Toastandcupcakes.


April 25, 2009, 12:47 am
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Firstly, thank you for such a warm welcome back! I had no idea so many people would still have me in their blog readers! I’m honoured!

Things in our house are looking decidedly big at the moment.

Aesop celebrated his fourth birthday last month, much to my shock. I mean, really, it shouldn’t of been such a surprise, it has been four years since he was born, but by golly it doesn’t feel like that long. And I sure as heck don’t feel old enough to have a boy who is only one year off school!
He is over a metre tall and acts every bit his age. Both in the sense that he’s struggling with the hormone boost that arrives at four, and also in the sense that he’s interested in everything and comes up with multitudes of hilarious questions and comments on every subject you can imagine.
He has had many weeks lately where he pushes his boundaries right to the limit, causing plenty of time on the ‘naughty seat’ and plenty of gaps on his sticker chart. The sight of Aesop scowling and standing in the corner with his arms crossed in not uncommon at the moment. ‘ No! I won’t!’ and  ‘I’m very, very angry and I’m never going to be happy again’ aren’t uncommon things to hear either.
But he balances these beautifully with hysterical laughter caused by completely unfunny jokes, his never ending knowledge on topics I would never have imagined he knew about and questions that only a four year old could come out with. And while he might talk non-stop about ‘boy’ things like Star wars and Ben10 but it’s all worth it for the soppy loving hugs he slathers on us.
A lot of Aesop’s questions at the moment relate to babies and birth. He’s having a little brother soon, you see.
We made a calender to count down to the wee ones arrival after a few months of being asked daily ‘Is it June today?’ and I couldn’t count the number of times we’ve read the ‘Where do babies come from?’ book. He’s already picking out the toys he wants to share and the ones that ‘aren’t for eating’ and he is often seen sporting a soft toy in a sling. It’s safe to say he is pretttttty excited.

I’m excited too.
I’m must confess, I’m a wee bit nervous about how it’s all going to play out, and how exactly I’m going to cope with having two small people to look after though. After four years of just having one other person to run around after it’s going to be a huge adjustment for all of us.
And I can’t help feeling a little like we’re going back to step one. We’ve worked through so many phases with Aesop, and have finally reached a stage where he can do the majority of things for himself and we can finally spend some time doing things we enjoy while he occupies himself. It’s a scary thought to think that our afternoons of me sewing and Aesop quietly playing Lego in his room are about to be all over rover.
It’s also a wee bit frightening when I realise how many things I have/had forgotten about pregnancy and newborns. I had forgotten all about the extreme indigestion, the intensely achy pubic bones and just how hard it is to sleep in the last few months of pregnancy. I’m very worried that I have also forgotten quite how to handle, bath and deal with a screaming infant. I’m sort of counting on the old saying that it’s ‘like riding a bike’ and will all come flowing back to me as the child flows out. (It does, right??)

So all in all, our household is gearing up for a very exciting/scary/wonderful time in the next few months.
I’m trying to be realistic and I’m definitely expecting days where I want to hide under the covers, but I’m also hoping for some days where I  have time to float on air thinking about how blessed I am to have such a beautiful family. Because really, with a wonderful husband, a delightfully clever and funny son and a bump so big I can barely see my toes, right now I already feel like one of the luckiest people in the world.

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April 24, 2009, 2:42 am
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A few new things in my Etsy shop this week.
They, like this return to blogging, have been awhile coming. But, hopefully, that means that there’s all the more for me to write about!
So for the few people who might still have me on their blog reader : hello!
And for to everyone else who happens to stumble accross my wee blog: Welcome!

It’s going to be so good to be back.



Super moody!
August 5, 2008, 11:09 pm
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Aesop has turned into SUCH a boy lately.
He’s completely and utterly obsessed with everything superhero, everything fighting (ben10, dragon ball Z etc… thanks older cousins!) and everything guns. The superheroes I’m alright with (and he does looks pretty cute in his costumes), but the guns thing really bothers me (I think I’ve mentioned it before on here.) I guess boys will be boys in some ways, but being able to build an gun out of anything at all is not really a skill I hoped my three and a half year old would have.

You know what really gets me about this age though? The mood swings! This child can go from super sweet cuddly toddler to death-stare-angsty-thirteen-year-old-girl-mood at the drop of a hat. Anything I say that he doesn’t like gets met with either tantrum-like over the top crying, or ‘I’m NOT happy MAMA’ or ‘I’m VERY angry, you are NOT listening’. He storms off, hitting the wall on the way (which might I add he has not learned from either of us..) and huffs and puffs and rolls his eyes and pulls faces. Lots of times we sit there trying not to crack up at how dramatic it all is, but when he’s also not listening and not doing as he’s been told a million times then it’s very, very frustrating. Man, I hope this phase passes soon, I really wasn’t expecting moods this bad until at least 11! hahaha.

He’s been having a hard time with preschool lately too (or ‘work’ as we have to call it around here). A few of the other kids told him they don’t like him and won’t play with him. It really upset him and he’s getting better now but for a few weeks he woke up very work morning telling us he didn’t want to go.
The teachers were really good about it, and got straight onto it, but it’s so heart breaking to think that your kid isn’t liked by everyone. I didn’t/don’t make friends really easily and found school quite hard because of it and my heart aches to consider that Aesop might have the same issues. Everyone I’ve spoken to has said that as long as we build him up at home, and make him believe he really is awesome, then he should be able to handle it but that’s so much easier said than done.

Luckily he’s still pretty hilarious and very cute so he can get away with mischief and moods, and he’s got his one good friend at preschool who sticks by him so all will be okay. Even if my hairs turns grey and my frown lines get deeper by the day.

(Oh and I’m waiting for Abraham to help resize the radio files, because they were still trying to upload after 2.5hours! but in the meantime I loooove this Summer mix on bluewalrus.com, it might tide you over until I can get them sorted : )



This Winter is getting me down..
August 4, 2008, 3:59 am
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Well, welcome to my new, free, blog! I decided to take all of your wise advice (and be thoroughly flattered that anyone would care about my internet presence) and sign up for wordpress. It’s taken me a few days to get my blog looking okay, and to get the gist of how it works, and I can promise it’ll take me quite awhile to get to the point where I know how to work all these picture and link things without too many errors, but here we are!

I’m in one of those Winter ruts at the moment. I have been for the last few weeks. You know the ones, where you don’t want to do anything but laze around, and the even the thought of crafting/housework/anything that involves any effort turns you right off. I must confess, I may also have been a bit of a sad sack and a hugely grumpy cow too. (Sorry Abraham!). I’m not sure what it is about Winter, but something about these dark evenings and the never ending cold and rain just manages to bring everyone down a few notches.
So I don’t have much crafting to show you, and to be honest I don’t even have any photos to show you because the lighting is terrible, Aesop moves too much and well, I’m a big heffalump.

I do, on the other hand, have a whole lot of wedding organising and inspiration to share with you. I’ve been collecting pictures to try and get an idea of what I/we want the wedding to look and be like, so I thought I might share some of them with you and see what you think. Unfortunately I can’t remember where they’re all from (though many of them are from Snippet and ink, which is an amazing wedding blog.) so pretty please let me know if any of them are yours so I can give you credit!


Things I know so far:
The wedding will be held in a friends garden. She lives out in the country and has a huge section, and we’ll be getting married under a huge 80+ year old Totara tree.
We will have a marquee on the front part of her section. Due to restricted finances the marquee won’t be a huge fancy white one, but it will be a marquee and it will be lovely on the inside. A lot of people argued we should just save our money and have the reception in a hall, but the marquee is a huge part of our ‘vision’ so I’m very, very happy we’ve found a way to do it affordably.
Our colours will be bright yellow, brown and white. The bridesmaids are wearing canary yellow, Abraham will be wearing brown and white and I, well, I’ll be wearing one or more of the colours (Abraham reads my blog so alas, you’ll all have to wait for the day to find out what I’m wearing!). The chairs and the table clothes will be white. I’m hoping to have yellow lanterns, brown doilies, yellow flowers in glass preserving jars, yellow plates, and wooden utensils.
All of our plates/utensils/cups etc will be biodegradable and we will compost them all underneath a tree. We’re not really ‘greeny’ people, but when you can compost the whole wedding meal in the garden for less $$ than renting plates etc there’s not much argument. Plus, no-one will have to wash them, and we won’t have to pay for breakages!
My flowers will be pretty simple, and yellow. The bridesmaids will be either yellow or yellow and white, also really simple.

You know what we haven’t decided on yet? Probably the thing we should have already sorted, made and sent.. the invites. We can’t agree on a design, the guy who was going to do them can’t anymore and we’re running out of time a little. I really like this design but I can’t get it to look quite right. And I’d also be happy with simple light yellow writing on brown background (like a business card) but I can’t find a font we both like. Any suggestions? Oh, and we don’t need a map included with the details, aye? Are maps really necessary?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
I’ve been trying to upload some shows for you ladies, but so far it’s only 57% done and it’s been loading for two hours, so I fear that might be tomorrows post. I’ll look fwd to sharing it with you though, and thanks for following me across the web to my new home : )



July 8, 2008, 10:20 am
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Hi, everyone.

I’ve spent the last wee while trying to decide what to do with this blog. I just can’t get into it. I’m not taking many photos at the moment (I didn’t even have any to put with this entry..) and while I’ve got a fair bit going on in my life, I don’t feel the need to blog in any detail about any of it. I’m too busy with ‘real life’, I guess.

It seems very final to delete my blog, but it’s also hard to justify keeping it when I’m paying for it each month and not using it. I’m struggling to decide what to do, but if my blog suddenly disappears you’ll know what’s happened. (And you can always keep up with me over at flickr, my username is wearmystuff.)

But yeah, basically I’ve got a lot going on right now.
Abraham and I have decided to get married! We’ve talked about it for awhile and have decided to just go ahead and do it this year, while my sister is home and everyone is in one place. Things have been going so, so well for us that it really feels like the right time to do it and we’re so very happy!
So mostly I’m busy planning our wedding, which will be on the 13th of Dec. We’re keeping it very low-key and obviously we have a very minimal budget so I’m busy pulling in as many favours as I can, and trying to source everything we need at the lowest price possible. It’ll all come together but it’s a bit of a stress-out at the moment.
I’m also starting a new job. I left the job at the cafe because it was just getting far too hard to get all the way out there now that Winter is upon us. So I’ve found a job in a little kitchen goods/ gift shop in town. The shop is really beautiful, very expensive and lovely. I start next week and I’m freaking out a little about what I’m going to wear. I have to dress ‘tidy’ and cover my tattoos, and as most of you know my style tends more towards crazy than tidy, and my tattoos are nearly always on show. I’ll find something though.

What else is new? Abraham’s new job is going well, he’s finding it a bit of a challenge, but that’s a good thing I think.
Aesop is Aesop. Cheeky as, very argumentative at the moment and unfortunately is having a hard time with toilet training. He just can’t get the hang of telling someone when he needs to go, but rather wiggles and jiggles and holds on (even telling us he doesn’t need to go..) until the very last minute, causing quite a few accidents. But I’m sure this phase will pass.
I’ve started a radio show on the local alternative station. Toast on Tuesdays. Unfortunately the station is only accessible in Whakatane but if anyone is interested I can post the first two shows for download. It’s mostly indie, folky music with a few good old songs thrown in for good measure. Very mellow tuesday morning music.

I think that’s about all for now. I’m not going to promise any updates, but I’ll see how I go. I hope you’re all keeping well. x



May 31, 2008, 6:50 pm
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Well, one sure way to tell it's been too long since you blogged is when the whole typepad format has changed in the time you were away! Sigh. I'm not going to make excuse though, because you know what? While you guys are completely great I started blogging mostly for myself so I guess that should mean if I haven't felt like blogging then I guess I shouldn't feel too bad about it. I don't want to end up resenting this blog afterall, it's meant to be fun.
Either way, I've been too busy living. You know, work, a little bit (not enough) of sewing, playing games with Aesop and generally pottering around. We've been working on the whole family expansion project, eating far too much nice food (tummy expansion project?), and preparing for what promises to be an exciting second half of this year.
I resigned from my job last weekend. I know, it's kind of nutty to give notice before finding something else to do, but I figure something will come up. I only want two days a week and I'm not too picky about what I do. So please keep your fingers and little toes crossed that something nice comes up for me! I'm going to hand around my (very minimal, and yet to be made) cv to the local cafes etc and think positive thoughts. All else failing I'll erm, start selling body parts or something. ha.

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(is it just me or do these images look blurry now? oh, and I haven't vacuumed. sorry!)
Abraham on the other hand has finished his job this week in preparation for the beginning of his new one next week! He's been buying fancy new shirts, shoes and pairs of pants ready for his move up the corporate ladder and I'm so very proud of him. He's going places that boy, and I'm stoked to say I'll be right beside him.

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I must confess that I very rarely buy things from Etsy (You could count the number of times on one hand!) and I feel really bad about that. The international postage usually really puts me off (I'm such a hypocrite, aren't I?) and to be honest there are rarely things, which I can afford, that I truly fall in love with. I'm easily over whelmed when it comes to masses of things to choose from too which doesn't help. (Neither does a particularly bad experience with my first Etsy purchase.. but that's a story for another day.)
But I did recently buy a top from replicca. It arrived today and I'm in love. This girl is insanely talented, has really reasonable prices and is friendly to boot. I'll be buying many more things from her, and I reccommend you do too.
Speaking of Etsy, I've had some really lovely feedback from buyers recently, including a link to this adorable video of a super sweet (and very, very pretty!) lady who bought one of my flower brooches. She wore it to do her podcast, and while I have no idea what they're saying, it definitely suits her. Thanks!

Okay, no promises but I hope to be back in the next few days. x



May 15, 2008, 10:57 pm
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Seeing as I’ve been increasingly slack at this whole blogging thing I thought I would just do a bit of a picture post and show you some of the things which have brightened my week!
Last Saturday I drove to Tauranga (yes! I drove!) which is about an hour or so from here, to pick up this lovely little cabinet. I won the auction on trademe and we’d hoped that abraham’s Dad, who lives closer, could pick it up but I may have underestimated it’s size and it didn’t fit in his station wagon. So Abraham, Aesop, my mum and I went on a road trip and picked her up. Isn’t she lovely? Cheap as chips too! You can’t see in this picture but she also has little ornate handles and a lovely old key.

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While in Tauranga we stopped off at the mall for a spot of shopping and some lunch.
As most of you know by now, I have huge feet. Did you also know I appear to have huge calves too? I’ve been looking for boots for almost three years now, to no avail. It seems the only boots made for women with large feet and substantial legs are ones with hideous large strips of elastic which make your legs look 100x larger, and still cost a few hundred dollars.
You can guess where this is leading.. I found some boots! I wasn’t really planning on spending a small fortune on footwear, but I also couldn’t leave them in the store! They’re a really good brand, and this photo does them no justice but they’re really, really nice. It sounds a little weird, and I don’t expect many of you to understand, but somehow owning boots makes me feel like more of a woman. More normal. I feel like I could conquer the world in these boots. It’s a feeling very hard to describe.
What else do I have to show? hmm..

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I added a few things to my etsy tonight. Three hoodies, and loads of brooches. There’s a lot of vintage flower brooches and also a few stuffed mini applique brooches. I’m still waiting for the darned blind hemming foot so the cardis and skirts aren’t available yet, but they’re close. I’ve been buying some lovely sweatshirting lately and have great plans for more cardis, and lots more hoodies. I was going to make some summer things, but to be honest the sleeveless things hanging on the rack in my studio just make me feel cold. So I’ve decided to see if I can get rid of them. I’ve taken US$15 off the price (nz$20) of anything without sleeves (singlets and hoodies..) for the rest of the month in hopes they’ll find new homes and stop making me shiver!
It’s sort of in fitting with my trying to sell more locally as well, it’s hard work trying to please everyone when we’re in different seasons. So I’m going to stick to my own season mostly this Winter and see how I go. Fear not though, there’ll be bags and brooches galore which can be worn all year long, of course.
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All of our Monarch butterflies have hatched! Some of them didn’t make it through the rain we’ve had recently. We found half a dozen of them, soggy and lifeless, scattered on our front lawn which was really sad. But thankfully when the rain dried the trees were also scattered, with live butterflies drying their wings and preparing themselves for whatever adventures they were heading off on. It’s been so good to watch their little life cycle with Aesop, even though he’s not quite old enough to understand it completely. I hope we can do it all again next year!