Thursday, May 30, 2013

SJ and Saturday

Meet SJ, one of the two chickens we have recently bought to live with a friendly free range flock on Farmlet Road. We live in a smallish modern house with no room for chickens so our friends who own a lifestyle block said lets share! Who knows what we will buy next but for the meantime I have to learn about chickens and hopefully they will reward us with eggs and entertainment.
My computer is still sick and frustratingly is no nearer to coming home so I am using my husband's computer to write this and the only photo available was of SJ.  No Sweet Mary photos but I have packaged up lots more beautiful vintage buttons for sale so...

Don't forget:  Craft&Design Market in Havelock Nth around the Hawthorne coffee shop - this Saturday, 1st June, 9-1pm.

Sunday, May 19, 2013


My computer is poorly and has to go to hospital, maybe a week or even two. So, no blogging for the meantime but I will be back!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Inspired by this beautiful book, very happily received as a birthday gift recently, I spent yesterday snipping and stitching to make the lavender sachets below. Encouraged by my mum to re-use some of the time damaged linen inherited from herself and my grandmother, I cut around the holes and stains to make usable pieces. Backed with soft woollen fabric, not vintage but gifted and perfect for the cooler months to come. These wee pillows are filled with homegrown lavender, grown either in my garden or my friends garden. We both grow organically and without sprays. Once harvested and dried, I strip the stalks of their lavender buds, called rubbings. Its a time consuming but sweet smelling job that mum helps me with during her yearly visit to Hawkes Bay.

I also made small cushions with scraps of vintage linen cloths that I found at the bottom of my linen stash. I had forgoten about these pieces after last using them to make cushions for my first Holly Hospice stall. I have filled them out with a strip of Cath Kidston fabric and fresh apple green ric-rac.

The above items will be for sale at my Sweet Mary stall at the monthly Craft&Design Market this Saturday around the Hawthorne Coffee shop in Havelock North - see top right for details.