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A quick call for crafty help!
December 29, 2006, 9:58 pm
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Okay, so a proper update is coming soon.
But first, something much more important: Craft talk.
I’m making a present for my dear, sweet friend Nick whom I love to pieces and who is feeding me and giving me a bed for three nights over new years.
Nickshoody
I thought I would applique something he loves onto the back of a hoody I bought at the warehouse (you know how we love slave labour and all! but seriously, I didn’t have time to make one, and couldn’t of made it for $5!). I spent hours tracing and reversing an image that I found, and I thought I had it all perfect. But now that I’ve spent maybe three hours sewing it on you can’t even tell what the image is! Its just a big muddle of sewing! Jeepers!
I thought about maybe adding some colour with some handstitched dots/knots/dashes but I’m not sure if it would suit it. What do you think? I’ve only got a day to work on it so please, please let me know!
But here’s the fun part: The first person who can tell me what the image actually is will recieve a present. I don’t mind where you live or who you are. I’ll make you either a bag (with an applique of your choice in colours of your choice) or a bonnet (also in the colours of your choice.). I’ll also throw in some badges. Start your guessing!



A very ‘non’ Christmas.
December 24, 2006, 9:41 am
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It’s officially the day before Christmas.
(I wonder if Mary was in labour yet?)
I’m finding it extremely hard to get into the ‘spririt’ of things this year, which I suppose given our circumstances might be understandable.
We’ve decided to not really do presents this year. A few little bits and pieces for Aesop, but no stockings and no other gifts really. We do have the tree up, and we’re having lunch with my mum and dad and my grandpa, but other than that it will be a normal day for us.
Next year I’m going alllllll out.

How about you lovelies? Big plans?
I would like to, on behalf of Aesop and myself, wish you all the most glorious day. No matter what you’re doing. We wish you all the happiness, health and love possible in the next year and over this ‘jolly season’. Take care of yourselves, eat lots of yummy food, and drink lots (but not tooo much) lovely wine and be merry.

Merry Christmas everyone! ho! ho! ho!



another ‘hip’ mistake?
December 22, 2006, 2:04 pm
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I got my haircut today!
Those of you who know me know that I very, very rarely get my hair cut. And when I do its a simple trim. Straight across fringe and hair always long enough to tie it all up.
When I walked into the hair dressers today I was going to ask for the same thing. My hair was about 10cms longer than the longest bit now pretty friggin long really). Luckily for me my new hairdresser decided I needed something different, and well, I left her to it. She scissored and razored away and now ta-da I have a fashion mullet and some very expensive ‘sea salt hairspray’! Hahaha
To be honest I’m not sure if I like it or not, but I’m bordering on liking it and that’s a good start.

Kora are playing in Whakatane tonight, so it should be a good night out. I was hoping to wear the said ‘skinny jeans’, but since I took them back (And got a $100 store credit at a store I NEVER shop in : ( I had to find something else to wear. I had this skirt, the same size as the green one in yesterday’s post, and I chopped and chiseled and came up with this:
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I’m not entirely sure its the most flattering skirt in the world, but with a plain black top and a string of chunky green beads on my wrist it should do the trick. If only I had some comfy black heels, but alas I’ll be too drunk to dare venturing out on anything higher than a pair of flats.



mish-mash.
December 21, 2006, 10:28 pm
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Today has been a funny sort of a day.
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The weather hasn’t been able to make up it’s mind (sunshine one minute a hail storm the next), we’ve had our plans changed on us all day, it seems to have dragged on forever, and we seem to have done so, so much, yet so, so little.
I’ve been in a funny mood today too.
I went to town today with the mission of finding some pants. Well, finding some clothes in general. You see, I try not to broadcast it (as I’m sure most of my real life friends are sick of hearing about it, sorry Melissa!) but I’ve lost quite a lot of weight in the last year and a bit. About 25 kilos.
So, slowly but surely I’ve completely run out of clothes. At the moment I own not a single pair of pants (unless you count walking tights that I borrowed/stole from my mum), about four skirts (two of which require safety pinning), maybe 5 dresses and a handful of tops. I have had to take in the sides of my tops and am in the process of taking in some skirts too.
But in the meantime what’s a girl supposed to wear? When the shops are full of ick, and money is low? I tell you there’s a gap in the market for someone to make some decent clothes for a change.
Anyway, to get to the point: I bought some of those horrific ‘skinny jeans’. I tried them on in the shop and they must have very deceptive mirrors in that particular shop, because they actually looked okay. Marvelling at this I bought not one but TWO pairs.
Unfortunately for me I got them home and tried actually sitting down in them. Impossible.
I’m taking the horrible things back tommorrow (well mum is because i’m too embarassed), and that is the very last time I pretend to be ‘hipper’ and skinnier than I am. Beeh.
I have a big pile of clothes next to my sewing machine waiting to be ‘modified’, and amongst them is this beautiful green skirt that I absolutely lived in when at my heaviest after having Aesop (around 106 kilos if you’re keeping score). It was quite tight then, and it’s not stretch fabric.
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I was a whole lotta woman.
I’m hoping to post pictures as I change everything, but I’m terrible with remembering to take before photos.
And one last little ‘pretty thing’: I bought these little dolls at a second hand store in a tiny little town in North Holland. They’re one of my favourite things I’ve ever found, and I re-found them again this afternoon at mum and dad’s. I drew the little dots on their foreheads, but the red shoes were already on them. They have little name tags drawn on the back of them with the names I wanted to call my children written on them. They’re going to sit on the top of my computer and remind me to get off my bum and do some sewing!
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A review!
December 19, 2006, 10:53 pm
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I just went to the movies for the first time in almost four years! It’s amazing how quickly time passes. There’s just always been an excuse, and then by the end of the ‘draught’ the excuse was simply thar I hadn’t been for so long. Almost like I’d talked myself into believing I really didn’t enjoy it.
Tonight was the last ‘cheap tuesday’ for the year, and my good friend Julie-anne decided we should go and see ‘The Holiday’. I figured a good light hearted chick flick, at almost half the price, was the perfect leap back into movie-dom. I must admit I was a little nervous (for completely unknown reasons), but I must say, despite the numb bottom and buying a drink much too large, it was throughly enjoyable.
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The movie itself was fairly ho-hum. A few little giggles, an almost tear and some definite understanding feelings. But the highlight? Jack black.
I’ve never really paid much attention to him before, I’m not a huge fan of typical silly comedy type movies, and unfortunately that seems to be a fairly standard genre for him. But I was so throughly impressed.
Not only do I think he did a superb job acting, and had a really neat part. But I have decided that should I ever go on the ‘look out’ for another man, I want one just like him. (Or like his character at least.). He was so funny, so kind, so ‘real’ and so, so sweet.
What do you think my chances are of meeting him in a small bar in a tiny town like Whakatane?



oh me oh my!
December 19, 2006, 2:27 pm
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Okay, so yesterday was lovely. I recieved a delightful letter asking me to consider showing a ‘collection’ at a fashion show in Wellington in April! Me! Showing a ‘collection’! So, so exciting.
Needless to say my brain has been a flutter with ideas, thoughts and hopes. I’ve been through my many, many folders of inspiration, andthrouh my patterns and books looking for anything that might spark me.
Here’s what I’ve come up with so far: ever-so-slightly cropped, hooded jackets, a-line skirts with gathered insets, big ‘sound of music/ mary poppins’ inspired bags with big wooden handles and tops with puffed shoulders, long tight sleeves and bodies and detailled appliques.
(if anyone can find a decent picture of Marias bag in Sound of music I will love you forever.)
I’m throughly excited.

I was also asked to send another order asap to dandylion in Wellington.

So I cut out a whole lot of tops, all ready to sew today. (The first time since we moved!)
I waited until Aesop went down for his nap, I overlocked the sides and sat down at my machine ready to begin with the bands. Clunk. *insert noise of machine throwing a spazz here*. My machine is refusing to sew. The cotton loops like crazy on the back of the fabric, or just plain comes apart. I have threaded and re-threaded both the thread and the bobbin, I have fiddled with the tension and the stitch length. I have changed the needle and the thread type/colour. Nothing helps.
Just what I need to get inspired! I’ll have to see if I can borrow one tonight, as Abraham is taking Aesop for the next two nights and it seems a crying shame to not make the most of it!



An adorable little distraction.
December 18, 2006, 1:12 pm
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Two hours before I arrived in Whakatane, this little bundle of beauty arrived in the arms of my ‘little sister’. Janine has been mum and dad’s next door neighbour since I was about 11, her parents being my parents best friends. Through high school I was the more experienced, seemingly wiser of the two of us (she’s 3 years younger than me), and ended up being the one she ran to when something happened. A LOT of things have happened to the both of us since all those years ago when a problem was merely a tiff with a girlfriend, but we’re still very close.
I was really hoping to be at the birth, but it looks like it just wasn’t meant to be.
Either way, this is my distraction on days when things just get too much. There’s something so calming and soothing about a tiny little baby. Something that just makes all the problems of the world seem so trivial.