Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bloggers are awesome...

... in particular - Maria from New Zealand It Is Then!
I am headed to Christchurch in a few weeks for the Bloggers Connecting - Around the Table conference and Maria and her family have kindly offered to billet me during my stay. Maria and I have sent a few emails back and forth getting to know each other and when I explained we were moving house with very little notice and I was a wee bit stressed (that may be a slight understatement!) she asked for my new address so she could send me a little something.

Well yesterday a parcel arrived on the door stop. The first thing that made me smile was the note to the postal service:
"Handle with care, please - handmade gift.
Thank you! A lot :-)"

We carefully opened the parcel (it was a joint effort of Mr Mischief who LOVES getting mail, the dog who has to sniff anything that comes into the house and myself!) and found this gorgeous canvas tucked safely inside....

Isn't it gorgeous? Such lovely bright colours which will brighten up our cream walls wonderfully. Mr Mischief seems to have called dibs on having it up in his room so that's what we will be doing over Easter!

And here's a close-up....

He needs a name I think, I wonder what I should call him?

Thank you so much Maria - you've made the whole family smile and I'm really looking forward to meeting you in a couple of weeks.
And also - thanks to all of the Christchurch bloggers who are being so welcoming before we even get there and have organised what I'm sure will be an awesome event!

Monday, March 25, 2013

We're in!

We found a new place to rent (while Mum was still here) and moved in at the beginning of last week.
We also handed in the keys to the old place towards the end of last week.
So far, the new place is good. 
The dog is happier because there's more of a garden to rummage in out back.
There's also a great deck at the front perfect for racing cars and chasing balls!
We are slowly unpacking boxes and arranging our space.
It feels right and I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders since we decided to settle somewhere for Winter and not worry about finding a place to buy.

Today I printed lots of photos for my Project Life album to get that up to date so hopefully I'll have some pages to share soon.
And I have some crafty things planned in the near future for a variety of reasons (one being the Bloggers Connecting conference which is just two and a half weeks away - eeek!) so you may see a little bit more of me now :-)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A beautiful relationship

Watching my mum and Mr Mischief these last few weeks has been lovely. The relationship between a grandparent and child is a special one. One with lots of love and wonder and less sleep deprivation and all the rushing that comes with parenthood.
I am so glad I took the time to take these photos. To watch the relationship between two of my most favourite people in the whole world. 
By witnessing the love they have for each other it makes me love each of them even more.
I am so grateful to have them both in my life and to have been able to share these last few weeks with all of us together.

My Mum is on the plane back to the UK at the moment and our house feels a little less warm and cosy (and a lot less organised and tidy!) already. Thanks Mum - you have been AWESOME - love you.

Saturday, March 2, 2013


It's been a tough week - we got a bit of a shock that our 6 month lease would not be rolling onto a month-by-month basis and we only have 3 weeks to find somewhere else to live, pack and clean.
So this space may be a little quiet for a wee time while I fill my days with lists, cardboard boxes and all the other tricky things that come with moving a young family...for the second time in 6 months. At least this time it will be across town rather than moving cities! Plus we have my Mum here for a wee bit longer too which is fab :-)
Hope to see you all on the other side real soon. x

Friday, March 1, 2013

Project Life :: 2013 (Weeks 7 and 8)

I'm still up to date with my Project Life and I now have an album to store the pages in too! I pre-ordered the Seafoam binder way back in October but it only arrived in NZ this month and I went to collect it once we got home from Auckland.
Here's a look at week 7 and 8...

Week 7 includes a screenshot of a text conversation with my Mum just before she left the UK to come here, some journalling about being busy, a photo from pancake day, a space filler with a label talking about Mum's upcoming visit, a drawing by Mr Mischief (made at the same time he made a Valentine's card for hubby), the yummy orange cake we baked and a selfie with Mr Mischief in the background in the wash-basket (this was part of a challenge of a Project Life group I'm in!)

The right hand side has a photo of the cute little Crobot I win from Leonie's blog, some journalling on Valentine's and some heart shaped biscuits Mr Mischief made at kindy, crochet blanket progress, some journalling about our Saturday and my race number from AMI round the bays. This is the most AWESOME thing about Project Life in my opinion - I usually collect things like this and they tend to lay about because I have nowhere to store them! I've also attached one of the "shoe bling" we got as part of our race pack and journalled all over the blank space including our race times and place numbers.

Week 7 double spread

Week 8 is all about Mum arriving and Auckland! We have a picture of Mum and Mr Mischief with the Sky Tower in the background, our boarding passes for the plane, us on the plane, the Auckland skyline (taken from the ferry), my FitBit showing more than 10,000 steps and some journalling and a photo from when I met Cat and Leonie.

My first insert for week 8 features lots of photos I instagrammed while we were in Auckland. You can read more about what we did in Auckland here.
That's old Kikki K pink giraffe sticky tape on one side and green crocodile tape on the other (it's always fun to use stuff I've hoarded for a while!). The Auckland title uses Auckland themed scrapbook paper I've had in my stash for more than 5 years (scary! but so good to have used it!)

My 2nd Week 8 insert is all about Centre Port Open Day. We spent most of the day there on Saturday and it was heaps of fun. A wee bit of drama when the tug boat we were riding on crashed into the cruise liner - eeek! but we were all okay!

Week 8 right hand side showing Mum, hubby and Mr Mischief at Butterfly Creek just before we flew back to Wellington, some cake after the tug boat incident! Blanket progress, a cut up Auckland map with a ferry ticket and a train ticket attached (more paperwork that it's great to have a home for!), lunch for me and hubby after more open homes and my attempt at a zebra cake as a belated birthday cake for my Mum with Mr Mischief helping her to blow out the candles!

Week 8 double spread (minus the inserts)

And that's the rather busy weeks 7 and 8. Onto the next.... :-)


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