Craft Market

2014 Craft Markets:
31 August (Sunday), 10am - 2pm - Titirangi Village Market.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

New journals + gardening is lots of work!

August has been fun with making book covers with woodblock stamps and paint. Truly satisfying to making my own covers. Now I'm thinking of making my own stamps! IMG_20140813_02006
Paris, France... How I wish to visit one day!

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Butterflies prints.

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Leaves journal, another hand stamped using woodblock.
They are all in my Etsy store now.

Next, garden update.
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Yes, another pile of abandoned rubbish and garden waste. This is situated opposite of my now happy garden corner. This photo was taken last month, and oh how weeds grow in a month! It took me a few weekends to clear the pile and I found the most astonishing junks in there!

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I've transferred bucket loads of earth to another "hidden" corner of the property for now, which I will have to clear again some time soon. Doing my best to level the place up before any gardening can be done. So. Much. Work!

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I attended a composting workshop and got a voucher to buy a compost bin for a discount. Now all organic kitchen scraps goes into the bin, then to my garden. Less waste goes to landfill, mother earth happy, garden happy too :-)

My next market is this Sunday! Looking forward to it! See you there!
31 August (Sunday), 10am - 2pm - Titirangi Village Market.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Thanksgiving Jornal + Garden Update

I finally completed the custom order journal. I had a few hiccups but manage to resolve with some re-stitching and re-binding.   IMG_20140818_02079
A Thanksgiving journal or Gratitude journal. I love the idea that my customer has for this little book. She has a tradition whereby every year on Thanksgiving day, her family will list down in a Thanksgiving journal all the things that they are grateful for. Isn't that the best?! I love it!!

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It was a joy making this journal and knowing how it will be used and cherished in years to come. This gives me the pleasure of doing what I love - making journals.

A little update on the garden. I've planted some flowers, herbs and vegetables in random. There are some strawberries and herbs which are closest to the deck so I can reach them easily. Flowers in between and some veggies in the middle and I made a foot path using bricks. That way I can water them easily and not get my boots all too dirty.
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That's in the morning where I decided what goes where, next I mixed the earth with some compost and manure before placing them in their new home.

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By evening all is done. My first attempt in gardening here so I only have a few vegetables - kale, cabbage and broccoli. I still have room for more, maybe I'll get some more seedlings from the local market this weekend.

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Meanwhile, right outside my studio window, the first rose is blooming! So exciting to see this! It's beautiful! I find myself looking forward to checking on it every morning.

Spring is just around the corner.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Bookmaking II

I spent Sunday at yet another bookmaking class. The workshop was run by talented bookmaker Liz of Book Art Studios. Apart from learning new technique to stitching a book, there was a lot of freedom in creating where boxes of old scrap papers, books, magazines, stamps, paint, sewing machine, coffee and tea (for staining the pages), and even a typewriter were there for us to play with. It was a total creative chaos and it was fantastic! I had so much fun that I didn't get the chance to take many photos, which was a good thing. Here are the books created by the enthusiastic bookmakers that day!
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Such amazing books! Everyone was so talented and creative and I was blown away by the beautiful work that everyone did! And of course I went home quite giddy and inspired!

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My book is the one on the left, with the bird and the word "soar". It is an unfinished work and I am still working on it, until I "feel" it is done. The best part is I can continue gluing, ripping, painting whatever I want. That's a great way to making a book! Creatively and intuitively.  

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Back in my own studio, I finished a woodblock hand stamped journal using a heart stamp. Love how it turned out. It really is satisfying to be making my own fabric prints, feels organic and natural. It is now listed in my Etsy store.

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I am making another custom journal with an autumn theme right now. It takes quite some time to stitch this little one but I am enjoying it. Hope to finish it soon.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Bookmaking

I had the most enjoyable Sunday learning about books and bookmaking. It was run by Association of Book Crafts New Zealand which I am now a member of. The workshop was held at Motat's bindery. These are the tools professional bookbinders use to make books.
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A beautifully made book! (Please excuse the not so clear photo)

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Roger facilitate the whole class and Mary showed us some of her work.

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Mary's books. Aren't they just gorgeous! I came home inspired by all the learning and have in fact have some ideas for my bookmaking too. I'm glad I attended the class.  

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Back in the studio, I'm in the process of making some woodblock printed journals. August will be about getting messy with some printing work :-)

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I may not be a bookmaker with all the gadgets and machines but I am happy making books with my simple tools for anyone who enjoys writing in them.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

At the Market

The monthly Titirangi Village Market was bustling with people this winter Sunday. I had Christine shared the stall with me and we had loads of fun. Christine makes amazing cards using paper quilling and iris folding techniques.

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Christine is at the moment working on growing her business, I'll share with you her social media links once they are up and running. If you're around Auckland and wish to attend her quilling classes, she's the perfect teacher!

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Lavender, simply lovely!

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Another beautiful card so lovingly made by hand.

It's back to making more journals for me this week. I'm also starting a new term of sewing classes and booked myself to two bookmaking classes in August. It's going to be pretty fun month ahead.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Before and After

This is a corner of our yard. I manage work to on it this past week. Two hours a day for three days. So lucky it was sunny and so good to be out there with the earth.    IMG_20140429_01426
As is when we first came.

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Day two.

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Day three. I haven't decided yet what to plant here, there's not much of sun for veggies.

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While digging I found these, a strawberry and potato.

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I may have dug out some strawberry plants with all the weeds but left what I found where they are, lets see if they'll bare fruit come summer.

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Right after I finished clearing the corner, we had frost the very next day. It was cold and I didn't dare venture out to do any gardening.

Well, back to the warm studio for some bookbinding time. I've just received another custom order to work on.

Have a good week ahead!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Library and books

When we first decided to move to this area, I was a little dissapointed with the library, it was small and didn't have many selections of books, but what I didn't know then was that Auckland Council was building a new one... IMG_20140620_01725
The current library (right corner), small and cozy little place, the small cafe next door serves really good food! It is a really sweet place. But things are changing...

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This is going to be the new library, a two storey building with many new facilities. What a treat! It is expected to be completed by end of the year.

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How wrong I was about small library! I found these books and absolutely loving them!

Meanwhile, in the little creative space...
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I made these little upcycled notebooks, it's fun to make them and I hope to make more in time for Titirangi Village Market end of the month.