Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Look at all the goodies I got at Kraftbomb yesterday; I did a bit of Christmas shopping for myself. First up is the gorgeous t-shirt I've been lusting after since Craftwerk, it's screen-printed by Ellie Smith. I got myself one of Olivia's little owls in a trade, but it seems my youngest thinks it was a present for him! The covered matchbox is by Ran with Scissors, perfect for our temperamental gas stove, and the oilcloth-covered diary is by uhmmm, really can't remember... Have a look at this page if you want to see lots of photos of the market, it's by Sugar Lemon Sweetheart, who makes very cool kitschy stuff. If you look through them, you'll see a dorky pic of myself, with my lovely neighbour Anna the Collar-Maker.
I did really well yesterday; it seems my journals are becoming more popular, and I'm almost out of badges. Thanks so much if you bought something off me, you're a star! I also sold some stock to a very cute little shop in Swanson, right opposite the Swanson railway station. Check it out if you're going to Bethel's this summer, it's called 'Let's go retro'. It's full of kiwiana, collectables, buttons, and my books.
Now I can finally start thinking about my family's Christmas. I baked (no, slightly burnt) a fruit cake today, tomorrow it's tipsy tart (baked pud with brandy and vanilla sauce), and then it's Christmas Eve. And now it's bed. Goodnight to you.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
It was also a very special night; Craig and I realised earlier this week that it's our 9th wedding anniversary yesterday. He joined me at my stall, and we had a very crafty celebration of sorts; it was so nice to have him see my other world. He never gets a chance to come to Kraftbomb with me, because somebody has to look after the kids! Thanks Craig for being such a great guy; 9 years have really flown by :)
I also realised that this time last year I had just started making softies and peg-doll Christmas decorations, and started looking at selling at markets. A year on, I feel so lucky to have the chance to be a non-stop creative (can't call it a full-time job now, can we?), and am wondering where to go with Ruby in the Dust. Retail shops have such high mark-ups that handmade products end up being too expensive, and Etsy isn't doing much for me. Pricing things in US$ just doesn't seem fair to the NZ buyer, so I'm thinking about our equivalent, Felt. I think I'll continue with the markets and maybe a couple of online shops; I really enjoy the sense of community at a craft market.
Speaking of community, my neighbours last night were really cool. Ran with Scissors (love that name!) on one side and Sarah from the Sustainable Business Network (?) selling very popular undies made from fabric remnants on the other. OK, gotta go, hopefully I'll be at Kraftbomb next Sunday, so there's a lot of things to get sewn before then...
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
- camping at Muriwai under a BIG pohutukawa tree
- hanging out with friends in the sun
- black sand between your toes
- meeting Tracey Williams at Kraftbomb
- selling lots of goodies at K'bomb
Here's a couple of pictures of my latest creations I didn't have time to post last week. The birds were photographed in another Pohutukawa, very close to flowering. I had so much fun making them, and wonder whether they would do well as craft kits. I might try to make a few packs for the next market, so people can make their own little birdies.
These pouches were made from vintage embroidery fabric I had left over from my badges, or bigger pieces that weren't suitable for badges. I sold three of them yesterday.
Oh yes, and here's a picture of my stall. It was very full, maybe a bit too much, but I managed to fit everything in. Kraftbomb really went off yesterday; it was so busy, with everybody trying to get their shopping done before Christmas. Once again, I had so much fun meeting buyers and crafters, and was so impressed with all the great work out there. It's very interesting to see how many of us like the same materials, but use them in such different ways. My neighbours this time were Louise, who makes very lovely necklaces from old teaspoons, and Saira from Paper Fish, whose shark softies are really adorable.
I started chatting with Tracey Williams, a very talented local artist, while she was looking at my journals. She creates very delicate images with household objects used in a new context, very gothic NZ.