Sunday, December 20, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
We chose to go to Queenstown even though it was just an overnight stay, it was more about the drive and spending time with each other, plus for me - NO COOKING. (Dylan is on a restricted diet which means everything is pre-thought and life pretty much revolves around meal times - will it seems that way).
For those that know us well, will know that we are car enthusiasts, mainly of the vintage variety (we have two, one that is for sale and a newly acquired toy to do up). For this trip we were able to borrow my father in law's convertible. (About as cosy as it gets!)
We spent all saturday driving and eating our way to Queenstown. We stopped off at some fantastic cafes on the way, one in Fairlie which is new. But my fav one was The Tin Goose in Cromwell. Weather going down was a bit dismal, we only managed to have the hood down for about 15mins. The return trip on Sunday faired better weather wise and we had the hood down most of the time. There is just something magical about feeling the breeze and sun on your face when travelling in an open car.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Chantelle is highly sort after and I would definitely recommend her to all those wanting beautiful memories of those gorgeous newborn and family photographs.
Friday, September 25, 2009
You can purchase this pattern on Etsy, my website, Felt
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
She did really well, Dad enjoyed them and while he dropped Emma off at preschool for the afternoon, I got stuck with the clean up, typical!!
Once home, Emma said to me...."what can we do together mummy!" A little secret, Emma and my favourite pastime is baking/cooking (I used to be a chef in a previous life before Emma came along). So, out came the childrens cookbooks, which Emma poured over for ages, total concentration :) The choice ( I had to narrow it down) was to make cookie dough.
Below is the pic of the first stage of cookie making. We have plain, pink and chocolate dough made. It is now in the fridge firming up. Will follow up with another post of Emma's Cookies!
Daddy is coming home for lunch today, so he is in for a special treat!
Emma is off to school in three weeks, so I find that I am treasuring this time alone with her more than I normally would (plus the fact that she is older and more pliable lol - instead of being bossy with no logic or reasoning!)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Well done Amy and Suzan, the site is looking fantastic. There is also new shops joining up as well, making the range of products all that more diverse.
Thank you to the mum, her models and Jodi at Babybites.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
My Navy merino beanie has had it's fair share of exposure in the last week, firstly on the Australian Etsy Blog. Then Nic from VintagePrincipessa included it in her latest treasury, which this morning made the Front Page on Etsy.
I was lucky enough to get two go's on the front page as the treasury that followed sold a few listings bumping my beanie into that FP also, double the exposure!
So, thank you Nic for the treasury, the exposure and an exciting weekend.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Even though this site has only been launched over a week ago it is already attracting attention and sales. There is a good cross selection of products for the under 5's and new shops will be coming soon. The site is easy to navigate! (Always a bonus!).
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
ALSO, behind the scenes (where possible) are 10 new designs waiting to go from drawing to reality. All drawings and notes are completed and on paper. It is great to get them out of my head finally instead of clogging up the brain and not being able to focus on anything else! I will post on here when they are ready for release. My husband is so tolerant of me and my obsession.
PLUS, I have purchased some wonderful patterns both handknitted and crocheted off designers on Etsy with permission to sell these in my shop. You will see these new products plus some vintage handknits periodically appearing at Natural Star. These will be my light relief from orders, patterns and designing. Those nights where you just want to sit down and knit without thinking!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Another reason that I think she should sell them is that then I could put in an order for the Hello Kitty cake for Emma's 5th birthday in September, she has fallen in love with it and wants one just like it for your birthday cake. (NO pressure Katherine ! lol) I shall just resort to leaving birthday cake decorating books laying around the house in the hope that she changes her mind to something that gives me step by step instructions.Her blog 4 Goodness Cake started for a very different reason other than to showcase her master pieces, you can read about it in her profile. What an amazing friend and person Katherine is, and I am still envious of her cake decorating skills!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
You can also join their organic baby club for amazing benefits like a fabulous organic joining gift and monthly discounts.
They have a webstore with great baby products including Natural Star Merino Baby Handknits. You will also find their retail store Organic Baby (Green Living) at 115 Jackson Street Petone, Wellington, where they stock an amazing range of baby items.
There you will find the Beanies with flowers, booties and headbands. And, I am about to put another order of headbands in the post to them.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The Natural Star business is going ahead in leaps and bounds and exceeding all expectations.
I will blog more on this over the next coming weeks.
We have three major birthdays in the family coming up this year. My son will have his 10th birthday soon, then we have our daughter's 5th birthday and starting school and near the end of the year MY 40TH!
I am looking forward to the next six months of busy times. What I want to know is where did the first 5 months of the year go!!!
Monday, February 2, 2009
We had a month long family holiday - away from home and away from family!!! (Apart from just the four of us). We visited so many farms, butterfly houses - my kids are so townie, the pic below is one of their highlights - they loved feeding the lambs, and also helped to hand milk a cow!
This year brings many changes to my life...I volunteer and run (with 3 other wonderful ladies) a community cafe, I have done this for the last 4 years and have decided that this year it will need to be one of the things that I drop, for various reasons really, one being that the business is moving so quickly and I really want to capitalise on that now and to do that I need time!!! The other, my son, as most of you know has high functioning autism, plus a generalised anxiety disorder (my household is never quiet, chaos rules!) We have done occupational therapy for the last two years, he is on a gluten, dairy, artifical sugar, msg all free diet. Thank goodness I know how to bake! This year we have a new therapist working within the family (a bit like the nanny programs - but she solely works with my son and teaches us the resources and skills to deal with things that crop up).
Like most on the Autistic Spectrum, he has trouble with expressing emotions, feelings and gets incredibly frustrated and the therapist will be helping him to work through and deal with these as they come up. Another area that she will be focusing on is social skills, trying to form a bond with his sister, and less of the concrete thinking (a little flexibility in the household would be like a miracle at the moment). For this to work successfully, it involves more of my time in the household working alongside my son supporting him and teaching him skills where needed with the resources given to us. Plus enjoying this time together.
I am so proud of him, he has come so far and conquered so many hurdles! It is a joy and a blessing watching him grow in this journey of ours, and as a family we are strengthened in our love and support of each other.
Wow! making up with a long post this time. :)
I managed to get a few new products off the needles over the christmas break, and have listed them in my shop on Etsy. Below is a sneak preview
I have lots planned for the blog this year, I loved doing the giveaway and plan to do a few more, plus share some great sites and links with you.