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19 May

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    May 19, 2011, 10.39 AMby paffx

    yess! i am :) kaarin and donna are so lovely! cheers re my stuff! :) will definately! and tell me of anything notable you get up to, and then i’ll gossip with kaarin about it, and she can refer to you as “one of her sucesses” some more ;)

13 May

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    May 13, 2011, 03.06 AMby paffx

    hey ! :)

    i’ve been stalking your blog all morning :P just wanted to leave a note and say that seeing your “Le petite manchette” last year sometime totally inspired me – and now i go to toi! :) it’s been crack up going through your costume posts and trying to spot parts of the costume room in the background. :P

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      May 16, 2011, 05.05 AMby minnietheminks

      Hello :)

      Thanks for your great message… are you studying costume construction? Whoo hooo I inspired someone that totally awesome to hear.

      My blog as been a tad neglected of late but I am happy you have been stalking it. Just took a peek at your studio and your stuff is amazing, I can see why Toi wanted you.

      Well have fun there and keep me posted on your creations… love the jumping bunny profile pic.

      x Lindsay

4 January

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    Jan 4, 2011, 12.00 AMby carottesauvage

    have a wonderful new year also!! Filled with happiness and creativity!xoxo

6 October

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    Oct 6, 2010, 04.43 PMby carottesauvage

    Thank you Minnie, I hope you settled well in Australia. Take care

15 July

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    Jul 15, 2010, 03.58 AMby madeleinefashion

    Hi. I am catching the train up to Brisbane tomorrow if you are free… xoxox

24 April

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    Apr 24, 2010, 11.07 AMby gillthecat

    thats like a double bummer, im off to scotland on holiday 3 weeks in june,, including a cottage on mull for a week,, no sewing machine but i think ill survive,, how you coping in australia

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      Apr 28, 2010, 10.19 PMby minnietheminks

      Its HOT, te he. Lucky you going back home, I have not been for over 4 years! Its kinda werid don’t move in to our own place until Sat so things will seem more normal after that. Have a great trip!

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    Apr 24, 2010, 06.05 AMby madeleinefashion

    hope the move went well :)

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      Apr 28, 2010, 10.18 PMby minnietheminks

      The move is kinda still going… move up to Brissie on Sat. I could meet up with you Friday avo as I will still be in Robina? Or some other time as I can’t work at the moment so can always come back down on the train with my go card?

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      Apr 28, 2010, 11.15 PMby madeleinefashion

      well when ever you are available… but i will be free friday if thats easiest for you.
      I may even be going up to brisbane friday night for the twilight markets.

29 March

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    Mar 29, 2010, 04.13 AMby madeleinefashion


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      Mar 29, 2010, 07.52 PMby minnietheminks

      He he, I did not expect it, my friend is already designing my dress, and I don’t even have a ring yet, te he

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      Apr 2, 2010, 11.10 AMby madeleinefashion

      hehe well thats so exciting!
      cant wait to see some lovely photos

28 March

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    Mar 28, 2010, 09.05 PMby missymay

    Congratulations on your engagement!

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      Mar 29, 2010, 07.51 PMby minnietheminks

      Thank you. Was a complete surprise, so good!

22 March

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    Mar 22, 2010, 01.13 AMby madeleinefashion

    OOO Fantastic..Cant wait and robina wow thats were my college was =) Qld wont know what hit it with us on the hunt.lol. Hope you move goes well and you find a great place! talk soon! xoxox

20 March

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    Mar 20, 2010, 02.36 AMby madeleinefashion

    Hey Minnietheminks. Just read that you are moving to Aust… and wondering where? Are you going to be doing costume here? xoxox

22 February

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    Feb 22, 2010, 12.58 PMby carottesauvage

    Hello Minniethemink, Just realized you are living in Wellington. I have two great NZ friends from there, and as the world is small perhaps you know them: Dan Beban and Nell Thomas… just asking in case. One day I don’t know when I am hoping to visit;)

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      Feb 22, 2010, 07.45 PMby minnietheminks

      Hello! Yes Wellys you should come visit, come in September when the World of Wearable Art is on, tres fabulous!
      I don’t know your friends by name but I probably know them by sight, Welly is a compact city, he he :) I betcha I meet them now.

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      Feb 22, 2010, 08.08 PMby carottesauvage

      Well if you often go to gigs, you may encounter a ginger guy (30ish) with a constant smile on his face either playing a banjo, yukule, guitar etc… cool guy. Small scene ….
      Yeah meant to visit NZ sometime

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    Feb 22, 2010, 06.09 AMby alanagrace

    Hey there fellow Wellingtonian! How long have you been living here? I’ve never come across someone else who lives here on burdastyle. And just looking at your photo I think i recognise you. Little old Wellington huh? Wonderful creations btw

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      Feb 22, 2010, 07.42 PMby minnietheminks

      Hello :) Little ole Welly indeed. I have been here for nearly four years. I loves it.
      It is funny how you see people in Welly over and over again and you don’t know them personally but you see them all the time. He he.
      I am going to be looking out for you now!

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      Feb 25, 2010, 03.30 AMby alanagrace

      I just realised that i think i recognise you from burdastyle, not Wellington. Haha.
      I totally know what you mean, recognising people daily but not knowing them.
      Did you go to the costume school on Taranaki St? I think there’s one there and I have a friend in her first year this year.

20 February

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    Feb 20, 2010, 11.05 PMby gillthecat

    i miss aberdeen terribly, i think nz would be better as its more like scotland,my husband is from perth so were here for a bit, till we escape to the world,,ha ha,, you have snow over there lucky things,, what are you working on next, ive been very tentative, in my progects, but about to touch my first base with jacket. its a slow progress i always thought id do dressmaking at some point,, i wish i had time for lessons, but my little mini beasts keep me so busy !!! here my husband made me potato scones yesterday

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      Feb 22, 2010, 07.39 PMby minnietheminks

      It is a little bit more Scotty in the way parts of the country looks and its very green… but that means it rains more. You don’t get snow in Welly :(
      I kinda have a mad costume to work on next for someone but for me I need to make a new hoody, a stylish one of course :)
      Potato scones you say… YUM!!!!!

19 February

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    Feb 19, 2010, 04.08 AMby gillthecat

    cool where you from in highlands im from aberdeen, i miss it a lot but hey ho were here in perth stinking hot just now,, those ruffle pants you made were jsust lovely there looks to be quite a lot of good sewers in nz,, whys that i wonder, im novice but keen maybe in 20 years ill be good,, i hope,, the marimeko fabric is so l,ovely 6 meters and perfect god knows what ill dae with it but it was 5 dollars, surely bargain of the century

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      Feb 19, 2010, 07.48 AMby minnietheminks

      I am from Wick… I studied in Aberdeen for a year. Yeah I miss it too, espeically the lovely soft light so bright over here.
      I think there is heaps of good sewers in NZ becuase in years gone by you just did not get the fashions ready made etc, so mother taught daughter etc… it does seem to be about learning from your mistakes with sewing thats for sure! I do plenty of those, he he. Nice to meet you in a cyber kinda way :)

15 December

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    Dec 15, 2009, 10.12 PMby cos2memaker

    Your work is amazing and its neat to hear you strated at night classes which of course have now gone. I am a costume designer in Hamilton and also was teaching night classes which I am continuing in my costume studio. I wish I had known about your showcase it would have been worth a trip to Welly – best city in NZ. Keep up the good work.

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      Jan 13, 2010, 06.24 AMby minnietheminks

      Hey, sorry for the late reply! You sound like you have the perfect set up. Welly is rather great and next years grads will have their show this September. Thank you for you kind words :)

8 December

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    Dec 8, 2009, 06.31 PMby bjorgg

    congratulations on your graduation :) love your works. Where did you study?

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      Dec 10, 2009, 08.22 PMby minnietheminks

      Thanks :) I studied at New Zealand Drama School for 2 years , was lots of fun and hard work, happy to graduate.
      What you up to?

26 November

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    Nov 26, 2009, 08.00 AMby lepetithoot

    I can’t believe you only started sewing two and a half years ago! Your work is AMAZING!!!!

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      Dec 10, 2009, 08.24 PMby minnietheminks

      Thank you, yeah maybe its near to 3 now, haha. I studied for two years non stop so that helped heaps. Thanks for your comment, made me smile

24 November

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    Nov 24, 2009, 05.27 PMby beaufabulous

    I just checked out your blog and you are fabulous!! I am so in awe that you a costume designer, that sounds like the best job in the world :) You are very creative and inspiring, thanks for sharing all your wonderful pieces :)

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      Nov 25, 2009, 10.51 AMby minnietheminks

      Hello :) thanks for your kind words. It is alot of fun making costumes, I love period and vintage with a splash of the modern, thanks for checking out my blog, hopefully it will get more attention now Have fun creating x

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    Nov 24, 2009, 02.31 PMby petitmoutonbleu

    wow!!! costume designer!!!! sooo much fun!!! very creative !! you can go crazy with fabrics and just let your imagination fly!!!! sounds like a fun job to do!!! lot of work though..but uju!!!!! i would loveto do that!!! beautiful things you make!!!!!

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      Nov 25, 2009, 10.52 AMby minnietheminks

      Thank you so much :) Fabrics, they are the best things in the world, he he, then to cut here and there and create is awesome. x

18 September

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    Sep 18, 2009, 04.46 AMby littlepinkkiwi

    The showcase was so inspiring! The standard of work was absolutely incredible. My daughter loved it too and she is very interested in doing the costuming course after she leaves school (she was keen on fashion design before but now thinks that fashion is boring and costuming looks like a lot more fun after having seen the showcase). We’re both feeling really motivated after seeing all the amazing costumes so I think I know what we’ll be doing in the school holidays. Looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations :-)

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      Nov 25, 2009, 10.54 AMby minnietheminks

      Hiya, finally I have time to breath and reply to you. Thank you for coming along to showcase. It was such a blast to see everybodys work on stage after working so hard.

      Glad to hear there may be another costumier in the making. I think in my holidays I will be sewing too… for myself at last, ha ha.

      Hopefully see you again, keep in touch x

9 September

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    Sep 9, 2009, 03.48 PMby charlsfarls

    You are officially amazing! Had a look through your projects and your stuff is fab!! I am now super inspired again, been having a bit of a lull of late but looking through your stuff and reading about you on the front page has really made me feel back ‘on it’! Cant believe you only started a few years ago, i am a beginner and sometimes it feels like Im never going to get to as high a standard as the likes of you and other talented folk on here! Thanks so much for sharing x

7 September

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    It’s so cool to see a fellow Wellingtonian featured! And I recognise some of your creations – my boyfriend is in the Third Year acting class at Toi, so one of his classmates wore that beautiful cabaret dress you made and another wore the Macbeth costume. Awesome work – it’s so heartening for a beginner to read that you only began sewing 2 and a half years ago!

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      Sep 9, 2009, 07.54 AMby minnietheminks

      Hi, thanks for your message :) Welly is a great place, I love it. Do you know we are having our Costume Showcase on the 17th of September, you should come along.

      You can see my early work in my studio and how I have improved. I went to Wellington High School at first to do night classes in sewing, it really helped.

      I will be hosting a craft night soon, you should come along if you like, the girls from class and some other friends too, we do mostly hand sewing, knitting, felting, what ever you want to bring along. Your more than welcome.

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      Sep 12, 2009, 12.15 AMby cjnz

      Hi, yes a few of my workmates who are sewers are coming along to the costume showcase, we’re looking forward to it. The craft night sounds great, I’m just getting into knitting as well so would love to come along and bring my latest project. My boyfriend is Guy so I’ll get him to give you my email address this coming week and you can let me know when and where it’s going to be (or just let him know the details and he can pass them on to me).

3 September

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    Sep 3, 2009, 12.49 PMby rre

    I love the hat you are wearing….did you make that?
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      Sep 3, 2009, 08.57 PMby minnietheminks

      Yeah, just a few weeks ago. Will post proper project pictures soon. I really loved learnign to make hats

25 August

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    Aug 25, 2009, 12.39 PMby missymay

    Hi! you have some beautiful pieces! love the ruffle top you’ve just added :) I have only spent 1 day in Wellington for work and it was very windy!

1 July

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    Jul 1, 2009, 07.52 AMby emilykate

    Hi there minnie! how cool is this new site! the bigs are getting worked out day by day and I’m loveing it! hope you’re well! :o)

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      Jul 7, 2009, 12.09 AMby minnietheminks

      Hiya , yeah the new site is really great, it seems like there is more room and I like how we all have a studio :)

      Been working on a new top so up load that soon, really silly though making summer clothes and it winter, take care ;)

17 March

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    Mar 17, 2009, 05.08 AMby hooley

    Hi and thanks for commenting on my wall. No, I would have loved to make it to the stitches and craft show but unfortunatelt due to work and family commitments I was unable to make it. I feel awful because it was only 20 minutes away and yet I know lots of people travelled from interstate! Maybe next time. P.S. I love your photos on your profile page – I’m especially envious of your sewing room!

25 February

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    Feb 25, 2009, 07.15 PMby sew4my3

    A great big THANKS to you MINNIETHEMINKS for the congrats on my new job as forum manager! If you ever need anything please let me know. Happy sewing!

12 February

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    Feb 12, 2009, 08.28 PMby emilykate

    It’s so cool that you’re studying costume! I did a fashion and clothing production certificate at TAFE but didn’t quite finish it, I’ve been thinking to try and go back :o)

10 February

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    Feb 10, 2009, 10.17 AMby erdronen

    haha! you’re funny :) i’m sure someday you’ll be featured member too! that dress was absolutely fabulous though! The Music Man is my favorite musical, and that dress looks so much like Marian’s pretty pink dress at the end! I love it!