May 12, 2016

Update: painting, drawing, making

In order:

1. I ran a Facebook competition for my Etsy shop

2. The winner lived in Canada so I got to post the chocolately prize with one of the necklaces I make, AND a cushion cover that she purchased.

3. I have more necklace designs coming - the shop will be filled up again soon.

4. I've been purging/simplifying like my life depends on it and it's so good to break my hold on hoarding and materialism. Some of our most hoarded treasures that I've been saving "for our dream house" have now actually been passed on to good causes - really good causes - and I'm so glad. We don't need all that stuff - our house is lovely because of the sunlight and views and spaciousness, and no amount of added material possessions are going to change that. If anything they sometimes take away from it.

5. I painted this pot in an attempt to get the Rifle Paper co floral look. Hmmm could use some work.

6. It was my Dad's birthday and I didn't know what to make, so started doodling this. I was completely unconvinced but actually it turned out great and brought me back to me childhood + teen-dom when all I ever did was draw people. 

[in progress]

[Displayed stunningly against our bisque coloured, textured 70s walls...]
7. Basically everyone I know is having babies.
When I was pregnant with Ella I barely knew anyone who was pregnant or had kids, but now it's like parenthood has exploded all over our friend-circle. Yay!

8. I'm not a fan of Winter at ALL (it's the cloudy, gloomy days that get me. I feel like my eyes aren't working properly and spend my days feeling blind and sleepy). So this year I'm all about the mood-lighting to create ambiance and remind me of Swedish winters (they do it properly!)

Also.... my cutie-patootie daughter is coming up with something new everyday. Recently she just started counting and there's an underlying cheekiness to her happy personality that I find adorable. I had a video to upload here but it won't work... so you'll just have to take my word for it :)

Apr 28, 2016

Just a little self-promo... necklaces I make, 25% off for Mother's day

We have been purging so hard around here and I might have a blog post coming about it at some point as it's been quite extreme! And eye-opening.

But on that note... let's help me get some of these handmade-by-me necklaces out of my studio (aka guest bedroom) and onto your necks! Or into a gift bag for someone who will appreciate them, at least ;)

Just to recap, these are made of silicon beads which are design to be safe for a baby to chew and slobber on while an adult wears the necklace. (That does not mean they are only for mothers! They are still cool and no-one can tell they are made of food-safe silicon, yo.)

Every mum knows how hard it is to wear necklaces with grabby babies and toddlers around. So... they are going on to be 25% off until Mother's day on Sunday the 8th May from the Five Kinds of Happy Etsy shop. Just enter the promo code MUM25 at the checkout.

And because I don't know how to give different promo codes to different products on Etsy... all the other stuff is going to be 25% off too. Just remember to enter code MUM25 at checkout!!!

Ummmm and I might even make a little Facebook promo where if you care and share I'll hook you up with a little prize. Delectable New Zealand chocolate? Necklaces? Follow the Five Kinds of Happy facebook page for more deats tomorrow :)

Have fun and tell your friends to stop by the Five Kinds of Happy Etsy shop pretty please :)

(Do you think I put enough links in this blog post?????????
Rhetorical question.)
And now for the pics.
Bubblemint cushion cover
(reverse of Bubblemint cushion)

[My Kind of Rainbow necklace]

[Think Pink & Black necklace]

[Rocks that I Got necklace]
[Gurl You Cray necklace]

Boom shakalaka.
See you at the shop and on Facebook!

Apr 18, 2016

30! This post is not about coffee

As a classic introvert I wasn't really planning to celebrate my birthday with PEOPLE *gasp* but in the end I asked my husband to organise something that involved "coffee, sunshine and flowers". I'm so glad he did! It was awesome. April is generally rainy here so I was lucky that the sunshine cooperated, and so many lovely friends did too. The hubs booked a big table at the botanical gardens cafe, surrounded by rose gardens. 

[One overtired toddler coming right up]
[ I cropped out the people who were eating... thank me later guys. But blinking and baby-wrangling didn't make the cut. My bad]
 Cutie patooties, right before they all tried to dive into the pond and/or capture ducks and/or get stuck in a maze of thory rose bushes. Not looked at anyone in particular. Ella.

 That arvo I got this epic cake at my in-laws, decorated by my nieces and nephew - how awesomely lolly-licious is that?

Then Ella got to stay with her grandparents and cuzzies while Calum and I watched Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and went to a Chinese restaurant that was an old haunt of ours in our first year or 2 of marriage. It's not fancy at all - but the food is so good!

Next morning:
[Just how I like it]
 ... I got a big bag of People's Coffee (made in Wellington, coffee snobs unite), these coffee KeepCups, and coffee in bed. And flowers. And a card! And a top. Did I say coffee?

And a cute toddler.
Oh wait, she was already mine. #luckiest
[Forever swiping hair out of her eyes]
Ella had been hollering "Happy daaaaay!" for the past 2 days which is her version of Happy birthday but more appropriate. When I opened the parcel with the brown bag of espresso coffee in it above, she clapped excitedly and cried "oo yay! Coffee!".
How does my not-even-2-year-old know that a nondescript sack wrapped in gold paper is coffee????? I've created a monster.
Coffee monster = barista and I could do with a barista around here.

Did I say coffee?

Last year I got a coffee machine.

I'm getting off track...

And then!
(this is starting to read like a 6 year old's story-writing book...)
...we went to church where I was sung happy birthday to. A new experience for me but so nice. I didn't get coffee there, but I was eying it up.

(does this remind you of that bad movie from the early 2000s? I can't remember what it was called but all the cool kids were seeing it and forcing themselves to laugh at the cringey humour. It was really bad. Like I actually felt baffled when I looked around and saw my friends were still laughing. And then no doubt I fake laughed too.)

And then we went to my parents house for lunch which featured flowers and some of my fave food, and some kids' party food my mum surprised me with. (Fairy bread, cheerios and jelly-oranges for life.)

And coffee. I may have had a decaf at that point but no judging.

... and lastly, I got to sit in the couch as per tradition and awkwardly wait for my family to come marching in, in a line, singing happy birthday and bearing gifts. I spent most of my life thinking that every family does this. Apparently not?


[Spot my coffee]

So that's that.
It was such a happy birthday weekend and... I'm 30.


Apr 5, 2016

Any given day

Hey guys,
Ella here.
My mummy has stopped buying crap to hoard so we actually have to use things we already have which are being hoarded in the downstairs bedroom that mummy keeps the door closed on when people come round so that no-one will ever know we are hoarders.
She has a bajillion useless photo frames so finally that woman got some sense and put photos in them and hung them on the wall. We've only been living here since before I was born and everything.

She thought this photo of the wall was ugly but if she just angled it a little more so you could see more of that second photo of ME would we even be having this discussion?

And guys. Guys. I have the best playroom. It's all piled high with colourful junk that makes adults' skin crawl.  My mum spent a whole day moving those pictures around because 'they're still not riiiight' but am I supposed to care?

Did you know there are MILLIONS OF CLOTHES-WEARING MICE eating candyfloss and other assorted Carnival goodies in that painting?
It blows my mind too.

We put these things on the drawers so that I have something to do rock climbing on. I think they're biscuits? At least that's what I've been calling them this whole time.

GUYS! I found this thing in the drawer! You just pull on the biscuits and then there's a BOX and it has THIS old paper stuff in it!

I told you this room was good.

There's this weird thing hanging here I don't know what for.

Omg it's me everytime!
It's me!
It's always me.

Ok I'm back.

Highlight of this room: this gloomy corner where I do drawing. All day erryday.
Also where I serve my famous 'cuppitteeeeee's which are positively delightful if I do say so myself.

A chair to stand on while I pull felt pens off the dresser? Don't mind if I do.

In other news, I still sleep in my nursery in a cot. God forbid they ever give me the freedom to get up out of bed on my own and run around the house while they sleep. All they care about is their precious sleep...

... adults are so egocentricOMG ITS ME AGAIN

Pooh beeya! Pooh beeya? Nappy change? Time for bett? Nigh-nigh dawling! Seeya! Bai!

Oh sorry I forgot I was talking to you guys.

Which I think is spelled 'snail"? Don't know why when it's clearly an Anal, hanging from my mobile, next to the ButterBye.
Can't you see it?
I feel like I'm taking crazy pills.

My fave: Teddy Bear Teddy Bear, run upstairs.
I ripped these pages out of a book so now I get them in lopsided frames on my wall. isn't that cool?
Also do you like how many things I have hanging on my Piano Key hook board because someone didn't buy me enough clotheshangers for my extensive wardrobe? Filled with Pity Jesses and ooshz and orts?
Don't tell me you don't wear Pitty Jesses.
Oh hell, you have no idea what I'm talking about again.

Anyway the rubbish truck's about the go past so I just need to run outside and put my face through the railings on the deck and yell BAH TUCK for 5 minutes and then get some stones out of the pot plants and hide them in tissue boxes around the house, and then I'm going to try to initiate a game of hide and seek which, if you don't know, is where you yell "one two fee sick seben" while you run in and out of a wardrobe squealing (haven't you played it?) so I must run but...

Now that I'm a certifiable blogger I thought I'd finish with the classic smile-and-look-down which to me sounds quite like 'spray and walk away' which I think is more catchy isn't it?

Spray and walk away.