Monday, April 17, 2017

Made by Me - Simple Stripe Top

Hello its me, I've been making stuff and doing stuff and not blogging about any of it so forgive me - I have a big backlog of stuff to blog about, but for today let me show you a really simple top I made to wear with a skirt that had become a wardrobe orphan.
It's also kind of crumpled in this photo from me wearing it all day - oh well, no smoke and mirrors on this blog.
I made the top from knit fabric that I bought on a recent road trip to Levana in Levin, the pattern I used is the Colette Laurel, however I was incredibly lazy and the top I've made isn't really what I wanted because:

1) I've lost about five kilos, but I didn't bother to remeasure myseld
2) I wanted something closer fitting and this pattern is for wovens, so I should have remeasured myself and then gone down a size or two for negative ease

So this top is ok, but not my favourite and it works until I get something else to work with this skirt (I do have some orange sparkly vintage stuff that would probably look great as a pussy bow blouse, so perhaps that's what the next top will be) and once I'm over wearing it with this skirt I will be able to wear it as a gym t shirt.
Also someone tried to steal the show, as per usual, my favourite cat model Mia.
Also I wore my oldest hot chocolate shoes (they are now looking a little sad, but I still love them).
Hopefully I can update you all with some more posts soon - I  have had quite a few busy weekend lately. I hope you all has a really great Easter and enjoyed lots of tasty treats!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Recent Craft Swaps

So this year, I've been doing a few craft swaps I thought I'd share what I've made and received so I have a record I've what I've made and received.

Valentine's Swap

The first swap I did was a valentine's swap, it was a pretty simple swap where you had to make a small item - I choose a couple of pouches that I made from some scraps I had in my scrap bin that fitted into the whole valentines theme.  I also sent some chocolates and a card, as that was part of the swap, but I didn't take any photos of those.



 I received a tote bag as part of the swap, which has become a pretty great lunch bag.


I also got some popping candy, the packaging was super cute! I also received a sweet card and some lip gloss.



Box of Sunshine Swap

The basic premise of this swap is to fill a box of stuff to bring some sunshine into your swap partners life.

I didn't really take a lot of photo's of what I made, so I took these photos from the link on Craftster where my partner shared what I sent.

I made a tote bag, a drawstring pouch, a patchwork scarf and bow, and I sent a bunch of extras.



 I received a lovely package of sunshine from Japan, including this Studio Ghibli inspired hoop, some trims, Guedetama glasses cleaner and seal-able bags, phone charms and some lollies.






I'm currently finishing up a Galentines, Easter Basket and Woodland Swap - so a lot of crafting to do in the next few weeks!

Monday, February 27, 2017

A weekend in Hamilton

A few weeks ago, Rich and I ventured north to Hamilton for the wedding of our friends Stu and James. The wedding was at a place called The Living Church (that wasn't really a church)  and it was a lovely day and very relaxed and I even got to wear a hat, because its not ridiculously windy in Hamilton!



We also had time to check out other things in our university city! One of my favourite things to do in Hamilton is visit the gardens, they have a whole lot of themed gardens and its amazing. These first photos are taken in the children's playground, the second photo is a fairy house that you can look into and see a tiny bed, table and chairs and everything else a fairy may need.


The first actual themed garden we visited was the Japanese garden, I think this is one of the original themed gardens - it was already in the gardens when I started university in 1998, so its been there for a while.



One of the gardens that wasn't built when I actually lived in Hamilton is probably my favourite, the Indian fragrance garden - its absolutely beautiful! So many colours!


I also love the Tudor knot garden, I went through a phrase of reading a lot of Tudor and Stewart historical fiction (so many Phillipa Gregory books) so it was nice to see what a knot garden actually looked like in real life!



There's so many other fun garden's I could share, but I think I will leave it there for now so I can show you some other fun Hamilton things.
I really loved this sculpture outside the Waikato Museum - it reminds me of the simple blocks we used to use for counting in Primary School.


Fun fact about Hamilton, Richard O'Brien wrote Rocky Horror Picture show whilst he lived there, so there's a statute of Riff Raff and some instructions how to do the time warp in the city - Rich and I went to the unveiling of the statute MANY years ago and it was pretty amazing.




We also hung out with my brother and had some ridiculous bubble tea at an amazingly cute cafe!

Finally, we got to spend times with our dear friends that just moved back to Hamilton, which was the best! They even let me take selfies with them.

I hope you all are doing well, I shall return soon, I know I say this ALL the time but I really am going to try to get back to blogging more frequently!