I cannot believe it's March already! Summer has officially ended although you'd never believe that judging by the beautiful days we are still having. Long may it continue!! So my unplanned blog break was due to being outdoors and making the most of a stunning summer. On one hand I've missed blogging but on the other hand it's been really lovely to leave the computer tucked away out of sight. I have however been having lots of sneaky peeks at Pinterest on my phone as I am finding it so very inspirational. Now I just need a bit more time to actually sit down and make some of the things I've pinned!!
A word of warning - this blog post will be all over the place because my mind is so full, I am going to just go ahead and blurt it all out! I will start with Christmas ...
Christmas Day was utterly amazing - in fact it was the hottest Christmas since 1934 - how fantastic is that. We hosted Christmas at our house this year and if it wasn't for an oscillating fan strategically placed near my kitchen door - I think I would have passed out over the turkey. It did make for a very long night with overly tired small folk not being able to sleep in the humidity (something we in windy Wellington are not very used to!!). So the whole holiday break was just perfect. Lots of beach visits, lots of playing in the paddling pool on the deck and lots of scooter and bike rides.
The mini pom poms were so darn cute I had to make one too. It looked sweet draped around some of the kids' art from when they were smaller.
Loads and loads of tea cosies have been made in the last few months too. Some of them have ended up at a shop in Petone! How exciting. The lovely owner has also taken a few of my other makes - baby hats, mini paper bunting and hair clips. I was so proud to see the cosies in the shop window!! I had the overwhelming urge to yell "I made these" to anyone in the near vicinity!!
There have also been quite a few fabulous op shop bargains found recently. This stunning tablecloth was only $6 at a market in Paekakariki last weekend. We escaped the city for a night at the beach and we timed our arrival by fluke to sneak into the local market just before it finished for the day. I couldn't believe my luck to find this beauty.
Our strawberry patch has been taken over by giant stick creatures which freak me out completely so I've been too scared to stick my hand in and pick any fruit. My neighbour has had to come and remove the creatures for me. And I have to get the children to pick the strawberries. What a big chicken I am.
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I love it! She is so proud of herself and her beautiful cushion now lives on her bed.
We took the kids to an open day at our local port as Mr 8 is absolutely obsessed with ships of all kinds. He was blown away to get a chance to sit in the police boat. I was so proud to hear him asking the policemen such sensible questions and I was also chuffed that he totally understood the map on the screen in front of him. He is still in love with all things Titanic related and finished building a model with his dad over the last few weeks. We now have to buy a shelf to put up in his room so this precious model can stay safely above the carnage of a boys bedroom!!
Phew - well that's all from me. I won't be leaving it so long again as it is really hard to remember what I've been up to. Clearly my memory is suffering now that I've turned a year older!!
Have a fabulous week - see you again soon.