Sunday, October 31, 2010

Mummyzilla Sling

Recently, I was lucky enough to win this beautiful Baby sling from Mummyzilla. Isn't it just lovely? She made it herself, to her own pattern. I just adore baby wearing and this sling is just so stunning, It is going to be getting a lot of use, I am sure.

If you haven't been over to Mummyzilla's blog before, please do. She is a fellow Kiwi, mother, crafty, modern cloth nappy nut!

Friday, October 29, 2010

This Moment

{this moment} - A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Creative Space

There has been a little fairy move in at our place. She is not very big, tiny in fact, only standing about 7cm tall. Holly found her this morning, hiding beside some flowers on her nature table. Needless to say she was very surprised but also very happy that this little miss has taken up residence at our house. 

It makes sitting up late last night to knit this wee fairy so worthwhile when I get to see the joy play out on my little girls face in the morning. 

The magic of childhood, it is truly wonderful. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wardrobe Wednesday

This weeks challenge was to wear something 'made by me'. So, I thought I would show off this skirt I made.

I made it earlier this year, when I did a dress making class at Stitch, run by the lovely and talented Nin. It was a very worthwhile class which helped me to hugely improve my dressmaking skills and I would highly recommend it to anyone who lives in Christchurch.

If you like this skirt, I know Nin currently has some similar for sale in her felt shop.

T-shirt: Glassons
Skirt: Made by me
Shoes: Crocs

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

When Is White Bread Not White Bread?

When is white bread not white bread? When it is really brown bread cunningly disguised as white.

To most people, this may not seem significant, but when you are the mother to a picky eating two year old, this kind of thing can be a bit of a god send. Recently, I discovered Baker's Delight Hi Fibre Lo GI bread. It looks just like regular white bread, making it great for little people who don't like 'bits' in their bread.  The prefect solution for happy kids and a happy Mama! 

Now as most of you who follow my blog know, I am no Goddess in the kitchen. I am usually sadly lacking when it comes to inspiring ideas of the culinary variety but I thought I would share a recipe that is a hit in our house at lunch times-

Cheese Roll Ups
1 tin of reduced cream
1 packet of dried onion soup mix
250 grams of tasty cheese
2 loaves of Hi Fibre Lo GI bread
Butter one side of each piece of bread.  Mix together the reduced cream, onion soup mix and tasty cheese.  Spread cheese mix on the unbuttered side of the bread.  Roll up and lay it fold side down so that it does not unroll.  Place on a baking tray and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes or until golden brown.


Monday, October 25, 2010

A good reason to not mow your lawn

Mowing is not something I enjoy, in fact it is something I actively avoid. But, since Simon hurt his hip, it has been falling on me to do and I am less than enthusiastic about it. Anyway, I have come up with one very good reason not to... the little one is loving picking all the little daisies that have appeared. 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Flea Market Finds-2010's Best

This week is 2010's best Flea market Finds. For me, I feel like I have had so many amazing finds this year, I have been so very lucky. But without a doubt, my best find this year was this rocking horse- 

It was one of those amazing 'oh my gosh' moments when I found it. I still have it hidden away in anticipation of the little one's birthday. 

I also want to give an honorable mention to a few other great finds I had this year.

My 2 little stools-

A doll's highchair-

Crown Lynn tea cups-

A formica dining table-

For More amazing flea Market Finds this year, check out Her Library Adventures and  don't forget to vote for your favorites. 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Band Together

Today was the Band Together for Canterbury concert,  an amazing free show, put on to support the people of Christchurch following the 7.1 magnitude earthquake on the 4th of September. Featuring an impressive lineup off New Zealand's best musical talents, including Anika Moa, Opshop, Exponents, Dave Dobin, Bic Runga, the feelers and many many more.

The turn out was impressive, over 120, 000 people showed up for the afternoon. Christchurch put on a great day for it, and, best of all... no aftershocks (that I felt anyway!).

Such a fun way to chill out with friends and family for the afternoon. 

The littlies had a blast, rocking out with the best of them, those girls of mine sure know how to pull out the dance moves. I was really impressed with their stamina too- they just kept on rockin.

You couldn't wipe the smiles off their sweet little faces all day, like their Mama, they were in their element, making the most of the festival atmosphere. 

Oh happy day.

Friday, October 22, 2010

This Moment

{this moment} - A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

My Creative Space

This week I am taking part in the Sadie Shirt Sew Along

It was really no surprise when I asked Holly which fabric she would like me to make it out of, that the picked the strawberries again. The child really is a strawberry fiend.  

More creativity here

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Rudolf Steiner School

Yesterday, we attended the 'special character talk' at Rudolf Steiner school. The talk is the first step in the enrollment process. It was an interesting and inspiring hour and a half, the ethos of the school appears a very good fit for our family. But, I think we have may have left our application too late, to be assured a place at the school, you need to have your child's application in by 3 months old (insert shocked face icon here!). I have spent today compiling our applications so now we will just have to cross our fingers and wait.

Monday, October 18, 2010

A New Beach

I love 'our' beach, it is so familiar, yet somehow, we never tire of it's warm sands. But, there is something very exciting about visiting a new beach, who's landscape is all new to us, it's colour darker and it's shells just a little foreign to us. 

That was how we felt last week when we explored the shores at Carter's beach. A beautiful, isolated spot, we found the beach almost void of any other people, leaving us free to explore in glorious isolation.

And the shells, oh the shells. There were so many, in a rainbow of colour.

My little beachcomber came home with more shells than her little hands could carry, although she was not keen to take this little fella home with us-

But she did take home a huge shell collection, which now takes pride of place on our coffee table. 

The Wild West

Last week we were lucky enough to be the recipients of a break from the quake, a two night trip to the west coast. It was a wonderful initiative, set up by solid energy to help out the residents of Christchurch following the September 4th Earthquake.

We set off early in the morning on the Tranz-Alpine train, a four and a half hour trip, taking us across the broad expanse of the Canterbury plains, winding through the majestic southern alps before emerging on the rugged west coast. 

The girls has a ball on the train, loving the freedom of being able to move around the carriage, a freedom they do not get in the car. A whole new world of getting up close and personal with the window. 

A two hour bus trip later and we finally arrived at our destination of Carter's beach, just outside Westport. An amazing spot.

It was the perfect place for kids, quiet and peaceful. Lots of room to run and play.

There was also the most amazing beach, but that is a whole other post, so I might just save that one for tomorrow. 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Flea Market Finds

We used to have a glass table, and while it looked lovely, with 2 little girls it was almost impossible to keep it looking anywhere near what could be called clean. So, this week, when my husband and I were out and spotted this formica table, we were both in agreement that it should call our house home. The chairs we picked up a few days later off trade-me. While the chairs do need a fair bit of restoration to get them up to standard, the table is in remarkably good condition. I am so loving the shabby- chic feel they add to our kitchen.

More great finds here.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Definition of Happiness

When you are 10 months old, without a doubt your definition of happiness must be a ride on the swing at the park. 

The little one just adores it. As soon as we get near the swings, the feet start kicking, with that whole body excitement that only little babies do. With a grin from ear to ear, she happily sits while I push her back and forth. Laughing hysterically when I grab her little feet as she comes near. She never tires of it.

That is one of the things I love most about being a mother, getting the opportunity to see the world though their eyes and find pleasure in the simplest things.

Happy weekend.

Friday, October 15, 2010

This Moment

{this moment} - A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

My Creative Space

You know it is truly spring when the first strawberries of the season appear. 

The makings of a skirt for a certain little strawberry obsessed girl.

More creativity here

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wardrobe Wednesday

Just a hanging round the house outfit, don't look to close as you will probably see the strawberry marks, courtesy of my girls enjoying their first strawberries of the season.

Top: don't know, bought it from some shop in Melbourne about 5 years ago.
Cardigan: Glassons
Skirt: Witchery
Leggings: Jeans West
Boots: Hannahs

More wardrobe sneak peaks here

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Room For Them

Yesterday, I told you about how we moved the girls into a room of their own. Today, I thought I would share with you some photos of their new space. A place to live, sleep and play. With a little effort I think we have created a magic little space for two lovely little girls.

Some of my baby bunting

Fabric hoops. I love making these as they add so much character to any room. Holly picked out the fabrics from my stash.

Jennifer Pudney design needleworks that I made many years ago.

The room is a bit of a challenge, as it also houses an old coal range in the corner making it an interesting shape but the result is this lovely little alcove under the window. A perfect spot to play.

The girls birth samplers, made by their Nana.

And lastly, this cute little pic of Holly 'breastfeeding' her doll. She looks so little in such a big bed, but oh how she loves it. 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sweet Dreams Little One

This weekend just passed, I finally took a big step and moved the little one out of our room after almost 10 months.

I could have happily kept her in with us for a lot longer but since the earthquakes here a month ago, Holly has been too scared to sleep alone and our bed had become very crowded. So, it made sense to move both girls into a shared bedroom. They are both sleeping well in the new room but it is very odd for me to fall asleep without the gentle rhythm of the little ones breathing close by.

I haven't given up on co-sleeping altogether though, when Isla wakes in the early morning, we all snuggle into Holly's new queen bed, where the little one likes to curl up against me,  just like she has always done- Magic to a Mama's heart.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Flea Market Finds

This weeks find was 'technically' not my find. This lovely little vintage travel clock was a birthday gift from my mother. I just adore it, with it's beautiful blue enamel and chrome face. It now sits happily ticking on my mantel piece.

More lovely finds here.


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