Thursday, February 16, 2017
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
It happened! After many baking hot days it rained last night and is showering a bit today. Lower temperatures for the next few days too. After suffering local water restrictions I imagine the garden has taken a big sigh of relief. It is so pleasant out there, this is my view right now, looking out from my studio. Sometimes a tui will come down to the water for a drink and the fantail pair too but right now, all is quiet. I will be planting out this evening, plants that somehow didn't get in before Christmas and then didn't get planted in January either, sometimes that happens. I will sew today as well, putting the quilt top together before starting the hand stitching. I know it will change but weirdly it feels like autumn.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Happy New Year! In the blur after the Christmas festivities, on a warm, still morning we harvested the lavender that we grow on a friend's nearby property. Left to their own devices, our five plants bloom prolifically giving us two harvests over the summer months. The smell was amazing while we merrily bunched up the lavender for drying accompanied by the happy but slightly disconcerting buzz of many bees. Very hot summer days here now so the lavender will dry quickly I think. Come the early days of autumn I will strip the stalks for the rubbings, thinking of my lovely mum who always did this job for me.
Monday, December 12, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
One of the standout things that makes Christmas special for me is a handmade decoration. Made by the giver or bought from a maker to give to me, they are my most treasured possessions. From the ones made by my children when young to the ones given to me by like minded friends, they all hold a special place in my heart. Every year for my Sweet Mary stall I make a small number of decorations for Christmas. In past years these have been a variation on the lavender sachet, one year a bird, another a heart, some years there are both. As I now stock a good number of vintage buttons and have many jars full at home, this years decoration is a small Christmas wreath decorated with some of my favourites. My husband made the wire circles which I bound with bias binding and then many nights I have sat down to watch television and to stitch the buttons on each wreath. Each decoration is a one off and rather special and I have to admit, very enjoyable to make. They will be available at the next Piece-Makers market in Havelock North, 3rd December.
Monday, November 7, 2016
A quick walk around the garden initially to do a bit of spot weeding and check on blackbird damage turned into spring posy making. The deep purple stocks and sweetpeas are particularly beautiful, its amazing how such a simple job can quickly turn into a feast of colour and scent. Hope you are all having a happy Monday! Go gather a posy, spring or autumn, you will be surprised at what is in your garden.
Monday, October 31, 2016
|Large, red, vintage buttons.|
|Packing buttons for market.|
Its nearly that crafty time of the month again, this Saturday the 5th, the November Piece-Makers Market will be set up around the Hawthorne coffee shop in Havelock North, running from 9am-1pm. There is always a great selection of handmade and speciality items to tempt and delight, my metier being haberdashery, mostly vintage or with a vintage twist. I also sell a selection of beautiful lavender filled heart sachets.