Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The New Zealand Tui Bird


Hey everyone,
Since we've moved I've missed the abundance of birds that would frequent our old garden. We had an enormous tree out back and we would hear the beautiful songs of all the birds including the Tui bird.
Our new place is a lot closer to the road and maybe it's the busyness of the week but I hadn't really spotted too many birds until the Taiwanese Flowering Cherry Tree started to bloom.




This particular tree attracts Tui Birds and I've never had such a great view of them before. This week we've had up to 5 in the tree at once.


Native to New Zealand, tui are a very beautiful bird. At first glance they appear black, but they are actually a shining metallic green with blue & purple reflections. The reflected colour of the feathers changes with the angle of the light. The best known visual feature of the tui is the very distinctive white tuft on the throat.
Tui are also well known for their unusual calls. They have the beautiful notes of the bellbird, combined with cackles, clicks, groans, creaks and even wheezing sounds!
I am sure most of you have seen many tui in the last month or so. Especially those who are close to an area of native bush. I have seen very large numbers of tui in Cambridge, Te Awamutu, and Pirongia, where there seem to be more and more tui every year.
- See more at: http://www.groundzone.co.nz/blog/want-to-attract-tui-into-your-garden/#sthash.t2UBtBRW.dpuf
Native to New Zealand, tui are a very beautiful bird. At first glance they appear black, but they are actually a shining metallic green with blue & purple reflections. The reflected colour of the feathers changes with the angle of the light. The best known visual feature of the tui is the very distinctive white tuft on the throat.
Tui are also well known for their unusual calls. They have the beautiful notes of the bellbird, combined with cackles, clicks, groans, creaks and even wheezing sounds!
I am sure most of you have seen many tui in the last month or so. Especially those who are close to an area of native bush. I have seen very large numbers of tui in Cambridge, Te Awamutu, and Pirongia, where there seem to be more and more tui every year.
- See more at: http://www.groundzone.co.nz/blog/want-to-attract-tui-into-your-garden/#sthash.t2UBtBRW.dpuf
Native to New Zealand, tui are a very beautiful bird. At first glance they appear black, but they are actually a shining metallic green with blue & purple reflections. The reflected colour of the feathers changes with the angle of the light. The best known visual feature of the tui is the very distinctive white tuft on the throat.
Tui are also well known for their unusual calls. They have the beautiful notes of the bellbird, combined with cackles, clicks, groans, creaks and even wheezing sounds!
I am sure most of you have seen many tui in the last month or so. Especially those who are close to an area of native bush. I have seen very large numbers of tui in Cambridge, Te Awamutu, and Pirongia, where there seem to be more and more tui every year.
- See more at: http://www.groundzone.co.nz/blog/want-to-attract-tui-into-your-garden/#sthash.t2UBtBRW.dpuf
The Tui is native to New Zealand and you can find out more information about these beautiful birds here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tui 
 
I always thought the Tui were black with white tufts at its throat but they are actually very colourful with a gorgeous turquoise  sheen to their tail feathers.

Besides the neck feathers, these birds are very unique in their bird song. It's just beautiful.

I feel so incredibly lucky to have caught these images this week. And so very happy to take in all the bird life around me again.

It's nearly Spring!
Take care,
xxx

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Monday, 4 August 2014

Girl's Drawer Makeover

 Hey Everyone,

I made over this wee cabinet in a few hours, it was so quick!

When we bought Gabe's bed off Trade Me last year, it came with this extra little drawer set that he didn't want, so it ended up being used as extra storage for the girls clothes. The drawers have a type of laminate on them and were in good nick but the wooden top and sides were scratched and boring!



I painted 2 coats of Dulux Taradale (Pink) on the wooden shell and sanded a bit to neaten up. It was a perfect day for painting, not too hot or cold!

I found these adorable removable wall stickers from the dollar shop and knew they would be perfect on the laminate drawers.


 What's really great about the wall stickers is that when the girls outgrow fairies, they can be easily removed with no damage to the drawers.



Seriously, how cute right?


This project is an epic hit with the girls and I'm really happy with the transformation.

I had the pink paint on hand already so I just spent $3 for the stickers.
 

Not bad for $3 huh? My kind of makeover!

 

I hope I've inspired you to tackle an easy little project today.

Take care,
xxx

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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Painted Wooden Spoons

 Hi Everyone,

I know painted wooden spoons have been done A LOT in blog world, but I really love them, so had to try them myself!

And they are soooooo easy! Super easy and quick to do.

So go grab yourself a set from the dollar shop and lets paint some wooden spoons! This set was approx $3 and made from bamboo.
 

Literally all you do is tape around the spoon where you want and paint the ends with your choice of colour. 
Of course I used white paint (Dulux acrylic interior paint) and painted 2 layers.
Once dry I sanded evenly and distressed the edges.
I threaded twine through the holes at the base of the handles, just for a fun look.


I am really happy with the end result. I use them a lot and they have washed extremely well.


 I think this is such a fun, inexpensive gift idea too, don't you?

Take care,
xxx

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Monday, 7 July 2014

Scooby Doo 4th Birthday Party

  

This weekend we held Maclayne's 4th birthday party. She wanted a Scooby Doo theme as she loves Scooby!  I was really annoyed with myself for not taking many photo's and the ones I did take were pretty blurry as I had my camera on the wrong setting and I was too busy to check. Grrr...

I made my very first pinata, it was so easy and nearly free!!!
This is a phone pic at night, but you can see that it's a ghost (I hope)

blowing in the wind!

We also had a treasure hunt, looking for Scooby treats.

A thief (aka Daddy) dropped in and stole some presents but he was apprehended by Mystery Inc. This was the most fun part for the kids!!!

And no party is complete without loads of yummy food!


And Maclayne's cupcake cake... I can't believe my baby will be 4 this week!
Take care,
xxx

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

My Country Blog Hop : New Zealand

Hi Everyone,

Today I'm taking part in the My Country Blog Hop over at NanMade
I wanted to make something to represent my adoptive country of New Zealand. I've lived here for nearly 12 years now, and this is my home.

I have had this little dolphin pendant for ages, I think I got at a Flea Market on a hot summers day in Durban, South Africa and I've kept it all these years. I love the colours in the resin and that it glows in the dark at night!


The colours I chose closely represent the beautiful, blues and greens of Paua shell.

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You can read more about New Zealand Paua here.   

The dolphin pendant represents the Maui's dolphin. Maui's dolphin are only found off the west coast of New Zealand's North Island.  They are very endangered and are currently in the news here, as the government has decided to open up part of the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary - the main habitat of the Maui's dolphin - for oil drilling. You can find more information about these dolphins here

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I love suncatchers, and I'm going to hang this wee creation up where I can appreciate the colours and be reminded of my beautiful country.


Be sure to pop on over to NanMade now, check out the talent and read stories from around the world.

Take care,
xxx

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