Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Evening by candlelight

Some powercuts are better than others. The ones that occur immediately after an earthquake aren't much fun, and tend to escalate the tension already caused by the pesky ground shaking. The best kind are ones that happen for other reasons, while I am testing candles. Everything dims to lovely mood lighting.

When we had one a couple of weeks ago, it was shortly after I had blown the candles out when they had finished their test burn for the day. So I had to scramble around in the dark to find the matches and light them again. Then I proceded to plug in the vodem to the laptop to find out why the power had gone out.

It went out again on Friday (yet again, another shake free powercut), while I was testing some new candles. So this time I decided to take a more relaxed approach, and shun all technology more sophisticated than a torch. There is something very soothing about candlelight, and it is much better appreciated without any electric lights on.

As I sat there writing out this blog post – with a pen, on a piece of paper – I realised how all too often I forget to appreciate the simple things in life. Then an hour after it went out, it came back on as suddenly it went out, and everything whirred back into life. The whole experience was a great reminder that sometimes, technology just isn't that important, and powercuts aren't always a bad thing.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Spring Flings and a winner!

Firstly, I would like to announce the winner of my soy melt prize pack – Marie of Crafty Rie fame! Congratulations Marie, your prize is winging it's way to you right now.

This weekend I have a stall at the inaugural Ellesmere Spring Fling. Situated in the beautiful Broadfield Gardens near Hornby, this will be a garden party with a country fete feel. There will be demonstrations, arts, crafts, entertainment and champagne picnics and other food available.

There will also be art by Sarah Deans, sculpture by Allan O'Loughlin and garden tours along with wine and beverages, a jazz band, a string quartet and a touch of Shakespearian theatre all in a lovely sheltered garden.

This event is a fundraiser for Lincoln Community Care. Buy your ticket now for $25 from Paperplus Merivale and Hornby, various Ray White real estate offices, Lincoln New World and Linclon Community Care. There will be no gate sales on the day, so you will need to buy your ticket in advance. Eftpos cash-out facilites are being planned, but it's always a good idea to come prepared with some cash.

It will be open from 10am – 4pm on Sunday 16th October at Broadfields Garden, 250 Selwyn Road, Prebbleton. I have been working a way on a gorgeous new product, and hope to have some ready to bring along on Sunday.