Books gone wild

I have a number of books I am going to set free.  I have been sorting and dusting off the bookshelf and filled a box with books.  The next step was to take them somewhere ( so the box is in the back of my car – it has been since friday!).  However, I discovered the bookcrossing site and fell in love with the idea of releasing books into the wild and seeing who discovers it!   So, if you happen to be in the public loo at the Coastlands mall and you find a book – check inside for a tracking code – it’s bound to be a book I set free!


So – when the little voices in the head start to get louder i know im getting a bit stressed!  (Does anyone else get little voices reminding you of all you have to do or am i the only psyco?)

I have decided to get a to dolist going!  I’m not really a list person – but for some reason when i have a million things to juggle – the list gets going big time.  This one is in Excel!  its by date and order of priority – impressed? 

I have just been accepted on to a “Return to teaching” course through Massey University- it will run for the next couple of months – so I will be back in the classroom soon.  Not sure how i feel about that yet.  Glad to have got onto the course anyway cos its free!  I have to go away for a week of training and come back to Craft 2.0 the very next day – so feel the need to be prepared.  I have also commited to rewritting some kids church curriculum on an ongoing basis, with total folly i signed up for some swaps – (very excited about the block print fabric swap with jezze )and my sister and I are trying to get our little craft thing off the ground (juggle, juggle).  Just not enough hours in the day at the moment – especially since school holidays start next week……

Can you see my TO DO list is justified?


I have been making some more M and C little hanging softies.  These are scented with rose essential oil – it makes them delicious.

Don’t you just love this colouring in page?  Download it and complete it – its such fun and gets the juices flowing.   After all, when there is a million things to do – i say procrastinate and colour in!



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Based on a lovely illustration my sister did, I have created this mini cushion of the Madonna and Child. My sister is an avid collector of this iconography and we decided our new collaboration needed a lovely piece that represented motherhood. I had such fun making her, there are more on the way for sure.

Craft 2.0


Sweet William

I am proud to announce my new “felt” shop – Sweet William.  Felt is a online marketplace for all things handmade from New Zealand.  The new shop is a collaboration between my sister, Paula and I.  She lives in AUS and I live here but we love the same things and decided to link up.  We have some great stickers, bookplates, paper packs and prints.  She has her shop on Made it.  The Australian version of “Felt”.

We even have a guest collaboration with Helen from Showyourworkings.  (my fellow gem) We prepared some  stunning paper packs for the craft2.0 market coming up on July 19th – some come find us there!



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I made these for a parcel I was sending out to a customer from FELT. They are made from an old Sears catalogue (Canadian) found in a second hand shop in New Zealand – don’t you just love the randomness of that!
I have a love for old catalogues and adverts because my grandfather was an in-house designer for a large department store in Cape Town. it was called “Garlicks” . It had several floors and and a cafeteria. My gramdmother wold take us on an outing into “town” to visit gramps in the store. We would catch the train, go shopping and meet him for lunch at the cafeteria. My gran would point out all his posters throughout the levels – so proud of his work – amazing, hand painted signs in lovely red and black ink, thick words and posing gorgeous.

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I had a laugh at Helen’s post on how the search terms on our blog stats say a lot about our blogs – oh dear – not very deep, meaning-full, passionate or focused it seems.  Better up the ante!