Craft Market

2014 Craft Markets:
31 August (Sunday), 10am - 2pm - Titirangi Village Market.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

At the Market

The monthly Titirangi Village Market was bustling with people this winter Sunday. I had Christine shared the stall with me and we had loads of fun. Christine makes amazing cards using paper quilling and iris folding techniques.

Christine is at the moment working on growing her business, I'll share with you her social media links once they are up and running. If you're around Auckland and wish to attend her quilling classes, she's the perfect teacher!

Lavender, simply lovely!

Another beautiful card so lovingly made by hand.

It's back to making more journals for me this week. I'm also starting a new term of sewing classes and booked myself to two bookmaking classes in August. It's going to be pretty fun month ahead.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Before and After

This is a corner of our yard. I manage work to on it this past week. Two hours a day for three days. So lucky it was sunny and so good to be out there with the earth.    IMG_20140429_01426
As is when we first came.

IMG_20140717_01838Day one.

Day two.

Day three. I haven't decided yet what to plant here, there's not much of sun for veggies.

While digging I found these, a strawberry and potato.

I may have dug out some strawberry plants with all the weeds but left what I found where they are, lets see if they'll bare fruit come summer.

Right after I finished clearing the corner, we had frost the very next day. It was cold and I didn't dare venture out to do any gardening.

Well, back to the warm studio for some bookbinding time. I've just received another custom order to work on.

Have a good week ahead!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Library and books

When we first decided to move to this area, I was a little dissapointed with the library, it was small and didn't have many selections of books, but what I didn't know then was that Auckland Council was building a new one... IMG_20140620_01725
The current library (right corner), small and cozy little place, the small cafe next door serves really good food! It is a really sweet place. But things are changing...

This is going to be the new library, a two storey building with many new facilities. What a treat! It is expected to be completed by end of the year.

How wrong I was about small library! I found these books and absolutely loving them!

Meanwhile, in the little creative space...
I made these little upcycled notebooks, it's fun to make them and I hope to make more in time for Titirangi Village Market end of the month.

Monday, 7 July 2014

New Home, New Creative Space

We've been so occupied with moving, packing, unpacking, sorting, cleaning, fixing bits and bobs and making the house a home that I've put blogging at the back bunner for a while. It has been a smooth transition and all is well. We are enjoying our new spaces very much, so does Kiki as you shall see in the photos below. But first... my little creative room.IMG_20140627_01751
Needless to say, I am happy beyond words to have this personal creative space to work in! So so grateful! Looking back and seeing how far I've come makes my heart feeling so full. From finding an unwanted table under a tree, to making lots of art and craft on it. To moving to another country, bringing along that very same table and still creating on it now. That table and I, we have lots of stories to share. Creating more art, craft and stories to come.

This is the first journal I made in my new creative space. A batek journal. The batek fabric was given to me by my mom a while ago and I finnaly made it into a journal. I love how it turn out. It's listed in my Etsy shop.

And now, for some Kiki...
Her first day out after 2 weeks quarentine in the new house.

IMG_20140706_01776 Curious as a cat can be...

A new tree to climb and seeing all she can see over the fence. She is happy here. We all are, the three of us and I cannot be thankful enough for all that is right this moment.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Almost home

Finally, we have floor! IMG_20140617_01697
It is still being laid as I write this, but oh so exciting! We're nearly done. Watching the men work has sure been interesting.

Power tools...

Power cables...

Power music! That music box has seen and been to a lot places!

In the garden, the plants have been enjoying the winter rain. I have since moved all my potted plants to the new house. I think they like it at the new place :)

Meanwhile, in the studio, I just completed these mini journals today. Batik fabric given by my mom a while ago. I really like how they turn out. I think I will be making some large journals with it soon.

Now, it's slowly packing stuff into boxes and counting the days till moving day :)

Thursday, 29 May 2014

It's pretty much still a mess at the new house, plus the garden too. A couple of weeks ago I did some gardening and trimmed some of the roses that have grown a bit wild and to my delight I saw this a couple of days ago. New baby leaves!  

They are thriving!

Pulled this one out from a corner. What can I do with this? Plant some herbs perhaps? That fence sure needs some scrubbing and new paint. It'll have to wait till spring/summer I suppose.

I made these journals for a mom and daughter. Mom requested a large A4 journal for keeping her recipes and favourite things. While the little one is going to her daughter which she will bring with her to Cambodia, volunteering in an orphanage there. I love knowing where my journals are going and how they are being used. This is such an inspiring story!

Winter has arrived and I am keeping warm indoors. Hope to make some journals too to fill up my Etsy shop which is low in products now. I will still be at Titirangi Village Market during the winter months so come and say hi if you're in town.

Next Market
29 June (Sunday) - Titirangi Village Market, 10am - 2pm.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Hello Autumn

I had my first book binding workshop at the beginning of May which was pretty awesome! I met Venessa and Conny during Ecofest and they were keen to learn and so I said ok, lets do it! Just like that a mini workshop was scheduled. East West Gallery has been really kind for letting me use their gorgeous space to run the workshop. A little tight on space but we had fun.

Venessa and Conny in deep concentration binding the signatures.

The finished handmade books and happy book binders! :)

Elsewhere in the new home scene, this! Flaming red tree, the colours of autumn, oh how I love this gorgeous colour! I cannot take my eyes off this beauty!

I am taking all this in and loving every moment of it...

Ahh... soon it will be winter...

On the shop front, I listed this new journal in my Etsy shop I made recently in between all the many tasks and running around as one would with getting a new nest/home ready. It has the autumn leaves colour and comes with a new button closure. I am very much looking forward to making more goodies in the new studio space, but right now, I am learning patience :)

Next market:
25 May (Sunday), 10am - 2pm - Titirangi Village Market