Thursday, 22 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

2011 has been a roller coaster of a year for me and many other New Zealanders. The earthquakes shook up our city and changed life as we knew it. Not long after, my Dad got married and I had the pleasure of accompanying my Mum on an amazing cruise around the Mediterranean. Christchurch also had some crazy snow days and to finish the year off, I moved in to a lovely cottage (that feels a bit like living in a bach) with a good friend.

I've had a manic last few months, with so many orders and markets, and am taking a break from Freedom Creative for a few weeks to spend time with friends and family; eating, drinking, playing, watching and laughing - all the things I love about Christmas.

I hope you all have the chance to take a break over Christmas and in the New Year. Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog this year and I'll see you back here in 2012!

Em x

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

An ethical and crafty cafe

If you live in Christchurch (or even if you visit every now and then) and haven't been to the Addington Coffee Co-Op you really should. I love the relaxed interior of the former mechanics workshop, how they use country flags instead of table numbers, and the food is pretty darn delicious too.

The co-op includes a roastery, the cafe, a laundromat and now The Addington Store. The sweet wee shop which specialises in local and ethical gifts opened a few weeks ago and they have a small range of my Japanese and Scrabble tile jewellery amongst gorgeous items from other locals like Mixing Ink and Black Swan Designs. They also stock a lot of fair trade products, including Freeset bags and only use fair trade organic coffee beans, so they're looking after our world while keeping everyone happy!

Addington Coffee Co-Op
297 Lincoln Road, Christchurch

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Last market of the year...

Wow, it's all go around here at the moment! I'm just back from a lovely four day trip to Wellington, for a wedding and a bit of a break. I'm also about to deliver some items to a wonderful new stockist (more on that later), trying to get Christmas sorted and preparing for my last market of the year - All I Want For Christmas this Saturday.

If you're still looking for an opportunity to shop for sweet handmade items and support local businesses please come along. It's on at Shirley Intermediate School, in the hall, on the corner of North Parade and Shirley Road, from 10am til 4pm. All my favourite people will be there, including Black Swan Designs, Stitchology, In My Backyard, Cloud Nine Creative, Rose In Thorns and Locket, and of course there'll be new talent too.

After the market I'm hoping to get some more items into my Felt shop, so if you're out of town, or don't get a chance to pop along, that's where you'll find my things if you need a quick pressie. I have cuff links for the men in your life, hair clips for the kids, jewellery for your mum and my magnet sets make the perfect wee stocking stuffers or secret Santa gifts.

Have a great week!

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Christmas Essentials

Wow, I seriously cannot believe that today is the first day of December.... It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

In my full time job I design advertising for a huge range of companies and by the time December rolls around I'm already sick of putting the same old holly, bells and Santa in ads. So here's some unique handmade items to make your Christmas special, without needing to go the mall (shudder).

Christmassy wallscape - magnetic interactive decor - made to order
Screen printed Christmas Cards
Round Vintage Paper Pine Cone Decoration

Monday, 21 November 2011

To market, to market....

Looking to get your Christmas shopping all wrapped up? The Christmas Encraftment Market is this Saturday and is the perfect opportunity to support talented local craftspeople and finish your Christmas shopping.

I'll be there will my usual range of Japanese paper jewellery, Scrabble jewellery and butterfly frames. If you're really stuck and not sure what Great Aunty Dot would get the most enjoyment from, I'll also have gift vouchers for sale (in $15, $25 and $35 amounts), so she can browse my online store at her leisure.

With over 80 craft stalls including my favourites Black Swan Designs, Mudbird, Sailor Spy, Relique, In My Backyard, Honey and Spice, Rose In Thorns and Sly Fox Jewellery there'll be no shortage of amazing products, and the live music and yummy food will keep the whole family happy!

When: This Saturday, November 26, 10am - 3pm
Where: Christchurch Girl's High School Gym, 10 Matai Street, Riccarton, Christchurch 
Why: Because supporting local small businesses and shopping for awesome, unique gifts is fun!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Fair goodies

Craft2.0 went off with a bang last weekend. It was truly a fabulous day - the new venue was great and people were happy, chatty and lovely. I met some sellers I hadn't had the opportunity to meet before and it was probably the most fun I've ever had at a fair, and a really nice weekend overall. Thanks to everyone who came along and to Sue and her team for yet another great fair.

Above are all the goodies I bought on the day (some for me, some for gifts):
  1. The Squid and the Whale print by my fair neighbour Chris Waind 
  2. A copper brooch by Jewellery By Tanz
  3. Little birdie earrings, also by Jewellery By Tanz
  4. Green and blue drop earrings by Random Little Things
  5. An amazing Felt Ring Box by my other fair neighbour, Katy of Threadmark
Oh, and I also bought a couple of these delicious Gourmet Caramel Apples by Smash Palace, but they didn't stand a chance with my sweet tooth!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Not long now...

Yippity yippity yay, Craft2.0 is this Saturday!!! In an awesome new venue in central Wellington, and with over 70 amazing stalls, it's bound to be a great day.

I'm heading up early on Saturday morning as usual, but this time we're taking our lovely men and staying the night. Hooray for crafty fun, Christmas shopping, a few drinks with great friends and a wee break!

Here's just a small sample of the talent on offer:

Sunshine Butterfly Brooch
Camellia Tea Pendant
Bous in orange (Preorder)
Bicycle tote bag x2

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Craft2.0, now in the city!

That's right, Craft2.0 has a new home for this month's market! For a fun day out, head along to the Atrium in the Chaffers Dock Building, Herd Street, from 10am - 4pm on October 29th, where wonderful crafters from across New Zealand will bring you the best excuse for shopping there is (dare I say it, but Christmas isn't far away....).

Check out the Craft2.0 blog for information about who'll be there and what goodies will be on offer.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

30 Before 30 - #29 Give Blood

The first time I tried to give blood was earlier this year, February 22nd to be exact. I was sitting in the mezzanine floor of the Heritage Hotel in the Square, reading through the information and ticking boxes about what I hadn't been in contact with when my lunch break was suddenly interrupted by the 6.3 magnitude quake and I got out of there as quickly as I could.

I was sick for my last appointment and they don't like sick blood!

So, third time lucky, today I gave blood. And there's not much to report really. I was a tad scared, but the needle wasn't huge and it only hurt as much as having blood taken for tests (which I do yearly anyway). I would encourage you to sign up to give blood if you are able - you never know when you might need it!

A couple of interesting facts:
  • Blood only lasts 35 days
  • 42,000 patients are treated with blood or blood products in New Zealand each year
  • Only 4% of us currently roll up our sleeves and donate
  • With each donation YOU can save up to three lives
  • They require 3,000 donations EACH AND EVERY WEEK to meet hospital needs
Check out the NZ Blood Service website for more information.

See my original 30 Before 30 post here
See all 30 Before 30 posts here

Friday, 30 September 2011

Friday Felt Favourites

Every week I love checking out the Fresh On Felt blog post that Rose compiles on Felt. The creativity of the human race never ceases to amaze me. I have so many items in my favourites at the moment, here's just a few:

Babushka dool needle case/ pin cushion - for sewer on the go!
Sterling Silver Kowhai Pendant
japanese floral coin purse - florence broadhurst - blue

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

30 Before 30 - #26 Coffee

Some people find it really hard to believe that I don't drink coffee (or tea (except for fruity/herbal ones) for that matter). I hate the smell of coffee and from the few sips I'd tasted, pretty much knew I hated the taste of it too. Even though I used to work in a cafe/bar with a coffee machine (making them all day) I'd never downed a whole cup, so I put it on my 30 Before 30 list to at least give it a chance. 

And you know what... I hated it. It's bitter and gross. I'm glad I had a yummy juice to wash it down!

And that's about all I have to say about the experience.  Now that it's done, I never have to drink it again, hooray!

See my original 30 Before 30 post here
See all 30 Before 30 posts here

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Clever Sisters

I met heaps of lovely customers and some awesome crafty people at Spring Encraftment last weekend. Among the stall-holders that I (very briefly) met, were twin sisters Christie and Megan.

Christie, aka ChristieBell Designs makes those sweet glass bottle necklaces. That wee fox and mushroom with a caterpillar (as well as cool birds nests), are handmade from polymer clay and carefully placed inside the tiny vials. I love them and can't stop thinking about them - I really should have bought one at the market...

And Megan, aka Sly Fox Jewellery makes those funky rings (among other beauties), with illustrations from UK based designer InkFive.

Sweet eh? Very clever girls!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

This weekend

I'll be at Spring Encraftment on Saturday. I hope to see a few of you there!

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Hey 2011, please slow down!

Wow, the year is flying by huh? I can't believe another month is nearly over... Just thought I'd do a quick round-up of all the wee things that happened in August:
  • I sent off a range of my Japanese paper jewellery to new stockist, Vesta Design Store in Queenstown.
  • I completed a custom order for a lovely lady from Tauranga. She wanted four of my butterfly frames in a larger size than I usually make, for her bedroom - so sweet that someone likes them enough to put them in such a personal space. I have no idea what her bedroom looks like - but that photo is how I imagine them. I also made a few spares, so I'll have them with me at Spring Encraftment on September 10th.
  • We had a great week long break in one of my favourite places - Wanaka. It was really nice to get out of Christchurch, have some fun on the slopes and actually relax.
  • We had fun building snowmen and making snow angels when it snowed a heap for the second time this year.
  • I've been sick with a nasty flu that I just can't seem to shake. I've now had more than two weeks off work for sickness this year. With that, snow, earthquakes and holidays I feel like I've been away from work for more time than I've been there!
  • I won the amazing prize of a 'Little Weathered Friend' journal from Bibliographica. Louise won a prize in my last giveaway, so that's pretty cool.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Awesome things

 Neat things I've treated myself to in the recent months:
  1. Emerge MMXI-II-XXII Brooch by Mudbird
    Such a clever way to make something beautiful from the cruddy silt from this year's earthquakes.
  2. Extra Curricular, issue 6 (which you can now also subscribe to)
    My copy should be on its way to me... can't wait to have a read.
  3. Tin of Super Cute Glossy Labels by Mixing Ink
    Perfect for anything!
  4. Mini Monster by Super Plush
    Just look at his little face!!! I can't get enough of him!

Friday, 5 August 2011

Winter holiday

Photo by moaan on Flickr (Not really related, but it's pretty)

Tomorrow I'm off on another wee holiday, this time down to one of my favourite places - Wanaka, for a week of wintry fun.

My Felt shop is now closed until Monday August 15th.

Have a great weekend and week everyone!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Snow day!

Yesterday was the most amazing snow day ever! I haven't seen that much snow in the ten years I've lived in Christchurch. That's the view from my house (a wee bit up the Port Hills), and the view down Dyers Pass Road - the main road down the hill. The road was closed for most of the day, so I got to stay home from work (and still am now because the snow has turned to ice this morning).

Yesterday I did a bit of work, went for wee walks down the street and had fun throwing snowballs for the dogs, and then watching them get very confused about where they'd gone amongst the rest of the snow.

Mother Nature really is giving us the full deal this year. I'm definitely not complaining about this treat though!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Shop Update - Hair Clips, Vouchers and More!

$25 Freedom Creative Voucher - PDF
Japanese Paper Hair Clips - Large x2
Japanese Paper Brooch
Japanese Paper Necklace

I've just finished updating my Felt shop with all sorts of goodies, including new hair clips (in small and large sizes) and heaps more magnets, necklaces and broochesFreedom Creative gift vouchers are new too, the perfect gift if you're not sure what to pick. I've also reduced the price of my drop shaped necklaces because I'm no longer making them and want them gone!

Over 100 items for you to browse - sorry if I've made it too hard to choose!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Emma Makes... lovely things

... bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens,
brown paper packages tied up with strings,
these are a few of my favourite things

Yesterday I received that lovely package in the mail. I was super lucky to win a gorgeous Emma Makes bag from a giveaway on her Facebook page. I've been drooling over her bags for ages, and they're even better in real life - so pretty and really well made. If you'd like one of your own, you can get one from her Felt store or off her website.

Emma also makes sweet notebooks and the most awesome witty pencils (which I've blogged about before).

Thanks Emma!
Oh, by the way, you have an awesome name, tee he he.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Craft2.0 treats

Look at all the lovely goodies I bought at Craft2.0 on Saturday!!! The market was a bit more quiet than usual, so I had a decent chance to have a look around thanks to my lovely stall neighbours.
  1. 'Shits 'n Giggles' and 'Too Many Lollies Will Make Your Teeth Fall Out' tea towels by Dustys & Lulu
  2. 'God Bless Sunday Morning' print by Dear Colleen
  3. Print by Devon Smith (I've wanted one of her works for SO long!)
  4. A sweet felt bird brooch by Katy of Threadmark
  5. A ceramic brooch by Stephanie Cahorel
  6. Blue owl print by Sweet William
  7. Lucky dip hearts and quote/unquote magnets by Helen of Tinch

Friday, 1 July 2011


Exciting! Craft2.0 is tomorrow!!! Here are some items from sellers who'll be there. I'm looking forward to checking them out in person for a nice change. Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Summer Love - set of 9 photo blocks
Bunting flag decals - cheerful wall stickers for any room
Sprinkler suit !
Sway- Whimsical Print 8x10
Fabric Basket