football, morality and some cool things

May 14, 2009 at 9:42 am (Loved, random things) (, , , , , , , , )

I’m not a huge sports fan, but I quite enjoy watching a decent game of AFL (a recent development in my interests) and I really think that sports players have a huge role as models for children.  However, I was really ANNOYED at the weekend when I watched the West Coast Eagles game.   I really noticed the incredibly pathetic contact between players (shouldering each other, pushing, and generally acting like puffed up little peacocks).  This irritated me on two levels, the first being that it’s just so unnecessary, they are standing waiting for the ball to be played and they are just being so negative.  I know they want to win, but this is hardly the kind of behaviour that we would think was acceptable for our children, so why should their heroes be acting like this.  On another level, it makes me even further irritated that the television stations chose to feature this footage, surely not every set of marked players are acting like this and would good sportsmanship not be the thing to be featuring???  It really makes me wonder what the AFL and the media are thinking is ok behaviour.

The whole Matthew Johns thing is bugging me too, but for different reasons.  It is disappointing that these footballers thought this kind of behaviour was ok (and that it seems like sex and bonding does come up a lot with teams in the NRL) and it’s a bit disturbing that these people are huge role models, especially in the eastern states.  However, I really am getting annoyed with the media outlets that are demonising Johns.  I really don’t get why this NZ chick has so much credibility.  She had consensual sex with a group of footballers.  Dumb.  What did she think was going to happen?  She made the choice too.  I just don’t get why a) Johns has basically had his media career destroyed and b) the media seems to feel so sorry for this woman.  I didn’t watch the 4 Corners presentation, but I’m actually really disappointed that the ABC (my favourite station) gave this story such credibility.  I think it sounds like some money-hungry skank trying to cash in on the media’s desire for pathetic salacious gossip.  Makes me soooo annoyed.  I wonder what Johns did to someone at either Nine or the NRL to have him made the fall guy for this.  He made a morally questionable decision but I think the whole thing has been seriously manipulated by the media and this woman.

Ok, rants over.  I’ll try and relax and enjoy the football on the weekend without focusing on the parts that annoy me!

How awesome are these cool things?  (Well, you’d probably like them more if you are a WCE lover).

West Coast Eagles Casserole Holder

West Coast Eagles Casserole Holder

And do you think you’d catch many footy fans in these?  I might wear them to the footy for a laugh.

Football Earrings

Football Earrings

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monday’s musings

April 28, 2009 at 9:20 am (business things, Hand made things by me, Loved) (, , , , , , , , )

I went back to work today – it actually wasn’t toooooo bad (just a few rather long meetings).  Looking forward to seeing my kids tomorrow but so much stuff on this term, it’s going to be REALLY busy.  I did a bit of sewing and added some new clutches to my Etsy shop which you can check out if you feel like browsing.

Creativity really seems to get a bit suffocated when I’m at work, usually so busy making ‘work’ things that I just can’t be bothered with more relaxing creating.  Lately I’ve been doing more knitting, which I’m really loving as, even with a slight complicated stitch pattern, you don’t have to concentrate THAT much (especially with scarves).  I never thought I’d be a knitter though, must be showing my age, although I’d like to think all my scarves are quite cool.  I’m about halfway though my latest creation – photos when complete, can’t wait to wear it – yay for winter coming (I’m sure I’ll be eating my words in a few weeks!).

No matter how busy I am with work, I still like to find time to do some creative cooking.  I’m currently cooking Beef Bourguignon which I saw on Food Safari the other night.  It just looked so good, although I have a few recipes for this already, Mr Petit was very keen on the one on tv so I found the recipe – http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipe/103/Beef_bourguignon and it’s bubbling away on the stove now.  Crusty bread to serve with.  MMMM

My Beef Bourguignon in progress!

My Beef Bourguignon in progress!

Continuing in the French theme, I found these lovelies by New Zealand shop, Nostalgem.  Quite cute, yes?

Frenchie-theme stuff

Frenchie-theme stuff

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what a little princess

April 24, 2009 at 7:43 am (Hand made things by me, Loved, random things) (, , , , )

I received a late birthday present from my friend Sammie yesterday – a gorgeous velvet scarf.

My lovely birthday pressie from Sammie

My lovely birthday pressie from Sammie

It was wrapped beautifully – as always with Sam – white wrapping paper with a delicate ribbon.  I up-cycled  (feel a bit weird using that word) the ribbon and incorporated it into this little clutch which I made last night.

Princess Clutch

Princess Clutch

I think it looks rather lovely.  I’m going to make a couple more styles this afternoon, but first have to walk the dog or she might be a bit sad with me.

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new kid on the baroque

April 22, 2009 at 7:06 am (Loved, random things) (, , , , , , )

I’m the first to admit that I am VERY musically challenged.  In primary school I attended a very small school where the motto for the choir was ‘the school is a choir and the choir is a school’, lovely except myself and 2 boys were told to kindly mouth the words so as to not make them sound awful.

Despite this, I try and incorporate music into my classroom (in real life I teach in a primary school).  We have our music lesson once a week (which I recruit a couple of students who are quite musically inclined) to be my assistants and then during our independent work on things like learning centres for language and maths the kids can put on a classical CD.  When I first started putting on a classical CD, half of the nearly killed me for polluting their ears with such stuff, but after a day or two, they stopped complaining and I heard things like ‘Shhh, I’m trying to listen to the music’ and ‘Miss, can the group playing Scrabble be a bit quieter, I can’t hear the tunes properly’.  Oh, the irony of it.  At the end of term there was a general consensus that I needed to buy some more CDs for extra variety, quite a surprising request.  So, as per instructed I bought 2 box sets (8 CDs) when I went to Perth yesterday.  Hopefully they get the seal of approval next week, I’m listening to the baroque (my fave) at the moment and I think it’s quite a good compilation.

While browsing on Etsy in a musical frame of mind, I came across a gorgeous hand embroidered cuff by Water Rose.  It’s really quite delightful.

Gorgeous Wrist Cuff

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treasured

April 20, 2009 at 12:07 am (Loved) (, , , , , , , )

Got lucky this morning a made a Treasury on Etsy this morning.  Usually I have no interest in soft toys, but I love Two Little Banshees/NeverEnoughHours’ stuff and curated the Treasury around my fave item from their store. Hope you enjoy the Treasury too.

treasury features

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File for Dusters

November 1, 2008 at 9:47 pm (Loved) (, , )

Those dusters who were after an info sheet about etsy, you can download the PDF below and print out copies.  Let me know if you would prefer a word doc.

about-etsy

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