I'm not a hater of winter and I feel slightly short changed as the winter wasn't too harsh and brief. I think I wore my favourite green vintage wool coat twice.
This winter I've been working hard on my bonnets, introducing the Woodland range including rabbits and bear eared bonnets. They have been very popular and feel overwhelmed with your continuing support of repurposing and handmade.
During winter Ian lost his mother and the children's grandmother. She had been sick for awhile and it was a blessing the illness didn't cause her long suffering. The children has coped well and reminds me once again how resilient children are.
We have had plenty of winter adventures, and my Instagram account is probably the best place to catch up on where we have been in the past few months.
Sadie has also had a birthday, turning nine. She's had a rough year with her traumatic accidents (cutting her arm so severely she had to have surgery, then a few months later breaking both arms and then loosing her grandmother) I wanted to give her a wonderful birthday party. The theme was unicorns and she also wanted a sweet buffet. Her and her friends had a wonderful time.
But that said spring is such a joy. The blossom, daffodils and magnolias are blooming and the there are lambs everywhere. I'm back to making sun bonnets for the warmer days ahead, using lots of florals and colours.
I like to make goals for myself ..... one was to start walking regularly which I have been doing and loving! Taking more time here is one, taking more care of my Felt and Etsy shops and also I need to desperately find time for reading again. They seem such small accomplishments, but with the children, keeping the house, running the café and photography on the side, time seems to disappear.
We as a family have also made plans for our future which will mean a lot of planning, hard work and excitement ahead of us.
When I was eight years old mum bought me a pair of knee high socks for school. They were a dark forest green and I hated them. She made me wear them with my beloved Bata Bullets which made me hate them even more. One day I returned home without them. Mum firmly told me to check the lost property box the following day and being a very obedient child I did just that. To my horror there they were! I just couldn't do it, I couldn't bring myself to take them out of that box and take them home again, so there they stayed among the odd socks, sun hats and discarded home knitted cardigan. I never saw those socks again.
Now I'm the mother and I've certainly changed my opinion on knee high socks, in fact I'm in love with them and on a recent internet search for good quality knee high socks I immediately stumbled upon Classical Child, a New Zealand website that specialises in unique classic clothing.
To my delight I quickly found that Classical Child are the New Zealand stockists of Spanish Condor socks. Colours such as mustard, petunia, duck egg, sesame pink, French blue and yes even ..... forest green!
While the ribbed are my favourite, Sadie loves the pom pom knee highs along with the tassels and lace ankle socks. Hugo rocks his French blue knee highs with his vintage tan sandals and Oscar finds his vintage lace ups much more comfortable worn with a pair of camel Condors.
Mum of two Stacie has a love of beautiful classic children's clothing and it inspired her to open Classical Child from her home. She's sourced a range of beautiful clothing and often hard to find accessories including stunning Liberty of London hair bows. She's quick to answer any enquiries and keeps great communication between transactions. Next time I might even be tempted to purchase a pair of forest green knee highs.