Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I do like tattoos, even though I must confess that I don't own any (some combination of my Libran indecisiveness and slight fear of needles)! So I brought a Stitch'd Ink design at Kraftbomb a few months ago and have finally finished the design. Somewhere along the lines I forgot that cross stitch is very addictive- I'm sure thats because you don't really have to think much while working on them (that happened once or twice and I ended up forgetting to do a row or two! Oops!). I did add the word 'Auntie' an old-school tattoo font which was a bit of a challenge- especially the 'A' which has all sorts of odd angles. I chose to add the word 'Auntie' as I've been an auntie since I was 6 (most of my life) and I thought this would be a great way to make it some kind of badge. I do like the charm and irony of a piece like this. I will get it framed eventually- most likely in a type of frame that is at odds with the design.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Today was kraftbomb day, and it went really well. There was a really positive atmosphere with this craft fair- lots of friendly people, neat crafts and live music which really added to the atmosphere. I had some new collars to show (they were not very photogenic... I am a terrible photographer, and the ones I really wanted to show you turned out blurry. Oops.) I also added some necklaces with a bow shape- an idea to use up left over fabric and to try something new. I left feeling really positive about the whole craft thing. Sometimes I think its so nice to be able to participate in something like that.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Wow! I have been really busy crafting here and there for the next kraftbomb! This one looks to be exciting with a Halloween theme and much more stalls. I've been developing some new collars ideas (going nautical!) as well as some necklaces (I love accessorising!) so I'm really looking forward to it. Its going to be great to see what other vendors have up their sleeves as well! Catch you there at the Grey Lynn Community Centre (Auckland) 11am-2pm.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Whew! After that mad mad rush of sewing I can relax... The stall at kraftbomb was a bit of a slow one, but thankfully I sold some collars (which keeps the morale up!) and made a great looking batch of raspberry muffins. It was great to meet some new people and see a few familiar faces about. Creative-wise, I'm thinking of some new designs and ideas to keep things fresh- like more necklace-y things and an Eton collar style. And summer colours!
Monday, September 22, 2008
In a mad mad rush of sewing... I'm off to the Kraftbomb craft fair (or should that be kraft??) on Sunday at the Greylynn Community Centre this Sunday 28th September 1-4pm. I have some super-cute new violet&may collars which I just can't wait to show you! Come along for some craftiness!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
There is a good reason behind those ridiculously cute collars! CRAFTWERK! Next thursday at St Kevins Arcade in Auckland. Me and my collars will see you there. In the meantime there will be alllllot of sewing... (sorry for the small image. Blogger didn't want to make it bigger!)
Sunday, August 3, 2008
These little peter pan collars are ridiculously cute. A sort of a mix of something that references jewellery and clothing all at the same time. And did I mention that they were cute? And ric-rac is now the best thing since sliced bread- I can't believe that I haven't used it before in my crafting...
Friday, July 11, 2008
Anyway I'm getting used to my new job (have been working part time there until my months notice at my current job peters out) and a daily (un-ecofriendly) trip on the motorway- my car has not yet broken down! I think I will learn alot from this one.
Bye for now (just a short short post today)
Friday, June 27, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Things have been more than a little bit busy in my world, especially as I have the rather lovely task of finding a new job... But you know, if I have any downtime my creative output may increase! It would be great to spend sometime on my own ideas... and I have a few interesting ones in the pipeline!
However, over time I have noticed that I have a very good ability to talk and talk about my ideas and then never get them of the ground for some reason or other. So for that very reason alone I won't air them on this blog until I have convinced myself that they will go ahead... I do have some envy of those more motivated people out there, but I know that it takes time, money and effort to get a great plan (or any plan) off the ground...
Anyway it is dark now and I'm going to go home and cook a curry and knit. Cold winter nights huh?? :)
Thursday, May 1, 2008
... daydream lily for lovely + collage + art. Based in Melbourne. Seriously so many creatives are in Melbourne. Is there something in the air?
... fortysixth at grace. Clean, lovely clothes in muted tones, and a sweet way of writing.
... The Sartorialist. Why didn't I check this one out earlier?
Anyway I have more brewing in the craft department especially with jewellery and knitting, so will do a real post at a later point...
Bye for now!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Thanks! Have a great week!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
I've been doing a little inventory (as you may say) of all my projects and ideas that I am presently working on, or really really want to work on. It is a bit of a long list. A while ago I took the list of projects off the sidebar of this blog as I realised that I wasnt really working on them. This weekend I would looooove to start sewing again, as my high- rotation of favourite clothes are looking a little tired to me. My stash of Liberty is asking to be (very carefully) used up.
So my little long list is as follows...
... A blouse-y top for myself, made from one of my Liberty fabrics. I'm going to hunt for a good pattern.
... To finish the butterfly top for my sister.
... A couple of t-shirt dresses for my nieces.
... To work on my blanket every now and then.
... And to knit a basket weave scarf in a gorgeous wool in time for winter.
... Simply to pick up my paints again after they have been in storage for so long. Especially when I have some ideas to develop.
... To complete the first motif on the embroidery for Miss G.
... And to create a great cushion for myself (coat of arms)
... To finish my 'goodbye' illustration. Eventually.
... And eventually learn how to do textile prints.
... To Finish the Neverending Cuff. By the end of the term. So that I can move on to...
... An extravagant necklace.
... And a brooch for my mother.
Now my question is- where, just where do I find (or make) the time?
Monday, February 25, 2008
...Georgeous ginko sketch at Abigail Percy. There is something quite exquisite about the lines in this drawing.
...The recent burst of activity at Sugarloop. Lovely!
...Drawing on transparent paper. Still one of my favourite things from back at uni. There is a great quality about it
...Paper folded marvelously into books and smaller books at littlepaperbird.
...I love blues based songs and The White Stripe's 300 M.P.H Torrential Outpour Blues is number- one- favourite-often-played-song at the moment.
...Ideas to work on (once I set myself up!)
...And a tempting pile of books to read...
Monday, February 18, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
...I'm moving flat again. To a snazzier part of town- walking distance to cafe's and Ponsonby Rd shop. I eventually found that living in a little space was getting me down- no sewing makes Anna go crazy! And I'm looking forward to the challenge of decorating my room- at least I will have a bit more space to unpack.
...February also tells me that it is time that I will have to make more effort into conducting my life to move the way I want it to. Sounds dumb, but I'm sure that Dr. Phil will agree, as I think that I'm moving into some mid- twenties crisis... So from now I want to try and focus on those important things, like friends (I find it really hard to maintain friendships, but am great at making what you would call acquaintances or friends-in-context), family and figuring out what on earth I will do with myself. The art of happiness indeed.
I hope the month of February treats you well too! Have a wonderful weekend!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
This little sewing tin has some seriously good finds in it, including 'The Glenda Double Fold Bias Binding' and the remains of an old- fashion rose sewing kit. Very tempting to use I say, but somehow they just belong in that tin- I think that it would almost be a waste of a little time capsule (and lovely vintage typography)...
...don't you think?
Monday, January 21, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
- Glaswegian jeweller Abigail Percy for pretty things.
- Kitty Genius for a good sense of humour and the bearded guys.
- Of Paper and Thread for prints and art.
- perfectbound for inspiration and girly gorgeousness.
- And last but not least I have also added my nephew's band, A Town In The City. They're good.
Bye for now!
Friday, January 4, 2008
On Wednesday my mother and I went around the museums and art galleries in central Wellington. The city was so so quiet, as everyone was away on holiday and alot of the shops we shut (very good for my wallet!). In a typical Wellington fashion the day was a bit on the blustery side, but pleasant nonetheless. We began by walking around the waterfront near Te Papa, then checking out the Museum of Wellington City and Sea, which was interesting as neither of us had been there before. After that we ambled around to the City Art Gallery. The highlight of the trip was checking out the Bill Hammond exhibition at the City Gallery. Amazing- I have long admired his anthromorphic, stylized and ever so Egyptian like birds. Seeing them up close was fantastic. It was interesting to see how his work has progressed over time, and also to see the incorporation of print and pattern in a tattoo-like manner into the bird motif. After the art gallery we had short walk to Te Papa, where we had coffee and checked out the national art collection, which was also very inspiring. I often think that the greatest indulgence would to be an artist.
Yesterday was 'the shopping day'. We went around Lambton Quay and had a peek inside Kirkcaldie & Stains, which had some gorgeous art nouveau inpsired pieces of Moorcroft pottery. I nearly fainted at the pricetag, but then some unreasonable part of my brain started to calculate as to how I could accumulate a piece. Wellington also has the Shoe Connection chain of shoe shops, which has some great shoes, if you like to have fancy feet. I tried, but I didn't buy- I have learnt the hard way not to impulse buy shoes when away on holiday as I have often ended up with shoes the wrong size...
We then made our way up to Lower Hutt where we had lunch and admired the exhibtions at TheNewDowse. The main drawcard was the When Philip Met Isabella: Philp Treacey's Hats for Isabella Blow, which was amazing and well worth the detour out of the central city. The cafe at the Dowse is also worth recommending- quick service and good food.
I'm back home now, with only the real weekend left, then it back to work and back to the real world.