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2011!
April!!

10 4 Big Buddy
29th April, 2011

Just a quick note to say that due to some urgent family business, i'll be out of town for a couple of days
I got one of those phonecalls that signals you have to drop everything and go last night...
Strange how your whole world can be turned upside down on the back of one phonecall....
Anywayz! Have a fun weekend folks!! I shall return with May's free pattern...well probably on the 1st actually lol. Don't think that's happened in a while!

Lee xox

WAHOO!
28th April, 2011
ETIERGERGJRWKAETRIREGW#$%#@%RTERDGR!!!!!

I DID IT!!!!! Got on the scales aka my new bestie and weighed in and.....10.2 KILOS LOST!!!!!!!! AAAGGGHHH!!!!! DANCE IT OUT PEOPLE!!!!


I have NEVER stuck to a diet this long and I certainly haven't lost double digits before so today is truly historical and should be recorded for future generations the world over. Too far? Possibly... but AGGH!!!!!


Okay...enough Lee
Site News!
May is just around the corner, which means a new free pattern will be available over the coming days Monkee's fans get excited
I will also be playing around with the site a tad this weekend. Mainly updating the Gallery, Pattern Section and the Hogwarts Bunch Blanket Section - FINALLY!!!!!
I also plan on getting close to finishing Mr. Radcliffe, as the beautiful human being also known as Postman. kindly popped a $10 off voucher in my mailbox for my fave yarn store, so I'm thinking it will go towards the wool needed to get started on that Ravenclaw Crest !
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Ah! Go on! One more!!



Lee xox

Out Of The Cupboard
26th April, 2011
Say hello to Harry!!!! !!!
65%!!!!


I got too excited to pop him on his updates page! Eyes = Front page news!
I've had a quick flick through the rest of the pattern and from here on in, the colour changes begin to thin out, so like the final movie, the end is near !!



Lee xox

Keep Calm
25th April, 2011


Lee xox

Bunny Day
24th April, 2011
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H A P P Y E A S T E R ! ! ! ! !

I haven't had a single egg today!! My lips have been zipped ALL DAY!!!
Almost started hyperventilating around noon when I saw a MASSIVE basket of eggs being carried by a girl up the street, but I managed to find my center and calm down
MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT !!
( Except then I legged it over to the parental's as I knew their neighbours were celebrating Greek easter and therefore would be popping over with a plateful of the most AMAZING almond shortbread dusted in icing sugar known to man I ain't silly!!)
PLUS I took myself off for an hour long walk today ! Today of all days!! Clearly everyone else was abiding the easter laws and were at home stuffing themselves because I didn't see a single sole or car on the roads. Ghost town
Anywho, I wish you all a FAB and safe easter holiday !!! Somebody please take it upon themselves to have an egg for me!!!



Lee xox

Granny Square Love
23rd April, 2011






Feeling the love for massive crochet blankets today! Wishing I could remember where I packed away my first attempt at one! Come to think of it..I think the dog ripped it to shreds.... Hmmmm... I need to think about making a new one !
A bed just isn't as cosy as it COULD be without one to snuggle under
In other news - There is something SERIOUSLY EXCITING brewing in the news department referring to my crochet!!!! But I have to be "shhhhhhhh" about it for the time being, but suffice it to say, it's MASSIVE NEWS + MASSIVELY EXCITING!!! !!!!
Will keep you all posted as soon as I can!!



Lee xox

McEwwwwwww
22nd April, 2011
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Ok this post comes with a warning!!! I'm about to discuss some disturbing and frankly, "EWWW!!!", 'food' stuff here, so if you are currently eating, about to eat, have just eaten...which I guess is what anyone is all of the time...
Anyway if gross food stuff creeps you out, DON'T READ ON!!!!
That being said take a squizz at this...


Now have a guess at which McDonalds food product it most resembles.....
*Insert Jeopardy thinking time music here*
Pretty easy right?!? Soft serve ice-cream ! Total no-brainer huh?!?
WRONG!!!!!!!!!!
Allow me to freak your brain out a little...
It is Pre-Chicken Nugget Meat Paste AKA Mechanically Separated Poultry or Mechanically Separated Chicken.

The photo above has been extensively passed around recently, and for good reason: it's a peek into the rarely-seen world of mechanically separated meat, or Advanced Meat Recovery (AMR).

Fooducate writes,
Some American figured out in the 1960s that meat processors can eek out a few more percent of profit from chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows by scraping the bones 100% clean of meat. This is done by machines, not humans, by passing bones leftover after the initial cutting through a high pressure sieve. The paste you see in the picture above is the result. There's more: because it's crawling with bacteria, it will be washed with ammonia. Then, because it tastes gross, it will be reflavoured artificially. Then, because it is weirdly pink, it will be dyed with artificial colour. But, hey, at least it tastes good, right? High five!

The resulting paste goes on to become the main ingredient in many of Australia's favourite mass-produced and processed meat-like foods and snacks: bologna, hot dogs, salami, pepperoni, meat jerky, and of course the ever-polarizing chicken nugget, where the paste from the photo above was likely destined.

That late night/early morning feed at McDonalds does not look so good now does it!
Now providing that is true....

EEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I haven't had the stuff in over 18 months and I am certainly not going to rush back under the golden arches anytime soon!!! AMMONIA?!?!?!?
I know there are nasties lurking in absolutely everything we eat and drink nowadays, but actually knowing some of the stuff going into it staggers me
Ignorance is total bliss sometimes!
On a lighter note, Raddy will be updated shortly! We've got a couple of noses! Woo! lol
Lee xox

Hot Tea Tottie
21st April, 2011

Man I have had so many cups of tea today, i'd seriously be nudging my quota for the year! Total tea binge! I usually indulge in 1 every couple of days but man I can't get enough of the stuff today
Now it MAY have something to do with the fact that the lovely barista man kept bringing me easter eggs after I thanked him for being extra considerate as he'd brought me one wrapped in my fave colour the first time. Then he just kept them and the pots of tea coming!! Smart lad!!!
So yeah I was a little naughty today and had my first real little binge of chocolate...tut tut... BUT I am pretty much at my goal weight!! (Only 200gms away...well probably about a kilo after the eggs..) PLUS it's easter, PLUS the barista dude was cute as hell
Anywayz!
I think I managed to score the remaining shade of yellow needed to have a fifth attempt at young Mr. Dolenz for my Monkees blanket
So after young Raddy is finished, it's onwards and upwards !!


Lee xox

Halfway Baby!
20th April, 2011
So i'm having a little trouble updating my Raddy page for some insane and unfathomable reason but I couldn't go to bed without popping the update up!! 50%!!!!


So damn excited for this one now!!!!!!
May have given it a little round of applause when I saw it laid out on the floor...
Nothing too enthusiastic! Just....well...
Exhibit A


Lee xox

Mod Love!!
19th April, 2011
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Inspiration has struck again!!!!!
I had the tunes pumping this morning whist I was in the shower. As i've mentioned before, the fact that water and electricity don't make a good combo has always been lost on me - hence I continue to use my potable Ipod stereo in the bathroom.. because i'm clearly a thickhead ...
ANYWAYZ!!!
What should come on but the fabulous boppy little number "She's a Mod" by Ray Columbus & and Invaders Top Tune!!
For those not in the know...


Awesome or what!!
Obviously not as awesome as the brilliant/friggin hilarious dancing abilities of young Ray out front or, my personal fave, the overly exaggerated side-to-side of the fabulous bass player! What a legend that guy is
Weird-arse dancing aside, the tune has inspired me and set the ideas spinning for a piece mirroring the lyrics and i'm super fun-sized happy about it !!!!!!
I will of course finish my w-i-p first!! But AGHH!!! LOVE the rush of excitedness that comes with a fun idea lightbulb moment !!
Lee xox

Tumbling Down
18th April, 2011

So i've taken the plunge and am now Tumblr-ing
Poprocker85[.]tumblr[.]com
Yet another internet thingy to become addicted to A procrastinator's dreeeeeeeam
Will come in VERY handy with the massive 3500 word essay I have coming up
Side note - I would like to take this opportunity to ask you all to cross every available appendige you have in order for me to win the latest competition i've entered. 5 nights in NEW YORK CITY with an exclusive tour of the HARRY POTTER EXHIBITION!!!!!!
No idea when it's drawn, so just keep those toes, eyes, fingers and ovaries crossed until I say to stop just to stay on the safe side, I thank you


Lee xox

Sneeze
17th April, 2011
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The fabulous Simone put forth the suggestion/question about the colours being used on Raddy - asking if I had opted for more taupe-like colours rather than brown ones. She is absolutely right so I took this little video to try and convey the colours a little better for folks interested in the effect it's giving.
Hopefully it shows the colour palette off a little better!
MAJOR apologies for my sniffling. I've managed to bag my first flu of the year. Yay
So Dan in his taupe-tastic glory should be back later this afternoon after hitting 40%!! Since my head feels like it's stuffed with cotton wool and I can't really go for longer than 5 seconds without a sneezing fit...I think I have a quiet day ahead of me.
Better watch myself with the crochet hook....god knows where it'll end up if I get another fit with ten sneezes in a row !
And this has absolutely nothing to do with anything, but if you type taupe into google images...these lovely twinkly pears come up Aren't they cute! I reackon marketing teams need to pay attention. Kiddies would eat their pears if they were sparkly!!!


Lee xox

DVDtastic!
15th April, 2011

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Guess what Lee's doing this evening !!!!!!!!
*a hem*...moving on...
In more fabulous Friday goss....

I have FINALLY blown apart my weight loss plataue and have reached a grand total loss now of 9.5 KILOS!!!!! Which means, drumroll.........
ONLY 500 GRAMS TO GO!!!!!!!!!!
Then i'll spoil it a little by having a TEENY TINY ferrero rocher
I know I know!! I really shouldn't and 1 may lead to 2, 3, 4, but I swear it's either have 1 ferrero or splurge on the biggest most colossal easter egg that Woolworths sells.... Why the hell did I have to hit my goal weight at easter...seriously ill timed there Lee
Anywayz, let's end with one of these shall we !


Lee xox

GC Rule!
12th April, 2011

Hey Hey Hey!!!! I'm back from 4 fabulous days in Sydneytown

Awesome to catch up with my Cuz , awesome to spend some dollar on some cute cute (uneccesary but lovely) shtuff!








but the most awesome part was definitely NEW EMPIRE, SHORT STACK and....
GOOD CHARLOTTE!!!!!!! @ The Entertainment Center BABY!!!!!!!


I'm going on record right now to say that those guys just CANNOT DISAPPOINT!!!! THEY WERE AWESOOOOOOOOOME!!!!!!!
Swear to god if I didn't lose a kilo from dancing my arse off, i'll be flipping the scales off, because dear god I couldn't stop shaking my groove thang
Now everything is back to normal, I can get back to working on young Radcliffe !
There's a teeny tiny update of a picture showing the colour line up for those interested

Lee xox

Adios Muchachos
7th April, 2011
I am about to embark on something I haven't done in a while.....
Sigh....
Starting...well right now actually...i'm going to go.... WITHOUT CROCHETING FOR 4 WHOLE DAYS!!!!
But it's for a FABULOUS reason!!!
I'm only going for a 4 day weekend in Sydneytown with my cuz to see 2 of my fave bands of the moment !!



AND

The alarm is set for...5.30AM for me to get my arse into gear to catch the bus for the 3 and a half hour arse numbing ride to the center of Sydney
I'll be human again once I taste my first cappucino of the day as soon as those wheels park at the curb then it's off to spend too much dollar at the markets
MUCHO ECSTATICO!! !!
I hope you all have a fab weekend !!!!
Peace out!!
Lee xox

Crochet Space
6th April, 2011
HOLY WOW!!!!!







Call me loony, but I ACTUALLY like it !!!
I'd probably be completely over it within 30 seconds and rip it all down but it's a total crochet/colour lover's dream room !!
There are a few rugs in there I wouldn't mind having the pattern for just quietly...
And the granny square 'lamp shades' are truly brilliant! Little unsure about how practical and safe it is to place yarn that close to a lightbulb in the 'on' position...so let's just hope this was all for show
In crocheting news, I kept my promise and got the BTTF piece back out ! After re-calculating my rows to see where the next 5% was, I realised the picture I had posted at 25%, was actually 22%....so here it is now at the REAL 25%!


We now have Marty's little face
Lee xox

Go Back Lee
5th April, 2011
I feel it is time for me to get my arse back into the DeLorean. English translation = Time to return to work on my BTTF piece !!
Speaking of BTTF, please set your faces to stunned and lustful longing as you prepare to look at these!!!


BTTF NAIL ART!!!
Wishing to god I could put up with fake nails right now!! Sadly they drive me crackers, so sadly no awesome BTTF nail art for me, but I can still applaude these babies!!! Just awesome !
I salute the talented artist ! For they are clearly made of multiple layers of awesomeness
Your thoughts Doc?!?!



Precisely.
Lee xox

Pottering Along
3rd April, 2011
I'm bloody powering along on this Radcliffe piece let me tell you! Something about the Potter pieces get the crocheting juices flowing
Well, it looks as though my BTTF surprise isn't going ahead today so I may as well say what it WAS going to be!
There's an American car show on today and.....sigh...they have a DeLorean on show.....
and due to some annoying sicumstances it looks as though I won't be able to get my arse out there for a photo. Major sad face moment.
Anywho!!
On to something completely different! I've been flipping through some home magazines of late. Why? I've no idea. I'm just finding myself drawn to them for some reason and it looks as though the mighty Union Jack is making a major comeback and is now all sexy again as far as decorating goes.
This is fabulous as I adore anything with the Jack on it, as my fridge magnets, teeshirts, purses, scarves and 2m x 2m wall flag will attest to !
So get your Union Jack love on people





Lee xox

OMG For Tomorrow
2nd April, 2011
This is too cool!! I've already wasted the last 20mins on it !



Moving on...

And tomorrow is going to be ONE AWESOME DAY!!!!!
Won't give away too much other than to say....for a BACK TO THE FUTURE fan....it's going to be close to tasting heaven !!!!!!!
Will update, hopefully with pictures to illustrate what the heck i'm going on about tomorrow!!!!!!!
Lee xox

Hello April!
1st April, 2011
Feeling very Autumn today!!!





The light Autumn breezes have finally started which means all the trees are going to be nakie soon
I love this time of year! Floppy beanies and scarf time !
Moving on...
Maz has hit the 10%! mark!


The pretty lady deserves a pretty frame, so I thought i'd have a go at incorporating one into the picture
Hopefully it gives it more OOMPH!!
The plan for this weekend is to study my bum off for this 1 hour exam coming up and getting up to 10%! Can't have him trailing Marilyn! Be interesting to see who gets over the finish line first !
P.s. Happy April Fools !
Lee xox