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This is such a cool shop! I just discovered it through Rachel Simonsen’s blog, and was instantly smitten. Take a look and you will be too! I wish I lived in the US sometimes…

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Me and a colleague have decided to do a class (two lessons a week) on language learning through moviemaking. Ever since I did a project with my students through the months of June & July we’ve pondered the possibility of doing a bigger and better project, learning from the mistakes we made the first time around. It’s really exciting, and we had so much fun planning this and writing up the syllabus. Now it’s the night before the big day and I go first, teaching the introduction class as well as getting started on genres. I must admit I am a bit nervous… I really shouldn’t be because we’ve planned it so well! And yet – maybe that’s exactly why… I’m so keen for it to go well, so the butterflies are using the insides of my belly as a racecourse. I sort of just have to let it go the way it goes…

Here are the youtube links to our first movie (three installments)

Wow! I won something!!!

This weekend I got a lovely email from the lovely Kristin at Craft Leftovers (mentioned in a prevous post…) that I was the lucky winner of her CRAFTzine giveaway and will receive the two latest editions of the marvellous zine! I can’t believe that I soon will get to hold not only one but two physical versions of the wonderful blog I read practically every day!

My booty!

I normally never win anything, so the mystery of my win is quickly solved by revealing the fact that I was the only one to submit an entry to this competition! Well, lucky for me! I can look forward to some other goodies too by the looks of it… Yey for me – and for Kristin of course! 🙂

Seeing as the 22 September is considered the first day of Spring here, and the weather has been beautiful this weekend, M and I decided to do a thorough Spring clean today. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I detest anything to do with cleaning (weird that I managed to convice myself that is was a good idea to clean at a yogacentre for free classes…), and it’s not really any of M’s favourite activities either…

So the motivation wasn’t great… but our teamwork impressed me! After just a few hours work, the entire flat was sparkling clean, and even the ceiling in the bedroom got scrubbed. Plenty of laundry done and we can see the floor again! Since I’m actually writing a post about this you can tell that I’m obviously very pleased with myself (and M) for the effort. 🙂

Now Spring can unfold…

CRAFT LEFTOVERS

I stumbled across this blog a little while back through the CRAFTzine blog, an inspiring blog in its own right, but also a guide in the jungle of interesting websites to read. After reading about Kristin’s baby, Craft Leftovers, and her reason for using reclaimed material in a new and interesting way, I signed up for a three month subscription.

Since then I have recieved some beautiful little parcels with bits of fabric, cute patters and other material. I just love the excitement of it – what is going to be in my next box? – and I know I won’t be disappointed.

So when I read on her blog that she was having a sale in her Etsy shop, I just had to have a little peek. Lo and behold, such treasures within! Pretty little things, not to mention all the kits which allow you to take part in the making yourself. I managed to limit myself to a crochet hook clutch making kit, a knitted bunny kit and some reuseable teabags. I really marvelled at the latter: what a great idea, why didn’t I think of that? I ordered the lot, got a friendly confirmation note the next morning (with time difference and all that’s quite good) and waited for my treasure to arrive in my mailbox.

Finally, Wednesday this week I got my parcel!

And the explanation to why it took a bit longer than what I had expected… Customs had decided to open my parcel because it contained some loose beans that were to be added into the stuffing of the bunny… I think I should explain: Due to some stupid decisions in the past (colonialism etc) there are some flora and fauna in NZ that isn’t native but have taken over and threatened the native species of the country. So now the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry checks carefully and will not let anything into the country that has been in contact with “nature” or may contain biological material that might thrive and flourish in the mild and hospitable climate in NZ. The fines for bringing food (say, an apple) into the country when you get off a flight are terrible.

The Letter

The Letter

Of course, Kristin could never have known this, and I feel really dumb for not letting her know, but truth is, it never occurred to me that it would be a problem. Well, you live and you learn, eh?

But let’s get back to business: the crafting! I’m planning to knit the bunny as a gift for my cousin’s prematurely born daughter (who is still just called the Princess while awaiting a suitable name). I think she’ll love it, with or without beans. :)* And the rest of the catch: The teabags are wonderful, and with being one small and one large I have one for when it’s just me and one for when M wants a cuppa as well. I plan to sew the clutch one of the evenings this week on my newly acquired sewing machine. A bargain bought on trademe.co.nz, our very own version of ebay!

Nightnight!

*I daren’t add any local beans to the stuffing in case it gets stopped on the way out of the country and ripped apart!

Yesterday morning bright and early we took J&J to the airport and we don’t know when we’ll see them again. Maybe next month in Australia, maybe in a few years… We miss them already.

But this morning E & M got back from their trip to E’s native Chile… We have already planned a night together this weekend, and I can’t wait for a catch-up and photos and videos and stories! 🙂

So now I’m trying to write something profound about people leaving and returning… not quite getting there tonight. I’m just glad we get to meet so many fantastic people on our way. And do not fret, at some stage we will reclaim nights on floors, in another country. We’re not done with our travels just yet!

… got really excited when she saw Dwarven Battle Bonnet Pattern on CRAFT Magazine’s blog, and just had to post a link.

Haven’t figured out how to put a pic from another website into the blog yet so bear with me.

I just had to post a link here for the free download of Neil Gaiman’s novel Neverwhere. Courtesy of Mr Gaiman and Harper Collins you get your chance to downloadand read this masterpiece here.

Highly recommended!

I had my hair done yesterday, and I finally did what I have been close to doing the last three or four times at the hairdresser’s but been to much of a chicken to actually do:

I got a fringe.

M seems to think it’s really cute, but I still need a bit of time to get used to it. When I feel more confident about the whole thing I might put a picture here.

Today, after a trip down to Waiuku to visit Matt’s G-Pop and Gran, we went to the Aotea Square Markets and I got spoilt a little.

These are my two new possessions, from a cool and super-friendly, not to mention very talented, NZ designer Misty (didn’t catch her last name unfortunately…).

Hoo hooooo

Hoo hooooo

Sweet swallows

Sweet swallows

There are so many talented and cool designers in NZ, and I wish I could afford to make my wardrobe consist of manly items made by them (as well as a healty and constantly updated selection of stuff from H&M of course…)

Link to stuff that’s cool: Felt

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