Thursday, 25 February 2010

Op Shop & Vintage Finds

I found this lovely Annah S dress in an op shop a few weeks ago.
 It was a little big & a fraction shapeless so I have gathered it under the bust, added lace & made a velvet flower which I am quite pleased with. Looks better on!

Lovely clear instructions on the flower making thing..just click the word flower (either one)

"The secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life"
William Morris 

I adore this pattern that I bought recently..just trying to decide what fabric to make it up in.
I love old green glass. This was a recent op shop find. Love the shape.
This too was just soo sweet.
Very happy to find Jesus today : )

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Ninos & Other Delicious Things

These are the silliest little bananas that I have ever seen!
Sitting on a bread & butter plate.
They are called "Ninos"
A really tasty wee salad that I made the other night. Black doris plums, giant mixed raisins soaked in a little white balsamic vinegar, fresh figs, red & orange peppers, a little fresh chilli, chive flowers & a pinch of chinese 5 spice, olive oil, good salt, ground black pepper.
 Goes really well with fab pork sausages from the Farmers Market.
My favoutite spice..fresh tumeric. I was so excited to find some more
 at a market in Matamata a few weeks ago. 
Adds real magic to all kinds of things. Delicious in a tomato/ pepper relish.

These heirloom tomatoes make the most amazingly colourful salads
and are available through Epicurean Supplies at the Farmers Market 

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Precious & brand new. Welcome to the world Nina

Little Nina, my brand new niece arrived safely on the 15th February.
 Held in the strong & adoring arms of her big brother Luca.

What joy a new wee precious life.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Coming Home to Te Aroha

Te Aroha Mountain Lodge is one of those "best kept secret" places. Sshh don't tell  ; ) A glorious mixture of "coming home" & adventure. Greg & his love of family, Te Aroha, people, music & food saturate everything around him. That passion & the place seep in to your pores just like the remarkable hot soda spring water (the only hot soda pools in the country.) Since the "Lodge" was full that weekend we were generously offered the Honeymoon Suite...a perfect Valentine treat!...complimentary bubbly, flowers, the pools booked for us...glorious! 
We are soo grateful.
Once a maternity home in another life!
All just right out the door!

Foot spa..divine in the dark late at night!

Greg....never still!

The old bank, steeped in history. Now a great cafe. Really good antique shop next door.
 Max is a master in the restoration business.

The road home 

A Journey to the Waikato

Rob's new job with Life Care Consultants has meant a huge amount of traveling as he upskills in so many new areas all at once...full immersion.  There are 5 mandatory staff meetings in Hamilton each year. The first just last week. Since the Shop was "closed" it was easier for me to to go with him & we made it an adventure too.
On an early morning walk in Edgecumbe Park I found these beauties.

On our way in to the city we took a slight unintended deviation & found the most marvelous antique shop. Owned by a very passionate "Adam"(a young man for the industry) who had a huge collection of pharmacy ephemera & knew a great deal about my great grandfather William Jeffery & his Te Awamutu chemist shop.

It was so lovely to catch up with aunty Shirley...always the same kind, sweet lady : )....and be able to pick up some vintage sheets that I had bought on Trade Me from just 5 doors down in the very same road!! 

Loved French House on River road on route to Shirley's

No Shop Allowed

Well our "just a couple of days" has now become weeks." Men at work" has meant no curb, no footpath, sometimes no driveway & definitely no fruit sales!  

Sunday, 14 February 2010

With Love: Happy Valentines

To My One True Love. Happy Valentines.
Our hearts & home are fragrant with our love. A love everlasting.

Monday, 8 February 2010

Artist in Matthew's Residence

Thanks so much for the fabulous Art Nouveau picture David & the work you put in to it...divine!
See above my best wishes to you!
David the writer in the garden. The $1 typewriter was a brilliant buy!

Monday, 1 February 2010

Sweet Words & Fresh Vintage

Fresh Vintage :48 Carnell Street in Napier. Cnr Carnell & Georges Drive
Studio using vintage & retro themes  

Rethink     Restore    Repurpose
lovely place to visit on a birthday

What amazing printing & sweet words!
Fynn is 5 & Jan is very clever!
Thank you both : )

Powhiri & The Paper Mulberry

We do love The Paper Mulberry
 down at TeAute: great coffee, excellent food & delightful setting! The book room at the back is an inspired idea..second hand books can be donated, acquired or browsed  : )
Not sure you're supposed to actually
wear your table "thingy"!

What an honour to head to Otane last Thursday & join Anna at her Powhiri...her special welcome to her new job with Central Health. We are so proud of her & loved being there!

Vintage Inspired: Calendar 2010 February

 The sweetest old picture: fairy princess

February...just love it!
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