All posts filed under: Creative Projects

Remembering Why I Blog…

It’s been a while since I have written here. I have thought up many blog posts in my head but have been unable to prioritise writing them for most of the winter. It comes way way down the list of things I need to do. So that’s why there have not been any. And I still struggle with the idea of blogging itself. If I want to cultivate a brand, persona or sell something than sure add blogging to the marketing/branding/pr toolkit. So then….[called away by crying toddler who just will not go to sleep without my hand on his face (trying to get them to go to sleep on their own)]..why do I do it? {that question was in relation to blogging not how I help my children sleep!! Funny.} A very strong feeling is that I don’t want to document my life or constantly think about if it is worth documenting in that moment but just want to live it. I have a separate daily diary for special little moments and a camera …

This week I…

This week I… Made a wreath – after years of wanting to I did it! On a drive around Queenstown last weekend I spied some beautiful pine tree branches that had fallen onto the road in some recent winds. Into the back of the car they went which left it smelling lovely and pine scented. Then on one of the more colder days we had this week (-6 degrees C!!!) we ventured outside to dig up the frozen sandpit and I made the wreath. It did take two days of outside play and managing the boys but so pleased. It has held up well already in a southerly storm and looks so good. Very wintry. Now for some mulled wine! baked : chocolate scones and bliss balls cooked : my favourite noodle recipe (here from My New Roots). I could eat it everyday. drank : lots of Rooiboos tea with Almond Milk read : Buddhism for Mothers by Sarah Napthali and Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fford wanted: to find a way through and …

The Bathroom

One of the projects I had wanted to tackle for years was repainting our bathroom. For some reason I really like the Resene Tinkerbell yellow colour when we built the house in 2005 but eventually it wasn’t right. I kept telling myself that I was pinning neutral coloured bathrooms not yellow ones and importantly it just didn’t feel right. Here’s a before photo: About two years ago I pulled out all my old Resene Drawdown cards and stuck them up on the wall eventually going with Sisal. I even asked my eldest when he was 2 years old to pick which one he liked out of a line up of about 20 and he picked Sisal too. This time, with the drawdowns stuck on the wall for a couple of weeks, I found it was too strong so I toned it down and went for Quarter Sisal (Resene). And it is lovely. The bathroom is in the South East so it needs some warmth but still be light and airy. It has made the room …

Mindful living / Simply living / Living within your means

A change in our circumstances has meant that we need to now be more careful about each dollar that we have.  And only spend when entirely necessary. So, that means no more weekly Thursday sushi lunches for me and the boys and not buying organic items because it is just too expensive and living with the items that we do own and enjoying those. This means that we will be able to live within our means until circumstances change back in our favour and also that we can continue to work on the dream of the build of our new house on 5 Ha we own on the Peninsula. Does that mean I have to be more frugal? Do I have time to bake my own bread? What about general happiness attained through gorgeous little things I might see and want or a Soy Chai Latte from the local cafe? Or does that have to change too? Can I meditate before I shop as a default? I’m not a big shopper and am, overall, already …

Late Summer Vignette

Here’s a selection of things I am loving right now. Got to always find bliss and me in micro moments. Summer Fete Magazine – love!/ Jo Malone Peony & Blush Seude Perfume (thanks mum!) / homegrown Roma and Sweet 100 tomatoes / beautiful sage ready to dry and add to Autumnal pumpkin soups / David Austin’s Winchester Cathedral (Auscat) rose – it’s meant to be white and one plant has come up with some pink (like the parent rose Mary Rose) and one rose flower is half and half! so beautiful / some cornflower / a new batch of Sweet Almond Oil from Lotus Oils which I use as a cleanser.