Archive for February, 2008

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By Keri Smith. Believe it.

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I haven’t done one for a while. This is D’s Grandmother looking very glam. She was a beautician with a soft spot for bad boys. She changed her name by deed poll to be the same as D’s grandfather because he was already married and couldn’t/wouldn’t get a divorce. She was a real Jewish Princess, he was a bad gentile boy, they moved around a lot…

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Life changes

I’m very excited to share with you that I’ve made a big decision. I’ll be taking the next 6 months off business to write!

This means you should be seeing a lot more of me and hopefully more poetry. Luckily I still have lots of craft and vintage items to photograph and tease you with!

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This sweet little doll wants to come and play at your house! She’s about a foot high and very soft n cuddly.
Now all you have to do is leave a comment here before the end of March. I’ll draw a name out of a hat and post her off to the winner. Don’t be shy I’ll send anywhere in the world. She is made from some of the fabric Melissa gave me before she left She also has vintage trim and new felt. Her face is hand embroidered. I made her before Christmas but now she is ready to leave home 🙂

Edit: It seems some people are having problems leaving comments, you can also email me: Helen at Cybercorp dot co dot nz

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Sisyphus & Housework

I feel a poem coming on. I’m sure heaps of you will have heard of Sisyphus. As a feminist I’m kinda torn. Yes women’s work needs to be valued but some days I just am so totally over it!

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Important facts revealed

A study conducted by UCLA’s Department of Psychiatry has revealed that the kind of face a woman finds attractive on a man can differ depending on where she is in her menstrual cycle.

For example: If she is ovulating, she is attracted to men with rugged and masculine features. However, if she is menstruating, or menopausal, she tends to be more attracted to a man with duct tape over his mouth and a spear lodged in his chest while he is on fire.

No further studies are expected

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Flu, flew to you.

I’ve got the flu, so this is just a little post as I’m even more spacey than usual. 🙂
Little Gem Shelly is doing such a cute give-away at the moment, you have to go and check it out before it flies away. Shelly pays such attention to detail she puts me to shame.

I’ll be doing a giveaway shortly as well so keep your eyes peeled and bring on the comments!

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Fridge Magnet Oracle

As of Wednesday this is our kitchen:

Behind the fridge we found 3 Blind dead mice and a pile of magnetic poetry words. As I bent down to sweep up the mice I found the word “Bite”. Not any more mate! I love finding oracles in the everyday, the magnetic poetry has alway been a good source, especially the ones that fall off the fridge. When ever I find a rogue piece it usually has a very appropriate comment to make about the day. My other favourites are magpies. Have you heard of the saying “1 for sorrow, 2 for joy, 3 for a letter, 4 for a boy, 5 for a wish, 6 for a kiss, 7 for a secret never to be told.” ?

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Well I hope my lack of posts has left you hungry for more! Finally I’m back from our fantastic holiday in Totaranui, Golden Bay, otherwise know as heaven-on-earth. I am very Zen now, which is lucky as I almost had a total meltdown before Christmas. Driving through the Mt Vic tunnel with my kids the Friday before Christmas (on my way to make a delivery) and my son says “Is this tunnel ever going to end?” I suddenly felt a panic attack coming on “Oh my god! It’s never going to end!” Of course the tunnel came to an end and we drove out into the sunshine, me breathing deeply and the kids oblivious to my existential crisis. Okay, I’m a poet and I love a good metaphor but this is a true story, promise :).
Anyway the tunnel and last year are both over, along with the stress. The kids are both at school now, S had her first full day on Thursday and is very happy. C is glad to be back with his mates, although he did say he wanted to live at Totaranui forever in a tent and work as a DOC ranger. I’m glad to be back in my shed. Poor D is back on the train to work everyday but happy to be geeking out.

We stayed a few days with D’s mother in Motueka, I must be the only woman I know who loves her MIL as much as I do. The Motueka thrifting was great, I picked up a huge stash of old sewing patterns, a shoe last and a Gem Iron. Bliss!!

I have a few photos but spent most of my time just doing, which was liberating. I took my surfcaster but caught no fish. D waded out to his neck at low tide and got us a feed of green-lipped mussels, which I turned into camp Paella, yum! We are all tanned and calm, which is just as well as I came back to 300 emails, gulp! One of the great things about camping is that you realise how little you really need to be happy. Another great thing is slowing down, boiling water for a cuppa with the old-school thermette is very Zen :).

Okay, so coming up next I have Craftstock, a little private affair for attendees of the Webstock convention, thanks Sue!
Craft 2.0 Easter Show, Out in the Square and the Petone Fair. Also cranking up is the Craft Hub at Pataka Porirua (more to come on that). So much for slowing down ;). Thanks for reading.

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