Sunday, November 30, 2008

Farmers Market Produce

Home from an early visit to our local Farmer's Market in Hastings with our bounty. All of this is locally grown - no food miles ( km's ) here! We are growing our own courgettes and broad beans but the rest is grown within a few kilometres of our home and we can chat to each and every one of these growers. Can't get better than that.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Christmas Hearts

These three little cuties are for sale on my Felt site - just click on Felt to the left of this post - then double click on individual pictures for more information. There are 5 of each for sale.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Garden Vignette

Early evening with dinner cooking in the oven I went out to water the pots. We have a cute courtyard that has been created within the confines of the L shaped house and two outside rooms called "sleepouts" here in New Zealand. Its warm and sheltered and everything grows very well so I find I have to cut back on a regular basis to keep it looking nice. Watering done, I thought the pretty lavender against the wall could do with a trim so that I get another show in about 6 weeks time. I did mean to do this a couple of weeks ago so they would be flowering for Christmas but oh well...
So pretty - it does seem a shame.

Piled up on the table ready to be bunched up for drying in the airing cupboard alongside the rosemary and rose petals already there. I use the rosemary in my Sweet Mary "men only" sachets. My lavender goes into my Sweet Mary lavender hearts topped up with lavender that I buy in from a beautiful New Zealand lavender farm as I don't produce enough. The roses are dried for pot pourri.

Off the courtyard is a little walkway with an old iron gate at the bottom which looks over the woodland area. Our cat Annie likes to sit very still just inside the gate and watch the early evening goings-on in that woodland, her ears twitching madly. Its also a cool place for a cat to stretch out on a hot day.

Around the front of the house is where we are growing our sweetpeas which are just starting to flower.

The beautiful rose garden - every morning its a joy to look at all that gorgeous colour.

Last but not least - no idea of its name but this is my favourite rose. Its cream and crimson and reminds me of raspberry ripple icecream.
Hope you enjoyed my short descriptive essay!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sweet Mary Goes Public

I have been selling my Sweet Mary lavender hearts through some New Zealand shops ( see left) for a year now and with a little encouragement thought it was high time I faced my public! So I expanded my range and set up, ready for business on the first day of the three day Holly Trail in Havelock North and what fun I had. Can't wait to do it again.
The cushions I made out of antique linen and faded paisley fabric were snapped up and though I was happy that happened I would have also have been very pleased to have taken them home again as they looked rather nice in my bedroom.

Last minute, as you do, I made what are called my "Sleep Hearts" which turned out to be big sellers, in fact I had sold out of them by the second day. They are larger but flatter than the other hearts and tuck nicely betwwen pillow and pillowslip to help you sleep.

I also thought it would be good to make something for the men so I made my "Men Only" sachets filled with lavender, rosemary and cloves. They also sold well and one lady bought two to put in each of her husbands gumboots!

The beautiful Te Mata House was the venue for the fete and lunches - this is early morning of the third day with the stall holders setting up. A blue sky, spring day in the Hawkes Bay.

The view out from the house over vineyards and the empty paddock waiting for cars and people.

Last day, set up (with a few gaps) and surrounded by Sweet Mary treasures. Hanging on the display tree are "Merry Christmas" lavender hearts made with a red/blue stripe back and a hand printed red and white starburst pattern on the front. Unfortunately I could only get a small amount of this fabric so just have twelve hearts left. My notice boards were also good sellers and after good customer feedback, I plan to introduce a children's range soon.
Special thanks to all friends and family who have encouraged me in my Sweet Mary adventure especially my wonderful husband, my mum and my sister-in-law Sharyn. I was lucky to have Nic of Nicolas Daisies helping me on the stall and she has even been inspired to set up her own little business.