When I went south to see Neko Case recently, there were tiny worlds within the tiny world that is the small Wellington villa of my friends, Pip and Brent. Brent and his daughter had made some miniature lands by planting some real grass in pots and populating these micro-farms with plastic animals. The organic meets the inorganic: The … Continue reading tiny worlds of the Adam/McIntyre household
Before I blather on about the launch of this fine, artisanally-produced book THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN ORDER ONE. GO ON. SUPPORT NZ POETRY AND INDIE-PUBLISHING. On the weekend, I attended my darling friend Maria McMillan’s (I wrote a bit about Maria HERE) book launch at the Aro Community Hall. This is her first book … Continue reading The Rope Walk is launched!
A Forager’s Treasury By Johanna Knox Allen & Unwin, $36.95 I’m late in writing this review – I’ve had the book for some weeks now and I was supposed to post a review last week, but it’s taken me a long time to gather my thoughts about it because, quite simply, I’m completely overwhelmed … Continue reading Review of ‘A Forager’s Treasury’ by Johanna Knox
Here’s a recent ‘shop the garden’ haul – most days ‘shop the garden’ is not all that photogenic – silverbeet, spring onions, herbs…but this was a prettier day… I dropped some nasturtium seed around in late January and it’s really going for it now. It will die back when the first frosts come. Nasturtiums are … Continue reading gardening and visiting artist-ing
Creepy bunny says… …but I would be lying if I were to say I felt the same. You see, we are into week 6 of the school holidays so, apart from one week of paid work, every day has been the weekend for a long time now. I am a bit jaded at this … Continue reading Links are boss
Here’s the latest mattress photo – Highbury House op-shop. 1980s (?) thick linen. This may be the most esoteric project I’ve ever had – but I’m fully addicted now. Emily from Millicent Crow recently added some gorgeous 1950s examples to the group pool – check them out HERE and Emily’s lovely blog is HERE Emily … Continue reading the mattress project continues
I’m a huge fan of RAMARI TEXTILES – the label name of a maker from Carterton, Leanne Taylor. Everything she makes is extremely well-made and has such integrity. (She’s also from my home town of Waitara, which puts her even higher in my affections. Small town loyalty, ahoy!) Anyway, last week I had a big tidy … Continue reading geometric art
Firstly, my friend, the journalist Kimberley Rothwell has started a blog on the Stuff website about her new garden. The refreshing thing about Kimberley’s blog is how honest it is! Lots of people are commenting, too, so it’s a great place to go to read about people’s experiences with things like Wellington wind, tomato failure … Continue reading Some Stuff, a scoop on Scoop and the wonderful ODT…
We have a sleepout, which I use as a studio/making space and is also our guest room. The previous owners, when they converted the old garage into a sleepout, laid carpet directly onto the concrete garage floor – so by the time we bought the house, the carpet was mouldy and damp and the room … Continue reading moving back into the sleepout
A friend gave me a little jar of lemon curd she’d made: As we don’t eat a lot of bread in my household, I decided to make ‘lemon volcano’ muffins. I made Alison Holst’s basic sweet muffin recipe, then when the mixture was spooned into the muffin tins I ‘tucked’ a big teaspoonful of lemon … Continue reading this is a post about how I made some lemon muffins. I know. living the dream!