September in Photos – disguised as a catch-up

I’m a bit shocked that it’s been a month since I last posted, that’s how quickly time has been flying by for me lately!

Work and life occasionally just become ridiculous and something has to give. I won’t bore you with details, this is a sewing blog after all but the good news is that last week I had a holiday and I am feeling super refreshed and now I feel like I am finally on top of all things so watch out world! :)

So, in brief, here is what I got up to these last few weeks:

I bought this sewing machine:

Barbie! And it’s wind up, it really “sews”!

I also bought this one:

Baby Singer – will post more about her soon

My newest cross stitch project is becoming recognisable:

Come to the dark side…

I worked on a vintage blouse as a combined WSBN Teal Deal/TMS Vintage Pattern project and sort of failed – Time was not on my side and also I think it will be too big but I have promised to salvage it for a second group photo shoot in November with the two other girls that missed out:

Completed night classes in NZSL 1a and enrolled in 1b – starting Oct 16th:


Got serious with planning our kitchen renovation:

Realised I had too many unfinished projects lying around so finally finished Lady Grey and then pulled out my finished Lolita Patterns Sugarplum. I made the Sugar Plum for Indie Patterns Month as a pattern tester but have only just now gotten the go ahead to show photos on my blog…so now I need to take some photos!

Evil sewing machine is evil

I flew up to Auckland for a work conference:

Look how cute my tiny room was!

Then I went on a holiday:

Ohh volcano!

I walked up a volcano!:

Mt Tongariro – Ketetahi trail. You can just see the one of the Te Maari crater vents smoking away in the background. Last year it got grumpy and spat some big rocks out, destroying the Ketetahi hut.

Finished Vogue 1250 – need to take some photos.

Worked hard to try to finish Rainbow Swallows Shirt Dress – it just needs hemming – and again, photos – the story of my sewing-life right now!

Bought some patterns – these are not all for me!:

By Hand London goodies thanks to Penny at

Then I bought some fabric – this is ALL for me!:

L to R: Black and grey geometric printed silk, some sort of lining with embossed flowers, ribbed knit, 3 meters of each, total $33.00, yeah!

Hunted through my patterns for pretty dresses for Frock-tober – Harri “helped”:

“Make this one!”

Paired some fabric with patterns and then pre washed the fabric, this caused it to rain, but I got it all dry eventually:

Pretty, pretty, pretty!

Then I traced all these patterns, I want to make ALL OF THEM!:

Camouflage Harri supervised the tracing process – it was hard work, many naps were taken:


Then she decided that my paper bin needed emptying…otherwise how else would she fit inside?:


Harri and I agreed that as a reward for all my hard work I should cut out a dress – I chose Papercut’s La Sylphide in tiny super cute owls:

Thn I remembered that I also have this dress still waiting to be sewn up – all cut out in a beautiful silk/linen blend, oops:

And finally, last weekend, because I was not in the mood for photos and daylight savings has got me dreaming about summer, I began to plan Vege Garden v2.0:

Current Vege Garden v1.0 – I have marked out the new garden space in blue twine but then I changed my mind and drew some pictures instead.

A grand plan

Getting into the details

Then I helped hack down some trees that were too close to our retaining walls. We will re-pave the lower area, a garden shed and glass house will appear sometime in the future:



I think after my new vege beds are in I will begin to investigate the possibility of having some chickens, I think I’d quite like some chickens :)

And that’s about it! :) Phew, regular service should resume shortly, happy sewing!


August in Photos

Putting together a nerdy x-stitch present for a friend

Hot coffee on a cold day

Overlocker thread!

Tidy stash is tidy!

Project Manager Kitten approves of this

Someone called 111 and said that our building was on fire…but it wasn’t…

Waiting for the train to work

Gridlock trying to get out of the city after the earthquake

Waiting for the train again, earlier, pretty sky

First Kowhai flowers = SPRING!

Awesome new spin bikes at the gym

Hot pink and lime green aida, oh yesss!

Harri finds a comfy perch

July in Photos

MiP_June 2013

Home-made muesli bars ♥ New handbag!  Crazy sweet teas

Wellington sculpture ♥ Soon!  Sneaky fabric purchase

Newest eBay find  Catherine Mansfield sculpture  Rainbow!

Post-earthquake scones  New tights  Lady Grey lining

June in Photos

MiP_June 2013

Burda skirt! ♥ Top secret printing  Nerdy cross stitch

Ohh, Lancia! ♥ Top secret cutting out  Harri has you beerz…again!

Colette Lady Grey  Fire trucks outside work, eep!  Indie stash

Hide the threads!  Home-made museli bars  Top secret finishing

Kiwi Blogger Shoutout!

I’d like to say a big thank you to Penny of dressesandme, Michelle from Every Stitch I Make and Sandra from Sewist Stitch for nominating my blog for the Super Sweet Blogger Award, thank you ladies, I am really flattered! xx

Ohh yummy, cupcakes!

I’m going to answer the questions below but then I am going to do something different and give a little shout out to all the amazing Kiwi bloggers I have recently discovered.

You are all super talented and I love being a part of this community, locally and internationally.

Keep it up ladies, you are the best!

The 5 Super Sweet Questions

  1. Cookies or Cake? Cookies are great as an everyday treat but when I can I’d rather cake! :)
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla?  What is this thing called vanilla you speak of? Chocolate. Every. Time.
  3. Favorite Sweet Treat?  Oh dear, a hard decision, there are so many but I think it has to be Pavlova. Very Kiwi right? But for me Pavlova is a treat that comes out at Christmas time and I associate Christmas with family which is crazy and loud and ridiculous but always fun times.
  4. When Do You Crave Sweet Things The Most? Well since we are talking about it RIGHT NOW! Haha, actually I do not have a strong sweet tooth but when I crave, I crave!
  5. Sweet Nickname?  That would be telling ;)

Kiwi Bloggers Shoutout:

Please click through to find some new and inspiring blogs to support

I have to begin with the WSBN girls, you are all amazing and I love catching up each month (and for sneaky lunches and coffees mid-week!), wow, there are seventeen of us now!

Calico Stretch –

Elisabeth –

Emma –

Holly –

Johanna –

Joy –

Juliet –

Kat –

Leimoni –

Maryanne –

MaryLouise –

Melissa – – That’s me!

Nicola –

Nikki –

Sandra –

Teresa –

Wendy –

Sticking with Wellington, check out these talented ladies (who should really get themselves along to the next WSBN meet!):

Sandra –

Linda –\
(The Horowhenua totally counts as almost Wellington!)

And the rest of New Zealand, North and South, you are all fabulous!:

Penny –

Michelle –

And we can’t forget a couple of amazing local online pattern resources, show them your support: &

Are there more of you out there? Don’t be shy, say ‘hi’ in the comments!

It’s been a while since we had a gratuitous Harri picture hasn’t it?

She is 3.5 months old now and a huge, ok, not really, still a small 1.35kgs (7.7lbs).

Still, she was only 600gms (1.3lbs) when we bought her home at 7 weeks, my little cutie, not so runty now!

Nerdy Husband worked from home the day after “The Big Wellington Storm of 2013” and Harri found something made of warm to snuggle on!

She looks like she is mid-sentence, what do you think she is saying? :)


May in Photos

MiP_May 2013

Mmmm treats ♥ My new Deer & Doe patterns!  Sleepy Harri ;)

I joined the gym ♥ Pattern delivery (not for me)  DMC thread

Mandatory fabric  …and more fabric  My current stash

Harri again, she has your beerz!  Sew along progress  Lunch with the girls