Friday, October 31, 2008
I bet you thought I'd finally got sick of robots, you did, didn'tcha? Well I haven't, and here are two little new friends to prove it. Mr Red the Robot is off to Wellington to live with Louise, and Gary the Green Robot is another one that I am adding to my etsy shop (when I get around to setting it up). How are you all by the way? I've had a mad mad mad week and I haven't been cruising the blogosphere with the same vigour as I normally do. I hope you are all having a hay-ride of a good time out there.
By the way, wanna join in with some handmade Christmassy fun? Have a look at Ms Mixture's great idea here.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Actually, I have two stories of restraint. First, week-before-last I had a spare hour to kill before picking up Sylvie. As is my usual custom, I dithered between sewing or going junk shopping. But then, out of the blue, it occurred to me that I could sort out some stuff to TAKE to the junk shop, and without further ado I filled 7 supermarket bags full of old clothes and toys. Then I threw several manky sheets in the bin, just for good measure!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Look at the cute wee speedo.
And the very styley steering wheel...
And we did some great shopping which I will show you later but for now would you like to see another treat of the day? This deeelicious cheesecake that we had at Monterey House, a cafe that truly is in the back and beyond of the middle of nowhere. I recommend it highly.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
(Mary Anna and me, Long Beach, Dunedin, approximately 1980. She's the one in the red jersey and I am the messy-haired trouser-wearing little one in the background)
Friday, October 24, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Shhhh! I'm listening to something! I think I can hear...yes...I can...I can hear the sound of someone slacking around at work. Is it me? I think it might be. Well if YOU are in the mood to waste some work time and monopolise the printer for your own personal needs, may I recommend visiting The Small Object or Design Freebies (especially the "stationery" section) to download some cute free printables for yourself? The small object has these great labels shown above and many other things that are just *too cute*. After all, you can never have too many labels, tags, thumb wrestling belts (?!), now can you?
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Getta load of this dog, he's completely smocked. I think he is rather hilarious and if I could be bothered, I'd make him, just for a laugh. But I can't be bothered because I have lots of other exciting projects on the go, including my table-linen goes bedroom project, my boring covers for cushions project, and my red robot project (stay tuned).
Today I read the most poetic and sublime description of a junk-shopping experience over on Christy's blog. I feel a little shame-faced as I recall my last junk-shopping experience, which was to walk right past the shop because I saw that the woman I call the "Button Nazi" was on the counter. She always measures the fabric scraps I buy by the metre and then charges me a ridiculously high price for them. Yes I KNOW its for charity, but puh-lease! By the metre for fabric scraps? No, Button Nazi, I will not be ripped off!
Did you know- junk shopping after school holidays is always particularly lucrative, as people have had clean-outs. Top tip.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I promised I would show some of my treasures from the Catholic Women's League junk shop in Ranfurly, so here they are. First, some boots that are so country I just wanna go cattle ropin' or hay throwin'. I also got some fabric scraps and other miscellanea, but I was so very happy to also find some retro tablecloths. I have a real soft spot for these, and I have a particular project in mind for using them. You just wait! Just wait and see! It's gonna be smockin fantastic.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
What with holidays and so on, it's been ages since I sat down and made a *craft item*. Last night, since I was so excited to be back in my own little house with my own little sewing machine, I made this bag for my friend Ann. It's loosely based on the Lotta Jansdottir All Day Tote, but it's about twice as deep, because Ann has an awful lot to fit into her all day activities. The fabric is a mixture of new denim, junk-shopped upholstery fabric, and some spotty patchwork fabric for the lining.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The children are obsessed with the idea of the middle of nowhere. From time to time as we were driving they asked, "Is this middle of nowhere?"
And this is the Maniototo, only it's normally gold, not green. To me, the Maniototo is a golden basin with a big, big, big sky.
Next post: The fantastic haul from the Catholic Women's League thrift shop in the bustling metropolis of Ranfurly.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
If I was writing my own lyrics to "My favourite things", it would have to include all the items on this list: mountains with snow on them, looking at the sea, homemade bread, homemade butter (it tastes of udder- at least, I imagine what that farmy type taste is), robots, reading books, sleep-ins, avocados, late nights, things in the post, manchester, haberdashery, stationery, kindness of strangers, parcels, postcards, letters, old-fashioned stamps, china, glass, cutlery, old story books, knitted and crocheted things, home sewing. Oh, and really hilarious pictures in childrens books that look rude, even though they didn't mean to. I have a real cracker to show you when I get back home to my scanner.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Luckily New Zealand is full of equally beautiful places, so if you live somewhere really beautiful you still have holiday options. Today we are off to the picturesque Maniototo to stay with my sister on the farm for a week. Everyone is very excited.
In fact, it's been a day full of excitement on all fronts. It's Simon's birthday and there was a frenzy of unwrapping presents first thing this morning. Also, Sylvie got to unwrap her last two presents from her birthday. Get a load of the fantastic knitted food!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Now I'm not 100% sure, but I think "smock" might be a swear word in a parallel universe. It certainly has a cuss-word ring to it. Shall we try it out, just to make sure?
"Go smock yourself, mother-smocker! Smock off! Get smocked! If I hear that one more smockin' time, I think I'll explode! Smock it!"
Yep. It's definitely a swear word somewhere. Here's a photo of some old smocker.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
It's Sylvie's actual birthday today, so this morning there were pikelets for breakfast and two presents to open. First, a green robot, as requested. Second, some delicious wooden fruit with velcro dots and a knife so you can cut them up. Cute! I love wooden food. So good for one's figure.
Little does she know there are other presents waiting in the wings. Simon gets home on tomorrow, so we'll have more birthday treats then and we can all join in. There is a big box of duplo from two of the Aunties, and the other Auntie has sent some knitted food. I can't WAIT to show you all that, once Sylvie as opened it. Grandma is supplying a big box of beautiful new crayons, and there is a cheque from Grandad Bruce. Lucky Sylvie! And lucky us for being her family.