Friday, 9 September 2011


I can't move in my city!!

It's so packed here in Auckland, I went down to the waterfront to check out all the people. It's so interesting people watching, kind of like going to the zoo :P

The celebrations were cool too though, like all the Waka's coming into the waterfront, and the "600 Maori Warriors" doing a massive haka (there's no such thing as Maori warriors, they're just dressing up!".

But it got much too busy for me, and I was just by myself so I decided to come home.

And here I am, watching the All Black's steamroll Tonga (poor Tongans). Drinking my home made Pina Colada's... watched the fireworks too, they were awesome, better than our New Year's fireworks.
I could even go as far to say they were better than Sydney's NYE fireworks (2010-2011).

Anyway you should check it out, TVNZ have awesome coverage.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

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WOW I just stumbled accross this awesome website, it acts as a directory for Auckland, which is great, with the rugby world cup looming and all,

It's even got a review of Hinemoa Street Organic Cafe!

But you also need to check out the rest,

It focuses on food and art, thats two of my most favourite things!!

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Check this out!

Today's featured seller on Etsy, ISWAS + WILLBE makes such awesome jewellery!

above links to their awesome interview... But here are some of their wonderful creations:

talking heads earrings in handcut brass
sci tribe no. 2 hand-cut pendant in raw brass 
striped antique snake bead necklace
     helsinki series in handcut brass- modern geometric necklace  

I absolutely LOVE everything about their shop, especially the way which they've set out the photos, and even the amazing packaging!

talking heads earrings in handcut brass

spear of destiny layered pendant in brass

does someone want  to buy me one?? :P

Monday, 29 August 2011


Ok, busy busy, I think that's enough for you to go on for now!



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And because I absolutely love and adore them, here's some pics of my dogs

Sebastian, Poodle x Chihuahua

Chloe, Poodle x Shitzu

Oh, and sorry, I know this isn't a dog. This is my fish, Shiny

And Sebastian, chilling with Owl

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I've got a couple of other little things to show you as well, just to make sure you're up to speed.

Bamboo/Cotton crochet purse

Owl pillow with individually sewn felt feathers on its tummy.


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Have I mentioned that my Nana makes the greatest fruit cakes.

These are always made, with love and care, for special occasions like birthdays and Christmas.

Usually they're decorated with pretty little icing flowers and have precisely piped letters on them.

I fondly remember one in particular which she made me for my 5th birthday that had a barbie stuck in the middle, every little girls dream birthday cake!

In fact, I'll have to dig through the photo albums to find it and show you!

Anyhow, for my dad's birthday recently I really wanted to help Nana ice the cake, but I thought it would be fun to have a little personal twist...

My dad's a really keen gardener, I'd bought him a subscription to NZ Gardener, and Nana had bought a couple of Vege seed packets, so we came up with this edible little creation:

Complete with fake dirt!

In the end, we all ended up overdosing on icing sugar, but it was definitely worth it.

It was obviously a very healthy cake, ahem, you know, with all the veges and fruit on it!

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Wow this is awesome, I'm romping through these hehe

Since I had a little extra organic cotton left over, and I needed a case to protect my new and fragile plastic camera, I decided to crochet a case:

I finished it off with some great buttons I got from Nana's

Now all I need to do is crochet a case for the flash :)

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If you remember my post of brooches I admired from etsy (check it out if you don't!)
Then you'll want to see the brooch that I made!!

I even drew the little bird in the middle, its a yellow head x robin creation

Side view! the brooch consists of 2 brass plates with clear perspex in between. The finding on the back and each of the eight cute little rivets is sterling silver.

I love rivets!!

I also made these two interlocking silver rings:

foot note

Dear Madeline,


Sunday, 28 August 2011

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Just over a month ago I also bought the Diana Mini camera from Lomography,

I'm still trying to figure out how to best photos out of this little cutie, I'm also not uch of a photographer, but these show you the kind of pics that I hope to expect more of...

These are from my first film:

My good english friend, Lizzie an I

My puppies, Sebastian.  And a double exposure of Sebastian and Chloe

Chelsea Sugar Factory

Didn't really go as planned, but this is a quadruple exposure of Lizzie. Great colour though!

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As promised, I'm going to fill you in with what I've been up to since I last published a serious post.
I've also, as of one hour ago, just completed the last essay that I will have to write for my degree! Yippee

It's obviously got me in the writing mood.

I've been continuing my crocheting, I think I'm getting quite good at it now.

I have actually been teaching my Nana how to crochet too. She's a whizz at knitting and all those other things that Nana's know how to do, but never learnt crochet.

So we find projects to make and have some quality time together, making scones, drinking tea and the like, check out this bag, (hers was a green and cream coloured version)...

It took a while to make, but it was worth it. It's also made from an amazing organic cotton :)

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

foot note

i love my magic frigde
it's truly incredible
one day the soy milk carton is neaarly empty
and the next
its full
so that i can enjoy a cup of tea at 11.27 pm

p.s i know i've been a slacker with my blog, but not to worry there will be a flurry of  activity soon, undoubtedly followed by another hibernation : P

Monday, 13 June 2011

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

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I havn't posted in a while, I know. But that's only because I've been so busy, so expect an influx soon. For now though, I've developed a minor obsession with brooches. I beleive this is due to the night jewellery course Is currently undertaking.

Soon we will be making a brooch/pendant and since my fondness for brooches has grown, especially those incorporating wood. So enjoy these babies I found on Etsy (thank you god for Etsy)


Thursday, 3 March 2011

Oh wow this gets me all excitied...

a bit of a neat freak myself, or at least a very oganized person, this blog realy tickles my fancy, see more at
Things Organized Neatly,

thank to whim & whimsy, who obviously had the same reaction!

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Almost fell asleep watching this gorgeous fashion video, all the rage now days apparently. (esp according to frankie)

Love the bodice on the blue dress worn by the window. Like petals.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

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Ok, wow! She must have used some massive crochet hooks for this! I'm thouroughly impressed :)

You can buy one of these from Squirellicious

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

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Some of my latest creations,

Which come  to you along with the horrible news of the Christchurch Earthquake. What a feirce power nature is.

Monday, 21 February 2011

One of the cool photos found on such a great blog! I could be lost in this for hours

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On a different note, last saturday my place of work (Hinemoa Street Organic Cafe held an Organic Market!

Selling Free range FRENZ eggs, organic tomatoes, carrot, leeks, and a bunch of other yummy vegies and fruit, all in this gorgeous cart