Craft Market

2016 Craft Markets/Events:
29 May (Sunday), 10am - 2pm, Tititrangi Village Market

Friday, 6 May 2016

Etsy Craft Party Auckland

Something exciting is happening next month, I've decided to host an Etsy Craft Party. I called up a few friends and what started as a small gathering is becoming bigger than I anticipated. This is really exciting. Here's the detail of the party.

Etsy Craft Party Auckland
Date: 18 June 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Venue: Ranui Community Library
Fee: $10 (materials included)
Workshops: mini bookmaking, macrame bookmark making, figure drawing, card making and upcycled tin can holder.
To register, email Alison: hellomettaville@gmail.com

I've already started receiving registration for the event, so exciting! I think it's going to be great.


I completed these two shibori journals this week, will be listing them in my Etsy shop next week.


I've sold the No Mud No Lotus journal recently to a lovely teacher in United States. Here I am making another one to list in the shop soon.

With organizing Etsy Craft Party and running Etsy at the same time, my days have become a lot bussier but I'm learning so much from this experience.

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It is a very warm autumn this year, today feels like summer with temperature around 21°C.


Lettuces are doing well, had some with beetroot last night.


Such a pretty veggie :)


My favourite marigold flowers are still blooming. That's the best!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, 29 April 2016

Dyeing to make more journals

Seems like grey autumn days are upon us, loving the cooler weather and changing colours of the leaves. I must make some time to go out and enjoy while it last.

This is the only journal I made this week. I have been slow in making new ones lately. It will be listed soon, waiting for the sun to come out for better lighting to take photos.

New shibori journal.


I have been dyeing fabric to make into new journal covers, I am pleased with the results of the new shibori patterns that I am experimenting, this is one of them. I like the simplicity and zen feel to this one. I love circles :)

New journals with new patterns coming to the shop soon and I am very excited.

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Meanwhile, in the garden...


The explosion of yellow! The Ajania pacifica (silver and gold) finally bloomed, what a beauty!


A close up of the tiny yellow flowers. It is lovely and brings some much needed colour.


This is another one, Ajania pacifica (pink ice). The petals are still opening.

Well, gumboots on and weeding time again this weekend, if weather permits.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, 22 April 2016

Sprucing up Etsy shop

I'm making some big changes to my Etsy shop this month, Etsy rolled out a new layout for our shop front and along with it changes that I need to do to comply with Etsy. I've been re-shooting photos and re-editing my shop. Also, another big news is that I will be taking my colourful fabric journals off my shop by end of the month. It has not been an easy decision and I have been mulling on this for quite a while and don't even know if this is a right decision, but I will go ahead with it for now. Sprucing up my shop and moving the chi a little. From here onwards I will be focusing on my shibori and woodblock print journals.


So right now both the colourful fabric journals, large (A5 size) and small (A6 size) are 30% off till end of the month. Visit my shop and look for the section "Large journal A5" and "Small journal A6" to see if anything calls to you.


Here's my latest journal I completed yesterday. A lotus journal. It can be used as a yoga or meditation journal or a personal diary for writing heart thoughts. It is listed in my Etsy shop.

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On to the garden...


My viggies are doing well, I planted some bok choy next to the tat soi and happy that they are doing well too. We have already been eating some of the veggies. On the top right just below my red chillies are rockets growing that I had grown from seeds. Not really a rocket fan, but not wanting to waste that tiny patch.


I have cared for this lemon tree since we moved into this house almost two years now, when we first moved in, it was just a stump with not a single leave on and I didn't even know what tree it was, I had wanted to pull the whole thing out, but decided to give it a second chance, cleared the bottom area, sprinkled some clay breaker and organic liquid fertiliser and two years on, this! A healthy lemon tree with about ten lemons on, I'm very happy with it.


Bought some happy blooms from the garden centre, just couldn't help myself to this sweet colours!


Finally, a photo of Kiki, as happy as she can be :)

Have a good weekend!