Monday, October 24, 2016

The Truth is Out There - X Files Cross Stitch

Last year Rich and I were deciding on a streaming service as we have given up on network TV entirely, there were a few different option available, but in the end we chose Lightbox - I was personally swayed by the fact that they have full seasons of Seinfeld and The X Files available for streaming - because I still live in the nineties. 

I've seen Seinfeld a few times since in originally screened (and I didn't actually watch the earlier seasons as I was too young) but I hadn't seen any of the X Files since I originally watched it when I was a teenager and I was so excited to see it again!

However, watching X Files again as an adult is pretty different to watching it as a teenager, first of all, I have to say that Scully is still totally amazing and I can see why I wanted to be her when I grew up. Although in the earlier seasons, she wore some of the worst, ill fitting nineties suits ever (I'm blaming the early nineties here, not Scully).

This isn't even the worst suit on the show
The other thing that blows my mind is how quickly Mulder and Scully were able to take off on a whim, across the other side of the country doing work that no one had signed off on or even wanted them to do? I guess its because I'm a career public servant, but seriously guys, you can't just do that.

Seriously, who signs off all of these travel expenses

Finally Mulder is much less cool than I remember and in fact if I even had to work with him I would go crazy, he never tells Scully what he's up to (communication is key here people) and when she's have a bad time he's not exactly the most sympathetic person. Also, he makes a LOT of dad jokes, some of them are pretty painful.

Duh, obviously it is?

However, all of that aside, The X Files is still probably one of my favourite shows ever, especially the random monster stories. I'm much less into aliens than I was in 1996, but this guy is still as scary as hell.
Just as upsetting today as it was in the nineties
Rich was pretty inspired by the X Files and did something a bit more creative that me and actually designed an X Files cross stitch a while back and I finally finished stitching it up a week or so ago.

Here is is fresh off the hoop - I was struggling with the type of aida fabric to use as I didn't think black or white was right, fortunately for me you can get a fat quarter of pretty any colour of aida fabric you can imagine at Made Marion. I decided that navy blue would work the best for this one (still looks like its "night" but not black - also I hate stitching on black).

These close up photos show the colour of the aida a lot better, also pixel Mulder and Scully are the best!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Another Arum Dress

Hello world! I've been away for quite a while now - no particular reason, things just kept happening and I didn't have much blogging mojo! I'm now trying to get back into the swing of things and I thought I'd share my latest make.
This dress is made from the Arum pattern by French pattern company Deer and Doe, I've made it before and last time I made it I had a million fitting nightmares so I decided to cut a size smaller this time in the hopes the neckline wouldn't be so gapey.
However, I only really remebered the nightmare fitting around the neck of the garment, when in fact the whole thing was kind of too big for me (always take notes of alterations) and as such the finished garment is pretty sack like without a belt, it needs to be more fitted in the waist/hips as well. Long story short, I think I need to cut a size smaller again!
This fabric could best be described as toxic animal print and I mean that in a good way! My friend Joypicked this up for me at the legendary (at least among the Wellington Sewing Bloggers) Fabric Warehouse sale last year. The fabric sale is legendary as nothing is over $5 a metre which is probably the best value you can get for fabric (outside of Fabric a Brac of course).

It a heavy cotton fabric with a little bit of stretch which I thought would be perfect for a simple shift dress.
 I wore my elephant necklace with the dress, I love these little guys, they remind me of the barrel of monkeys game! I don't have a lot of outfits to wear these guys with, so whenever I have one that I think will work the elephants come out.
Also I dyed my hair dark again! I liked being copper and then red but really dark colours are my "natural" colours - I'm not quite back to my beloved blue/black yet. I'm trying out this deep purple colour for a while.

Hope you're all well out in blogland and I will try and get back to more regular blogging soon x

Monday, August 29, 2016

Hong Kong Part Three - All the markets!

When we arrived back in Hong Kong we ended up in probably my favorite hotel of the whole trip (the room came with a cell phone with free data you could use while you were in Hong Kong - how cool is that?) and like everywhere else we stayed there was an incredible city view!
We decided that when we arrived back in Hong Kong we wanted to check out some of the famous markets that we hadn't visited in the past, especially the flower and goldfish market.

As with everything else in Hong Kong it was a bit of an adventure finding the markets - so much happening, so busy (especially when I compare it to quiet Wellington!).

We arrived at the flower market first, which is so huge and is honestly like an inner city oasis. If I even live in Hong Kong I want to live near the flower markets because the air here feels fresher than the rest of the city.

My favourite plants were the bonsai, I would have loved to have taken one home but with New Zealand's customs that could never happen so I just admired them. The bonsai with this thick moss and wee plastic animals was so cute.

I have to admit I didn't enjoy the goldfish market as much as I thought I would, at lot of the goldfish we in plastic bags rather than tanks and some of them were dead in their bags. It didn't seem to be the best way to keep animals to me and it kind of made me sad. Also at the market there were lots of other animals such as cats, dogs and rabbits. There were windows with these animals on display for purchase, but they didn't look like they really had enough space and I also thought who in Hong Kong has enough room in their apartments for these kinds of animals anyway. The whole thing bummed me out, so that's kind of why there's not photos of the markets.

After the kind of feeling bummed out by the market situation, Rich and I decided we needed to stop for a drink or something and we found this cute rabbit themed cafe that made me feel a lot better.

We didn't do anything too exciting after having our fancy drinks at the rabbit themed cafe, we did a bit of shopping (I was able to pick up some of my favorite Korean cosmetics) and we also had the chance to catch up with Lillian one more time after she finished up at work for the day.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Barista Cats Cafe

I've lived in Asia and visited a number of Asian countries and I've been to a number of  weird and wonderful cafe but I never visited a cat cafe for some reason. However, during our recent trip to Auckland I FINALLY visited a cat cafe!

I'd heard that there was a cat cafe in Auckland and when I googled it I found there were actually three (hello Wellington when are we getting a cat cafe?), Barista Cats had great reviews and it was also on Queen Street (which is right in central Auckland) so this is the one I chose to visit - oh and of course Rich, Sue and Conor came along too!
As this is the only cat cafe I've been too I'm not sure how it measures up with cat cafes in other parts of the world, but I can tell you the cats had plenty of space and toys (here's a full list of all the Barista Cats) and for $15 you get to spend an hour with the cats and get a drink of your choice (tea, coffee, hot chocolate) and there is also further food available to buy if you'd like.
When you receive your drinks they have a cute little cat cover on it, one of the cats wanted to try my hot chocolate so its a good idea to have covers!
 The folks at Barista Cats had done such a good job of fitting out the cafe with fun cat furnishings like this white tiger rug.
Although none of the cats were using it on the day we visited I do love the "hissing booth" so fun!
There are cats of all different ages and personalities at the cafe, Rich was a magnet for sleepy ginger cats on the day.
Other cats a younger and a little more playful, but to be honest, most of the cats were pretty keen on sleeping and snuggling.

As a cat lover, I would recommend Barista Cats to anyone in Auckland with a bit of time on their hand who want to hang out with a few cats friends for an hour. In case you're wondering, the staff are super amazing as well!