quiet Sundays

quiet sundays - Orokonui Ecosanctuary

quiet sundays - 2 Tui and a Kaka - Orokonui Ecosanctuary

quiet sundays - Orokonui Ecosanctuary - Kanuka

quiet sundays - view from Orokonui Ecosanctuary

It’s been a lovely weekend – lots achieved, and enough of just bumbling along to make it feel like a complete break. Today we had nowhere we needed to be, so we walked in the beautiful native bush at Orokonui Ecosanctuary. I will never stop loving the deep greens and smoky blues of New Zealand, they leave me breathless. And to top off our experience, we were blessed with a close up viewing of the amazing Kaka – flying, climbing and eating – not once but twice! Happy Sunday to you x

a little stitching and housekeeping

little minx iPad cover

little minx coin purse & zip wallet

little minx zip wallet

It’s been a bit of a naughty weekend – I haven’t done a thing I am supposed to (again), but rather spent the weekend largely at the sewing machine (joy!). It was time for a little housekeeping stitching. Both Simon and I have wallets that were looking worse for wear so I made us both new ones. For mine I used one of my current favourite fabrics – the wee orange based floral on black. It wasn’t until after I had made the wallet up that I realised this is the same fabric I put in some of the couch cushions, you’d think I would have realised that straight away! I also started working on a new bag design, but haven’t quite finished it yet as I work out how the details in my mind will work in reality. Next weekend for that one. I did, however, finally make the iPad cover I have been wanting to try for some time now – I’m rather pleased with it, though I have to say that sewing a zip around a corner may now be my least favourite thing. I hope you all had a lovely relaxing weekend – hasn’t it been lovely and warm here in New Zealand?

spending time the proper way




Today I intended to crack on with the painting, but after spending a little time this morning listening to TED Talks about the device age and human connection I decided to spend the day properly with my children. We turned all the screens off and, given 3 choices, chose the local pool. An hour and a half later both kids were still playing happily with each other, making jokes, splashing around, all with me poolside with a big smile on my face. How easy it is to forget to spend that precious spare time in this way. When we got home I took Mia into the studio, and finally gave her that long-ago promised first lesson in how to sew. She is really thrilled with the bookmark she made, and it was just delightful to hear her prattle on about all the things she could make now. Happy Sunday to you x

for the dolls

Mia playing with the Dolls House

a selection of fabric and vintage trim

new rug for the Dolls House lounge

new rug for the kitchen and lounge

With so much to do getting the house ready to sell its extremely hard to take any time to do something just because you want to. Today I watched Mia playing with the Dolls House, and decided it wouldn’t take a lot of time to make a little new flooring for it. This Dolls House is a very special piece of play equipment – made by my Grandfather for my Mother when she was a girl, it has since been passed through me, then my sister, and now to Mia, and I’m sure will continue to be passed down through generations. It’s beautifully made, and filled with patterns and colours and certain styles that evoke the 50s. I dream of taking time to do it up, it’s looking a little shabby around the edges, but for now new rugs for the downstairs will have to do.

these days

these days 1

these days 2

these days 3

There is one thing that can be clearly stated about full time work, and that is that weekend hours are precious, long, and luxurious. Love them! Today we have truly mucked about – the morning spent poring over favourite magazines over a cup of tea while both children pottered over their favourite activities. Then a trip into town, and while Mia did Ballet I re-enrolled Reuben in Hip Hop. Next to our favourite Op Shop, where Mia filled a bag with new goodies and Reuben found a trilogy he had been hoping to read. Home to play with our ‘new’ things, while I picked weeds out of the front garden. Oh, these days, just that little bit wonderful x

and then the sun came out..

Moeraki - then the sun came outMoeraki - Reuben off for a swim

For the first four days of our holiday in Moeraki we had a fair amount of gray and overcast – it wasn’t horrid weather, it just wasn’t the stunning sunshine and blue skies Moeraki can put on. Then we woke up on day 5, and the sun had well and truly come out..

Moeraki - then the sun came out

I have done a little more catch up on my Blogging University tasks – I have played with new themesupdated my About page, changed my header using the simple instructions and Picmonkey (I will admit to being more than a bit chuffed with it!), and read and commented on four blogs I have never commented on before.

  1. Draw and Shoot – stunning images!
  2. The World in Black and White – I love this view of the world
  3. Motivating Giraffe – just freakin awesome!
  4. Inara’s Clothes and Costumes – this woman makes some extraordinary and really beautiful clothing

I’m still behind, but getting there – and boy is this fun! I’m embarrassed to say my About page was originally written in March 2009 when I first started this blog and haven’t looked at since! Thank goodness for Blogging University hey!