Craft Market

2015 Craft Markets/Events:
1-30 Spetember, Handmade Journals exhibition, Avondale library, Auckland
27 September (Sunday), 10am - 2pm, Titirangi Village Market

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!

Monday, 23 February 2015

Tie dye journals, creating, planting and harvesting.

I listed a few new items in my Etsy shop. Mostly tie dye journals. I love playing and experimenting with tie dyes. Always a surprise to see what pattern emerges from the dyeing process. Speaking of which, I've forgotten to announce that over on Etsy, myself and over 50 other Etsy shop owners across New Zealand and Australia have come together to offer items with discount or free shipping for the whole month of February. My shop Mettaville offers 10% off on all items. Enter coupon code "WandarrahsFriend" at checkout. there's still a few days left to enjoy this offer, so better hurry! Also visit the rest of the wonderful shops here.

I've listed this faux leather notebook too. First time in Etsy shop. I've been making these for quite some time but never listed them on Etsy.

Meanwhile, in the studio, I've been making some fabric printed note cards.

And more fabric dyeing. I usually do only a couple of fabric covers at a time.

In the garden...

Harvested the onions and drying them. We have some really good sized onions.

Planted some veggies in the new raised bed. We have sprouting broccoli, lettuces and kale, yes, more kale. I've picked russian kale this time.

Over at the cosmos, the bees are loving them :)

Autumn is arriving soon... how quickly time passes by.
Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Workshop and roadtrip

I had my first bookbinding/bookart making workshop this year at East West Gallery today. I went early to do the set up and waited, since it was on koha (donation) basis, I didn't know who (or anyone) would turn up for the day. So I brought along a book for binding, not into my second signature, I had my first participant, a lovely lady curious and wanted to give it a try.  
Then this wonderful family of all ages came to make books and we all had a fun time.

I was impressed by this young man who was really good at decorating and sticking art on the book cover and sewing with needle too, with a little help from grandmother and myself of course.

It was a fun day at the gallery. Makes me happy that they enjoyed the workshop.

Yesterday we had a unplanned road trip, just because. We took a long drive to Coromandel and back. The scenery was as I always tell my friends "ridiculously beautiful!"

It was a nice change and a good little break.

Hope you enjoyed your weekend. Have a good week ahead!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Journal, cards, bookbinding workshop and gardening

I didn't do much creating last week and I probably won't be this week either. But I did however list a few new items in my Etsy shop. 
This new journal is in my Etsy shop. A tie dye journal with coptic binding.

I'm also starting to list some of my notecards too. This is a lotus notecard. Hand stamped using a woodblock.

A must have tie dye notecard in the shop.

This weekend I'll be having a bookbinding workshop at East West Gallery. It will be a simple bookbinding that is easy to make. Suitable for children and adults too. It will be fun! :)

Lets see what's new in the garden...

Yes, a new raised bed. Gene made this, a whole lot cheaper than buying the kit set. I haven't decided what to plant yet. We'll see.

Meanwhile, in the first bed, where the spinach and spring onion have been eaten and done with, I planted some beet root in its place, they were given to me by Christine who sowed them from seeds.

Today we had spring onion and capsicum for dinner.

It has been a while since I posted a photo of Kiki.

Here she is with her majestic white fur this morning.

Have a good week ahead!