Update!!

So this month has flown by…

So many things have happened

I turned 26 (gez I know adding on the years)
Completed multiple trips up to Auckland
Packed up my childhood room for my last few nights in the house that has been filled with so much joy, laughter, sadness and growth (probably one of the hardest things is saying goodbye to the place in which I grew up, the place my mother passed away in, the place I felt safe)
Dropped 4 points on my skinfolds (hey this is a huge achievement, I’m getting toned baby)
Started winter rowing training… um er yes there have been some tears and near vomiting moments on the erg
Undertook the fun challenge of making my friends wedding dress (sleepless nights, there have been a few)
Started homegroup!
Went to an awesome Christchurch craft fair… and about to go to a “British” themed one this weekend
Become a coffee addict
Lived through my first Christchurch snow (there was a lot of joy, jumping up and down and comments such as”I am cold, but this is soooooooo coooooooool”)
Oh and bought a house, yes you read right, with a little help from my dad, as of 6:20pm last night I am a home owner baby (provided the builders report comes up good, contributing to the MIA blogging)

So as I run around like a crazy woman trying to sew a wedding dress, organise transporting my belongings from one end of the country to the other (between two islands hmm fun fun) and organising all the legal fun stuff that comes with buying a house, I thought it was time I posted a wee hi, I am looking forward to June and the preparation for the big move (and out of the dysfunctional flat)

Made By Me May – Pledge

Ok so the whole blog thing these past few weeks has been a bit neglected (rowing and all taking over my life), what can you do, its life, and it keeps chugging along quite nicely.

So it’s Made by Me May time!!

Last year I watched the sewing blogging world embark on a magical endeavour called Made By Me May, and now that I have a blog, and a growing wardrobe full of hand sewn garments, what the hell, I am going to take part. Now the only hurdle is its getting into winter, and my very summer hand made wardrobe or “Auckland winter” wardrobe is not so suited to Canterbury weather, so I am going to use this month as a little challenge to start sewing those damn clothes I have had planned for many many moons (some since mid last year), and also learn to adapt my current wardrobe to winter weather (apologies for my flippent language in this past paragraph, some times it is just called for).

So….

 ‘I, Audsley, of plumpudding sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavour to wear me-made clothing twice a week for the duration of the month of May’

Why twice a week, well as much as I would love to wear home made clothing all week, its just not practical in my current situation, next year is another story tho.

We are nearly a week into May, and yes I have already rocked some home made this week, photos hopefully will come over the month.

Also a little update on that dress I made when I had tonsillitis, well it turned out not too bad (not quite up to my perfectionist nature), however the lining managed to split when I wore it to a dear friends wedding, so I have been humming and harring about sharing it with you… next post I will have some photos of it (in its current state) and also the plans for this very green and out of my comfort zone dress (yes it is going to get a bit of a make over, with a lot of unpicking ahead I fear).

Auds

MIA

Who would of guessed it, I got tonsillitis AGAIN! Seriously, one big damper on life. Thankfully it didn’t go bacterial like in January and now that I know the symptoms I did something very unlike my character, I rested, yip little old Audsley rested, to be more precise played a few games of hockey then slept for the following three days. Me + being sick = unproductive blog, but it also = productive Audsley (well sewing wise). I couldn’t do too much of my PhD without my head spinning, but somehow managed to make a dress to wear for a wedding back home last weekend. Admittedly the sewing is not up to my personal perfectionist nature but the amount of compliments changed my insecure view of this dress, details about the dress you ask, well you will have to wait a few days (here is a sneak peak).

A hint of fabric

So I must admit being sick for a week, then having to fly home (is Auckland home?) for a wedding, knowing full well all my “spare” time would be spent juggling in friends too see was a bit chaotic. I left one window open to visit my favourite material store, sadly this was foregone for a much needed catch up with a friend, however with a trip back up north for uni games next weekend, and my schedule wide open, hopefully I will be able to bring back some fabric with me (one can only hope).

So much happened on that lovely visit to Auckland, I feel like it needs a post all on its own. I was blessed to watch the union of two very dear people in my life, spend quality time with a number of friends and probably the most unexpected but fulfilling part of the trip was the ability to take a single scull out every morning (6am yeh boi!) for a row, watching dawn and just having some chill time on the water is an incredible start to the day, let alone be back at a place I call home (yip I call somewhere home, and West End is it). I was lucky enough to rearrange my flights back to Christchurch a day later so I could attend the presidents closing day (the official closing of the club for the winter season), with rowing in the morning in the single, then helping some novice girls out by filling a seat in their boat, let alone the late night before hand, competing in the presidents eights races was a bit of a task, our eight came second (sigh). A big shock came at the end of the morning, I won a row with Mahé Drysdale, you know the one who won gold for New Zealand in the mens single scull at the London olympics, yeh him, it was pretty cool.

Here are my three favourite photos of the day so far (I think I have come a long way since sitting in a boat for the first time in August 2012)… enjoy

Not bad eh?

Not bad eh?

Trial Eights

Trial Eights

The lovely president Tony, Mahe and myself

The lovely president Tony, Mahe and myself

 

 

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.

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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Things to come

So the past week has been an interesting one, I managed to come down with tonsillitis last Wednesday and have very much slept the week away (sigh). The upside to being home sick is the dreaming up of creative tasks (mostly sewing ones) for the future. One thing I am quite excited to announce is that over the next month (and a bit) I will be dedicating my posts to the many indie pattern designers I admire and the creations I have made and have planned (gosh, so many planned). Hopefully this will open you to a new world (if not one already experienced) and give you an insight into the past year of my relaxation time of sewing.

 

Eulogy of the Safety Orange Drink Bottle

A sad day has passed where I have had to bid farewell to a consistent companion, my safety orange drink bottle.

You have followed me on my travels, slotted in beside me on long drives, partook in Urban Search and Rescue training, rolled around the boat on a daily basis, sat patiently while I exercised my way to exhaustion and survived the fateful double novice capsize of 2012.

But sadly this time has come to an end, the tragic accident of the Mardi Himal trek has taken its toll, where we thought you had been revived, your degradation soon became apparent.

Thank you for keeping me hydrated, nursing my fatigue and brightening up my day. You will be missed but not forgotten. Even tho you have been replaced by the awesome purple and blue combo, you will always be the safety orange drink bottle.

Where has the time gone?

Wow I cannot believe I have been home for over a week. So much has happened it is crazy! I thought as it has been over two weeks since my last post I should say hi, I haven’t forgotten about my blog, just finding the time to sit down and compose all the thoughts going on in my head has been rather hard.

I am looking forward to sharing about my last few days in Nepal and the very quick but fulfilling trip to Pakistan (God has blessed me abundantly) but sadly these will have to wait for another post.

The past week at home has been an adjustment, I have suffered from crazy jet lag, a really bad stomach bug and my chronic fatigue syndrome has relapsed (after nearly a year of being under control, sigh).

I feel as tho my creative spark has come back, I have started making earrings and necklaces (my first attempt I am wearing below) and my sewing to do list is growing!

I was very blessed to be pressured into partaking in the West End Rowing Club Amazing Race, after our annual Christmas Party on Saturday, I was a tad stressed about the work still to complete for Nepal (which is taking forever), but I decided and prayed that I would have some fun and not worry about everything else in my life… any man did we have fun.

I got epically sun burnt! Crashed my car (well no damage to both mine or the other). We ran and drove around Auckland like maniacs, asking strangers to help us, take photos of us, give us the fingers etc. The most awesome part WE WON!!! my first ever trophy (sad I know). I really enjoyed bonding with my team mates and having a heck of a fun time doing things I normally wouldn’t. Life is great!

TROPHY!!

TROPHY!!

Team ROWBOTS

Team ROWBOTS