Thursday, January 31, 2013

Christmas haul

Its the last day in January, but I can still talk about the wonderful things I got for Christmas, right???
Ooophs.  Better late than never.  I got a wonderful collection of beautiful papers (which I promptly dug into to make some cards) from one wonderful lady.  I also got a fantastically, steampunky necklace by Jules Vine.  Adore!  Its little window opens up and you can remove the little beads (I'm trying very hard not to give into temptation and open it too often!).  The five keys are possibly the most cutesy, fairy tale like item I own.  I think I might like it a bit too much so I'll stop rambling about it now... But check out the etsy store - some really beautiful work.

I also received homemade rosemary olive oil, all tied up with this lovely felt handmade ornament.  Thank you, wonderful crafty friend!

I also got a selection of cards which made my heart sing for a number of different reasons.  The cut out card above is stunning!  Unfortunately when I was taking them down and pulling out bits to go into my craft stash, I tore it :(  The London scene card was from the generous Debbie in London.  I sent Debbie a little gift earlier in the year - I just chose someone from my comments and asked if they wouldn't mind!  Thankfully Debbie replied and I sent on something.  She saved my address I got a wonderful surprize opening my Christmas cards!  So pleased!

One of my talented, graphic designer friends sent a great card she designed herself.  I love it!

And this little nugget was knitted up specially for our cats by the partner of the felt ornament.  The cats weren't too impressed the first night but got really into it when our guests had gone home!   
And finally, I bought this snow globe set for a friend who was staying with us over Christmas.  Unfortunately the chains were broken between the train carriages - thankfully some quick beading tools later, it was all steaming ahead.

I really had a lovely, sun-filled Christmas :)

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Victorian Festival in Oamaru

I really am playing catch up with my photos - at this rate I'll have worked through them by June!
I went down to the Victorian Festival in Oamaru in November last year and managed to snag some beautiful whitestone cheeses too!
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Middle of Middle Earth

I can't believe its taken me from November to post these images of the redo of Wellington airport for the launch of the Hobbit.  I loved how New Zealand really got behind the movie.
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tea Cozy

A friend asked me to make her a granny inspired tea cosy (and I forgot!).  So when I found this creation in a second hand shop I had to buy it.  It wasn't quite long enough so I added the last three rows myself - there was originally a brown border.

As you can tell my friend liked it!
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Christmas cards 2

Some more Christmas makes...
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Friday, January 18, 2013

Christmas Bunting

Some Christmas bunting sewn up with stash gifted to me by a friend returning to Ireland late last year (hello!!).  I in turn gifted it to another wonderful person who hopefully will find it useful pretty!
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Thursday, January 17, 2013


This was my wonderful Halloween costume.  I had originally planned on going as a mermaid when I found the strange blue shiny fabric in my stash but then wasn't happy with the typical mermaid tops (I'm not wearing a bikini top to a party!).  So it became a shark...

I adapted an A-line skirt pattern for the tail - and even fully lined it and put in a zipper.

The t-shirt was the only non-stash portion of the project as I had to buy something to attach the shark fin to the back.  I did spent the night trying not to hit into people or knock over glasses.  But given that my first idea was to use cardboard, I could at least sit on a stuffed fin!  

Its come in handy recently when we had a three year old house guest - who thoroughly enjoyed dressing up as a shark and attacking people.
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