Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
- The glowworms at Waitomo. It's easy to become blase about it as a tourist destination, but it's famous for a reason.
- Thermal activity at Orakei Korako. It's between Taupo and Rotorua, but it's far enough from the main road to be off the tourist trail. You get a boat ride across the lake and explore the little valley at your own pace. Spectacular.
- Just being able to hang out with my family. My sisters and I don't see each other often, so this is a very special time for us.
OK, now I have to prepare for Kraftbomb tomorrow. I'll do a post about my frankie giveaway when I've got a copy of the magazine; needless to say, frankie doesn't seem to be big in Otorahonga.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
This buckle was just begging me for a belt, so I made a reversible one from this very helpful tutorial. Unfortunately I need a practical belt more than a decorative one; my jeans are one size too big. Will have to wear it on fat days.
And finally, I've taken the plunge and bought myself a couple of pattern books in a language I don't understand, without even knowing what's inside. Clever, hey. But so many people sing the praises of Japanese pattern books, and I really like the whole layered look they seem to have going, so I thought I'll give it a go. I bought them from YesAsia, they offer free postage if you spend a certain amount; you can also buy them from this Etsy seller. The pattern book is called Sewing Talk, two dresses really caught my eye. I found a very informative blog with help if you want to sew from Japanese books.
The second book is called Pochee, it's more of a craft book with some clothes patterns. Not sure of the leg warmers though! There's lots of great bag patterns in there.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Three Sisters Ink are three sisters (surprise!) who make very graphic, strong patterns inspired by mid-century design. Check out their fun kids' designs.
Finally, Jesse Breytenbach, a fellow-South African who does great block prints and illustrations. Shown here is one of my favourite designs by her, a protea. I also love this print: