Sunday, 30 January 2011

30 Before 30 - #8 Watch Labyrinth

Today I spent a lovely afternoon doing number eight on my 30 Before 30 list - watching Labyrinth. I was in two minds about whether or not I'd enjoy this film because I usually dislike movies that were made years ago because they seem dated, but I love the illustration work of Brian Froud (especially in his Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Books). It had also been really hyped up as a classic that I 'had to watch' so it had a lot to live up to.

Now that I have seen it I can see why everyone hyped it up and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would! My favourite character was definitely Ludo (who, did you know, was voiced by Ron Mueck?), and Jennifer Connelly did a great job of playing Sarah at such a young age. The styling of the ball scene was amazing and Jennifer Connelly looked stunning, even if David Bowie was a bit creepy. It also made me really appreciate and think about the craftsmanship and ingenuity behind older movies. The puppets may not have looked as amazing as today's CG graphics, but it's hard to comprehend how much work must have gone in to them all.

Starting off small and easy! One down, twenty-nine to go.
See my original 30 Before 30 post here
See all 30 Before 30 posts here

Monday, 24 January 2011

Recent makings

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Here's a couple of wee family projects I've finished over the last month.

On the left is the Glass Calendar I made for my Mum for Christmas (she's a glass artist).

On the right are wedding invitations I made for my Dad and his wife to be. I pretty much had free reign over what to do for them and all they told me was that their colours would be silver and lavender. Whenever I make wedding stationery for people I think 'this is so nice, I could do this for a living', but by the end of it I'm glad I only do it once in a blue moon!

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Now in store

I've just packaged up a range of my Japanese inspired jewellery and cuff links for Vast Interior in Wellington, so they'll be available in store very soon. Vast specialise in hand-crafted quality timber furniture and inspired cultural designs for the home and their store looks very cool.

Vast Interior  The Woolstore Design Centre, 262 Thorndon Quay, Wellington 6011, Phone 04 894.2184

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Crafty Christmas/Birthday Goodies

How lucky am I to have received all these goodies as either Christmas or birthday gifts!? Ok, some of them I treated myself to... but that still counts, he he.

1. Glory Necklace, beautiful, but sadly from the In My Neck of The Woods closing down sale.
2. Lovely ceramic fantail made in Nelson.
3. 2011 Frankie Diary, so pretty I don't want to write in it...
4. Craft Inc., by Meg Mateo Ilasco.
5. 'If you gotta problem, yo I'll solve it' and 'Imagination Machine' pencils by Emma Makes.
6. Frankie issue 39.
7. Spaces by Frankie (can you tell I love Frankie, ha ha!)
8. The Art and Craft of Making Jewellery by Joanna Gollberg.

Thanks to my lovely friends and family who either knew me so well to pick out such awesome gifts, or just gave me some money to go shopping - you're the best! *mwah*

Friday, 7 January 2011

30 Before 30

I've been tossing up in my mind whether or not I should do this for quite a while.... and with just under two years until I turn thirty, I guess it's now or never... Some are small, easily achievable things, others aren't so straight forward, but I've tried to make them all feasible. 

30 things, 717 days, so that's one every 24 days or so, sounds achievable right?

In no particular order, before I turn 30 I will:
  1. Take, or have flights booked for an overseas trip. Blogged here
  2. Make meringues. Blogged here
  3. Swim with dolphins. Blogged here
  4. Read Craft Inc. Blogged here
  5. Pay off and cut up my credit card. Blogged here
  6. Take a silver jewellery class or course.
  7. Only eat raw food for a week.
  8. Watch Labyrinth. Blogged here
  9. Watch the sunrise. Blogged here
  10. Go to Sepia Restaurant for dinner with my man. Blogged here
  11. Stop biting my nails for good.
  12. Go skinny dipping.
  13. Help a less fortunate community. Blogged here
  14. Write letters to five different people.
  15. Walk the Godley Head track.
  16. Try Pimms.
  17. Watch Schindler's List. Blogged here
  18. Make 500 sales on Felt. Blogged here
  19. Go to a movie by myself.
  20. Relax in Hanmer Springs for a day or two.
  21. Ignore Facebook for a week. Blogged here
  22. Go to Cirque de Soleil.
  23. Order a steak medium-rare.
  24. Blog every day for ten days. Blogged here
  25. Go to Quail Island. Blogged here
  26. Drink a whole coffee so I can say I've given it a chance.
    Blogged here
  27. Try pear cider. Blogged here
  28. Go to Orana Park.
  29. Give blood. Blogged here
  30. Document each of these tasks on my blog.
Check back for my progress.

I have had to edit the list a tad since February 22nd's quake, as number 20 used to be to Climb the ChristChurch Cathedral Tower. After the events of the past year, I wanted to swap it to something relaxing and fun, and Hanmer Springs is the perfect destination for a stress-free break.

Goals are dreams with deadlines Diana Scharf Hunt

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Looking Forward

This year I will:
  • Pay off my credit card and then chop it up (early in the year). That means I can start saving for a grand adventure or something fun.
  • Go on holiday to somewhere I haven't stayed before. You see, when I usually go on holiday it's to the same spots because of family or the attractions - Dunedin, Wanganui, Wanaka, Queenstown etc, this year I'd like to stay somewhere new, even if it's only a thirty minute drive away.
  • Try new things.
  • Stay positive.
  • Stress less.
  • Exercise more.
  • Eat more salads.
  • Keep an open mind.
  • Enjoy life.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Looking Back

Happy New Year everyone!

I'm still in holiday mode, but back at my full time job today. I've just been looking back at my post from about this time last year, which had a few resolutions for 2010, let's see how I did;

1) To do my book-keeping at the end of each month, no excuses, just do it. Ah yeah, ok, I didn't really do too well at this, but as of now it's up to date! I did do my tax return myself so that's quite an achievement considering I've never studied accounting.

2) To not be so angry and stressed about my 9-5 job. I think I achieved this a lot more during the last half of the year, so that's got to be a good thing. I'll be keeping it up this year.

3) To continue to provide excellent, professional craft services to all my customers. Well achieved.

4) To support local crafts-people and buy handmade. This was too easy with all the awesome products around me! Over half of the Christmas gifts I gave last year were handmade.

5) To continue to value my wonderful friends and family, and make sure they know how much I love them. I hope I've achieved this, let me know if I haven't!

6) To go out more often, do different things, and enjoy life! I think I did do this a bit more in 2010 than previous years. I definitely enjoyed 2010 and am looking forward to making 2011 an awesome year!