Monday, April 24, 2017

Being a tourist in your own city

If you've been reading this blog for a while you probably know that I love traveling, but I also try and treat as many of my weekends as possible as if I was a tourist in Wellington  (even thought I've lived here for over ten years).

You know what's more fun than pretending to be a tourist in your own town? Have friends visit from overseas and acting like a tour guide, it helps you see the place you live in a whole new light.
A few weeks ago my long time friend Vany (AKA Craft Ninja) and her husband Thorsten came to visit New Zealand and stayed in Wellington for four days and I took some time of work to show them around.

One of the first places on their list to visit was Zealandia, which is a wildlife reserve in Karori, I haven't visited here for years! In fact I've only been here once since we returned from living in Asia.
Zealandia is home to a huge number of native birds (and one of the reasons we have so many native birds in Wellington city) and we got to see quite a few up close. We arrived at Kaka feeding time and it was awesome to see so many of them up close.
We also got to see the Takahe up close, which was awesome as they are pretty rare and I'd only even seen them in photos. I know I will never be a wildlife photographer, but trust me, it was awesome to see these guys in real life.
I really want to make more effort to go out to Zealandia now I've gone back, it's such a great place to visit for the views along as well as all the creatures you can see.
Another place Vany and Thorsten wanted to visit that I hadn't been to for years was the Weta Cave in Miramar. I'm sure that even if you've never heard of Weta, you have watched movies they have made like Lord of the Rings and Avatar and about a million other movies, including Ghost in the Shell.

We did a tour of Weta workshops which was awesome and a lot more hands on than I expected, we got to hold chain mail and one of the "guns" from District 9 and all kinds of things - unfortunately photo's weren't allowed due to copyright issues, so I can't share any with you all.

But photo's were allowed in the Weta Cave, which is largely a store, but it did include a mini museum.

There were also a few creatures  hanging around the Weta Cave that were familiar to most people...like this guy.
My favourite thing about the Weta Cave was the giant trolls/orcs that are outside of the building - these things are huge!

We also got to go to Cuba Dupa (the Cuba Street Carnival) together, Rich and I  go to this each year, but it's always more fun to go with friends!









 I also took the opportunity to introduce Vany to a bunch of my favorite crafty people!
This is just a small snippet of what we got up too during Vany and Thorsten's visit - who whats to visit next?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Made by Me - Simple Stripe Top

Hello its me, I've been making stuff and doing stuff and not blogging about any of it so forgive me - I have a big backlog of stuff to blog about, but for today let me show you a really simple top I made to wear with a skirt that had become a wardrobe orphan.
It's also kind of crumpled in this photo from me wearing it all day - oh well, no smoke and mirrors on this blog.
I made the top from knit fabric that I bought on a recent road trip to Levana in Levin, the pattern I used is the Colette Laurel, however I was incredibly lazy and the top I've made isn't really what I wanted because:

1) I've lost about five kilos, but I didn't bother to remeasure myseld
2) I wanted something closer fitting and this pattern is for wovens, so I should have remeasured myself and then gone down a size or two for negative ease

So this top is ok, but not my favourite and it works until I get something else to work with this skirt (I do have some orange sparkly vintage stuff that would probably look great as a pussy bow blouse, so perhaps that's what the next top will be) and once I'm over wearing it with this skirt I will be able to wear it as a gym t shirt.
Also someone tried to steal the show, as per usual, my favourite cat model Mia.
Also I wore my oldest hot chocolate shoes (they are now looking a little sad, but I still love them).
Hopefully I can update you all with some more posts soon - I  have had quite a few busy weekend lately. I hope you all has a really great Easter and enjoyed lots of tasty treats!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Recent Craft Swaps

So this year, I've been doing a few craft swaps I thought I'd share what I've made and received so I have a record I've what I've made and received.

Valentine's Swap

The first swap I did was a valentine's swap, it was a pretty simple swap where you had to make a small item - I choose a couple of pouches that I made from some scraps I had in my scrap bin that fitted into the whole valentines theme.  I also sent some chocolates and a card, as that was part of the swap, but I didn't take any photos of those.



 I received a tote bag as part of the swap, which has become a pretty great lunch bag.


I also got some popping candy, the packaging was super cute! I also received a sweet card and some lip gloss.



Box of Sunshine Swap

The basic premise of this swap is to fill a box of stuff to bring some sunshine into your swap partners life.

I didn't really take a lot of photo's of what I made, so I took these photos from the link on Craftster where my partner shared what I sent.

I made a tote bag, a drawstring pouch, a patchwork scarf and bow, and I sent a bunch of extras.



 I received a lovely package of sunshine from Japan, including this Studio Ghibli inspired hoop, some trims, Guedetama glasses cleaner and seal-able bags, phone charms and some lollies.






I'm currently finishing up a Galentines, Easter Basket and Woodland Swap - so a lot of crafting to do in the next few weeks!

Monday, February 27, 2017

A weekend in Hamilton

A few weeks ago, Rich and I ventured north to Hamilton for the wedding of our friends Stu and James. The wedding was at a place called The Living Church (that wasn't really a church)  and it was a lovely day and very relaxed and I even got to wear a hat, because its not ridiculously windy in Hamilton!



We also had time to check out other things in our university city! One of my favourite things to do in Hamilton is visit the gardens, they have a whole lot of themed gardens and its amazing. These first photos are taken in the children's playground, the second photo is a fairy house that you can look into and see a tiny bed, table and chairs and everything else a fairy may need.


The first actual themed garden we visited was the Japanese garden, I think this is one of the original themed gardens - it was already in the gardens when I started university in 1998, so its been there for a while.



One of the gardens that wasn't built when I actually lived in Hamilton is probably my favourite, the Indian fragrance garden - its absolutely beautiful! So many colours!


I also love the Tudor knot garden, I went through a phrase of reading a lot of Tudor and Stewart historical fiction (so many Phillipa Gregory books) so it was nice to see what a knot garden actually looked like in real life!



There's so many other fun garden's I could share, but I think I will leave it there for now so I can show you some other fun Hamilton things.
I really loved this sculpture outside the Waikato Museum - it reminds me of the simple blocks we used to use for counting in Primary School.


Fun fact about Hamilton, Richard O'Brien wrote Rocky Horror Picture show whilst he lived there, so there's a statute of Riff Raff and some instructions how to do the time warp in the city - Rich and I went to the unveiling of the statute MANY years ago and it was pretty amazing.




We also hung out with my brother and had some ridiculous bubble tea at an amazingly cute cafe!

Finally, we got to spend times with our dear friends that just moved back to Hamilton, which was the best! They even let me take selfies with them.

I hope you all are doing well, I shall return soon, I know I say this ALL the time but I really am going to try to get back to blogging more frequently!