Friday, November 2, 2007

I am a picture frame

Just married!

My new surname is "Quadros". Pretty exotic huh? It's Portugese. Well, the meaning isn't quite so exotic (it means picture frame)

There are too many highlights to mention in one blog entry but I'm sure they will all filter through to this spot as time goes on.

Here are two highlights to start with:

1) The ceremony. It was held in the Williamstown Botanic gardens on a beautiful Saturday afternoon

2) A poem my sister wrote for us

Ode to Karin and Nate
by Narrie Full

Karin, we’ve grown up together and throughout the years
We’ve seen good times and bad, laughter and tears
We share a bond that no-one could sever
My sister, my mentor, my best friend forever
You’ve been my rock when the world was unkind
You’ve helped open my eyes when I was blind
And over the years, I’ve seen you kiss frog after frog
And now you’ve found your prince – the one and only Nate-dog!
A guy who’s so genuine, smart and sweet
And how I wish he had an older brother for me!
Nate, from the very first moment you met my sister
You were smitten – who can blame you? – few can resist her!
Big brown eyes, ruby lips, the most perfect skin you’d ever find
But of course, you Nate were only captured by her mind!?
And Nate - as for some advice – always remember
Behind that sweet face lies a fiery temper
So if you ever sense the approach of a fight
Keep in the back of your mind – “she’s always right”!
The phrase “soul-mates” is often brandished about
But when I look at you two, I have no doubt
That you epitomize this enduring term
And through thick and thin, your love stands firm
As individuals you are both amazing in your own right
But as a couple you shine together with an enviable light
So I invite you all to raise you glasses in a salute to fate:

Congratulations on this special day – here’s to Karin and Nate

Saturday, October 13, 2007

I'd sooner run out of wonton wrappers...

There's a scene in "Father of the Bride" where Steve Martin's character is on the verge of a nervous breakdown in a supermarket. He is approached by a security guard while he is busy removing buns from a packet:

"I'll tell you what I'm doing. I want to buy eight hot dogs and eight
hot dog buns to go with them. But no one sells eight hot dog buns.
They only sell twelve hot dog buns. So I end up paying for four buns I
don't need. So I am removing the superfluous buns."

Not quite the same thing but I was reminded of that scene when I ran out of wrappers while making wontons and was left with half a bowl full of pork mince. Well, I don't have anyone to blame but myself for the lack of planning but I never measure anything when I cook anyway (unless it's a tricky new recipe I'm trying out). So, I will probably just freeze the mince and cook a stir fry on another occasion.

I'm also trying out a new chicken curry recipe my friend Belinda gave me. I decided however, to use big drumstick pieces even though the recipe specifically says "no big pieces should be used"...

The question is, do I have wontons or chicken curry for dinner?

On another note, Nath is out with his mates on his bucks weekend. So, while he's away I thought, why not check out my old Cam Girl Zoe's gig in Brunswick tonight? Why not indeed.

Monday, October 8, 2007

When I'm married...

Things I'll do after October 27 (yes when I am given away and become a quadros and my gmail address will no longer make sense...)

  1. Go paint shopping to find the right colour scheme for our newly bought house while trying to convince my gorgeous-hubby-to-be not to paint the skirting boards green as they just *might* clash with the pink tiled floors...(p.s. we're planning to get rid of the tiled flooring and replace them with floorboards eventually)
  2. Do something different with my hair. Maybe get a bold fringe and get some cool highlights... then get bored with it and wish I hadn't done something so drastic
  3. Organise another craft night which will most likely end up just being all about chatting and eating twisties...
  4. Cook more. Even though it's not really my "domain" but I will try out some Indian recipes Milsy (Mother in law-sy) gave us. On that note, my husband to be is supposed to take care of the Indian cooking as he is part Indian. But there's not much else Indian about him apart from his few choice Hindi swear words he throws into a conversation every now and then. Chuddies!
  5. build up the courage to let one of my closest friends know I don't think her man is doing her any good
  6. ...and maybe draw some more, learn to sew, take up dancing, quit my job...

Friday, March 23, 2007


I made my first pair of earrings yesterday from some cute green beads I took me longer than I expected!
The statue you see was given to us by my (soon to be) sister in law, tara and it was bought from Cambodia on her recent trip. It came in a pair - a male (pictured) and a female. They are of Khmer dancers in traditional clothing and is made of pure silver (apparently).

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Napkin Holders

I created some napkin holders recently for my friend Clea's birthday/housewarming. I copied the idea from a home decorator magazine and it turned out better than I expected. The design in the mag used really flimsy wire... I'm getting together with the girls tomorrow night for our regular "craft night" and I'll be showing them how to make these. I'm not sure how great I'll be as a teacher though but it shall be fun!
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