Although Kraftbomb wasn't quite the mad house it was the first time round, it was still such a great day and our stall did pretty well. We also made sure we didn't miss out on Fred's lemonade this time which was just as delicious, if not more, then everyone told us! Karla and City also organised a bake sale this time to raise funds for the advertising for the next Kraftbomb (which will be in the bigger hall!) and we enjoyed snacking on these delightfully nutrious skull biscuits. Those are some yormy rasin eyes!
Alex joined Jess and I on the stall this time, with her lovely button necklaces and they were a hit.
A great day indeed. The Cardboard Box zine launched too with great success. I picked up two copies- one to keep fresh and one to read. Hope that's not too odd. And we made it into the blog review! With a little help from Jess I must admit but was lovely to see us in print anyway.
My favourite thing of the day would have to be Trixie Delicious' leg and arm draft stoppers. I didn't manage to snap a picture sorry!
We also just posted off these two precious owls in the hope they will be stocked in a new place opening in Auckland. Come on little owls, charm the pants off them!
So our favourite store Swonderful is on the move. But they're not going too far, just from Brooklyn to Downtown. Into a lovely place at 95 Victoria Street. And with the move comes new stock!
One of the models, Derya, had on a pair of these pants from Miss Crabb, I managed to wiggle my way through the crowds of models in the Designer Collection show (there was over 120 changes in this show!) to ask her where they came from, I had my fingers crossed they weren't 'vintage' as they looked like the could have been. But alas the accessible Miss Crabb on Ponsonby Road. Wish me luck! I'm hoping my pins look as good as hers in these babies.
And I nearly forgot to mention. I finally wore the lace dress! Rosemary kindly took it up for me and it was a hit.
I loved Chelsea's colour palatte, predominately black and cream with splashes of limes and moss greens. The photo's of the show I've seen don't quite do it justice. The colours were much more vibrant in the flesh. The velvet pieces (yes, I never thought I'd say it) and her silk layering roughly chopped we my favourites and I'll be definately tracking some of it down come next winter.
The Stolen Girlfriends Club show was much more laid back, held off site in the DHL warehouse in Morningside and the collection was well suited to the venue. An abundance of tartan, tulle, raw edges, beanies, doc martins, barbwire, safety pins, lace and hearts. Although it might take me a while to come round to their heavily punk themed goodies I did find a heartshaped tartan and lace bodice quite tempting.
The show was particulary special to Rosemary and I this year, as our crafting fingers went to work on the Pretty Vacant love hearts pinned to the garments. I felt like a proud mother watching them go down the run way and it quickly became a game of spot the hearts. I particulary loved the crotch placement of one and one of the dresses was covered in them.
Our handwork before sending them off.
Runway reporter Chloe de Ridder noted "They also got worked up on love (hearts were huge)". After the shows we were let loose on drinks served in jars and from an upturned mini, while The Tutts played out the side of a DHL truck. My middle week shaped up quite nicely.
Jess and I are volunteering for the rest of the week and weekend. Can't wait.
You can see most of the collection here and Chelsea's show here.
Lately I've found I'm really drawn to houses. Is this called growing up? Is it part of some kind of natural progression, like some kind of clucking for real estate? We went to Manly Beach this past weekend an found a place I would die to own. I even started to calculate what I would need to do in order to afford it. Alot it seems, as the place was beach front and enormous, part bed and breakfast, part home. My heart, though, is set on it.. or was until I saw this place.
The Clingstone house.
A 103-year-old mansion in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay. The house is owned by Mr. Henry Wood, a 79-year-old Boston architect who bought the house with his ex-wife Joan in 1961 for $3,600. It has an incredible 23 rooms and 64 windows. This place is beautiful but as it's not the most practical of homes it's only used two weeks of the year. It reminds of the house on the cliff in Lemony Snicket's A Serious of Unfortunate Events. Magnificent and the beautiful photography of Erik Jacobs helps too.
Photographs are Erik Jacobs' for The New York Times.
More colour collections from A View To's blog. So oddly beautiful. These would make wonderful prints I think- these are my favourites, I love the bunny and the whistle in the grey and rosette-type badge in the green.
There are many more for those of you curious on A View To here.
That lace dress in the dress up's.. it really must come up for air. Loving her look but not completely sure I could pull it off quite as well!
Image from Lookbook.
I thought I would show off some of the lovely gifts I recieved for my birthday. I was pretty spoilt this year and apparently I still have gifts to come! The BF has something especially secretive coming in the mail and I have an inkling it's something from Etsy, eek! Cannot wait.
A beautiful owl print from my good (and very talented) friend, Jess. And a batch of delicious cupcakes from Trace, mint and chocolate. Yum, yum, yum!
A super special bat necklace from Catalina's new collection! Cat sells her gears through Endemic World and her new collection is showing at Fashion Week this year too. And below some very helpful (and pretty) travel books for the future (thanks Steve!). Thanks so much to all who have spoilt me this year with messages and gifts. xx
P.S. The Rio one of these is really good!
Jess and I setting up, I'm looking particulary goofy!The stall all ready to go.
Kraftbomb was a complete success! A great day indeed. The first few hours were ridiculously manic and the last hour was lovely and quiet- so a note for next time, don't come right at 1 cause you will get lost in the crowds! Unfortunately in all the rush Jess and I were both cameraless so no pictures to show from us but there are some great ones up on the Kraftbomb blog and City's flickr (that's where I snuck this one of our stall from, thanks City!).
But thank you to everyone who came to visit and I hope you all came away with something great. I finally bought myself a Birdspoke necklace! It is an all native birds one and I will photograph it asap. I think the fact they're birds from home will be nice when Rosemary and I head off overseas, or maybe that was just the excuse I came up with to buy it.
I also go some of R.W Scissors brilliant braille tags and a greatest Geek Freeks magnet for the boyfriend who was at home nursing a sprained ankle.
The next Kraftbomb is at the end of September if you missed out this time. Can't wait!