Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wearing It

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

Learning It

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

Twitching It

It's that time of year again! The Annual Garden Bird Survey! Join me for an hour this week, sitting and counting the birds in my garden. We get a wee bit cheatie and lure them in with lard and seed treats.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Fridaying It

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

Growing It

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

Making It

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

And again...

Recurring theme...

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

And again...

Recurring theme...

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

And again...

Recurring theme...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Winter Wardrobe Wednesday

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