Friday, October 12, 2018

Making Again


I have started making again! Sweet Mary lavender filled sachets now available at a gorgeous new pop-up shop in Havelock North. The Garden Market is open and full of vintage gardenalia. Click HERE for their online shop and details.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

These Days


These days you can find me on Instagram by either clicking on the "red" sweetmarynz link under the Instagram heading top right of this page or if you are on Insta yourself, find me under the same: sweetmarynz. Happy following.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Christmas 2017


This past year we moved house, our son married, our daughter will be married in a few weeks, lost a much loved family member and a new job for my husband. Its been a lot in a year and not too much time or inclination for crafting. But as Christmas approaches I have put together a little bit of handmade bling. Click HERE  or on the felt. icon (right) to look.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

This Year



I don't want to give up my blog but I do want a good long break. So, for the meantime if you want to check me out I am on Instagram. Click HERE. Cheers!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Rain, Glorious Rain


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

Summer Harvest


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

Merry Christmas


Well, its time for me to close up for the year and say, see you in 2017. Have a very Merry Christmas!