Fuchsia whimsy

I have loved fuchsias ever since I discovered their whimsicality in my Nana’s wonderful North Taranaki garden.  Nothing like them grew in any of the gardens I had known until then.  They danced, they twirled, they flirted their bright, fluffy skirts, and I, I was in heaven!   Cicely Mary Barker  expressed these feelings for me … Continue reading

Photos that I remember!! Girl New Book of World Ballet.

I have carried the memory of these photos for over 40 years, from when I was a little girl at a country primary school in Southland.  They began my love of ballet, with their simplicity and directness.   I had no idea what ballet would be like on stage, and I certainly had no inkling of … Continue reading

Add some dash to your old …

The Otago Museum has been encouraging us to reinvent garments, bags and other accessories as part of its showing of a World of Wearable Art, till October 28 http://www.otagomuseum.govt.nz/off_the_wall_world_of_wearableart_up_clo.html So I thought, why not, with the results that follow. First step, as always, is to check the stash.  I found several bags that could do … Continue reading

Handle + Braid + Linen = Bag

I have been hoarding the braid on this bag for a long time.  It’s so vibrant and delicious, and even though there is quite a lot of it, I didn’t want to use it on just anything. The idea for the bag comes from an old Stitchcraft magazine.  I’ve adapted it to use braid, rather … Continue reading

Easter here and there

Easter in Germany, not even a month after I arrived there in 1979, changed my ideas of Easter for ever.  Being invited, as a rather proper 21 year 0ld, to hunt for eggs in the flat of hosts that I really hardly knew, that was challenging.  Easter eggs in my past had simply appeared on the … Continue reading

Baskets for Easter

Whether you hunt for eggs, or like to have a magnificent display, one of these baskets is for you. Decorating or lining baskets is a very satisfying thing to do.  Baskets are of themselves such gorgeous things, often featuring wonderful natural materials and creating inner spaces and outer shapes that call to something very deep … Continue reading

A pink rose and a place of the heart

The glorious pink rose on top of the stool in the photo (from the page “The essence of Atelier Jeux d’esprit) is a reminder to me of the day I went to visit Basia Zarzycka’s magical shop on Sloane Square in London, which has to be the home of whimsical trifles. I knew from an article … Continue reading