Sunday, November 29, 2009


We have had some lovely hot days this week it already feels like summer. To escape the heat Tessa and I spent the afternoon under our trio of big shady trees. A crabapple, flowering cherry and michalia.

Tessa really enjoyed playing with crunchy leaves, the texture as they crumpled feels wonderful, especially in the mouth (woops).

Some lovely cheeky smiles. She is wearing a sweet little op-shop top and a smart little cotton rainbow crochet sunhat.

What big teeth you have my darling and the third one cut through yesterday.

Love the detailing on this sweet top and such a light fabric perfect for toasty hot summer days.

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Some more photos from our trip to whangarei.

A somewhat blurry photo of Phoebe the gorgeous family Jack Russell. She kept moving around so the photo just dosen't do her justice or show her vibrant personality. Tessa and Phoebe hit it off straight away, Phoebe didn't even mind the excited wacking and earpulling. Such a sweet little dog. Tessa loves animals and didn't even mind when her Gran's cairn terrior Poppy wanted to give her a kiss, woops. A real farm girl she is turning out to be, hehe.

One of the many pretty daylilies in Aunty Linda's lovely garden, this was my favourite.

The awesome swing set that they built themselves, very study and will last forever.

And the huge sandpit, with a shade sail over top for cooler sandpit fun in summer. They have a lovely home with lots of great stuff for kids to get outside and play, I hope we can steal a few ideas for Tessa gets bigger.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

we are back!!!

Tessa and I went for a lovely holiday to Whangarei last week. To introduce Tessa to some of the family. It was really nice to catch up with everyone. Tessa was fine for her first plane ride and even fell asleep on the way home.

Here is my favourite photo, a gorgeous photo of Tessa and her great grandfather. She loved having a cuddle and really enjoyed playing a neat tapping game.

Some more photos of Tessa and granddad.

A family photo of four generations, Aunty Linda, me, granddad and Tessa.

A photo with with my cousin Tyler holding Tessa. My camera wasn't taking the best photos at the time hopefully I can get better photos from the others cameras.
Thank you for having us Linda, Shane, Tyler and Kaleb we really enjoyed.

Friday, November 13, 2009


Mmmmm banana after weeks of screwing her face up at banana, Tessa finally decided it was yummy. She had two helpings of banana mixed with baby rice. Here are some sweet photos of Tessa enjoying her dinner.

She really enjoys playing with her spoon too.

She has even mastered drinking out of her sippy cup too, clever wee girl!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The prize has arrived

Here is the blogtober giveaway prize that Sam of Sam Snippets won. I'm so glad you liked it. It was a wedding themed craft giveaway.

With something borrowed........

Something Blue.....
Something old.......

Something new.....

Well the something Borrowed was not really borrowed, a gorgeous rose embroidered tablecloth which seemed appropriate as roses are the most popular wedding flowers.
The something Blue was some lovely blue 8ply wool yarn.
The something Old was a sweet little half finished rose cross stitch with all the thread needed to finish, that I picked up at a an op-shop.
And the something New was a little zip bag I made inspired by tinyhappy. That I lined with silk left from sewing my wedding dress last autumn and decorated with a lace doily from my ever increasing collection.

Ruby Red

How can anyone resist the lucious fragrant ruby red rose 'Ingrid Bergman'. I was in the supermarket last week and it just begged to come home with me.

Not that I need anymore roses. But this rose has long stems and large scented blooms of the gorgeous dark ruby red colour that I was looking for, and its disease resistant too which is a an added bonus.

Now to figure where I can plant (squeeze) it in the garden.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

latest fabric finds

My latest finds at the local op-shops, some gorgeous fabrics.

A really lovely fringed seventies single bedspread, its quite a nice heavy weight cotton, I think it will be perfect for Tessa to play on under shady trees in the summer. It was so hot today it already feels like summer.

A gorgeous rose cotton print on one side and a really lovely blue cotton floral on the other side of this single duvet cover. What a find, I think it will be perfect for a couple of summer skirts for me.

Another brilliant find was this very sweet fairy flanellette single sheet, I can't decide if I should cut into it and make Tessa some cosy winter PJs for next winter or leave it for when she moves into a big girls bed. The purple floral is a pillowcase just the right size for a little wee summer dress for Tessa. The green and pink floral is a lovely little tablecloth with a few holes I didn't notice, maybe another little summer dress?

Monday, November 2, 2009

And winner is!!!!!

Tessa was very helpful and chose the winner for the giveaway again.

First she had to look at a bunch of entries, then ....

She chose the winner by tasting, well done Tessa

The winner is Sam of Sam's Snippets her favourite wedding memory was...

Sam said...
my fav memory -- feeling like a princess
Thanks to everyone who entered, hope you all had a lovely blogtober.
Sam, if you could email me with your postage details to I will send your prize out as soon as possible.