Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Have I ever...

I am supposed to be sorting out my new 'studio' (aka. tiny little room in new house), but the floor is covered in bits and I am totally over it - so thought I would have a bit of fun instead!

Here goes...

*Yes answers are in bold.

1. Started your own blog – Yes!

2. Slept under the stars – thankfully, yes.

3. Played in a band and in orchestras and string quartets.

4. Visited HawaiiYes.

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity - Not more than I could afford, but I certainly dig deep to help when I can.

7. Been to Disneyland.

8. Climbed a mountain – Yes, too many to list, Mt Ngauruhoe, Mt Tongariro, Mt Ruapehu, Rangitoto to name a few... 

9. Held a
praying mantis – yes - I love them!

10. Sang a solo.

11. Bungee jumped.

12. Visited ParisA few times - I lived in France for a year (in Cognac) in my early twenties.

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea - Yes - scary and intoxicating!

14. Taught yourself an art from scratchquite a few actually... !

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning
- ah, yes unfortunately!

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty - I have been to Liberty Island and stood at the base, but could not go up inside the statue itself.

18. Grown your own vegetables
- yes, we eat them every night!

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in Franceyes.

20. Slept on an overnight train
- yes, again in France.

21. Had a pillow fight – who hasn’t?

22. Hitch hiked - yes, through Turkey, France, UK, Greece, NZ... but would not do it now!

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
who me!?

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb
- yes.

26. Gone skinny dipping
- a-hem...

27. Run a Marathon - not a marathon..., but did the Oxfam Trailwalk in Sydney 2001 (100km through a grueling Sydney bush track!)

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse
- yes.

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset – Many of both!

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors -
Yes - my Dad is from Chester, and ancestors date back to Bramhall Hall so made the trek when in the UK!

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language - French whilst I lived in France

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied - hmmm, do you ever?

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing – yes, on a school trip

40. Seen Michelangelo's David

41. Sung
karaokeonce or twice

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight – yes... more than once.

46. Been transported in an ambulance - yes, car accident when I was 18... no, I wasn't the driver!

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Parisnot to the top, but I’ve been under it.

Gone scuba diving or snorkeling - Yes, when at the Great Barrier Reef whilst staying in Airlie Beach, Australia.

52. Kissed in the rain – yes.

53. Played in the mud – Yes, quiet recently even as my 2 year old LOVES mud!

54. Gone to a drive-in theater.

55. Been in a movie.

56. Visited the Great Wall of China. 

57. Started a business – Yes, a Graphic Design studio

58. Taken a martial arts class.

59. Visited Russia.

60. Served at a soup kitchen.

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies - yes.

62. Gone whale watching. 

63. Got flowers for no reason – Yes, lovely.

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasmaNo due to mad cow disease... no I don't have it, but was in the UK at the wrong time...

65. Gone sky diving 

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check 

68. Flown in a helicopter 

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy – yes - an old growly bear... a HUGE pink panther, Fisher Price dolls house/people/furniture, dolls... in fact too many to list!

70.Visited the Lincoln Memorial 

71. Eaten Caviar - Yes, I used to be a chef.

72. Pieced a quilt - roughly...

73. Stood in Times Square - Yes, at Christmas time in the snow - so cool!

74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job  

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in Londonyes.

77. Broken a bonenothing big, but a few fingers and toes if they count?. 

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car - once, what a mistake, they devalue as soon as you drive them out of the yard, and then my mother in law wrote it off within a three weeks of my buying it!

83. Walked in Jerusalem 

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible 

86. Visited the White House  

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox – as a kid

89. Saved someone’s life 

90. Sat on a jury 

91. Met someone famous – Yes. Most noteable was Eric Estrada when I was at Telethon as a kid and I was a massive 'CHiPs' fan!!

92. Joined a book club 

93. Lost a loved one – yes.

94. Had a baby - Yes, two gorgeous girls (one emergency c-section, one natural)!

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake 

97. Been involved in a law suit  

98. Owned a cell phoneuh, yes quite a few actually, my latest went through the washing machine last week! 

99. Been stung by a bee – yes, but I am allergic to bees, so try to stay clear of them now! 

100. Read an entire book in one day - yes, but now that I am a Mum it seems a distant memory!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Family time

Well, Christmas has been and gone! We had a lovely family day with lots of food, summer wine, gifts and swimming.

And yesterday my 'baby' turned 2 - how time flies by! Again we had a family day and enjoyed the sunshine.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


I had a lovely day at Kraftbomb today. I was in a room away from the main hall with a handful of other stall holders, and although we didn't get as much 'foot traffic' as the main hall it was still great. Much cooler (the main hall gets so hot when it is packed), and nice and calm!

Lots of my bits headed off for new homes, but I also have quite a bit of stock that now needs to be lovingly uploaded to my felt and etsy stores. I have made a start tonight, but it is a slowwwww job, so bare with me. I think I might give in and do the rest tomorrow night!

After all, it is now the summer holidays!

Friday, December 18, 2009


It has been a while since I managed to post an entry here - things have been crazy busy what with selling our house, finding somewhere new to live, splitting up our assets, packing, moving, unpacking, finding a new school for Bella for the New Year, plus all the normal end of year/Christmas activities - you know, school prize giving, holiday fun, santa visits, christmas shopping, gift making and wrapping... the list in endless!

Anyway, I am back, online, up and running!

I have not managed to get a lot of craft stuff done lately, but luckily I was prepared and worked hard to build up my stock before the move. On Sunday I will be at Kraftbomb in Grey Lynn. This will be my last market for the year, possibly for a few months... so pop your head in of you are in the area. I am thinking I might have a wee break from the market scene and work on some projects that have been on the back burner for some time.

Anyway, if you are looking for stocking fillers, I have a great stash of crayon rolls for Sundays market, plus fabric covered kids sketchbooks, fabric covered magnets, lavender bags, etc. Hope to see you there!

Kraftbomb December
Sunday 20th December, 2009
Grey Lynn Community Centre
Main Hall - 510 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland