Hello World!

My name is Melanie. I’m a French expat currently living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Prior to moving here, I lived in London for 6 years.

While in London, I met my husband and had my first son, Lucas. We moved halfway across the world in 2012 to give our family more space and a different life style. Out with the walks on the extremely built-up Southbank, in with the toes-in-the-sand walks.

In 2014, our family grew and we welcomed Leon, who is the most chilled out and content baby I have ever met.

I have been a crafter for most of my life.
My crafting life started, when after months of pestering my mum, she showed me how to knit when I was about 7. Then, I learned crochet, embroidery, cross-stitch and I picked up a little bit of sewing know-how from my grand-mother, who was a seamstress by trade.
In my early 20s though, I gave up crafting as I was too busy studying-partying-then-working-and-moving-countries. I was still creative though, and after too many years on the benches of university studying law (degree of International Business Law that I never ever went to pick up!), I retrained as web designer. Losing my job in the early stages of pregnancy gave me the opportunity to refocus on what was important to me and I rediscovered my love of crafting. I became a sample knitter (knitting samples for magazines and/or designers), which led me to technical editing of knitting patterns (for magazines and designers) and finally to design my own knitting patterns – I have been published in several magazines (Simply Knitting, The Knitter) and in a couple of books too.

Our move to New Zealand thwarted my creativity for a while, but soon enough, it came back to me and I am once again a happy crafter. While I am not currently designing knitwear or editing patterns, I certainly enjoy knitting for myself, crocheting, sewing, quilting, and embroidering. To these old times friends, I have also added a foray in the papercraft world with scrapbooking and Project Life. I am also now what I would call a “reluctant artist”. I draw and paint most days and this is where I want to take my craft in the coming years as it gives me the most joy and satisfaction.

This is the blog where I share all my creative endeavours, mostly threads-based, but with the odd art and papercraft thrown in. Oh and recipes, as I’m also a keen cook (after all, I am French, right?!).
I will post the odd tutorials and how-tos here and there too!

And now, 5 of my favourite “things”:

  1. my family
  2. pukeko
  3. crafts and arts (well, duh!)
  4. all butter croissants
  5. Monday mornings (because that’s when my crafty girls meet up)
  6. walks on the beach

There are many, many more things that I love, but you’ll have to keep reading my little corner of the internet to discover them!
So please, follow me in my adventures by subscribing to the blog and adding it to your bookmarks. Oh and you can always follow me on Instagram where you can see what I am up to every day, if you are so inclined!
Leave me comments, I love them! Ask me questions, and I’ll answer them as best as I can!