Monday, January 22, 2018

summer tote

I was hanging out with the amazing Alia Bland of Little Bee the other day.  I told her about the happy shirt I made as part of my plan to wrestle 2018 into being a great year, and she told me her theory. She reckons wearing bright colours just helps. With everything. Makes you more cheerful, influences your mood. You only have to look through her work to see Alia's love of colour.  I used to wear a lot of bright colours but somehow the dark colours have crept in. When my son was little he used to complain when I wore all black and would beg me to change. 
I have a thing for textiles, especially handwoven ones and couldn't resist this fabric when it was on sale at Spotlight a few months ago. I am very rarely in that store, but had nipped in to buy sewing machine needles and couldn't resist a quick look at the sales table. I had the ideal fabric in my stash for the lining and a new tote for summer whipped up nicely. 
Lots to be happy about now!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The book with a $0.00 price tag

Have you seen this book? It was pretty trippy finding it on the shelf of the airport bookshop. It's price tag states $0.00. You decide how much to pay. The guy before me paid $1000! (I didn't pay that much.) It's Chapter one - You have the power to change stuff, by Daniel Flynn, one of the founders of Thank you in Australia. Sales are tracked on their website. Check it out! 
It's an honest account of how they persevered and built their Thank You empire - inspiring, frank, funny and all that passion and youthful stubborn determination is so refreshing. Plus the book is printed landscape, rather than the usual portrait style, which messes with people's heads on public transport, so extra entertainment there!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The happy shirt

I took an unpaid week off work over the holiday period. It was so good! I took naps, I read whole books in one sitting, took long walks on the beach, swam, ate amazing food and hung out with the best of people. I felt rested for the first time in a very long time. 
I also sewed. I haven't done that in awhile. 
I made myself a happy shirt for 2018. I am determined to wring all sorts of deliciousness out of this year and what better place to start than a happy shirt?! I used a stunning vintage voile I have had for years. It was waiting for the right pattern. I got it right! I love it, the happy shirt is on high rotation - perfect for these hot days. Keeps the sun off but is light and cool to wear. I used the long sleeved version of the Fen pattern from Fancy Tiger Crafts. Such a great pattern. I have a dress and another shirt cut out and ready for some late night sewing. I have taken over the dining table with sewing projects. Good thing we also have a breakfast bar!
We also have a huge piece of cardboard with 2018 written in big block letters on our dining table. There's a big jar of coloured pencils next to it and we're filling the empty space with colourful words and dreams, envisioning the year to come. It's fun. I usually do this sort of thing myself but it's fun to share with my boy. Except he wrote kitten on there. Sigh. We would be an animal sanctuary if it were up to that one. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Summer fruit

'Tis the season of summer fruit. 
Our fruit bowl is the place to be at the moment. The local fruit and vege shop had $1 rockmelon, honeydew and organic grapes this week. I loved the rockmelon so much. It brought back memories of many a breakfast in Europe. Plus, the younger of us doesn't like rockmelon so it was ALL MINE. I am questioning why I only bought one though. I mean, sure, I am watching the pennies, but really, saving $1?! Sigh. 
Cherries are down to $5.99 a kilo from $ 26.99 a kilo. Totally worth the wait! Blueberries are $2 a punnet and our favourite orchard is brimming with different varieties of plum fresh off the trees. 
The land around our new house has been lovingly planted with all sorts of fruit trees. So far we've picked oranges, lemons, grapefruit, raspberries, blackberries and crab apples. There are pomegranates, figs, guava's, loquats, nz cranberries, feijoas, blueberries and apple to come. We spotted a kiwifruit vine valiantly growing through a thicket of jasmine and I am super glad we've outsmarted the sheep and have secured the paddock gate.
AND, I have my Nikon 3100 back in action so the image quality should be on the improve around here. Phew.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Camping marine reserve styles

I try to step out of the madness and go camping every year before Christmas. It gives a head start on summer and serves as our end-of-year celebration. We set up camp at a regional park which is enclosed by a sanctuary fence so it's rich with wildlife that is otherwise under threat (or just plain absent) due to predators on the rest of the non-park mainland. No mod cons, just a long drop toilet and a tap but you can hear kiwi at night, and every year we go there is some new wildlife sighted. One year we watched a pod of dolphins hunting down the coast, sometimes just metres away off the rocks. This year the kids found a good sized octopus who had set up house in a rock pool near the reef. She was there for a few days and it was super special to get up close to one. We unobtrusively (I hope) watched her change colour, change shape and just do her octopus thing. Octopi are so cool. 
There were shrieks of excitement at finding seahares and I was stoked to see a clown nudibranch. Otherwise known as a disco slug. Those fluoro colours!