A little bit sick

Please excuse my lack of posts recently. I'm trying to fight off a bad cold right now and am currently losing. I am taking medicine but it only seems to make me sleep and then sleep some more without the result of getting better. Hopefully I'll be back to normal soon!

i made this: homemade lavender bath salt

remember the cute package i made for a friends birthday? (click here to see it again). today i will show you the little birthday card i made with it & also the lavender bath salt.  she got inside the wrapped box:  homemade lavender bath salt; bunting birthday card; turtle doorstop (will show you this next week).

i used a glass cool drink bottle for the homemade lavender bath salt.  made a label on my computer; added some buttons for decoration to the top & made a little label on a nylon string.  the lavender bath salt was so very easy to make:  epsom salt & about 6 drops (depending on how big your bottle is) of your favourite essential oil. and as easy as that you have your own homemade bath salt.

have a happy crafty day!!

movie tuesday: real steel

Storyline:

A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech, Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.

My Review:

we LOVED this movie!  in all honesty the main reason i wanted to go and see this was because of Hugh Jackman.  and i wasn’t disappointed, it was better than i thought it was going to be.

the movie is set in the near future, 2020, when human boxing is obsolete.  the premise isn't really that intriguing. it's boxing replaced by robots. movies with giant CGI robots aren’t anything new since transformers came out. but the heart and soul of this movie lies to the relationship of Charlie and Max and their robot, Atom. it's fun to watch them and even the fighting scenes are pretty exciting.

this movie had a great cast, great story & great action.  it almost made me feel that i am watching a disney film.  you will cheer, cry and laugh through this entertaining film. such a great movie!!  go and watch it!

just a quick hello

i had such a crazy busy week at work last week and i think the late nights & cold weather just got to me this weekend.   i spend most of my saturday & sunday in bed.  i also had to entertain wayne, who's new phrase is: "i'm bored".

photos of our week


*top photo from our game night last week
*rain clouds on my way home & sunrise (while waiting for the train)
*roof of  kings cross station & it was national bake day - london skyline made all made of cake
*buildings & london clouds

hope you all have a fantastic week!

i made this: wrapped a birthday present

for our friend’s 30th birthday i wrapped her present, and this is what it looked like in the end:

this lovely present:

the felt banners is the same as on her birthday card (will show you this next week).  i will also show you next week what her handmade presents looked like.

here is a couple of diy’s i found on pinterest that i can’t WAIT to try:

{via here}

{via here}

have a happy crafty day!

birthday party & pub lunch for us this weekend

this weekend we went to a friend’s 30th birthday & had a WONDERFUL boerewors braai (south african sausage bbq). we had a fantastic lunch at this old pub (still the best burger – see here). walked around in westfield shopping centre.  had a very good & strong cup of coffee & went home as the sun went down.  (i only noticed now how frizzy my hair is on the 2nd picture of us – it’s because of the braid in the 1st picture).

hope you all had a GREAT weekend!

this week & our second game night

last night we had our second games night & we decided to make it a lovely relaxing evening & play ludo & uno.  {to see our first games night, click here}.  after the hectic week we both had, a nice relaxing evening is all you need to recharge your batteries.

my sister send me these photos of katinka.  she is getting so big & all those curls! (she thought she looked super ‘cool’ in her sunglasses).

our weather this week was cool but no rain (at least).  i walked past this old battered door & just had to take a photo (i LOVE taking photos of doors).  the sunrise this morning, while i’m waiting for my train (that got cancelled & ‘reversed’ back to the station; at least i saw a lovely sunrise) – last photo.

have a great weekend!

Curse the Dawn (Cassandra Palmer #4)

Plot:

Cassie Palmer may be the world’s chief clairvoyant, but that doesn’t mean people have stopped trying to kill her. And now, the self-styled god Apollo, the source of Cassie’s power, is on the warpath—leaving her no choice but to face down her creator once and for all.

My review

after reading this book i think i need to lie down and have a hot chocolate or something soothing.  i have read the 4 Cassie Palmer books back to back and frankly i am exhausted, and this is just from reading them.  that’s how fast paced & action packed they are. 

i enjoyed Curse the Dawn a lot more than the first 3 books in this series. (see my reviews for the other books here).  it had all the great characters, action and sexy goodness of the previous books, without any head-scratching time travel conundrums.  this book had so many funny moments and interactions that i couldn’t help but laugh out load and this was such a welcome relieve. 

there is still a couple of glitzes in this book like, the fact that Karen Chance doesn’t always seem to be able to balance all the timelines and contingencies in a way that makes sense and  sometimes i think she gets so caught up in the action that she doesn’t quite write things clearly.

other than those 2 things, this is an excellent addition to the series.  i am still trying to catch my breath after these last 4 action packed books but i’ve already started with Hunt the Moon (#5) – i just couldn’t wait! happy reading.

i made this: heart garland for our bedroom


the fireplace in our bedroom was a bit bland and looked like it needed something, so i decided to make a quick little garland for it.  it was so easy.  i still have book papers left over from our save the dates & decided to hand-stitch them to grey felt & then added them on a cotton twine. and there you have it!  i think it came out pretty nice considering i only worked on it for about an hour.  (sorry the photos aren't the greatest, had to take them at night - since it's dark now when i go to work & dark when i get home).

have a happy crafty wednesday (little saturday)!!

movie tuesday: abduction

Story line:  For as long as he can remember, Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) has had the uneasy feeling that he's living someone else's life. When he stumbles upon an image of himself as a little boy on a missing persons website, all of Nathan's darkest fears come true: he realizes his parents are not his own and his life is a lie, carefully fabricated to hide something more mysterious and dangerous than he could have ever imagined. Just as he begins to piece together his true identity, Nathan is targeted by a team of trained killers, forcing him on the run with the only person he can trust, his neighbor, Karen (Lily Collins). Every second counts as Nathan and Karen race to evade an army of assassins and federal operatives. But as his opponents close in, Nathan realizes that the only way he'll survive and solve the mystery of his elusive biological father is to stop running and take matters into his own hands.
My Review:  oh my word!!! i don’t know where to start without being horrible.  even if you are a fan of Taylor Lautner & his abs (he took his shirt of in about 5 min into the movie), that couldn’t even safe this film.  this is unless you like half-baked pointless spy thrillers, very bad & lame acting and a dumb script. 
the story/plot is just stupid, the romantic scenes are pointless (& only there to lure the screaming young girls in) and even with a veteran actor like Sigorney Weaver the film still stays dumb.
if ‘Abduction’ goes to prove anything, it’s that Lautner can’t carry an action film alone.  this film was actually just terrible, especially given how talented the support cast members are.  they got almost no screen time and the writing and action scenes was just horrible & the plot didn’t even make sense. 
i saw this review on rotten tomatoes:  ‘you look at the screen mainly because it beats staring at the auditorium walls.’  by Matt Brunson.  this sums up this film perfectly and unless you want to watch Lautner being chased around for 100 minutes, you have no reason to waste your time by going to see ‘Abduction’.

weekend recap

this weekend was SO cold, especially if you have to compare it to last weekend.

we went down to the first renegade craft fair at the old truman brewery.  wayne said that it was for him like camden with all the small little stalls & weird little shops.  it was so interesting to see all these different food stalls and quirky painted coffee shops (on the right)
this area of london is famous for its creative graffiti - loads of banksy street art (graffiti)
here is a few AWESOME street art paintings we came across:
 the bird on the right is HUGE - it is painted on a 3 storey building

the photo on the right is just a plain plastered wall - the brick you see there is painted on

this is just amazing

wayne's favourite.  it is peeling off but still cute

the truman brewery was this HUGE brewery in london that closed in 1988.  the buildings & warehouses was huge & has since been transformed and house over 250 businesses.  some of the old buildings still stand  in brick lane where they have become home to an arts and events centre and various fashionable shops and bars.  


liverpool street station (on our way home)


little goat statue & the liverpool station building.


hope you all had a fantastic weekend! 
have a great week!!

i made this: autumn garland & our first game night

i know it’s a day late but there is a good reason for that.  we decided to have a game night once a week with no laptops, iphones, ipads or tv’s.  the reason for this is that since we both only get home around 7 in the evening & then you have to do tasks like dinner, dishes, lunches for next day, tiding up and in-between that watching tv, catching up on emails etc. it always feels like there is no time in the evening for just US – spending some quality time together and talking about our day (this normally happens when we are in bed or when we are having dinner).  SO we can still do the talking thing every evening but it’s time to spend some quality time with the husband without interruptions & him not listening because his attention is with his ipad or with watching some program or sports. 

here is a few photos of our first game night:

we played uno, tried to play ‘go fish’ & tried ‘snap’ (but wayne cheats at this one Winking smile).  we had lovely cheesy pizza, very tiny cookies, diet coke with lemon and then wayne showed his different faces for losing (middle photo) & when he is winning (last photo).

oh and for what i made? did you notice the autumn garland on the first 2 photos?  i got the idea for elsie.  here is another photo of mine:

i hope you all had a fantastic wednesday evening & thursday so far.  until our next game night!

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