The cutting floor

What a stunner of a weekend this Easter is turning out to be, I have been very blessed with warm, sunny skies in Christchurch (the last week I have spent my days in a puffa jacket and jeans, wearing jandals and a dress is a nice change).

So whats been happening on the cutting floor? well a few projects are well underway and I thought a few snaps might be in order…

Project Planning

Project Planning

A little birthday project I am working on for a friend

A little birthday project I am working on for a friend

The start of a dress I am making to wear to a friends wedding in a few weeks

The start of a dress I am making to wear to a friends wedding in a few weeks

A hint of fabric

A hint of fabric

Something special I have been planning for myself for far too many months

Something special I have been planning for myself for far too many months

Knitting

Knitting

A new project, exciting!

A new project, exciting!

I am also very excited to share that when I moved from Auckland I had to leave my baking tins/supplies behind (dad is keeping them for me for when I can retrieve them), but with the need to bake a birthday cake this week, I decided to splurge a little and buy some new tins, a really cute mixing bowl and measuring jug, I know, it’s the little things in life that really put a smile on my face, I am just praying the oven behaves. So if you find yourself wandering around Christchurch desiring a little home baking, give me a buzz.

So it is Easter Sunday, a day of significance in my life, and I am sure many who follow this blog. Melissa did this beautiful calligraphy printable that I had to share. She is brillant and I fully encourage you to grab a nice large cup of tea and spend some time browsing her blog and shop.

Something dear to my heart

The Simple Things - Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand, taken by Audsley Jones

The Simple Things – Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand

Nine and a bit years ago I was diagnosed with ME, or chronic fatigue syndrome. At the time, doctors were reluctant to diagnose patients with such a label, something unknown, and something that could just be another mental illness being misinterpreted. Still now, little is known, there is still debate about wither this is a disability, an illness or something of the mind.

But this is not a story of medicine, or one of debate. This is me, learning how to adapt to something that changes daily, changes by the minute, something I struggle to explain (even to myself). I never wanted an illness to be the centre of my life, and then, I didn’t want this thing I am suffering to just have to work its way into my routine life, its a balance, a compromise, where life and health have to give, take and co-operate. I am blessed to live a life of freedom, of choice, to have the will (even tho some days it can take over an hour) to get out of bed (why do you think my alarm is set so early?). How am I to say life is “hard” when there are others suffering around me, others less fortunate, others who even tho their circumstances seem horrific, unbelievable, unlivable, or even to our perspective nothing major, see the beauty, the light, the life in every day.

This new road I am traveling, a new city, a new “home”, a new difference has challenged me, has forced me to struggle, to understand that this road is different, it is unpredictable and this illness I share life with has responded and wants to be heard. My strength comes from the beauty of life, a life God has given us to live, learn, play and struggle with, a life to love, the intricacy of the leaves, the grass, every strand of it, and what we create, for ourselves, others and just because. Life, no matter how “hard”, changing, awkward, uncomfortable, simple, life is to be lived, and lived with purpose.

How to – Cupcake lights

So moving into a new room after spending 23 years in my previous home was a bit of a challenge, how to make this strange new place “home”?

Well, one of my lovely friends mentioned I should make cupcake lights. Finding the wrappers was a mission and a half, but success in a local book store (in all places).

Here’s how to lighten up your room with a bit of delectable goodness

Supplies
– Christmas or fairy lights (I used the LED ones)
– Cupcake wrappers (number matching the number of lights)
– Craft knife

Steps
1. Cut a small cross on the centre bottom of the cupcake wrappers

2. Push light through the cross (from the outside in)

3. Place as desired, and light up

Posted in DIY

It’s been a while…

Wow time has flown by. I have been without internet for the past three weeks, plus a months worth of packing, rowing, travelling… well hopefully you get the point. But I AM BACK! Whoop! 

So whats on the cards you may be asking??
Well….

The plan is still to write up about some of my favourite indie pattern companies/bloggers/designers, just a little bit later than planned
There are plenty of craft things to share
And some stories of the past month (just so you don’t feel like you have missed out on too much, did i mention I have moved cities?)

But until then, here is a photo of my lovely rowing family at New Zealand National Rowing Champs held in Twizel at the end of February, I am missing them a tad…

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