Sometimes when I look through my photos I think that maybe I should do more gritty urban photoshoots with graffiti and skyscrapers. Wellington actually has lots of fascinating urban corners: old character buildings, a couple of fabulous high rises (and a lot of really terrible ’80s ones), and AMAZING graffiti.
Every once in a while I do do that kind of photoshoot, but the thing is, I’m all about nature. By the time I get to a city photoshoot I’m already grumpy because of traffic and attempting to find parking (both of which are actually laughably easy in Wellington, but I’ve gotten spoiled). Then, when we actually take pictures, I’m just weirded out by people looking at me as I pose.
Take me out of the city to a park or the country and I start frolicking amongst the flowers and gambolling over the grass and climbing trees and generally loving the whole world. Nature just makes me happy.
Out in the wild I turn into a cross between a tree goddess and a six year old.
Last weekend was the annual Wellington Sewing Bloggers Christmas picnic. I love picnics! Food + nature = yay!
Mr D does not agree. He doesn’t understand why you would go sit on the ground when you have a perfectly nice set of chairs and couches at home that you could be sitting on.
So the picnic was a great chance to exercise my love of lounging on wool blankets and eating too many strawberries and being outside. It was also the perfect opportunity to hang out with the awesome WSB ladies, and to show off my latest frock, and get it photographed – because in addition to sewing, the WSB ladies are awesome at appreciative “Oooohs!” and taking pictures.
Appreciative “Ooohs” aside, this isn’t the most exciting sew. It’s another Henrietta Maria frock, and I’ve done quite a few of those, but it is exciting because I love this pattern so much, and it’s really the perfect summer dress. It’s so comfortable, works for every occasion, and best of all, has pockets!
And, because it’s in nature, I’m grinning like a chipmunk in half the pictures!
The dress is sky blue linen with subtle stripes, and it looked perfect with my rainbow belt, so of course I had to wear my most over-the-top diamond-like necklace so that I was Leimomi in the Sky with Diamonds.
Sadly, not one of the WSBs got the pun. Le sigh.
That did not stop me having a fabulous time with the ladies. It was a picnic! There was nature! I climbed things!
You have to love a dress that you can climb trees and walls in!
The dress is one of those things that I just want to wear every day. I’ve found it also looks good with a braided leather belt and brown shoes – it’s the closest I get to boho chick.
Happiness all ’round!