Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mac and me

It's been a busy month, February.  The main reason for my blog absence has ironically been a computer. Not just any though... Here he is, in the little nook behind the door of our lounge, printer cables showing and all. Sadly no beautiful streamlined designer workspace to show, but I have been making it a bit more practical, as I'll show you in a minute. 

Mac and I have been on, shall we say, honeymoon for this month. He's attractive and smart, comes without all the baggage my ex still has and has such a fresh outlook on everything.  The problem is, I don't speak his language very well.  I'm learning slowly, but it can be frustrating when your freshly-saved Photoshop file has vanished into thin air and you can't find it anywhere... That's what we need to work on now, understanding each over better.  I really love him though; I feel it's going to last. (It had better; considering his price tag...) 

Anyhow, let's move on to craft; that's why you're really here, I expect.  The little table he sits on is perfect for the small space we use as an office, but it was looking a bit tired.   I covered the top with a cheap vinyl tablecloth from Spotlight (couldn't find any oilcloth with the right colors that day), screwed on a metal spice rack onto the back for all the cords and chargers, etc. (photo hidden for now by Mac), and made this little quilted bag for my Bamboo tablet.  It hangs on the side of the table and keeps my tablet safely out of the way when I don't need it.  A very practical little space.  

The bag looks a bit rubbish hanging like that, so here it is all flat and pretty.  All those patchwork bits came out of my scrap bag and I even did a bit of hand-quilting on it.

That's it for now; the rest of this week is going to be a bit busy.  If you're in Auckland this weekend, come and look at the regional NZAA tree-climbing competition in Western Park (northern end) on Saturday; it's a great chance to see some world-class climbers competing.  

I've also got some work for sale at the Affair of the Heart exhibition (art fair, ok) at Northcote College on Onewa Rd, on Saturday and Sunday. There was very good art for sale there last year, so it's a great option if you're looking for some local art.

Have a good week everyone!

Thursday, February 9, 2012


Just before Christmas I snapped up this beautiful Melitta coffee pot in the Hospice shop for $5.  Thankfully it still has the original sticker on, because it has no other markings and I would not have known the brand name otherwise.  It even has a matching ceramic filter holder which sits on top of the pot! This is embossed with the brand name, which is apparently the reason there was no permanent branding on the pot itself. There is so much I love about this pot: the shape, the beautiful graphic decoration on the outside, the slowness of the coffee-making process and the drip-free spout, which I didn't photograph but has a little channel that leads back into the pot to catch drips. That's probably my favorite part of this find; the perfect marriage between form and function. 

As you can see I'm quite smitten with my pot, and was only too happy to make it a little cozy to keep the coffee warm during the brewing process.  I had the perfect fabric too: the piece I block-printed a few weeks ago.  I quite like how it works with the linear design and the colour, while doing its job very well too.  

Sunday, February 5, 2012


I was covering Daniel's school books the other day and getting frustrated with the wrinkly mess that the plastic wrap was making, when I read Sarah's timely post about how she covered her girls' books with fabric. It was such a great idea; I had to try it.  I decided to make mine re-usable though, because I don't have a lot of nice boy's fabrics in my stash. This way I don't have to make too many either. 

By the way, what is it with boys fabrics? I am so sick of dinosaurs/pirates/cars and planes. Designing a few boy's prints is on my list of things to do this year.

Back to the books: I just cut a rectangle, folded over the sides and sewed them down, and added a ribbon bookmark. 

Back to school and kindy on Tuesday then, which means I should have a bit more time for crafting, and maybe even a shop update...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Meet Lydia

Lydia is a very fashionable lady, a modern gal with a crazy hair-do.  She's a top model too, and has appeared on the cover of this magazine and I hear she's also on TV over in Australia at the moment.  I feel like her proud mother, but I suppose I'm actually more like an aunt: she was made from one of my doll kits by Kathy Doughty from Material Obsession.  

I met Kathy at Handmade 2011 in Wellington last year when she came to one of my doll-making classes and I have to admit I had no idea of her talents or fame! Maybe it was a good thing, as I might have been a very nervous teacher with such an experienced student in my class... Anyway, Kathy loved her doll and ordered a few for her shop, and now they've made the front page of this month's Better Homes and Gardens.  You can buy the kit (which includes absolutely everything to make two dolls) from the Material Obsession website, or you can only buy the printed fabric pattern and PDF instructions from my Etsy shop.