Craft Market

2014 Craft Markets:

13 April (Sunday), 10am - 4pm - EcoWest Festival, Olympic Park, New Lynn.
27 April (Sunday), 10am - 2pm - Titirangi Village Market.

Monday, 14 April 2014


It was a fun day out at the park yesterday. I did a demo at East West Gallery's stall and talked to many wonderful people. My friend Christine dropped by and we went for a walkabout to check out the many informative booths.  
A tent for yoga and meditation, a massage service and healthy yummy food.

That's Heidi doing her fabric dyeing demo using leaves. The results were simply amazing natural earthly coloured fabric and clothes.

Keep Waitekere beautiful :)

The acrobatic performance was a crowd puller, the talented young boys and girls were amazing!

Christine helping me with keeping the signs in place for a photo, it was breezy!

I've learnt quite a lot during that short walk about native and pest plants, weeds, animal pest (now I know what a stoat look like!) and waste management. Loved and enjoyed being there as part of East West Gallery's team and also as a visitor.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Recycling, upcycling and sewing

15 March - 13 April is EcoWest Festival. It's a month long campaign and it's all about environmental awareness and sustainable living. East West Gallery has invited me to particpate on the last day of the festival (13 April, Sunday) where it will be held at Olympic Park, New Lynn. There'll be lots of activities from many participating groups including demos to workshops on environmental care and living.

I'll be at the East West Gallery booth with some of my journals and particularly I've come up with my own little project making recycled notebooks by using my craft stash + household "waste". Cereal boxes, hard board that I've been collecting, fabric scraps and recycled papers, some of the rejected papers from my torn pages while making journals. Here are some of the little notebooks that I made.

Before making the wood block print journals as you can see here and here, I did some tests print on a blank cloth. I thought they would make a nice little patch for little notebooks.

So I cut and stitched the little patch on another scrap denim. The book cover is made from a small veggie cube box which I forgot to take a photo of.

A completed tiny little notebook.

I made another one of a heart shape print and used a sewing machine instead of handstitching, as you can see, it has gone a wee off center but I still like it. Next time I need to pin it first!

That's the inside of the book covers. I like the way it is actually, to be able to see the materials used but I went on to add just a little more to cover the stitches by using an old envelope. The inside of the envelope has got some nice pattern.

There. All nice and neat. I'm quite pleased with the little notebooks I've been producing and am making more in the days to come. You can get them at the EcoWest Festival on 13 April.

As for my sewing class, we're making a jacket for our next project. I am using denim fabric so that the leftovers I can use to make books, haha!

It is more complicated than making a bag and I am learning all the jargons as I go along. I'm still a little slow but I'm getting there.

If you're around west Auckland, come on over to Olympic Park on the 13 April, it starts at 10am and runs till about 4pm.

Next market:
13 April (Sunday), 10am - 4pm, EcoWest Festival, Olympic Park, New Lynn.
27 April (Sunday), 10am - 2pm, Titirangi Village Market.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Weekend wandering

Last weekend the weather was just too lovely to stay indoors, so I packed some sandwiches and we jumped in the car and headed east to Omana beach. Absolutely gorgeous! It was a good break and rest by the beach under the warm sun, savouring the last days of summer. 
It's back to work and looking forward to the next happy day out.

Next market:
30 March, 10am - 2pm - Titirangi Village Market

Monday, 24 March 2014

Small Accomplishments

I completed this butterfly journal last week, another wood block hand stamped journal with coptic binding and wrap closure.

On the inside front and back covers I've added butterflies print papers. I love the earthly colours of this book.

For my sewing class, I completed this bag, finally! I've made a matching journal since I have leftover fabric. Feels good with the completed task and project. Making and creating with fabric and sewing machine is fun!

I took part of the day off last Thursday and went to the park. Did a little journaling...

until this little bee came to say hi. I love happy instances like this. I gently let the bee down on the grass and off it went busying in it's own bee world.

I hope you had a good week. It's Monday here and to the studio I go. Have a good week ahead!

Next market:
30 March, 10am - 2pm - Titirangi Village Market

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Birth of A Journal - Boundtiful

I made a journal out of the leaf stamps and I am very pleased with the result. I love the simplicity of this book. Here're photos of how this journal was made.
I upcycled one of my old clothes that I've outgrown and used that as the cover.

Neatly wrapped.

Next, cutting and folding papers.

Bind the covers and the pages (signatures) together using coptic binding.

The finished journal. I added a tie wrap closure with a leaf charm.

View of the front and back of Bountiful.

Bountiful journal is listed in my Etsy Shop.

This journal also reminds me of autumn, that's what we're heading here at the southern part of the globe. Some trees are already showing the signs of the changing season, which is lovely. I hope to catch up on making more journals as I've been side tracked to sewing instead. New journals to be listed in Etsy shop soon.

Next Market:
16 March, 2pm - 7pm - Coatesville Market
30 March, 10am - 2pm - Titirangi Village Market

Monday, 3 March 2014

Making progress

I have finally finished editing my Etsy Shop photos, giving it some life, adding tiny bits of nature. It was laborious and time consuming but I like the new look. What do you think?   
The work is not done yet (is it ever?) I am still learning about the ways of selling online and along the way I've met and became friends with some really nice artists and crafters in the virtual community. I hope to share about them and their work with you some day.

I scored this hand carved wood blocks for print making at one of the markets. I am so excited to start playing with them, but first I need to get some supplies, fabric and fabric paint, then I can make my own fabric prints to make them into journal covers. My own fabric prints for journal covers! How cool is that?

Other creative stuff happening around here lately is that I've enrolled myself into sewing class. I'm into week three, making a shopping bag. My sewing skill is um... shall I say... still a work in progress, I can't even sew a straight line and everything is wonky!

Learning to cook new dishes is another thing I'm playing around with at home. I've tried a few new recipes, but in the end Gene and I still love our usual green veggies, sambal and curry.

Kiki? well, she's been an angel as she is. She loves to snuggle up with me whenever she gets the chance, such a baby! So thankful that she's here with us.

We're expecting another guest this month and more markets for me to go to. Come 'like' my facebook page for more photo updates. I've just posted a photo of my first outdoor market in Coastesville. What a fun experience!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Around here

The sound of cicadas loud and strong. During this warm summer days, I usually work with our front door wide open, listening to nothing but the sound of these creatures.
I see more and more of these tiny 'ghosts' on the trees.

With busy days I hardly have the time to stop and look at tiny flowers that I love doing, but today I did. Such a great pleasure to just sit and be with flowers.

Kiki at her usual spot behind the tree. Sometimes she enjoys running and jumping in the lawn for no reason which is always a delight to watch.

This cute mini journal I made today, a custom order that I will pop in the post soon.

I've been experimenting with adding some illustrations in the journals, this one is made with cat fabric as the cover, so I've added some stamped cats inside the pages. I think it's a nice touch. Hope it'll bring some smiles to the one writing in this journal.

I'm working on giving my Etsy and Felt shops a makeover at the moment, lots of things to do and I have some big and small plans in the works. Even though it's taking so much time and energy, I love what I do and for that I am grateful.

Oh, one more thing, I'm on instagram if you wish to follow me.

My next market:
15 February (Saturday), 10am - 2pm - Crafternoon Tea Market
23 February (Sunday), 10am - 2pm - Titirangi Village Market