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Business as Usual

28 Dec

I can’t believe Christmas is over for yet another year! I hope everyone had a restful and lovely Christmas. Mine was anything but. If you follow me on Twitter you will know that my Christmas plans were cancelled last minute due to my brother-in-law being in hospital and subsequently needing an emergency operation on Christmas Eve night/Christmas Day morning for something that could have been potentially life threatening. All the positive vibes, prayers and thoughts people sent must have worked somehow as when they went in to operate the problem wasn’t as severe as they thought it would be and they didn’t have to do as much invasive surgery. It made for a very different Christmas to say the least! I think between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day my family and I got about 10 hours sleep collectively. His progress now is stable and he’s recovering well. Touch wood it continues without the bumps his past surgery recoveries have had. Positive vibes and prayers would be very much appreciated still as he’s not out of hospital or the woods yet and my family and I remain grateful for everyone’s kind words.

Onto Christmas Day itself though. Apart from having little to no sleep whatsoever, as soon as we knew my brother-in-law was out of surgery and in recovery the day went a lot smoother. Present opening started with Santa Sacks and as soon as everyone was awake the tree presents got opened. A tradition in my family (that has been going on for as long as anyone can remember) is that we can open Santa Sacks before anyone else wakes up but tree presents have to be opened with everyone in the family there. These were a few of my gifts.

Santa bought me these!!! I wonder what the other part may be....YAY 1

Hunter Wellies!!!! Yay!!

YAY 2Smelling Sweet.


YAY 4First Attempt at Fair Isle Knitting!


All in all a pretty good haul and I can’t wait to use my Holga! So excited about that! This Christmas madeĀ me realise more than ever how important family and loved ones are and I’m just glad to have mine around! Next stop for me is 2011. This year of 2010 has been the worst year on record for me and I can’t wait to see the back of it. But that is for another blog post before the New Year where I will be rounding up my year and my hopes for next year.

So I hope you all have some great new toys to be playing with, assembling and/or wearing after Christmas and will be back before the week (AND YEAR!!) is out.

xx Crafty Love from the Crafty Fox xx

PS. You may notice I’m changing the look of the blog. It’s part of my “out with the old, in with the new” kick I’m having right now. New things are great!

D is for Down Under

8 Jun

Some of you may or may not know this but I’m Australian. I was born there 24 years ago and lived in various locations up and down the East Coast until I was almost 13, when I moved to the UK with my parents. It’s been about 5 years since I went back to visit and every so often I have huge pangs of home sickness – one of those which inspired this post! So I thought I’d share with you some of my experiences and favourite things about Australia, or Down Under as it’s known to some! Ha.

1) My family: the majority of my family live in Australia still, including my grandmother and my brother. There’s a small family reunion-y thing going on this July but a few of us are unable to make it due to personal and financial constraints. Now, my immediate family (mum, dad, sister, bro and me) is quite average sized. However if you were my grandmother you would have 41 family members, including children, in-laws, grandchildren and great-grandchildren! Knowing me, I’ve probably missed someone out so sorry if I have guys!! Hehe. But still it’s a huge family! Not all of my family live over there as I explained, but when most of them do it’s very easy to get homesick and miss them! No photos for this one unfortunately – I don’t want to post pictures of them all unless they give me their express permission!

2)CHERRY RIPE and TWISTIES!!!! These are two of my all time favourite snack foods and whenever anyone ever goes to Australia and asks me if I would like anything, I ALWAYS say cherry ripe and twisties! If you ever get the chance to try either, do it. You’ll never look back. Oh, and cheese twisties all the way!!

3) Many of you might know about this magazine already but if you don’t, it’s one of Australia’s fastest growing craft/lo-fi/fashion/culture/etc magazine’s. I discovered the magazine from Issue 2 (which I bought because they had an interview with Brody Dalle – one of my lady heros) but unfortunately I didn’t keep up with buying them or getting my family to send them over. That’s changing though as one of my lovely cousins has agreed to send them over as soon as she’s done with it! Love you, Leonie! They’ve released 2 books and if you’re into the things they write about on their blog and feature in the magazine, give it a whirl! Go on, go over to the Frankie website. You know you want to!

4) Brody Dalle. This woman is one of my musical heroines! Back in 2002, I had just finished high school and was just about to enter my riot grrl phase, when this woman and her band The Distillers came along. They were known on the underground punk scene (before she got together with Josh Homme of QOTSA, she was married to Tim Armstrong of Rancid) with their self-titled debut but it was their second album, ‘Sing Sing Death House’, that they started reaching the more mainstream music press and with their third album, ‘Coral Fang’, The Distillers had reached a level of success that probably surpassed anything they ever imagined. Now, I know you’re probably wondering why Ms Dalle specifically. She is also an Australian!! Uh huh! One tattoo I have is based around one she has (3 stars across the wrist) and I was lucky enough to be able to see The Distillers a number of times. Now, Brody is the frontwoman for Spinerette, and if you like a bit of gravelly, female vocals over a strong punk riff then give them a listen!!

5) I used to live on that island. Don’t believe me? Just mention my name and I’m sure someone will be able to tell you stories about me! Haha. I lived there, on Thursday Island (yes, that is it’s name and before you say it, there are also Wednesday and Friday Island’s too), in the Torres Strait, Far North Queensland, between the tip of mainland Australia and Papua New Guinea. The four years I lived there were probably some of the best of my life. I used to live by the upside down L-shape in the bottom right hand peninsula of the island, which also happens to be the hospital my dad worked at and the reason we moved there. I used to go reef walking when the reef was cleaning itself (looks amazing, smells BAD!!), fishing on the wharf and in the dinghy, and swimming in the shallows of the beaches. I went on regular trips to the other islands with friends and family and school. It was amazing. I miss it dearly and if I get the chance to go back I do as a few of my friends still have family living there or are there themselves if they haven’t moved mainland. Oh and if you are wondering how you get there, there are regular flights with Qantas to one of the other islands and you get the boat over. Yes, an airport on an island. Don’t worry…it’s big enough to not run out of runway!! Haha.

So there you go. A few tidbits about my favourite place in the world. I love other cities and countries, but to me Australia will always be home.

(And yes, I used to see that sunset every night on Thursday Island, or T.I. as it’s known.)

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

P.S. I hope you’re enjoying My Alphabet series so far!! I look forward to sharing ‘E’ with you soon!!