Thursday, December 29, 2011


We went camping this week and I thought I'd share some photos here as it's been ages since I've shown you some of the beautiful places on our doorstep.   Awhitu Peninsula is just about an hour's drive from south Auckland: you can see the Sky Tower from the beach, but it might as well be in another country.  The camp ground is in a regional park and we had no power, showers, camp shop, hot water; you get the picture.  Luckily we knew all that and went prepared, but even so I was amazed at how peaceful and unpopulated it was so close to New Years.  

Maybe these photos are not a good reflection of it though; there were actually other people there too!

These photos were taken near the Brook Homestead where the first settlers to the area built.  The macrocarpa has the biggest girth in the country, and the kids and Craig had a great  time climbing it. 

The road to the lighthouse and looking across to west Auckland: Huia and Whatipu looked a stone's throw away in places, but it would take more than 2h to drive there! We'll be back, Awhitu...

Thursday, December 22, 2011


This year Christmas seems to have sneaked up on us, but I still managed a few last-minute projects, like some stockings and a secret squirrel gift.  We are visiting family for a few days over Christmas, and will manage to fit in a camping trip before New Years as well.  To all my friends here in Blogland, I hope you have a wonderful relaxing Christmas with friends and family and that you will return refreshed and full of inspiration in the New Year. I hope I do, because I have big plans for 2012! 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Decorating the tree

Putting up and decorating the tree is my favourite Christmas tradition, and I'm so glad my boys have inherited that from me. This year the two of them put our tree up all by themselves, working together: taking turns to hand each other the branches and put it into the right spots.  Very impressive.  

This year I made some new bunting decorations for our tree, which you can see here. I also  took part in the Sew Funky Christmas decoration swap, and thankfully started planning well in advance so I didn't have to rush it like most things this December. Here's what I came up with; some simple layered felt decorations: 
The great thing about the swap is of course the decorations you get in the mail.  My favourite were Emily's peanut people.  This little snowman has the cutest black hat on his head, plus he came with a Santa and an elf!  The next decoration down is Aynsley's ribbon and bead tree; very clever.  

I also have a growing vintage collection, including some very fragile and therefore precious glass baubles.  This little felt mouse with candle was made in Japan (where else?).  I found the wooden angel this week and she has pride of place on the mantelpiece.  

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I've been labeled, again!

The postie has been busy around our place this week, bringing me two special parcels in the last couple of days.  I got some more fabric from Spoonflower, which I'll list after the holidays because, you know, it's crazy days at the moment.  

The woven labels are from Fancyweaver, and I totally LOVE them.  I am very impressed with the service and quality, and free shipping from Hong Kong.  Here's a previous post I wrote about them. I can't wait to sew them into some new things, one of which is a custom order I should be doing right now...

Monday, December 12, 2011

A last-minute sale

Now that I've finished all my markets for the year, I thought I'd have a little sale on my Felt Heart and Bird Kits. It's a simple project and suitable for adults or children from about 8 or so; the only things you need are a pair of scissors and the time to make them. 

They're on Felt if you're a NZ shopper, and Etsy for international orders, although the latter may not arrive until after Christmas.  But then, they look good all year round; look at his gorgeous garland that Claire made with the hearts for example.  

Ok, enough of the hard sell.  Have a lovely week!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Winding down

I'm really looking forward to this Saturday because it's time for the Auckland Art and Craft Fair again! I've got a table there, so please come and say hi if you're around.  If you've never been, it's a great place to find high quality NZ art, craft and design in one place.  Well worth going if you're not too booked up this weekend.

Speaking of being booked up, I am getting that way, so this will be my last market for the year.  I have quite a few wholesale and custom orders to try to fit in before Christmas, so 'winding down' really just refers to my market presence, not my head space!  Hope to see you on Saturday...