Monday, June 29, 2009

oh hello skin

I’m still on a high from my lovely weekend of doing a whole lot of nothing in my very own house all by my very own self. Not having commitments is fantastic sometimes and I filled my weekend with baking; cookies, caramel slice and chocolate brownies,

making cheese and butter (a trial for Brownies last night, which went very well and the girls loved it almost as much as I did.)

I also made up a little home baking pack for a friend who had moved into a new flat and the neighbour who fixed our sky dish (major dramas) and went and visited them.

While I didn’t get around to scrapbooking I did buy myself a new one. Isn’t it so sweet...

The rest of the time I filled my day with reading (online and offline :)), getting to the gym and the Sunday market. I have a similar schedule on the books this weekend, however there are a couple of wild cards thrown in there... ha you know who you are. A relaxing weekend does really make a big difference; I feel like my old self, I haven’t felt like her... me, properly for ages. It’s good to be back in my skin.

Oh and the cheese recipe is here and super easy if you want to give it a go!

man is an animal

Wranglers-we are animals campaign won the Press Grand Prix in the Cannes Lions last week. I just love this campaign, the imagery makes me feel so content... strange- possibly.

Press Release on the campagin
“In today’s society, our animal instincts are smothered by daily modern life, city-living and constant technological developments. Man is an animal, but he no longer knows it.
Wrangler’s new strategic and creative platform seeks to re-awaken our bottled-up instincts and to encourage who and what we fundamentally are, by putting all that is pure, natural and instinctive back into Man.”

Saturday, June 27, 2009

fairy land

I saw this post on the Cottingley Fairies on the cherry blossom girl the other day. It made me smile as I just love the story of two little girls trying to catch fairies by squashing them into their diaries. I also love how today there is a real miss understanding of if the story is indeed fact or fiction. Is this a story of witches and magic or just fact that has purely come from a small girl’s vivid imagination? I hunted through my books and found my copy of the diary that was re published about 5 years ago. The illustrations are wonderful and the type so descriptive. Below are some copies of the diary.

the one above is my favourite

Below another picture i found via Lolita- just because I'm in that fairy kinda mood.


My cousin is starting out her new label Charcole here in NZ. There are some pics from her first collection; very stree, almost punk yet versatile and can easily be dressed up or down. Kepp an eye on this young lady here as she has got a lot to come!.

floral and sweet with a hint of sparkle

Last week I was in Sydney for one of my best friend's 30th. I wasn't over there for shopping but I did spot this beautiful dress. It was a little out of my price range so I took a picture thinking I could make it... humm dreams are free :) (It's a rubbish picture but I had to take it sneakly as the shop assistant was watching me and I didn't dare try it on as I was scared that I may remove my credit card for an emergency buy .) It reminded me of the jacket that Carry wears to visit Charlotte in hospital when Rose is born.  
Seeing this picture today also reminded me of it as it's so pretty and girly. I really have to find something to wear to a young farmers ball I have in a couple of weeks. I think I may end up making something... but ahh there is never enough time.... 

and then i saw this... if i was to get married tomorrow I would wear this. It's so me. Oh and I would make it look way better than this girl :) naughty i know

family bible

A couple of weekend's ago I went to visit my Grandma Beth (my Dad's Mother). It had been a while since I had seen her and it's always lovely to catch up. I asked if I could see the family bible as I remember only ever seeing this once, when I was a child. As a child I was so interested in these kind of things (family history; photographs, heirlooms, jewelry, trees...etc)   but I viewed from a far as I was to keep my grubby fingers away from it. 

Looking at it now it brought me such pleasure to see the hand written family register that my great great grandfather would have written. Family bibles acted as encyclopedias as books were very expensive to print and this would have been one of the only books in most house holds. There is information on local plants, wildlife and customs, maps and of course the story of the bible.  
One of the only pages that was printed in colour is the lords prayer. I'm amazed at how well the colour has held after more than 150 years. 

While this book is old they aren't worth a lot of money as most families will have one. They hold a lot more centermental value than monetary. This sounds a little cheesey but I hope that one day this is left to me. I would prefer to have this rather than all the diamonds, properties or money that may one day be left to divy up as I know that this has been held in the hands of the wonderful fathers before me.

These pictures were taken with my sister's phone as I was having a technology free sunday this particular day... (crazy I know)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

fairy bread

Isn’t this fairy bread t-shirt so sweet. Oh how I love fairy bread. (As you can see I’m in a mystical dreamland kinda mood) SOURCE: mr vintage


Oooohhh! The stills for the new Alice and Wonderland look fantastical! So dream like, I can’t wait! psss...I wish I was Alice!

a crafty weekend

I came across these scrapbooks a while back, aren't they so sweet! It has got me inspired again to start scrap booking. This is one of my first weekends where I have nothing on (well almost nothing I did promise my sister to spray tan her for her school ball, maybe too much information...) anyway I’m going to make an effort to scrapbook some of the things I have been collecting. Yay!

SOURCE: decor8

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


This is an awes idea. It reminds me of this post. I just love the reuse of old, pretty things. It also reminds me of the new Mac's bar up in Kindsland, Auckland. Very now and very much my cup of tea.

source: decor8

social innovation

A few Saturday’s ago I attended New Zealand’s first Social Innovation Camp. A lot of these happen around the world but wellington was the first to hold New Zealand’s. There is a post on idealog that talks about how it was run and what came out of it.

In whole a whole I was super excited about this meet; getting together with other members of the public who were interested in making a difference socially. The topic was based around “how to innovate our way out of the recession” and while the ideas that came out were strong I have to say I was a little disappointed. Everything was so focussed around business issues (understandable due to the topic) but I was hoping there would be some solutions that were more focussed specific groups of society and making a difference with in them. I felt that the topic of financial crisis over road what we (will I) was trying to achieve.

There is one in Auckland coming up in the start of July so if you are up that way and interested make sure you check it out here.

a real life treasure hunt

A hunt for a diamond was on a few of weekends ago. Basically a guy bought his little lady an engagement ring and she turned him down. Instead of selling the ring he decided to give it away by turning it into a treasure hunt for willing participants. Clues were given from Saturday morning via twitter; you can read more in this article.

I was stoked to see this happening, firstly because think how fun it would be to go on a treasure hunt and actually find treasure. Secondly because it’s great to see people still acting like children; running around playing games, both the people participating and the man who decided to get rid of the ring in this fashion. And thirdly because this is a great story of one man’s sorrow being someone else’s happiness. It makes me smile about the world and think there is still good people in it that want to give; they see more in making someone else happy than worrying about money.