Toastandcupcakes.


August 29, 2007, 9:33 pm
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If Paypal were to make an error in my favour right now I would rush over to Etsy and instantly snap up:

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1: ARTEMIS French terry jumper dress by Bonnieheartclyde. I would buy this first. And I would wear it alllll the time. It’s the hottest thing I’ve seen in a long time.
2. Penguin prints by Orangewillow (blog here: www.orangewillow.com ) Actually I’d be happy with nearly any of the animal prints, but who could resist this little chubby penguin? Really?
3. Bliss-Print by Yellena. I’ve had my eye on this for awhile now, those colours just mesmerize me. I just wish it was a teeny bit bigger.
4. Block Color Boys Hoodie by paperdollfashion . I love everything she makes, but this would be awesome. (blog here: paperdollfashion.wordpress.com )
5. Bella Coat by Leanimal I love the buttons and the shape. It would be so perfect for next Winter (ha! I’m thinking about next winter and this one hasn’t even finished yet!)
6. Monsters Print T-shirt by Luchaworkshop. This one would be for abraham. Because he’s nice.

So go on Paypal, whaddya say? About a six hundred should cover it. Thanks!

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Shoes and bags.
August 29, 2007, 12:11 pm
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This morning has been:

* So gloriously sunny and warm. It’s cooling down a little now, but it’s been a stunner.
* Quiet. Aesop has been at preschool this morning and it’s been just what I needed.
* Organising things to post. I had the honour of making a ball bag for the incredibly talented Sam Broad as a prize in the raffle for Oxfam put on by Kimberley, and it’s taken me bloomin’ forever to get it done (Sorry!). But it’s done! and also sending Etsy orders! Thanks ladies.
* Receiving new shoes in the mail! The local cheapy shoe store has a new mailorder system where you can order shoes they don’t have in stock, and while I’ll probably get the reddish ones they had in store too, I fell deeply in love with these and needed them in brown. The photo is a bit funny, but they’re beautiful.
* Trying to get washing dry so I have something to go walking in this evening.
* Peeing every ten minutes. Seriously, how long does it take for a body to get used to drinking water? I’ve gone from no glasses, to 6-9 glasses a day and my body seems to just pass it right on through. It’s been almost two weeks!
* Swooning over Leah’s new dress (and new blog!), marvelling over Melissa’s zillions of comments (and hoping I’ll win.), and envying Betty’s anatomy dolls.



August 28, 2007, 9:20 pm
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I should be sewing right now. But again the internet has lured me into staying on faaaar longer than I intended, how does it do it? Brainwashing? Virtual MSG? Nicotine? Either way, it has me hooked good and proper.
So yes, all this time while I’ve been absent from blogland I’ve secretly not been very absent at all. I’ve been lurking around, reading other peoples blogs, joining ridiculous networking sites (facebook, bebo, hyves, myspace, flickr? Is there anything I’m not a member of now?) and generally wasting precious time. Terrible isn’t it? But it’s okay. I’m gaining control in some areas of my life so I’m going to let this one slide a little.

I’ve starting dieting again! I know, groan, diet talk. So I won’t go into it too much.
I’ll just say that I seem to have found some motivation and self control that I must have hidden way, way, way in the back of my mind somewhere. It’s been hiding a looong time but I seem to have finally got it sorted.
I’m on a huge mission to lose the weight I’ve put on since Christmas (the whole TWELVE kilos! ick!) in a relatively short time by following the weight-watchers plan, and doing massive amount of exercise. I won’t go on about it much on here, but I’ll let you know every once and a while how I’m getting on, in case any of you are interested : )

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Included in those massive amounts of exercise though is, of course, a lot of walking.
In the Weekend I did the most beautiful walk, from Whakatane town over a huge hill to Otarawairere Bay and then over another big hill to Ohope beach. The walk starts at the top of a waterfall and leads you into the most beautiful dense native bush.
I spend a lot of time dogging Whakatane, talking about all the things it doesn’t have (Decent cafes, vegetarian food, crafty circles.. etc), and comparing it with other places I’ve lived, but you know what? After the initial huffing and puffing, once I reached a high enough point to be overlooking town, I remembered what I love about Whakatane. It’s stunning, there’s really just no denying that it’s a beautiful place to have a town.
I walked a little further, and came to the very tip of the hill, to a point where I could see nothing but bright blue sparkling water in every direction. It helped that it was an amazingly bright sunny, warm day, but I can’t even imagine when that wouldn’t be stunning. I couldn’t even begin to catch it on film, but if you’re ever in whakatane, and you don’t mind walking with a dorky sweaty girl in Lycra shorts then it would be my absolute honour to show it to you.
I walked on, and got to the first of the little bays, little cubbyholes of rock pools and blue green water that are not reachable by foot, so almost untouched. And finally to Otarawairere, where I walked over the shelly sand and over the rocks, clambered up what felt like a massive amount of steps, and over the hill to Ohope beach. It was a very welcome sight. And it was such an awesome walk I’m going to try and do it again this weekend! phew! (oh and there are a few more pictures on my flickr)

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Okay cliche town-appreciating smush over with now. And I REALLY am going to go and do some work otherwise those hoodies will never get finished!



August 27, 2007, 3:36 pm
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Someone told me recently that I shouldn’t worry about not updating my blog all the time, and that I shouldn’t fret about coming back and apologising for all the un-replied comments and the lack of explanations of where I’ve been. That it’s my blog and that you’ll all just be happy to hear from me. I really hope she’s right because I’ve thought so long and hard the last few weeks of things to say that I’ve not been able to find anything at all. And by leaving it so long I’ve worried about where to start it all again, and how on earth I’d catch up on comments and e-mails. And I’ve become almost afraid of writing on my own site. Silly lady.

So without further ado, I’m going to tell you what is going on in my life lately. A mini catch-up of sorts.

I’ve been being easy on myself.
My last post I was stressing out. I was feeling like my life was slipping through my fingers and I was going to wake up 60 and having achieved nothing at all. I was having one of those weeks where nothing I was doing was good enough and everything was hopeless and pointless and I just sought direction.
But you know what? I’m 22. I’ve realised now that even if I wait until Aesop is at school to do something, other than mothering and living, full-time, I will still only be 25 and younger than alot of people are when they start out. I’ve realised I’m pretty bloody lucky to be in a position where I can be on a benefit and spend my time with Aesop and doing the other things I need/want to be doing and that I should make the most of Aesop while he is young, because although he drives me up right up the wall a lot of the time, it’s not going to be long before he’s all grown up. Cliche, I know, but so true.

Yeah, I’ve been taking it easy. I’ve been lapping up all the good moments I can get and not feeling guilty about the moments I spend relaxing. I’ve trying to focus on all the things I do get done in a day rather than the things I don’t. I’m not stressing out about the fact I’ve almost certainly let my course pass me by, and have realised I bit of much more than I could chew in one small year. I’ve come to peace with the fact that some days I don’t feel like sewing, or I don’t find the time, and that’s okay. I’ve never been able to be okay with these sorts of things before and it’s so refreshing. I’m so cheesy today, but I really feel like I have a whole new lease on life. Thanks counselling! Perhaps you’re not such a load of rubbish after all. hah.

That said, I have been doing a little bit of sewing. I’m working on a batch of hoodies for my Etsy page (I’m not going to give you a day that they’ll be done though, I’m taking my time.) and have about 10 ready to applique, and quite a few more on the way. I’ve uploaded the last of the batch of bags I made a few weeks ago (although bags are the ‘in’ thing to make it seems and I’m pretty sure mine will just get lost in the sea of others..) and I’m just plodding through.
*I’m desperately short of sweat-shirting and fleece and ribbing though.. so if anyone has any they don’t want, or finds any thrifting (pieces 1.5 metres and bigger for the sweat-shirting/fleece) I’ll more than happily reimburse you!*

Okay that’ll do for now. I’ll try to be back in a day or two to let you know what else has been happening!

But first I’d like to thank you for your kind comments and welcoming loveliness towards Abraham, I’m hoping he’ll update a bit more often round these parts. Hope y’all don’t mind. Thanks for being choice Abraham! And also thanks for being patient everyone. Thank you all for being choice too!



When I say “Pink”, Y’all say “Eyes”
August 23, 2007, 1:19 pm
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Greeting Ladies and Gentlemen, it is I, Abraham Larsen once again.

I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone for their comments. It’s great to be able to read about what makes you tick. One of you doesn’t like the colour pink – funny thing, pink was my favourite colour when I was a young kid.

Anyways, I actually don’t have much news, but I thought I would just share some of my thoughts for the moment.

  • Silly-ly, I forgot to mention that Rhiannon was doing fine. I can confirm 100% that she is great and doing well. I hope that she will come and update and tell you all, but she’s on an insane mission to slim down and get lovely(er!) for the summer. It’s really, really inspiring and she is being so smart about the whole thing – I’m really excited for her. Sewing-wise I think she is having a bit of a dry-spell, but I have Aesop for this weekend and I’m going to crack the whip and make sure she creates some Toasty goodness to share with you all.

  • I have had a horrid case of Conjunctivitus. I am 100% convinced that I got it because I have made fun of everyone who has had it in the past week. There like a huge out-break of it in our area at the moment and I caught it. It’s made for some great jokes within the office this week – and also meant I got to spend a day at home with Aesop and Rhiannon. Super sweet!

  • An artist that I really like is working with an MC that I really like too. I found this video tour of his studio and in it he has a piece of clothing from my favourite movie of all time: The Big Lebowski. I’m so a) jealous b) inspired c) jealous and inspired. It’s made me realise the level of success I would like to achieve with my own art. I don’t want to have four Rolls Royce Phantoms and be dressed in Armani – but if I could have a nice studio like that and own the ‘jelly slippers’ that The Dude wears in The Big Lebowski, I would be stoked. Check it out here.

  • I make beats for rappers. That’s what I do and what I would like to do full-time. One of the MC’s I have been working with for about 8 years is currently working on a mind-blowing EP. It’s going to be huge and I’m kind of preparing myself to be inundated with other MC’s wanting beats. It’s a cool feeling.
    In other news – when I was 13 or 14 and was just starting to take beat making seriously, I made a list of all the MC’s I wanted to work with. It was like some kind of pipe dream but I have already ticked off one out of five MC’s. I just got the word today that another one of that list is interested in hearing my work. I really can’t believe it. I’m absolutely stoked.

  • I haven’t bought a decent pair of jeans since 6th form, which is like 16 years old. I’m now 25. I bought some ‘utility’ jeans from a chain store last year and they have been serving me well. But they’re not ‘awesome’. Anyways, I bought a really, really, really nice pair of jeans today. I had to pay through the nose, but I feel like i deserve a good/expensive pair of jeans after 9 years.

OK. Well, that’s the end. I’ll try and get Rhiannon to post as soon as because she does it way better than me.

Hope you are all well and doing things that make you happy.

Chur,

Abraham Larsen.



The Next Best Thing (or how I learnt to love guest posts until the Rhiannon came [back])
August 17, 2007, 1:12 pm
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Hello Toastandcupcakes fans! You may or may not know me – my name is Abraham Larsen.

I have been given the honour of writing an update for this wonderful blog. If you’re anything like me, you check out toastandcupcakes hoping for an update. If there’s one thing you can say about Rhiannon it’s that she is one busy mama. I’m telling you; from the first ‘peep’ of a bird in the morning until the last ‘brrrrr’ of a cricket at night – she is flat tack getting things done. Whether it’s creating some new Toast magic or building an over-sized Lego tower – she’s always busy as a beaver. Because of this, her updates have been few and far between and as I mentioned earlier – I have been given the honour of keeping you all going until she has time to update.

First, a little about myself: I’m 25 years old and live in a beautiful town called Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. I enjoy creating music, riding on trains with my son Aesop, spending time with my extended family, dreaming of the future, getting ready for parties and looking up movies on imdb.com. I have one brother and one sister, both older. I have one beautiful and clever son who can rap better than I can, already. I collect records, robot figurines, vintage t-shirts and credit card debts. I also like shoes, trying to get more comments on my wardrobe remix photos than Rhiannon and soy hot chocolates.

Now that we know eachother a bit better, I hope to get to know you too. Through the magic of technology you can comment on this update or blog entry and tell me things about yourself. Maybe one thing. Maybe you like ‘Mr Mallow’ marshmallows? Maybe you could tell me your favourite coloured m&m? Or maybe your favourite character on ‘The Big Lebowski’?

OK, so let’s get down to brass tacks. I have posted up some photos of my weekend last weekend.

I like to think of myself as quite an anti-social guy. I was born into the sign of the bull so I’m a home person. I like to stay at home and make music and really shy away from going out and/or being drunk in a room full of strangers. But something about this winter has just turned it all on it’s head. I’ve been enjoying meeting people, catching up with old friends and mixing with the community at large. It’s been a splendid time.

Anyways, this last weekend I went to a family-orientated 21st at our local hot springs, then on to a joint birthday bash at a friend’s cafe. Both events were really special for a lot of different reasons. But when it all boils down – there was one reason why they both rocked the casbah, and that’s because I got to share these times with friends, family and most importantly – Rhiannon & Aesop.

So, take a look at the photos. If I’m right, there are captions and explainations if you go to my flickr page. Check it out.

I just realised that I have to go back to work and I have four hours to sign off two MAJOR projects. Unfortunately I can’t share all the amazing thoughts I had in mind. But, with your permission and Rhiannon’s, maybe I can post again.

Until next time Toast fans, have a safe and fun-filled weekend.

And as my old school principal used to say; "Kia Kaha, Kia Manawanui".

Chur,

Abraham.

PS: I usually post here.