Sunday, January 29, 2012

Via London and Paris...

David and I have booked flights to Paris and London in June/July this year!! David has a conference in France and I decided to tag along, you know, just because I could. I'm so excited as it will be my first time ever in Europe!! If any of you reading this live in Paris/London, let me know, I'd love to catch up. I'm not sure how much extra time I'll have in London, but at this stage I will have plenty of time in Paris :)

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Sydney has just started to get into its humid and heavy phase of summer - while temperatures are not really all that hot (mid 20's) the humidity makes it feel so much hotter. Hence the need for short shorts!!

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The wedding in Christchurch last weekend came sans earthquakes and the day itself was beautiful! It was a perfectly relaxed day eating a picnic outside and catching up with friends I hadn't seen since finishing university (some six or so years ago now!!). The next day however saw snow falling on the mountains overnight, wind and rain. Of course I hadn't come prepared for NZ summer weather, why would I? Sydney was boiling hot when we left on Friday afternoon, cool weather wear was not high on my agenda. I ended up buying a scarf and shivering through with coffee until we reached the warmth of the airport.

Christchurch itself seems to be holding up well through the endless earthquakes. While it was so sad to see all of the destruction and rubble still piled up on the blocked off side walks, we had breakfast in the newly made shipping container mall, and it was lovely - painted bright colours with wild flowers planted everywhere. I didn't get any photos because I couldn't bring myself to stand out in the freezing rain to get any - Sydney has made me soft, cold weather wise.

XX
Jen

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Going in Circles...

Hi everyone,

I'm just popping in to show you one of the skirts I made over the Christmas holidays...

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David bought the pattern for me for Christmas and I was eager to try it out - I usually use my own self drafted pattern for circle skirts but it’s always nice to breathe life into a vintage pattern. I had put pockets in but decided to take them out when the skirt hung a bit awkwardly. I used a length of vintage polished cotton that I had pre-washed but I thought it was still a little too stiff to keep the pockets in - next time I’ll use a softer fabric that drapes a bit better and add pockets into that one.

I’ve been back at work for the last two weeks now and unfortunately my sewing machine has languished (along with a muslin of the top of a dress I’ve been meaning to make since late last year). My next few weekends are all booked up but I’ll hopefully be able to make some time to get a few more projects finished before my holiday completely wears off and I’m back to operating on robot mode again until the Easter long weekend in April (oh, it’s so far away...).

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Speaking of far away things, or things from a long time ago in this case, I've actually had my hair cut since November last year, but because I've not done an outfit post since November(!!) I've not had a chance to show you.

This weekend I'm off back home to NZ for a friends wedding in Christchurch. It will be a strange thing to go back after the major earthquakes that have been hitting the city since 2010. We were there briefly for our honeymoon in 2010 after the first major quake and at that stage it seemed like every second house was missing a chimney, had a crack up the wall and was covered in tarpoulin and scaffolding. Since then they have had several more major earthquakes including the one that destroyed the cathedral and many buildings in the CBD causing it to be shut off (it's still shut off now) and where lives were lost. It's a little daunting, not knowing what to expect.

Anyway, I hope you've all settled back down after the Christmas holidays!

XX
Jen

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy 2012...

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The 'Monty in a box' photo above doesn't really have anything to do with this post - it's just key-ute!

I've read many inspiring resolution posts lately (as I'm sure many of you have too), and I particularly liked the post by one of my favourite writers Neil Gaiman - I like the thought of making mistakes, making glorious and amazing mistakes, because it means you are doing something.

This year has been an exhausting one to say the least - new job = less time = really really tired when you get home = not really being able to create a whole lot because you're tired and really can't be bothered etc etc.

I am happy to say though that at the half way point of my two week break I have sewed two skirts already (one just needs a hem and we are good to go) and it feels so nice to be back doing something I really love but have just had no energy for at all this year. It was nice to spend some lazy days doing everything slowly - gently ironing out my vintage patterns, carefully tracing them and making adjustments as I went, washing and hanging fabric out to dry, cutting and sewing slowly and knowing there is absolutely no reason to rush and that I could take my time.

I've also enjoyed talking to people I haven't for a while, volunteering at the dog rescue and taking wee pups out for walks, having friends over for new years eve and eating too much (and maybe drinking too much) and talking and laughing and watching the fireworks off the Sydney harbour bridge.

Next week I plan on putting the finishing touches on something I've been working on for over a year and then I'll tell you all about it. I hope it means I might be able to get some more time to myself this year to do the things I really love doing (though fingers crossed it'll get much busier first!!).

Happy 2012 to all you lovely people!

XX
Jen