Apr 06

mika’s world

I spent the last week before Mika arrived hanging out with one of my best friends Tess who flew up to Auckland from Wellington.  We had a big list of things to do together before baby’s arrival – one of which included making this big world map out of cork that I had been inspired to do after reading a post on Ohdeedoh.

The project didn’t get off to a good start when we came home from Spotlight empty handed after attempting to pick up supplies.  We couldn’t find the adhesive cork that we needed and the next best thing (cork tiles) cost $20 a square (and we’d need at least 10!)  We were a little disheartened until Tess had a rough night getting to sleep which led to late night Trade Me searching which led to us placing a ‘buy now’ on a roll of adhesive cork for $9!

A quick trip south to an anonymous building where a man opened the door a crack, we said ‘we’re here for the cork?’, he nodded and the door closed.   Moments later he returned to the door, we made the exchange and that was that.  Strange.  Why did he have the cork?  Wasn’t he curious as to why we wanted it?  Such interesting stories, never to be told.

And so the next trip was to 3 Brothers in Panmure.  We managed to pick up two giant scraps of wood/board for $6, much to the curiosity of the teenage sales guy.  Why a heavily pregnant girl and her questionable friend picking up scrap wood?  Another story never to be told.

The project was fun.  Our craft knife was awful and we ended up using scissors and there was a lot of swearing and ‘breaks’ and frustration.  I don’t think we ever glued Baja back on.  But from afar it looks magnificent.  We didn’t use the white paper to cover the board (it was VERY expensive) but one of our scraps of board happened to be the perfect shade of brown which we agreed looked more sophisticated than the white anyhow.

It’s probably too heavy to take with us when we travel, but we love the idea of having lots of maps and atlases and globes in our home.  Mika was born in New Zealand to a Canadian mum and a Mexican Dad and she has family in the UK, Canada, NZ and Mexico.  Wherever she grows up, I want her to feel like she has the world at her fingertips and that there are people all around the world who love and care for her. Visually seeing the world in the form of globes and maps on a regular basis has a delightful effect on the way I feel and I hope it does for her too.

Here are some pics.  And check out this link if you feel inclined to make one for yourself.

Mar 20

6 days overdue

Beautiful Tess arrived on Tuesday and she has decided that our baby will call her ‘Fairy Godmother Tess’ because it gives her an excuse to dress up in fairy dresses and grow rotund in her old age.  Inevitably our child will love her almost as much as we do.

I’m now officially overdue by 6 days and even though emails and phones and text messages arrive daily with ‘has baby arrived yet?’, I am feeling surprisingly calm and relaxed about the whole thing.  My midwife is currently out of town (at a music festival) and will be gone until Monday afternoon.  Thankfully she left me in good hands with a backup midwife called ‘Moon’ (“don’t worry, her parents were hippies“) and if baby arrives today it will be born on a full moon, with a name meaning ‘moon’ (if it’s a girl) and delivered by a woman called Moon.  So cool.

So hopefully our little baby enters the world today.

Since Tess arrived we have:

Tess also surprised us with a beautiful baby blanket (that she crocheted) and the most adorable finger puppets (that she made herself).  I’ll take pictures soon.

Here are our sweet cupcakes that filled the fridge:

And here are some snaps from a fun evening at the beach

And we’re still just chilling… waiting… finishing our best seller and constructing our world map.

Mar 08

Pancakes & 5 sleeps to go.

Yesterday I noticed someone on Facebook casually mention that it was international pancake day.  I didn’t need proof or an explanation – the casual mention of the word pancakes was enough to inspire me to whip up a batch.

When Ivan returned home from work I informed him that we were having pancakes for dessert.  My dad overheard me and asked if it was Shrove Tuesday.  Clearly I had no idea, but he suggested we google it.  He remembered as he was growing up his family always ate pancakes on ‘Shrove Tuesday’.  As it turns out – yesterday was Shrove Tuesday.  And yesterday we did eat pancakes. Well, they were actually crepes.  French crepes to be exact.  And we ate them with lemon & sugar, jam & cream cheese and yoghurt & maple syrup.  It was such a feast.  And baby then stayed up most of the night kicking me for eating so much sugar after eating hardly any sugar for so long.  Sorry baby!

Speaking of staying awake – there’s only 5 sleeps to go until I am ‘officially due’ and I am getting about as much sleep each night as a 7 year old on Christmas eve.  Or a 9 year old girl at her first slumber party.  In other words – not much at all.  Ivan is sick (still!) and so he is tossing and turning and snoring and scratching and sighing most of the night.  It doesn’t help that when I do eventually drift off, I am in such a light slumber that I wake at the slightest twitch.  It must be the anticipation of baby’s imminent arrival.  I know that anyone with a new born will say that being 9 months pregnant is a lot easier than caring for a new born – but I’m quite happy to figure that out for myself.  Enough with being pregnant!


Here are some fun things to help you get through hump day (middle of the week).

Designer Scrabble – Ivan and I played SO much scrabble over the summer.  When I saw this post about custom made scrabble boards over at Happenstance, I couldn’t help but think of Ivan and his love for scrabble + fonts makes this a sure win in his books i’m sure.

Draw and Fold Over – Remember that awesome game that you used to play where you draw a head and then fold it over and pass it to the next person and they draw the body, then the next person draws the legs then you unfold it and laugh at your hilarious creation?!   My mum used to play that game with us all the time when we were kids.  These guys started this awesome campaign for drawing with the idea that ‘anyone can draw’ and they made an online version of this game!! It’s totally addictive and awesome – check it out.

Beautiful painted jars – I’m collecting crafty ideas for things to make next week if baby hasn’t arrived when one of my bestest friends in the universe is here to visit.  I think these jars will be fun.

An incredible birth story (that had me in tears).  Don’t read it if you don’t feel like crying.  But DO read it if you want a beautiful story written by a man about the birth of his daughter.

Mar 08

Real life floating house

I remember growing up watching National Geographic & Discovery Channel religiously every day, their programming was both surprising and interesting.

Well National Geographic surprised me again with their latest venture. Remember Pixar’s movie “UP”? You know the one with the big floating house… Well they’ve made it happen..

Using a total of 300 8′ colored weather balloons it floated for just over an hour to a maximum altitude of 3,050m (10,000ft) – Too bad it didn’t make it to the top of Paradise Falls..

Sep 27

After hours…

Sometimes you have lots of time, a big budget and a whole team to create a beautiful project.  Other times, you need to create a beautiful project in a short period of time, with little-to-no budget and with a very ‘understaffed’ team.  This, was one of those times.

My girlfriend and I had one night to write, illustrate and animate an infographic to explain how “Raspberry Express” works. If you’re not familiar with Raspberry Express; it’s a carpooling project that is starting in Auckland mid to late October.

The process of working on such a demanding deadline and with such creative freedom,reminded me of my days at Media Design school, where late nights, unhealthy food and laughter and the (?) were the usual suspects for two years of my life. (more…)