  • Books - I have been reading a few books lately - Maralinga by Judy Nunn was one I enjoyed a lot. Set in Australia in the 1950's it is about the atomic tests conducted by the British in the outback.  She researches and writes very well, often about controversial aspects of Australian history.
  • Miss B has been semi vegetarian now for over a year, and I suspect when she eventually moves out of home, she will turn totally vegetarian.  I try to serve meat free meals a couple of times a week and one night made a beautiful chickpea curry for the main and a chocolate mousse using the liquid from the can of chickpeas.  Called aquafaba this stuff whipped up like egg whites - quite amazing.  General verdict was that the mousse tasted ok, it had a slightly grainy texture, but that could have been from overheating the chocolate and it was very rich.  Mousse recipe can be found here.
Fingers crossed that the community cases are contained and we are back to normal life soon.
Stay safe, stay home, scan the codes when out, wear a mask.  Kia Kaha


  1. love the hearts and you made such a cute top. I hope there will not be many cases of covid there, our numbers in my state are going down drastically but I wonder if we will get the variants and how bad it could get again. We get our first vaccine shot this week - I am so glad to get a shot! and the the second one in a couple more weeks - It might not be 100% effective but it sure will help

  2. Another lovely top but I prefer the grey where the sleeve gathering shows more (you could make lots! ) Thinking of you all at home up there. Fingers crossed for a good outcome.


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