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Excitement plus!

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This is a phrase my husband uses to describe me when I am over excited – like today.

If you do not already know about the Five Languages of Love then I suggest finding out about them. It will totally revolutionise your relationships. For those that do, my language is ‘Gifts’ so today was very high on the Excitement Plus scale because my advent swap parcel arrived!

Look at all that lovely wrapping!¬† I can’t take my eyes off that unicorn and I really can’t wait for Saturday when the fun really begins.

[And then of course there’s the little worry that I hope the gifts I gave stack up with what I receive, but I try and convince myself that it’s the thought that counts.]

You can also see my latest book review here.

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African print trousers

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I’ve been applying for lots of jobs and am finding that writing a CV for each is making me less inclined to want to spend time on the computer, so I’ve been a little lax on the blog front recently. So here’s a nice photo to take you into the weekend. It’s of a friend, Jurriaan, wearing pants and a waistcoat I made. He chose the fabric of the pants and had input into the design because (in his own words and said with respect) he wants to dress “like a proud African man”.

The next day was Gay Pride in Amsterdam. He wore the pants and sent me a text later in the day which read: “You are a phenomenom. I got so many compliments today it was really tiresome.”

It’s my party

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It was my birthday this week. I’m a big fan of birthdays, mine and other people’s.

It was particularly good one this year (although last year wasn’t too shabby either). Drinks and morning tea with lovely friends, a family lunch with my the family where the nephews wanted to know what games we had planned. We played Musical Statues and then they popped 40 party poppers!

On the actual day my lovely husband took me out for lunch in the sunshine and gave a beautiful necklace he bought for me in Cambodia. Instead of a card he made  an acrostic poem of the entire alphabet about me. *LOVE*

Outfit breakdown:

Silk dress – second hand; belt – borrowed from Mum; tights – birthday present from one of my GFs; shoes – Number 1 (very old); necklace – birthday gift; birthday high – stylist’s own.

(Considering the need for more makeup after seeing these photos. I am getting on a bit I guess!)

Joining in over here:

A few of my favourite things…

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I’ve spent some time this week getting ready for the advent swap. How exciting!

And pop over here and check out my A Suitable Boy review for 1001 Books.

Cushions for Mum

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My mum had a stack of sewing requests when I got home and one of the jobs she requested I do (nicely, in return for free accommodation) was make her some cushion covers.

It was the first time I have made a concealed zip and also the first time I’ve piped on a large scale like this. I’m really happy with the results.

(They are going to get a little more stuffing in them so they are a bit more inviting.)

Advent swap

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I’m joining in with this cool Advent Swap organized by Cat. The idea is you make, or buy (second hand is fine) 25 lovely treats for your partner and they do the same for you. FUN!

This is my advent partner Zara’s blog. Ah-ma-zing!

Any cunning ideas for gifts I can include?

Pop’s birthday dinner

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We are well and truly back in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s taken a while to adjust I have to confess although there is something so nice about being somewhere where people know you, where you can run into someone at the local shops…

But until we get back on our feet again, we’re in limbo mode again. But limbo with perks. We’re camping out in my parent’s spare bedroom where we receive free board in return for cooking. It’s an arrangement that makes everyone happy, especially after a year without an oven!

It was my Pop’s birthday this week and he requested fish, a yummy salad and new potatoes. So we delivered spicy walnut encrusted fish, orange and parsley salad, green salad with lots of yummy bits and new potatoes with just a little butter. I also made Tiramisu from my Italian friend’s home recipe, the kind that’s been passed down from generation to generation… delish. (Although not a pretty site after it’s been demolished by a spoon. Then it turns into Tirami-suvius.)

Then we road tested the new crystal glasses we gave him with a snifter each of Laphroaig. Not a bad night really, and nice to say Happy Birthday in person rather than on Skype.