Well I can proudly say you can now purchase Heart Felt knits at Wanda Harland. Thanks Martha and Glen!! So if you are interested in the Kowhai cardigan or the apple knits you now have to trot down/up to Petone.
And of course you can't possibly go down to Wellington without going to Cuba Street and do a bit of shopping. I was very restraint and bought ONE thing, this awesome necklace from Iko Iko made by Dapple-Grey.
Hope no one is offended by this, but as a child I spent a lot of time playing in the cemetery behind our house; so it bought back memories for me as the children and myself detoured from the park aviary to the the very same cemetery this morning.
We explored the pioneer cemetery where many of our town's founding families are laid to rest dating back to the late 1800's. I wasn't hard to find Joseph Master's headstone. Charlie got a bit of a history lesson about how Masterton was named after him.
We were quite taken with this old wrought iron fence surrounding a particular headstone. There were all sorts of interesting lichen and moss growing on it.
We then had a picnic under the trees. Charlie insisted in getting an ice-cream BEFORE he had eaten his sandwiches, evidently Marmite goes quite nice with a snow freeze!
I love this feeder Sadie is wearing. It is made from vintage/retro fabric, a gift from Bonnie.
It really was a fantastic morning, I love the feeling of early Autumn.
Today was the last day of our holiday at home. We enjoyed our few days at home together with the children, but didn't get a lot of projects accomplished. It's so easy to get run down with everyday life that sometimes you need to slow down, stop, talk, get back in touch with what is important and we feel we have accomplished that this week.
Ian and Charlie enjoying the simple things in life
Sadie enjoying the shade tree with Daddy
A visit to Uncle Neil's vineyard in Greytown
Sadie enjoying her first Easter egg
While the children were having their afternoon nap I had a chance to experiment with a few new designs for my jumpers and cardigans. I wanted to try out some Kiwiana designs. I would appreciate some feedback because I'm not sure if they work. They may need some more fine tuning.
Have a safe and happy Easter,
love from Jannelle, Ian, Charlie and Sadie,
Today I took the children into work to choose some books to take home. Normally I choose them myself, but today it was nice being the customer rather than the librarian for a change. Both the children love books, I suppose you wouldn't expect anything else when your mother is a librarian!
Charlie getting special attention from the Children's Librarian (Mary is also the children's Godmother) Oh, and you can see one of my paintings in the background (the crazy blue guy waving at you, very David Lynch)
Sadie enjoying some board books
Sadie's dress was made by Bonnie from Lone Moose, one of my favorite dresses.
Hmmmmm.... a bit of a strange day today. Charlie had a complete melt down in town this morning because we made the mistake of taking him into the Post Office where they have a Thomas The Tank Train set for children to play with. Of course when it came time to leave that was the last thing he wanted to do. Poor old Ian had a lot of strange looks as he carried him down Queen Street screaming at the top of his voice "no, no, no, no" It then resulted in a two hour midday sleep at home, so I guess he was tired.
The other emotional strain today was that Ian was suppose to have his vasectomy this afternoon by our 'world famous in New Zealand' Dr Snook. One hour before we were about to leave he asked me should he still go through with it....... I said no.........so we canceled it. I'm not quite sure what is going through my mind right now, but I guess that is a good enough reason not to do quite yet.
So to clear our minds we went for a walk down to the reserve and had an ice-cream. Charlie was delighted to watch his cousin Angus play tennis at the local college after school and Angus was delighted to hear Charlie call him by his first name for the first time.
Anyway hopefully a better day tomorrow, I do feel happy with our decision for the time being.
Cousin Angus serving in tennis
Ian and I have taken some time off work. We decided not to go anywhere, but to have a holiday at home. Time to do things together and to get small projects started and completed. I thought I would display some images of activities and projects of each day.
Grandma was delighted to receive a birthday card from Charlie
"Happy Birthday Grandma!"
I finally started my second dress for Sadie, hopefully you may see the finished project in the next day or so. While I was a Grandma's using her sewing machine she let me rummage through her sewing patterns. Imagine my delight when I came across these patterns! She made the far right dress for her daughter in the 60's.
I also completed some more woolens for Trade Me
This is a funky hooded cape from my RETRO VINTAGE COLLECTION
And I'm feeling Autumn with these pieces featuring warm soft colours with felt autumn leaves and vintage buttons. The oak leaf is a new motif I have started which I think works quite well.
No, I'm not giving away my two year old, I'm rather attached to him, but do read on. Charlie has been very industrious today, keeping himself busy with various activities.
Playing with his blocks and cars.... there is a child in there somewhere.......
I came home from the supermarket to find Charlie and Daddy drawing
He discovered my button tin, which use to belong to my mother. I played with the very same button tin as a child.
irresistible to a child...
Not so fun picking them up....
I lost him briefly and found him down the back playing in the garden with his little spade and bucket that Daddy bought him this morning.
I don't think it gets any better than that for a two year boy, what a lovely day.
Now for that GIVEAWAY. I have no good reason other than I can't bear things not being used. I found this sweet little jacket in the second hand shop this morning. I can't quite envision Sadie wearing it, but I'm sure someone would love it for their wee one or for a present for someone.
It is a vintage handmade quilted jacket, size 9 months +. It has little boats down the front and I'm sure all you quilters can appreciate how much work has gone into it and I would love for someone to own and use it. I'm prepared to post it anywhere in the world, I will give it to the first person who leaves a comment wanting to adopt it. It has been washed and air dried.