New additions to our flock

We’ve had one of our hens, Frex, sitting on 10 multi-coloured eggs for the past three weeks and yesterday nine of them hatched into the cutest mixed-bag of chicks! I have to keep going out every half-hour to have another look at them… Aren’t they just adorable!
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The eggs came from one of our two flocks (known as the ‘Gate Chooks’ because they live hear our front gate). The Gate Chooks’ rooster is a very handsome Lavender Araucana-Black Orpington cross called Cuckoo, and his six hens are also araucana-crosses of various descriptions. Most of these hens lay blue and green eggs, but there are a couple of peachy-fawn egg-layers too. We’re very curious to see how the genes sort themselves out in the chicks.

Frex is such a great mummy hen. Fiercely protective of her chicks, she’s in a constant state of puffed-up-ness so all her chicks can snuggle underneath her (she’s actually a very petite little bantam hen), and she purrs to them in the most endearing way.
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There are three black chicks (with very cute yellow under-bottoms); one charcoal; one all-over pale yellow; one gold with a dot on its head; one gold with polka dots all over its head; one all-over stripy; and one boofer fat headed one that has a bold mohawk stripe down its head and back, and at one point yesterday was dangling off ‘his’ mother’s ear by his beak! We’re hoping they’re all girls because we don’t need anymore roosters, but I have a funny feeling out this Boofer Mohawk guy…

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Giveaway!

I’m helping my talented friend Josie Skipper, of Love Ideas Ink, celebrate the first birthday of her beautiful, sweet, papery business, with a special giveaway of my products.

Click here to go to the page where you can ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

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Seeing as Love Ideas Ink is all about the joy of paper (plus paper is the gift for first anniversaries), I decided to put together a prize pack made up of some of my own paper goodies. Here’s what you could win:
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A pack of my Kimono Paper Craft.
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Two packs of Kimono Paper Tape (one in the ‘hot‘ colours, and one ‘cool‘).
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All three of my matryoshka postcards.
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And my three vintage kimono postcards.

GOOD LUCK!!!
And have a great weekend!
Lucy xxxxx

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Vietnam blue

A collection of blue photos from my trip to Vietnam earlier this year.
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Lanterns in Hoi An and Spring blossom in the northern mountains.
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A kite flying high over the Mekong; an old man sitting on a bridge in the imperial city of Hue; a broken pottery wall in Hue; and more lanterns in Hoi An (surely the unofficial lantern capital of the world!).
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Boats on the Mekong (a home, a floating banana stall and water taxis); An Bang Beach near Hoi An; seating and bowls at a street cafe in Hanoi; the Turtle Temple in the centre of Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem lake.

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At the Titirangi Village Market

On Sunday I had my first ever stall at the Titirangi Village Market. It was a great day: good turn out, beautiful Spring weather… I enjoyed myself!
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Above is a box of matryoshka cushions and sock toys ready to be unpacked. Sock Donkey, Sock Horse and Sock Zebra are display examples for my new Sock Horse and Friends kit. I will have them available from my Etsy store shortly!
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A shoe box of mini matryoshkas and matryoshka keyrings ready to be unpacked.

This Sunday I’ll have my regular stall at the Devonport Craft Market.

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Changing skies

We’ve been having some particularly magical sunsets this past week. Not to mention early morning mists! I never take for granted how blessed we are to live with such an expansive view.
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Can you see our glimpse of sea caught between the hills in these last three photos? The sea changes colour so many times a day, from silver to deepest blue, from pale turquoise to sage green. Sometimes it has bands of rain moving across it or a smudge of rainbow, and in Summer the sun sets directly into it.
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What nature are you enjoying right now? What does the sky look like where you live?

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Collection: scissors

I love my little collection of traditional Chinese-style scissors. Each one tells it’s own story.
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The cane-handled pair belonged to a friend’s mother who died suddenly. The mother had been a hoarder her whole life and I helped my friend sort through her belongings, giving many things away to charity and selling others at a garage sale. I never met my friend’s mother, but I think of her every time I use these scissors. The silver ones with the engraved bird come from Wah Lee, one of my favourite shops here in Auckland. It’s an old-school treasure trove of a shop, piled high with all sorts of curious and enticing things.
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I bought both the pairs of mint handled scissors (small in the top photo, big below) when I was in Vietnam. I’d become irrationally obsessed by a similar, very well-worn old pair I’d seen belonging to a shopkeeper. I even fantasized about offering to swap her scissors for my Swiss Army knife, I’d fallen so hopelessly in love with them! Fortunately soon afterwards I found my own pair in a market in Hanoi.
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I can’t make out what is engraved on the handle – even whether it is letters or some kind of symbol or logo. What do you think?
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I love the handcrafted feel of each of these pairs of scissors. They have beautifully sharp and efficient blades too.

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Avondale Market

Yesterday I went to the weekly Avondale sunday market, here in west Auckland. It’s a mixture of bric-a-brac and fresh produce.
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The produce area of the market is huge and packed with all sorts of gorgeous ingredients: organic homegrown kafir limes, fresh tofu, all manner of dried goods, mangosteens, juicy spring onions, and chubby ginger roots from Fiji.
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How cool are these carrot carvings? So clever. I love the old fisherman with the fish he’s just caught.
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On my desk

The items on my desk seem to breed all by themselves. Or, in the case of pens, rulers or scissors, they just up sticks and wander off under their own steam. Do you have that problem too? Here are just some of the many collections of things that crowd my desk.
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I use old blue-and-white mugs and tea cups to hold my pens.
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Some of my ever-expanding collections of magazines. I freely admit it, I’m a magazine addict!
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A small plateful of odds and ends. A fragment of sea-worn tile I found on a beach in Vietnam. A paisley printing block from India. A giraffe that belonged to my grandfather (along with seahorses, they were his favourite animal). A sage green zelij tile from Morocco, and some macadamia nuts from our garden.
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My collection of Sibella Court books (I find them endlessly inspiring) and two of my most recent Lonely Planet guidebooks.
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A couple of carved ink stamps I had made in Vietnam. One says ‘air mail’ and the other has my address (if you’ve ever ordered something from my Etsy store you might recognise them!).
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A stack of Toast catalogues. Another perpetual source of inspiration for me. I’m still coming to terms with the fact that Toast now no longer send their catalogues overseas!

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Feet photos: markets in Vietnam and Cambodia

Continuing on with my habit of photographing my feet
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Beautiful fresh ingredients in Hanoi and Phnom Penh. Hill Tribe embroidery and bolts of bright cloth in Bac Ha market, North Vietnam. Lucky red envelopes and wooden shoes in Hanoi.

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Kimono Paper Craft kits

My Kimono Paper Craft kits (available through my Etsy store) have recently had a makeover!
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Do you remember the gift wrapping post I did a while ago? That was for the booklet that comes with the kit.
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You see, you still get the same gorgeous 56 different vintage kimono patterns to cut up and craft with, and the same template sheets, but the inspiration booklet that comes with the kit is all new and improved!
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You might remember me blogging about my ‘You make me happy…’ illustration a while back (here and here)? That was to give an example of the kind of project you could do with kimono paper lettering.
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Then there’s the girl lying in a meadow of flowers as an example of free-form kimono paper illustration.
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Don’t you just love kimono patterns? So beautiful!
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The kit can be used for so many different projects! Like mini bunting flags and cupcake decorations
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My lovely blog friend, Sian (of Beetlebirdhare), created a beautiful illustration of her blog’s name out of Kimono Paper Craft. I always love seeing the wonderful things people create with my kits! Thanks for sharing, Sian.

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