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The market …

It was a new market. A brand new market.  In fact it was a market, that I now realise, a lot of people didn’t even know was on!!

Do you see where this is leading?

It was a farcical.  It was an unmitigated disaster. It was a COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME.

The day dawned bright, sunny and still which, after the wild windy weather we had last week, seemed like a good omen.

The setting up went well.  Even the fabric wrapped stones (???) I had quickly made up the night before to stop everything blowing of my stall looked OK – not great mind but OK.

I was ready.  The start of the market was 10am.  In fact there never was a ‘start’ to the market but there was definitely an end.

The end came when the regional motorcycle touring club starting rolling up and parking in the square.  Slowly, slowly I was engulfed.  By motorbikes decked out in their Christmas finest and lots and lots of bikers.  I should have been glad of people of any sort but they weren’t really the right demographic for pretty little dresses.  And their bikes gave off lots of petrol fumes.

I was the first one to leave.  I think I felt every emotion there was that day.  When I started packing up the major one was relief.  Relief not to be sitting there with no-one, and I repeat no-one, looking!  (Well that might be a bit of an exaggeration – I suppose about 15 people came through the square in 3 hours!)

Relief gave way to huge disappointment and then crying!  Yes, I cried over it.  Luckily no-one was at home so I had my little sob and then got on with things.

It wasn’t a totally wasted exercise because I learnt a lot.  I’m still processing things from the whole event and will probably put them in here soon to help clarfiy things for me.

But for now thanks.  Thank you to everyone for all the good wishes and the great comments on my clothes.  If you had all been able to be there it would have been a fantastic day.  The bubbly I had in the fridge didn’t get drunk on Saturday night, it just didn’t seem right.  However, it and its sister (I had to get two because they were on such a good special) did get drunk on Sunday night, along with some beer (me) and gin (other half).  OMG I haven’t got drunk since before I was pregnant with Little Miss Brown – that’s 6 years ago.  It was fun.  It really was fun.  Monday wasn’t quite so much fun! xx

I obviously realised that I would laugh about this all one day when I took this photo.  Can you see my stall?  It’s in between the two trees.  Can’t you see it?  Oh no there’s too many bloody bikes!


Little Miss Brown – November 2009

For my Little Miss Brown – because my focus has been elsewhere these last few weeks!

The result of being alone for a while creating

Wanganui River Trader Market

With Mum after delicious banana and chocolate pancakes

The dance teacher

Feeding Curly the lamb “He’s driving crazy!”

Just one of the many places we’ve found the alphabet recently

Being a clown at Cross Hills

Waitarere Beach

Teddy and bunny having a picnic

10am on a Monday all dolled up for a birthday party – Oh to be a 5 year old again!

Looking more 15 than 5

Sometimes I fall into the trap of thinking that I’m not doing enough with the girls.  This little exercise has reminded of how much we have done – and all in one month!

Yesterday – the good, the bad and the ugly!

The good was great, the bad was not so bad, the ugly was downright disgusting!

So, the great.  Receiving some post, that I hadn’t collected from the letterbox on Saturday due to torrential rain, and finding that not only was it not waterlogged but it also contained something very beautiful, very handmade and very for me!

It was made by the lovely Kylie from 3 sheets and was a Pay It Forward gift.  Thank you Kylie I love it and will treasure it!  I first came across Kylie’s blog on the last Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway some time back so it seems apt to mention that this time I will be taking part too.  Click on the link on the sidebar to see what it’s all about and be sure to come back tomorrow, or the next day!, for the giveaway.

The bad, like I said wasn’t so bad, because when you wake up at 5.30am you get a lot done in the day!  It also means Little Miss Blue has a daytime sleep!

And the ugly, well you can see for self!  Yesterday I was into my sewing but having been a bit slack on the food front I decided I would make us all a lovely tea.  I’d seen a lovely recipe for spinach and ricotta gnocchi and decided that and some salads would be tasty and healthy.  This is what it looked like in the beautifully photographed recipe book from the library:

at this stage I was somewhat sceptical but kept my faith:

when it looked like this I thought it might all be OK:

now you know it’s going to end badly!  This was the result:

What can I say?  We ended up with some mutant spinach, ricotta, egg, parmesan stew!  Tea turned out to be beans on toast! x 

PS I think this could well qualify for a moment, as defined by Amy of A Common Place Life, after her initial post here, found courtesy of  Amy over at Seven Stitches – thanks to both Amys!

A touch of early morning madness …

This morning I have:

  • made breakfast for the girls
  • drank two cups of tea and one cup of coffee
  • cut out 5 skirts and 5 bags to be made up later for the market
  • done 4 loads of washing and got it on the line (another 2 to go but that’s because I went op shopping yesterday and found LOTS of material!!)
  • photographed some things I made earlier this week

and IT’S NOT YET 10AM!!!! 

Am I superwoman?  No.  I was just woken up at the incredibly antisocial hour of 5.25am.  Ah well the rain has stopped and it’s blue, sunny skies all around so I can’t really complain.

So onto finished items!  Last week I had a peek over at Attic24 and saw that Lucy had some really cool crochet birds up on her blog – and  a tutorial to boot.  So I got me some yarn from the stash and set about making up the robins.  I have joined up for the Handmade Christmas Ornament Swap run by Louise over at Twenty Cent Mixutre and thought these might just be the answer.

One more to go and then can all fly away to their new homes.  And all way before the posting deadline – I have to say I’m very impressed with myself!

So I followed the link on Attic24 over to The Royal Sisters blog because I really wanted to see more of the Grandma Twinkles!!  Great tutorial and I got making. 

I spent the time at the beach with my crochet bag and I loved it!  Since finishing this blanket (and I use the word finishing loosely because the ends STILL need darning in!) I’ve not crochet anything and I find I’ve missed it.  It’s easy, it’s relaxing and I can do it with the girls right there!  Little Miss Brown was watching eagerly whilst I made up a star and then stated: “Wow Mum that used to be just rope!”  Then I saw the Grandma Trees so of course that came next.

So I was a happy hooker for a couple of days and am still going strong when I’m just too tired to do anything else!  Isn’t blogland wonderful?  You find these lovely blogs full of inspiration and tutorials for how to make them yourselves.  I also need to say a BIG THANKYOU to the two lovely ladies who have said it’s OK for me to sell things made from their tutorials at my first ever market – how COOL IS THAT?!!!  Many, many thanks ladies. xx

Dens, kitchens and beaches …

Since Little Miss Brown has been at home there’s been a lot of playing with her sister, and I do mean a lot.  And they’ve been playing really nicely, for long periods at a time … have I just put a commentator’s curse on it?!!!  Dens are featuring a lot in their play.  I remember spending endless hours making dens with my brother and it’s great to see them doing the same.  It’s funny how it’s just happened – it’s not like I encouraged them or told them to they just did it.  Long may it continue.



Their method of securing the blankets just with books doesn’t really work that well but they’re happy and I’m sure it’ll evolve of its own accord when they’re ready!

Myself and the girls spent a couple of days at the beach recently whilst the worker (aka my darling husband) started working on the kitchen.  It was in a partial demo site state when we moved in and we’ve decided we’ve lived with the holes in the ceiling, big draughts and patchwork walls long enough.  Having done this a fair few times I know how messy things can get so we scarpered and left him to it!

It’s surprising how easy it actually is to live side by side with cobwebs!

So whilst this was being done we were enjoying the beach.  The first day we went down to the beach the girls played so well together and entertained themselves that I decided to take things for me the following day – a lounger, a book, my camera and my crochet!!!  It was bliss.  I’d written down a couple of patterns the day before we left and found myself hooking away.  Having not done any crochet for a few months I really enjoyed – will get some photos for tomorrow.  For now just gratuitous fun children shots!

Just happy playing!

Note thrifted retro lounger – $2 at garage sale and little Red Riding Hood basket – $1 at Sallies!

Crochet in progress!

Sand angels are always fun

as is climbing big driftwood tree trunks.  But the most fun?  Jumping off the big driftwood tree trunks of course!

And they really do not mind the sand everywhere!  And I do mean everywhere:

So back home now in a topsy turvy kitchen, with a market to prepare for and Christmas present to make.  Maybe I should just head straight back down to the beach! x

A taste of things to come …


Herbs from the garden going into this:


to go on top of this:


to be eaten al fresco!


And then some after dinner ‘drizzling’ – what more can you ask for?!

We had a beautiful spring day today (in fact more like a summer day in England) and I have taken some time to reflect on the changes we’ve been through and found many things to be thankful for:

:: Little Miss Brown has returned to being the happy, friendly little girl we know and love

:: the girls are getting on tremendously and are indulging in the most amazing imaginative play together

:: we are all happy and healthy

:: the sky is blue and the sun is out

:: I am lucky to have met some people in the short time I have been here who have offered me great support recently – thank you very much

Wishing you an extremely happy weekend! xx