Friday, 22 May 2015

Etsy Favourites.

I have been trying to squeeze in time between work to play about with making some new things for my Etsy shop! And I've also been spending some time looking at what other people are selling, there are so many awesome designers and makers out there, it's so great to see! If you want to be nosy you can see all of my favourites here. Have you found anything cool on Etsy recently?

I love the cut-out pattern of this moth necklace from BonnyRabbitBoutique, so delicate and beautiful!

  I kinda feel like I can never have too many pouches and purses, and this block printed pretzel pouch from Whimsy Milieu is so fun and bright it would make a great extra to carry about my things in!

I have seen so many awesome pins and badges lately, including these super cute set of mountain badges from Okapi Illustration! I especially love the bear!

Um how adorable is this DIY embroidered raccoon kit from Kiriki Press?! I love all the details, he is so cute! The shop has a load of different kits, and they are all so awesome though, I'd love to get one, an embroidery kit seems like a perfect wintery activity to come home from work to!

Winter evenings are also great for biscuits! And what better to put your snacks on than this biscuit bandit plate from Jimbob art?! He looks so cute and sneaky, I love the cape!



Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Snapshots.

I'm still here! Still in Auckland! I have started working part-time at a homeware shop nearby which is pretty fun, it's cool to see what kind of things people are buying. Though been super busy working lots of hours lately, so not had lots of time for sewing and things! But I have still had some exciting stuff going on!

I have been making the most of the library and borrowing a ton of books! I love Celia Birtwell and have a few of her Uniqlo pieces so it was great to find out more about her and see more designs in this book. I didn't have time to read all of this book before it was due back, so I'll have to get it out again, but definitely a really interesting read, though kinda slow going! I have always been a huge fan of Lauren Child, and she has finally written some books for slightly older readers! Though the Ruby Redfort series is still technically for children it is awesome, and I'm already halfway though the second book now!

It is now pretty much winter here in the Southern Hemisphere, and the weather's always changing, going from blue skies to heavy rain about 5 times a day! But I've still been exploring a little bit, there's so many cute streets around here so always something new to see. This it a view of the city from a narrow little alley that leads to the motorway bridge!

  Big excitement! I got a knitting machine on freecycle! The guy was even kind enough to drop it round and include an instruction manual, which has made things a little easier, though it is still super complicated! I'm about halfway to figuring it out, though I need to get some good quality wool that won't keep splitting!

I have been working on some new scarves and experimenting with a few different resist techniques, and hopefully will have some more to add to my Etsy shop soon!

I went to the Volcom School of Cool in Auckland the other week which was pretty awesome! There was some really cool artwork on display, and a great hand lettering workshop, some inspiring talks and lots of free food and goodies!


Sunday, 17 May 2015

Sketchbook Sunday.

I finally finished my sketchbook that I bought with me from the UK over a year ago! Lots of black and white and playing with patterns lately, messing around with ideas to put onto textiles since I've been testing out lots of different resist techniques lately on fabric!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Patterns.

I have been scribbling and playing about with creating different simple patterns this week, ready to inspire me to test out some different things on fabric! I love the repetition of creating patterns, great for when you don't want to do too much thinking!


 


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Etsy Favourites.

Since I started selling my scarves on Etsy I have been discovering other makers and shops on Etsy, there is so much cool stuff out there!

I love Danny Brito's shop, he has so many awesome designs, including this Hey Arnold brooch and this Milhouse print which I got for one of my friends for Christmas because it is an amazing saying!

I also got some notecards from Laura Berger at Christmas, they are so cute and fun! I especially love this night swimmers print as I've been trying to pop down to the beach for an evening swim lately while its still warm enough!

Bob the Bear is SO cute!! Those glasses are adorable! I love all of the toys that Sara Carr creates but I think Bob has to be my favourite, closely followed by Henry the Slug (he's green!).

Amelie Mancini makes these arrow spoons which are hand cast, made from brass, I love the arrow detail! 

  This baby mammoth is so adorable!! Mount Royal Mint makes so many cute creatures, I want to start collecting to make my very own zoo display!

Have you seen anything awesome lately on Etsy?



Sunday, 15 March 2015

Sketchbook Sunday.

I've been making super messy scribbles lately, experimenting with patterns, and using colouring pencils, which I realised I haven't really used for years and years! I was just messing around, and not really too keen on the results but they gave me some idea for some patterns I have been working on this week!


Have you done any drawing lately? I LOVE looking through other peoples sketchbooks like a nosy person!

Monday, 9 March 2015

New Zealand Travels.

After meeting my parents in Melbourne we came back to New Zealand and visited a few places in the South Island, and I left them in Wellington to come back to work, before meeting back up with them in Auckland to show them around!



One of my favourite things about this country is definitely how many different landscapes you can see, and so close together, it is amazing!