Her first gym competition this weekend. A gym fun class and she did great. She barely showed any nerves and did a great job on almost all the apparatus. Weirdly her usualy strong bar didnt go so great and her usualy weak vault went well. She can’t wait to do it again.

After a full on couple of weeks with ballet practices, jazz and other gym performances, shes now shes snuggled up nursing a mild cough and looking forward to the school holidays and a bit of a break.

September 24, 2016 Homelife

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We had such a lovely walk earlier this week, it was bright and sunny and the woods felt really alive again. The kid collected pinecones to paint and random leves and twigs. I think she has idea of making ‘tea’ with them. To be honest I’d zoned out a little as she told me her plans. I was listening to the birds!

The trousers are a slight mod of the Big Little Tree Climbing pants. Made full length, double side pockets and peiced fabric as I didnt have enough chambrey to do the full length. Although this pattern is advertised as a pantaloon style I really rate them as a quick easy sew harem pant. The fit is roomy and comfy which the kid adores and they are just so easy to whip up. Keep an eye on Big Little over the next few weeks as I’ve heard there are some exciting things coming really soon! I tend to follow most of my favourite designers on FB. Its just so convenient.

September 16, 2016 Homelife

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A candid taken by dad. Possibly my favourite of the year so far

September 11, 2016 Homelife

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A late flurry of snow, snowman building. It was a strange day, weather wise. It snowed, hailed, blew gale force sleet sideways, and in between there were moments of delightful sunshine.

Madam was loving her new Therm jacket that arrived that morning (great timing!) Although I try to make a huge portion of madams clothes I have to admit some things are beyond my skills. Waterproof outwear falls into that category. Because we spend so much time outside its important to find jackets and pants that will stand up to the weather and more importantly multiple use and hard wear. If it comes from a NZ company like Therm that’s even more awesome.

This jacket is fabulous. The kids favourite things about it are the sparkly zip pull and the fact that when it gets wet a pretty pattern appears on the outer fabric. Pretty cool even if I do say so. I love that it is lined with soft fleece and there weren’t any complaints of being cold despite a long stint snowman building and snow angel making. It’s got a nice long back, reflective strips and the thumb hole cuffs that fit so comfortably into gloves and mittens.

By the afternoon it was time to relaxing on a beanbag and watch something on netflix!

September 9, 2016 Homelife

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The making has been in short supply recently. Well, more accurately the blogging about the making. Actually I’ve churned out a few harem pants and a couple of dresses. I have just epically failed to photograph them!
The kid has shown a renewed interest in skirts recently and to celebrate (possibly prematurely) I decided that was ample excuse to get sewing.

 

 

 

The black and the blue are a mod of the VFT Lottie skirt pattern – I changed up the waistband and added inseam pockets. The white is a VFT Gemma skirt, also with added inseam pockets and a lining. Predictably the white is her favourite as it ‘twirls’ so well. Although colour wise her preference is the black.

In the words of the kid .. “if only you had made the white one in the black fabric mumma, then it would have been perfect
Yes, thanks kiddo.

Styling on the pics done by the kid – don’t ask me why today she felt the need to give Roald Dahl the publicity 😉

September 7, 2016 Sewing

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She now leads and we follow. She is so nearly ‘6’ in her own mind. Strong and confident and wanting to be the master of her own world.

September 6, 2016 52 Project

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Spring is here and we are wearing shorts and skirts a plenty. I’m not entirely sure the sun hat was necessary but who’s going to argue with sun safety?!

September 4, 2016 52 Project

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There isn’t a lot I can say about Milford Sound and the trip to get there that cannot be conveyed through the pictures. We were incredibly lucky with the weather and only had a half day of rain in the whole trip. We drove down slowly, taking time to stop at a variety of picture points, small walks and hikes off the road.

It is hard to explain quite how remote Fiordland really is. Its a comfy 6h from Queenstown and for 2/3rds of that drive you need to expect no cell phone coverage. Once you are past Te Anau there is none. at. all. Milford is off the grid so runs off generators and hydroelectric. If you do want to use internet its via satellite (and surprisingly usable!)
We stayed ay Milford Sound Lodge and were really super impressed with the accommodation, people and the food. And the kea who came to our door every time he saw us.

We did a lovely boat tour with a stop in at the Discovery Centre. I wasn’t really sure what we would see ‘under water’ in a fiord – for the record – plenty! A huge variety of fish, corals, sea cucumbers, star fish and anemones. On the boat tour we saw seals and little crested penguins.

After two amazing days down there, we headed back to Queenstown for a couple of nights before coming home. Great food, fun on the Luge and gondola. More great food. Then lots of driving with big vistas. Long hours. But worth it.

by the lake, winter sunshine on the water

August 24, 2016 52 Project

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Always practiscing her gymnastics. I think we have found our niche.

August 21, 2016 52 Project

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