Craft Market

2015 Craft Markets/Workshop:
28 June (Sunday), 10am - 2pm, Titirangi Village Market

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!

Monday, 2 February 2015

Hello February

I have to agree with my friend who said "Where did January go?" I did get much done and almost completed what I had planed to do in January. This year I am focusing on quality instead of quantity. Being more present in doing what I have to do and not rushing into things.

Listing this dala horses print journal soon. I sold a couple of these prints with different bindings. This one is bound using coptic binding.

Binding them after gluing a card stock on the inside covers.

Listed paisley pattern journal with the same binding as the horse journal.

For both the journals I used new papers that arrived in January. These papers are FSC certified, using 100% post consumer recycled pulp and is chlorine free. In other words, it's environmental friendly. Plus, they are 135gsm which means thicker than my previous papers (100gsm). It's great to write on the natural texture of this paper. I like it very much!

In the garden...

This is the little corner that was the dumping ground of all the soil while clearing the other parts of the garden. I planted some onions and happy that they are doing really well surrounded by more of Flighty's Favourites pot marigold.

Waiting for picking.

The white cosmos finally bloomed. It's big! :)

Have a good week ahead!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

New creations and blooms.

This week has been a productive week. Finished some journals and cards, went for a little photography assignment and was at the first Titirangi Village Market for the year.

This bright colourful journal is already in my Etsy shop.

An indigo tie dye journal is listed too.

I tend to keep fabric scraps no matter how small they are, thinking that I'll make something one day, and that day came last Wednesday. I manage to stitched them together and make into a book cover.

The inside is made from an old purple pillow case.

It is use to cover my planner which doesn't look so interesting as you can see. I'm quite happy with the result although my sewing still needs a lot of practise.

Some cards that I made recently. Woodblock prints on fabric.

Meanwhile, Gene has been busy too. We went shopping for wood last Saturday.

So many sizes and the smell of wood... I like it very much!

This is what he made and finished this evening. He got the white table top from the office, Someone nicked the top and was going to be thrown away, Gene brought it home, did some work on it and built the support frame/legs for it. It is a very big table and now is his workspace in the garage. I might use it too when he's not ;)

In the garden...

Cosmos are blooming.

I bought this Lobelia on a discount, it was in a sad condition when I got it, hardly any flowers. After transferring to the planter (that Gene made ;)), some care and feed, a week later it burst into blue hues. I love the blue flowers! So glad it survived.

I got a chance to have a photo session with amazing artists Pauline and Bob, who live in an old Bedford bus in the farm with their dog Ruby (plus some cows and wild rabbits). This little assignment is for East West Gallery where they have their work for sale. I feel so privileged to be able to have tea with them, listen to their inspiring stories and see their amazing art work. Before leaving, Pauline gave me this rare purple Crucifix orchid. I look forward to seeing the flowers, though I think it will take a while :)

Have a good week ahead!