Craft Market

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

Saturday, 21 May 2016

New books and enjoying autumn

A lot is going on behind the scene preparing for Etsy Craft Party that I missed posting last week. Here's what's new in my shop.

New shibori notebooks. These are individual fabric that I hand dyed and made into notebooks. They are small light weight blank books and great for writing lists, ideas and plans.


A stitch resist shobori journal. This took a long time to do, as do with all stitch resist shibori and the result is simply worth it, I do love the detailed pattern. It is listed here.


Circles, another stitch resist shibori journal. I do love this one very much. Listed in my Etsy shop.


A new small shibori journal I made this week, a single "ring" which looks a little like an eclipse. I'll be listing it soon.




I have been out most days this week handing out posters and flyers to libraries, community centres, shops and cafes. I am so fortunate that the people I met with are all so very kind, friendly and supportive. Hosting this craft party is something that is out of my comfort zone, I haven't organised any event since our house warning party over 20 years ago. Meeting and talking to strangers still give me butterflies in my stomach, but I guess it is good sometimes to stretch that courage muscle.


I am also preparing the bookmaking kits for the craft party, bits and pieces of embellishments, paper cut out and even stamps, each is different, participant will have to be creative to make a mini bookart from what is given in the kits. It is going to be fun :)


The leaves on our tree (which I still do not know it's name) has turn yellow, orange and red and is falling fast. I wake up every morning to look at the tree and everyday it is different, it changes so fast and so beautiful to look at. On a fine blue sky day, I'd sit and enjoy the red flame against the blue sky. A magnificent sight I don't get tire of.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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!