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Monday, December 13, 2010

Saint Lucia dress

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

MoAD NZ Art & Design Week

We caught this design show in Auckland on it's final day. Everything there was very unique and interesting!


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Painting by Nicola Gibbons. Her website is here (under construction).

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Lamps by Workroom Design – Douglas Snelling and Rebecca Snelling (father & daughter). Visit their website here.

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Furniture & clocks by Timothy John. My sister & brother in law knew this designer - that's how we ended up even knowing about the event. Visit their website here to see much better pictures. I took these pictures with my phone.

A cool mirror...this designer has slipped my mind.

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Official list of exhibitors:
Annie Smits Sandano – PRINT ARTIST
Cheryl Sils - JEWELLERY DESIGNER
Chris Metcalfe – PRODUCT DESIGNER
Corinna Hoseason – CERAMIC ARTIST
Daniel Rose – PHOTOGRAPHER
David Beazley – PAINTER
Dawn McCarthy – CERAMIC ARTIST
Drus Dryden – Sensitive Boyfriend – PRODUCT DESIGNER
Emily Andrews – PHOTOGRAPHER
Ilse Marie Erl – JEWELLERY DESIGNER
Ingrid Anderson – TEXTILE DESIGNER
John Pusateri + Auckland Print Studio – PROFESSIONAL PRINT + PUBLISHING STUDIO
Kate Barton – JEWELLERY DESIGNER
Kate McIntyre – CERAMIC ARTIST
Mark Seeney - FURNITURE DESIGNER
Martin Horspool - OBJECT DESIGNER
Michael Craig – PHOTOGRAPHER
Nicola Gibbons – PAINTER
Richard Wiles (Carry Corp) – ACCESSORY DESIGNER
Rob Tucker – PAINTER
Scott Facer - FURNITURE DESIGNER
Simon Gamble – FURNITURE DESIGNER
The Boiler Room – FURNITURE DESIGN
Timothy John – FURNITURE DESIGN
Union Design – FURNITURE DESIGN
Workroom Design – FURNITURE/LIGHTING DESIGN

Saturday, November 6, 2010

cupcake shop snack

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My sister's pretty cupcake (above). Mine below, all chocolate. The shop let us use pretty vintage plates to sit our cupcakes on. I wish I could find pretty plates like these at our local thrift store.

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It's amazing how many cupcakeries (is that a word?) have opened in the past few years.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Modern chicken coop

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I was flipping through Dwell magazine this morning and saw this neat modern chicken coop. More pictures can be found at dwell.com/slideshow.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

weekend

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This was a lovely tree lined path.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

english weekend table

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Everything about this picture looks perfect to me. (Found via Vogue).

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

a day at the beach

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It's very relaxing when you're at the beach. I found a pretty shell in the water, but when I took it out to get a closer look - I could see a little crab leg sticking out...so back into the ocean it went.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Sandy's Victorian Fairytale Cottage

I visited my sister a few weeks ago and she gave me a newspaper article she had clipped and saved for me. Sandy has renovated an old hunting cabin and turned it into a lovely & so charming victorian style cottage retreat. I love it!

Read her lovely shabby blog here. The online article can be found here.






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Sandy crossing a creek to get to the cottage.

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She covered her books with pretty shabby paper.

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Love this porch. I have those boots, too :)


Who doesn't dream of a cabin in the woods?


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This is my dream bedroom.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Country nightgown



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White nightgown from drawingroom on etsy. Crisp white cotton reminds me of summer.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Midsummer's Flower Vine Hair Wreath

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This simple flower crown reminds me of Midsummer. Didn't Kirsten (American Girl) wear one?

If you have a craft store near you, it is simple to make.

You will need vine wrapped wire, silk flowers, ribbons, wire cutter and a hot glue gun.

Below is a close-up of the flowers I used. They were on sale for a few dollars.

Doesn't the vine look like a little bird's nest :)



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I wove the pink flowers with the vine, but the white flowers should be glued on so they don't fall out.

Then I tied on two pieces of pink satin ribbon.

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I have plenty of materials left over to make many more crowns so the cost probably comes to $1 or under.

If your little girl is having a fairy or princess themed party (or even a tea party), this is a pretty party favor to make.
Or if you are a grown-up like me, you can make one for yourself :)

Linking up to Tea Rose Home. Stop by Sachiko's lovely blog and see what the other ladies' created...


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Gardenias in the garden


There are a few gardenias blooming so I put one in my bedroom. It smells heavenly and is a wonderful air freshener. We had a lightning and thunderstorm but the sun is back out again.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Happy Lei Day


Happy May day and Happy Lei day! I took this picture last year of lei's that were for my sister's wedding. I just love the smell of gardenia, pikake (jasmine), plumeria and tuberose. We have two plumeria trees here but there was a bad frost last year so I hope they come back to life.

and here is one of my favorite yet very simple desserts...custard pie from Zippys!! :o)

Have a lovely day!

Friday, April 30, 2010

edwardian dress


This is an Edwardian dress I got in the mail the other day. I really love it although I'm not sure when it will fit me in the waist. Women must have been itty bitty back then. Might have to wear a shawl with it so I can leave a few buttons undone :)

Friday, April 23, 2010

ruffles


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I could be on etsy all day just looking through all of the beautiful vintage clothing.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

orange blossoms

The air outside my door is filled with orange blossoms. It really is a wonderful perfume.




image via Snippet & Ink

Saturday, April 3, 2010

outdoor canopy


The perfect place for a nap!

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tea Dress


I love dresses like these. White linen, lace, possibly victorian...and very old.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

almost Spring


This dress is from the Ralph Lauren Spring 2010 collection. I like it because it's feminine and reminds me of a dress my Grandma might have worn back in the '40s on the farm. I wish they sold more dresses like this in normal department stores.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

otherwordly

Look at the sunlight streaming in this picture...is it Spring yet?

I've been meaning to build a swing that will hold 2-3 people because I know of a perfect spot by the creek, getting roses to climb up the sides would be tricky though.

I've always wanted an old-fashioned bicycle with a wicker basket.

I love these photographs by Rodney Smith. Check out his portfolio at http://www.rodneysmith.com/

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

pretty outdoor wedding photos


my sister's beautiful wedding photographed by StyleIsh.com

I love the outdoors


Whimiscal Lucien Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Dresses in Cold Mountain



Nicole looks lovely in these dresses. Even when she is working on her raised gardens beds, she looks like she stepped out of a Boden ad. This goes to show you can wear a high neckline and still be beautiful!

Cold Mountain is one of my favorite books, although I don't necessarily care for the ending...




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I especially love the big bow on this dress. Am wondering about her hair though, it doesn't seem very period correct. Didn't women wear their hair up unless they were young girls? I do want to have a daugerreotype made though...now I just need a civil war type dress.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

vintage-y wedding dress

An elegant wedding dress...



Wear flowers in your hair everyday





I actually have this blouse from Anthropologie. It had a big hole in it so I got it for $3.

(images from Eliza Magazine & via Becky Hill Photography)

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