Taking Stock : November 2015

November is coming to a close, which means it’s going to be December soon, which means CHRISTMAS and also BIRTHDAY. I’m looking forward to next month. But let’s not get too hasty (unlike this year, apparently) – let’s focus on November. It’s been an okay month for me…I think. It’s been a bit of a blur, to be honest. Teaching has started up again at uni so that’s taken most of my focus and worry, as has my thesis, which I’ve been slowly working on as well. It’s been a bit of a “meh” month – nothing fantastic, nothing horrible – and that’s okay. Let’s finish it off with a Taking Stock post, hey?

Spools best place to buy synthroid Making: spools! These are for my Etsy shop, which I’m slowly working on overhauling. I particularly enjoy the mini ones because MINI. Anything mini is cute, right?

GoT & Ted Hughes buy cipro from canada Reading: Game of Thrones. I took a break, experienced the reading slump I mentioned in last month’s Taking Stock, started reading it again, and am out of my slump! Slump free 😀 I think my anally-retentive brain needs me to finish the series before it lets me move on to something else. Sigh.

Cynthia Admiring: my newly-recovered indoor plant. She’s a ctenanthe burle-marxii. I prefer to call her Cynthia, for ease but also adorableness. She was one of three, along with Mary the maiden hair fern, who may have got left in the outdoor sun to completely dry out…but she’s made a full come back, like Mary! The third one is still in ICU, on the kitchen window sill. Hopefully they’ll feature in a post sometime soon. I’m really enjoying having plants inside. I didn’t think I would – for some reason, never really got the appeal – but I really do love it! Seeing them develop new growth makes me so happy. I’m a proud mumma.

Tea & frankieDrinking: teeeaaaaa. I’ve definitely developed a dependency. I’m noticing I get a headache when I don’t have my morning cup. This is why I don’t drink coffee – it’s a preventative measure, people. (Plus it also tastes disgusting.) This tea is an orange and cinnamon concoction, so it’s not technically tea but I’m hoping I can trick my brain into thinking it is as I wean myself off the delicious Lady Grey.

Op shop booksWondering: where I’ll fit these books…I grabbed them from my local Savers for $2.99 each because I have a problem (and they all looked like excellent reads). I keep thinking I might need to have a self-imposed ban from op shops for a while but they’re just so tempting! You never know what you’re going to find (except for books. I always seem to find a book.) Have you read any of these? Do you recommend them?

This is the last photo-based Taking Stock post for this year! Next month’s installment will be the full list to finish the year off. Noice. How has your November been? What has been your favourite thing about the month?


These Taking Stock posts are based on an idea by the wonderful Pip Lincolne over at the Meet Me At Mike’s blog. Head here to check out her Taking Stock posts and to find a blank copy of the full list.

Jacquie is a 20-something maker and writer from Melbourne. She enjoys eating virtually anything that is labelled salted caramel and, contrary to popular belief, has forgotten how to ride a bike. She feels ambivalent about writing in the third person but thought it might be fun. It was.


  1. Carolyn

    You are reading me with just that little glimpse of the tin with your spools. It looks quite lovely. November’s been okay. A bit up and down like the weather but that’s just the way life is, isn’t it? I have not read any of those books but have heard lots about Cheryl Strayed. You didn’t happen to catch her at Interrobang, did you? Looking forward to reading your full list in December!


    1. birdandfox

      Yes, it is a beeyoootiful tin, isn’t it? I bought it from eBay – couldn’t help myself! That’s a good point you make – the month and the weather have both been very up and down. I find the weather definitely plays a big role in determining my mood. I’m not even sure what Interrobang is, actually, aside from a type of punctuation! Haha, I’ll have to check it out. I saw her book sitting there on the shelf and figured I’d give it a go because everyone seems to be raving about it, don’t they? I know fellow BWPster Annette was a fan. Thanks Carolyn!


  2. Isabel

    Yay, next month is your birthday! How exciting. I know what you mean about some months just being ‘meh’ months, not amazing, not terrible. Not terrible is the main thing though 🙂 Love your little spools, they are beautiful, and may I just say how gorgeous that crochet rug in your photo is. Is that an op shop find too? I seem to remember reading The Marriage Plot some time ago, I think it was OK, and Wild is definitely on my to-read list. Maybe you can lend me your Savers copy when I get back! Love your indoor plant, Cynthia, what a perfect name. I can’t believe you think coffee tastes disgusting?! Well, I guess I once thought that, long long ago. Tea is pretty good. Anyway, it’s probably better you don’t get on to coffee, it does become a bit of an addiction and that can’t be good can it? xx happy last day of November tomorrow! x


    1. birdandfox

      I am quite excited for my birthday but I did forget about it! December has definitely snuck up on me this year. Cheeky thing. And yeah, you’re exactly right. It wasn’t a terrible month, just kind of unremarkable. And sometimes that can be a good thing! Thanks so much 😀 I love making the spools, they’re lots of fun. I believe my nanna made the crochet blanket. It’s one of my favourites and has featured a lot in different birdandfox photos! Definitely happy to give you a lend of Wild when you’re back! I hope it’s good. Haha yessss, I don’t know what it is about coffee, but nothing makes me want to drink it. I’ve had a few sips over the years and it’s just gross. Blergh. Mathew thinks I might like the ones made with sweetened condensed milk, which is highly likely but I’d just really rather avoid the addiction if possible! Thanks for your lovely comment, Isabel 🙂 xx


  3. Catherine Elizabeth

    Mini things are the best! I did a post a couple of weeks ago about how I like to make small things too. You mini spools are definitely cute 🙂
    That’s funny, I also didn’t really like to idea of indoor plants a while back, but now all I want to do is fill every room with them! Glad to hear your plants are on the mend, I find it quite traumatic when plants die!
    I haven’t read any of those book, but I have seen the movie of Wild and it’s a pretty fascinating story. Enjoy!


    1. birdandfox

      Yes! I saw that post and loved it! Hehe thank you – they’re so much fun to make 🙂 It IS funny, isn’t it, this sudden indoor plant love. I don’t really know where it’s come from but I’m okay by it! There are worst things to be obsessed with and collect. It’s just awful when a plant dies, hey? Very glad Herbert (I think he’s a Herbert) is looking healthier but I’ll still keep him on the kitchen window sill hospital wing for a little while longer before repotting, I think. Excellent – another good review! I might write a post about the book and let you know how it was. Thanks for stopping by, Catherine!


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