Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 - Knitting Challenge to Myself

This year I have decided to set myself a knitting challenge - to design 1 new blanket pattern every month.  12 New Blanket patterns for 2013.

I find blanket designing and knitting very relaxing and mostly done at night time while TV watching or on road trips :)

This is not saying that a new blanket pattern will be available every month for purchase, but that I have finished a design sample.  As the process after the sample being finished is
1. Writing up the pattern
2.  Sending the pattern off to the test knitters.
3.  Design sample sent to the photographer.
4.  Test knitting completed and pattern tweaked where needed.
5.  Pattern sent to the printers.
6.  After all that is done the pattern is available for sale :)

Some months may see two or three blankets patterns released at the same time.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Patterns and House Update

Where did the time go between my post last August and now?  It has been a hectic time on both a business and personal level.
I have currently just completed two new patterns, with two more near testing stage.  Below are the photo's of the two new patterns.  Abigail Shoes and Peek a Boo Blanket.

I am also in the process of changing the pattern format over on all the older patterns, ready to send to the printers ready for wholesale.  I am also in the process of changing over the copyright on the patterns, while you still cannot publish and sell the patterns in any forms, you can now create and sell the finished products. 

We are currently still in Ashburton until the end of this year for Dylan to finish year 8 and will then shift back up to Christchurch once we have the house ready (it is still structually sound - we figure that it is still standing after 4 good earthquakes so will continue to stay standing).   On the house front - it will not be touched for ages as it is in the major fixing/rebuild group, while they say it is fixable it's at what cost.  Here is a list of everything that has to be done... the house has to be lifted, ring foundation removed as well as all the piles, new ring foundation laid and new piles put it,  all summerhill stone removed and new put on (think we will opt for wood), while the cladding is all off they have to  refloor, make sure all the framework is level so that doors shut and walls are straight up and down. Remove roof and put in new support beams and rafters (we have peaked ceilings) and then redo every room inside the house.  Outside - garage has to be demolished and replaced, all paths and the driveway have to be removed and replaced, out terrace also has to be demolished and replaced.  As the guy said - the only thing they won't have to touch is some of the inside framing! The good thing is that we are no longer living in limbo and are starting to move on with our life with the knowledge from the insurance company that it is probably going to around three years before it is finished.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Commercial Photo Shoot

This post is well overdue with earthquakes, shifting towns and settling in, but have finally started to find a sense of peace and normality.

You have to check out Sam Mothersole Photography you will also find her here on facebook.  Make sure you like her page, especially if you are looking for amazing commercial product photos with children or live in the Auckland area and looking for photographer.

I will be using Sam and her camera - plus the cute models (thanks parents) again and again - her take on my very short briefing was perfect, which has seen the photos published on a US Photography blog recently Let the Kids Dress Themselves

Anyway, enough about Sam and her photography skills - which are fantastic - check it out for yourself - below are a few photos from the shoot.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Christchurch Winter Giveaway

This has now closed, I have received 28 emails for the babies in Christchurch this winter, all of which will receive a parcel, thank you.  All emails will be replied to this week and will include whether the recipient will receive the jacket and bootie set or the hat and bootie set.
Thank you to everyone that sent in emails.

Natural Star would like to do their bit with helping to keep the babies of Christchurch warmer this winter.
I am giving away 5 jacket and bootie sets (see pics above), plus an assortment of  20 hat and bootie sets.
If you yourself or a friend has been affected by the Christchurch earthquakes and is struggling to keep the house warm and dry and has a baby under a year...send me an email to brenda@naturalstar.co.nz with their name and address, babies age in months and boy or girl, plus if it is a friend a little message from you that you would like me to include in the parcel. 
The first 25 emails received will be entered into random.org and five will be chosen by random.org to receive a jacket and bootie set, the other 20 will be sent a hat and bootie set.

Please do not post their name in the comment section.

Brenda xx

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Introducing Rose

We have a new addition to the family, a 8 week golden lab who Emma has named Rose.  She is a gorgeous, well behaved puppy and we are all very excited that she is part of our family.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Blog Neglect!

Dylan Fly Fishing

While I have all good intentions to blog frequently, life has this habit of getting busy and I am the first to admit that when this happens the blog and the website are the first to be neglected.

We have had a few busy months with the business, picking up new stockists, researching products that will compliment my handknits and designing new patterns.  All of this I will share soon in it's own post.  This one is more of a catch up :)

Family life has been hectic, we have all been hit with the bugs and flus that are doing the rounds at the moment.  I have returned to work, doing what I did before Dylan's diagnosis and settling him into school at 5 years of age (I cannot believe that it was 6 years ago!).  Along with Natural Star, I am now working a 30hr week with 2 little new entrants with the same diagnosis as Dylan (ASD).  I am really loving it, life outside of the home!  Apart from the feeling more tired bit!

Dylan starts intermediate this coming year - which I know is going to be a hard couple of years for him and us as a family, the playground is not something he understands socially.  Thankfully we are seeing Alison Schroder - who runs Socially Speaking here in Christchurch.  There is the kids social clubs that Alison also runs that Dylan will be apart of.  This morning we have been to the Hospital Dentist as Dylan needed a tiny filling.  To have this done he has to be sedated and have a continuous supply of laughing gas for them to do it.  He is now lying on the sofa watching an endless supply of fishing DVDs.

Emma has her 6th birthday this month, she is such a girlie girl, but can also be such a tomboy.  This year we are having to make all the invitations (she is totally into crafts - I have trained her well, now she can tell her Dad that we are going shopping for supplies instead of me having to do it)!  Her favourite choice of clothes is dresses and skirts, as far as she is concerned these two items of clothing can be worn anywhere, even outside playing in the mud!  I am not allowed to buy clothes as a birthday present for her this year as she told me "Mum you won't buy what I like if I'm not there to help you", she also comes out with the quickest comebacks, the other day her father called her 'An Egg' she quick comeback was 'You Sausage'!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

GIVEAWAY #7 - Sunday

Today is the last day of the 7 days of giveaways - congratulations to all the winners so far :)  Todays Giveaway is  - 7 lucky people will receive 2 patterns each of their choice. You need to comment on the Blog post and not the facebook post to be in with a chance.  You also need to be a fan of Natural Star on facebook.  The button is in on left hand side to visit the Natural Star facebook page :)

Good luck everyone!