Monday, December 20, 2010

Ged and I were children-less the other night, and after a crazy muggy day, we decided to do some thunderstorm gardening. It was so nice to be outside with rain starting to come down and the thunder & lightening. We dug up our rather sad garlic ( we planted late as we moved in to this house in July, so the poor things never got a decent chance, but hey, some is better than none!) Planted heaps of beetroot and sunflowers, new lettuces, cucumbers & some more tomatoes.
Eating from the garden has been SO bloody nice. You just can't beat that flavour!
Time to plant some more carrots, 'someone' has been sneaking baby ones while they water the garden???
P.S: Please feel free to admire the progress on my little sewing studio in the background!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ashleigh came home from a sleep over
the other day with a little surprise.
There have been here for 3 days and are still alive!
Finger crossed.
They're camped out in the hot water cupboard.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Today I posted off my decorations for the
Christmas decoration swap organized by sew funky
The top 3 pics are ornaments I've received in the post already
and the reindeer at the bottom are my contribution to the swap.
I love partaking in these swaps as the the kids get just as much
of a thrill as I do finding goodies in the mail box!

A few pics of the weekend bash.
Ged and his beautiful niece Chimere
cutting some cake.
The whanau below. Gosh were a motley bunch!
And that's not even half of us!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tomorrow is my partner Ged's 40th & he is having a joint party with his neice Chimere who is turning 20. Were having a fancy dress G & C theme and I cant wait to see what people come up with. Chimere's fav colour is yellow so I've made her floral purse with some vintage button earings and chunky ring to match.
Hopefully I'll get some good pics to post. Ged & I are going as cave Man
& Woman! The only costume that will fit over my bump I think!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The 1st of Christmas has been, and with it two little girls bursting with excitement over opening their Advent calenders. Alex and Ashleigh are away on camp so they have to wait until Friday fro theirs, I am tempted to sample on behalf!
I've had a few good thrift finds lately, but keep forgetting to take pics! I scored some mint condition white leather retro roller-skate's in the brown vinyl carry bag for Ash for Christmas from the salvo's for $20!
And today I got this stunning bread bin which the girls think is awesome. There's nothing like retro floral to brighten your day!
I'm working on my Christmas deco swap at the Moment, and I'll post about that soon.
Hope you have all
enjoyed the sunny weather!

Friday, November 19, 2010

A couple of nice things to share with you this week

My 'new' rose 'Lavender Pinocchio' which I've planted
next to my 'new' studio, so that I can look out of my lovely french
doors and be inspired by its beauty.

My inspiration wall next to my sewing desk..xo
Hope your all having a nice week.
If your in the Manawatu this weekend, pop into the crosshills
country fair in Kimbolton.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

My girlfriend Debs popped in last weeekend.
A fleeting visit full of inspiration, drooling and cups of tea.
It was lovely.
Debs is an amazing artist, and for the past few years has been producing
the most amazing mixed!
You can check out her blog here
happy blogging

Monday, November 1, 2010

I was 'blog cruising' the other day and came across this lady
using this very nifty tool
I can't remember the blog now but I went on the prowl the
next day for the nifty tool!
It is a bias binding thingy. You feed the fabric through and press it
with the iron as it comes out the other side and
it's all folded and ready to go! So today as I started doing
some sewing, an order for one of my pinny tops, and I didn't have the right coloured tape, I suddenly remembered my 'nifty tool thingy'
and went 'yay'!
Here is my beautiful binding. I love bias binding but anything other than plain coloures costs you a fortune. My nifty tool was $17 (not exactly 'cheap') shall get loads of use.
The brand is clover and I got it down at the local patch work shop.
Sewing my dolly

sideways picture....for some reason??

And the lovely model baby looks so grown up. ..
When did that happen?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Kitchen busy

The weather today is total crap, I've lit the coal range for the first time in ages,
time to get some sewing jobs ticked off the list I think.However......
I discovered hiding in the hedgerows on Sunday...some Elderflower in bloom...
This gave me a little hope for hot summer days sipping elderflower cordial,
So I subtly pushed Ged out of the car with a bag....
and well the rest you can see for yourself xox

The other goodies getting create din the kitchen this week were a batch of home made muesli bars.
I was lying in bed when I realised that the daily lunches consumed 5 bars a day! seeing as you usually only get 6 in box, I thought....that's an average of $3 (approx) per week day....$15 a week. Enough of this frivolous spending, which we really don''t have anyway. Out came the cook book and......

Oatie slice:
1/2 C Sunflower seeds
3 C rolled oats (the porridge kind)
1 C sesame seeds
1 C wheat germ (I forgot the wheatgerm and sesame seeds and it still turned out fine)
2 1/2 C Sultanas (or your choice of dried fruit)
1 1/2 C wholemeal flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
1 1/2 C Coconut
1-1/2 C Raw sugar
11 oz Butter
6 Tbsp Honey ( I can't eat honey so I made a blend of 2 Tbsp malt 4 Tbsp golden syrup)
Melt butter and honey mix pour over dry ingredients, press into 2x sponge roll tins and bake until golden...15-20min. Cut into bars when warm. xox Makes 32 bars. This recipe can easily be halved.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Is anyone out there in blogville interested in doing a goodies swap with me?

Spring has come and I have cleaned out my stash piles and would love to share some of it with someone, and get a little new inspiration at the same time!

I'm thinking I'll fill an A4 envelope with goodies...

...fabric scraps, ribbon, lace, paper, fibre......

you fill one too and we get exciting presents in the mail..ya!

If your keen leave a comment xoxoxo

Friday, October 8, 2010

Thursday was a beautiful day here, so I seized the moment and took the girls off for an adventure to the Herb Farm which is a few K's out of Feilding. We had a great time doing our Elf quiz's and munching on homemade marshmallows and tasty goodies. We were all elfy inspired when we got home so we hauled out the fibre and made some woolly dolls with fleece and pip cleaners...pop's one had a very vigorous felting experience and is now a caterpillar!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I popped into raid a friends garden for cuttings the other
day and she gave me this beautiful bunch of Daphne.
It has to be the best smell ever and makes
the cold winter months worth it!
All three of the kiddies are home today with
the nasty flu which is doing the rounds.
Poor Alex had a temp of 39.4 C last night.
Perked up today with some sunshine and home baking though.
Anya and I sat drawing some 'still life' Daphne on
the table with water colour pencils.
Hope the weekend has some sun for us all.

Monday, August 23, 2010

I've been meaning to post about our new house since...well....we shifted in! But the madness and chaos has interrupted any kind of photo opp and decent bloggy endeavours. So on that note a very quick peek of our new chooks (rescued from the local commercial outlet) new vege patch which I'm desperate for growing action, supermarket vege is driving me mad...I can't wait to be picking salad greens again and a batch of Geds kale meatballs. Hopefully in the next few weeks there will be my raspberry canes behind the garden along the fence, our glass house put up between the chooks and vege and another two plots built for spuds and summer goodies.

A little peek of this stunner. These magnolias were 'dormant' when we shifted in and it's an inspiring site to peek out the laundry window in the morning (in the pic) and see this. there is a red one closer to the house by the wood shed which has come into flower since, port wine magnolia I think it is, as well as about 4-5 young plants scatted about in the garden. Exciting action will be taking place soon...(hopefully) beneath this wounderful tree...the love of my life is building me an out door sewing studio on top of a concrete pad which is already here(remnant from an old garden shed) Were using an old set of french doors and building a veranda out from them so this will be my view form them. I'm soooo excited (and suspecting a hidden agenda? perhaps to distract me from his beer garden/shed/man cave??? But right now I don't care hehehe. Will keep you posted with progress
Hopefully get some indoor pics up this week. hope Everyone is keeping healthy...xoox

Monday, May 17, 2010

Check out this amazing art work on Etsy:

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mother Natures gifts

Today is Fleurs' 3rd Birthday...
We celebrated together
with a walk at the park to feed the ducks.
It was a magic autumnal day..lucky enough to
have no wind!
The colours were breathtaking...

The textures were so inspirational..

She never fails to amaze

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