Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pillowcase bag workshop at Sew Love Tea Do!

My blog post on the pillowcase bag I designed years ago went super duper viral on Pinterest. It's STILL out there doing the rounds, that and the tutorial are my all time best viewed posts. I get asked all the time when I am going to teach another workshop on how to make them. Well....here is your chance!

I am guest tutoring over at Sew Love Tea Do on October the 4th from 1-3 pm. Yay, huh?!

It costs $45 and will be much fun. Can't wait to meet you all! 
You can see Sarah's (the lovely lovely person behind the brilliant Sew Love Tea Do) blog post about it all HERE
Or you can just book straight away HERE!

Sew Love Tea Do has the sweetest headquarters in Auckland's Karangahake Rd (K Rd)...St Kevin's Arcade to be precise. Land of good coffee and groovy vibes.

So pleased to be guest tutoring with Sew Love Tea Do, Sarah is doing such great work. If you haven't checked it out, please do. x

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Oh, Spring

It's happening. Spring. It always does. Every year without fail. Yet somehow, in the deep of winter's rain and chill, I lose touch with this little fact. Maybe that's what happens when you live in the moment, or try to. It certainly makes me super excited when Spring does roll around. 
The daffodils and jonquils are blooming, there are baby lambs in the fields and there is earth under my fingernails from working in the garden. Today there were windows of sunshine between the rain and I made the most of it. We've just raised our garden beds and I had perennials sitting under the tree in buckets needing to go back into the ground. It feels so good to be planning the summer garden. Jed and I have a big list of what we'd like to grow this year. Can't wait! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

the rocketing stars

I love being around these two. You know, when you are sort of around, doing your own thing and the kids are doing their thing? The conversations I overhear are priceless. We first heard about this guy and his mama when in hospital after having Jed. We had very similar births. Both very much different to what we had imagined. So we go way back. From babies to being in a band together. The Rocketing Stars. Good stuff!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

first decent doughnut

We spent much of last week in various appointments, so come Friday I thought the little guy needed a treat. Now, this is the guy who begs me to bring home a treat when I go into meetings at work. Either biodynamic gouda cheese or his favourite spinach and mushroom pie. Hard to say no to those 'treats'! 

He'd never had a decent doughnut though. I thought it was time we remedied that.
We hit Foxtrot Parlour, one of my favourite Auckland cafe's, in Ponsonby Central Market. We don't do the cafe thing much. It's pricey,I get too twitchy and with a kid, well, it's never going to be leisurely. We're usually more the lunchbox carrying, picnicking kind. Every once and a while though, it's nice. And THIS was one awesome doughnut. You get a choice of three fillings and get to inject it in yourself. Doesn't come better than that!

Friday, September 5, 2014

what I brought home

I did bring home some treasures from the Vintage Textile Fair. Despite being a tad skint at the moment, I gave myself a budget and couldn't believe what I managed to bring home. This amazing hand embroidered purse for one. I am partial to vintage embroidery. And four pieces of great fabric. $5 each! Each piece has at least 2 metres, if not three or four. Plenty for a garment or two. Joy! (Er, those of you who are non-fabric appreciators might like to skim this post!)

The red black and white geometric and floral print is 100% pure silk and feels like a dream. Four metres of it for five dollars! I did a happy dance. The black and white is a cotton voile with embroidered edges, exactly what I had been looking for. And rare. For those who don't know about these things.

A hefty gingham cotton weave in navy and blue. And the fuzzy one in the photo is five metres of a polished vintage cotton in a mossy green with white spots. A summer dress perhaps? Certainly enough to get me inspired and creating late into the night.

And this little number is a Liberty sundress, or should I say frock?! I didn't try it on and it doesn't fit. It's lovely but...I don't think it is quite my colour either so it will sit until it's rightful owner fronts up. I couldn't take a decent photo of it as someone kept popping into the frame, which was hilarious, he'd ninja into the room when I was busy behind the camera and I wouldn't realise until I'd hit the shutter. Beagle! As we say around here.