Friday, January 24, 2014

Lavender heart workshop

Happy Friday to you! Just before I start the long weekend, I need to tell you about the Lavender Heart Workshop I'll be teaching next Sunday at Lopdell House. I made the one above as an example of what you can expect. I'll be showing you two types of blanket stitch (I know; I always thought there was only one too!) and whipstitch. All materials are included, plus a cup of tea and cake at the end.  It forms part of the Lopdell House Make and Cake workshops, and costs $30. Please contact Lopdell House directly to book.

Not to blow my own horn, but blanket stitch is something I know pretty well. I have a few tricks I can teach you about how to start and end it nicely, and things like that. Have a great long weekend, Auckland!

Friday, January 17, 2014


Happy new year to you! We've had a very relaxing holiday so far, which has included a camping trip, a total house rearrange (still very much in progress) and lots of reading, Minecraft and trampoline time. The last two have been mostly enjoyed by the boys while Mamma got more reading time.

I want to share a photo of our amazing camping spot on the Tutukaka coast; a magical place called Horseshoe Bay.

The following photos are from a mammoth job we finished just after New Years: a huge map wall in our eldest's room. We were moving Daniel into his own room and I had a plan with all the maps I had been collecting over the years. Because the maps are just light-weight paper, I wanted to make sure it would stick to the wall properly, so I painted the wall with a coat of wallpaper sizing before I started on the maps. I used standard wallpaper paste and my trusted flexible squeegee.  Also couldn't have done it without the spirit level; our house is 120 years old and not that straight. Craig helped me with the top part of the wall; carrying wet maps up a ladder wasn't a job I looked forward to! When it was all dry and looked great, I gave it a couple of coats of water-based sealer to keep it dry in case it needs to be washed.

I've been giving this blog a lot of thought (more thought than attention, as you can see from the long breaks between posts).  I love it and it's been a huge part of my creative life for the last 6 years or so, but I feel a bit uninspired with it all. I'm not ready to let go though, so have been thinking about making a change to a WordPress platform so that I can organize all my content nicely and make it look pretty.

In the mean time, if you'd like to keep up to date with Ruby in the Dust and Heleen Webb, follow me on Instagram and Facebook.  I'm such a sucker for that Instagram!