Monday, 9 September 2013

The next post will have actual sewing

Now that I've written it, it *must* be true.

In the last twelve months, I've been overseas twice, gotten engaged, sewed my wedding dress, got married, bought a house, and turned 30. I also learned to crochet! What I'm saying is that I've been busy.

Of course, I also pledged to BeaJay that I would sew an item of clothing WITH A PRINT in Scary September. Because I need more challenges in my life, apparently! Seriously, my whole wardrobe is block colours. I need to branch out. BeaJay has given me a bit of much-needed inspiration.

So that will be the topic of my next blog post. I promise. In the mean time, here are some tidbits from my last few weeks. In that time we moved house, [I turned 30], and we travelled to Akaroa via Christchurch.

All our new neighbours stopped by to say hello within a few days of us moving in. One of them brought cupcakes! This is such a friendly neighbourhood.

This is the sunset view from our deck. South Auckland is prettier than people think!

The guestroom/sewing room is slowly taking shape.

Akaroa is gorgeous. This was the view from our motel patio.

It has some of the oldest surviving buildings in New Zealand (the warning tape is on one that was earthquake damaged in February 2011).

The harbour there is pretty darned scenic too.

Lyttleton Harbour was breathtaking, though.
We also went to Christchurch when we were down south. I took a lot of photos there, but I'm not sure about sharing them. Seeing the damage (two and a half years after the quake) was really upsetting to me - and I've never even been there before. It feels somehow too raw and intrusive to publish the photos... maybe later. I don't know.

Have you snapped any photos that took your breath away when you reviewed them? In a good or a bad way?

15 comments:

  1. Wow - you HAVE been busy!! And what aesthetically perfect cupcakes - I can only assume that they were as divine as they look. I think the print fabric is a great challenge for you though! I was looking at the carousel thingy at the top of my blog yesterday and realise EVERYTHING I've sewn lately has been blue. Time for me to get into some new colours... it is the reason I got my colours done in the first place and I'm not using it X-|
    Did you make the quilt? It's gorgeous... and I can completely understand about Christchurch. Just thinking about it makes me sad :(
    And ahh - your photos are so gorgeous. I've taken a few nice ones in my time, but they're been more flukes than anything ;)
    x

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    1. Yes, it's good to have somebody shake me out of my clothing rut. I hope you can think of another colour that you like as much! I can imagine you in bright red, or deep pink, or something lovely like that...

      The quilt was made by my mum for my 21st birthday. We chose all the fabrics together. Coincidentally, today would have been her birthday so the photograph of the quilt is a little way of remembering her.

      I'm trying to think of a sensitive way to share the ChCh photos, but until then they might just remain on my hard drive. Fluke photos still count as good - I don't assume that all of mine are due to 100% skill ;-)

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    2. Can you email me your address? I have a missoni style knit in subtle earthy tones that I think would really suit you... and I'm not so keen on it for myself anymore. I'd be more than happy to pass it onto you if you'd like :)
      And yes - those were the colours I was thinking of - hehe!
      I did see on twitter about your mum's 54th birthday, its a really lovely way to be able to remember her and the quilt really is a piece of art. Thoughts being sent your way - it can't be easy to remember such an anniversary :(

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    3. I'd love to try out that knit! I've just emailed you. Can't wait to see your more exuberant colour choices :-)

      And thanks for your thoughts. My sister and I were both lucky to have the quilts she made, although her friends had to pitch in to finish Megan's. I'll always miss her but it's nice to have little reminders!

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  2. Such a beautiful place. How great to have such nice neighbours. Looking forward to seeing your prints.

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    1. I couldn't have imagined better neighbours, really. It's funny how the most ritzy places I've ever lived in had the most unfriendly communities. Where we are now is much more down to earth, and everyone stops to say hello. I like it.

      I have a particular fabric in mind, pre-washed... just waiting for a bit more clear space in the sewing room. This weekend, hopefully!

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous photos! I love the one of the street of old houses.

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    1. Thank you! I always think of you when I see old, broken, or unloved buildings :-)

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  4. Congrats on turning 30 & on moving into your new house! That park you can see from your new house looks really familiar to me but I can't remember where it is :)

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    1. Thanks! If you spend much time in South Auckland, it isn't hard to find my house ;-)

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  5. I love the quilt in your sewing room it's gorgeous! I also love and appreciate that your neighbours stopped by. When IC and I moved into our apartment building I wanted to go around and bring everyone cupcakes to say hello...and he thought it was weird. So now this is our third year leaving here and we don't know a single person's name!

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    1. The quilt is really special to me, so I appreciate your comments :-)

      If you ever move again, definitely do the cupcakes. It's a lovely gesture.

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  6. The view from your house is really amazing. I am envious.. I love Auckland and I just came back from a week in the North Island (including some nights in Auckland). I tried to convince my son to move there but (of course) he would miss his Dad and that's not fair...(I lived there about 9 years ago)
    I have a friend's Mum (who is 80) in Christchurch and in May when she turned 80 I wanted to get her something nice, and decided on a nice high tea. The only two I found out about (from Camelia Crinoline) one in the city and a lovely one out of the city. I took the one out of the city because I thought it would be too upsetting for her (her husband of 58 years had just died a few months before). Turns out the other place was literally 4 minutes from her house. So long story not so short... I understand how you feel about the Christchurch photos. Nice dress in print! I need lots of those dresses.

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    1. One of the added benefits of living in South Auckland is that it's the only urban place where I could ever afford a sea view! Hahaha!

      Yes, Christchurch still has a strange feeling. I imagine everyone sees it differently. I think I will share the photos one day, but just not yet.

      Dresses to throw on are the BEST over summer. Just one piece, and they can be thrown straight in the washing machine later :-)

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  7. Lovely pics Kat. Akaroa is a very pretty place. It's so true, the ritzier areas have such unfriendly neighbours. Glad yours are nice.

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