Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New Look


As you can see I have updated my blog :) I thought I should make it more personalized to me, something that reflects what I like, and just a little peek into my personality :)

So now its bright, and colourful and vintage and way more super cool!
Also I wanted it to be more of an example of the type of Graphic design that I am really enjoying doing at the moment, and I wanted to share with you my work :)

Hope you all like it :)
xx




Sunday, September 25, 2011

Some design



Well it was my Mums birthday on Friday, and i made her a card (like i do every year) She loves gardening, so i decided to make it a retro/vintage Garden theme, i think it turned out pretty good, here are some pics;




So it's a very wet Sunday here today, and cold, so dont' feel like doing much..but me and hubby are going out soon to have a look at some more houses with my parents..fun fun! :)

Oh and Go the All Blacks, well done last night!! woohoo :)
xx




Thursday, September 22, 2011

What I've been up to


Well this week is almost over, and I feel like a I have done quite a few productive things :)
Work has been very busy, and I have been able to quite a bit of design YAY!
But I thought I share with you what i created - not the finished logo, but the Wooden Wagon a created from scratch. Normally I would try and source one, so I dont have to make it, but that proved alot harder than i thought, so i made one myself :) And I am pretty proud of it, it took a few hours, but i'm so glad i did it, i learnt quite a bit aswell :)

Here is my Wagon (doesn't look like much, but creating vector images is quite time consuming);



So yeah, that's my achievement of the week :)

My plants are growing so fast now, my tulips are popping up all over the place, even where i didn't think i put them! lol. And my spinach is ready to eat, my Nasturtium is huge! And my daffodils are beautiful, one of them even have three flowers to one stem! it's super!

Well it's my Mum's birthday tomorrow, so i better go make her a card, like I do every year :) Something special just for her :) Off designing i go...hi ho hi ho..

xx




Friday, September 16, 2011

Holidays


I am home now from my short trip to Christchurch with my Mother and Sister, was a lovely few days away from Hamilton. Stayed with my Gran in her retirement villa, was great to be able to spend so much time with her. We saw other family and some of the damage in town and in the residential areas, was so devastating seeing so many homes destroyed and all the empty sections :(

But it was so great being in a different town, I think that somehow the air is different, and you always feel so refreshed once home. But you could never get away from the damage the earthquake had made, the people are still afraid and waiting for more earthquakes, people are staying away from malls etc.. Even my cousins who love to shop, will not go into the larger malls that have had substantial damage, which are now open again.

Here are some pictures;

i love planes :)

Damage in the city centre

A damaged church

Me in Grans walker :P

beautiful clouds


Well anyway, today was the day my childhood home sold...today is a sad day, no celebrating here, just sad feeling and mourning, it had to be sold, and now it has. I just thank God that they were able to do it so fast and get the price they needed. Now we just have the task of finding another 'home' not another 'house', there is a very very big difference between them, you want to be able to make a place your home, your base, and a lot of the houses we have been through have been houses, it is very hard to be able to see them as your home. Hopefully we find the right property for the right price :)

Anyhoo..The All Blacks just won against Japan in the Rugby world cup, the game was here in my hometown Hamilton :) it will be very busy heading home from my parents (we live in town) this will be quite busy..hmm..

Well I'm off to take my husband home to sleep, and I think I might get some shut eye too :)
Night all.
xx




Thursday, September 8, 2011

More flowers and moving on with Life


More of my flowers have been blooming, my Nasturtium has quite a few flowers now, I bought a Red/black velvet one instead of the usual orange flowers you normally get. Check it out, its pretty cool;

My Red/Black Velvet Nasturtium Flower :D

Anyhoo..This week is almost over, it seems like it has gone real fast! My Sister (Anna) is down from Auckland on her semester break from University (YAY!) So we spent the weekend Celebrating Fathers day, and then on Monday i died her hair Blue Black (I am yet to see the result in daylight, but I'm sure its wicked). So yeah I'm pretty excited she is home for now, i love having her back :)

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Well, on other news, my Parents have put our Family home on the market :( Hopefully selling it in Auction by the end of this month. It's such a weird feeling having the home you lived in your whole life (except 5 months in America) Go for sale. It just seems unnatural, that when you are young, you think it will be there forever, that you will always be able to go back, your parents will still be there doing their thing. (Mum in the Garden and Dad in the Garage making puzzles...) I know we all have to move on with our lives, make new chapters. But i think you never really prepare yourself for that change. Me - I hate change (and i don't use the word hate lightly - I really do find it very hard). For me life would be so happy for everything and everyone to just stay where they are, where i can find them, for memories to stay safe where they were made. 

For me, i find it hard to remember parts of my childhood, it feels like someone has stolen parts of my memories while i sleep, i have to go deep in my mind to find them, but its so much easier being able to go home to my parents and recapture them. But we do need to learn to except change, to be able to find our own ways to remember and to not forget. I think the hardest part of this is that I'm not sure what effect this is going to have, on all of us; My Parents, my Brother and Sister and me..we will no longer have a base for us to gather. My parents are going to be moving overseas, to do mission work in Myanmar (Burma), I'm not sure for how long. But they will definitely not be in driving distance anymore, which I think will be the hardest part for all of us. My Brother and I moved out of home a long time ago, but my little sister has only been away for a year and still comes home in the holidays - this home is still her base - her real Home.

I'm still not sure how i feel, this is something that is always on my mind, I'm trying to sort out my feelings (will i be ok?) I'm sure i will, this happens to everyone, we have just not been the moving type of Family. My husband can't understand my emotional attachment to my Childhood home, i understand why, as he moved around a lot as a child. So he does not get 'emotionally attached' to homes, or places. Life goes on..it always changes, we just have to learn to go with it.

So, i watch and wait to see if it sells, then it's gone. My Parents will buy a new home, and leave..but we are all grown up now. Why does it feel like we are little children again - losing everything?
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My Sister and myself are going with mum to Christchurch on Sunday, to visit my Gran (who is sick) and i think to just generally catch up with family, it has been about 3 years since i have been down south to visit them. I'm quite excited, to have a break, and to go on a plane (they always excite me) and to spend some time with my Mum (who will be leaving again for Myanmar by the end of this month).

So, life changes and moves all around us, everyday..i think my challenge for this year is to better prepare myself for change, for sadness (for me the loss of the base..), and the departing of my Parents, but I'm and adult now, I'm married, I will have my own family one day, and my children might feel the same way i do..so i need to learn to deal with it, So i can one day, prepare them, for the day we move on with our lives..


Sorry for the long post today, it has been weighing on my heart..

NB: I'm sick at the mo, with a bit of a nasty infection - making me feel yuck, the cramps are the worst, I suppose it keeps my mind of my shoulders, but never-the-less it sucks :(

xx






Friday, September 2, 2011


Well it is officially Spring here in New Zealand, the blossom trees are blossoming and the daffodils are flowering! I love this time of year, its still a bit cold, but the days get warmer, the sun is getting hotter, and there is new life everywhere :) From Lambs to flower buds, i love it!

Here is a few pictures of my Daffodils, they are so lovely, every year i wait for them so bloom, patiently, its so worth it :)



So that's so lovely to look at every morning when i go to work, next to grow is my Tulips, which are taking their time i must say! :) I love having a garden to tend to, its so much fun.

Well hubby has been hard at work all week, working 8-4:30pm ever day, I'm so proud of him for getting this apprenticeship, and for trying so hard at work., I just hope and pray that they want to keep him on after his 90 day trial, I'm sure they will, but even so, i will be praying :)

And Yay its Friday today, just having my afternoon tea coffee break, then back to the final hours of today. Work has been really lovely lately, lots of interesting people coming in and sparking up cool conversations, it always makes my day when someone has an old story to tell..ahh stories..like fairy tails, but real..

Back to work i go :) (Hi ho)
xx



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