We went to New Plymouth to visit friends last weekend. The kids had both had sleep over on Thursday night so I thought they would sleep most of the the way, but Nicola only slept for about 20 minutes & Daniel read his book the whole way! We stopped in Te Kuiti for a stretch & Nicola saw Popa & Uncle Gary sitting on a bench having a stretch too. I can't believe she spotted them, it's not like we knew they would be there. They were on their way back from a motorcycle tour of the South Island. New Plymouth was cool, literally, much colder than Auckland. I felt bad I hadn't packed warmer clothes for the kids but they didn't seem to mind. We went up the mountain, looked at the lake, went to the local scrapbooking shop Jackies, went to the Light Festival in Pukekura Park, had dinner on the shore under the wind wand, went to Brooklands Zoo for lunch (it's free!!!), & lazed around. The kids loved rowing the boats in the lake at Pukekura Park with Uncle Peter while we waited for it to get dark, they even wanted to go out again later. The Lights were cool! The kids loved it, especially the way daddy shoe laces glowed in the black lights area (more pics on Scott's blog). Of course I had to go to the local scrapbooking shop & I even found things I NEEDED to buy, hehe. I got some paper & some alcohol ink mixatives (pearl & copper) which Crafty Tart is out of stock. The 'boys' (Scott & Pete) got rather involved with attempting to modify some 'Nerf' guns to remove the child safe parts & make them super-charged, then they spent the rest of the weekend target practising on flies! It was really good to catch up with Peter, Shona & the girls again.
We came hone on Sunday night (again the children didn't sleep for the 5 hour trip) We went to Miranda Hot Springs with Evan, Hanne, Gran & Grandad. They have done up the pools since the last time we have been there & it is quiet nice. Nicola learnt to swim without her floaties while we were there! We are so proud of her. She loves her Uncle Evan & spent the whole time with him, it was so cute.
Unfortunately I had to go back to work on Wednesday, but Scott was a home with the kids. He has started repainting the house, it's very exciting! It looks so nice. I don't know who names the colours the windows are 'Self Destruct', weatherboards ' half Norsewood', & door is 'Terrible Billy', lol!!!!
Evan & Hanne have gone back to Denmark on Thursday, Scott & the kids went to see them off at the airport while I was at work. It was really good seeing them again & we shall miss them.
In between all of this I got a few LO's done, sewed 3 kids handbags & made 1 for me.
This is a metal vanity case I bought ages ago thinking it would make a nice evening handbag, big enough for lipstick, money, cellphone, sunnies, etc, but not all the junk I normally carry around. I put Basic Grey & Kaiser rubons on it, then Kaiser & Zva Creative bling, black kindyglitz, satin & other ribbons. I Dimensional Magic the whole thing so that the rubons wouldn't rub off & so that things wouldn't stink to the sticky bits between the bling. I wrapped the metal handle with satin ribbon & tied bows at each end. I think it's cool, although a bit difficult to open in hurry.Nicola loves her soft toy animals, but not cats & dogs like other kids, she likes tigers, cheetahs, lions, giraffe, elephants, etc. I wanted to get her one of those animals in a bag for Christmas, but it wasn't quiet her thing so I set out to make her something. I could also see that a hand held bag would get put sown & lost so thought a satchel type bag would be better. This is what I came up with. I had to make one for her best friend also cos they are 'twins'. She is very happy with it & now one of her friends comes with us everywhere. i made another 1 as well thinking I would have them done in time for Xmas & sell it, what do u think?I finally used some of that lovely Bo Bunny paper I bought awhile ago, I love it!