Craft Market

2017 Craft Markets/Events:
Titirangi Village Market - 28 May 2017, 10am - 2pm.
Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Rd, Titirangi, Auckland.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Restock linen journals + bookmaking workshops in local libraries

It has been a productive week, I managed to complete three journals. Restocking some of the green linen journals that were sold.

Binding in the studio, I was watching a bird watching me while I work. the spotted dove was sitting on a branch, got itself comfortable and puffed up until it looked like a ball. It was quite funny and made me laugh out loud. I think we enjoyed each others company.

The completed journals are listed in my Etsy shop.

Another one of my "wish to do" list ticked. Hand carved stamp.

I'll be doing two workshops in May as part of Makerfest 2017.

Children's Bookmaking Workshop
21 May 2017 (Sunday)
12:30 - 2:00pm
New Lynn War Memorial Library
Children (7-12yo)
RSVP: (bookings essential)

Japanese Bookbinding Workshop
23 May 2017 (Tuesday)
10:00am - 12:00pm
Blockhouse Bay Library
Adults 16+
RSVP: (bookings essential)

Have a lovely weekend.

Friday, 21 April 2017

A new bone folder

Here's something I discovered recently. The use of sculpture tools as bone folder.

I fold my papers with the help of bonefolder, the ones that I have (on right, the two white plastic) really aren't to my liking, they just don't feel comfortable in my hand and the plastic tip do not work well while scoring either. It sort of "melts" away as I put preasure on it. I have been looking to replace my bonefolder but the ones I found just don't feel right, until I chance upon these wooden clay sculpture tools and thought to give it a try, and to my delight I love it! I love the wooden feel and I love holding them too, perhaps it's my small hands? It has a sharp tip and works great for scoring papers.

I am in love with my new bone folder. All I did was give it a little rub with beeswax and was ready for use.

Folding paper days just got a little better already.

My latest journal entry is a quote by Byron Katie. I love her wise words.

In the garden...

Seedlings are in, among other leafy greens are these red Russian kale, they did not fair well the last time I planted so I am trying again this year. Hopefully they will do better.

Tat soi. It has become my favorite, it grows fast, can be used in many ways and I love the taste too.

Seeds are in, not sure if I have enough space for them all but I just can't help myself, I want to plant so many things! :)

The chrysanthenum (ajania pacifica) blooming, not sure why but the petals aren't opening fully but gets crinkled up. They are pretty as they are, crinkled or not.

More cleaning up in the garden this weekend. Weeds are growing fast.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, 14 April 2017

I can't stop making books

Here're the latest journals that I have listed on Etsy.

A grey scandinavian flower art journal with lace wrap around closure. A fabric that I have been keeping for some time now that finally made into a book.

This is one of my favourite, The fabric was gifted to me by a friend and it has this swashes of colours like a paint brush art. Journal can be found here.

A dainty little fabric journal. I bought this fabric from the op-shop (thrift store). It was a curtain, the little one that is usually hung above the kitchen window, not sure what you call those. I am trying to upcycle whenever I can, so will go op-shopping for fabric and see if I'm lucky to get pretty ones to make into books.

I did a little side project, but cannot keep away from making books! I made a little fabric needle book. I have been wanting to make this for a long time but didn't get around to making one until now. It is made from materials from my fabric stash of course.

It's a bit wonky, The pocket looks like it is running away, but I do like it as it keeps my needles safe in one place and I can bring it along for workshops.

It has a shibori fabric cover, a "rejected" fabric that did not become a journal, small pieces of fabric that is perfect for little projects like this.

Last weekend's road trip was to Omeru Reserve at Kaukapakapa. A short track but it was a good tramp with streams and waterfalls.

This is a little one.

Near the waterfall, mushrooms popping up everywhere, it was magical! You could almost see and imagine fairies playing and jumping over them.

The highlight was this waterfall. I don't know why but I just love waterfalls. We have been waterfall hunting for many years now and just don't get tire of it.

Anyways. have a good Easter weekend!