Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cute Little Shop Spotlight

I realize that it has been six weeks since I stumbled over this cute little shop, back when I was visiting Auckland. By now, after a quick stint to Wellington and New Zealand's South Island, I have made my way to Melbourne and will stay in St. Kilda for a couple of days. Still, I wanted to share my Cute Little Shop Spotlight, Auckland Edition with you, to delight in and maybe visit, should you ever amble that way. It's a little fabric and notions shop called "Fabric and Things" between Parnell Rd. and the Auckland Museum. Such pretty fabrics! Look at the one with the roses, can't you just see it as a tea dress?

And those little trims and buttons, sorted by color!

I fell in love with some of the lace (see the two-toned one in the middle?), alas, it was a bit on the pricey side and I need to watch how much I'm carrying in my backpack...

They also had some really sweet handmade things, coin purses and the like...

And don't you think it's a fabulous idea to decorate with framed vintage pattern sleeves?

If you're ever in Auckland, you should really drop by! Here's a photo of the storefront, so you won't miss it:

And afterwards, make your way down Parnell Rd, there are quite a few more quaint little shops there! :)

I'll be back (reasonably) soon, after I've hit the Melboune fabric stores lined out by Carolyn and the thrift shops (already stumbled over two on my way between hostel and supermarket, although they had already closed for the night). I'm also going to meet my boyfriend in Sydney next week! And spend Christmas with him and spend a 3-week holiday on the Aussie Eastcoast! So maybe not all that much blogging and more snogging... ;) (pardon the crude rhyme, I've been reading Harry Potter...)

Happy Holidays everyone! (Even though I'm in zero holiday spirit, this being summer and all...) But Happy Holidays and Happy Sewing, wherever you are!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

standing still

So yes, I'm still enjoying my travels! 

I have been in New Plymouth, Taranaki for the past almost 4 weeks, working at the hospital as a trainee doctor and exploring the places around here.

Two other medical students from England were working with me, and we spent so much time together exploring and talking, cooking and walking around and watching TV, that I hardly spent any time on the internet... 

But it was fun! There are so many beautiful places around here!

(Oh, and I thrifted a really comfy and nice red jersey dress from a salvation army shop in taupo, you can see it in the photo below - I love it!)

My travels continue on Friday, when I make my way to Wellington and from there to the South Island.

Blenheim, Kaikoura, Milford Sounds, Queenstown...

If everything goes well, I'll be going whale watching! And Wine Tasting! (I'll probably skip the Skydiving, though...)

Of couse I've also been a very bad backpacker and hit the fabric store here - not a good idea (for my back) but so many nice fabrics in patterns that I probably won't ever get in Germany! Cute Asian border print canvas, some upholstery fabric scraps for the Desigual inspired garments I've on my to-make list, huge polka-dots on satiny black, sewing novelty fabric... I haven't taken pictures yet, but I'll post them soon - as well as a shopping spotlight blog that I've been meaning to write since I went to Auckland...

Have a nice rest of the week, everybody, and Happy Sewing!