Monday, September 29, 2008

Making a Home

Friends dropped by in the weekend - Nic made this very pretty patchwork bag which now hangs on my side of the bed. It was full of goodies to eat which we have duly done and a packet of Green Gate paper napkins which really are too nice to use. I guess they will be put away with "the" collection. Though in my new mood of wanting to clear out stuff I may have to use them (eek!).

Annie, our baby has been very exhausted by the move. So many new places to explore that a full afternoon snoozing on the sofa is the only way to cope. Our older cat has taken to the spare room only making quick forays out to eat, pee and scratch up the sofa to show her displeasure on the way.

Over the weekend I also managed to restock the yellow dresser which doesn't seem to have made much differance to the mountain of boxes growing in the living room. I am quite perplexed as to where all this stuff has come from - surely the moving company have dumped someone elses junk on me.

On a more positive note they are lots of pretty views to be captured outside. The one below is my favourite - at the end of the rose garden there is an old brick wall with a wee picket fence gate leading to the paddock. Its framed by huge trees and looks out on the blossoming apple trees. Very Beatrix Potter.

Honey mowed the tennis court lawn Saturday morning...

Then had to cut the bamboo back so I could hang out my washing!

The beautiful view outside our bedroom window - a treasure of a woodland garden.

Well, still lots to do before it feels like home but we are getting there and spring is in the air!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

My Oasis

We moved house over a week ago and I have to admit that I am still a week away from normal routines but I did manage to set up my new workroom and have a day making up an order for Redcurrent in Wellington. It was a blissful respite from the unpacking/where to put everything syndrome. New workroom is much smaller but kind of cosy. Back to those boxes ...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Lavender Hearts

A new order for a new shop - Verde in Takapuna, Auckland.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Sweet Mary Sign

Now I know this isn't a great photo - hubbie (aka Honey) is not here to photoshop it for me. This gorgeous sign was custom -made for me by a clever couple and I am sorry that I don't know their names. Lots of their fabulous stuff is sold at Juliet's shop in Havelock North called: Now and Then.
Probably my fav stop in the village - its in Donnelly Street.

Food and Movement

It was Father's Day here yesterday so in the middle of packing I decided to make plum buckle for my honey. The recipe is from my namesakes blog - Sweet Mary. She made it as a peach buckle but as they are not in season here yet I made do with some plums from my freezer stash. It was yum and because there is only two of us here we get to eat it all week!
We are surrounded by boxes - for some mad reason I said I would do all the packing.
We move Friday so this will have to be the last post till after then - see you in the new abode...

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Homestead

This is the fabulous long driveway leading down to our new home...

And this is the equally fab new home called The Homestead.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Black and White

A private order, about to be wrapped and sent off. Orders of single hearts can be taken at my online shop. This order was a special request for something black and white (background ribbons not part of heart) - I try my best to fulfil special fabric requests out of my stash of mainly Cath Kidston and Laura Ashley fabrics. If my FELT site is not showing what you want ( its a little depleted at the moment ) just - email me through FELT with your query. If you go back two more posts to 'Prettiness' you will see some of the fabrics I stock.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Trees of Happiness

I read a lovely blog from Hazel about what makes her happy - The Tree of Happiness.
She nominated me to have a go so here is my list. There are millions of things that make me happy of course so I will just list a few off the top of my head in no particular order:

Cafe's and coffee - I love to meet friend's for a well made coffee (the beans matter) and a chat. A nice piece of cake helps too. If I can't do that I am happy to make a fresh coffee at home and sit in the sun for a few minutes with the cats.

Cats - I have two, one is old and a bit grumpy and the other is round and very fluffy. I still call this one my little baby, though she is now far from little and nearly 2 years old.

My husband and two children who I can't live without.

My family on both sides - so important that they are there, that way you figure out who you are. Friends also help with this one - telling you when you are being ridiculous or a real pratt. Both equal support.

Friday nights - I still get a sense of excitment about Friday nights. A glass of wine, something easy to cook and the whole weekend ahead of you. Plans to be made. For the similar reasons I love the lead-up to Christmas also.

I enjoy cooking for family and friends and sometimes trying new recipes out. Also like to grow my own vegies (still at the novice stage here) and visit the local farmers market for top-ups to cover my garden failures !

Love making things out of fabric and sometimes selling them - thats a bonus.

Thrifting is great fun too - the joy of finding little treasures that somebody once loved.

My crockery collection - some new, some old but all with a vintage twist and a delight to have around me.

Thank you Hazel. I have enjoyed writing this blog. I nominate Nicola to have a go and anyone else who wants to.

PS - one more - love living the rural life in Hawkes Bay!