Craft Market

2015 Craft Markets:
22 February (Sunday), 10am - 2pm, Titirangi Village Market

Sunday, 25 January 2015

New creations and blooms.

This week has been a productive week. Finished some journals and cards, went for a little photography assignment and was at the first Titirangi Village Market for the year.


This bright colourful journal is already in my Etsy shop.


An indigo tie dye journal will be listed next week.


I tend to keep fabric scraps no matter how small they are, thinking that I'll make something one day, and that day came last Wednesday. I manage to stitched them together and make into a book cover.


The inside is made from an old purple pillow case.


It is use to cover my planner which doesn't look so interesting as you can see. I'm quite happy with the result although my sewing still needs a lot of practise.


Some cards that I made recently. Woodblock prints on fabric.

Meanwhile, Gene has been busy too. We went shopping for wood last Saturday.

So many sizes and the smell of wood... I like it very much!


This is what he made and finished this evening. He got the white table top from the office, Someone nicked the top and was going to be thrown away, Gene brought it home, did some work on it and built the support frame/legs for it. It is a very big table and now is his workspace in the garage. I might use it too when he's not ;)

In the garden...


Cosmos are blooming.



I bought this Lobelia on a discount, it was in a sad condition when I got it, hardly any flowers. After transferring to the planter (that Gene made ;)), some care and feed, a week later it burst into blue hues. I love the blue flowers! So glad it survived.


I got a chance to have a photo session with amazing artists Pauline and Bob, who live in an old Bedford bus in the farm with their dog Ruby (plus some cows and wild rabbits). This little assignment is for East West Gallery where they have their work for sale. I feel so privileged to be able to have tea with them, listen to their inspiring stories and see their amazing art work. Before leaving, Pauline gave me this rare purple Crucifix orchid. I look forward to seeing the flowers, though I think it will take a while :)

Have a good week ahead!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Upcycled notebooks, new journals and Gene's woodwork

I finally completed the little upcycled notebooks.

What a relief. Hopefully they'll travel safe to the destination.

I've also listed some new journals in my Etsy shop. The fabric from these books were gifted to me by my mother-in-law last Christmas.

Little black book.


Sweet roses journal which I think would make a nice gift as valentines present.


Another bright and colourful floral journal.

Gene has been having fun making things in the garage. Such a creative and talented maker in his own way. Thought I'd show you his creations this week.

His first big project was a table and benches for the deck which completed just in time for Christmas when his family arrived.


He made this nice trolley for me, perfect for putting my tools and supplies in the studio.


Kiki has got her own cat post corner now.


A planter box. I think I shall put this one on the deck, though we still need to get a suitable plant for it.


This one was made just yesterday. A garden tool caddy for me! Made from leftover wood. I love it!

Sometimes he'll come home with orphaned wood pieces, recently a bed frame, a table top and other wood picked up from who knows where. He's very clever in making things with wood, it's like playing lego, putting pieces together, only much better :)

Monday, 12 January 2015

Shibori Tie Dye Notebooks + Full Summer

As the week rolls on in the height of summer, things are looking good despite the temperature going up. Thank goodness for fan!


These Shibori tie dye notebooks are finally listed in my Etsy shop. I love the patterns from the hand dyed fabric. This might sound a bit strange but I feel so attracted to the patterns as if I'm looking at stars or suns or something out there in the universe.


Currently making upcycled notebooks. Cutting from all the boxes I've collected and some given by friends.

Using whatever fabric scraps that is in my stash, even the tests woodblock prints are used. This is for a project I'm working on which I will reveal when the time is right.

Moving on to the garden...

Summer in full swing.


Pyrethrum.


Marigolds - Flighty's Favourite, this one has to be my favourite! The orange colour is stunning!


In the veggie patch, I'm still picking kale! I've tried stir fry, kale salad, kale chips, kale in pizza, yum! I love this veggie!


And we have beans!


Right now enjoying watching the capsicum grow day by day and waiting patiently to harvest them. Soon, very soon.

Have a good week ahead!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Word of the year 2015

Hello 2015! Happy New Year! 

My Word of the Year 2015 - Blessings

This year it took a while for the word to find me, this year I found it. As I was reflecting and contemplating in the last days of 2014, I realised that I have been so blessed all these years, even more so in the recent months, weeks and days. How truly amazing how my life's journey has unfold. So much beauty and goodness. I am thankful for all that is, and so I invite Blessings into my journey in 2015. Not only to remind myself that life is a blessing, that everywhere I go, every person I meet and every experience I go through, is an opportunity for me to awaken even more, and whatever happens, even the unpleasant events that I encounter, they are truly blessings that will lead me to where I need to be, to open up to kindness, compassion and love. That I am guided, always.

Blessings also include my practise of metta sharing. Radiating loving kindness and wishes to all, which in a way is like sending blessings to others. This I shall continue in 2015.

Sending you lots of love and may you be blessed with good tidings this year.

What's your Word of the Year 2015?

This is where I get my yearly ritual of Word of the Year. I have been doing it since Ali Edward started it in 2007.

I am almost fully recovered, glad to have some time off to rest. I am still on holiday and not doing any bookbinding or craft related work at the moment. Will be back with a fresh new start next week.

Lets move on to the gardening scene.

While my in-laws were here, my parents in-law kindly (or perhaps they were bored?) did some weeding on this tiny patch just outside my studio. I had intended to work on it, I guess Santa sent me a little help to get started. A triangle shaped patch that was overgrown with grass and weeds, and where I planted my osteospermum temporarily, poor plant! This is the picture after my in-laws left.

I picked up where they left and continued cleaning up the place.

I decided to do a rounded edge instead of a sharp end with the bricks. After much work, this is the result. Not the most perfect of quarter circle but quirkiness adds character :)


I split the begonias that I already have (from the garden near the deck) and planted them closest to the path way. I got some plants from the nursery to add to the patch, some cosmos, Alstroemeria 'sweety', Nierembergia, next to it is Salvia greggii (Autumn Sage). I moved the Osteospermum to the corner. The brown grass is native plant Carex tenuiculmis, it looks like its dead but that is how it is, perfectly healthy brown grass.  


Alstroemeria 'sweety' (Inca sweety).


Salvia Greggii, bright salmon.


Nierembergia

That was how I spent the days leading to new year and completed on new year day! A great start of the year :)

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Farewell 2014

It has been a wonderful year, and a busy Christmas and holiday season! Gene's family came and left, I got sick and spread the flu bug all around to everybody. We've been resting and recovering since. It has been good to not be online with the computer for a change.


We did had happy road trips around Auckland with the family while they were here. Here's a photo Gene took of a garnet at Muriwai beach. Always a treat to visit the birds.

I've been busy gardening too, but will safe that for another blog post. Just wanted to wrap up 2014. Still one and a half hours to go till the new year.

It has been a good year. I am thankful for all the experiences, pleasant and also the less pleasant ones, much to learn and to grow both in my personal and business.

Thank you for being here with me and following my journey. Hope you had a good 2014, see you in 2015!  :)

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Auckland Fair

Auckland Fair was a blast! Gene had accompanied me to the fair to helped me out and I was so glad he did, it was a busy market. People were lining up before the opening time and it was buzzing with people during the four hours of the fair. 
That's my stall, photo taken right before the doors were open to public.


My new handmade notecards, handprinted and hand dyed fabric.

We had a lot of fun and I am so grateful to all who came and purchase from me and all the makers at the fair. It means so much to us small business owners. It is a lot of hard work and every kind compliment and sale is appreciated. Thanks you.

On the same day, Gene's family (5 adults) landed in Auckland, and we had to move most of my studio stuff out to the garage, to make room for the guests to sleep.
So here I am working in the garage, preparing for my last two markets of the year, and also for my friend Yoko, who will bring some of my books and cards to Prana Festival where they will be on sale. Yes, it's pretty busy here at the moment.


In the garden, Flighty's Favourite are blooming everywhere and what a delight! Bright colours popping up in time for a colourful Christmas this year!


My first strawberry! It was sweet and delicious! What a long wait but oh what joy!

Well, it will be pretty busy here in the next few weeks with markets, guests and what not. Here's wishing you good week!

Next market:
14 December (Sunday) - Titirangi Village Market, 10am - 2pm
21 December (Sunday) - Titirangi Village Market, 10am - 2pm.

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