Friday, 19 September 2014

Tuesday, 16 September 2014


On our way to China, my husband and I decided to have a little holiday in between. We visited the beautiful city of Melbourne which is known for being the most liveable city in the world! Initially we were hoping to go to the Gold Coast to visit Louis' sister and our two gorgeous nephews, but unfortunately it was just too expensive. So we decided on our second choice in Melbourne which was more in line with the flight path to Asia.

I have always wanted to visit Melbourne as it is renowned for being a very creative and vibrant city. There is such a great atmosphere in the Metropolis with stunning architecture in various but complimenting styles. The musicians that played on the streets were top notch and had serious talent. They were so much more than your usual buskers with a profound skill.

It was amazing to catch up with some good friends who have recently moved there from NZ in the last few months. We had dinner along the river with the sounds of an incredible jazz saxophonist providing the soundtrack for the evening. It was a truly wonderful way to spend a Saturday night.

We were so blessed to have some friends (Hi Tom & Kate!) to house us during our stay in a close by suburb of Bacchus Marsh. Louis had previously stayed with them on a work trip when a few teachers and some students had crossed the ditch to visit their sister school. They really went above and beyond to make us feel at home. Kate even took a day off work to take us to the Zoo and Manor House at Werribee Park.

We had such a great time in Melbourne and I would highly recommend a visit if you haven't already. The CBD is easy to get around and we took great advantage of the free tram service that loops around the inner city. There is so much to see and do!

Sunday, 14 September 2014


So I know I said I would disappear for a couple of months, but I think just one month was long enough for me to get settled into living in China. I'm excited to get back into blogging and creating new work.

So far I have completed two weeks of working as an English teacher in the city of Wuhan. I'm really enjoying helping the gorgeous kids learn a new language. This past week we had a national "Teacher's Day" celebration where the children bring their Teacher's gifts such flowers and chocolates (two of my favourite things!).The pictured carnations are just a few of the many flowers I was given.

I'm enjoying being creative again (one month is too long). I have already picked up some watercolour paints and happily spent the majority of my Saturday working on some wedding invitations for a beautiful friend.

My husband Louis and I also ventured to Melbourne, Australia on our way to China, and I look forward to sharing some of the images from our trip here soon.

Thursday, 21 August 2014


As you may know by now, I am relocating to China with my hubby to teach English! So I'm going to be taking a break from Rose Tinted for a couple of months or so. This means I won't be posting for awhile, nor will I be making flower crowns to order. I will also be missing from my social media (facebook, instagram) If you would like to see more of my work, you can always scroll back to some of my older posts.

My NZ friends, I have a range of illustration prints and flower crowns available to purchase from Tiny Space Store in Auckland City (St Kevins Arcade, K'rd).

You're welcome to email or message for an enquiry or just to say hello, I'm just unsure how long it will take me to reply. I apologise for this if it causes any inconvenience.

Thursday, 14 August 2014


Rose Tinted Photography

I'm a bit of a magpie when it comes to metallic things, so when I saw this picture of an owl at the local charity store, I had to have it. I love the way it catches the sunlight and is even more brilliant as you change angles.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


I've been on yet another little getaway to the beach this winter. This time it was with my family to Matarangi where my Aunty and Uncle have a bach we were able to use. You may recall we also went there in the summer for a blissful holiday.

I'm treasuring this time with family in such a beautiful location as I know I will miss it dearly when we are in China. I love the New Zealand coast and I believe it is the most beautiful at sunset when the light becomes dusty and dreamy. The best thing about photographing in winter is you get empty beaches void of people. Not that it's a bad thing, but there is something profound about having such a vast and beautiful space to capture. Winter light is also stunning with it's cool white tones, quite a contrast to the warm golden glow of summer.

 I love it when the photo is so beautiful that it needs no editing in the slightest. But really God did all the hard work here, we just happened to be here with camera in hand at the right time with the knowledge of how to capture it. Special thanks to my sister Melody of Glorious Bandits blog who snapped the images of me in my favourite fedora!

Friday, 8 August 2014


Here's a couple of the illustrations I did for my sponsors for the Mission 48 hour Famine I did earlier this year!