Another stage

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The day before winter began, in between building jobs, our new home was set out using pink paint, wooden stakes and string. It felt very strange wandering through the marked out rooms that are perfectly formed in my head.

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she’s three

Miss Tread Softly turned three this week. Handmade gifts and treats were the flavour of the day.

so tread softly japanese bunting

image: japanese bunting

so tread softly blog - sleepy cloud in a box tucked up tight

image: sleepy cloud in it’s box

so tread softly blog - sleepy cloud in a box

image: sewn antique bedding and embroidered cloud

so tread softly blog - sleepy cloud in a box detail

image: bedding detail

so tread softly 30 cake pop

image: cake pops to share with friends

so tread softly milk and cake pop

image: cake pop and milk

so tread softly the dolls house

image: wooden dolls house and sylvanian bunny

so tread softly the dolls house frontage

image: dolls house painted in our last homes colours

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image: our birthday pirate off to find treasure

in the studio

Some gentle pottering has been taking place in my studio this week. I’ve been working on a commissioned lampshade similar to this one. Lot’s of work but the repetitious motion, I’m finding, is somewhat therapeutic. The past couple of months, in relation to the new build, have been a bit of an uphill struggle but, I am happy to say that we now have building consent. We’re good to go! So, building a lampshade out of 100’s and 100’s of small tissue pieces has been the perfect make.

snipped wire - so tread softly blog

Image: wire pile

Each of the tissue pieces are wired onto the frame. I love this image of how the snipped wire sits. Like a miniature version of Pick-up-Sticks.

I always spend time  wrapping orders that come in from the online shop. I take great pleasure in making them look and feel special. Today I’ve been making little tags to attached to parcels that will be tied on with string.

thank you cards - so tread softly blog

image: thank you tags

thank you card close up - so tread softly blog

image: a pile of thank yous

It’s a beautiful Autumn day here. Time to leave the studio, load my iPod with podcasts and go walking. Until next time…


with bold needle and thread

What better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon than at Hedley’s Book Store listening to Rosemary McLeod talking about her newest publication ‘With Bold Needle and Thread’. The book includes 47 projects taken from vintage magazines that have been given a little 21st century twist. It’s also ‘threaded through with social history, ephemera, facts, tips and hints’.

This book is tremendous value and a vintage feast for the eyes.

bold needle

image: rosemary mcleods new book

On the way back to the car, I found a dollar coin on the pavement and so put it towards treating a girlfriend to tea and cake at a local eatery. A wonderful gentle afternoon.

bold needle 1

image: chocolate brownie and tea


morning harvest

The house we’re staying in used to belong to my friend who now lives over the back fence. Sometime ago, she scattered a handful of mushrooms under the apple tree to see what would happen. They decomposed and she forgot about them. It just so happened that she popped over for coffee this morning (we do that a lot) and look what we saw in the dewy grass…

mushroom 1

image: baby mushrooms

mushroom 3

image: edible mushrooms

mushroom 2

image: lots of them!

As I look out of the window from my desk, I can see many more little white mushroom tops poking through the grass. My friend took them home with her – well, it was only fair that she had the first crop. What did you make with them Leanne?


another step

house plans

image: the house plans

It’s been quite a week. In between the colds and sickness bugs that our daughter has generously shared with us, we managed to submit our house plans to council for building consent. Quite a major step in amongst the myriad of pigeon steps that make up the building process. We can now concentrate on the details of interior design as well as making those huge kitchen and bathroom choices. Here are a few images taken from my Pinterest boards that I think are rather lovely and are inspiring us right now.

the barn house


tongue and groove


cosy grey






doorstop sale

doorstop collection agnes coy

doorstop leather strap agnes coy

I’m having a sale on doorstops over in the shop. They were $48 and are now half price at just $24! I know! Bargain city! I’m down-sizing my product range in terms of weight and won’t be making any more for a long, long time so now is the time to purchase and perhaps put them away to use as gifts throughout the year. Sorry – ALL SOLD

These super stylish made by hand doorstops are available in dark blue denim or taupe linen with a panel of antique French hemp and embellished with cashmere yarn stitches. They all have a repurposed leather handle and are filled with dried rice.

Due to customs restrictions this offer is available to New Zealand customers only.  P&P is $7.50 however many you purchase. If you’re outside NZ, don’t worry, I have lots of goodies that I’m getting ready to pop into the shop that are suitable to post overseas.

look up

This morning we stood in our pyjamas on the dewy grass and watched balloons sail across the sky.

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image: balloons over wairarapa

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tea anyone?

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I’ve been making tea cosies this week – screen printed from one of my drawings and enhanced by a touch of embroidery.

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They’ll be making their debut this Sunday at Cobblestones Market (details in the right-hand column) and then added to the shop next week.

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Miss Tread Softly has decided that she rarely needs afternoon naps anymore so producing a small run of cosies and pin cushions has been quite an achievement!

pin cushion agnes coy a

Hope to see you Sunday.

live simply

live simply 2 copy

image: a little corner of our home

live simply 1

image: glass bell jar cover, paper boat, vintage book, rosemary + lavender

A parcel arrived from Audrey this week of Hello Paper. Her ‘Live Simply’ sticker had caught my eye  and I felt that an old bell jar cover I had, needed a lift. Honor and I have been paper-folding together. The glass cover protects our first attempt.

She also sent a tiny, twine tied bouquet of rosemary and lavender cut from her garden. Don’t you think that’s precious?

I never lose sight of life’s big picture but it’s always the little gestures, moments and details that I love to focus in on throughout my day.

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