Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a fabulous Christmas and relaxing New Year. I hope you all have the time to enjoy a break with your family and friends, eat lots of good food and have fun making some new memories. Your support throughout 2010 has been amazing - thanks for all the blog comments, tweets, Facebook comments and emails.

It's my last day of work tomorrow for a few weeks and my Felt shop is closed for 2010. I'll be re-opening in January sometime, but for now I'm really looking forward to a relaxing Christmas and New Year.

Take care!

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Market this Saturday

I'll be at A Craft Christmas Market, this Saturday, December 18th, outside Goodbye Blue Monday, Poplar Lane. It was a last minute kinda thing, so I hope I have enough stock! If you still have some Christmas gifts to purchase, the wonderful Rose In Thorns, Black Swan, MudBird NZ and Relique Vintage Jewellery will be there too (and many more).

Oh yeah, I'm also closing up shop on Monday December 20th for a much needed summer break, so make sure you get any orders through before then.

Have a nice week!

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

As sweet as honey!

Once again I was lucky enough to win a prize over on the Honey Design blog. The prize was to choose an item from her Felt shop, so I chose that super cool 'Love What You Do' notebook, and look at all the goodies Lisa sent me!!! They are amazingly well made and I've been admiring her Alice In Wonderland range since I first saw them on Felt. I'll be rehoming some of them as Christmas gifts to share the love, but they'll be hard to give away as they are so sweet. Thanks Lisa!

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

New Products

I've just finished another HUGE shop update. I now have 80 items in my Felt shop, including new Earrings (in rectangular or round), Rings, 3D Butterfly Art and for the first time, Scrabble Board Coasters. I'm pooped.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

To market


Just a quick post to let you know I'll be at the Rolleston Community Market this Sunday, November 28th, 10am - 1pm. Hopefully the weather is good, and then we'll be in the Community Centre carpark, otherwise we'll be in the Stadium. It's my first time out there, but I'm beside Rose of Rose In Thorns, so please pop out and say 'hi'!

I'll hopefully be back on Friday to share some new products with you...

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

The amazing work of Ron Mueck

In the weekend my boyfriend and I went to see the Ron Mueck exhibition at the Christchurch Art Gallery. It was one exhibition I really didn't mind paying to see and it didn't disappoint; it was amazing! His human sculptures are so realistic, right down to the hair, toenails and skin blemishes, and the videos showing his process were very informative and intriguing. I enjoyed the undersized sculptures as much as the oversized ones, and my favourites were probably Dead Dad and Pregnant Woman (both pictured) .

You have to go if you live in Christchurch! Unusually, you're allowed to take photos in this exhibition, but I didn't know that until I was there without my camera. The exhibition is on until January 23rd, more information here.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Quick 4 - Favourite products










In a Twitter giveaway this morning I asked anyone who follows me to tweet back to me what their favourite item from my shop is, these were the first four replies. It's always interesting to see what people like.
Happy weekend everyone!

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Sweet treats

Oh, lucky me (once again), look at what I won the other day! These sweet items arrived in the mail for me today from Joanna, aka Little Minx in Dunedin. I tried taking my own photo, but it didn't do the items justice, so I nicked one from her blog. You should see how cute her random number generator is, that picked me out! One of my family members who sews a lot more than I do will be happy to receive the needle book for Christmas, but the pencil case and brooch are mine, all mine!

If you want to nab something for yourself, check out the Little Minx Felt shop.

Thanks Joanne! x

Oh, and for those of you who wonder how I win so many giveaways.... it's because I enter lots while I'm bored at work. :P

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Thanks for the support, you're lovely

Just a quick post to say a huge thanks to everyone who read and commented on my last post. You are all awesome and made me feel perfectly 'normal' and sane! I've replied to a lot of you below that post but honestly, every single one of you gave me something to smile about and something to think about. I love this quote that Evie wrote, so quickly made it into a printable image. Help yourself if you want. x

EDIT  Just read this and you should too.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Flip-flopping

Argh, things are stressing me out and making me think a lot lately so I'm just going to blog about it. Even if nobody reads it, it'll help me to write it done...
  • TRAVEL  I want to travel... I especially want to go to Canada and Japan. I feel like by now I should have been overseas more (I'm nearly 28 and only been to Australia and Fiji, with my Mum or Dad). I want to experience more of the world, and before I get too old, ha ha. The thing is, I get paid bugger-all at my job (especially considering I've been there nearly eight years, and had two years training before that), so that makes it pretty hard to save any money, let alone pay off my debt.
  • CHRISTMAS  Christmas is sneaking up once again (sorry, I know, I said the 'C' word). I love my family, I really do, but having both parents living in different islands and neither of them in the same city as me can make things stressful. I've lived in Christchurch for nearly ten years, it's my home and only once have I had Christmas day here. I feel quite a lot of pressure to make nice things for them... and making special presents for family takes a lot of time. My birthday is also on Christmas Eve, and I would love to be able to just relax in the sun with friends and good food, but I always end up travelling.
  • If you've made it this far well done, but there's more...  

Monday, 1 November 2010

Crafty times

Hello! Craft2.0 is all over once again, and it was another fun, successful fair for Freedom Creative. Like last time, Mel, Lucy and I arrived with about 15 minutes to set up before the Friends Of Craft2.0 were allowed in to shop, so it was a rushed morning. It seemed a little quieter and less manic than last time, which was quite nice. The crowd was lovely though and my new products went down well.

Thanks to Rose for manning my stall a few times during the day so I could get out and meet some other crafters and buy some awesome crafty treats. Half of them are Christmas pressies, so I can't show you them, but they were from Dear Colleen and my neighbour Rose In Thorns. The photos are of things I can show you! The giant toast (a gift for the boyfriend, photographed on the plane home with Mel's giant toast - they're best friends of course) from Bad Animals, a Minu print and a super cool ceramic milk bottle from PS Ceramics.

As always, thanks to all the organisers and helpers on the day. A special thanks to Sue for giving me a bigger stall than I'd booked, allowing me to spread out. I may never go back to a half stall again...

I should be relaxed now but my to-do list is still long, even thought I don't really have any huge plans for too many more markets before Christmas. Sigh.

Crafty Business is on tonight (very soon), so that should be fun. Have a nice week!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Making Craft Pay

This article from Zest in the Press today is an interesting read for anyone thinking of trying to make a go of their craft as a business. Yip, that's me looking all cheesy at my desk, and it also mentions the lovely Rose of Rose In Thorns and the extremely talented Colleen of Dear Colleen. The article does make it all seem a bit hard, but I truly enjoy what I do, I promise! Thanks Katy for doing a great job of getting craft into mainstream media, he he.

Click on the image if you want to have a read.

Monday, 25 October 2010

$5 off anyone?

Craft2.0 is less than a week away and I'm busy putting the final touches on my products and display.

To thank you for being wonderful followers on here, and fans on Facebook, just click on the above voucher, print it and present it to me this Saturday for $5 off any purchase over $25!
Valid only on 30/10/10, at the Freedom Creative stall at Craft2.0, one per customer.

Craft 2.0 is a cult Wellington craft fair for style junkies, craft enthusiasts and fans of handmade.
This Saturday, 30th October 2010, 10am-3pm, at TheNewDowse, Lower Hutt, Wellington

Friday, 15 October 2010

Oooh, look up there!

Just a quick Friday post (yay, it's Friday!)...

Look up there, in your web browser, on the tab you're reading, what's that you say? It's an awesome new favicon that Angela of Striking Keys made me! Sweet eh!? I tried making one when I first started this blog, and then it stopped working and I couldn't figure it out again, but I won her Friday Favicon Freebie and with the super simple instructions she sent, it was so easy!
{EDIT: Hmmmm, now it doesn't seem to be working.... is it for you?}
{EDIT: Ok, it's working again! Ha ha}

Also, my profile was up on the Craft2.0 blog yesterday. It's only two weeks away! I'm really looking forward to it, especially meeting more crafters from around our beautiful country.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

New products (finally!)

Finally I've had the chance to photograph some new products I've been working on. These are vintage kimono fabric necklaces and brooches. I got the gorgeous Japanese fabric from Cherry Blossom and have been looking for a way to use it for ages. As usual, I used Ponoko for the laser cut bamboo pieces and highly recommend them for the awesome customer service they provide! I'll be debuting this range at Craft 2.0, which is less than three weeks away!

So that's where I've been lately, busy busy making new things and getting up enough stock for upcoming markets and the pre-Christmas rush. Better get back to work!

Em x

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Quick 4 - Flickr Favs + Today's Emotions

Sweet Flickr images found using four words I'm really feeling today:

Creative Calm photographer's agitated mind
Motivated 113/365 :: living among fairies
Happy Bee Happy And Enjoy Your Weekend!
In love with life Labor of love.

It's nice to feel completely positive for a change. I have new products using beautiful vintage kimono fabric, which I'm just putting the final touches on, so hopefully I can show you them soon! I hope your week is going well too.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Felt Like Helping Out

As I'm sure you're all aware by now, Christchurch was rocked by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in the early hours of last Saturday morning. I was actually in Dunedin when it happened, but it was certainly enough to wake up our household down there. It was weird to be out of town for it, and come home to the damage on Sunday night, but after the week of aftershocks, I'm glad we were away! I was very lucky, in that my flat was pretty much fine, and the same with nearly all of my friends homes. Looking at the damage, it's so surprising that more people weren't seriously injured or killed. The above are some photos I took on my walk home one day. We had a few days where we were asked to go into work, which was in the cordoned off area of town. It was quite surreal to have to go through a police checkpoint to get to our office. I won't babble on about the earthquake, as the news and other bloggers have done an excellent job of covering it.

However, this post is mainly about the awesome Felt community, who have come together to raise funds to get my lovely city back on its feet! Some generous volunteers have opened a Felt shop called Felt Aid and all profits from the donated items will go to the NZ Red Cross, how sweet is that?! I've donated a few necklaces, and there's so many other cool items in the shop (and more being uploaded each day), so if you want to help out, and snag yourself something nice, check it out!
Blog here
Shop here

Thursday, 19 August 2010

New Cuff Links In Store Now

I've just finished updating my Felt shop with some new Japanese Paper Cuff Links, just in time for Father's Day here in New Zealand. All my cuff links now come in packaged in a strong and tidy black leatherette box, making them great for posting as gifts, and nice and easy to wrap.

Em x

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Featured Seller

I'm having a busy week trying to sort out things like a huge pile of paperwork, and making new cuff links, but over on the Felt blog, I'm the Featured Seller, yay!!

Please pop over and have a read if you would like to know a bit more about me and my business.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Thursday, 5 August 2010

On holiday

My Felt shop is now closed for a few days while I'm on a quick break. I'm off to Wanaka with some lovely friends for a bit of skiing and hopefully a lot of fun and relaxing. My shop will be open again next Thursday.

And... if you make any purchase on Felt (not just my store), between now and August 20th, you go in the draw to win one of 20 copies of Peppermint Magazine - how choice is that!? So click on over there and get yourself some handmade goodness.

See ya next week!

Em x

Monday, 2 August 2010

Pretty snail mail - giveaway


Love the work of Rosa-May Rutherford since I found the Frank and Dean Felt shop, and now she's giving away some super sweet postcards. Head on over to her blog to find out how to win!

And she says to say this, and I have no complaints as it's completely true... "Oh my godddd!!!!! Look at this amazinggggggg shiz!!!! I love Rosa-May Rutherford!"

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Repeat-x Repeat-y

I hope you've all seen this awesome site... Repeat-x Repeat-y is "a collection of (seriously) kick-ass patterns from a plethora of designers/illustrators/artists". All the designs are seamless so you can use them to decorate your desktop, Twitter background or wallpaper your room (ok, maybe not). Just click on any of the patterns to see how it looks when tiled.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

The sweetest parcel


How lucky am I??!? The other day I received a super sweet thank you parcel in the mail from Clazena of Tumbleweed Press. We shared a table at A Craft Affair and she really needn't have thanked me for anything - she was the best neighbour ever!

I've always had a soft spot for letterpress stationery, and her designs are so cool, and made here in Christchurch. Check out her shop here, and she has FREE SHIPPING until the end of July!

Thanks Clazena!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

The Envelope Project


I sent in my envelope for The Envelope Project today. Have you heard of this? I was a bit slow on the up-take. Pip from Meet Me At Mike's is organising it. People are sending in a decorated envelope with a few crafty goodies in it, and then someone will win THE WHOLE LOT! I was number 312, so that's a lot of fun things to win for some lucky devil. If you want to participate, your envelope must reach Pip by 30th July. Photos of the envelopes here.

I threw mine togther very quickly, and included some old children's books pages, Japanese paper, wallpaper scraps, old housie cards, a bit of Japanese fabric and other wee bits and bobs. The envelope is made from the front page of a newspaper from 1912.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

A wonderful affair


Thanks to everyone who came along to A Craft Affair on Sunday. It was a huge success (as all of Lucy's markets are!), and all the sellers and customers seemed to really enjoy it. I was lucky enough to have my Mum staying with me, so I actually had a chance to have a look around and meet some new crafters. Thanks Mum for looking after my stall, and thanks to Lucy and her helpers for making it a fun day.

I won't bore you with another photo of my stall (it looks the same as last time), but the above is a photo of the gorgeous necklace I bought from Jo at Random Little Things (my one purchase as I'm saving for a quick trip away next month), and on the right a couple of lovely dioramas from my fair neighbour - Ana Aceves. I really wanted to treat myself to the top one, but it was sold before the fair had even opened! Her whole stall was so sweet, I wish I'd taken a photo of it.

Many other bloggers have summed up the days events well. Check them out!
A Craft Affair
Black Swan Designs
Relique Vintage Jewellery
Cat Taylor Design
Little Minx
Rose In Thorns
Songbird Designs
and Li'l Magoolie has a few different posts from a non-seller perspective

Next market: I'm back at Craft2.0 in Wellington, October 30th.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Feeling thankful


Love this: Leah Dieterich's mother always told her to write thank you notes. So she does. To everything. thxthxthx is her daily exercise in gratitude. Website here.

I'm not sure why, but lately I've been feeling very thankful. Nothing in particular has happened to make me feel that way, but I've just been feeling lucky to have such good friends, new relationships, good health and a happy and generally stable life. Of course there are parts of my life I would really like to change, but overall, things are good. I've been trying pretty hard not to stress about things, to appreciate the small things that make my days happier, and to concentrate my energy on those things rather than the less enjoyable parts (meaning my fulltime job really), and it seems to be working for me.

This could have been brought on by this post I read yesterday, which made me re-realise that life is short. I don't know Lou or her family, but it brought tears to my eyes.

What are you thankful for?

Em x

Monday, 5 July 2010

Meet the maker - ME!

My profile is up over on the A Craft Affair website. Pop on over and have a read, and while you're there check out all the other makers profiles - such an awesome variety of clever New Zealand crafters.
The market is this Sunday, so don't forget, see you there!

Friday, 25 June 2010

Gorgeousness

So lovely

So glad it's nearly the weekend. I hope you find time to relax and do something nice with someone special.

Lovely image from Shana Rae {Florabella Collection} via Flickr

Monday, 21 June 2010

A (very late) Craft2.0 rundown

Craft2.0 Wellington feels like it was only yesterday, but it was a week and a half ago now, so sorry for the slow blog post! It was a very early start for us Christchurch folk, as we flew up and back on the day. That left us with about 20 minutes to set up once we got to TheNewDowse, and from then on, it was go, go, go!

The crowd was amazing - so supportive and friendly, and they just kept coming through the doors. I only took one photo of my stall (above), and sadly only got around a few to have a look. It was great to finally meet some of the clever North Island crafters and Twitter buddys - Colleen from Dear Colleen, Sarah aka sl0u, Catherine of Imba, Victoria of Free Range Baby (my cool new fabric cranes pictured above), Erin Carver, and my neighbour, Sam from Plastic Fairy who I bought those neat bird brooches off. Thanks to everyone who stopped to chat and introduced themselves, sorry if I missed anyone!

And of course, a special thanks to the organisers, especially Sue, and to my travel buddies, Mel from Black Swan Designs, and Lucy of Felt.

Next up is A Craft Affair The market formerly known as Craft2.0 Christchurch, 11am till 3pm, Sunday 11 July at Our City O-Tautahi, corner of Worcester Boulevard and Oxford Terrace, Christchurch. See you there!


Friday, 4 June 2010

Making gifts


Here's a photo of a couple of gifts I've made over the last month - they were both pretty cheap and very fun to make.

On the left - a painting I did for my best friend, Nat. I asked her what some of her favourite songs were, and took the lyrics from one of them and turned them into art.

On the right - the birthday card I made my Dad (a keen fly-fisherman). Made with a pattern from here. Their pop-up cards are great fun to make and put together - just make sure you have a few hours spare if you want to do a complicated one without video instructions!

Sunday, 30 May 2010

New products, debuting at Craft2.0!


Woohoo!! Finally here are some photos of some new (and some existing) products. The new ones will be debuting at Craft2.0 in a few weeks time. I'll have other new products too, and items starting from as little as $3. Here's what they are:

1) New Japanese Paper Butterfly Gift Cards
2) New Japanese Paper Peg Magnets (these are super strong!)
3) Stick Pins in new designs
4) Wooden Brooches in new designs
5) New Scrabble Board Coaster Sets
6) New Acrylic "Window" Necklaces
7, 8, 9) New Japanese Paper Bamboo Necklaces. I've simplified the design of these and added a range of new shapes. They'll also be a tad cheaper than my previous Bamboo Necklaces.

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Reduced to clear

I've reduced my original bamboo pendants to clear, as I'm no longer making them in this style. Now only $25, there's only seven left, so be quick! Available from my Felt store.

Check back tomorrow and you'll see the replacement ones and other new goodies.

Happy weekend!