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Exciting Christmas Already! Karma?


A sewing book, Christmas cracker, macadamia nuts, visit from a special friend, and emailing the winner of the Te Reo Singalong. What an exciting day! Karma? I truly spend far more time on my blog then I should because I really do enjoy telling everyone about all of the wonderful companies out there or somehow helping or inspiring you through our life. I do not make money through all this, but I do gain a whole lot by helping other people who are interested or care about similar values as us. This makes all of the companies I write about special as well because I choose carefully what I want to include and share with you. I was going to list them all here, but I think I might need to make a link to them.  The only ad I have is for Living Foods Lifestyle, simply because I really wanted to make the site easily accessible and shared with all of you, but I only gain from you making purchases through my link to their site. Even then you would be supporting me to buy more raw foods to share recipes with you so there is still a cycle of helping. This is where your comments, pins, tweets, and likes on Facebook really come in. Yes, I am on Twitter now in case you want to follow. Not completely sure of it all, but I will get there. I really do appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my blog, comment, and interact through social media. Days like this make me think about the saying “What goes around comes around :).” Positive karma of course!

NZ sewing
Thank you so much to Penny from Little Housewife. I was so excited to receive Home Sewn in the mail today. I recently bought a Bernette Bernina sewing machine and have lots of projects I hope to make next year. Sewing my own clothes is definitely a goal of mine so I am really thankful to have won this giveaway. I also love that this book profiles 10 leading New Zealand Designers. I am looking forward to hopefully practicing sewing on my new machine over the holidays. Thanks again, Penny! Make sure to check out Penny’s blog and Facebook page about “a blissful childhood of happy memories which she passes on to her children through cooking, baking, crafts, gardening, places to visit, tips and tricks, & their happy home.”

homemade cracker

Then our beautiful Christmas cracker arrived today! Megan from mousehouse made this lovely cracker. Zaedyn had been a bit impatient, sneaking around our living tree to untie the string, and attempting to peak in. I kept retying the strings on, and I think it became a game to him. As you can tell, we will both try to wait patiently until Christmas to open it, however, it is a bit tempting! For those of you who don’t know, this all started with Katie from Mummy Adventures who set up this Christmas cracker swap. After signing up, we received our swap partners who we could then make our handmade crackers for and send off to wherever they live in New Zealand. Do you think you can wait until Christmas to find out what is inside? I will let you know once the cracker has been opened. In the meantime, check out Megan’s blog or Facebook page for “crafty projects, home and garden ideas, fun things for kids to make and do, eco-friendly ideas and home organising tips.”

Now the macadamia nuts I received are not the ones I ordered, but ones given to me just because the topic came up about them. I am so grateful for these even being passed onto me. Now for the hard part. Opening them all up!

Then a very special friend came to visit us. Zaedyn was happy and cheeky as ever running around. Even if this included throwing pegs. It is lovely to have a friend that you get along with and can share all sorts with, talking so much and forgetting how much time has passed.

Oh, and I finally upgraded to a Canon 60D after 6 1/2 years taking heaps of photos with my Canon Rebel XT. I can already see how busy I am going to be next year between sewing my own clothes and sewing in general, making raw foods, and learning about my new camera. Zaedyn loves it already because there is a big screen and he can see the picture I took of the lawnmower. At 19 months, he is pretty clever with all the words he says. At the moment, all we hear about is the lawn mower over and over again. He is very fascinated by them and will repeatedly get excited about them shouting, “LAWN MOWER!”


It has been so busy lately, but I really appreciate everyone who entered the Te Reo Singalong Giveaway. I have emailed the winner. If you did not win, they are definitely books that are worth buying. If you are interested, you can buy directly from the Te Reo Singalong website.

Although the bamboodie sale has ended, there is still time to enter our eco peko giveaway for a 100% organic cotton t-shirt for your child or someone you know. Simply go to the post and comment or add multiple comments to gain extra entries before Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 8:00PM NZ time.

karmaFinally, if you have not heard of Copono, please check out their current campaign. I have more to tell you soon, but in short, Copono is an app to track and rate vegan things in New Zealand. This will make life for Kiwis easier as you can scan barcodes of products to find out if they are vegan or not. 85 Kiwis are already using this app, but with your help they can share it with everyone in Aotearoa. There are 24 days left to reach their goal of $5000. Even a contribution of $10 will help them get closer to reaching their goal. Vegan or not, please consider contributing to this vegan campaign to help Copono assist you in not only buying vegan food, but also finding sustainable and ethical choices. Thanks!

What goes around comes around 🙂

Developing the Negative

black and white

Processed & Mounted Beach Prints

Developing reel, developing tank, roll of film, an opener, scissors, and dark room…check. Anything else? The sense of excitement as well as an overwhelming feeling develops the first time you process your own roll of film. Or at least in my case it did. Photography as an elective at University left me in this dark space about 6 years ago, fiddling around with a roll of film and lots of care as to not damage or ruin all of my efforts. I wouldn’t get a second chance. There was not an undo button as with digital, and this led to mixed emotions. It is actually a bit amusing to look back and think of all of us in the class standing there in the room full of light practicing loading the developing reel over and over again if needed. However, if you think about it, it really is an amazing thing to be able to prepare the film in pure darkness.

Anyways, I managed to successfully prepare my film and move on to processing and printing. The understanding of photography lies in some of these basic concepts learned while developing your own prints. It is absolutely amazing to watch the process of your paper being agitated, allowing for your image to appear and to be analysed and re-analysed for things such as exposure and contrast. I cannot say that I remember everything, but I remember how much I enjoyed the complete process from taking photos all the way to mounting. Okay, I may have been a bit frustrated from time to time at the amount of adjustments and not getting things right, but overall the satisfaction of making my own prints was above all of the time consuming aspects. The more and more I think about the process makes me love photography even more than I already do. I still wish that I knew more, although I know that there is nothing stopping me from finding out and extending upon my experience.

Although the photo above does not portray the quality of the prints, these were some photos I took in Long Beach, Seal Beach, Bolsa Chica, and Huntington Beach, California and processed myself. Love those offshore surfing days from the Santa Ana waves. Amazing how many memories, stories, connections, and emotions evolve from a photo. The photo in the middle on the right with the telescope was taken aboard the Queen Mary, looking back toward Long Beach where I was born. There is just something about this photo that I love. Once we left home, my parents redecorated one of the bedrooms and framed some of these prints for the wall which has made them even more special to me.

I love photography and have spent a lot of time taking photos for fun. However, I do not feel as if I have explored enough with photography and the possibilities that I know are available. I was really looking at gaining a minor in photography at University, but getting engaged while studying abroad and coming back to finish my two years left into one, did not allow me any spare time. I have continued my passion for photography and always seem to carry my camera around for those many moments where I am usually always inclined to take photos. Not just one either. My computer is filled with photos, many being only slightly different to the next, but I can never decide which one I like better. I am really looking forward to hopefully getting a new digital camera as I have had mine for some time now. Remember the Canon Digital Rebel XT? Yip, I am still using one. I am open to recommendations for those of you willing to share your knowledge and personal use with digital SLR cameras. Any photography tips, tricks, and useful information is also welcome. Feel free to share :).