23 July 2014


I'm still here! 
37 weeks of baby inside me and pretty uncomfortable..

But feeling fine otherwise!
There has been a lot going on, so blogging continues to take a back seat... I imagine when the baby is here and I'm boob feeding many hours a day/night I might get a chance to sit at a screen and multi-task...Maybe!

Here are a few snaps of things going on lately..


Iris in one of my frocks and my shoes (obvs) She is still the queen of the dress ups.

A velvet dress I remember wearing to school when I was 17. It's just so lovely, comfy and handmade..
And I remember the exact op shop at which I bought it, for 50c.

Dress Up Girl again, who has also learnt to pose pretty well!
Wearing a gold lurex top of mine as a dress. Bless.

Sometimes I let her have access to my brooch collection...

My nephew David on his way to the Commonwealth Games - very exciting. He's a boxer. (Not my favourite sport, but I'll force myself to watch it!)
He is one of the nicest 18 year olds it is possible to meet,
by the way.
Just saying.

(And see what I mean about Iris + posing?!)

ARlo is just the cutest age.
And I always find it amazing how they look so little and cute - UNTIL the baby arrives! Then they all of a sudden look like great monster toddlers.
Bless him. He has no idea what is just around the corner..
The latest Hundreds and Thousands zine..
I love it. Very cute and fun. Cool people and ideas.
Gawd that's a massive bump! My favourite thing to do though.
 SIt. Read. Ignore everything else! 

Excuse the face!
That's my 'I'm a bit over it' face..


3 July 2014

Frock on a Friday

I went for Tapas last night with some 'old' school friends.
We catch up every now and then. 
I'm trying to get all my catch ups done before I am attached to a baby/couch for 3 or 4 months...
Excuse the slapped arse face...
My entire outfit is op shopped of course (
I always end up having to write that, surprise surprise!!)
and probably cost a total of $4 or $5.. Apart from my boots which were Campers bought on Trademe.. 
All these photos were taken in bare feet as putting on shoes/boots is actually an epic mission at the moment and I ended up doing it in the car on the way!! (I was not driving lol!!)

That's a cheesy smile because I escaped from the bedtime mayhem last night. Yeah! John is going to the rugby tonight so it will be my turn. Not quite so yeah!!!
However, the floor still looked a bit like that when I got home.. Chaos! There are also racks of washing everywhere and piles of washing waiting to be done... ENough rain already!!! Today is actually lovely. 
Nearly 35 weeks...
School Holidays have just started for 2 weeks..

1 July 2014

A Random Post about STUFF and Happenings

Not much energy and not much time right now!!
COUNTING down to the 2 week school holiday that starts at the end of this week.

20c Te Kuiti op shopped dress.

Currently 34 weeks..
HEAVY bump..
Another Bird's Eye View (lol)
I will have to get some decent bump shots soon..

which is a mid-winter festival celebrating the appearance of the 7 stars (Pleiades)

Family celebration - soup smorgasboard..

..and ice cream sundaes.
Kids in heaven with their cousins.
Great way to make the dreary weather disappear!

Gil and his 7th birthday..

Party @ the avantidrome

Waikato people with kids - I hope you've all been to the Avantidrome - SO MUCH FUN!!

Iris (in the middle of pic on a scooter) and Arlo hooning around the 'roads'. Learning traffic rules and etiquette. LOL

Can't resist crochet blankets if I spy them in an oppy.
And these place mats were 50c and too cool to be eaten on! I shall have to turn them into something else!

Happy Days!

19 June 2014

Free Garage Sales and New Op Shops

There's a new (well been open about a month) Sally Army shop where I got this the other day. 
These cute tweeters are wrestling for space on my bird collection shelf. It's getting crowded on there!

Mug from Staffordshire $1 (half price shelf at Crosslight Trust Oppy)

This book is hilarious. At first I thought it said Dora the STONER but I took a second look and realised she's actually a hoarder. 

She stashed up so much her house looked like this..

Then she had to donate all her stuff to a jumble sale so she could start hunting and gathering again.
Ring any bells anyone?!!!

I  passed by another new op shop the other day.

(If you're local - it's at the Waimarie Community gardens in Wellington St, and it's open five days from 9-3)

It was really lovely. No clothes but a great stash of everything else..
And CHEAP!!!

You know we love these spoons at my place. The kids have their favs.. I know that one 3rd from the left is going to be the new fav with a couple of my boys... mmm wonder why?!

These were 10c each and there are heaps left..

A cute little 20c box of cake candle holders..

Book $1 that features some great Enid Blyton stories amongst other things..

Every now and then signs pop up saying 
Sounds like they must have a catch - sometimes they are church groups trying to advertise for new members- but quite often they are churches or other community groups literally doing something brilliant for the community. SUCH a good idea - and another form of freecycling...

there was one at a community hall near me the other day.

It was very relaxed and there was loads of stuff. People seemed less desperate in their rummaging styles than they are at regular jumble sales, interestingly.. There was some amazing furniture. 
I just got a few things..

Truly awesome cotton fitted sheet.

Crochet blanket (obvs.) in great colours
70s red and black robe and a very cute, beautifully made vintage girl's dress..

An absolutely beautiful (but falling to bits on one side) 50s quilt. The most amazing fabrics in classic 50s fabrics.  

Not sure what to do about the side that's disintegrating, but it was too gorgeous NOT to snaffle up..
Happy Days!

10 June 2014


 I have officially lost sight of my feet!
Clothes are getting harder to fit into..

All clothes op shopped as usual. 
(except my Camper Boots - they were bought via Trade Me)

Happy Days.