kate5kiwis: *party* girl


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Friday, March 07, 2008

*party* girl

Yippee zippee, it's PARTY TIME again!!!

Ultimate Blog Party 2008
(click on the party-link above if ya like to boogie and wanna join the Ultimate Blog Party too!!)

Hi, I'm Kate and I live in beautiful New Zealand with hubby aka Bulldog, and *five* cool kids, the eldest of whom has just left home to go to university (college). I have a gorgeous, smart, talented daughter and three fabulous lads who teach me at home.

I have a love affair with all things french and when I'm not drinking little espressos with lush friends or going to the beach, or chilling with da family, I make sparkly jewellery. Oh, my latest obsession is Pilates, but who knows how long that'll last?? lol

Of course, *pressies* make a party oh! so speshal, so here's a gorgy giveaway from me:

at the end of this year's Ultimate Blog Party, I'll randomly pick a winner from the comments on this *party* post and that luffly person will receive a pair of *french provincial* earrings: a luscious little handful of blue pearls/glass beads hanging from sterling silver ear wires, handmade by me, Katie.
oui, très français...
happy days,
mwah X


Blogger Little Miss Flossy said...

Oooo that's so tempting... I have a necklace from the Pacific they'd matchy with perfickly! Mmmmmm ;-)

12:26 PM  
Blogger The Trier and Jen said...

oOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO please put me in your draw my lovely kate
you know I LOVE your jews
Im wearing the necklace you made me today :)


3:03 PM  
Anonymous Shaz said...

Hey gal, thanks for the hug, the chat, the laughs and the connection today...you make the whole world sparkle with your zest for life and honesty. Thanks! We need to make that coffee date OK.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Katepai said...

Hi Kate

I don't have ablog but you make me want to. No idea wot the blog party is but thought I'd say Hi. No sparkes here at the mo but we working on it.


7:13 PM  
OpenID embejo said...

G'day girl! I'm partying too, (but you already know that!)....but I must be a little slow, because I can't find the Mr Linky on the host site?? Can you?

8:13 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Super cute earrings! I came here through the bloggin party! Check me out too click me!

Have a great day!

1:05 AM  
Blogger KarenW said...

Nice to meet you, Kate! Those are cute earrings. Enjoy the party!

1:42 AM  
Blogger Reluctant Blogger said...

I clicked and clicked and clicked in the box and it just won't work for me. Perhaps I should take this as a sign?

Will there be music and dancing and things? Cos I love to dance. I shall come back later when I am at home (I am at the ski club a ce moment)and see if the link will work from there.

I came to say thank you for sending me such a wonderful question. I loved writing that piece - so big thanks.

And I love all things French too - oh and jewellery.

3:38 AM  
Anonymous Jean @ Penny Lane said...

What a wonderful party! The earrings are dazzling and wonderful!

I hope I can travel to NZ someday!

Hope you can stop by my blog party also!

3:52 AM  
Blogger Natalie Dickey said...

great post and i'm glad you are having a party too! can't wait to read more about your life there. stop by when you get a chance to see what we are doing in texas! oh and i love the earrings (although, i think i will have to save them for date night because my 9 mo old will like them too!)

3:57 AM  
Anonymous Bluestocking said...

OOOhh! jewelry. I love jewelry.

HOpe to see you at my party.

6:36 AM  
Blogger hazel said...

I love the color of those earrings!! I have a giveaway at my site too! Maybe a trade? Thanks!

9:38 AM  
Blogger Nadine said...

Nice blog you have. Just wanted to stop in from the party to say Hi. Love the earrings - very pretty. How nice of you to do a give away.

9:56 AM  
Blogger CC said...

Those earrings are gorgeous!

It is one of my husband's and my life goals (did I grammar that right? LOL!) to visit New Zealand. Some people we knew just moved there last year. Do you know them? LOL! ;)

10:13 AM  
Blogger Shana said...

LOVE the earrings. Glad to meet you! Hope you can come party with me too. :o)

10:17 AM  
Blogger PamperingBeki said...

Those are so cute!! Love me some sparkle. :)

Happy Blog partying!


12:37 PM  
Blogger ReviewsbyHeidi said...

Oh, those are such pretty earrings~ I love the colors. It's so nice to meet you~ all the way from New Zealand!

2:07 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

It's a blog party! What's a blog party?! I will investigate!

Hey, Kate, your friend, Graham Hart, bought my husband's company! Well, not HIS company, but Alcoa, where he works. Put in a good word for him. Maybe GH will need a new right-hand-man and we will be neighbors!

2:26 PM  
Blogger Candi said...

Hi Kate! Those ear rings are gorgeous! Just wanted to let you know that I changed my giveaway to be open to all. Really, I checked several postage rates and none are too bad---and there is always the flat rate envelope :-)! So, you just may get that knife, yet!

2:28 PM  
OpenID cheaperthencheap said...

Hi Kate!
Great blog and nice to meet you!

2:32 PM  
Anonymous CindyPTN said...

I love the earrings. I'm in. Happy Blog Party!!!! Very nice to meet you.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous kaylee said...

I wish i was partyiNG no faIr!!!!! instead, i am stuck getting cancer treatment!!!!! but when i recover i will be partying LOL!

2:56 PM  
Blogger The Estrogen Files said...

I'd be pretty happy to take those off your hands!! Just dropping in for the party.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Misty said...

laura sent me your way and I wanted to tell you I love your jewelry! Also your blog! :) Very nice indeed!!!

4:46 PM  
OpenID wondermommy said...

Those are so pretty! Thanks for a chance to win and you have a great party!!!

4:56 PM  
Blogger Mommy Brain said...

Your designs are gorgeous! I can't stop looking at the slideshow. I hope I win because then I have the perfect excuse to buy the matching bracelet. Or is there a necklace?!

Thanks for stopping by my party. It's nice to meet new people and see all of the wonderful talent there is out in the bloggy world.

5:27 PM  
OpenID happyhousewife said...

Beautiful earrings... I might start wearing jewelry again if I had something as nice as this.
Thanks for stopping by my party... you can help yourself to the stone crab claws in the fridge anytime...

5:32 PM  
Blogger Beckie said...

Party on!

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

Oooh, those are absolutely darling earings!! Love them. Thanks so much for stopping by my place. I'll be back for sure : )

6:53 PM  
Blogger Mrs. G. said...

Did somebody say party? I'll bring the dip!

7:19 PM  
Blogger BrineS said...

Lovely earrings! Would love to visit New Zealand...you're practically my neighbor...I'm in Brisbane! :)

Inviting you to Party With Me!

Win Chocolates:

Win a handmade pocket place mat:

Join me this month at A Cup of Joy for Missions Month:

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooooh, very pretty earrings!

12:38 AM  
Anonymous BeachMama said...

Gorgeous earrings dahling, you do such great work.

2:29 AM  
Blogger Storm said...

Beautiful work with the beading and jewelry.

Nice to meet you. Happy blogging!

9:16 AM  
Blogger Antipo Déesse said...

Hi Kate!

Am so sorry I missed the party: I was away on holiday and am just catching up on blogs tonight...

Will email you soon!

10:46 AM  
Blogger gina said...

WOW -glad I stopped by your party...your blog is very high energy. Your profile just jumps off the page- thanks for adding some SPARKLE to my Sat. night!!

11:06 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

I love your blog, I'm so glad I stopped by. Enjoy the party!!
Our Happy Happenings
Livin' With Me

12:15 PM  
Anonymous us8 said...

Hi Mrs G

Thanks for joining our party....Mum's a bit slow at the uploading photos thing so the costume might not be up till tomorrow.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Happy Panda said...

WOW! My eldest just went off to college last fall too. It goes so quickly doesn't it? Thank you for stopping by my little blog to give thanks. It really means a lot to me. You have a great time party hopping!

4:08 PM  
Blogger NateAndJakesMom said...

With little ones, dangly earrings are a thing of the past but my mom loves them and would look amazing in these!!
It is fun "partying" with you!!
Stop by for my giveaway by clicking HERE!

6:30 PM  
Blogger bauer zoo said...

i think we must have been seperated at birth! besides the 5 kids, and high school sweetheart hubby in common, i also studied french and we are getting a lamb for the oldest girl!
you, my dear have the neatest sense of humor!
and what talent! those earrings are beautiful!
thanks for stopping by my blog, i will definitely be stopping by yours often!

4:44 AM  
Blogger Suz said...

I was just browsing some of the blogs participating in the party and wanted to say hi.

7:02 AM  
Blogger Tamster said...

Love your work! Found you thru the party! Gotta love all things french! Tammy

7:08 AM  
Blogger Kristen M. said...

Hi, stopping by for the party. Wish I could be in sunny NZ. Love the earrings too.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Naomi said...

gorgeous blue earrings! thanks for the party... your family looks lovely, too!

10:34 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Love the earrings!

thanks for playing in my apron giveaway!

12:30 PM  
Blogger dolls123 said...

Have a great party.

dolls123 (at) gmail (dot) com

1:30 PM  
Blogger CB said...

I just found your blog through the party line. What beautiful jewelry!

4:40 PM  
Blogger Phyl said...

Love the earrings:).

I am having a Birthday-Blog-Bag-Give-A-Way! Come by my blog for a chance to win a handmade handbag.

I found you via the Blog Party at 5 Minutes for Mom:).

Thanx for having me!

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just dropped in for a "butchers' "
Sadly I wont be up for the ear rings - my wife won't let me wear them !

Party Pooper !

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Lips Of An Angel said...

Thank you for visiting, Katie. Those earrings are very pretty! I like to make jewelry too, though I don't think I'm much good at it, it's fun anyway. =)

4:47 AM  
Blogger Teri said...

Those earrings are just gorgeous! Thanks so much! It's always neat to "meet" people from other parts of the world! Take care!

8:04 AM  
Blogger momofmhasr said...

Beautiful earrings! I loved grtting to know you all. Come meet my family.

11:17 AM  
Anonymous carol ~ i throw like a girl said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog party! It's so cool to have a guest from New Zealand! Beautiful earrings, by the way!

12:37 PM  
Anonymous transplanting me said...

i'll comment. i love the chance to win things... and the earrings are beautiful!

7:37 AM  
Blogger superfizz said...

Pretty earrings! It is nice to learn about someone from another area in the world. Cheers!



7:44 AM  
Blogger Betsy said...

Beautiful jewelry!

11:06 AM  
Blogger Theresa N. said...

Pretty earrings. I know what you mean about the French, I never I was that interested in French anything but it just keeps creeping up on me. Suddenly I like a lot of things French.
Theresa N.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Julie D said...

You put out a lovely spread. Thanks for inviting me into your corner of the world. I'm also married to my high school sweetheart (21 years!)

1:38 PM  
Blogger Jessie R. said...

Those are some cute earrings! Your page is also way cute! Just stopping in to say hi!

5:59 AM  
Blogger Bonggamom said...

Cute earrings! I'm glad I joined your party...happy partying around the blogosphere, and hope you have time to drop my mine!

7:39 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Hello from Alabama. My name is Mandy and I am mom to a 14 year old boy and almost 3 year old girl. Sorry, I haven't got a blog up and going yet, just lurking and seeing what it's all about. Don't like to feel as though I am spying on people though, so I pop in and let myself be seen. So HI! Nice to meet you.
LOVE the litte earrings. Too cute. Happy partying!

9:32 AM  
Blogger Kimberly LaBombard said...

Hi Kate,
I have enjoyed stopping by. I love the earrings...looking forward to bedtime so I can browse around a but more. I used to work with a girl from NZ - she was a hoot!!
Thanks for the party.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Milanese Masala said...

Party greetings from Italy! I just started a Pilates class, too. But for some reason I'm gaining weight instead of losing it. Hope to see you around!

11:54 AM  
OpenID emilypage said...

Your jewelry is just gorgeous! I loved everything I saw! What a wonderful talent you have!

5:01 PM  
Blogger Jinxy & Me said...

Hi! Nice to meet you. Your jewelry is so beautiful - very impressive!

7:21 PM  
Blogger Boutique Flair said...

Kate, I'm happy to meet you, and LOVE your jewelry!

9:13 AM  
Blogger Jane @ What About Mom? said...

Those are beautiful earrings, and I'm not really a jewellry person. And, New Zealand! Aah, I think most Americans (me included) have serious NZ envy. My favorite trashy romance writer is Susan Napier, and her NZ settings are a big part of the appeal. She's kinda old school, but great.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Rockin' Mama said...


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7:49 PM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

comment #39
pamela from happy panda
YIPPEE ZIPPEE!!! huge congrat's to you girl, yeah, it's about time *you* won something after all the work you did on the UBP prizes, i'll be in touch.
mwah X

3:21 PM  

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