Friday, August 15, 2014

Making more pillows

I'm starting to realise I have a thing for pillows, I always seem to be buying or making more! I suppose it's such an easy way to change a room about a bit.  I'm always changing things around, I think I get bored looking at the same layout for too long, or I see something in a magazine or on Pinterest (oh Pinterest I love you so) which inspires me and I'm up and off and dragging furniture around the room. Do you do that? I'm always moving furniture and plants and pictures, I just get an urge all of a sudden that things need to be moved! I spent last Sunday afternoon re-arranging Liam's room. After I do these things I always think to myself, - why didn't I think of that before!? That's so much better! And then I spent a couple of days this week re-arranging Isla's room, I was never quite happy with how the furniture was placed and I would always find myself standing in her doorway pondering. I must share some photos soon - of the whole house actually, I've been terribly slack at keeping you updated with the house renovations, which are almost finished!
Anyway I digress, slightly, we were talking about pillows.
I found two of these lovely big pillows at the oppshop a while ago and they were only $2 each. I had made a little reading nook in the corner of Isla's bedroom and needed a big pillow to go in it so this was perfect. Isla really liked the blue flowery fabric, but I was a mean mummy and said no way, it has to go.


Yellow with spots is so much better than blue flowery! My mum made the grey rabbit cushions for Isla for Christmas. (I think I have actually inherited my cushion obsession thing from her).




Monday, August 4, 2014

Sweet Gems Jewellery

I've been meaning to do this for a while - introduce you to my sister Adde's beautiful gemstone jewellery.
The love that she has always had for gemstones has led her to start creating these gorgeous delicate and colourful pieces. She makes necklaces, earrings and bracelets. I have two of her necklaces so far and a sweet pearl bracelet. I've never had my ears pierced, but I'm seriously considering getting them done now so I can wear some of her beautiful earrings!
Go on over to her website and have a look. www.sweetgemsjewellery.co.nz




Last time I visited I took some photos of her workspace, what a lovely spot to sit and imagine and create, don't you think. Look at all those beautiful gems!










Adde kindly decided to add another stone to my necklace while I was there, yay!



Below is my moonstone necklace which Adde made me for my birthday, and below that is my pearl bracelet.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Liam is 8!

We have an 8 year old boy!
We celebrated his birthday by going to one of his favourite shows, the CRC Speedshow. It is held mid July each year so conveniently coincides with his birthday, and this time it happened to fall on the exact day.














Friday, July 18, 2014

Un-fantastic plastic







We decided to go for a walk on one of our beaches yesterday, it was one of those beautiful fresh sunny wintery days.
We have had some really stormy weather on and off over the last month so the beach was covered in seaweed, we have been going often to collect it for our garden.
But today we were so amazed and saddened to see how much plastic rubbish was in amongst the seaweed! We had only bought one bag with us and very quickly filled it to bursting.
We are going to go back down with some big rubbish sacks, I reckon that if we spent a few hours there we would easily fill 10 big rubbish sacks full of all the little bits of plastic :(
This beach is normally very pristine, but I suppose all the storms and flooding have just washed extra rubbish out into the oceans and up onto the beach. This beach is actually in a protected wildlife sanctuary, so it is just so sad to see all this rubbish washed up here.
There is too much plastic in the world.
Once plastic is produced, it is here forever.
I can't remember where I heard this quote, but it has always stuck with me - "You can't just throw it away, because there is no away".
We found a lot of:
bottle tops
lighters
pegs
plastic food wrappers
lolly pop sticks

This just popped up on my pinterest page this morning - have a look - Plastics: made to last forever, designed to throw away

And watch this video.
And stop buying plastic, as much as you can.



Friday, July 11, 2014

The last of the holiday snaps

Wow, I've really dragged this out haven't I! These are the last of the holiday photos, so moving right along...



Spending some time in Picton. Making driftwood boats to sail.


The boats came back with us to the real boat, and then all the way back up the country with us. They reside in their bedrooms now, and have been used in the bath a couple of times :)





Liam working on his holiday journal.


Pingu doing some driving.


Isla having a nap.


Paddling around in the row boat at dusk.


Heading back home. Our rather stormy trip back on the ferry.




And then heading back up the country....