Saturday, July 31, 2010

Weekend sewing

I've been doing a bit of sewing today to get ready for the Devonport Craft Market tomorrow. I haven't been for aaages, and am really looking forward to catching up with old friends and the lovely people of Devonport.

I'm also very inspired to sew a few things for myself from this beautiful book I got from the library this week. It's Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross and it's full of projects I'd like to tackle.

My work room needs a new look and layout, but unfortunately I don't think it will all fit into a wardrobe. Pity, it looks so nice and tidy...
This dress is just perfect for the 3m of printed cotton I recently picked up while on holiday. Think I'll give it some straps though...
And since I'm always looking for interesting new pouch and bag patterns, this one really appeals.

I really love this book; the design, illustrations and clear instructions, and the practical and beautiful projects. I'm hooked; might need to get my own copy!

Monday, July 26, 2010


Were you at the fair on Saturday? It seems half of Auckland went; it was really busy, all 4 hours of it. Jess and Kylie did a great job organising and promoting it, and the quality of work there was just awesome. I had some lovely neighbours: Belinda aka Blendy with her sock knitting packs, Rachelle from Birdspoke, Melissa from Tiny Happy, Nuzilla and a few others joined me in the Room under the Stairs. I'd love to tell you it was a great commercial success for me, but unfortunately it wasn't. As soon as I'd put up my stall, I wished I had my journals, felt kits and other bits on a full table. But now I'm prepared for next time, which I think will be in December, and should be even bigger and better, knowing those two ladies.

The upside of this is that I have a lot of new stock ready to go, so today I listed a few pouches in my Felt shop. I also spent most of the day in a frenzy of mid-winter spring-cleaning. My workroom is such a mess, I can barely find space to put things. Time to organize and take stock, so to speak. It's almost August, and that means just a few months before the madness of Christmas making. Am I the only person thinking about Christmas in July??

Friday, July 23, 2010

Been sewing

It's late I know, but here's a couple of the pouches that will grace my table tomorrow at the Art and Craft Fair, together with 8 dolls, the new doll cards (in singles and packs of 5) and my pocket mirrors. I am so excited about it, but if I don't go to bed now I won't be coherent tomorrow... Remember to come say hi if you're going!

By the way, I'm not going to be at Kraftbomb on Sunday, so I've listed a couple of new patchwork pouches in my Felt shop. I will also list some more pouches and journals early next week.

Monday, July 19, 2010


The school holidays are over and as much as I enjoyed them, I was so glad to be back at work today. I haven't done any sewing over the last two weeks, which is a bit of a worry because I have to get ready for the Auckland Art and Craft Fair this Saturday. Apart from a few dolls, I'll have the doll notecards and some beautiful new pouches for sale. Which means I'll be burning the midnight oil this week, sewing those pouches and stuffing the cello envelopes...

If you don't know much about the Art and Craft Fair, here's the information. Remember that market visitors get $4 parking at Victoria St carpark (get your voucher at the fair), and there will be Eftpos facilities. It's going to be really amazing, I think our friends Jess and Kylie have done a wonderful job organising and promoting it, and have selected some very talented artists and crafters. Not your average craft market, people!

Have a good week everyone, and I will report back to show you the pouches when they're done, promise.

Monday, July 12, 2010


Last weekend Craig and I joined a few good friends for a rare child-free weekend in a remote spot in the Coromandel. No cell-phone coverage, no power, no nonsense. Bliss, and lots of fun.

We walked up the valley...

...past the wooden caravan...

...into the bush...

...for a picnic on a rock in the river...

...under the watchful eye of Moehau...

...then turned back... our sleepy little hut. Thanks so much for sharing this place with us, Zade and Jaz xx