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Weekend in Pictures – Auckland


Ah, Auckland… you were grand…. This has turned into a travel blog of sorts hasn’t it, ha… last week Hamilton Island, this week New Zealand…


… so I arrived in Auckland and picked up the hire car and went straight to Father Rabbit.… isn’t it funny, you never feel alone in a city which hosts your favourite shops… Father Rabbit was introduced to me by my good friend Sally O.. all good things come from Sally O....


Father Rabbit’s new burrow – in The Bloc on 20 Normanby Road, Mt Eden….


… when I was first starting up Travelling Wares with Frankie the caravan – so too did Father Rabbit with their online experience….. I instantly feel in love with Father Rabbit’s aesthetic and their humour…. in Father Rabbit’s words our two businesses are ‘brothers from a different mother… but same Father Rabbit... I think they actually said it a lot more eloquently than that… that’s my Mother Rabbit’s genes coming through x


… I feel so proud of my friends Claudia and Nick for their huge achievement with Father Rabbit. When you start a small business you never know where you will end up with it… especially when it comes to turbulent retail…. their space at The Bloc is exquisite…




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… after meeting Claudia finally in person I felt like I was some foreign exchange student / penpal from Germany after corresponding via instagram and Facebook for so long, ha ….we decided to go out for dinner to Orphans Kitchen.. ohmy… that experience deserves a whole new blog post on it’s own…. and in proper photographer fashion I decided to not take my camera to dinner… fool… If you are a local check it out, if you are visiting Auckland put it on your list….. brilliant atmosphere and top notch seasonal food…. packed from 7pm with Auckland’s cool kids… with beards and tattoos riding fixies… you know the type….


… I woke rather early in the hotel room forgot to pull the curtains and shot this frame while still in bed…. with the three hour time difference it was about 2am in Brisbane…. 5am in Auckland….. ah…. time to get the day rolling I supposed…..


… went for a morning walk and hit Good One for an early coffee and brioche….. it is off Ponsonby Road on Douglas street – my dad’s name is Douglas, so I thought I would see what was down papa’s street.… again more super cool Auckland kids…. beards, tattoos, bikes and coffee…..all goes hand in hand really doesn’t it…. this is clearly on the list for the seriously cool coffee connoisseur…


.. By 10am I was at Mildred & Co to meet Milly who was hosting Megan Morton’s The School’s NZ Roadshow …. and my Vignette Workshop….


… another light filled beautiful space done so well and really considered…


…. come 6pm the space was bustling with 45 lovely ladies all here to see my Vignette class.… so exciting… and boy did we have a blast! xx … thank you all who came along…. it is one thing to host workshops in your own country… though to cross the blue pacific is another thing…. I was so touched by the audience. thank you x

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… Saturday morning I hit Flotsam and Jetsam …. now, this place came with quite the reputation….. a very good reputation….. forget beards, tattoos and fixies, this is the real deal….

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… I didn’t know what this sign meant which was out the front of Cameron and Gav’s shop…. boy, o, boy….. was I about to… hello world class donuts….


… who says retail is dead…. this place was heaving with people… this was a lucky shot with no one in it… l think I was blocking the doorway as I shot this…..


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… now, I know how hard it is to source the good stuff….and not keep it for yourself my hat really does go off to Flotsam and Jetsam... amazing variety of objects, both small and large, from 45c upwards…. something for everyone, which really is the secret to a successful retail experience is’n it…. such an array of the good stuff….

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…. a rabbit warren of rooms both upstairs and downstairs… perfect for the thrill of the hunt….

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….. I found this little old postcard for my friend Lady P…. look into those eye, how could you not crumble….. ah, hound love…. a love which never fades…….




… so, at about this time I figured out what that sign out the front meant….. DONUTS…. though not just any donuts…. I actually don’t think they should be called a mere donut, surely some new unfound word to sum up this utter delightful experience….. made by Little and Friday…. life will never be the same again…. seriously……

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… THE donuts ….. little balls of sugared whimsy…. filled with not that I knew it yet sweet custard and raspberry jam…..


… I couldn’t even wait until I got back to Mildred & Co to get into this thing…. yup, in pure greed fashion icing sugar exploded everywhere in my lap as I drove off over the steering wheel ….. such decadency


… then before I knew it I was back on a plane and hanging out with these girls at home…. they got in big trouble for sneaking upstairs and roosting on the ‘good’ armchair’ ….

K x


Weekend in Pictures


©Kara Rosenlund

Ah, Weekend in Pictures… it was a market weekend, so that meant Saturday got off to a very early start….. the alarm went off at 2.45am … I usually am up before the alarm goes off anyway… just in bed waiting for it to go off…. you know when you know you have something on and you never have a proper night’s sleep the night before… well, that is me before a market…. excited!


… we had loads of new stock on the trestle tables… enamel ware, baking tins, breadboards…. it was such a fun day… always so great to see familiar faces and also new ones… we also look forward to seeing our market friends who also have stalls…. there is such warm camaraderie between us all….


… after the market we decided to drop in to visit the newly opened Cardigan Bar at Sandgate… my friend Sally O of Studio Sixty always knows about cool and hip happenings around town before I do; Sally mentioned this place a couple of weeks back, so Timothy O and I thought we would call in for a visit and a cheeky drink post market….. it was fantastic, I would highly recommend it, especially if you are northside… love a bit of cool on the northside….


… Timothy O and I then decided to hit the road and and get home as we were both a bit shattered after the early rise of the market, we were in bed by 7pm ha …..



… Sunday morning clocked around and these cheeky feather bombs were trying their hardest to get inside the house…. I’m still puzzled as to why they love being indoors so much….


… I decided to start a little ‘mirror wall’ in the bathroom with some old mirrors I had been collecting… still need a few more to fill the space…


… I love this time of year for flowers… I bought a bunch of stocks from a grower at the market and put them in the bathroom… their fragrance is divine…..



… a bunch of foliage – not sure what is it… I bought it to decorate the trestle tables at the market… I thought it was camellia foliage, though it smells very unique….. kinda strange…


… my absolute favourite for this time of year though are jonquils….. these ones are actually from my garden, more like travelling pots. I planted a crazy amount of jonquil bulbs years ago into pots and they still come up this time of year to say hello…. I adore their fragrance like nothing else…..


… keeping on the accidental floral theme I picked up these local organic edible flowers from the market, so I decided to ‘sweeten’ them up and ‘sugar’ the pansies, snaps dragons and violets to decorate a cake….


… it was really easy to do… I just whisked an egg white with a teaspoon of water and then ‘painted’ the flower using a brush with the egg white wash…. then I used a small hand strainer and sprinkled the individual flower on my finger tips with caster sugar…


… then I placed them on a piece of greaseproof paper and let them set over night…


… so pretty and so easy….


.. atop my chocolate cake…. the flowers look much prettier than the cake…

Hope you had a wonderful weekend…

K x

This Weekend

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…. I’m busily getting new well it’s really actually old, but its new to me stock ready for this weekend’s Finders Keepers! Very exciting! Come by and see us from 10am, we will be there both days as well as so many other crafters and makers! It will be a fun sunny day out in Brisbane!

K x