Monday, March 25, 2019

Making: with Liberty print jersey cotton

I picked up this colourful garden print at The Fabric Store's last sale. I couldn't make it in so bought it online and was so gutted when it arrived. It felt all stiff, like a polyester. 
It softened up when I prewashed the fabric luckily. Phew. That stuff is not cheap, even on sale!
I didn't even know Liberty did a range of jersey cotton.

I am on a mission to make up every variation of the Sew Knit Love Sarah's dress pattern. It's a bit of a misnomer, because the same pattern makes a short sleeve and longsleeve shirt in woven or stretch, a tunic dress with pockets (you can see one of mine HERE) and a full skirted dress. I love an adaptable pattern. 

I'm loving the cut of this top. It's perfect for layering on top of dresses or wearing with high-waisted jeans or skirts. It's a bit like wearing a garden. And it has yellow in it. To match my favourite new yellow Saltwater sandals. And yes, I am tending toward wearing more colour. It's ironic that my son, whose been highly critical of me wearing too much black over the years, is now tending to wear black himself, being of a certain age. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

From a NZ in shock

Illustration credit to Ruby Alice Rose
The bodies of those shot in their mosques by a white supremacist on Friday are still not back with their loved ones and the nation is reeling. The man who took 50 people's lives with such hatred is in custody but the holes his violence left will last lifetimes and has shone a spotlight onto the darker places in our country. 

I have heard over and over, that these things don't happen in NZ. But it has. And the question remains, How do we respond? How do we shape change? How do we stamp out racism and intolerance and fully embrace the whole wonderful spectrum of human life? What can we do so this never ever happens again?

I leave you with the voices I have appreciated in these last awful days:

Susan Devoy’s opinion piece. Susan recently served a five-year term as Race Relation Commissioner.

Mukseet from Massey. Chloe Swarbrick, a NZ Green Party MP posted this from her friend. I agree with Chloe, we need to listen more to voices like Mukseet's.

Waleed Aly in Australia on the Christchurch shootings and the greater picture of intolerance and hate crimes globally. Brave and heartfelt words.

This image. This image is everywhere at the moment and with good reason. I am proud to have this woman as our Prime Minister. She has responded with compassion and skill in all the ways you would hope the leader of a nation would. Her live-streamed and recorded press conferences are the place to get the facts - and to marvel at her. Try RNZ. Changes to our gun laws are already in progress. (A friend just pointed out that in the background of this image you can see James Shaw, the Green party co-leader with his black eye - he had been accosted on the way to Parliament.)

The faces and stories of those who died. We don't have an official list yet but their photos and stories are emerging. Remember them. Give no airtime to the man who committed such evil acts, ignore his vitriolic manifesto and the media he left behind, drink in the beauty of the good people he killed instead.

And lastly, I leave you with Nathan Wallis on how to support kids through times of trauma, and specifically around the shootings in Christchurch on Friday.

These are dark times and I am reminded of something Martin Luther King said,

"Darkness cannot drive our darkness, only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that"

I am holding onto those words and the hope from the amazing energy of the School strike to protest Climate Change on Friday. 

Did you hear what 'first man' Clarke Gayford tweeted on the night before the protest, in response to some schools saying they would punish the kids for striking? "Get bloody stuck in today kids. Wear any punishment like badge of honour". Nice one Clarke. 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Eco floss is here

A weird thing happened. My scheduled posts disappeared. 
Not sure what that was about. I had other stuff going on and its taken me almost two weeks to realise the silence over here on the blog. Oops. 
I've been a bit distracted cooking up a new website and project. 
So looking forward to sharing them with you soon.

In the meantime, have you seen The Eco Floss? 100% compostable and comes in a little glass bottle with a metal top to dispense. No plastic in sight. I hope this is the future of all things. Buy some! Buy lots! We need to support all the good things. 
All the packaging, plastic and processed foods in the supermarket just brings me down. Not to mention what it's doing to our planet. 
No money exchanged hands for a review or anything nefarious - you know me, I just like to support the good people making the good things. 

(I'm not ignoring the Christchurch shootings, I just can't write about it yet, we're all still reeling.
You can donate to the Givealittle page HERE

Friday, March 1, 2019

Links round up: what's hot, good or made me think

What I have been reading, buying, listening to and thinking about in Feb.

Inspirational fangirling on Adrienne Brown David. Interviews on Hey is that me HERE, and  Design Sponge HERE

Coveting: Shy Hero clothing (found courtesy of Frankie magazine)

Six people sent me THIS interview with Tim Winton. I love it when folks send me stuff!

Waiting eagerly for my order from Rhiannon’s Toast Clothing studio to be made. She is all kinds of awesome. OOo, and I just found this sweet interview HERE.

Dreaming about my ideal studio.

-    Essay on being big. HERE

Would you go to couples therapy? (I would)

Podcasts that are floating my boat lately:
- Nerdette – I hang out there a bunch but really liked THIS interview with Barbara     Kingsolver about her new book, Unsheltered. 
 - The Trouble with Shannon Cason. The 79 cents episode had me hooked.  

Listening and watching all the NPR Tiny Desk concerts. Still. It’s been years. It’s still good. Here’s Rubblebucket. You’re welcome.

Craft Camp! Whose going? The lovely and most talented Melissa Wastney is teaching. I'm tempted. 

Farewell to February.
I am ready for you March. I think. February sort of kicked my butt but I am an eternal optimist. 

Sunday, February 24, 2019

swapping social media for simple pleasures

The world can feel a bit much sometimes. We've trouble stirring in our little community, with someone anonymously campaigning against dogs (not quite sure how else to describe it) and rather than talking to owners, going straight to the authorities. In one case they trespassed on private property and left a note. Creepy! And leaving that person and their family feeling unsafe. 
Very uncool.
This has people reeling and speculating about who the complainy person is. Things like that can have a big impact in small communities. Tension on our facebook page is up too. Talking to each other is SO much better. Even if it's hard.  

I've been thinking about community. And how we deal with hard things. An eco-village in the US I know and love is dealing with their most challenging time yet. Every community's nightmare. I have followed them since early on, visited, have friends there. The updates and news from them are raw, compassionate and heartbreaking in their honesty. Eco-village members are taking care of themselves, each other, and engaging in community process around what happened. It is in the hard times that our support and processes are tested and often improved in the aftermath of crisis. 
Though upsetting, the drama in my little beach side community is nowhere near the magnitude of what the people of that eco-village is going through. 

Still, everything seems a bit much and once I schedule posts for work I am cutting down my social media time. The time I spend on it has been creeping up and I'm swapping it out to be creative, work in the garden, walk on the beach and finish the book I'm writing. I need to rest in simple pleasures, creative work and gratitude. I'm sewing and drawing again. Big projects are brewing and I can't justify sitting on facebook. If I miss anything important email me?!