#FMSphotoaday December/January – Catching up! – Part One

Believe it or not I am still playing along…I just haven’t posted my photos for ages!

I have finally found all the original files from December/January that Pinterest dissolved, they were buried across a couple of flash drives and some of them I have already put into my blog as part of my posts ;)

You can find the rest of my photoaday posts here.

So! Let’s play catch up shall we?  Then I can get back on track for February sometime soon! :D

December 21. Tree: The first time we get to put up our tree in our very own house

December 22. Decorations: My 2012 NZ Handmade Christmas Ornament Swap

December 23. Joy is: First Christmas in our very own house (and a new table table cloth!)

December 24. Tradition: Making the Christmas pudding

December 25. Lunchtime: We ate a little late this year so at lunchtime we opened presents, I got a husband!

December 26. Mess: Putting our Christmas holidays to good use (and burning off Christmas lunch) by starting our section clearing.

December 27. How you relax: A walk up Colonial Knob – you can see the South Island in the distance, it looks so close!

December 28. Cold: Freezer cam!

December 29. Hot: The perfect day to go to the beach!

December 30. Something that made you Smile this year: Being back home in NZ, always makes me smile, everyday.

December 31. Self Portrait: Happy New Years Eve!

January 01. Today: Is a beautiful day!

January 02. Something New: NEW fabric for a NEW sewing project for the NEW Year

January 03. Heart: There’s something about those tomatoes!

January 04. The View from Here: Up high in Wellington city

January 05. Movement: A quick flick through a library book

January 06. Mine: My own clothing labels, so I know it’s mine

January 07. Street: and a pretty green car

#FMSphotoaday December – Week Three

I have a big catch up to do for the photoaday challenge. If you are interested I am still participating but I made the mistake of using Pinterest to upload and share my photos. Now it is being a little b*tch and has decided to stop displaying some of my images and seems to randomly change it’s mind which ones every day or so.

Can you tell that I might be mildly annoyed by this? When was the last time I swore, or politely tried to, about something on my blog? That’s right, never.

This breaks my links and leaves blank spaces but if I re-upload them now they will be out of order. This does not satisfy my nerdy neat and tidy tendencies, grrrr! I also left my flash drive with my original images at work over the holidays so I just kind of gave up on the posting side of it until this week.

So, long story short, I have just wasted several minutes uploading and re-linking everything over to the tried-and-true Photobucket. Who needs lunch anyway huh? So please excuse me while I post my catch-up weeks over the next few days.

In a more positive spin I am really enjoying the whole challenge and it’s a lot of fun seeing how everyone else interprets the word prompts. I used to be heavily into photography in my younger years and even considered doing formal training to be a photographer. Before the whole Digital- SLR revolution (which is awesome by the way!) I inherited my Dad’s old-school Cosina CT 1 Super when he upgraded to a new (which would now be old) Pentax. I have a modern Canon D-SLR now and taking these photos (usually with my cell phone or small point-and-shoot Sony I keep in my handbag) makes me crave for a day out with my “real” camera…

December 14. Green: New recycling box for our waste printer consumables at work

December 15. Outdoors: Checking in on my tomato plants!

December 16. Something you made: A softie Rudolf for the 2012 NZ Handmade Christmas Ornament Swap

December 17. On the Floor: My new shoes

December 18. Makes You Feel Merry: “Secret Santa” shopping for Hubby – actually they play “Thieving Santa” at his work – this gift was “stolen” 5 times!

December 19. Something Beginning with ‘S': Site Safe Steel-cap Safety Shoes (ok, boots, sorry, couldn’t resist the alliteration) for site visits

December 20. Weather: Checking out the forecast online

#FMSphotoaday December – Week Two

December 8. Someone You Love: My hubby is a bit camera shy, but I love him xx

December 9. Out + About: At my favourite store that I love to hate but can’t stop visiting – buying some (discounted – yay!) Christmas fabric to make a table cloth

December 10. Under: Under my presser foot – some random Christmas sewing, a new table cloth for my dining table

December 11. Sweet: Some of the sweet sweets I have bought for Christmas Day

December 12. Hat: Hard hats & hi-vis safety vests for site visits

December 13. Lights: We have these really retro lights at work, but retro in a bad way, that I hate…but this photo makes them pretty

I am one image short because Pinterest has decided to delete my last photos info :( gah…and I left my flash drive at work ;) I’ll get it next FMSPhotoaday post…

#FMSphotoaday December – Week One

December 1. 8 o’ clock: Food shopping bright and early at 8am before the crowds, bliss!

December 2. Peace: A moment of peace and reflection – enjoying lighting up the tree for our first Christmas in our own home

December 3. Something You Held: Just picked up the mail for work from our PO Box

December 4. Black + White: Arriving extra early for work so I can get some drawings finished - using the stairs because it's faster than the lifts

December 4. Black + White: Arriving extra early for work so I can get some drawings finished – using the stairs because it’s faster than the lifts

December 5. Looking Up: Funky feature lights in the lobby of PWC Tower

December 6. From Where You Live/Your Country: My first Christmas card at work – a tree of native NZ birds (Fanitail, Kererū, Pukeko, Little Blue Penguin, Kea, Kiwi, Tui, Black Robin and a Ponga Tree!

December 7. Stars: In a shop window – Star Xmas Tree Cookie Cutter Set, yummy!

Manequim 618 & 620 Mash-Up

Just catching up on my mash-ups. They might seem like a bit of a repeat but I like seeing a quick take on my favourites for that issue so even if they are just for me I’ll keep posting them :)

My 621 issue arrived yesterday and it is one of the best issues so far, I’ll try and get that up later today or tomorrow along with a new Patrones issue.

Manequim 618:

Manequim 620:


Patrones 299 & 301

It seems that whatever may have waylaid my December Manequim may also have affected Patrones too since I received issue 299 then 301.

The 299 issue is a bit Wintery for me right now, I’m sure I’ll be more excited about it a few months time but a few nice items did catch my eye.

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This jackets has a really interesting collar, front and back, it closes off-centre, maybe with snaps? The variegated grey wool they used is really beautiful as well.

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You must all know by now that I am a sucker for ruffles, here’s a cute blouse (like thousands of others  I’ve seen) with ruffles down the front, I like that style of collar, makes it much less blousey to me, and cute chest pockets.

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This whole outfit is really nice, coat over short skirt and pleated top, the trim on the top makes it look like a dress. I have some black wool coat fabric with a similar weave to this but I have already decided that next winter it’s going to become a Lady Grey from Colette Patterns

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This coat also jumped out at me, it has a lot of really nice detail, even on the belt. I really like how it’s finished and all the seam lines.

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And we finish with three coats, #23 with ruffles (of course!) and #24 looks cute too.

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Issue 300 is Spring with “all the new trends available to you: classic renovated loose clothing and coats and jackets in soft fabrics. In addition, spring fashion premama (pregnancy?) and baby sets for both boys and girls.” I think ;)

There is also the announcement at the top “from now on two magazines each month!” I dare to dream but I’m not sure if I’ll receive these issues as part of my subscription which is a shame, although since this issue hasn’t even arrived yet I can still hope.

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Issue 301 starts with some serious dresses. I like the exposed zipper on dress #2, a different take on this trend, it looks like they have attached the zipper to some sort of tape to enhance it even more. Over the page and check out that fabric, black bubble wrap? A bit too tough for me but I like the overall style and the inverted darts are pretty funky.

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Another playsuit, pretty cute, love the lace poking out the bottom of the shorts, softens the edge. All the shorts in this issue have this detail.

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This next section is all about mixing up the patterns. These gingham shorts are really nice, they look comfy too and I don’t mind the top either.

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Another ruffley blouse.. .no darts or princess seams in this one from what I can see so I’ll be giving it a miss but good for inspiration.

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There are a couple of wedding dresses in this issue too…too late for me, haha. But this dress could be for any formal occasion. I do have grand ideas of needing a dress like this one day, one should always be prepared ;) The draping is super elegant across the front.

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Once again we are reminded that “from now on two magazines each month!” and I am trying not to get my hopes up but here’s what we can expect:

The magazine due at the end of February is Spring with the usual seasonal fashion and (apparently ) model lingerie, plus-size fashion and beautiful sets for children

The first issue for March (I am daring that there be a second) is a special Holiday Extra and they warn us “Do not miss it!” and it sounds like it will contain the best of the party and spring patterns published in Patrones. Also dresses for day and night, (allow me some google translate fun here) “very pretty ideas to attend any celebration of gluttony own dates”. Mmm gluttony…elastic waist pants then? ;)

Jacquie picked a few different styles out of her issues, you can find her review here.