Seriously, such a wonderful Fair! They are all amazing, but I really felt this was one of our best events with a fantastic mix of clever and creative vendors. Of course, I say that every time because it really does get better and better. I even managed to find a few spare moments to do some shopping, more on those delightful purchases later.
Here are a few of my favorite snaps from the day, you can see the full album here.
Oh the perils of renting. We are on the move, again, this Saturday. And let me tell you, I can sure pick the best timing to do these kinds of things. The Auckland Art & Craft Fair is on the weekend after we move, I’m still catching up at work after being on holiday for a week, then being sick at home for another week. I’m also working on a freelance design job. And being an awesome mum around this too.
Feeling not too dissimilar to a rubber band right about now, on the verge of snapping… Because, you know, I wasn’t busy enough already. We are moving to a smaller property and I am grabbing the experience with both hands to edit my belongings in such a ruthless fashion, those who know me, will think I’ve lost the plot. Or have won lotto and no longer need my possessions (it’s not true, but I wish it was). I am only keeping what I love or what I actually need, it’s liberating. Plus, then when I am at my new house I get to go shopping (yes, I am aware how contradictory that sentence was).
Are you moving house soon? Take it from an expert, here are my top tips.
Have fur babies? Put them in the cattery/kennel the night before moving day and bring them home to a (slightly) more organised house. Plus you won’t hear them crying from their little cages which just makes you sad.
Hire people to help you. A truck and 2 burly folk (men or women) to lug your couch and multiple boxes. Save your friendships.
Don’t forget to eat. I am one of those people that gets too busy to eat, then I get hangry (hunry + angry = hangry) and you will feel my wrath.
Do throw out things, it’s less to unpack at the other end!
Garage sales are FUN! Have one, you’ll be surprised as to how much you can off load and make some pocket money (for aforementioned snacks).
Label your boxes and write a few words as to what is inside. You’ll forget, all the boxes look the same.
If people offer to help you, please let them even if it’s coming and helping you break down boxes for recycling while you chat. It will make them feel needed and you will need the help. Win, win!
Even though I hate the actual moving (with every fibre of my being) one thing I do love is setting up a new house. The house we are moving to is GREAT!! It’s the perfect size for G and I with wooden floors, white walls and a garden with a little picket fence. Stay tuned for some super awesome decorating posts!
The only way I can describe our trip, was absolutely magical! It was brilliant, we made new friends, saw beautiful places, relaxed and ate delicious food — what more could you want from a holiday! I got really sick with a chest infection after coming home (boo!) but it hasn’t put me off daydreaming already about another trip in a few years…
We stayed at the Sheraton, right at the end of Denerau Island and we had the most amazing view from our room (second image) the hotel was just gorgeous and the staff were so friendly, they have lots of weddings there and the little chapel just by our suite was too cute. We had one day cruise planned to Tivua Island, a very tiny island where there are nesting sea turtles and lots of tropical fish swimming through coral! We went on a beautiful sailing ship (rather than a launch) and it was perfect weather. Once there were swam with the fish, explored the island and lazed about. Walking along the beach and looking out at the amazing blue of the ocean was just incredible. On the way back our guides cracked out the guitar and everyone sang the whole way back to port.
The rest of our holiday was mainly swimming, enjoying the food (and cocktails!) and the company of our new friends who are such lovely people and I’m so pleased we’ve stayed in touch. I really feel so lucky to have been able to do this and share the experience with my daughter, I wanted to ensure Lil G knew it was special and not something we’ll be doing all the time. Here are some of my favourite photos…
Three (very long) months ago, I decided to book a holiday for Lil G and I, on an absolute whim and finally, finally that three months is (almost) up! We leave on Friday for 6 days of holiday times in Fiji on Denarau Island.
This will be our first family holiday and the first holiday that I have been on where it’s purely, just a holiday. Not to live or work overseas, not to spend the whole time racing about seeing sights and visiting galleries, we will be there purely to relax and my biggest problems? They will be sand in my sunscreen, what kind of novelty umbrella will go in my cocktail, and should I go swimming before or after my massage? Yes. Yes. Thank you.
We haven’t planned too much, our only ‘outing’ will be heading out for a day cruise, visiting 5 islands on a historical yacht for snorkelling and a glass bottom boat tour. I can’t wait!
So what do you pack to wear for such a self focussed holiday? At least 3 hats (hey, I need options) some floaty skirts and strappy sandals… Here are some of my must haves…
This is a portion of what I’m taking (you really don’t need to see my PJ’s, or my snacks for that matter), everything I’ve chosen can be worn together and matches. I’ve chosen black (but of course!) with a few items to bring a pop of colour, but I’m still me and want to be me while on holiday. Tops are black and white, loose fitting with a mini, pair of shorts and long chiffon skirt as options. Shoes; keeping it simple with jandals/flip flops/thongs for the day, sandals for dinner ($24 from The Warehouse) and canvas flats for the plane. I’ve ditched the handbag for a large hold all canvas tote (from Cotton On), I’ll be taking my kindle full of books and my iPad for the mini-me to play on. Two bathing suits (L Bikini from Dotti $39 and R from 1 piece from Glassons). As I’m literally going to an island, I’m keeping make-up simple; paw paw for lips, dry shampoo for the fringe, mascara, light foundation (Dream Mousse from Maybelline) and a selection of hair ties (from Pretty Buns Boutique).
So the iPod is crammed full of music, the cameras are charged, the kindle is full of books to read and Lil G is bouncing off the walls with excitement… see you in a week or so with some (hopefully) amazing photo’s!
A little gold never hurt anyone, I’ve been adding touches to my house for the last little while. My home has a predominantly black/white/neutral colour palette with beech coloured wood and the gold adds a nice warm pop to the place. I bought some chrome finish spray paint not long ago and everything has been getting the golden touch…. nothing is safe! I’ve added little bits to my concrete planters, fridge magnets and photo frames.
You don’t have to go crazy, add a little touch with some salad servers (6), cushions (3) or a print (2) can be enough. If you fancy, try this temporary wall paper! From Urban Outfitters (1) I’m so tempted to add a paper like this as a feature wall in my bedroom….
When I first came across Toronto based artist, Carly Waito, I didn’t realise I was holding my breath while I was browsing her work. It really is breath taking. These works are paintings. P A I N T I N G S. Not photography. Let that sink in for just a moment.
P A I N T I N G S. Yes. Mesmerising and just, wow.