and then

and then 1 - Warrington skyline

and then 2 - starfish find

and then 3 - rock climbing Warrington Beach

and then 4 - rock climbing Warrington Beach

Today is the last day of the school holidays – we spent some time at the beach at Warrington just exploring and enjoying this beautiful spring weather. Such a beautiful day, sunny and warm, and the beach was filled with families, paua divers, rockpool explorers and spear fisherman.

Today is the last day of our ‘old life’. Tomorrow, well, who knows. A new job, and a new busy schedule. It’s a bit of a case of and then…

Joanna x

well Razz my Berries!

little minx - The Blossoms are Here Tote Bag

little minx - Off to the Playground Children Tote Bag

little minx - Fields of Joy Tote Bag

little minx - Pops of Pink Tote Bag

little minx - Shimmering Softly Tote Bag

I’ve been sitting halfway between here and now – on a cusp of a change of jobs, in the midst of the school hols, on the border of not sure what to do next, which is course is right next door to who knows where this will lead to. It would be an understatement to say life is on hold, with a wallopingly large spoonful of where to now, do you think? I don’t know the answer to that, so for now I am hanging in the balance, and trying to sort out some of my layers of stuff ‘to do’ which I suspect I will not have time for from the end of this week. Starting with loading the last of my little minx bags into the shop x

Razz my Berries is 1950’s slang for ‘excite or impress me’ – this is a great website for retro pics and ideas

Magic

magic 1 - Long Beach Dunedin

magic 2 - vintage sun umbrella

magic 3 - Mia on Long Beach

magic 4 - Long Beach Dunedin

Today has been Magic. Summer is well and truly on its way – warm, blue, and sunny, we spent the day at Long Beach picnicking and reading under a vintage sun umbrella, throwing sticks for Max, swimming, kicking around a soccer ball, and building sand castles… sigh….

… and I am a little bit obsessed with this album, and this song, at the moment…

Changes

Changes - congratulations flowers

Changes - 'Southern Trees' by Heather Dunckley

There has been big news around here, and changes are afoot. I have a full time job! A bona fide 9-5 (ish) weekday job – very exciting indeed. It would seem that right now there have been a lot of shifts in the balances of our home, and things will have to change to accommodate them. We are thinking about our home, our timetable, our weekly planner – there are a lot of decisions to make.

One thing that has been on my mind is the little minx blog – with full time work this is not something I will be able to maintain, and of late I have been pondering the future of this space. Life is very different from when I hit post way back in March 2009. Gosh how different things are! We have been married, Mia has started school, Reuben has moved on to Intermediate and starts High School next year, the little minx brand has grown and grown, held back really only by an exploding appendix, and on this blog there has been 4 & 12 years of my life and over 500 posts. I have loved every minute of it – now the question is what to do next? I love to blog, and would like to continue, but am thinking of something new, something different, to reflect the next phase in life. I’ll let you know soon enough what that is – but if you have any thoughts please feel free to leave a comment or email me at littleminxshop@yahoo.com – always happy to hear what you have to say, and would love to hear what you do and don’t like, or would maybe like to see next.

I will also hold a sale in the little minx shop soon as I am pretty certain this is something else I will no longer have time for. It’s been a blast, but the focus will be elsewhere from now on methinks!

Changes - 'West Coast Giants' by Heather Dunckley

During the time this blog has been going Simon and I were married, and one of the families involved on the day gifted us some money to help with the wedding or do with as we wished. We used some for the wedding and the remainder to purchase these two beautiful Heather Dunckley pieces – ‘Southern Trees’ and ‘West Coast Giants’ – we have finally had them framed, see that only took nearly 5 years!

Look at those beautiful flowers – aren’t I lucky! My lovely family sent those to me to congratulate me!

Crafty Freaks #6

little minx Camera Strap 1

 

I really dislike camera straps, I find them scratchy and uncomfortable, usually too wide, and they make me feel like the camera is pulling me down to the ground neck first. I hadn’t had this current camera long before I took the strap off, preferring to walk around holding it instead. This, of course, has it’s own problems and limitations, especially when you end up holding it for a long time – something I soon discovered when I held it for most of the day on the Peninsula tour last weekend.

little minx Camera Strap detail

So this weeks Crafty Freaks was rather a revelation, as it has changed my view on camera straps forever. This design was one of those work-it-out-as-I-go-along kind of ideas, I have looked at some on Pinterest and even saved tutorials, but when it came down to the making I just nutted it out as I went along. Heck, it doesn’t even have a pattern drafted, just a plain ole cut, iron, sew, and finish. I sure do live life on the edge huh ;-)

little minx Camera Strap

 

Super happy with it, and it is so comfortable to wear. I made the fabric part at the top a lot longer than the strap it came with, which seems to work a lot better as it sits much lower down over the collar bone – and with a Vintage fabric like that I think it’s going to look great against almost anything. Now to save enough money to wander around that city map with it….

What went right? Well, everything. It’s come out really well, and was a quick and easy make.

What went wrong? Nothing – I don’t think I would change a thing.

To check out what the other talented Crafty Freaks are up to visit our Pinterest board here.

365 Grateful (August 2014)

little minx #365Grateful August 2014 1

happy beach dog

little minx #365Grateful August 2014 2

be here. now

little minx #365Grateful August 2014 3

an afternoon planning a party & wandering through shops with my favourite girl

little minx #365Grateful August 2014 4

a slow lazy Sunday afternoon playing vintage board games

little minx #365Grateful August 2014 5

the most fabulous day spent wandering & chatting with a dear friend

little minx #365Grateful August 2014 5

I love texts like this

This month seems to have been filled with love and luck – for which I am eternally grateful.

Joanna x

a day on the Peninsula

lookout from the Albatross Centre

Royal Albatross doing a fly-by

west coast, South Island of New Zealand

the beach at Penguin Place where the Yellow Eyed Penguins come ashore

This past weekend we have had VIP guests visiting – my parents have been over from Australia. It was also Mia’s 8th birthday, so we had a lot of together-time, meals, and adventures. Our biggest adventure was a day spent taking a Peninsula Tour with Monarch Wildlife Cruises - up and over the Otago Peninsula, over to the Royal Albatross Centre, on to the Monarch to cruise around the Taiaroa headland, then for a wander around Penguin Place to view the Yellow Eyed Penguins. It’s an amazing day out – such a great experience, and you see such many amazing and unique wildlife, I highly recommend it! Such a great way to appreciate the wonder that is around us. As you can see it was rather a gray and hazy day, but often that is the best light for Dunedin, showing off all it’s rugged beauty.