B L A C K B I R D

A GATHERING OF GENERAL GOODNESS

WE HAVE MOVED.

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WE HAVE MOVED.

PLEASE JOIN US AT OUR NEW ABODE.

RIGHT HERE

FIRST JOB

DEARESTS.

THE FIRST JOB I EVER HAD WAS AT AN INTERIOR STORE. IT WAS MY JOB TO DO WINDOW DISPLAYS & TO WRAP GIFTS. AND MAN DID I LOVE MY JOB, I WAS IN HEAVEN. FOLDING OVER EDGES TO MAKE CRISP FOLDS, CHOOSING PAPER AND RIBBON, OH I GET A LITTLE GIDDY JUST THINKING ABOUT IT. NOW A FEW (AHEM) YEARS ON, I STILL LOVE  WRAPPING. IT IS ONE OF THE REASONS I LOVE CHRISTMAS SO MUCH.  AMONGST ALL THE MAYHEM & MADNESS THERE ARE THE MOMENTS THAT RING WITH HAPPINESS. WRAPPING IS MY HAPPINESS. SO TODAY I SAT IN A SEA OF KRAFT PAPER , RIBBONS, STICKY DOTS & TAPE AND WRAPPED MY LITTLE HEART OUT. TODAY WAS A GOOD DAY.

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HAPPY WRAPPING.

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SEQUIN WREATH – DIY

DEAREST

 

CHRISTMAS IS FAST APPROACHING, AND I FINALLY GOT MY TREE. EVEN IF, MUCH TO THE HUSBANDS AMUSEMENT IT TOOK ME OVER AN HOUR TO PICK WHICH ONE I WANTED…IT’S A BIG DECISION RIGHT!?   SO TREE IS UP, AND THIS YEAR I HAVE GONE FOR A SIMPLISTIC CHRISTMAS. BLACK, WHITE AND SILVER. BUT I THOUGHT I WOULD GLAM IT UP A LITTLE BIT WITH THIS SEQUIN WREATH. IT IS SERIOUSLY EASY TOO.

SO HERE YOU ARE! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

 

 

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YOU WILL NEED:

 

 

STYROFOAM WREATH – I PICKED UP FROM OUR LOCAL EMPORIUM FOR A COUPLE OF DOLLARS

4 METERS OF STRECH SEQUIN TRIM, BUT REALLY YOU CAN DO THIS WITH ANY STRETCH TRIM

TWO SEWING PINS

ONE CRUX CUT OUT OF BLACK CARD

ONE THUMBTACK

 

 

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PIN ONE END OF THE TRIM TO THE BACK OF THE WREATH, START WINDING TRIM AROUND OVERLAPPING EACH TIME.

 

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KEEP WINDING UNTILL WREATH IS COVERED. USE THE OTHER SEWING PIN TO SECURE THE OTHER END OF TRIM.

 

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THUMBTACK THE CRUX ONTO WREATH AND TADA! DONE, EASY AS PIE.

 

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BLACKBIRD XX

THIS IS TWENTY-SEVEN.

DEAREST.

 

AS THE M.WARD SONG SINGS, I WAS BORN ON THE FIRST DAY OF DECEMBER, WHICH MEANS THE BEGINNING OF THE END. SO THIS IS WHAT AND EARLY MORNING, TWENTY-SEVEN YEAR OLD ME LOOKS LIKE. STILL IN MY SWEET KIMONO DRESSING GOWN I MAY ADD. 

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AND WHAT A YEAR IT HAS BEEN. WE HAVE LIVED IN THREE DIFFERENT HOMES. WE HAVE OPENED OUR VERY OWN STORE IN AUCKLAND CITY. WE HAVE BEEN UP & DOWN. WE HAVE SEEN OUR FRIENDS BUY HOMES, HAVE BABIES & LEAVE TO LIVE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD. 

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DOESN’T THE HUSBAND KNOW ME SO WELL. HE TICKED OFF ALL MY CURRENT OBSESSIONS. BLACK ON BLACK CARD, PLYWOOD CRUX, THE DELICIOUS PLEATS PLEASE PERFUME, STRING LIGHTS & ALL WRAPED IN BLACK PAPER WITH SKULLS. HE IS A KEEPER.SO ALTHOUGH I HAVE NEW WRINKLES & I AM A YEAR OLDER. I AM ALSO  HOPEFULLY A LITTLE WISER TOO. HERE IS TO THE NEXT YEAR OF BEING TWENTY-SEVEN.

Not so new.

 

JUST OVER A MONTH AGO WE MOVED HOME. 

AND ALTHOUGH IT CAN ALWAYS BE SOMEWHAT OF A TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE FOR SOME, I TEND TO QUITE ENJOY IT. A FRESH START. A BLANK CANVAS. 

WE MOVED FROM A LARGE SLEEPY VILLA INTO A CONVERTED OPEN PLAN GARAGE. A BIT OF A CHANGE. SO OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW.

HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR CORNERS.

 WE ARE HAPPY IN A LITTLE CONCRETE HOME. 

AWAY WE GO

 

FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW, MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE A SHOP IN CENTRAL AUCKLAND. WE STOCK OUR OWN WARES, ALONG WITH A FEW OF OUR FAV MAKERS. AND ALTHOUGH THE SHOP IS AMAZING, IT IS ALWAYS NICE TO GET A LITTLE BREAK AWAY. SO AT THE START OF LAST WEEK THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE DID. WE PACKED OUR BAGS, WE  JUMPED IN BORIS ( OUR CAR ) AND HEADED TO THE COAST. TAIRUA TO BE EXACT, AND MID WEEK IT WAS THE SLEEPIEST OF TOWNS WITH A SUNNY SKY AND  A HIGH TIDE. JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED, ALTHOUGH IT WENT FAR TOO FAST. BRING ON SUMMER.

 

 

OH BABY.

Today I had the pleasure of throwing one of my nearest & dearest friends her baby shower. Due with her number one in but a few more weeks & looking hot to trot Barb is definitely worth the time and effort. She is one of the most wonderful people who has ever come into my life, One of the most caring and talented people I know. Oh happy days. Love you Babby. And Can’t wait to meet you little pip morton! x

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