...since I last posted. I got carried away with life and now that Spring has sprung we'd much rather be outside trying to do something with our vast garden. Being a Brit I'm used to gardens the size of postage stamps so to be faced with a quarter of an acre is a wee bit daunting ( Kiwis will laugh at that - a quarter of an acre? Pah! A piece of cake!). We have, however made a start on growing some veggies. Mr Tread Softly did a grand job of building three large raised beds. We're hoping to feed my folks home produce when they arrive for a visit in December.
We also planted a couple of olive trees at the side of the deck. We have a friend who has an olive farm so are hoping for a few pointers from her.
My knowledge of Maori culture is pretty poor so a friend has decided to instruct me! We started this week with learning how to weave flax flowers. Women still do this today and create the most wonderful bags, decorations and small garments.
She began by softening the flax (picked in the garden) by running the sharp scissor edge up and down the split leaf.
The flax is woven using a simple under and over technique with quarter turns.
After sometime, she ended up with a beautiful twisted flowers. You can see the flax bush in the background.
A couple of weeks ago I started work on building myself a website. Since then work has taken over - it's just one of those times when there's a lot going on that needs my attention. It's meant that there hasn't been time for crafting and I'm beginning to get withdrawal symptoms! Am looking forward to getting back to the website and a bit of sewing next week.
The Daffodil Fair was a huge success I am happy to say. I'm sorting through all the up and coming fairs and will choose another 2 or 3 to sell at. In the meantime, here's a couple of shots of my stall from two weeks ago.
Anyway guys, the garden beckons. Until next time...