Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

New products now online!

I have finally had a chance to photograph and list a large number (75!) of my new products - brooches, rings, studs, earrings, cuff links, magnets and three styles of necklaces, ranging in price from only $12 to $34.

This range is a little different to everything I've done before - I've embraced my geo-loving side and started to use paint (mainly gold) to accentuate the beautiful Japanese papers. I love them and I hope you do too!

Check out the full range in my Felt Shop.

Geo-Washi Earrings
Geo-Washi Brooch - Large
Geo-Washi Cuff Links

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Supporting local talent - Rust+Stardust

It's not often I come across a pair of creative people that are doing things that are amazing and wonderful and I want to support them with everything I've got.... But Rust & Stardust... wow.
"As indie designers, maintaining authenticity and producing high-quality work with constant, tough production restrictions - location, volume, budget and even ethics - is an ongoing struggle. Outsourcing, especially overseas, requires too many compromises. We don't want to compromise anymore; we want to do everything, and do it in an awesome way.
Our mission at Rust & Stardust is ambitious but simple: we want to champion skilled craftsmanship, use fresh materials, create great designs and high end products, and have a hand in every step of the process. We are all about staying fiercely independent, self-sufficient, and being DIY in the most sophisticated sense of the term."

As they say, in order to make large-scale (awesome) products, they need a large-scale setup. They need funds, and you can get some neat things by supporting them. Check out their PledgeMe campaign so I can get the cushion I really want, or check out their blog with more information on the rewards. Be quick though - they need to reach their goal by 8pm on Monday!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Market time and a sneak peek!

The new range!

I've finally found my crafting mojo and am currently super busy trying to get prepared for a couple of upcoming markets. I'll have a whole new of jewellery with me and my old stock will be reduced to clear. I would love to see you there!

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Saturday 16th November 2013, 10am - 3pm
CPIT Student Union, Madras Street, Christchurch

Craft Love Festival
Friday 29th November 2013, 5pm - 9pm
Mairehau High School, 440 Hills Road, Christchurch

If you can't make it along to say 'hello', don't forget you can still get
30% discount on all old stock in my Felt shop.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Freedom's Felt Favs

After a rather crappy week at work ('proposed' redundancy right before Christmas, sounds fun huh?), there's nothing that makes me happier than browsing the listings on Felt. I love finding talented new designers and artists and seeing what New Zealand's talented folk have to offer. Here's a few of my favourite recent finds:

'Allium' Bloomers Collection Limited Edition Print by Crafty Love Studio Ltd
Large Flying Birds Pattern Yellow Notebook by The Paperbird Society
Gold Donkey Wooden Hanging Jewellery Rack by Ariele Art

The Little Tree - Children's Book by Faery Sarah
Big Bunny's Rocket (Salad Greens) - Seeds by Big Bunny
Ze Panda Hand-Printed T-Shirt by Zenipa

Keith Cool Sweater by Rabbit
Felt Ball Garland by KM2 Creative
Thank You x 1,000,000 Card by Papermint Studio

Monday, 21 October 2013

A couple of recipes

I am a huge fan of delicious, easy baking recipes - you know the ones - where you just throw it all together and pop it in the oven. I'm also a huge fan of Sunday afternoon baking - a relaxing way to end the weekend, and ensure there's treats for work (or school) lunches for the upcoming week. Here's a couple of my go-to recipes:

Cookie Time Slice - A soft and gooey slice that tastes just like a Cookie Time after it's been in the microwave for a few seconds - so good! Recipe from my friend Beth - her kids rave about it!
  • 1½  cups brown sugar
  • 140 grams butter
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 large block of dark chocolate (I used Whittaker's Dark)
  1. Mix the brown sugar, flour, baking powder and eggs in a bowl.
  2. Melt the butter and add.
  3. Roughly chop the chocolate and add it.
  4. Put in a lined slice tin and bake for 25 minutes at 180°C

Black Forest Brownie - A really rich and yummy brownie with chewy 'cherry' jellies. Even my man who doesn't really like chocolate loves this! Recipe from Baking Makes Things Better
  • 200 grams butter, softened
  • 1½ cups sugar 
  • 1 cup cocoa (sifted to remove lumps)
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup standard white flour
  • Large block of ‘Black Forest’ chocolate cut thinly - almost grated looking
  1. Preheat your oven to 150°C and grease and line a 20x20cm square baking tin or a slice tin.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar then add the cocoa and continue to beat for 3-5 minutes until creamy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
  4. Stir in flour and fold gently before adding the finely cut chocolate.
  5. Transfer mixture to the tin and bake for 1 hour or until the surface of the brownie appears cracked. The centre should appear almost uncooked.
  6. Cool in the tin and dust with icing sugar once cooled.
Enjoy! x

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Clearing out - for new and exciting things!

Hello! I bet you've forgotten about me, haven't you? Well.... I'm back, with fingers itching to get crafting and ideas filling my sketchbook. I've just ordered a whole lot of supplies to make a new range - a bit different to my previous work, but still keeping with what I know and love. I'm hoping it will be ready by the middle of November, just in time for Christmas markets. 

In the mean time, I'm trying to clear out all my old stock, so head over to my Felt store for 30% discount on all stock. Just enter the voucher code 'clearout' at the checkout and the discount will be automatically applied. 

Sorry I haven't been around here lately, but please follow me on Instagram for more frequent updates and snaps of the new range in progress.

Monday, 11 February 2013

A Heartfelt Giveaway

Please pop over to the Tiny Eyes blog and find out how you can win a gorgeous set of dolls and help out Heart Kids NZ all in one hit. While you're there take a good look around - Dee's blog is such a lovely read. Even though I don't know Dee, I admire her greatly - she seems to have the kindest soul and a wonderful way with words.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Open.... for now

An unrelated but sweet cat photo

Just popping in to let you know that my shop is now open again after a lovely long break. So far summer has been a wonderful mixture of visiting my family, relaxing around home, trying new recipes, watching films and drinking in the sun -  just the way I like it so hopefully it continues for another few months.

It's a new year, a time when a lot of you are assessing life and all its got to give. You've got grand plans for what you'd like to change and what you'll achieve this year. You've even got new ideas bubbling out of your creative heads... But often for me, this time of the year is a funk of mixed emotions and thoughts. I'm not really enjoying the whole 'crafting as a business' thing at the moment. It's hard work - working full time and running a business on the side. It's sunny outside and there's so many things I'd rather be doing over boring paperwork and packaging up sales. I still love crafting, but making things to sell feels like a chore - and that's not how it should be. I've been here before and it's times like this I love being a blogger - being able to read back over all your lovely comments and suggestions last time I felt this way. This blog may be a little quiet while I reassess where I want Freedom Creative to go from here...

Thursday, 3 January 2013

30 Before 30 - the finale

Just before Christmas I turned 30, so you know what that means right? Yup, I should have completed my 30 Before 30 list by now.... but as I mentioned here, I didn't and it doesn't bother me at all. I did 17 (18 if you include #30 - document each of the tasks on my blogout of the 30 tasks, mainly the enjoyable ones. More than 50% is a pass right? 

There are still some I'd really like to do - take a silver jewellery class or course, break my nail biting habit, and go to Cirque de Soleil, some I'll probably do without even thinking about it - go to Orana Park, try Pimms, and walk the Godley Head track, and one which I'll probably never do - only eat raw food for a week.

Thanks for coming on the 30 Before 30 journey with me, and sorry if you were hoping I'd finish it and rave about how great it feels. 

I hope 2013 has started well for you. Do you have any New Year's resolutions?

Tuesday, 1 January 2013