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:: Things To Tell You…

May 23, 2012

How are you? I am COLD. Gosh. It’s nearly Winter and I am feeling it. I’m good in the mornings but once it gets just past lunchtime I am FREEZING. What is with that? I just feel a bit jittery and distracted by the coldness. Do you ever feel like that? 
Gemma told me that it can be good to sit with a hot water bottle on your lap when you are a bit chilly, so I am trying that now.  It seems to be working well. I think I’d like one on my lap and one in the small of my back, for maximum sooky warmth. I’m going to try that.
Today I met some friends in the morning for coffee. I have not been doing much friendly stuff, because I have been working on lot of things and needing to stay in. It was pretty nice to just hang out at South of Johnston and look at the fire and drink their very excellent coffee.  They are really lovely there. Go if you are a Melbourne type.
Also this week (as part of my job at JustB) I got to borrow a car from Nissan for six whole months. I’ll be taking cute trips and writing about going places over there from next week. Keep an eye out if you are looking for some short trip inspiration, road trip finds and country town cake shop information.  Possibly there will be motels, caravan parks and small town RSLs too!
(Ari’s doing his homework now. He’s looking for rhombuses in our house. It’s quite hard. Is it rhombi?)
Further to my nail art obsession I asked Bloom (a long time Mike’s fave) if I could review some cosmetics and they sent me a few things! OMG. I’ve been practicing my stripes and ombre nails. I’m TOTALLY getting better, I know it!  
I’m trying to finish the blankie I’m making for my sister’s baby. AND that is the marionette that Max and Ari bought me for Mother’s Day in the photo up there.
Also, did you know that part of my job is to read a few hundred blogs each day and look for interesting stuff. OMG. It’s a tough life!  Here’s what I’ve been enjoying reading today. I thought it would be good to share!

I love this cute house on Decor8
Jan’s posted this gorgeous little shop : Olula-la : in Spain (over at Poppytalk!)
This is one of my favourite blogs, did you know that?!
Strawberry Ice at Joy The Baker = yum attack!
Frecklewonder posted this lovely book.
Ten homemade doughnut recipes (via me on JustB)
And I love Brinja’s shop too. And her photos!
A simple Greek Salad at Une-deux senses

What have you been reading? Are there things you would like to tell us about? Are you well?

xx Pip

  • Lisa May 24, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    I have a hot watter bottle as a constant companion in winter 🙂

  • pip lincolne May 24, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    South of Johnston is kid friendly! We had a little boy with us and they were VERY lovely to us and to him! xx

  • leeanne May 24, 2012 at 4:20 AM

    I just wanted to tell you that over the years Ive been thru heck and its always comforting to me to come back and read your blog.
    🙂 xoxoxo lee anne formerly annie oakleaves 🙂

  • Cath Elizabeth May 23, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Yay, thanks for sharing nice things Pip!
    I can't wait to get my hot water bottle out, it was the most beautifully embroidered cover that my mother sewed for me when I was little 🙂

  • m.e (Cathie) May 23, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    i love a good hottie & my electric blanket at night.
    i love to keep warm.
    have fun driving around!

  • Melissa May 23, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    You have the 2nd best job in the world!! I teach a K/1 class and I think that it would be hard to top…but I would give it a try if I could be you! You have such a wonderful writing style and I love reading your blogs. You have inspired me to have a go at craft and sewing and all those scary things..thankyou!! I love exploring my creative side and I am starting to get more daring!! We have just bought one of those metho heaters, that are a real burning fire (which psychologically is good for the spirit!) but cheap to run. That and my gorgeous babooshka hottie that my 3 boys gave me for Mother's Day are keeping me toastie warm and feeling loved 🙂

  • Veggie Mama May 23, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    I'm well! And chilly! And getting belted from the inside by a small gymnast. I shall be in Melbourne in early June and I am SO ready for Melbourne coffee! And fires. And funky hot water bottle covers 🙂

  • Juliie May 23, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Yeah , it's pretty fresh up here in Brisbane too. I had to put on a 3/4 tshirt to walk my darlings to school. I did put on socks but my feeties got a bit sweaty so it was back to some ballet flats. Ah it's a hard life I know!!!

  • Kate May 23, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    I like to wear my hottie in my hoodie.
    I'm still chilled through but with warm shoulders.
    And a car!! Wohoooooo.
    We're only an hour and a half away you know. x

  • emmy4185 May 23, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    ooh, looking forward to your roadtrip stories. You lucky thing!

  • Kate May 23, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Is South of Johnston kid friendly? I went into a gertrude st cafe with a two-year-old recently, and the barista looked at us, rolled his eyes and audibly said "here we go…". It's pretty common in Fitzroy sadly. Would love some new, kid-friendly cafes to visit!

  • Mirabel May 23, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Hi Pip!
    Here are some things I want to tell you:
    Today I took my copy of "Sew, la, tea, do" to work to re-read in the quiet moments (I work in a macaroon shop) and it re-reads beautifully! I was totally inspired all over again! It's a classic Pip!
    Also I wanted to tell you it's blimmin cold in NZ right now. Thermals to bed, scarves around the house, toting hotties everywhere.
    Oh and one more thing, I harvested the last of my rhubarb yesterday and I'm making some hopefully awesome rhubarb schnapps. That will keep the cold at bay.

  • Renee May 23, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Oh my gosh, YES! I am starting to feel the cold, too! It's all about a fluffy dressing gown and a crochet blanket over here. How exciting, looking forward to seeing your adventures in a fancy car 😀 xo

  • georgia May 23, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Hi pip just wondering if you have posted the pattern instructions for the beautiful blanket you are crocheting?? I would love to give that one a go!
    Thanks pup you are totally awesome!

  • Jackie May 23, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    When I was studying and at home during the day, I refused to turn the heater on (due to my student income) and when I was cold I had a sliding scale – jumper, more socks, couch blankie, hot water bottle, cup of tea, another hot water bottle, and if I was STILL cold, I would take the laptop into bed and work from there.

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    :: Things To Tell You

    February 8, 2010

    Image 10 : Tutorial

    It’s Day Two of my Blog Tour today, and I’m posting over at A Little Bird Told Me and also over here at Tale Peddler’s. A Little Bird Told Me is hosting my ‘Sew A Vintage Pot Holder Tutorial‘ and Josephine is featuring my ‘Inspiration Junket’ post. It’s been totally busy around here, on the writing front, but luckily I’m totally in that writing mode and am taking it all in my stride.

    Yesterday I also wrote a post about BLOG FAME over at Make and Meaning, if that sounds like something you’d like to click over to.

    I’m still feeling oogey. Not sure what that’s all about, but I’m totally trying to pace myself and be sensible and not get too tired. Ari and I are watching one episode each night of this. It’s great. We are really enjoying all the footage of Gerry drawing and all the beautiful shots of insects and animals. I wish I was in Corfu this very minute, I can tell you that for sure!

    At the moment I have some bacon in the oven, for the kid’s lunch sandwiches. We’re having roasted chops with tomatoes and potatoes and garlic for dinner. I think I’ll make some bread today too. Bread is so important for mopping up juices, I feel. And I don’t eat the chops, by the way, I just eat the vegies. I’m not hugely meaty, unless it’s a lovely piece of lamb at Est. That I can do. That is where my Sister had her wedding luncheon. It was lovely. The best service I have ever had, anywhere (including the old Stephanie’s)!

    I’m embroidering today and re-testing some projects. And then going over my writing for the book again. I’ve been sneaking in some granny squares. They are bumpy ones using popcorn stitch and lots of DC and Treble too. I’ve been making the Rosehip flowery ones as well – the pattern for those is over here. I’m going to write a post for my Blog Tour too. Tomorrow I will be over here at BigPrint Little.

    I have been sneaking looks at this blog (which I am so sure you all know and love) and drinking more Chai thanks to Amy Karol’s tip and also looking at this lovely blog too (it’s written by Hello Tiger!) I love the felt ball wreath and this wall display and these doyley covered speakers! Look at these glitter globes at Dos Family! Cute! And this is so very, very great. Tipped off by this blog!

    So, what have you been doing? Do you have any ace things to share with us?

    xx Pip

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