3.20.2011

Greetings from New Zealand!

Good evening friends! It's morning where you are, super early, but it's 10:45 pm here so I'm just getting ready for bed. Crazy, eh? I still have a hard time trying to remember what time it is for y'all and keeping track of my days. I hit a local scrapbook store here to check out the trends here. The lady working there was very friendly and told me they get most of their supplies from Australia and the States. They had a lot of items that were familiar to me but a few that were fun and new. However, the problem here is? EVERYTHING IS SO EXPENSIVE. Bottle of Stickles? $15. Stamp sets? $43. Yikes! It's like that with everything here. Went to the grocery store for Coke. 30 cans? $25. Enough about cost of living. I managed to pick up a few unique New Zealand items like this stamp. I thought it would be fun to have. It was between this and the kiwi bird :)

Even though things are expensive here, it seems as though people have their priorities in line here. People work hard, but play harder. It's all about enjoying life, finding meaning in the little things and taking it easy. Stress doesn't seem to be a huge factor, and it's not about the size of the house you have, it's about what you do with your time. I love that attitude and I hope I can take some of that philosophy home with me. Not to mention, the beauty of this land is just ridiculous. And they take care of their land and don't trash it. LOVE that. Overall, it's been a great experience for me. I'm exploring some seriously beautiful country, experiencing a different culture, spending more time with my daughter and no tv.

More on NZ later, hope you enjoy my card and hope you have a great day! Goodnight! ;)

3.19.2011

Abby's First Blogoversary Hop!

Hello friends! Abby has invited me to be a part of her one year anniversary of blogging. How fun! She has challenged us with creating a project using one of her favorite scrappin brands. One just so happens to be one of MY personal faves: Market Street Stamps! Whoo hoo! Since I don't have a Cricut over here in New Zealand, I am definitely challenged to work a little more with my Promarkers, but that's a good challenge. Hope you enjoy my lil card today. Be sure to hop over to Abby's blog and leave a comment when you're done hopping because she is giving away a boat load of awesome prizes!

Recipe:
Market Street Stamps
Papertrey Ink, Stampin Up card stock
Cowgirl Up paper stack
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Promarkers
twine

Next stop along the hop is Miss Alma! Have fun hopping friends.

3.18.2011

PKS Let's Face It Friday Challenge: Flower Power!

Hola friends! This is my first crafty blog post since I've arrived in New Zealand. Now that we are settled a bit, I hope to set up my little craft space at the dining room table. I was able to pack a 12x12 storage container full of craft goodies to play with (which isn't very much) so I'll have to get creative! I did find a local scrapbook store here so maybe I will see if I can borrow their Cricut sometime ;)

I created this project before I left and had so much fun with it for this week's Let's Face It Friday Challenge. I created accordion flowers and stamped Peachy Keen faces on them. Then, I used a shadow box to display them in with a photo of my daughter (taken with my Holga camera). The cloud paper is from Erin Lee Creative My Favorite Things stack. Hope you enjoy! And while you are at, hope you can create your own project for this challenge. Have a great weekend bloggies!

3.15.2011

Ocean Beach, Hawkes Bay, NZ

Today, we ventured out to Ocean Beach. I thought we were NEVER going to get there! Not that I was complaining with windy roads with breathtaking views like this:

And road blocks like this:
Yes, this is a herd of sheep! So funny. We were stopped and then realized there was a herd of sheep coming through. Basically, these animals rule the road because you don't go anywhere when they are coming through! Once we got there, it was quickly realized what a well kept amazing secret Ocean Beach is. There were hardly any people there at all and it was just gorgeous. Such a great day!



3.13.2011

Hiking with a Toddler

Wow. That is almost all I can say right now. It's 10:30 pm on Sunday night, and we just returned about an hour ago from Cape Kidnappers. I am so beyond exhausted but I wanted to post because I didn't want to forget what I saw today. First of all, I've basically decided: if I can hike with a toddler on my back up to the top of Cape Kidnappers, I can do *just* about anything. My little 3 year old is a TROOPER. I am so proud of her. She is experiencing all these wonderful things she probably won't remember but she is growing and learning so much everyday. I'll leave the rest of my words through pictures I captured today.


3.12.2011

How's It Going, Mate?

Hello from New Zealand people! I made it! What a long 3 days. It is 9 pm on Saturday here in New Zealand, crazy huh? So while you all are probably sleeping, here I am blogging :) Unfortunately, I wasn't able to bring my entire craft room with me so there will be very limited craft-related posts on my blog for the next 9 weeks. I hope my pictures and adventures in New Zealand will be okay for a while as my explorations will take over my blog for a while. I am taking pictures like crazy. I don't want to bombard you, so I'll just do a small sampling for now. I did break out my Holga camera tonight so I hope to get those processed in the next few days.

I really don't have jet lag too bad. We got in yesterday afternoon, and I immediately tackled the grocery store. A few things to point out: NEVER take the price of groceries in the States for granted! For example, one regular package of "streaky" (not really even sure what that means) bacon is $13 here!  Meat is not common - seafood is king! So insane. Produce is huge here. There are fruit farms everywhere and you can just drive in and pick your own fruit, pay and go. There is no Dr. Pepper here. Also, here's another MAJOR problem for me: no coffee makers! They do instant coffee here (and NO Coffeemate creamer). However, since I'm in wine country, this shouldn't be a problem. HAHA!

The scenery here is to die for. Here are a few pictures of our adventures today. We went to Te Mata Peak, the highest point in North New Zealand. It was absolutely breathtaking. People seem to have it right here: they walk, bike, explore, relax. They are polite. Everything seems so easy going, stress free.

View from our apartment on the ocean in Hawke's Bay

Best road name EVER! 

Te Mata Peak

More Te Mata Peak

Sheep!

Pretty flowers in Hastings square

Pacific Ocean in Clive

3.04.2011

Pink By Design Team Friday: Gift Project

Hello, good morning and happy Friday! I have had a great week. I put together this *quick* and *easy* project for an Easter goodie basket. It's a little tin from the Target dollar section, ribbon, a paper accordion flower, some twine and a tag with a Pink By Design stamp on it! Oh, and some tasty goodies. I hope you enjoy!

Peachy Keen Stamps Let's Face It Friday: Sew Sweet!

It's Friday - which means it's time for another fun Let's Face It Friday! This week, the challenge is sew sweet, and boy was it a challenge! But a good challenge. I broke out my sewing machine and I always *love* the results of the sewing machine on cards. I sometimes cheat and do the faux stitching with the white gelly roll pen, but sewing is so nice! Here is my Happy Easter card. Be sure to hop on over to the PKS Challenge Blog to enter your project.
Recipe:
Peachy Keen Stamps Happy Lashes Face Assortment
Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge
Market Street Stamps Vintage Wallpaper background stamp
Papertrey Ink card stock
Pink By Design sentiment stamp

3.01.2011

Music Mondays Challenge (on Tuesday)

Eeeeeep! I'm so sorry y'all. I am a day late (and a few brain cells short) on posting my Music Monday take. I am in crazy chaos mode getting ready for New Zealand. We leave in one week and I feel like there is so much to do. Anyway...moving on.

This week, Angelica chose Dream On by Aerosmith. Who doesn't love a good Aerosmith song? The challenge is to create a project based on a dream you have for yourself. A dream of mine since I was a little girl was to live a creative life. I knew I wanted to do something to foster my creativity. I loved art, crafts and being creative. This card (with a tag twist) definitely expresses a dream of mine, to create beauty. The paper is from my own line, My Favorite Things. Definitely a dream accomplished! Thanks for checking out my Music Monday project and be sure to head over to Angelica's blog to link up your "dream" project!