Sunday, 30 June 2013

Origami Pixie Boots - How to

I love to make these just as a little gift to give to someone to show them how special they are. They are fairly simple once you get the idea, and look very sweet. Also, these are not of my design, someone else taught them to me, and someone, somewhere, figured out which folds were necessary to make them, to whom I am very grateful. These also look great just by themselves, without the beads joining them, which is a lot quicker, because threading the beads is the most time consuming part.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Teddy Bear's Picnic

A summers day with friends, family and egg sandwiches with potato chips. I love picnics for the picnic mat, and the amazing baskets, and the chance to sit outside, and lie in the sun. We don't normally do these things (well I don't), and it is so relaxing just to have an informal meal outside. When I think of picnics, they are always so much fun, and light-hearted. You get to eat food/combinations of food that you wouldn't normally, and you can lie on the grass and watch the clouds go by, or embrace your inner-child and run around like a crazy thing! I especially love listening to music on a picnic, singing loudly for only nature to hear. It is winter here, in fact today is the shortest day, and so I am at present dreaming of picnicking on a summers day. Seen as I couldn't actually go for a picnic and take a picture because it is raining, here is where I love to picnic (and yes, that is my very fluffy dog).

Saturday, 15 June 2013

The Book Fair

Recently I went to the book fair in my town, where there are stacks and stacks of super cheap books. Very exciting!!! The most expensive books I bought were $3, which is really quite amazing, because here in New Zealand, a new book costs on average $25, and you're lucky if you find a good one for twenty dollars. I'm not entirely sure why books are so expensive here, but seen as the book fair only happens once a year, I had to take full advantage of it.

I found the Stardust by Neil Gaiman, which I was keen to read having seen the movie, because I always find it interesting to see how the book differs from the movie, same goes for Bridget Jones's Diary, which was a very funny movie. I am also a huge fan of Agatha Christie and so I managed to find a whole bunch of hers that were only 50c each! I love buying second-hand Agatha Christie's, it just seems more right to me than buying a new edition of one of her books, I'm not really sure why! 

Sunday, 9 June 2013

A little fall of rain

There is something utterly wonderful about the way the rain falls. When the clouds break open and the water just .....drops. There is something truly magical about it. When the lights on the street at night catch the raindrops as they fall, undulating through the air, and then as they dance and shatter into thousands of smaller droplets when they hit the ground, I can't help but stop and stare. The rain can just fall ceaselessly, softer to heavier, calm to exhilarating, until the sky has emptied itself completely.
Rainy days, for me, are a chance to stay inside and watch a movie, snug while hearing the gentle pitter patter of the rain falling above. It always manages to put a different perspective on things.
Incidentally, while we may think of raindrops as having the typical teardrop shape, their shape is actually a reflection of the battle between gravity and the pull between the water molecules, the former trying to pull the drop apart, the latter trying to pull it together. From the moment it falls until it hits the ground, a raindrop is constantly changing shape.

Ps. I especially love the French word for rain, la pluie! It seems to capture it so perfectly to me.
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