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