Craft Market

2014 Craft Markets:
23 November (Sunday), 10am - 3pm, Titirangi Advent Fair.
30 November (Sunday), 10am - 2pm - Titirangi Village Market.
7 December (Sunday), 11am - 3pm, Auckland Fair, SHED 10.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Special made journal and more flowers

Completed a custom order yesterday and I'm quited pleased with this book.

Made with batik fabric and faux leather, bound using coptic binding. This is an extra thick journal which took me two hours to bind. It is off to Canada to meet its new owner.

Next in line is printing, printing and more printing. I'm preparing for Auckland Fair which is less than 3 weeks away. Not to mention Titirangi Advent Fair is this Sunday. Lots to do in this little studio.

In the garden...

Geraniums are blooming.

And more roses... sweet little ones

What a happy bunch! I take mini breaks from studio time and love to look at the flowers and bees. They make me happy.

Have a happy week!

Next Market:
23 November (Sunday), 10am - 3pm - Advent Fair at Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School

Monday, 10 November 2014

Tie Dye and Zucchini

Last week's weather was lovely, I manage to get a lot done in the warm sunny days.  
A lovely lady I met at the market gave me this fabric and I made it into a journal, it's a gift for her friend. I really like the fabric!

I've also completed some small journals, most of them will be going to East West gallery.

I've been doing some experiments on fabric dyeing, intending to make them into journals. The first batch didn't turn out quite to my satisfaction. I'll be doing more experiments in the coming days.

Different variations of indigo with different fabric and time soaked in the dye. Lots to learn and experiment.

In the garden....

The beans and peas are now placed near the raised bed. I bought some bamboo stakes as I wasn't quite the pro in splitting the bamboo that we have, but still used a couple that was good enough to do it's job.

The birds have been eating the wild berries that I thought was strawberries (found while clearing the garden) it tastes bitter and sour, I have since removed them from the garden. The real strawberries (that I bought from the local market), I transfer them into the planter and placed a protective net so they will not get eaten by the birds.

A classmate from my sewing class gave me a pot of zucchini (courgette). I'm very happy and grateful with this gift and hopefully will be able to grow them successfully. Notice a wee spider on the top leaf? ;)

As for Kiki, she too enjoyed the sunny weather :)

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Hello November

The weeks flew by so quickly and we're now in November, and almost end of 2014! Everything seems to be moving so fast I can hardly remember what I did just a few days ago. I did however remember listing some journals in my Etsy store. I think.

New eiffel tower journal is listed again after I sold one at Titirangi Village Market.

Finally listed some upcycled notebooks after some requests. Thanks so much to my followers over at instagram and facebook.

I'll be preparing for the year end christmas shopping time and making some new designs and hopefully in time to launch a new product that I've been working on. Still testing and tweaking so I can't reveal just yet what it is.

In the meantime, if you would like to shop for Christmas gifts from my shops, both Etsy and Felt, international shipping cut off date is 1 December and 12 December for local New Zealanders. I'll upload as many journals and notebooks as I can in the coming days and thank you in advance for shopping with Mettaville.

Over in the gardening scene, much ado with tending the veggie patch, transplanting and repotting some flowers, moving plants here and there.

I was at the garden nursery the other day and couldn't stop myself when I saw this beautiful osteopernum and got myself a pot. I had taken two pots but had to put one back. I have a weakness for purple flowers it seems. First lavender, now this.

We have been enjoying some fresh spinach and kale lately and I'm quite surprise of how fast they grow. Happy with the bountiful harvest.

The marigolds are doing well, I manage to grow some from my seeds that I've kept of my flower last year, and flighty's favourite seedlings are also looking good.

My friend Christine gave me some seedlings of beans and peas. I'm not sure what varieties are they, and since I'm not going to have another raised bed, I used these rice sacks that I've been keeping after all the rice that we consumed. Just so happen there is a bamboo pole laying on our deck (no idea what they were used for from the previous tenants), will have to cut them up and place them in there soon after moving them to a sunny spot near the patch.

Have a good week ahead!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

New journals and picking vegetables

These are some new journals I made last week, some are not listed in my shop yet, but they will be soon. IMG_20141015_02716
Single butterfly journal for the one who likes simplicity. Like me.

Girl and her dog journal. This is already listed in my Etsy shop.

Hunting. I love the art on this fabric block. Great as gift for the men folk.

I've also listed some mini upcycled notebook in the shop.

The weather is warming up and it's nice to be working in the studio.

Outside the studio, another rose is blooming, this one is blood red! Only yesterday I saw it as a bud. I was surprised to see it in full bloom this morning, very delighted non the less.

I'm already harvesting our vegetables from our veggie patch. Didn't know they grow so fast. This is spinach, I will be picking kale in the next few days.

Titirangi Market this Sunday. Looking forward to it as usual.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Promotion is ON!

My dear friend Evelin of Evelin T Designs and I (Mettaville) are running a joint promotion for our followers and customers.  

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Get 10% off (coupon code: METD10) from your first purchase from either of our shops (My Etsy shop) and if you purchase from both our shops, you get 15% off from both of us. You can email me at after browsing and before checking out to tell me which items you wish to purchase from us and I'll send you the special coupon code.

Promotion is valid from 13 - 19 October 2014

Happy shopping!

Monday, 29 September 2014

New creation + veggie patch

I try to write blog post on Sundays to share what the week has been but always ended up too tired and my brain goes blank. Anyways, last week has been a good week.
I created these new butterfly brooch and I think they'll look nice pinned on to coats, bags, hats or wherever that can do with a little cheer.

I've also managed to make these little up-cycled notebooks. It's good to be able to use up my fabric scrabs, piecing them up together to make these is fun. The brooches and notebooks were suppose to be for Sunday's Titirangi Village Market but upon arriving at the market entrance early Sunday morning, we were told that the market was cancelled due to miscommunication and unconfirmed venue booking, the venue was booked by another event. Well, things happen and it's ok. After a little happy wandering and a picnic, it's back home gardening.

After much work on clearing and levelling the corner, the before photos here, I let the earth set for a couple of weeks.
Then last weekend Gene helped me assemble the veggie patch kit set and levelling up the earth some more.

Next I placed the weed mat underneath.

Then some card boards. Along came Kiki doing her usual round of inspection and of course I have to wait till she is done.

She found something to play with and amused herself in her "playpen".

After she's satisfied and moved on to something more interesting I continued filling compost and earth into the patch and planted some seedlings. Since I am new to growing my own vegetables, I thought to best start with seedlings rather than growing from seed. We have in the patch, capsicum, spinach, spring onion and kale. Hopefully they'll grow well till I can harvest and enjoy them.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Last week's books and plants

I managed to make a couple of books last week, nothing new, just using whatever fabric that I still have in my stash.
Doing my best to use up the fabric and not piling them in my cupboard. Will shop for new fabric when I think it's the right time to do so.

Over in the gardening scene, I received a delightful letter from Flighty of Flighty's Plot all the way from England. Flighty sent me some pot marigold seeds, "Flighty's Favourites", thank you so much Flighty they are precious little seeds.

I sowed them in pots and will sow more in the coming weeks. Hopefully they'll grow well and when they are big enough I shall transfer them to the ground in the garden.

The roses are gone now. Petals dried up and fallen to the ground.

Still beautiful... Beautiful in the beginning, in the middle and the end.

The small borage plant in the garden is blooming and I love the blue flowers. Such a happy sight first thing in the morning.

It's almost end of the month which means, market day.

Craft Market:
28 September (Sunday), 10am - 2pm - Titirangi Village Market.