The Babadook

February 4, 2015 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, Drama Film, FILM, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

As usual, the Australian film industry has worn its thin skin off patting its own back in praise of a predictable, derivative mess. “The Babadook” (even the name is a yawn) has some (very) minor suspense, good acting from the major characters and awful acting from some minor characters. The script is amateurish and lazy. If this film were shorter, it might make a workmanlike student film. Every poor horror film requires most or all of these elements: A cute, shaggy pet dog. Preferably white. An insect infestation. A concerned and mild-mannered neighbour or work colleague of the opposite sex….

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More Teacosy News!

January 23, 2015 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, Beading, CRAFT, Crochet |

Hello all! Yesterday I posted a pic of some of the elements of the next teapot cosy which I was planning – but I have changed my mind.  Instead of another brightly coloured one, I am going with these sorts of colours – a kind of faded-rose, Victorian look.  Stay tuned to see how it works out!  Any ideas?  

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Floral Teacosy. Instructions Second Half.

January 21, 2015 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, CRAFT, Crochet |

Hello Teacosy Lovers, this is the second half of the instructions for the floral teacosy FLOWERS & LEAVES. Here are links to some of the lovely flower patterns I use:- Attic24 of course.  There are many lovely things on this site.  The daffodil, the purple star flower (which is the base of the daffodil) and the small roses are Lucy’s patterns. LeisureArts for the large rose. Mollie Makes for these beauties. Flowergirl Cottage has an excellent pattern for a flower and other pretty things too. Some of the leaves came from this book –   I have pinned lots of  gorgeous flower, leaf…

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Floral Teacosy Instructions First Half.

Hello Everyone, thank you for visiting !! This is an update of my previous post about the floral teacosy which I made for my friend L.  I posted a pic of the teapot on Attic 24’s Facebook page and many lovely people have asked me for the pattern, so I shall do what I can. Here are some photos. I don’t have a pattern as such, but I will do my best to explain how it was done! MATERIALS I mainly used acrylic 8 ply yarn and 8 ply cotton with 4mm knitting needles and a 4mm crochet hook.  I did use…

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Solar

(by Ian McEwan) An amusing novel, in which the somewhat clunky cogs of plot are lubricated with humorous observations about the commercialisation of the Religion of Climate Change, the dopier aspects of feminism, sloth, urban myths, modern travel, class and scientific research. Unfortunately the oil fails the mechanism at the end, at which point it grinds to a rather noisy and unlikely meltdown. Worth reading but…I realised partway through that I had in fact read it before and could barely remember it.

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