Saturday, 22 December 2012

Have a good one!

Ahhh, the time has finally come... I've finished work, the shop is closed, the pressies are wrapped and tomorrow I'm heading up north to celebrate my birthday and Christmas with my family from around the world.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, and have time to enjoy lazing in the sun with your loved ones, with good food and drinks by your side.

Thanks for your support during 2012 and I'll see you back here sometime in the new year.

Em x

Friday, 7 December 2012

One last chance!


Wow, December is speeding by eh?

Next Friday evening and Saturday during the day I'll be at my last market of the year, Christmas Encraftment. It's shaping up to be a very fun market - along with over 70 gorgeous craft stalls, there'll be phone boxes for the kids to ring Santa, the Telecom Christmas tree all lit up, and great food and coffee.

Twilight market: Friday 14th December, 5pm - 8pm
Day market: Saturday 15th December, 10am - 3pm
Latimer Square, Madras Street, Christchurch.
Free entry and heaps of parking nearby.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

500 Sales Giveaway

When I first started Freedom Creative I never thought it would become a real business... but now here I am, with more than 500 sales in my Felt shop!

To say thanks to everyone who has supported me and helped make this business what it is today, here's the chance to win any item from my Felt shop. To be in the draw, just email your name and address to emma@freedomcreative.co.nz with the subject '500 Sales'. I'll draw a random winner at 9pm next Tuesday (the 4th).

Good luck!

Monday, 19 November 2012

All I Want For Christmas

Sorry to mention the 'C' word again but I promise it's for good reason!

The awesome All I Want For Christmas market is on this Sunday, November 25th, 10am - 3pm, at the CPIT Student Union on Madras Street in Christchurch. Freedom Creative will be there along with heaps of other talented local designers selling their wonderful wares.

Check out the Facebook event for more details.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

A handmade Christmas

To me, Christmas really isn't about the gifts - it's more about getting together with my spread out family (and having time off work, ha ha). However, I really enjoy giving gifts - searching out the perfect item, wrapping it all pretty and then seeing the joy when they rip it open. Every year I try to make a huge effort to buy handmade gifts for my friends and family - why support an overseas company when you can keep the money in our economy and help put food on the table for a local designer or artisan? And of course, the handmade gift will be more special, better quality and unique.

Felt has made this year's shopping a breeze, with their specially curated Christmas Gift Guide. With categories such as Postable Pressies, Fabulous Stocking Fillers and Gifts For Guys you'll be able to quickly and easily find something special for your man, parents, kids, friends and maybe even that great uncle who you haven't seen in years.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Shop Update

Just a quick post to let you know that my Felt shop is now chocka full, just in time for Christmas shopping! I've listed more magnets, hair clips (in small and large) and rings, and finally got around to listing my new tiny Japanese paper stud earrings. Have a great week!

Tiny Japanese Paper Stud Earrings
$16.00
Japanese Paper Magnets - set of four
$13.00
Japanese Paper Ring
$15.00
Japanese Paper Hair Clips - Small x2
$8.00



Thursday, 11 October 2012

Starting out

The Felt team do a round up every week of new shops and I really enjoy having a good look through them all. I know how hard it is to get started in a handmade business, and how exhilarating those first sales are.

I'm continually impressed by the quality of products and listings from new sellers, and here's a few whose work (and photographs) I'm loving - these guys will be racking up the sales in no time at all!

1. Sneaker  |  2. Hand Printed Table Runner  |  3. Coloured Bullseye Felt Brooch
4. Wellington Street  |  5. Eco Friendly Quick Red Fox
6. Edible Wafer Paper Butterflies  |  7. Original Munchbox  |  8. Whimsical Fairy Door
9. Romantic Floral Ampersand Print
For those of you who are interested, my 500 Fan Giveaway on Facebook was a huge success! A massive (overdue) thank you to everyone who entered or shared my posts. Over the five days of giveaways I had 277 entries, and now have 590 fans. I used used Shortstack, to run the giveaway, which worked really well - it was easy to set up, and free to use. I spent a lot of time designing the images for each day, but you could also use it to run a very simple promotion in no time at all. I'm also now only six sales away from the big 500 in my shop, so another giveaway is in the pipeline, hooray!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

What are you up to on Friday?

I'll be back at Shop Me Pretty on Friday, this time at Paparoa Street School in Papanui. It's a gold coin to get through the doors, but you'll get a glass of wine or juice, nibbles, and of course a fun night of shopping or browsing. There's more stallholders than usual this time too, including some of my favourites - Tava, Black Swan Designs, Aroha Vintage, Remember When You Used To Be A Rascal and Little Drop Designs.

Shop Me Pretty
Friday September 14th, 6.30pm - 9pm
Paparoa Street School Hall, 120 Paparoa Street, Papanui, Christchurch

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Give a hoot for handmade!

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win that super cool 'Give a Hoot For Handmade' tote from Borrowed Earth's Facebook page. When it arrived I was so happy - not only is the design super clever and cool, but it's also the best quality tote I've ever seen!

Then imagine my excitement when I discovered that they'd also popped a little ceramic heart in the parcel too. That prompted me to go off and explore their website... and my love for ceramics was reignited. That's just a wee sample of all the pretty things they offer and if you'd like to grab some for yourself (or they'd make excellent gifts), you can check out their stockists here.

Friday, 7 September 2012

500 Fan Giveaway - Day Five

Today's the last day to nab a Freedom Creative treat for free, and this one's a doozy!

Three necklaces, two brooches and a ring all up for grabs. They're all seconds with teeny tiny flaws (no one will notice, I promise), not quite 100% perfect but still completely gorgeous.

Head over here for your chance to win!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

500 Fan Giveaway - Day Four

Wanna get your hands on a Scrabble letter item of your choice from my shop? Just enter your name and email address over here.

Sorry if you're getting sick of these posts.... only one more day and then normal posts will resume!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

500 Fan Giveaway - Day Three

Today you can win a wee prize pack containing a set of magnets, a brooch and some sweet stud earrings, valued at $42, just head over here to be in the draw!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

500 Fan Giveaway - Day Two

Wow, I'm overwhelmed with the number of entries yesterday, and the number of new fans! Today's prize - a Japanese paper necklace in my black sakura design. Enter here.

Monday, 3 September 2012

500 Fan Giveaway - Day One

Hey everyone! To say thanks to all my Facebook fans, I'm giving away a prize each day this week (and six on Friday!), so pop on over to my Facebook page today to be in to win any item you like from my Felt shop, hooray!

Friday, 31 August 2012

Stay tuned...

I've been hovering around the 500 Facebook fans mark for a while now, eagerly waiting for that 500th person so I can kick off five days of giveaways... Who's going to help me get to 500 before the end of the weekend so next week can be giveaway week?

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Les Mills Sunday Market

This Sunday marks the launch of the weekly 'Les Mills Sunday Market', offering local food, produce, baked and handcrafted goods and so much more! It's a simple, sustainable and fresh market, in the centre of the city, which makes a lovely change.

I'll be there with my jewellery and every purchase (from anyone, not just me) at the market gives you a free day pass to Les Mills, hooray!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

30 Before 30 - an update

I've decided, with less than four months until I turn the big three-oh, that I'm not going to worry so much about whether or not I complete my 30 Before 30 list. The last few years have taught me a lot about enjoying each day, and while I agree that having goals in life is a wonderful thing, having a list of things that I have to do, just doesn't seem to fit with me any more. Maybe my list wasn't well thought out, I'm not sure, but some of the things on it don't really interest me much any more. I guess I'd rather wake up in the morning and live that day, doing what I feel like doing, than feeling pressured into doing something because eighteen months ago I put it on a list. I'll continue to document the things that I do until my birthday though, and here's a couple I've recently completed:



#13 - Help a less fortunate community
I don't get paid a huge amount, but travelling overseas really made me appreciate coming home to a full time, 'well paying' job. It's amazing what so little money can provide to a family or community and what a huge difference it can make to their life. I love the whole idea of Oxfam Unwrapped, where you can "choose an Oxfam Unwrapped gift like a calf or a gardener’s pack, and not only are you buying a great gift, you’re giving someone living in poverty in the developing world the chance of a better life." It's also a well designed site with a sense of humour.

They have so many items to choose from (from $5 to $1800) that it made it a little hard to pick, so I went for things that would make me happy. A goat, a flock of duckings and training a village birth attendant, all for $117, not bad at all really.
  • A goat - A locally-bought goat will give a family (in Papua New Guinea) 7 litres of fresh milk per week to drink and sell, as well as organic fertiliser for their crops. And the first-born female kid will be given to another family so the magic can start again!
  • A flock of ducklings - By raising ducklings, a woman in Indonesia can rebuild her life after violence and earn a living. When the ducklings grow up, they can lay enough eggs to feed the family, as well as sell at the market for extra income.
  • Training a village birth attendant - Women in the remote villages of the Highlands of Papua New Guinea usually give birth at home without medical assistance. This can put both mother and baby at risk. With this gift, you will help train local people to become birth attendants. They will learn basic midwifery skills and be provided with safe birthing kits. And once they're trained, they'll support mothers to give their children the best possible start in life.
#21 - Ignore Facebook for a week
Done for three whole weeks while I was overseas. I didn't have my laptop with me, and I don't own a smart phone, so I only checked my email once to finalise something to do with our trip and didn't go on Facebook at all (even though the others were tagging me in photos, ha ha). I love the internet, but it was so nice to have a complete break from it!

#5 - Pay off and cut up my credit card
Yup, it's paid off, but nope, I'm not going to cut it up. Another thing that the last few years has taught me is that you never know when you might need some extra money to get you by. My credit card is now only for emergency and online purchases though, and any online purchases can only go on it if I have enough money in my regular account to cover it straight away.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

The House of Dancing Water

One last holiday post... I just have to show you photos of the show we went to in Macau - The House of Dancing Water. Words and photos will never do it justice - this performance was simply amazing!!! It's a story told with a mixture of acrobatics, diving, dance, fire, motorbikes, music and lighting, performed in a purpose-built theatre with hydraulics turning the stage into a pool with 14,000,000 litres of water. 





Tuesday, 7 August 2012

A Maad Event

While overseas we popped back to Singapore for a night so we could check out Maad (Market of Artists and Designers). It was pretty cool - at an awesome venue (at the Red Dot Design Museum), great crafty goodies and I loved that it had sweet live music and life drawing.


Softies and cool felt items by Danielle Jin  ||  Cute items by Momshoo

Hand carved stamps by Potto Stamps  ||  Life drawing  ||  The band
My wee haul - hand carved stamp by Potto Stamps, Apple Boy Brooch by
Danielle Jin and Bunny Brooch by Momshoo

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Home again

We've been home from Asia for a week now. It was the most wonderful trip - we visited a really good mix of places (beaches, mountains, jungle and huge cities) and had the perfect amount of time in each place. It was warm everywhere (a little too hot in some places - 38°c in China!), didn't rain much and we didn't have many travel problems or delays.

My Felt and Discover Me shops are back online and I'm already getting ready for my next market.

Here's a few photos of the highlights of our holiday:

1. Dusky Leaf Monkey on our balcony at Burau Bay
2. The view of the resort from the top of the World's steepest cable car
3. Cocktails on the beach, yes please!
4. A pretty lantern where we had dinner one evening
5. On top of Lasah, the Asiatic Elephant
6. Fish spa time! The weirdest feeling ever...

1. Kai Kai or Xin Xin at the Macau Giant Panda Pavilion
2. The House of Dancing Water show (another blog post to follow)
3. Amazingly intricate carved wood on display in one of the casinos
4. Macau - the city of 24hr lights




1. We drank so much tea in China
2. Bugs for dinner? No thanks, but the food we did eat was delicious!
3. Detail on one of the temples we visited.
4. Scooping up rice at the end of the day - they dry it on the sides of the roads

1. Our jungle cabana
2. So many big bugs and critters to be found!
3. Taman Negara National Park
4. Night time scorpion hunt success!
5. The most terrifying part of the holiday... the canopy walkway
6. Cute baby boars that wandered through the resort

1. I-City trees - made of tonnes of LED lights
2. Flowers too
3. A cool brooch made by Foon of Things Eye Made, who showed us around KL
4. What I spent most of my time in KL doing - being sick and reading
The Happiness Project
(it's good, you should read it too)

1. Singapore Zoo - cute wee lizard checking out the Giant Tortoises
2. Pygmy hippo at the zoo
3. Maad craft fair (another blog post to follow)
4. Delicious pastries from Bread Society
5. Tuppaware installation at The Red Dot Design Museum

Thursday, 5 July 2012

See ya later!

Don't holidays always seem to take an eternity to arrive? With three of my closest friends, we've been planning this trip for months, and we're finally outta here on Saturday...

Over 23 days we're going to 3 countries (Singapore, Malaysia and Macau/China), taking 9 flights (with 3 different airlines), staying in 7 different hotels, and enjoying 30° heat everywhere we go. We've got some really fun things planned (including going to a craft market in Singapore), so we'll be home late in July with some stories to tell and tonnes of photos to share.

I've closed my Felt shop, and will re-open it on July 30th. I'm not sure if I'll have much internet access overseas, so I may be completely uncontactable while I'm away, sorry about that.

Have a great few weeks everyone!

Monday, 25 June 2012

Free Nationwide Courier

For a very limited time I'm offering FREE nationwide courier on all items in my Felt shop. Yip, you heard that right - quick and reliable shipping for free until July 5th!

All orders will now also be wrapped in pretty brown paper with a mixture of washi tape, string and wee tags, so even if the order is a gift for yourself, you can feel special opening it.

My shop will also be closed from the 5th - 30th of July, as I'll be overseas enjoying 30° heat with some very cool friends, hooray for holidays!!!!

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Thanks

Thanks so much to everyone who came along to Encraftment on Saturday. I had a great day, and even though I didn't get the chance to go shopping, had fun meeting some of you and some lovely crafty ladies. Here's a wee snapshot of my stall, including the new tiny studs I've been working. They'll be in my Felt shop as soon as I have some daylight hours to spare!

The next market I'll be at is Shop Me Pretty, in West Melton on Tuesday June 26th. More information on that later.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Tomorrow

I've been busy busy getting ready for Encraftment, which is tomorrow, Saturday 26 May, 10am - 3pm in the Jack Mann Auditorium in Ilam. Are you coming along? If you are, you'll see wonderful treats from all these sellers, as well as around fifty other talented designers.

Japanese Paper Necklace
$22.00
Yellow Chevron Earrings
$26.00
Square Hat Tassel Knitting Pattern
$6.00
Black leather laser cut doily brooch 5.5cm diameter
$27.50
Winter Deer Pendant
$30.00
Lemon Honey Natural Handmade Soap
$8.50
Mustard ceramic biycle brooch
$22.00
Set of five heart shaped tealights
$20.00

Thursday, 17 May 2012

A-Z back in stock!


For the first time in a long time, I finally have the full range of Scrabble letters back in stock. You see, wooden Scrabble letters are getting harder and harder to find. When I do get a set, there's certain letters (J, K, C and M mainly) which are popular for names, but there's only a few in each set.

So, if there's a certain combination you'd like as a set of cuff links, a pendant, badge or ring, now is the time to order - but be quick - I still only have one J available, and I'm sure some other letters will be in short supply within no time.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Winter Encraftment



The Encraftment team are back with another one of their wonderful markets, filled to the brim with creative products as well as delicious food! Winter Encraftment is in the Jack Mann Auditorium in Ilam, on Saturday 26 May, from 10am - 3pm.

I'll be there along with all the other talented designers, with my Japanese and Scrabble ranges.

For more information about who'll be there or where it is, please see the Facebook event page.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Monday, 7 May 2012

Pinned lately

Things I've found, loved and pinned lately:
  1. Amethyst Gemstone Necklace by Pitch Creative
  2. Dark Chocolate Chiffon Cake with Fluffy Rosewater Frosting - If anyone has tried this, please let me know, it looks so good!
  3. Jamie Oliver's Herb Marinated Chicken - Tried, tested, and oh so yum
  4. Photo Display Balls DIY made using wooden knobs
  5. Wonderful calligraphy by Plurabelle Calligraphy
  6. Sculptural bookcase/chair - Such an awesome design, as seen on David Garcia Studio

Monday, 30 April 2012

30 Before 30 - #17 Watch Schindler's List


The only thing I knew about Schindler's List before watching it was that it was about the Holocaust and it was the type of film that people were surprised I hadn't seen.

To be honest, I found it a very hard watch. I watched it over various nights (it's over three hours long), and found some scenes devastating. It's graphic, gritty and emotional. Even after learning about the Holocaust at school, to think this film is based on a true story and true events really does blow my mind. It definitely made me think about how lucky we are to live today, in a country where such events don't take place.

It's not my type of entertainment at all (at times I wondered why I was watching it) and I generally don't enjoy films about war or people being mistreated. I think of  films as an escape - so would rather come away from one feeling happy or mesmerised than depressed. I did enjoy the way it was shot though - mainly in black and white and using light and shade very cleverly. The acting was good and I liked the strength of the 'one person can make a difference to many' message.

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

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Want to grab yourself one of my brooches (of your choice) for free? Just head on over to my Facebook page for more details - but be quick, someone is already very close...