a twist on the Photo Board

Photo Boards 1

Photo Boards 2

Photo Boards 3

Photo Boards 4

Photo Boards 5

Today was a very special day – celebrating a landmark birthday for Simon’s father David. The whole family gathered for an informal lunch at Orokonui Ecosanctuary – a wonderful, special and relaxing day filled with love, laughter and beautiful food. I was entrusted with some photo’s from David’s life, to do with as I will, and had the thought that the classic ‘photo board’ was perhaps a little too flashy to be displayed in the middle of a busy cafe. After bouncing ideas around for a week or two I settled on the idea of making triangular table displays, thinking they could be turned for viewing and swapped around so that the photo’s could be viewed by all.

I bought a range of coloured cardboards from Typo and glued them to cream coloured board, then added small features like some stamped “Happy Birthday’s”, star shapes cut with a craft punch, and a mini bunting. Once the boards were glued and pressed flat I used photo corners to attach the pictures so that they wouldn’t be affected by glues, then folded the pieces into a triangle shape and stuck them together with masking tape. They were a great success, being constantly picked up and turned for viewing but, most importantly, the birthday boy thought they were really rather super.

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Happy Mothers Day

Mothers Day 2015 - Mount Mopanui

photographing the photographer

Mothers Day 2015 - Mount Mopanui

view from Mount Mopanui up the East Coast & overlooking the Purakaunui inlet

I have spent Mothers Day this year doing rather ‘mother-ish’ stuff, and will admit there was some cleaning, tidying and cooking thrown in, but that’s all par for the course really. I was woken up with a pot of tea and a fluttering kiss to the cheek, breakfast in bed and some wonderful homemade cards. They didn’t even complain when I dragged them up a mountain… Happy Mothers Day to me indeed! I hope you all had time to think about or pass your love on to your Mum x

Mothers Day 2015 - cards from my kids

P.S don’t ask me to explain Bed Bug… 

tending shop

little minx April 2015

It’s been a while (a long long while), but thanks to the wonderful folks at Felt giving the website a rather marvellous overhaul and adding in lots and lots of descriptive categories, I thought it was about time I tended to my shop. This past weekend I have relisted everything that has dropped off, fixed a few thing that I have been meaning to sort, listed my new range of Toilet Bags, and dropped the price on the Tablet Sleeves. Have a look – the little minx shop is positively bulging at the seams now.


Karitane inlet

Karitane - the "seaweed beach"

Karitane - sunrise

Karitane - searching for crabs

Friends have bought a holiday home in Karitane – aren’t we lucky to have friends such as these. Karitane is a bit of a favourite spot to visit, it has everything you could want from a seaside village – beaches, rivers, an inlet perfect for fishing, and rocks to turn over and find crabs. Another example of why New Zealand is such a wonderful place to bring children up.