We had a great walk this weekend. Autumn has arrived and the temperatures ave dropped. With them the wasp numbers that make the beech woods unsafe for walking with little people. The sun was shining but not beating down unpleasantly.
Washpen Falls is a wonderful walk on private land near us. The track it follows is maintained nicely and easy to follow. The route winds through pine woods, past caves and waterfalls. Climbs up into the high country tussock and then tracks down steeply to the river, with steep steps and sheer cliffs, down to a swimming lagoon. Close to the beginning it passes through old established honeydew beech woods (still a bit waspy but not to bad) and then back to the farm where the track begins and ends. Its an easy drive down the road and a walk we are eager to repeat again soon.
Pictures by hubby mostly.
More pics form the awesome lakeside at Telapo. It was so lovely down there and being able to take the dog was the icing on the cake. Not all of NZ is particularly canine friendly so having him along was a bonus. Madam was so happy to have nana there to play with. The Church of the Good Shepard is a delightful little chapel right down by the shore.
It was also a great place to show off the other Bimaa sweater that I made. I followed a online tutorial for making it into more of a dress and did the shawl collar option. LOVE this pattern!
And those night skies …
There are quite a few more pics I took while away but most are also snaps of clothing that I’ve made so will come in fits and starts as the patterns are reviewed and/or released 🙂
It’s not often I feature in pictures. Mostly because I’m usually behind the camera. And also because there is only ever a 2% success rate in taking a picture of me where I don’t either have my eyes closed or look like a startled chipmunk. Seriously, the similarities are striking.
We had a wonderful evening walk in the woods a few nights ago. Hubby with his camera. Spectacular light.
There have been many things that have been chaffing me this summer. Heat, wind. The offence that Christmas in the summertime causes me – I’ve tried to get past it but it feels WRONG. If we didn’t have our wonderful overseas family and some amazing friends making the days fun and happy I think it could actually be a rather glum time of year for me. We are lucky.
But the summer light. Oh the light.The evenings that literally glow. They make summer. That redeems the little things and reminds me I don’t really want winter back quite yet. Although I do reserve the right to do a little happy dance on mornings where it’s grey and damp and a bit chilly.
I actually made up this skirt as a quick make for Christmas. It’s a lovely design and such a easy sew by Violette Field Threads. I chose my rather hoarded and precious Heather Ross fabric. I almost cried cutting into it. But I was glad I did. It made the loveliest skirt. Potentially not the very best choice since the skirt is cut on the circle but it worked out ok.
Because its cut on the circle is perfect for twirling and hot summer days. It has a delightful curved waist in the front and is gathered with elastic in the back. There are optional bubble pockets – usually I’m not a pocket person but I like these!
Circle skirts are much more fabric hungry than traditionally made rectangular panel; gathered waist skirts – But I will confess I really do like how this skirt falls and moves. Definitely more in our future!
Pictures taken at the Buskers Festival in the Park
Its been a busy weekend this week. It was so hot in the evening that after supper we decided to pop out and have a little walk. With the kite. There was mini train riding today. 30 degrees in the sun. Not a lot less in the shade.
We had a lovely walk this saturday. It’s one I’ve done before but hubby hasn’t. It was hot hot. But the walk has some great contrasts. High bluffs, walking between wide open fields and fir woods. A steep decent through the forest. Winding grassy tracks by the river. The swimming hole was awesome and a place we want to return to really soon. Madam walked the whole 5+km without a single piggy back. We had a delicious pub lunch to reward ourselves and celebrate!
This sunday madam and I decided to head to our local sunday market. Stopping ay my favourite shop while there. I recommend checking it out Marmalade Clothing and Curiosities . She’ll post out if you want but if you happen to be in Canterbury I thoroughly recommend popping in. Actually I recommend Oxford in general. There are lots of cute shops and cafes considering how small the town is and a lively sunday market.
It was warm (mid 20’s) and madam had a great time in the parks and swings and playing with the kids of the market vendors. Its such a great vibe there, very chilled and relaxed. Great fresh produce too. So we stocked up on treats and bits we needed and after some wandering and a cupcake at madams favourite cafe Pink Sugar.
After all that we got sidetracked by the river on the way home … It often happens to us, any time of year. It was balmy and warm and the water was inviting (if your 4 anyway). For nearly 2 hours we paddled, played in the sand and chatted to a few other people who were all enjoying the afternoon. Also side note *LOVE Saltwater Sandals. They are the best ever.
Who doesn’t all love handmade dolls. Seriously who doesn’t covert those amazing Waldorf and OOAK dolls on Etsy and Felt. We have big doll lovers in this home.
So when Lisa told me she was working on a very special project. A vintage style doll that can be sewn at home, by a mama. That could be made from materials we can all source, by someone with basically no doll making experience. Well, I was intrigued and excited and asked to pretty please be included on testing the pattern.
Lisa has made a wonderful pattern, with excellent instructions that break the sewing and making into bite sized chunks.
The face is all hand embroidered. Lisa has written a really comprehensive guide to the embroidery and how to do everything. I was a little nervous of doing it as I’ve never embroidered before but it was actually all done and dusted in one evening; sitting by the fire. Even hubby was impressed! Her little ears are also stitched on – possibly one of the cutest little details that I adore. Her hair is simple to create and her hairstyles are all beautiful.
This was meant to be a set of pictures of my second doll. Madams Christmas gift. All finished and dressed. But life interrupted art. So here’s a sneak peek of her in a very ‘work in progress’state. Full reveal later in the week.
The clothes included in Lisa’s pattern are delightful. Machine sewn and finished with lovely little details. I found the kimono dress could be made with either a back opening or as a fully functioning kimono wrap. And the knickers can be lengthened if you want.
This is ‘Polly’. She is made to Big Little’s ‘Fleur’ pattern. You can win her. She is looking for a home for life. She’s made of organic calico and stuffed with locally sourced Alpaca roving. Her hair is alpaca boucle and her dress is Michael Miller fabric. She also has lovely little navy shoes which she will come with.
Pop by Big Little on Etsy and use the code FLEUR15 to get 15% off the pattern, right up until Saturday. Just pop the code in at the checkout. It would be a great gift for a friend or to make for a little person for Christmas.
And the big question. If you bought the pattern today could you make her for Christmas? Yes, yes you could. Honestly, if you can find a few hours and a few 10 min moments here you can make her before Santa comes calling. All the notions you need are easily sourced.
Now if you are looking at this and thinking. That’s all very well for you, but all I’ve ever sewn before are straight lines. Don’t be put off. She is so achievable and rewarding. Give it a go.
If you would like to nominate a child to win Polly who is pictured in this post (pink haired doll) please use the link below, tell us who the child is and why your’e nominating them. The nominations are open internationally but be aware that she will only arrive in time for Christmas if you are in NZ (or possibly Oz if the post is favourable!!) You can also nominate through Instagram using the hashtag #biglittledollgiveaway
A friend came to stay this past week. A friend from when I was young. We haven’t seen each other for 15 years, nearly as long since we spoke. Not through any angst or disagreement. Just through life. Separate paths to be trodden. And last month our paths crossed. A happy serendipitous crossing that melted the years into nothing. We are both older, wiser (may be), a touch more travelled and sun worn.
But we are still us. Still in heart those teenagers who spent hours walking and watching waves, climbing into caves and lying on big rocks in the purple heather. Watching clouds in blue skies.
It was an amazing feeling to renew that friendship. To dig into shared history. To realise that despite the years and happenings, I am still me. The essence of what makes me, is unchanged. So we enjoyed a morning out at Castle Hill. Big rocks and blue skies.
The girl in those pics, with the wonderful smile. Who my little madam adores and follows like a puppy. She’s special. She’s my friend.
We trucked our little family down to Dunedin for the weekend. Flu and all. We have been planning this excursion for ages and hubby has had fridays off for the last month so we can get out and about. Then we got ill. And stayed ill.
We didn’t so much leave on friday morning, as we all fell out the door, pharmaceutical drugs and soothing drinks in hand. We remember most things, and forgot a few more. The drive down went well, its not a long trip. 5h door to door with a decent length stop to let the dog out, run on a beach and see the Moeraki Boulders. The bach (NZ terminology for holiday cottage) was old school, perfectly located – we had to drive across tidal mud flats to access it. An open fire kept us warm and soup filled our bellies.
The local Larnach Castle provided a welcome entertainment on Saturday morning – the weather was kind and the castle a calm oasis. I’m not convinced of its ‘castle’ status – I’ve visited larger family homes – but it is pretty! An afternoon on the beach followed with copious soothing drinks and comfort food in-between. Tight clad feet in rock pool paddling. Warm wool coat and bloomers.
Sunday morning broke cold, grey and drizzly. We went looking for penguins, leaving at sunrise to beat the incoming tides. We blew bubbles and looked at the rocks that provide the penguins a home. Didn’t see any actual penguins though. Back in the car we warmed up and headed to the museum and the butterfly room. It was warm and amazing and if your Moo – terrifying. Apparently butterflies are our little girls nemesis. She was horrified. Shame as her parents thought it was great!
The drive home was easy, a stop here for delicious food and a great play area. We were welcomed home by 3 cats all desperate to come inside and to a fire that somehow I’d remembered to lay ready for our return before we left on Friday. Perfection. More lemsip and an early night. A pretty full on weekend for us all, and promises to each other to return.
Excuse the mishmash of pictures, complete absence of editing on any of them. Lack of composition or balance. It was a wobbly point and shoot weekend, one which also involved sand and our RX100 – oops. Hubby took some decent shots with his RX1 but he’s still working through them. I’ll do a post with some of the better shots soonish.
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