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Not long now!
October 31, 2006, 10:54 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Today it is officially four weeks until we pack everything up (well, we might start packing before then-ha!) and move our lives to the Bay of plenty. I’m a little excited, and a little terrified about making such a big change.
I’ve been feeling really sad about leaving Nelson, as it really is my favourite place to live. We’re moving to Whakatane to be closer to family, but in doing that we also miss out on a few things as Whakatane is pretty teeny tiny.
I’ve decided to make a few lists! I’m going to make a top ten list of things I’ll miss/ things I’m looking fwd to for both Nelson and Whakatane. Lists always make me feel better : )
So here goes.
Things I’m going to miss about Nelson:
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(image from http://www.nzine.co.nz/views/fav_nelson.html)
1. The Queen’s gardens. These really are the perfect place for a picnic. I’ve spent so many hours lounging on the grass, having crazy vegan picnics with my friends, feeding the ducks with the babies and sitting enjoying the peace.
2. My stitch n bitch group. It took me two years to find it, but it’s been such a wonderful group for me. I’ve made some lovely good friends and I’ve seen some lovely crafts (although I must admit we do alot more bitching, and eating, than stitching!). Thanks to Melissa for starting it, and inviting me!
3. The St Vincent de paul op shop. I’ve spent so many hours, and probably hundreds of dollars here! I worked at this op shop for a few weeks before I fell pregnant with Aesop, and I still visit at least three times a week. They have the best, cheapest fabric in town and a great selection of everything else too! I recommend this above all the rest!
4. Lambretta’s cafe. This place has great food, and great soy chai. It has good toys, which is very important! and despite it lacking the laid back hippy feel that some of the Nelson cafes have, its the most practical to take the kiddies too!
5. Health kids preschool. This is the preschool Aesop has been going to for the last 6 months or so. It’s been a life saver. We visited a few before decided on this one, but I was instantly won over by the huge play area, the adorable pets and the wonderfully enthusiastic teachers! I just love it when the little kids yell ‘ Ta-ta Aesop!’ when we leave. I hope we can find a good replacement in Whakatane!
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(Image from http://www.register.nztb.co.nz/images_events/)
6. The Nelson arts festival. To be honest, I’ve missed most of the events each year due to lacking funds, or lacking babysitters. But this year I made the most of it. My favourite is the masked parade, hundreds of little kiddies (and adults!) in homemade and painted masks! Such an awesome idea, and project for kids!
7. The Maitai river. It is so amazing to me to live in a city and have a river, running right through town, that in most parts is clean enough to swim in! I remember the year I moved to nelson, we made friends with some crazy punk kids, and they would show up at our house every single day of the summer at 4pm and we’d all go swimming in the river. Such good times.
8.  The markets. Nelson has a huge market on a saturday where you can buy everything from art to vegies. It’s got such a great atmosphere and such a great variety of people. And then, as if that wasn’t good enough, on a sunday if you can get up early enough there is a treasure trove of junk at the flea market! Oh the sweet things I’ve found!
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. My house! We have had three houses since we moved here, the first a great big old falling down place that I’m not quite sure how we survived a winter in, a little cosy back flat that was perfect when Aesop was little but we quickly out grew, and then this house. This house is perched on a hill overlooking most of Nelson. It’s big and roomy with wooden floors and glass doorhandles. It has a huge yard, a vege garden and a beautiful sunny deck. It was such a good find and I’m really going to struggle to beat in in my mind!
10. The nelson Refuse centre. This place is so magical to me. Imagine a HUGE shed (well two now!) filled with other peoples junk, all dusty and containing just a few treasures. Imagine having to dig through musty old things to find the most amazing vintage goodies. THAT is the Nelson recycling centre, and oh boy I’m sad to say goodbye!

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While I’m at it!
October 30, 2006, 11:24 pm
Filed under: toast/sewing

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My gorgeous friends Lainee and Teresa came around this afternoon and wore some of my clothes for a photo shoot in preparation of the next site update. Thanks ladies!
Despite my failing camera (poor old thing, time for a new one soon I think!) I managed to get some lovely shots, and it made me so proud to have made things that actually looked good, and got such a great response from the girls!
These are my favourite pictures.



Following the baking trend.
October 30, 2006, 10:36 pm
Filed under: food/recipes

Inspired by Melissa’s latest post about rainy day baking we decided today was the perfect day to make some delicious ‘Peanut-butter-in-the-middle cookies’. I used to make these cookies at least once a week when I was living in a vegan/activist flat in Wellington and they always all disappeared the very day I made them! Aesop didn’t find baking as much fun as I’d hoped, he just threw everything off the bench and got bored very quickly, I guess perhaps he’s still a little young to get too involved.
Here’s the recipe in case you’d like to have a little rainy day bake session of your own:
Dough:
1 1/2 C flour
1/2 C cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 C margarine (or butter)
1/4 C peanut butter
1 tsp Vanilla essence
1 Tbsp arrowroot and 2 1/2 Tbsp water

Filling:
3/4 C peanut butter          3/4 C icing sugar

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Mix the dough in one bowl and the filling in the other.
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Take a piece of the dough and flatten the ball into your palm. Take a smaller ball of the filling and place it in the centre of the dough. Fold the dough over the filling and roll into a ball.
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Place the balls onto a tray and flatten slightly with a fork.
Bake at 190C (about 375F, I think.) for 7-9 minutes.

Hopefully tomorrow is a sunnier day and we can get some washing dry!



A fresh start.
October 30, 2006, 10:44 am
Filed under: toast/sewing

So, I’m trying again!
I’ve had a few blogs now, both with very sporadic entries, alot of ‘venting’ and not much success. So I’ve decided to try one last time, this time minus the super-personal vents, and with much more regular entries. I’ve decided the key to me having any success with blogging is that I’ll do it every day, so as to avoid excuses, and I’ll stick to the more informative writings, rather than bitching about my day!
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Rhiannon. I’m a stay-at-home mum to a 20 monther named Aesop. I run a website called Toastclothing and I live in sunny Nelson (for another few weeks anyway!). I’m really into sewing (obviously!), baking, op-shopping, riding my bike and collecting lovely things. I’m really hoping to use this blog to showcase some of the things I make, to ‘network’ with other wonderful people who like similar things and to maybe even inspire someone somewhere : ).
And so that this entry starts out how I intend to continue, here’s a few pictures of the bag I made last night for a swap with my friend Rachelle. It’s a simple tote bag with an applique of a robot.
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I hope she likes it!