Tuesday, April 27, 2010

haberdashery, orca whales and japanese crafty stuff

We have just got back from a lovely long weekend in my home town of Napier, the 'Art-Deco capital of NZ'. We got to have dinner out with a special friend back from Japan at a really nice restaurant, Milk and Honey, did a bit of relaxing reading mums 'Country Living' magazines and even got to go out for coffee and a spot of window shopping without the kids which was a bit of a treat! I spotted this neat sculpture in the main street and just loved it- anything with hearts gets me smiling!
I did buy one thing- this awesome tea towel from the Esther Diamond Range, Dick Frizzell's "Haberdashery". Isn't it crafty cool?!
I have already got one Esther Diamond tea towel- Martin Popplewell's 'Study for Found' which I stapled onto a canvas for our kitchen.
 I am thinking of making a cushion cover with this one though.
And just to top the weekend off- look at what we got to see on Sunday morning down at Ahuriri- a pod of 5 Orca Whales cruising back and forth between the two bays. It was really incredible to see them so close to shore- weren't we lucky!
2 orca's cruising along the shore
it looks really close here!
watching from Perfume Point

And here's a pic of some of the Japanese crafty stuff my friend bought back for me- I just asked her to find me some of that Kozo masking tape but she went a bit crazy and got all this! The envelope template thingee looks pretty cool- hope I can work it out!
Megan x 
PS: there's an awesome giveaway over at Sarah's Cotton Kiwi blog- check it out here... http://cottonkiwi.blogspot.com/2010/04/its-been-year.html


Jennie said...

Looks like you had a brilliant weekend!!
I was thinking a cushion cover for the teatowel too!

And those Japanese crafty things - wow!
Its great to have friends living in cool places!!!x

Emma - Freedom Creative said...

So so so so so jealous of your Japanese craft haul!!! Look at all that wonderfulness. And a little jealous of the orca whale experience. What a fun weekend!

A Life Less Complicated said...

I'm glad you had a nice time away. Love that teatowel - would make a fab cushion cover. Orcas - exciting to see them so close I bet. And yes, I'm also jealous of all your Japanese crafty goodies!

Cotton Kiwi said...

That teatowel is fantastic Megan and how brilliant to see those orcas so close! Thanks for including my giveaway in your post :o)

bee said...

Wow how awesome seeing those Orcas so close!! JEALOUS :) Napier is actually one of the towns on the top of my "must see" list! I just love Deco architecture. I visited NZ a few years ago (but missed Napier) and fell in love with it, I'd go back in a flash!

Bee said...

I love Napier! Hope to visit again sometime soon.
Very jealous of your envelope template. I need one!

Steph said...

What a brilliant time you must have had..the orcas...how special!! And all that Japanese fun...weeeeee:)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a really lovely time away - and a coffee without kids, lucky gal! Loving the heart installation - and that tea towel is fantastic Joanna x

Gaijin Wife said...

only noticed the heart thing downtown this morning - very cool. Have finally finished shopping and now just wondering how will all fit in suitcase! Best get to it - need to pack 36 peice bone china Japanese tea set into box to send - somehow. Perhaps wrapped in half price pumpkin patch clothes for the kids for the next ten years :) Will call tomorrow for final chat.

Gail said...

We have plans to head to Napier this year to visit family. I can't wait to see the sites.... will come back to have a look at the places you mentioned!

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