Spring Sale!

little minx Spring Sale!

It’s official, jump about and make squee noises, SPRING is here! To celebrate I am having a SALE in the little minx shop and am offering a huge 50% OFF STOREWIDE! Head to the shop, have a nuzzle around, pick some vintage wonderfulness, and on checkout enter the code SPRING2015 for your discount… sale runs from September 1st to 7th 2015

Where do I go? To the little minx shop

Then what? Pick your face vintage piece and enter SPRING2015 on checkout to get your 50% OFF

What happens next? You can sit back knowing that you not only supported a small business that exists to re-use, upcycle and recycle beautiful vintage pieces, but that it’s all handmade with love! Yippee! And thank you. Happy shopping x

crafty swaps

Kiwi Girlz Bratz Doll remake

When one of my co-workers and I discovered we were both a bit crafty the idea of a swap was touted about. Jo does these amazing Bratz doll re-do’s under the moniker Kiwi Girlz, stripping the clownish over-painted faces, removing the trashy clothing, and tossing the high high heels in favour of a 1950s style dress and sweet fimo boots. After looking at a couple of photo’s of Mia she designed a doll based on her appearance, sourcing one with coloured skin and re-painting the face with beautiful blue eyes to look like Mia, she’s done just the most beautiful job. Her work is absolutely gorgeous, right down to the stunning stitch-work on the dress which is all hand sewn, when Mia first laid her eyes on it she exclaimed Oh wow, it’s so beautiful. You can check the Kiwi Girlz Etsy shop here.

little minx patchwork bag

little minx patchwork bag - front detail

little minx patchwork bag - back detail

After picking a zip wallet for herself from my shop, Jo asked if I could maybe make a bag for her 2 year old, who is constantly whisking off with bags from Jo’s wardrobe. After spending some time mulling over ideas I came up with the idea of making a patchwork bag, which gave me the opportunity to include lots of bright colours and patterns, perfect for a wee one I think!

As spring is just around the corner I think it’s time to have a SALE in the little minx shop! So from September 1st to September 7th I am offering a huge 50% off! This also includes items already reduced! Just go the the little minx shop and on checkout enter the code SPRING2015. Happy shopping! 

Toy Camera

When I was taking photo’s for the last blog post on Purakaunui I discovered a place in my camera that had pre-set filters. After trying a few out I thought it would be fun to take a series of pictures all in one filter, which leads me to this series done across the past two days using the Toy Camera filter.

Toy Camera 1

Reuben cleaning my car to parry favour

Toy Camera 2

The beautiful Paper Daisies in the front garden that are slowly creeping their way across the concrete

Toy Camera 3

This is how our cats let us know they would like to be let in

Toy Camera 4

When did her hair get so long?

Toy Camera 5

This glorious morning!

Toy Camera 6

The greenery and beauty of the Grahams Bush Scenic Reserve that Reuben, Mia and I walked today

Toy Camera 7

This amazing view looking out over the Otago Harbour from the start of the Graham’s Bush Track

I quite like the effect of these – they’re sort of dramatic in their deepness – a bit of fun anyway. I’ll look forward to trying another sometime soon. I hope you had a lovely weekend – this weather here in New Zealand has just been truly stunning!

Joanna x

please excuse the long absence – we have had the dreaded lurgy here in our house and the time has just run away from me… but I promise I’m back and rearing to go.

Purakaunui School

Purakaunui School - the view to Purakaunui Inlet

Purakaunui School - bunting at the entrance

Purakaunui School - afternoon shadows on the playing field

Purakaunui School - Mia on a swing in the bush

Purakaunui School - the view across the road to a cow paddock

Well this weeks post was supposed to be about the new place-mats I am making, maybe to be accompanied by my favourite winter vege soup recipe but… once the fabric was cut and put into a nice tidy pile, it seemed a better idea to get everyone out of the house and into the sun for a bit of a play and a run around. Anyone who has been reading this blog for any length of time will know that we feel a special affinity with Purakaunui. We visit there when we can, have holidayed there, and have family who live there. Whenever we head over the hill the kids often ask if we can stop at the school, which is precisely what we did today, and we didn’t get any further. It doesn’t take much looking around to see why.

Joanna x


Long Beach July 2015 1

Long Beach July 2015 2

Long Beach July 2015 3

It’s been a weekend heavy with reflections – sadness, happiness, memories, stories, slices of life rolled out and savoured. This afternoon we headed to the beach, and for the first time in a long time the children chose Long Beach, for which I am so so grateful. There is a sense of coming home that has pervaded the past two days – a reminder of a much needed grounding, calming reality, in the crazy busyness that has become day to day. I treasure these moments –  when you stop, time seems to stand still, you see the light move and marvel at the colours, and the patterns of life flicker and dance.

reading goals


I used to read a lot. I mean, really, a lot. At my 21st birthday the funny stories told about me were mostly centred on the odd things I would do to find a way to finish a book – the oddest one of these tales was when I tried putting a book inside a plastic bag so I could read in the shower, I kid you not. Then life got busy, then it got busier, then there was lots of rushing, and a couple of kids came along, and then sleep became more important than a good book, and my world was no longer about reading despite my best efforts to keep it up. However in the past few years as the kids have gotten older it has become easier to find time to pick up a book. I still am not reading at a level I would like to, but it’s certainly vastly improved on 5 years ago.

I tend to be a slow reader, often taking up to a month to finish a book, and because of this I have become very very picky about what I read. I am not going to waste my time on anything that does not add to my life, that is not beautifully written, clever, and inspiring. My go-to help spot is Goodreads – I love using this site, and can usually be spotted standing in the library with a pile of books and the app open on my phone checking out each potential read. I have a rule that I will not read anything that rates below 3.85, and prefer to read books that go well over 4 out of 5 stars (as the Goodreads rating system is driven by real people rating what they have thought, I find this to be a fairly honest and true system). This may seem limiting, but to be honest with you it really works. Since I have started doing this I haven’t read a single rubbish book, and have read quite a few that have gone into my Top 20.

You can select a reading challenge using Goodreads, and it helps you track progress – and who doesn’t like to see their goals as a percentile achieved! My current challenge for this year is to read 18 books – so far I have just begun my 10th book, so am going rather well, even if I do say so myself. Reading highlights so far this year have been;

  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt – easy reading, intelligently realised, and beautifully written. I now know why she’ a favourite author for so many of my friends – I couldn’t put this down, and finished it in 9 days!
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan – this is last years Man Booker Prize winner, so well written, and gives you insight into a part of war that is rarely talked of.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – just magical! Now in my Top 10
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena – this took me to a storyline that I would never have imagined finding myself in – so so good, such an invigorating take on surviving and living through war.





My evening walk – such beautiful soft & subtle colouring. My intentions were to take a photo or two with my phone for Instagram, but as the walk continued & the light changed it became clear that a full blog post was perhaps required. So lovely – I love this time of day x