May 23, 2007, 9:50 pm
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(I’m sorry. I just can’t think of anything to write. So here’s a picture of a smile, and one of my new sewing machine. I’m sure I’ll get this sorted soon. Bear with me.)


May 19, 2007, 11:36 am
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The thrift gods must have decided to loosen up a little and boy did they bring the goods yesterday.
I got: Half a nappy bucket full of pretty much brand new Lego (I was watching an auction of a similar amount on trademe and it sold for more than $50!), two big old velvet souvenir cushions annnnd a huge big banana box brimming with fabric, including THIRTY metres of 80’s ballgownesque taffeta-type material. Drool.
But the very best bit? I walked in and walked around the shop and found nothing at all that I wanted, and the lady came out and was like ‘ I’ve got some fabric out the back for you to look through!’. I got to go out the back in to thrifters heaven, and sort through four boxes of fabric! I was walking out with my haul, the lego which Aesop had found and the two cushions I’d nabbed off another shelf (hoping she’d let me buy them and not mind I’d obviously nosed further than the boxes!..) and she was like ‘Is $15 for the lot okay?’.
Oh life is sweet sometimes.

(I’m having two childfree, internet free night and days starting tonight, so I’ll ‘see you’ all on Monday evening. Have a beautiful, productive weekend x)

Clippety snippets.
May 17, 2007, 11:08 pm
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A few fun things from my week so far:

* These hoodies are finally going to Dandylion tomorrow. The long sleeved ones have been in the process of being finished for what feels like ever. Each hoodie takes about three hours, perhaps a little longer, from start to finish and when you’re sewing every few days and only for an hour or two while the ratbag sleeps or is at preschool, it just drags on and on. You can see bigger pictures by clicking on them, or by going to my flickr.

*I’m not one to blow my own trumpet, but these hoodies came out really, really well. Some of them are my favourites yet. But the worst thing is that my mannequin makes them all look like boxy, misshapen yuck. My sweet mannequin has served me well the last 12 years (holy crap that makes me sound old!) but now she’s losing her bolts, she’s lopsided, shes wonky and well, she just doesn’t really look like a body anymore. I may as well start modeling them on a cardboard box! But after what happened last time, I’m not asking for anything.

* I had to be a real ‘grown up’ this week and make a complaint at Aesop’s preschool. We were late the other morning and walked in on the start of ‘mat time’ to the teacher praying! As we walked in she was saying ‘And we thank God for this beautiful day, in Jesus name.. amen.’ And well, I’m all for people praying and being thankful, but quite frankly a non-denominational public pre-school is not the place to do it. It’s against the ministry of educations guidelines, and it’s definitely against what I want for Aesop (which, just in case anyone is interested, is that he be thankful, but he decides for himself who he wants to thank.). So I had to be a mature type of person who goes to the supervisor and gives them a piece of my mind. Scary, but hopefully it pays off. Aesop really likes his preschool, but we’ll move him (and inform the ministry) if it doesn’t.

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*The thrift gods must be feeling bad about the severe fabric drought at the moment, as they gifted me this absolutely incredible coat on Tuesday. The pictures really don’t do it justice. The sleeves are wider, the fabric is a beautiful egg shell blue wool, it’s lined with very heavy cool silk and it feels amazing.
I can only fault a few things, it needs drycleaning (but really, most things do after they’ve ‘lived’ this long),it has shoulder pads. I’m considering taking it to the sewing shop and having alterations done to take the pads out and bring the shoulder seams in accordingly. (I would attempt it myself, but really the coat is so mind blowing that I’d hate to butcher it.) and it doesn’t have pockets.
But for nz$10 I’m certainly not complaining!

*Last night I made dinner for Abraham, my friend Philly and her partner Brent. We had roast chicken and vegetables, fresh fruit salad and ice cream, and multiple bottles of wine. We then played poker (with four different types of lollies in place of the coloured chips) until one in the morning. It’s nice to have at least one friend in this town! We had a blast, and I can always use the excuse that I was roaringly drunk as to why I didn’t last long in the game!

*I got my results back for my costume history book, and the infamous jerkin. Looks like those 12 hours of hand stitching paid off, I got 100%! whooppee!

*I’ve been on a huge recycling bend, after watching children of men. I didn’t really like the movie (too much nail-biting-ness and depressing-ness for me), but I can definitely say it was well done and it’s got me thinking.
It was a nice evening though, as many have been lately. Thanks Abraham. (I love you smushy!)

I’m off too bed now, to sleep off all that wine. Perhaps you can give me something to read over breakfast, what’s your favourite thing to happen so far in your week sweet blog readers? I’d love to hear about it!

May 14, 2007, 3:47 pm
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I know! two posts in one day. But seriously the ways things are at the moment if I don’t do something straight away I’ll get sidetracked by something else and it’ll disappear forever.
Now.. I’ve been tagged by the lovely Tash to write 7 random facts about myself. And then I’m meant to tag 7 other people. Well, I do believe I’ve already written 7 facts, somewhere way back in the archives, but I’m sure I can think of 7 more.
#1. I’m a sewer but I don’t know how to put in a zip properly, sew bias binding or hem trousers quite right. (I’m not sure I should admit that though..)
#2. I’ve bitten my nails for as long as I can remember, and when I was little I’d bite my toe nails in the bath! EW!
#3. I’ve often thought about going out one night armed with hundreds of ‘no circulars/junk mail’ stickers and plastering them on everyones mailboxes, if not for any other reason but to see how many people can’t be bothered taking them off and leave them there. (or should I say how many people just haven’t been bothered getting one for themselves!).
#4. When I’m doing everyday things with noone around I always pretend I’m Martha Stewart and pretend to be showing the audience how to do things in my head. (I’ve always done it, as far back as I can remember, and I recall telling everyone at stitch n bitch one night and I was so pleased to find out other people do it too!).
#5. When I was little I used to make my best friend have ‘craft days’ with me. And I’d write a big list of things we’d have to do, and then we’d work our way through them. We’d make macaroni pictures, patchwork skirts, tree rubbings, ‘potions’, mysterious looking baking.. all sorts. She absolutely hated but she still played along. Thanks Anita!
#6. I’ve never tried coffee. And I’ve never held a full drivers license. (Abraham has never done either of those things either.)
#7. I don’t like the taste of water. Yuck!

I hate to be a spoilsport, but I don’t think I even know 7 people who haven’t already been tagged. So can I just say that I’d love to read everyone’s, so please just let me know if you do it : )

Long time no see…
May 14, 2007, 1:04 pm
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Dear poor neglected blog,
I’m ever-so-sorry for my long, absence the last week or so. I know you probably feel thoroughly abandoned, and very let down, but alas my priorties this last week or so have been found elsewhere.
I spent the day-times last week in Rotorua on ‘workshop’ for my course. It was hard. Harder than I expected. We learned the very basic of pattern drafting, and drafted up basic blocks for a bodice with sleeves, a four and six gore skirt, a ruched top skirt with godets and a basic pant. We learned how to grade a basic skirt pattern (go up and down in sizes). And we learned how fantastic the food is at the cafe on campus. ha.
Only 3 (including me) people from our group of 21 showed up for the workshop. Which is unfortunate for them (I found it hard enough with the tutor right there, let alone going it alone!), but lucky for me. I’m not a ‘big- crowd’ person by any means. The other two people on my course were both almost double my age, but we had plenty of laughs.
The evenings were filled with a flu-y child and mother, extended sleeping after working my brain so hard all day, and trying to fit any any last chance hours with my sister that I could.
Jodie left on Thursday, after what feels like very, very whirlwind three weeks. They travelled round a bit, and so we only saw them half a dozen times, which was a real shame. But Aesop loved meeting them, and it was nice for me to both see my sister and to have an adult to hang out with. It sounds pathetic but it was just nice to see someone.
And in the middle of all this I also managed to get a stress fracture (apparently) in my foot.( Who knew stress manifested in the form of fractures?) And I tried desperately to get my order finished for Dandylion, fingers crossed I get the last finishing touches done this evening.Oh and did I mention the terrible twos are in full throes? It’s constant battles around our house at the moment.
So I’m a hobbling, limping, still stressing out, still flu-y well… mess.
But I’m back to daily updates!
Oh how I’ve missed you sweet blog.

May 4, 2007, 10:14 am
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It seems like my life is full of both waiting and indecision at the moment.
My studio is piles of things to be finished, hoodies (12 of them!) waiting for appliques, buttons and labels, cut out pattern pieces for another project and boxes and boxes of ‘to do something with’ items.
My dining room has a huge basket of washing to be folded, piles of frames on the table waiting for photos, piles of toys and books waiting to be put away and schoolwork waiting to be done.
The rest of the house has plants waiting to go into the garden, piles of washing ready to be washed (I was going to photograph that, but the internet really didn’t need to see my knickers!), and mountains of clothes to be put away. But alas, the motivation is low in my house this week. I’m not sleeping well, Aesop has a cold and we’re just not getting things done.
Aesop is going through a phase at the moment where he just can’t decide what he wants. He’ll ask for something and then yell and cry that he doesn’t want it when I get it for him, and then once I’ve taken it away again he’ll yell and cry to have it back. And then it repeats. Over and over and over.
And while my first instinct is to bang my head against a wall, I try to make him feel better, and then I try to distract him out of it, because you know what? I feel a little bit the same at the moment.
I can’t decide anything right now. I don’t know what sort of relationship I want, I don’t know what I want to do with toast, I don’t know what I want to make, I can’t decide quite what’s wrong with me healthwise, and I just don’t really know what’s going on at all.
I’m thinking I’m going to have some counseling to help me work out quite what I’m looking for. I realise ‘you don’t usually know what you’re looking for until you find it’ but surely most people know which direction they’re going to head in to search? And surely when something great is knocking at their door they don’t have a huge raging battle going on in their head of whether they deserve it, or whether it is in fact what they want at all? Or do they? Perhaps other people aren’t as onto it and sorted as they seem.
All I do know right now is that I like my house. I like living in it alone. I like sewing, and it’s what I want to do. I like not having TV anymore. I’d like to cut down my internet time somehow. I need to lose 7 kilos, and start walking again. Abraham is my best friend and I don’t want to lose him. I need to make some other friends in Whakatane. And I don’t want to study again next year.
There’s still a lot left to figure out, I just wish there wasn’t so much pressure to hurry up and find the answers.

Today was..
May 1, 2007, 5:50 pm
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Today was.. A wonderful day for thrifting. You know how it goes with thrifting, somedays you come home with just one mediocre thing, and other days you come home with nothing at all. But then some days it’s like you’ve won some sort of second-hand lottery? Today was pretty much one of those days.
I had lots of those finds where you know as soon as you walk in the store and see it that you’ll buy it, no matter what the cost, and really you’re at the shop ladie’s mercy. Luckily for me the little old ladies were kind too, and I scored all of the above plus this lot, for less than it cost me to top up my phone!

Today was… also a ratbaggy day. Aesop has been so full of energy lately, which has been hard for me being the complete opposite. And also with the weather having been so crappy lately we’ve been stuck inside alot. Aesop needs to touch everything, which I’m sure is very much an age thing (although the woman in the opp shop today said to me ‘he’s a Pisces isn’t he?’ so maybe he’s even more touchy than most!) but it makes for very hard work.
Yesterday he filled the memorycard spaces on my hard-drive with 10c coins, and today he ‘put on makeup’ with my mascara, dug up half of my spring onion plants, brushed his teeth at least 4 times (with my toothbrush…) and tipped most of the sugar into the floor of the pantry. He’s also taken to ‘feeding’ his animals in his zoo with his morning tea, so I’ve been finding pieces of cracker and raisins in the most unusual places.
(You might be thinking ‘ Gee, perhaps you should try watching him?’ But believe me, as you other mothers know, these things take mere second and occur while I am going to the loo, making my toast.. etc.)

Today was… A day where I got a little bit of sewing done. I’m working on hoodies for Dandylion, as I mentioned, and they’re actually progressing quite nicely. Thank goodness for abandoning my aerial cord, and passwords on the computer. I could really do with another one on for this evening. I guess I’ll have to be strong!

Today was.. really quite nice. How was yours?