Friday, July 6, 2018

Best Mexican food around

On my birthday we checked out this new Mexican lunch bar, Cielito Lindo. It had only been open 2 weeks and I hope it stays. It's the best! Lovely people and the most authentic simple Mexican food I've had since I was the US. So glad West Auckland has a few good eateries now. 
It's rare I eat out but I do like to plan a culinary adventure with my son every now and then. Good to open the taste bud's horizons y'know? Plus, if I have the spare cash it's so nice to have a break from cooking and doing dishes. 
Some of our favourites in West Auckland for good cheap eats so far are Cielito Lindo, Mr Zhou's dumplings in New Lynn, the palak paneer at Chapati and we've recently discovered the bao buns at Soy & Ginger in Titirangi. 
We're both keen cooks and it's always disappointing to pay for food that isn't as good as you make at home. No risk of that with any of those places.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

birthday gift

I opened the mailbox on my birthday to find this beauty. A gift from a wonderful woman.

I feel extraordinarily blessed to have some incredible people in my life. 
So much love and skill has gone into this. 
I love it so much.

I know some of you will ask so HERE is the link to Yoko's etsy shop. She has been taking a break but hopefully this amazing creation means she is back at the micro-macrame table!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Fabric Store

This is where non-fabric enthusiasts can keep scrolling past!
On my birthday I went to The Fabric Store for the first time. 
Yup. After we'd eaten at a great new Mexican lunchbar.
The thought of going to just fondle fabric and then walk away empty handed was too much, so I had stayed away. I usually buy from op shops or trademe or Fabric-a-brac.
But, oh. All the fabrics! 
It really is a textile lovers dream.
The shop itself is well lit, beautifully laid out and lovely to be in.
I had a Prezzy card from last Christmas so I did buy fabric too which was a treat. More about those (plural!) another time. 

I totally fell for a few of the Liberty sweatshirt prints but at $48/m they stayed on their rolls. 
On a whim late that night I searched for 'Liberty sweatshirt' on trademe and couldn't believe it when two were listed, in my size, in the exact prints I loved. The seller was lovely and turns out she had bought the fabric from The Fabric Store and had a seamstress make the sweatshirts.
Now they're mine!

 I have a sweatshirt made in the fabric on the bottom left of this picture now- squee!

I think I need to start a pop-up studio/store so I can keep sewing, a person can only wear so many clothes and the urge to sew doesn't ebb. Seriously thinking about it. Watch this space. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Meet my new shirt

This shirt has brought so much joy. I love denim and was intrigued to find this simple short sleeved top in the op shop last week. I altered the length to perfection but was unsure how the embroidery on light black denim was going to hang. Verdict? I love it.
Those white embroidered tops and I don't get on very well. Or we do, until an animal or child smears something on it, or I have to wrestle a goat into submission or bring firewood in. White and my life aren't friends. I currently have precisely one white top. It's life expectancy is not long.
This top is perfect. Blast of embroidered colour on forgiving and hardy denim.
I've had so many comments. Best $3 I have spent in a while.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Book Review: Lucy's Moon circles book

Moon Circle: Rediscover intuition, wildness and sisterhood
A book by Lucy AitkenRead from the Lulastic and the Hippyshake blog

The moon circle Lucy describes reminds me of the ideal parent-child relationship, a connection of complete acceptance, one of unconditional love. Everyone needs a place like that to hang out.

I should disclose that I have been part of many moon circles and rituals over the years and in various different places in the world. Reading Lucy’s book evoked those times for me. (If you see me in a boardroom next week we could have a whispered conversation in the stairwell or at the coffee machine.) I don’t think I have ever read a book about moon circles and I was really curious about how one would go about putting words to what is sometimes quite a surreal, sacred experience.

I get to hang out with Lucy sometimes so I was a bit like ‘whoa, crap, I hope I like her book’, because you know, that’s always kind of awkward. Happy to report that I was drawn into those pages and pleasantly carried away. I hadn’t planned to sit down and read it all in one go but that’s what I did. That says a lot. I loved reading about her experiences in the circle. Reading the book is a little bit like being welcomed in.

Lucy shares her stories with you, talks about the history of women gathering, how her circle started, what role the circle plays in the greater picture of our lives and she finishes with a piece on how to structure your own circle.

There were a few places where my thoughts and Lucy’s parted ways but that’s okay. That’s actually really good. I don’t want to read stuff I could have written myself! Lucy pulls this quote from S Monk Kidd, ‘Solidarity is identifying with one another without feeling like you have to agree on every issue. It’s unity, not uniformity. It’s listening without rushing in to fix the problem.’ I like that.

The book was surprising to me in a few ways. It was funny and real, which I loved. I didn’t expect the humour. It’s like hanging out with Lucy – which in my experience involves the warmth of connection, deep conversation, laughter and frequent interruptions from children. Ha!
The bits that stuck in my mind like burrs were, the importance of belonging and how we all need a safe place to vent and be valued for all facets of ourselves, and a place where we can speak aloud of fears and dreams and expand our worlds through listening to others.
If you need reassurance that sisterhood is possible, if you’re missing a vital connection to the natural world, if you need a safe place to rage or celebrate, then this book, and circling, is for you.
The last two pages are my favourite, I think I might print them out and put them up above my desk.

Read it and tell me what you think! You can get it HERE. It would be the most awesome Mama's day gift, if you're into celebrating that one. x