Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Feeling inept

Wedding flowers are the flavour of the month now at college. We are doing - posies, foam bouquets, and trailing bouquets. Last term wiring seemed to have me stumped or more so the corsage! I just couldn't get it and then I did. At the moment I feel like this with trailing bouquets. It didn't click for me until after class when I realised where I was going wrong and now the problem comes of having to wait a whole week before I can fix it in my mind.
Perfectionism is something I struggle with and with learning a new skill I want it just right the first time. I know it takes time but to some it comes so easy. Today this budding florist feels a little wilted. I just don't get it but one day I will.

Monday, October 26, 2009

The coiffure

What do to!? I love these chicky short styles. They are so chic and really look so nice - well I have been "blessed" with a mop of curly locks and so when I try the shorter look my hair decides to look something like an ice-cream. Or so my kids tell me. I have had long hair most of my life and when my kids were really young I cut it all off - it was that way for 10 years. Now after a few years of growing it is finally LONG. When I go to the hair salon I go for "the usual" - blonde highlights and a lovely smooth blow wave. There is little diversion but for a few days my hair looks and feels lovely.
On Saturday I went to the salon and asked for my "usual" - the only problem was my usual lady wasn't there . I braved the chair and went anyway. What could they do? Not a good move. My hair had re-growth when I left the salon and I didn't have that fresh feeling you get with a new do, I was also in the chair for 4 hours. It was frizzy in no time. I spent the next few hours convincing myself and my family that it was ok - the last straw was when I told my MIL that I had been to the salon - she asked Did you? what did they do?
I have never done this before but I called the salon - the unhappy customer. Today I got my normal do. It looks and feels fresh. I chatted away to my hairdresser and I felt special once again. I hated complaining but now feel as though I have been treated. I am swinging my newly fresh curls in the breeze.

The days just fly

image courtesy of here

Wow the days just fly and sometimes I am left sitting, holding on to my hat. It's been a really busy few weeks and I didn't even realise I haven't posted. My weeks have been full of floristry. 3 days at the new florist and one day at college and squeezing everything else in between.
I am now the proud owner of a new business card - "card card sample sample!" It's so very exciting. On the card are the words "floral designer!" My dream realised and I can't remember when that happened.
My son is busy examing and cramming - my daughter turned 14- Grandma came to visit from NZ - and we have wonderful friends coming soon. I can't wait to just be. I am having a whole week off - *sigh*- did I mention - I CAN'T WAIT!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A beautiful day

Cake for me
Pressies for me

Flowers for me

On Tuesday it was my birthday. I must admit. I am one of those people who likes everyone to know and not let it slip away silently. I am a gift giver and receiver. I had a wonderful day.
One of my boys presented me in the morning with a gorgeous candle - vanilla and the scent is lovely. I had looked at it in a shop recently and he noticed. He wanted me to have something I loved. It was so thoughtful. Hubby was away for the morning but I went to work - which I love.
A little birdie had told them it was my birthday. I felt special, just the words " Happy birthday" all day long were really nice - I did what I enjoyed most and made beautiful things for others.

Half way through the day my boss came in with a box a card and a present. Inside the box was the most gorgeous looking chocolate cake. I was a little overwhelmed and it was so nice.
My parents called me from N.Z at the shop - which is no mean feat for those in there 80's. They blew me away.

I had a delicious lunch which I picked and ate at the cafe next door. Delicious.

The day didn't finish there. I went home and the house was perfect - the kids were off to camp but before they went we had pressies, cake and cards. All were perfectly picked. I have a lovely black cam which I love, a new book " French Essence!" - gorgeous vicki. ( I am going to write about this later after a good read) some lovely pampering things and last but not least I made myself a birthday bouquet.

A perfect lunch for one!

and the perfect end to a perfect day

David Gray concert tickets and the best concert ever!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Present

My lovely blogging friend Carolyn gave me this award, it's my first one. How lovely.
Little did she know it was appropriately given on my birthday. On Tuesday was my birthday and I will share some more later.
Seven things about me.
1. I am a Kiwi girl with a vintage heart and soul.
2. I love chatting - spending the time with friends, cooking, eating, laughing
3. Have three gorgeous teenagers who teach me something every day. I feel as if I have grown up with them.
4.I married my child hood sweet heart and he is my soul mate. WE are best friends and he makes my heart sing.
5. I am loving my life and my year and floristry. It's been one door after another of opportunity.
6. I love bubble baths.
7. Paris is my favourite city. This isn't hard to guess. Anything French I seem to be like a moth to the flame. It is my next goal to learn the language and cook the food.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Julia and Julia

In My humble opinion a MUST see movie! I found it so inspiring and almost a revelation to where I am just now in my life, changing careers and being challenged.
There are two stories happening in tandem.
The first being that if Julia Child - as we all know and love as the loud american cook of the 70s on the TV - so quirky and yet watchable always.
And then the life of a young almost 30 year old writer who is in a career she hates and wants to somehow find herself. She decides to take on Julia Child's cookbook and follow the recipes while blogging in one year.
The movie starts in Paris - *sigh* in the 50's. Wow it looks like a charmed life. We are introduced to Julia Child and her diplomatic husband Paul. They have a wonderful romantic - although childless marriage. Julia is "finding" herself in her 40s and wonders what she will DO with herself. She likes to eat so she decides to cook.
Along side this story the almost present day Julia is struggling with her inner demons and cooking up a storm while writing about it on a blog such as this one.
I had a little revelation while watching the movie. How privileged I am to be "published" for all to read. Sometimes the reader is simply me and my own head - other times I have the honour of being read by others and if lucky a comment. It has truly opened myself to myself, if that makes sense. I guess it has saved me some days.
If you want a good movie - are a foodie and Like Merryl streep - who btw is divinely funny. Go and treat yourself, perhaps take your daughter too and of course some much needed tissues.
A real treat.

Monday, October 5, 2009

a little bit busy

I have been a little busy lately but will find myself soon

Thursday, October 1, 2009


...this was written a week ago, it's taken a while to post *breathe*

My dear son, ...Today I watched you officially finish your high school years. You were addressed by your peers and your teachers and they released you into the world. Your teachers really love you - it was evident in the way the carefully addressed each of you and gave you their worlds of wisdom.
One of the speeches really stuck with your Dad and I It was about success. It truly spoke to me. You may or may not find success after your exams. Eventually though everyone is faced with opportunity - the one opportunity that will give you success. Everyone! That includes you.
I was so proud today watching you play - your are my muse when it comes to passion for music.
I wish the best for you always. Today a chapter in your life closed, only to open another soon.
The world is your oyster