Craft Market

2015 Craft Markets/Events:
18 October (Sunday) - 10am - 1:30pm Bookmaking workshop at East West Gallery, New Lynn.

25 October (Sunday), 10am - 2pm, Titirangi Village Market
View more upcoming markets on event page

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Hello October

The month before the busy time next month. I'll update on the markets that I will be appearing in November and December on the event page.

Here are some books that I reacently made and listed in Etsy store.
I really love how this journal turn out. Floral and lace is sweet and dainty. Listed here.

This new shibori travel journal that was quite the challenge for a first timer like me to create, but again I am quite pleased with how the pattern appeared. It's listed here.

IMG_20150922_01162 A shibori guestbook filled with 110gsm white cartridge acid free paper. Cover is of shibori dyed fabric with drift wood stitched on. Also listed in my Etsy shop here.

I made some upcycled notebooks as well. I only make them when I have enough recycled materials like fabric scrabs, cereal and biscuit boxes, envelopes and paper. You can find this cute pocket notebook here.

Another upcycled jotter book is also listed in Etsy here.


In the garden...
Tulips in full bloom and oh so beautiful!

My favourite Flighty's Favourite pot marigold bright orange flower makes me happy.

The bees are very busy right now.

Been sowing seeds this weekend. Some of the seeds I sowed few weeks ago did not germinate, perhaps it was too cold in the garage where I kept them. Hope this time they will grow.

The peas which I started from seeds are planted out. Dwarf beans, only half germinated, I am sowing more of them.

As for Kiki, she has moved from sleeping in her igloo to the basket. I have some pure wool that a friend gave me and I wanted to make a bed for Kiki, placed them in the basket to get the size, left it there and went on doing my work, later I found Kiki already enjoying it :)

Have a good week!

Sunday, 13 September 2015

New journals and weekend gardening

This week I manage to list a few new journals in my Etsy store and also Felt storeIMG_20150909_00781
I've added a ceramic button with cotton cord as wrapped around closure for this journal.

I sold one of this design and relisting a new one I made recently.

The same goes with this design, re-listing a new book of a similar design, as with shibori tie dye, no two patterns are identical.

This feather journal is listed in my Felt store. I'm trying to list more books in my Felt store, hopefully in time for gift giving season that's coming soon.

My weekend gardening...

Received my order of seed patatoes in the post this week. Most nurseries here sell them in plastic bags of a kilo or more, that's too many for me to start with, so I ordered 6 from Garden Post. It came with an instrcution of how to plant them. I'm following the instruction of chitting the patatoes.

They are sitting in an egg carton in the garage now.

Meanwhile... our tulips are blooming! What a joy to see these beautiful flowers, brings back memories of our time in Amsterdam in 2008.
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The carrots are sprouting...
After the wet and wild weather we've been having, these tiny seedlings pushed through. The spring onions still have not appear though.

Next to the spring onions I've planted some beet root, a cerry tomato with parsley and basil as companion.

In another bed, the kales are in.

I've re-planted and repotted the strawberries. With only one ripe fruit last year, hopefully with more care this year it will reward me with more than one :)

Have a good week!

Monday, 7 September 2015

September's exhibition

The exhibition at Avondale library is now on. Manage to take some photos this weekend. Pretty exciting to see my work on display like this.

Queen head stamp mini books. These were fun to make.

"Stories from the Sea I" This is one of the books that didn't make it to the exhibition. The book is made with shibori tie dye fabric and drift wood that I found at the beach.

In the garden...
It's spring according to the calender but it's still cold outside. So happy to see the daffodils I planted last autumn are blooming.
One of the many, what a happy flower!

I've also sowed some seeds direct to the veggie bed, my first try on growing from seeds. After sowing these, it rained heavily the next three days. Hopefully they'll still germinate. Recycled some plastic spoons to make labels.

The rain and cold wind had me working in the shed instead. The wind is. so. cold.

Somebody does not like walking on wet grass! :)

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Handmade Journals Exhibition

Alas, I have neglected my blog again. Everything feels to be moving so quickly and so many things to get done that blogging seems the least priority. I will not put myself in pressure and I shall continue blogging as and when I can.

Just a quick note to announce a happy news - my first book exhibition.
Alison Avondale library exhibition
It will be held at Avondale library for the month of September. I have a few of my books on display there. Made a couple of new ones too just for the exhibition. I am pretty excited about it and hope it will be well received.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Hello July!

Hello! I'm back from my blog break. I've been quite occupied with activities these pass few months and it is still continuing. I'm making some decisions to re-focus my attention and energy to what is important to me right now and the coming months, to slow down a little. But first... this :)
I'm among some of the artists at East West Gallery that are making art and craft to raise fund for Nepal after the April earthquake. Sales from the exhibition will help the families in building new homes that is much needed as the monsoon is arriving soon. So many kind and generous artists contributing and we hope to get good responce from the public. Opening day is this Sunday, 5 July, 2:00 - 4:00pm. I'll be there with other artists to welcome guests.

I'm also having Christmas in July sale in my Etsy shop. All items are 15% off!
Sales runs from 1 July - 19th July (New Zealand time). Many other Etsy shops are also participating and here's the official blog where members are found under one web, I am delighted that I am being featured in one of their latest post.

Here are some of the latest journals I made.
mettaville journal 2
This shibori tie dye journal is bound using coptic binding with green waxed linen thread, with cotton twine wrap closure that I braided.

mettaville journal 1
Also in the shop, another shibori tie dye journal, coptic binding with grey waxed linen thread, an elastic band as closure.

mettaville journal 3
I completed this yesterday and listed today. Shibori tie dye journal, coptic binding with white waxed linen thread.

Visit my Etsy shop for more selection of journals.

What's been growing in my garden this winter? Daffodils!
This photo was taken this morning, I planted about 30 bulbs late autumn all around the compound and pot, they are all growing well. I thought they are suppose to bloom in spring?

kiki cat
As for Kiki, she's enjoying herself wherever she is. Life is good for her :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, 16 March 2015

Blog break

I'm taking a break from blogging for a bit. Doing a spring clean and re-organised my social media presence. Things have changed so much in a couple of years in the field in connecting with people around the world.

You can still find me on facebook and instagram, which is a simpler and faster way for me to share what's going on in my part of the world.  

Till I see you again, may you have safe and pleasant days ahead!

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Week 11

March is here and it's the beginning of autumn. My third autumn, how time flies. Taking things slow and easy as things around me whisk by.

I made this book cover for the gallery's artists profile folder. Thought the fabric was a good fit as it looks like brush strokes and paint.

This new tie dye journal is listed in the shop now.

Mid week, french link binding and was made into...

This rose journal. Also listed in the shop.

We went tramping over the weekend to Fairy Falls. It was about a 3 hour walk and we truly enjoyed it.

After a wonderful weekend, it was a bit hard to get back into creative gear on Monday. Need more rest after the rest. But it's all back to work now.

I'm having another Bookmaking workshop this weekend. So need to get ready.

Have a good week ahead!