Summer fun

The girls and I spent ages today watching a cicada stuck in an Orb Web spider’s web. We had arrived home from a lunch at Nana and Papa’s, just in time to see this HUGE cicada fly into the web. A large yellow spider then ran out and we watched over the next couple of hours as he wrapped and then winched this big bundle (twice his size!) 60cm up to a branch, before settling down to have a meal!

Now, as you all know, I do not like spiders!! (for obvious reasons) But i was fascinated watching this little guy at work. He was so careful, diligent, creative and determined! All things i could definately use more of! I could really appreciate the beauty of this ugly, scary little creature!

It is the height of Summer here. Full of cicada noise, beaches, icecreams, freshly mowen lawns, sprinkler rain, togs, sunscreen, slip’n’slides… all the wonderful sights, sounds, smells of summer. I love the brightness of it all.

Despite all this, I have been thinking about my girls’ winter wardrobe! I have been so inspired by the beauty and creativity that is out there. I have fallen in love with the romance of the dresses at portabellopixie . Such amazing designs and craftmanship. Beebeemod has the cutest little onesies. TinyHappy , A new Zealand designer, makes the cutest little clothes. I love her wrap-dress tutorial. I’d have to have a baby girl though!!!

I found a very cute little skirt pattern at the Sallies the other day (.50c!) Uncut! I also raided my Mum’s stash of vintage patterns. I don’t think I am quite up to making my own patterns yet! Now, if only i had the time…!

A good friend of ours has also commissioned some fingerless gloves (black with red racing stripes!). He has just moved to Invacargill and is freezing already, so, i need to get these done as quickly as possible!


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    Shabby in the City said,

    This blog has it all! I love the picture of your little boy and the water! I’m saving you to favorites…

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    Rach said,

    What inspirational clothes….so funky….problemis, they’re over the top and if ALL my kids had something even half-as-funky, we’d look like a circus act out for a walk! LOVE LOVE LOVE them though!
    Especially the first one.

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    Jess said,

    Shabby in the city – Thankyou for your kind words! I loved your site too. So many wonderful things on it.

    Rach- i know what you mean. I was thinking though, you could piece the items with plain ones. Dress over jeans, pants with plain top!

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    kate5kiwis said,

    that drinking-water-from-the-fountain is one of the best photos i’ve ever seen.
    it’s beeee-autiful jess!!!!!!!

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    Beebee Mod said,

    Thanks so much for noting my onesies! And my blog! I wish I was in New Zealand right now playing in the water! It’s cold here! Visit me again!

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