Saturday, 30 June 2012

This moment

Soule Mama inspired Friday Ritual ( a day late in this case), a single photo for the week, no words.

Thursday, 28 June 2012


Winter has arrived - snow, skiing, skating and knitting happening .
Blogging is on the bottom of the list while we are out enjoying the snow
But I have started a new project with Noro.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Two Weeks

We have been:

Skiing: Ski fields opened , our babe skied from the top of the mountain without a fall, proud mama and happy girl.

Knitting: Noro love - sock yarn made into a neck warmer

Sewing : ice skating costumes - Winterfest ice show is coming next week

Resting: Runny noses, feverish babes, afternoon sleeps on the sofa, thankfully short lived and bouncing back.

Listening to  the new albumn :Some Bright Morning by Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem

Making little books  and little hankies

Adding girly bling to ski helmets

Around all this was a job lost when an office closed and a new job gained with more time for  Dad to play - sometimes forced change is good. Now waiting for more snow to fall ......

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Pinterest challenge 2/52

This week a packet of melty beads arrived in the post so we did another one of Helena's projects -  melted bead bracelets which is on my pinterest board.

This is a good one for 5 year olds as 5 minutes of my time and by the time G spread beads on the baking tray and threaded the bracelets it was a good hour of her time - perfect for rainy days.

(sorry blurry photo at bottom - fading daylight)
I have a few more melty bead projects I want to try too, so am off to pinterest to check them out.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Handmade in Wellington

We got home this morning after a fantastic weekend in Wellington. Georgie and Derek checked out the zoo, Te Papa and a few local playgrounds while I got to take in 6 classes at handmade 2012.

I went to a real mix of classes - all of which were 2 hours long.  I tried to do things that did not require me lugging too much stuff with us to Wellington on the plane and also things that were a bit new to me.

My first class was on oriental book binding by Jan Jiang, I totally loved this class and can see me doing this at home as it was quick easy and you don't need any special tools .

I also did her chinese paper cutting course which was really fun and easy too. Highly recommend both of these if you go next year.

I couldn't help myself and did do a couple of sewing ones
fabric baskets

These were super easy and would make great gifts

I also did a hand stitching class and while the skills were nothing new to me - I really enjoyed this class -Katy from Threadmark has the most amazing tiny and neat stitches I have every seen and her blog is now one of my new favourites - she makes amazing birds and lots of other stuff in felt.
Here was the little bird I made in her class

(actually I finished him at home this evening with just a few more little spots but it was too dark to get a good photo)

I went to a class called illuminated native flowers and made this little pohutukawa brooch which has a battery in the back so lights up!

Cool idea but think mine will end up on the xmas tree

The last class was soap making - no pictures as the soap is curing in a paper coffee cup mould  ( ie not that pretty at the moment).  I like the idea of making my own soap and actually was really easy - just need to buy some supplies so I may do this when it's a bit warmer as I can see it being a bit messy and I might so it outside.

Making by hand makes me happy, very satisfying coming away with 6 finished projects after 2 days .  I also checked out the fabulous new  shop Stitchbird has opened in Wellington - I seriously could have gone home with any of the fabric she had in stock and been happy. Check out her website and it is even better in the real ( and I did come home with fabric - like I need more!)

Handmade 2013 is apparently in the planning - well worth going to so keep an eye out in the coming months  ( see Handmade 2012)