Wednesday, December 22, 2010

See Ya in 2011

    Image by Small from

See ya peeps, I'm off to the Marlborough Sounds for Christmas - no internet, no phone, no roads, just chillin'. Mint.
Catch you in the New Year, happy Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Emiliana Torrini - Jungle Drum

Try and not wiggle your ass to this!

Sunday, December 19, 2010


There's nothing like whipping out the glitter and glue as if you're 10 years old again and proceeding to make a sparklified mess, oh and if you're lucky, a glittery chrissy card too. My only problem however, still seems to be the issue of not knowing when enough is enough...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Not So Secret Santa

...and I've also been working on a little something for my Secret Santa pressie...

Friday, December 10, 2010

2011 Calendar

Lately I've been working on this little calendar...

Friday, December 3, 2010

A Tunic


I hate the word tunic, but I guess it kind of describes the loose fitting dress/top that I made last night.
I used the most basic of basic patterns to whip it up, and it's perfect for wearing over leggings which pretty much sums up my summer wardrobe mantra.

I love the subtle pattern on the fabric which you can see best when the light shines through it.
This piece of fabric came out of my 'stash' that was in storage - what a brilliant day that was when I rescued it from the garage!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Why Who

Dear Santa,

If you could bring me just one thing this year, it would be a pair of shoes by 'Why Who'.
I want them so bad it hurts. Like, ouch.

Please Santa, it would rock my world. Promise.

Love Nikki

Monday, November 22, 2010

Theirs & Mine

One of the upsides/downsides of being a poor, mega thrifty (stingy), creative type, is that I tend to look at everything I love and think, 'that's cool, but I don't want to pay fifty gajillion dollars for it, I bet I could make it for cheaper...'.

It's not that I don't appreciate other people's fantastic ideas, or the work that goes into producing them, but because I'm so used to not being able to afford any of the things I want, I seek to create my own version.
(Please note here, that I make sure I don't rip off and copy other people's designs only to swan around claiming them to be my own. 9 times out of 10 I'm talking about clothes I see in stores and quite generic items, all of which I keep for myself!)

So, here is my perfect example.


                            From Rocket St. George



Friday, November 5, 2010

When All Else Fails...

(ie. there is absolutely nothing going on in your life that you can think to blog about...) - buy new shoes, get a haircut, and share that.

Ta daaa!

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Keeper of the Patterns

Still not a lot of creating going on around here, I'm just getting back into the groove of that thing called 'work'!
But I did go to have a scrounge through my mum's box of patterns this morning to find this. Look at that cute, fluffy face. My sister's cat should be 'the face' of 'My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes', she seriously tries to sleep in anything! So I left her to it - creating can wait a little longer.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I'm Baaaa-aacck!

Wow what a way to finish off blogging about my trip around the world with a fizzle! Sorry everyone. World's most consistent blogger? FAIL.

But in bigger news - after 2 years of gallivanting around the world I'm HOME, like, New Zealand home! Which makes me very excited because it means getting my mits stuck into my boxes of 'creative goodies' in our storage unit. It means eventually having a steady income for the first time in a year so that I can go and buy MORE creative goodies.
It means that just maybe I can start to turn this blog into what I think I always intended it to be - a little more about me and my creations and a little less about the randomness in my life. OK who am I kidding, it will absolutely still be about the randomness, but perhaps a little more balanced.

It's gonna take me a little while to get on my feet and get some sort of order and regular blogging going on around here, but I'm looking forward to what's on the horizon!

Plus I'm really enjoying just being with my family and friends again and sinking back into the Wellington pace of things. Oh and making my way through the 3000+ unread entries on my google reader. Aggghh!

Bear with me peeps, things should get good around here, just wait and see...

Monday, September 27, 2010

Is It Really Bad...

Is it really bad that I kinda can't stand the thought of taking another single photo of an 'architectural marvel' or 'historical monument' or 'priceless sculpture'? So much so that I just end up doing this whenever the camera comes out in that direction?

Does that make me a naughty, disinterested designer? Would my old interior architecture lecturers hang their heads in dismay?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Oh Woops... Catch Up

Oh geez, everything's going by so fast!

It's involved a bit of this...

Some of this...

And then lots of this!

Mmmmm gelato.... soooo goooooood.....

Home in ten days! Exciting!
Then it's back to the real world, the design world, and maybe some serious blogging... or maybe not. We'll see.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Red Door Gallery

I found a little store on Victoria Street in Edinburgh, that made my heart go 'weeeeeeee!'. It's called The Red Door Gallery and it is filled to the brim with all sorts of lovely homewares, artwork and other design nick nacks and goodies. See their blog here!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I Heart Edinburgh

Well the city that has stolen my heart so far would have to be Edinburgh. I couldn't get enough of the friendly little city, it's gorgous old buildings, quirky alleys and secret passageways, and some really good pubs!

We met up with some high school friends for three days of fun in Scotland before heading to Dublin. Here are a couple of highlights, including a road trip into the countryside, a comedy night, a big night on the turps, and a walking tour...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New York, New York

I am writing this on a full stomach of scrumptious Pad Thai, after a full on four days of New York fever.

We have squeezed in as many things as we could possibly squeeze, like walking the Brooklyn Bridge at 3 in the morning, standing atop the Rockerfeller Centre, enjoying live jazz at the Fat Cat basement bar in Manhattan, learning to play shuffle-board, strolling central park, relaxing at Coney Island, marvelling at Times Square, doing laundry like the locals in Brooklyn, riding in the yellow taxis, navigating the subways and so much more.

I'm pooped, but no rest for the wicked! Let's see what Europe has to offer...

Friday, September 3, 2010

Los Angeles

Today we flew into Los Angeles, and decided to be tourists and hire a car to cruise the touristy spots.
We headed straight for Hollywood, then through Beverley Hills, and finished the day at Santa Monica pier.

It's not really my kind of city - it's grungy, it's dirty, it's run down and smoggy, but it is certainly an eye-opener!

Driving down Rodeo Drive, we rubbed bumpers with the latest Porsche, Mercedes and Audis, and you can see consumerism is alive and well in these parts considering the Versace, Jimmy Choo and Tiffany stores are still doing business! The 'beautiful people' are beautiful, the 'plastic people' look awfully plastic, and then there are all the cliched characters at the other end of the spectrum too, but you can see how this diverse range of people make the city what it is, even if it is all very superficial feeling.

Santa Monica Pier was tired and run down, but kinda fun all the same. I loved the buskers and pier entertainers performing weird and random things. There were parrots and maccaws, jugglers, hooler-hoopers, mimes, contortionists and acrobats. It was a good wander for the afternoon.

Next up we're off to New York, hoping that hurricane Earl isn't going to create problems for our flights!