Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Last year I wrote about a young friend of ours who had written a cookbook to raise money for the people of Christchurch after the earthquake.  Since then Nic has (hand)written two more cookbooks, sold some of his art to fundraise for both Christchurch and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, won the Good Morning show's Kids' Cook-off competition, appeared on billboards and TV with Judy Bailey as the ambassador for the MDA Bowtie Appeal and will soon appear on TV in a story Attitude Pictures have been filming about him.

Nic is 10 years old and has muscular dystrophy, which is affecting his life in many ways now, like having photosensitive epilepsy, migraines, sleep apnoea and osteoporosis. He also has a wheelchair which he uses around school because he gets very tired. What I find inspiring about Nic is that his condition doesn't define him. He has incredible parents who are supporting him to lead a full and meaningful life, just like other children. Like other kids his age, he plays Lego and draws cool pictures, plays the guitar and likes soccer.  The difference is he has raised over $1700 in a tireless campaign to help others.

Next week Nic's fundraising efforts are going up a notch with the release of his new cookbook through Scholastic. It will be for sale in bookshops and half of all money raised will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He'll have some cooking demonstrations around Auckland; have a look at the poster below to see when and where.

Follow his journey on his blog, where you can find out more about Nic and his interesting life.

Bird and a giveaway

Today I want to show you the second design I've done for my latest range of embroidery kits. Meet the bird, one of my personal favourites. It's probably not very easy to see in this photo, but I've beaded the body and it's nice and sparkly.  The beads and thread will be included in the kits, by the way.

Here she is as a decal too.  I'll have a limited range for sale soon for those people who really don't have the time or inclination to embroider but who like the designs. But because you're so nice and you've popped over for a visit, I'd like to give one of these bird decals away.  Just tell me where you'll stick your little bird and I'll get my super-duper helpers to draw a name on Monday morning.  Please make sure I can contact you through Blogger or leave your email address if you don't have an account.  Pass it on and enjoy the last week of the school term xx

Thursday, September 20, 2012


I've decided to give a little bit more away about my big, secretive project.  It will be another month before it's ready for sale, but everything seems to be falling into place now so I don't think I'll jinx myself if I show you.  Today I'll just share one image and the inspiration behind it.

Over a year ago I wanted to do an embroidery sampler, but with a picture of our house and a more modern take on the 'Home sweet home' text.  I tried doing cross-stitch but found it so frustrating working with waste canvas and trying to get it to look right that I gave up. I started thinking about printing it so I could cross-stitch over the printed lines, and the idea just grew from there.  What I now have is a range of designs that work together as an embroidery sampler, a sort of deconstructed sampler if you like.

This one has the text, 'Home is wherever I'm with you'.  That's the title of a lovely song by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes; listen to it here or to a very sweet cover here. In fact, just put it on right now, ok.

This song makes me feel so happy... Have a great Friday and weekend folks!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Coming soon

I think it's probably time to give a little reveal of what I've been busy with these last few months. I'd like to show more, but if you can wait another week or two I'll have the big picture ready to share.  Have a great week!