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! 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

sewing machine cover


I am so so pleased by this make.  Its a cover for my Toyota (piece of crap) sewing machine.  But at least this way it looks pretty when I'm not using it.

Its a quilting cotton (that I love but can't remember where its from) and reinforced with stiff interfacing.  Its also lined and has a side pocket for the pedal.



Such a major improvement over the tattered plastic crappy cover that came with the machine (which most definitely did NOT have a pedal pocket).


I even like how the handle hole in the top turned out (I cut it out with flaps and then folded them back on the outside and the interfacing and sewed it up in a rather odd manner - as it the rest of the cover was already done - so I was sewing in the bottom of the cover!).


I love how it has some stiffness to it even minus sewing machine.  I used the original plastic cover as a pattern (and ripped it up in the process) - but unfortunately the handle hole should have been a bit more to the left.  Live and learn - never trust poorly designed pieces as a proper 'pattern'!

Monday, June 2, 2014

saying goodbye


This lovely pattern was made with the most beautiful soft merino wool (Patons Merino Baby 8ply in fact).  But due to the fact that I worked in far too tight a tension, it felt like burlap.  Dammit!  So I finally frogged it today.  - I think I've lost the natural bounce of the yarn, as it stayed crocheted up for quite some time and it now wound into balls.  Will have to get my thinking cap on.

charming


Whitcoulis had a sale this week and I just couldn't help myself (yes, I'm seriously trying to stash bust across all my crafty endeavours, but I'm weak...)

Love the different 'charms' in Make Clay Charms


I'm not so great at reading the instructions but I've been having a really fun play.


Look at all the bright beautiful (if somewhat gaudy) colours.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Map guide for craft shops in Wellington

Click on the symbol to get details about each of the craft shops; hours, contact information, etc.