Craft Market

2017 Craft Markets/Events:
Titirangi Village Market - 30 Apr 2017, 10am - 2pm.
Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Rd, Titirangi, Auckland.

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!

Friday, 7 April 2017

Finally, new journals

After running many errands upon returning from my holiday. I'm finally able to make new journals. It feels good to be fiddling with my hands again, making books.... and gardening :)

Completed these journals this week. One large and two small ones. I'll be listing them in my Etsy shop soon.

A little closer look on the small journals.

The birch tree outside is almost bare now. I can see the surrounding trees are starting to change colours. Weather is getting cooler, daylight savings ended last weekend. Hello autumn!

Transferred my mint into a container, managed to tidy up the raised beds. Still yet to decide to what plant next. Maybe a visit to the garden centre might help.

Loving these beauties.

As for Kiki, she sure is having a good life around here. That's Gene's working/office chair at home. Kiki has taken over, leaving Gene working using the dining chair. She loves sleeping on it near the window, with plenty of sunshine :)

Have a good weekend!