Monday, May 02, 2016

Me Made May 2016 - Last minute sign up!

In the spirit of "everything last minute always" yesterday morning as I was getting dressed I decided I would take part in Me Made May'16
For those of you that have never heard of it before, Me Made May is a challenge for those of us who make garments (whether they be sewn, up-cycled, crocheted, knitted or whatever) to wear more of what we make! Anyone can take part, I've done it a few times before and this time I'm going to try and do a weekly round up of what I've worn during the week on my blog. I'm sure that near the end of the month the photos will become...well shall we say "less good".

Anyway part of doing Me Made May (or #MMMay16 like the hashtag says) is to set up your own pledge, so without further ado, here's mine!

 'I, Trees, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I endeavour to wear one handmade item each day for the duration of May 2016 and I will also take a photo each day'

Yesterday Rich and I went hiking in Eastbourne (more about that later) and I wore one of my Me Made dresses hiking (I'm that person - I find them more comfortable -ok?). Here's a photo that Rich took of me on the hike at a rest stop - camera in hand (obviously).
I was pretty glad I chose to wear this dress for the first day of Me Made May - why? Well it's one of my favourites! However, more than that I think it shows the longevity of garments you made for yourself in a style and fabric you love. 

I originally made this dress back in Easter of 2013 and it still going strong today, not bad for a dress I made from fabric I got for nothing from a Wellington Sewing Bloggers meet up. It's a pretty simple and wearable style and of course I do LOVE paisley. It's been all over the world with me as well - including when I visited New York City.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, even though buying ready to wear means you can get some awesome stuff (I'm a sucker for vintage stuff as well as "alternative" brands like Hell Bunny and Sourpuss) when you make something for yourself, its likely to hang around in your life a bit longer - if nothing else you've put time and effort into making it - so you're going to try and wear it a few times at least right?

Although I do follow Vix's law - if I don't love something be it made by me, vintage, second hand or new I get rid of it. However, it seems that I am less likely to not love something I've made myself (although I've been there with the wrong pattern/fabric/waking nightmare projects as well!). 

Is anyone else out there taking part in Me Made May this year?

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Autumnal ANZAC walk

I'm sorry my northern hemisphere friends have to hear this, because it seems like you guys are having a pretty average spring, but.....our autumn down here has been freaking amazing. I think its the best autumn I've had since I've lived in Wellington. It's cooler and the days are shorter but we seem to have had sunny day after sunny day and so many blue skies! Normally this time I year I need to wear my woolen coat EVERYWHERE! But I haven't been wearing it to work at ALL this week - where do I even LIVE now?
Last weekend was ANZAC weekend, for those of you not from my part of the world ANZAC stand for Australian New Zealand Army Corps and ANZAC day is in remembrance of all our service men and woman killed in combat and also recognises those currently serving and those who did return.

ANZAC day is always held on the 25 April as its the day the ANZAC troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsular in 1915.

Given that it was ANZAC weekend Rich and I thought it was finally time we visited the Ataturk Memorial on the South Coast of Wellington.
Sometimes I am still amazing at just how ridiculously stunning country can be - even though I'm a New Zealander and have now been a Wellingtonian for over ten years. I mean look at this place!

The Ataturk Memorial is to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who was the first leader of the Republic of Turkey.

The spot was chosen for the memorial due to the fact its very similar to to Gallipoli Peninsular - well that's what I read on the NZ History website and it's pretty authoritative on such things.
After looking at the memorial, we decided to walk to Lyall Bay and then catch the bus home from there. Sometimes in Wellington when you're out and about you see signs like this, it makes sense when you live in a place with fairly regular earthquakes I suppose? It's one of many reasons why I enjoy visiting the coast, but would never want to live too close to the sea!
There are little blue penguins along this coast line, I've never seen them in Wellington (I have seen them when we visited Oamaru though) but I have heard them when walking the evenings a few times.
The scenery on the way Lyall Bay is pretty rocky and rugged - these are the kind of beaches I really love. Pretty white sand beaches never really feel like home to me.

I wanted to finish off with this sculpture - any guesses as to what it's called? I'd love to know if you guys can work it out.
 If you guesses "doo doo" or something similar you're right!  I guess its easier to guess if you've had pet sheep or goats (or grown up on a sheep or goat farm!).

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Hong Kong Part 2: Catching up with old friends, Guedetama and PMQ Markets

On our second day in Hong Kong we changed from a hotel in Kowloon to one in Causeway Bay, our main plan for the day was to catch up with my old High School friend Lillian and her  family. When we arrived at our hotel we had plenty of time to look around before we met the others for lunch.

Causeway Bay is very different to Kowloon, its much quieter and it feels very much like a place where everyday people live.

We spend much of the morning wandering around Victoria Park and while these photos make it look pretty empty it was a hive of activity! There were joggers, runners, cyclists and people practicing all kinds of martial arts and dance routines as well as families and older folk sitting around enjoying the sunshine.

We met Lillian, her husband Ben and cute wee daughter Lauren  at a Yum Cha (Dim Sum) place in Causeway Bay - it was awesome to be heading out with locals because they know where to eat and they also speak Cantonese so there wasn't any barrier for us going to have Yum Cha, we just told them what type of things we wanted to eat.
Lillian asked us was there anything we really wanted to see in Hong Kong that we could all go and do together, I told Lillian I love Guedetama and I really wanted to visit the Guedtama Cafe I had read about - it turned out Lillian loves Guedetama as much as me so we caught the subway to the Guedetama cafe straight after Yum Cha!

If you have no idea who Gudetama you can see him in the you tube video below, he's basically an adorable sleepy egg!

 I was pretty excited to get to visit to super Kawaii cafes in a matter of two days! Lillian and I had a look around the gift shop while we waited for some seats.
Pretty much everything in the cafe was Guedetama themed from the food right down to the seats!

Seen as we had already had lunch, we decided to get drinks and dessert and everything was pretty amazing and adorable.

We did a bit of shopping together, but Lauren was getting tired so it was time to part ways. When we told Lillian that we had no plans for the rest of the day she suggested we head over to PMQ located in Central which is an art market in a historic building which is totally our kind of thing so with directions from Lillian we went to check it out.

The walk to the market was almost as interesting as the market itself! Lots of street art (including yarn bombing!) and interesting stores.

It turns out PQM is in an old Police Station, the building is huge! So  I wonder if it was the national office or perhaps it used to have a lot of cells. There is a big open area at the bottom and then a tonne of cute stores on each level. I was surprisingly restrained in here, I could have spend our whole trips budget in some of these stores.

 Unfortunately you couldn't play these piano's - well not that I can play piano anyway, but Rich can!

A lot of the stores had classes available as well as selling their products, we saw a jam making course in action on the ground floor when we arrived. If I lived in Hong Kong I would have wanted to take SO MANY courses here!
When we were visiting PMQ they had and art on stairs project happening where a number of different artists had painted the staircases in the building - here were a few of my favourites.

 This is the end of our FIRST trip to Hong Kong (we went back there later in our trip) - next stop Manila!