Wednesday, 29 August 2007
Wednesday, 22 August 2007
If I had more time I would make a lovely box for her to lie in but I would like Jerusalem to get it this year!
Saturday, 18 August 2007
There are so many people I could tag, whose blogs I love to read, love their kindness, admire their creativity and their work, covet their homes and so on but they have already been tagged.
So here's 7 wonderful ladies who I don't think have been tagged yet.
Hope you are all a nice weekend!
Thursday, 16 August 2007
I have been away. For those of you who don't know, our little country consists of two main Islands, appropriately called the North and South Island. Auckland, where I live is in the North Island. My Mum has spent the last 30 years living in a small city called Nelson at the top of the South Island. Mum sold her house recently and made the decision to move to Auckland to be closer to her grandchildren. She is going to live with us for a while until she decides what part of Auckland she would like to buy in.
Last Thursday I flew to Nelson to help Mum with the final winding up of her house. On Saturday we packed her car up with the things that weren't going into storage, mainly her clothes, shoes, craft gear, computer and alcohol . . . lifes little neccessities!!
We must have looked so funny, like the hillbillies, honestly you could not cram another thing
in the car . . .
First stop was morning tea at Pelorous where we came across this fellow outside . . .
And then on to Picton to catch our ferry to the North Island. We had a little wander around first in The Looking Glass, a craft supply shop where Mum bought silk ribbon for her embroidery . . .
We chose the wild and woolliest day to cross the Cook Strait. However, our ferry, the Kaitaki was one of the new ones and we just skimmed across the choppy ocean. So smooth was it that we were able to enjoy a relaxing drink . . .
We stayed two nights in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. My Aunty and cousins live there. We had a lovely catch up, family dinners and lunches and I went on this bungy thingy (normally meant for children!) with Melissa, my cute baby cousin (aged 10 years!).
On Monday morning we left Wellington and headed north. First stop was Fibre Flair another craft supply shop where Mum bought more silk ribbon . . .Next stop was morning tea at this fabulous cafe called The Brown Sugar Cafe. Wonderful indoor/outdoor setting with gorgeous gifts as well.
As we were passing through a little town called Levin I just happened to spot this sign "Salvation Army Thrift Store". I found a few treasures that I was able to to squash into the car. A rosey curtain for the new shop, Belgium Tapestry mats that sell well, wallpaper border, embroidered pieces, a dressing table vanity set and 4 meters of Chinese silk brocade. Not a bad haul!
On to Taihape for lunch at another Brown Sugar Cafe because the first one was so good!
We had gourmet cheese on toast sandwiches
These Brown Sugar Cafe's are so arty, just had to take a photo of this
On and on we drove, finally reaching Auckland at 8pm that night, after leaving Wellington at 9am.
It was so great to be home, to see Babes and the Princess who told me over and over again how much she missed me and how much she loves me. She was also very excited to see her much loved Nana.
So, now we are an extended family of Babes, Stella and I, Coco and Meah our cats and Mum's two cats, Hamish and Martha who arrived from Nelson by plane yesterday!Its so cool because my Mum and I haven't lived in the same city since I was 17 years old and only got to see each other two to three times a year.
Monday, 6 August 2007
and look at these great tags . . .
but this, oh wow, look at this cupcake collage with flocked tulle and crepe paper and sparkles. GORGEOUS!
but that's not all . . . wrapped in pink tissue were these faux cupcakes. I can't believe the perfection of them, GORGEOUS! even Babes who is so not into the girly stuff thinks they are great! Natasha makes these and sells them on her website. Believe me they are fantastic.
but wait, there's more . . . a set of 100 Patty Pans with the most gorgeous rose pattern. I am going to use them for the next tea party I do for Stella and her wee friends.
Here's what I did for Natasha . . .
This is vintage photo album which I have tarted up with sheet music, vintage trim and damask, craft roses, lace and ribbons.
I also tarted up this tin with vintage wall paper and bits and bobs. Inside are cupcake sprinkles and cupcake dusting powder.
and one of my Flower Fairy cards that everyone gets!
Thursday, 2 August 2007
So I took it home for $3 and last night starting peeling it back to reveal this . . .
and then this . . .
Wednesday, 1 August 2007
They were allowed to wear anything they wanted, pj's, different shoes, crazy hats etc. All the teachers participated and they had messed the school up, signs upside down etc.
It was so much fun, we worked out what she would wear the night before. In the morning Daddy dressed her, and did her hair. He did such a great job! Isn't she so cute??
And because Mummy is a tinsy, whinsy bit wacky herself, I couldn't resist, and arrived to pick Stella up in the afternoon dressed like this!
Yuk! I take such a gross photo. Too close, surely my legs arn't that short, it must be the checked pj pants. And I know I am not that wide, must be the big Victoria's Secret t-shirt . . .
But that surely is my messy house, I'm still trying to stash the overflowing contents of one shop into the overflowing contents of one house!