I want your input!

You’ve probably spotted that I’ve been making some changes to the appearance of this blog.

This is all the ‘fault’ of Have Your Cupcake’s “Blog Makeover Challenge”. I’m getting a lot of food for thought from the daily challenges: the inspiration is bouncing around like an upended box of ping-pong balls!

My inspiration for the new look comes mainly from Day 2 of the challenge, which asked the question:

if your blog was a place, where would it be?

My immediate answer to that was the coolest street in this city: Cuba Street.

Cuba Street is mainly a pedestrian mall with lots of colour and inspiration and funky shops and cafes and the coolest fountain ever:

Cuba St bucket fountain by darkbluestripes.com
This photo is by darkbluestripes.com as I don’t yet have a good photo of my own. I’ve cropped it for the header image.

The old look of the blog didn’t really fit that. It was more like a quiet walk on misty mountains. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (I adore misty mountains). But it didn’t have the vibrant energy I want to share with y’all.

So I’ve been playing with themes and fonts and pictures and…and… and…

which is loads of fun, but…

it’s only actually useful if you enjoy viewing and reading it!

So… what do you think?

Do you like this new look? Or did you prefer the old look? Or something else?

Is it easily readable for you? Or is it way too distracting? Or something else?

Any other thoughts or reactions?

Please (pretty please) tell me what you think – good, bad or indifferent. I really want to hear your views – as my readers, you’re super special to me and I don’t want to scare you away 😉

You can comment on this post here, or on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Thank you!

(for your thoughts, for your reading, for your support)


Things I Love Thursday (on a Friday) 5.12.14

❤ time to journal

❤ seeing the finish line of a project or three

❤ talking with other creative people and finding out what they’re up to

❤ the internet – such an amazing source of information and community

Wellington’s waterfront

❤ watching my kids grow up

❤ school camp!

❤ space to breathe and be

❤ my Druid Animal oracle deck (despite its uncanny usefulness 😉 )

❤ my new journal for the Documented Life Project 2015 (and my new pens – I treated myself)


Favourite place: Wellington Waterfront

I love the waterfront here in Wellington – it’s one of the things that made me fall in love with the city when I first came here twenty-mumble years ago.

It is a comfortably vibrant place – land meets sea in the heart of the city.

I love how you can go from watching ducks swimming in deep water to crossing a busy road to the centre of town with a few footsteps.

I love how nature and industry mix and mingle to create a very special and very human place.

Last Friday, I had occasion to go into town, so I took these photos as I walked under moody skies round the waterfront to my eventual destination:

Things I Love Thursday (on a Friday) 17.10.14

❤ The Wellington waterfront


T-leaf teaSakura Rose is my new fav

❤ Sunshine!

❤ ❤ ❤ My dancing peeps

❤ My colleagues

❤ Peace and quiet at home (school’s back 🙂 )

Trade Aid dark chocolate (it’s a necessity, not a luxury 😉 )

❤ Pauatahanui inlet

Gypsy jazz music


‘Things I Love’ Thursday (on a Friday) 3.10.14

❤ Wellington on a good day (there were two smashing ones this week 🙂 )

❤ Clear, clean work surfaces

❤ My replica Ancient Egyptian cat:


❤ Having one son who doesn’t mind tidying his room

❤ Australis eye crayons (the colour survived my hayfevered eyes!):


❤ Colourful tights – this week I added bright turquoise to my collection (but the cobalt blue ones are still my favourites)

❤ Stickers – especially ones that are glow-in-the-dark dinosaurs:


❤ Dinosaurs in general:


❤ Hugs from my sons

❤ Weekends!


Offical hiatus

Hi everyone

Just to let you know that I’m officially taking a break from blogging and computer stuff for a couple of months.

Instead of spending hours online I’m going to be spending time with my family, doing some travelling, and doing some thinking about what to do with this blog (if you have any thoughts about this, please let me know in the comments – I do want to post to suit my readers!) and some other stuff, too.

To acknowledge the changing times, here’s the last pics from my photo commute:

Going up or down?
Going up or down?


Photo commute – mega bumper edition

We’re almost at the end of my Photo commute pics… in this mega-bumper edition, texture and concrete seem to be commmon themes.

(BTW the Zealandia photos were all taken on the same day, otherwise the usual rules apply.)

Colourful flowers in a suburban garden
Colourful flowers in a suburban garden
A wall with texture
A wall with texture
This warning sign caught my eye at Zealandia (a wildlife sanctuary in central Wellington)
This warning sign caught my eye at Zealandia (a wildlife sanctuary in central Wellington)
Takahe picnic at Zealandia -a wesome birds. I'm so glad they're not as extinct as once thought.
Takahe picnic at Zealandia – awesome birds (check out the colours of those feathers and the size of that beak!) I’m so glad they’re not as extinct as once thought.
Across the dam at Zealandia
Across the dam at Zealandia
Paving slabs: light and texture at play
Paving slabs: light and texture at play (and one little leaf)
Love this car paint job
Love this car paint job
Fire extinguisher plays with shadows
Fire extinguisher plays with shadows
Yarn bombing in Petone
Yarn bombing outside Holland Road Yarn Company, Petone
Another wall with texture - there's something about aging concrete...
Another wall with texture – there’s something about aging concrete…
Light and shade and path
Light and shade and path
Patterns of damp paving
Patterns of damp paving
Between buildings
Between buildings
The emergency coffee queue?!
The emergency coffee queue?!
Someone had wet feet
Wet feet
Moss + concrete = texture
Moss + concrete = texture