Monthly Archives: July 2012

I’ll show you mine. Show me yours?

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Anyone else out there make underpants? After a friend sent me this link which included a link to this blog I thought I’d give it a go!

The result: fun, super-comfy and custom sized knickers. The only down-side? Realising my inner thigh measurement is only 20cm smaller than my waist measurement!

Just one tip: underpants really need to made from two way stretch fabric as I found out when I tried to make my first pair – workman’s crack, oh yes!

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Like Horses

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Here is our latest song from our Speak Softly project. This is the last song written and recorded on the Nieuwemeerdijk, Holland so it’s fitting that it deals with the subjects of dreams, desires, letting go and saying goodbye.

I hope you enjoy it and if you do it’s available for free download. So head on over to Speak Softly and get it for your player – or if you’re old-school like us, you can burn it to a CD!

Disclaimer: While we have some renown for our awesome low budget videos, the fact that our computer is getting packed up and sent back to New Zealand in two days prevented us from living up to our normal standard, so please enjoy this slightly new-age image in the meantime and we’ll try and rectify this on our return.

Linking in with other creative types here.
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Other people’s projects

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You may remember I was sewing with my lovely neighbour Ingeborg. Here’s the finished result:

Don’t she and her new bag look gorgeous together?

Also another beautiful lady Joanne came over and did some sewing with me. We made a pillowcase for a rather unusual shaped pillow she had. We did a very basic patchwork style border on the nautical style piece of fabric she chose. Turned out very well we thought.

Travel wear

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My blog is rather dominated by sewing posts at the moment. Rest assured we have a song on the way, and also I will endeavour to photograph some more food soon but in the mean time please indulge my frenetic pre-emigration sewing output.

In between leaving Holland and returning to New Zealand we will be ‘on the road’ for five weeks. And a lot of that time will be spent in Cambodia. I have to confess I don’t enjoy heat! I’m not a sun-worshiper and tend to get a little testy when overheated. Part of my coping strategy is knowing when I’m going to be hot and wearing the right clothing. So I’ve been making some travel wear recently.

I’m a low-maintenance traveler. I don’t bring makeup, heels or fancy clothes with me when traveling unless I know that an evening out somewhere swish is on the cards. My travel wear reflects this. I wear shapes and colours that I might otherwise consider not my best work. Comfort at all costs is my mantra!

I got the opportunity to road test three garments from my Travel Wear ’12 collection over the last few days in the very hot and sunny city of Barcelona (try not to hate me too much!) I was very pleased with how they fared.

Pictured: Harem pants – homemade; black T – free; jandles (thongs) – free; skirt – homemade; white singlet (tank) – free; green dress – homemade; green shoes – market find; bag – vintage from a shop Antwerp. Art by Gaudi and Miro.

Linking in with ladies who are not so warm here.
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Vintage leather

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I love this jacket. I bought it at Ijhallen – a massive monthly fleamarket in a warehouse in the north of Amsterdam. I haggled and haggled but the lady knew she had a wee beauty on her hands so I only managed to get € 5 off the asking price. However as much as I love it, I have to make myself wear it.I see it as a ‘piece’ rather than a jacket.

At the moment the weather is miserable. Rain every day and a quite cold for the beginning of summer. It’s perfect leather jacket weather. So I’m trying to wear it as a jacket – you know, just throw it on over the top over what I’m wearing and leave the house. I think it’s working.

Jacket – vintage; t-shirt – Vila; skirt – handmade; tights – market € 1!; boots – on sale from Ballantynes a few years ago; black pearls – gift from a friend.

Linking in here.

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Heading Home

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I thought it was about time for another songwriting post.

This song we actually wrote and recorded in February to commemorate the year anniversary of the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake and especially the loss of a friend. I didn’t share it here as I didn’t have this blog at the time, but it seems appropriate that I do now.

We have been living in Holland for a little under ten months and it’s not possible to stay here with the immigration laws the way they are. Consequently we have decided to return to Christchurch and will arrive back there in September – a little under a year after we left. We hope in some way to be able to contribute to the rebuild of the city.

So it’s a time for memories – both happy and sad. And for dreams and new plans. I hope this is somewhat encapsulated in this song.

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Sewing with Inge

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I have a lovely next door neighbour. We have lots of fun sewing together and sharing our projects. It’s nice.

Last week we made a bag that she had seen on a blog she liked and we decided to have a go with some of the fabric from the great influx of May. Here are some photos of our progress.

I am wearing: Jeans – Vila; tank – homemade; cardi – Jason King in Utrecht; necklace – up-cycled vintage earring of my Gran’s; smile – stylists own.

Inge has also decided to have a blog too and you can see it here. It means At Home with Inge – it’s in Dutch, but you’ll get an idea in Google Translate.

Linking in here with Southern Hemisphere belles.


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