Resin pebble plates

Check out my latest resin efforts! Texture rich plates made using shells and pebbles collected from New Zealand’s Coromandel beaches, Sailors Grave and Tairua Beach. 

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plate resin stones 

me and my underwater camera

If you know me, then you know I find it hard to spend money on myself. When you have four kids and a mortgage there’s always something else higher on the List.

Well I splashed out, once ; ) on an underwater camera, and I love it! I justified my purchase in that I brought it second hand off Trade Me, but its awesome! We have a lot of fun with it as our kids are often in the water, be it boggie boarding in the ocean, jumping off the bridge, or hanging at the school pool. What I love the most about it, is how it gets other kids, not only into the water, but putting their faces under the water, all for a photo! Perfect for our Primary School aged kids.

I did my research online first before purchasing, choosing a Nikon Coolpix.

Its waterproof up to 18ft, is shockproof, can take videos and has a decent zoom, and come in this awesome camo print ; )

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Wave inspired

Well even though they were just “small little off shorers”, they gave my husband a couple of hours of fun, and me a washing machine knock about, while trying to capture their dynamics. I had a change of fins from my ‘Out the Back’ experience and into the white wash.

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underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

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underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

 

Hopefully next time there will be some tidy barrels ; )

I have a feeling tomorrow I’m gonna be sore, I’m not exactly swim fit!

Oh here’s a couple of the hubby

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#goodforyoursoul

#thecoromandel

#opentheworld

Water play

Today was definitely a day immersed with water.

My husband and I hardly ever go on dates. We have four kids and a mortgage, however we are fortunate enough to live in a stunning natural playground. Luckily we are both water babies, and our children are being raised to adore the ocean as much as we do. Today we had a date! But not the wine and dine, movie kinda date. A surf, snorkel and bush walk kind. Our kinda date. And we didn’t even have to fork out for a babysitter because the 3 bigger kids were at school and the wee one was at Preschool!

I have been hanging out to try some underwater photography and managed to get out the back to play while my husband surfed the waves.

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#thecoromandel

#opentheworld

Yak-52’s

Living in Tairua, one of the beautiful coastal towns on New Zealand’s Coromandel, we have some stunning views. Occasionally, usually during the weekend when the bach owners are down, we get to view the Pauanui pilots working the sky in their Yak-52 aeroplanes. They are amazing!

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Kiwiana Concrete tiles

My neighbour asked me to make him some concrete tiles, featuring Kiwiana images. He did specify however that he wanted the images to be raised, and not etched in, so that dirt wouldn’t accumulate in the tile. So I asked my mother for her left over clay (she creates amazing bowls) and got to work!

I used 3 plastic boxes and lined them an inch thick with clay.

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 I tried pressing a fern leaf into the clay to give a fossil like imprint, but I think the result would be too suttle for this client. So instead, using clay tools I etched images into the clay of each box.

I let these dry a little over night, then poured the concrete, 2 inches thick. I left these for a good 3 days before pulling from the moulds.

I’m pretty happy with the final results, once the clay had been hosed off. The nice thing too is that they are originals, that with this method the mould imprint is destroyed when pulling the tile out of the mould. I could now make a silicone mould off these concrete tiles, to reproduced them….

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Constantly cleaning up 

As a mother of four, I realise that I will never have the entire house tidy at the same time. I gave up on that a child ago. While I wiz around upstairs, I hear the familiar sound coming from downstairs, of the Lego box being tipped out and the dog chewing on some poor helpless barbie, who had been left on the floor. Meanwhile there’s a mound of clean washing on my bed that will get pushed onto the floor when it’s time for bed, only to be chucked back on in the morning. 

8.40am! Time for school! I run out the door, shutting the mess behind. 

But today I started a new venture. To Keep Tairua Tidy. I got rid of the kids to school and Preschool, then parked my car just out of Tairua. Geared with my fluro vest, gloves and black sacks I headed off for a walk. Im such a geek.  Not quite sure why I’m borthering. Surely there’s someone I can call to report the state of our highway? Anyways, off I go, looking like I’m serving Community Service for some crime I’ve committed. 

I’m just tired of driving past the countless beer bottles, energy drink cans, Mc Donald wrappers and cigarette packets. New Zealand’s Coast is amazing. We have thousands of tourists that visit every year. They probably contribute to this mess too. But it’s our back yard. We need to take Ownership of it and become its guardians. We are capable of doing it. If everyone pitches in its just a small job. I’ll be back out there in a couple if days to finish the stretch of highway I started. I walked for 1 1/2hrs and collected 4 bags of rubbish. I didn’t think there would be so much, so ran out of bags! 

To dump the bags at the local tip cost me $3.20. That’s 80c a bag. 

I hope this Initiative is contagious ; ) 

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Classic cars

Just had the pleasure of photographing the pride and joy of Coromandels classic car enthusiasts.

The Coromandel Gold Rush and Gum Diggers Charity Cruise raises money for charity’s nominated by each town. The money raised gets divided 3 ways. Tairua’s charity was The Cancer Society

The cruise convoys through Thames, Tairua, Whitianga and Coromandel Town before finishing up back in Thames.

Coromandel Gold Rush and Gum Diggers Charity Cruise

The Coromandel

#goodforyoursoul #thecoromandel #tairuainforcentre

For more information on New Zealand tourist attractions and walks

call in and see the volunteers at

Tairua Information Centre

 223 Main Rd Tairua, (07) 864 7580

info.tairua@xtra.co.nz

Find them on Facebook too!

Keep Tairua Tidy

I’ve been taking a good look at myself lately. I am making an attempt to change the things I don’t like. Kinda like a makeover! Or more like a make-under, without the makeup, which just covers flaws. (I’m 36 and am proud to say I don’t own any makeup!)

I’m a frequent user of social media and am tired of seeing so many posts from people complaining. They write from the comfort of their couch and moan. I’ll admit  it, I’ve done it plenty of times, but now I’m going to be all about Action. I’m going to start taking a stand and try to make a difference. I don’t want to piss anyone off in the process, but am going to try and do something about the things that bug me. Like the littering around the Coromandel. I just don’t understand how anyone could just throw rubbish out their car window, especially  while travelling thought this beautiful landscape. And we all just assume someone else will deal with it. That someone will be paid to clean it up. Well I’m taking Action and taking ownership. 

I drove past some litter that could have easily been put into a nearby rubbish bin. Rather than think “oh doesn’t matter, the Council will pick it up”, I did a U-turn, stopped, and picked up the rubbish. Now all the passing tourist wouldn’t have to be greeted by such a sight. It only took a second, and yet made such a difference. Better yet, my children were in the car, so saw me doing this. I am raising them to respect the environment and showing them that they too can make a difference and take Action
Our next generation need to protect their land and take a stand ;  )

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I now have a box in my car with plastic bags, gloves and hand sanitiser ; )

Textures of New Zealand’s Native Bush

We are so blessed to live amongst the natural beauty of New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna. I’ve been so busy walking the beaches, collecting shells, seaweed and sand for my resin obsession that I haven’t been in the bush for ages!

This evening, with hubby, kids and dogs in tow we ventured into tranquility. The kids ran ahead as I meandered along capturing the textures of the bush.

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new zealand nz native bush flora

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#goodforyoursoul #thecoromandel #tairuainforcentre

For more information on New Zealand tourist attractions and walks

call in and see the volunteers at

Tairua Information Centre

 223 Main Rd Tairua, (07) 864 7580

info.tairua@xtra.co.nz

Find them on Facebook too!