Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Picnic in the Park!

It is almost the end of summer here in New Zealand but the weather this week has been hotter than ever.
So this morning before Liberty left for school I told her I would take her and her two little cousins for a picnic in the park after school.

I look after these two sweet little cousins four days a week.
We also had cupcakes but they were eaten in a flash!


Two older people walked past and were thrilled to see we were having a 'real' picnic, lol!


This little sweetheart is almost two...she wanted to see more of the park!
So we walked to the Winter Gardens.

There was a large group of tourists from China in the Winter Gardens and they all wanted to have their photo taken with us!


At one stage about twenty tourists were taking photos of us! 
They were enchanted with my three little blondes.
I told Liberty that's what it felt like to be a rock star!!


It was a fun way to break the after school monotony...I see more picnics in the future.


Back home for ice blocks!


I found the super cute tin picnic basket on sale at Typo this morning!

Mercedes

Friday, February 14, 2014

A little Valentine's Day Room...








 

 
 



 
 
Beautiful bedcover, wooden crate and candlestick made by Sylvia.
 
This little room is part of a building I'm working on...just couldn't resist using it for a little Valentine's Day fun!
I took some pics at night time and others during the day...couldn't decide which I liked best so you've got the lot!
 
Hope you all have a happy one!
 
Mercedes

Friday, February 7, 2014

A little folding step stool

Sometimes I see something that just needs to be made in miniature...
that was the case with this (lifesize) folding step stool
(above on the left) that I came across online.

 
As always I surprised myself that it turned out!
 
 
Of course my version had to have Cath Kidston-ish oilcloth on the seat.

 
It's always a good day when something turns out just like you pictured it!
 
Mercedes
 
 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

That was Christmas 2013!

Christmas at the shabby cottage.
 
Another Christmas has flown by!
Liberty didn't finish school until December 19th and then we went camping (hubby's idea!!) for three nights before Christmas...
 
after that there was no time for anything!
 

We made a little advent calendar on a tray in the lounge.
Each day of December we added one more tiny thing to the scene.
 
My three cheeky vintage elves!
I love these little guys, I bought them with Kim.


I spent a lot of time baking in December!


I was lucky enough to find some packets of vintage paper doilies at an op shop.
They make very pretty, quick and simple bunting!
 
 
 

Liberty joking with her Grandad.


Remember how Kim and I made minis so we could buy a doll for Liberty for Christmas...
well here she is!
She's an exquisite Ann Estelle doll by Mary Englebreit.
 
Liberty and I have always loved Mary Englebreit's illustrations and when she was opening the present and saw the box she kept saying, 'Oh my gosh'!! It was the perfect reaction!
 
 

 Happy New Year
from my family to yours!
 
Mercedes