Thursday, July 24, 2014


The latest upgrade to our kitchen ;)

Took me ages to find the label maker in my room. Definitely needs a tidy! 

BM fixed them to the inside of our pantry door.  I love how easy it is to see the spices. Such an improvement. Just need to save up for the rest of the kitchen! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Comfy crochet

Every blanket I crochet travels with me. So far this blanket has been to Taupo and Christchurch as well as stone henge aotearoa! 

I love the grays of the current blanket against the brights of the finished one I'm snuggling underneath while watching TV. Bliss. Again Wool Company wool and this is for a new arrival.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lucky I'm not allergic to cats

Got home from my pattern buying spree yesterday to see this. Really shouldn't leave my crochet out when I'm not actively crocheting.  Not sure about the blanket. Love some of the colours but really not sure about how it's coming together. The wool is from the wool company.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lovely lovely fabrics

The fabric store had a sale this week. I seriously love these. The petrol blue is a silk viscose blend. The check is merino but with flaws so it might pull apart too easily :(. But oh so beautiful in person and I hope it lasts.   Far, far too busy in work at the moment so my sewing and crafting is restricted to buying and thinking about making - not the most productive combination.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Papercut patterns

Oohh!   So so pleased :)

I got the coppelia, circle top and ensis tee. Can't wait to start making them. And in a nice symmetry I bought them using money I got from dropping clothes off to the recycle boutique! Hoping to use up some fabric a brac woolly goodness on the circle top.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Buttons, stars and the wairarapa

I spent a rather relaxing special night in the white swan in grey town in the wairarapa last night. Christ on a bike, was it ever needed. The last few weeks have been intense. 

The white swan is a boutique hotel where the main rooms are themed. We stayed in the George suite (thank you grab one voucher - which also included a yummy dinner for two).

A rather grand three room suite (I'm sure you're not supposed to count the bathroom but I am!)

Very luxurious ;)

Greytown is a cute town. We wandered around the various gift, antiques and clothes shops.  Such lovely things :)

Cute, no?

I loved the 3d effect of these doodles. The art shop there is just lovely. There's usually great books and supplies. I was rather hard pressed to leave without a new set of markers I don't need! 

I rather adore these light fittings. They'd look great in our kitchen over the island (yup, the one we don't have but it's planned - so I regretfully left these behind too!)

This was a stunning military champaign chest which opened up into a desk - only the bottom drawer was real. So beautifully made. For $1000 not an impulse purchase. Would be great as a work desk in my sewing room but there's far too much to do to that room before I can even think of what furniture goes in there! Let alone the price of the piece!

On to Stonehenge aotearoa today - and as tonight is matariki it was very apt!  I didn't know what to expect. But it was wonderful. Richard have us a really informative and engaging tour, covering Maori, Celtic, Greek and other legends involving the stars, navigation and religion!  Turns out I'm a Virgo not a libra! Really worth a visit if you're keen on astronomy. 

Had a quick wander about featherston on the way home and found the mother load of 35c buttons in Jim's collectables. 

Love it. I came home with 50 of them ;)

All in all a lovely weekend. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Oooh all the lovely wool

Gotta love new wool. Just out of the wool shop on my way to taupo. Yummy colors. Unfortunately some of the obesity wanted are out of print (?) run. Ah well. Got some lovely other options instead. In Tim Gunns infamous words. Make it work!