Best thing I bought this week? An EGG SLICER. A must for the hard-boiled eggs atop my summer salads;-)
Saturday, November 12, 2011
I had a blissful weekend, hosting my Mind Twin. We hit Petone for a wander and found SweetPea for a wee bite to eat. I grabbed half a dozen of their scrummy cupcakes for afternoon tea. I did share them;-) Delicious! We saw another cupcake place, The Cupcakery, is going to open too! So Petone is clearly now a cupcake lovers mecca.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
How can a sustainable local community (which is to say a sustainable local economy) function? I am going to suggest a set of rules that I think such a community would have to follow. I hasten to say that I do not understand these rules as predictions; I am not interested in foretelling the future. If these rules have any validity, it is because they apply now.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
I'm working hard on improving my sewing from the slap-happy beginner I am. My main struggle is with getting the fit right. I finished this dress back in June - just when it got too cold to wear it. Next time I'll downsize the top even more and attempt a proper Small Bust Adjustment. It's a forgiving fit being a wrap dress.
I bought Pip's Sew La Tea Do purely on the basis of the wrap around skirt pattern. The fabric screamed Holly Hobbie to me. Just the thing I was right into last time I wore wrap around skirts! Yeah, t-shirt doesn't match - will sort that out before summer.
And the Tunic dress from Sew La Tea Do. Again, I started out making it in the wrong size, then realised that women of a certain age and figure can't really wear tunics without looking like they're wearing a paper bag. So a bit of hacking and sewing makes this more wearable. Just.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
I was blessed to win a giveaway SweetP had on her blog a while ago. I scored this fun Tri'Coterie self-striping sock yarn which I whipped up into a pair of plain toe-up socks for ME (despite begging from other residents). It's Maylin's Red Queen colourway and I love the FUN of the stripes. SweetP also sent a sweet project bag, cute owl stickers and sweeties! It was such a lovely parcel to receive. Mwah!
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
I read The Happiness Project recently, and Gretchen's Personal Commandment to Spend Out challenged me. So I opened the fabric stash and grabbed my Ginger Blossom that I've had for an embarrassing three years. Ugh. I hacked into it and whipped up this lap quilt (50" x 60") in one week. It's my second ever quilt, and the first one I've sandwiched, machine quilted and bound myself. I'm feeling very proud and satisfied seeing the kids using it every day on the couch.
Next target - that Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric in the same three year old post and some Michael Millar retro cowboy stuff I've also had sitting for far too long!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
For the birds: Bird Seed Treats - to hang in our wintery trees.
For the monkeys: Honeycomb Popcorn Clusters - no, I don't style my food like Donna Hay before taking a pic. These were made with our allotment grown miniature black popping corn.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Winter Wardrobe Wednesday
Cardy: House of G
Knit for Tattoos T-shirt: Natalie Dee
Yoga Pants: Bamboo Body (bought yonks ago at Organic Baby in Petone)
Manky Slippers complete with toe air-holes: Egmont Tanneries
Accessories: Mister Six
Blurry Photo: Hubby not wearing his glasses
We're reading one of our favourite books - the illustrations of Seasons give me the warm fuzzies.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Pirates learn French.
Pirate Cowgirls learn maths. Relaxed on the couch. Cuz you can do that at home.
Boys learn fine motor skills. Good for the handwriting.
I was able to flick through Rip the Page while visiting a Soul Sister in Auckland recently, after seeing it around the home-learning blogosphere. Looks worth a crack for ALL of us to try some creative writing this year. It's good for the Mum to keep Learning It too!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
It's been a funny old week. I had a minor op which will hopefully sort out, once and for all, an annoying problem. I'm feeling very grateful that we've been able to maintain a level of insurance that meant I could have this done when I needed it done, not when the public health system thought I needed it done.
Some needed distractions:
Making It...a Stripe Study Shawl which won't be stripey since I'm using a variegated yarn throughout. I couldn't resist it when I visited The Little Craft Store in Auckland recently.
Reading It...Inside Stories. It wasn't going to cut it waiting at 21st on our library's reserve list. Thankfully, my mother-in-law had gifted me a Parsons book voucher earlier in the year so I could get my grubby little housewifely mitts on this. (Despite being in love with my Kindle I haven't given up my true love of a real book in the hands, especially NZ ones!)
Monday, June 20, 2011
Family circumstances this year have left me feeling a little frustrated with where our gardening is at. I've had my garlic and tree onions ready to be planted for a couple of months now, and even prepped the beds properly. I was hoping to get a bit of a jump on cooling soil temperatures. Now, it's Winter Solstice already and the garlic are still sitting there unlikely to be planted any time soon. As much as the Solstice is about a return to light and longer (colder!) days, for me it will also be about letting go and rolling with what life throws at us.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
I feel I need a little positive encouragement in some of our lifestyle choices at the moment so bought myself Making It. I enjoy reading Kelly & Erik's blog - because they sound so, um, normal, and their efforts look like things we can actually do here and now. Sure enough...Project 1: Olive Oil Lamps. I had the licorice tin, the wick (doesn't everyone have wick just laying around?) and of course, the olive oil. Voila! The kids are thrilled with it. We're all looking forward to going slowly through the book and ticking a few more things off...some we're already doing, some very achievable.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
I'm not so into the hipster, smart, modern looking e-reader accessories so whipped up this "granny chic" Kindle Cozy. Instead of (sensibly) using stash fabric and going all matchy matchy with my Laptop Cozy I was hooked on using some home decor weight linen. Unfortunately it's ended up a bit more granny than chic but was lovely to sew with and has given me a nice, thick, safe result.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Love, love, LOVE English paper piecing. This will be a lap quilt for the couch. They're 2" hexagons so it's not too daunting for me. Some of the repro' fabrics were gifted to me by one of my Soul Sisters so it's a very special, mindful project for me.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
I've been a little horrified at how quickly Winter Wardrobe Wednesday comes around each week on other people's blogs!
Much needed new haircut: James at Wildelocks on Cuba.
Cardy: House of G.
Dress: Thrifted. 50 cents! Go Levin!
Pants: Moa - my new winter wardrobe staple.
Shoes: Simple leather High Tops
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I have finished a variety of knitted objects while I've been somewhat inactive. Yes, that unusually shaped jersey IS for a dog - my sister's daschund, Lottie. Crazy, I've gone crazy. Knitting for a dog. Golly.
Baby knitting to use up stash yarn. This wee cardy is a lovely new pattern from Kelly. I've cast on another one already.
More socks for ME. These are modeled by my big girl who is trying to tell me that she fits my socks and shoes. Not quite yet!
More stashing busting - a felted tote.
I knitted Master Six this vest which fits his nearly 12 year old sister better - oops.
Plenty more knitting planned for the winter months ahead.