Monday, June 28, 2010

They've arrived!

Here's Sophie, and meet the rest of the gang:

I am so happy to show you my latest product, which has literally been a couple of years in the making (but that's just because I think about things for ages before I get round to doing it...). It's a set of five notecards made with photos of my dolls taken by Jason from Shoot Studios in Parnell. The photos are beautiful; my product shot doesn't do them justice. I've always had an idea of how I wanted the cards to look, but lacking the necessary computer skills, I asked my friend Nonnie for some help. We spent hours getting the colours of the borders just right, and I'm so pleased with the result. I think the five cards look great together as a set, and I hope you do too. They're in my Etsy and Felt shops, and will be for sale as a set or individually at the Art and Craft Fair at the end of July.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Obi Wan

I made myself a type of obi belt last night using New Look 6803. I had to adapt it a bit though; the original belt was so short, I could barely tie the ends together. But I ended up overcompensating a bit, didn't really plan for the belt to reach my knees! Here it is on, with me standing on our pew a la Dottie Angel. I love the patterned fabric; it's a poplin from Spotlight, no doubt intended for little girls' sun dresses. Lacking a little girl, I had to use it for myself, teamed with an upholstery fabric remnant from the curtain shop. Perfect colour combination, don't you think?

I like it so much I had to share it, so here it is used to line a woollen buttoned scarf, ready for Kraftbomb this Sunday.
I've also made a few more crowns for my table, using some of the beautiful vintage woven braid in my stash. Sorry about the photos, they look so much better in the real world, so you'll have to come and meet them on Sunday.

I feel like I'm neglecting my little blog these days, but I've been working on a project for the Auckland Art and Craft Fair and I'll share it as soon as it's ready. Have a great week everybody :)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy Monday

It's a new week again, so let me show you what I've been up to these last few days. Last week I made some new pouches, including this sweet fantail one that I've listed in my Felt shop. The others are for Kraftbomb at the end of the month.
I've been knitting. This is a face cloth knitted from chenille, and is soft and fluffy. A gift for a dear friend.
Finally, we've been studying volcanoes. Daniel is very interested in them and is asking so many questions; if I'd known I was going to have such scientific little boys, I might have chosen to study Biology and Geography in high school. But I didn't, and so we got a heap of books from the library and then made our own volcano. We made the mountain from plaster of paris, which the boys loved painting, and then we added the lava. No, it's not blood and dishwashing liquid. We just added a bit of food colouring (ok, a lot) to the vinegar and baking soda. I read somewhere dishwashing liquid is in fact also a good idea, but it turns out the lava was bubbling quite happily without it.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Little One Baby

There's a really gorgeous new baby magazine available here in NZ, it's called Little One Baby and it's available at Whitcoulls. I just found out this week they've got a picture of my rebound journals in there, featured with some other notebooks and journals. Here it is, available from muddkids in Australia, also in my Felt shop.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


We're back from a very relaxing long weekend. There was bad weather on the way, so it seems most people decided to stay home. Nobody here, and not a sign of weather... We stayed at Glinks Gully, a tiny settlement on the west coast near Dargaville. A place where time stopped sometime in the 60s.
A beach abundant with rams-horn shells.

Where old tyres are still useful.

And the Lost Buoys have found a new home.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

New post

I've been a bit quiet this week, so I'm sure you won't mind if I go away for a few more days. Before I do, I just wanted to create a new post; getting a bit tired of that big old photo in the previous post being at the top of the page. So what have I been up to? Got some beautiful photos taken of my dolls, did a shop update of the scarves, journals and brooches and sent this neck warmer off to my lovely sister, who should have received it by now, hopefully...

It's Queens Birthday weekend here in NZ, which means a long weekend. Enjoy yours!