I've had a great week - there's lots of creative juice flowing in the studio and into my journals.
1. I was really inspired by a blog that I visited from Liv Lane's Weekly Little Bliss List Links (and for the life of me I can't remember where, the blogger's name or her blog name - apologies), who had entered a challenge to decorate one index card every day. It got me thinking so I pulled out a wee notebook sent to me by my dear friend Kim and decided that I would fill in a page every day - just to remind myself to pick up a pen, paintbrush, whatever...and ink the page. I'm enjoying the process...
Healthpost - Royal Honey Nectar Moisturising Facelift. This magic potion is made in a tiny area I lived in for 3 years called Tapawera - right up the top of the Motueka River Valley. It's been developed by the local beekeper from bee venom and is apparently Botox in a jar. Kate is reported to have used the Face Mask in preparation for THE wedding. Anyhow, it's really nice to use - feels pretty natural and I can really feel my skin tighten up. I put my normal moisturiser on over it. However, no-one's commented that I look twenty years younger...yet :).
3. We have a new venture in Golden Bay called Village Milk . A local farmer is selling milk from his cows via a vending machine at his gate. It's A2 unpasteurized - that means that the cows naturally produce milk with certain beneficial fats - they're checked fastidiously so the milk can be guaranteed healthy and can therefore be sold unpasteurized. Read up more on their site if you're interested in the science of it - it's fascinating. It seems that lots of local people are as into authentic consumption as we are - it has become so popular that we often find a small queue at the vending machine. It's lovely to see our alternative little community helping one another out with the technology of it too! I met a friend there last night who recommended V8 juice bottles as the perfect receptacle - even better than the bottles available in the bottle vending machine - as we have.
|Wild bird seed and dripping|
|Melt the dripping and add the seed. Pour into plastic containers (so you can run a knife around them to release the pudding)|
|Put them out in the garden and watch the birds come from far and wide - it can take a little while for them to realise that it's there.|
4. I've been making "birdie puddings" this week. I make them every year at this time for the poor wee birds who have so little to eat right now. I figure it's my way of making up for the occasional victim of the fur babies.
5. The Toy Boy - who has braved ice and snow to take the toys to The Nelson Market this morning - made me up a fresh batch of bead boards this week. I'm so lucky to have his help with the little finishing touches. Now all I have to do is stamp them all!
6. This week I've been playing with red, black and grey - I have three necklaces on the go in these colours and some pink Swarovski pearls combined with some silver and a transparent glass heart...and I've been working on a new version of the Chakra Beads...the studio is the cosiest place in town!
How about you? Have you had a good week? How about making a (mental or actual) list of six things that warmed your week...