Friday, July 17, 2015

Quotes, Quotes, Quotes Swap

We are now home from the USA and I have about six million photos I could share with you from our trip and I  will do that eventually - but its going to take a while. So here's a selfie that we took on Waikiki Beach. I was the only person on the beach wearing skeletons - because I'm cool.
Rather than blogging all about the USA, I thought I'd share what I made for the most recent craft swap I did. The theme of the swap was "quotes, quotes, quotes" - simply you had to make something based about one of the quotes your partner gave you. My partner gave me a long list which included "anything from Scooby Doo". I've basically ALWAYS been a Scooby fan, so as soon as I saw that I knew where I was going with the swap.

Next step - to find a Scooby cross stitch pattern - turns out I found the perfect one on Esty (as always). The quote I chose was "I would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for you meddling kids!". I really loved the font on the design and it was a lot of fun to cross stitch the various characters. Velma was always my favourite character of the Scooby gang and I'm pretty convinced her glasses are the best thing about this cross stitch.
This is by far my favourite cross stitch of the year and it was hard to sent it away to its new home in the USA!
Hope you are all doing well - I'm off to try and sew a dress in time for Armageddon - have a good weekend all xo.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I've been doing stuff lately

Hello beloved blog universe - how I have missed you all! I would say I am now back to blogging, but in a few days I'm off the the USA for THREE WEEKS! Also I left my old job and I'm starting a new one in July.

Thought I'd just post a snapshot of some fun things I've been up too since I've taken a blogging break.

I went on a FART (Fabric Acquisition Road Trip) to Levin and Palmerston North with my friend Emma.

I made a new dress, its a shift dress from Skirts and Dresses for First time sewers by Christine Haynes. The fabric is from my beloved (now closed) Arthur Toye Fabrics.Although I will make it a size or two smaller next time.

 Rich and I took a walk to Island Bay, visited the Marine Centre and found a heart shaped rock!

I had high tea with my friend Shell for her birthday, we visited a new kitschy place in Kilbirnie.

Rich and I had our THIRTEEN YEAR  anniversary and decided to met some red pandas in celebration.

I completed my first Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery cross stitch as a present for my friend Shell.
Finally Ria and I went to a trampoline park in Petone and followed it up with lunch in the sunshine.

There will be a bit more radio silence at this end as I'm going away on holidays, but expect more regular posts once I return from my trip!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Blogging Break

Hi Guys,

I've made the decision to take a blogging break for a while, I just feel like I'm forcing myself to blog lately and its become a chore - not a fun time.

I will still try and keep up with all your guys blogs as I have made a lot of good friends through the blogging world and I don't want to lose them.

You can still find me on instagram and I do hope I will be back in the future - either here or perhaps its time to start a brand new blog.

See you folks soon.

Trees xox

Monday, April 27, 2015

Monster Mash Dress

I don't often buy new fabric (especially when that new fabric is from Spotlight) but when I found fabric with old school movie monsters, I had to have it, because I love monsters so freaking much.
Obviously this dress has a LOT going on, so I  wanted a simple pattern (who am I kidding, I really only like to wear simple frocks as I'm all about comfort). This dress is the "back to school shift dress" from Chic and Simple Sewing by Christine Haynes. I added a bit of length to the dress, but otherwise made no alternations to the pattern. Here's a close up of the pattern - its includes wolfman, a vampire and a zombie (oh my!).
I also love that the background of this fabric is  a really pretty blue colour - not just boring black.
I've worn this dress twice - once to a burlesque show and once to have lunch with a friend and both times I got comments from random strangers. It's nice for your friends to notice your handmade things, but when total randoms say they like something you made its a bit of a buzz.
Hope you folks all had a good weekend xox

Friday, April 24, 2015

More Easter Adventures - Sunday and Monday

I realised I didn't finish posting the rest of my photos from Easter weekend! Easter Sunday involved a lot of eating and Easter crafts.
I went to my friend Shell's place to hang out and dye Easter eggs, Shell is from the USA and had ALL kinds of Easter treats from the USA.

My friend Joy gave me this cute little Easter present, the wacky balloon cat guy was in  my kinder surprise egg!

We dyed Easter eggs with food colouring and also Kool-Aid - we don't actually get Kool-Aid in New Zealand, but Shell had a stash that she had been sent from friends back home. We even managed to mix some colours and create black eggs.
Shell lives in Highbury and I took this view as I was walking home from her house - such a pretty view.
I found this map as I was walking home - I'm a bit of a map geek, so this is the kind of street art I totally appreciate.

On Sunday we decided to walk to the summit of Mount Victoria, via the suburb of Mount Victoria. I was pretty excited when we found these rabbits along the way. They are appropriate guys to find on Easter Monday and also rabbits are one of my favourite animals.

I haven't spent a lot of time in Mount Victoria as a suburb, but its really a cute neighbourhood. Maybe I will live here some day!

Next stop the summit of Mount Victoria - its feeling autumnal up in the town belt now.

On the way back down from the summit we stopped off at a look out which is a kind of memorial to the Duke of Wellington and Thomas Wakefield.

Finally on the way home we saw this - I think I kind of prefer it to "Keep Calm and Carry On"