Monday, August 2, 2010
I've made some purchases for the house we don't yet have and the sofa we've not yet bought! Yes, I know I'm being premature but I've had this idea for a while to include a bit of a play on my husband's England heritage and my New Zealand one. I've loved these Pony Rider cushions (the one on the left) ever since they first came out and couldn't resist buying some (well, three actually) and then, when I was back home recently for a brief weekend visit I had to stop by one of my favourite shops in Auckland featuring NZ art and design, The Poi Room. There I found the cushion on the right with its bright red pohutukawa flower pattern. I'm envisaging sand-coloured sofa and grey walls with a dash of red ...
Then, there was the kitsch but cute Maori Wahine doll (a favourite toy for children in the 50s and 60s). First crafted by Margaret Parr in 1951, each doll is handmade, varies in detail and has been carefully crafted in traditional Maori dress using natural products.
and the stone paperweight with a beautifully painted kete (Maori word for a flax bag).