We love laser-cutting at Copper Catkin
It's been something that has been hovering on the periphery for many years - since the birth of platforms like Ponoko, in fact - but has never been an option because of all the software retraining and style changes required. Not, that is, until our wedding, where we decided to incorporate some laser-cutting into our centrepieces and cake stand.
We also used laser-cutting to make the displays for our Steampowered Nuptials polymer clay sculptures.
New design celebrating 17 famous pilots
We are attending the Yealands Classic Fighters Omaka airshow in Blenheim, New Zealand, as our last big outdoor event before we transition to winter indoor markets, and their theme this year inspired me to revisit my old "aviatrices" design from back in the day.
Our bathroom renovations took a gruelling 6 months, but we learnt a great many things, principle among which was: do NOT trust random tradespeople when they say that they know how to do a renovation rather than just a repair.
That being said, we did take a slightly different tack from most people, as we did the demolition, painting, and tiling ourselves, as well as choosing all of the furniture and tapware - and we somehow also ended up replacing our roof in the process!
Maker-made home decor
We love to fill our home with art, craft, and decorations made by local makers.
When we travel, we also buy from the local markets, so we have beautiful collections of souvenirs from all over the world - Europe, several countries on the Mediterranean coast, North Africa, and the Middle East, are represented here. as well as the USA and some Pacific Islands.
Hydrageas grow all along the front of our family bach property, near the Rakaia river mouth. I have always associated them with holidays, and found their colour changes, based on the soil ph, fascinating.
When we bought our new house, I found that we had white, blue, and pink hydrangeas in different parts of the property, all within a few dozens of metres of each other.
One day, I decided to photograph some of them, and draw them.