Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Versatile Headbands

As you know I love to knit headbands, but have you seen our Cord Headbands?

These Cord Headbands are the perfect versatile gift for a teen girl.  Since they tie together at the end, they can also be tied around the wrist and worn as a bracelet or (as a friend's daughter showed me recently) ...

around the ankle as an Anklet!   You can checkout the cute colours available by heading on over and visiting our website.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Handy Hubby!

I must admit it's been very enjoyable attending local Craft Markets over the past few months.  It's been great getting to know new people, and to see all the creative goodness that is on display in our lovely city.

One thing that really impressed me at the markets was other crafter's amazing display stands.  Mine was looking a bit sad (just everything laid out on the table), so I enlisted the help of my lovely handy hubby to find a way to display our products better.  And this is what he came up with:

Display easel for Scarves

Loaded with Scarves

New Display for ... 
Fingerless Mittens!

And lastly ....
Headbands display
He's done a great job eh?  So now my table doesn't look as boring as it did before, and I've noticed a lot more people stopping to look at the scarves or to finger the headbands.

And if you live locally and have some free time this Saturday (21st), how about stopping by and saying hi!  We will be at the St Heliers Market, Tamaki Ex-Services Assoc Hall, Cnr Turua & Polygon Rd from 10am - 3pm.  I'd love to see you there!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Photo Shoot

A few weeks ago I took a chance at doing a photo shoot with my friends 2 1/2 year old daughter, Zahra.  She's adorably cute (as you can see) and such a fun gal.  I knew she'd make a fantastic model, so armed with camera and an assortment of headbands and hats, I arrived early in the morning at the home of Zahra and her family.  

We were incredibly organised (me and Zahra's mum) but as anyone with a 2 year old will tell you, things don't always turn out as planned.  The model had other ideas that morning so we never made it past 2 headbands.  But that's okay as I found it a little difficult focussing the camera on the headbands with such a cute model.  Below are a couple of pics ..... isn't see adorable?

Thanks Zahra (and Gillian) for being such good sports!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Discovered: JS Designs

One of the fun parts about attending craft markets is meeting other incredibly creative people.  At a market recently I had the privilege of meeting Julia from JS Designs, who creates the most gorgeous cards and jewellery. 

  • Please tell us a little about yourself:

I was born in the UK in a town called Newbury which is west of London.  I moved to New Zealand in September 2004 after traveling  around the world - it was a great adventure for me as an individual and for my creative mind.

I live in Auckland with my wonderful husband Scott and Indy our awesome chocolate labrador.  He is our baby!   I work part time as a Senior Business Analyst/Project Manager.

  • What / who inspires you in your creative process?

 I get my inspiration from life, moments, my family and friends.  My new drawing collection greeting cards are inspired by memories from my childhood and my grandparents.  

  • What is your favourite item to make/sell?

Well this is hard, I love making my greeting card collections, this is my passion at the moment.  However designing and creating silver jewellery is a completely different passion and the satisfaction and accomplishment never ceases to amaze me.

  • What's your favourite item currently in your shop?

 My drawing collection greeting cards.  These are a new concept for me as my scrap booking collection are all hand done.  The drawing collection gives more flexibility to branch out into invitations, however still using my designs.

  • What are your  hobbies outside of crafting?

I enjoy walking, Indy and I walk everyday - it is a great way to start the day.  Cooking is another passion of mine too.  I started writing a couple of books; one about a period in my life and the one about my great grandparents elopement to England. I hope to finish both of these one day.  

  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I have been extremely luck to have travelled to lots of places in Europe and Africa.  I would love to go to South America and Canada.  The draw for South America Peru and Machu Picchu it is mystical and would be an adventure.  Canada, I would love to take Scott there in the winter as he is an awesome skier, he has skied since he was 3 years old. I would watch and keep warm drinking hot chocolate all day!

Thanks so much for sharing with us Julia.  You can find the rest of Julia's creations on her website here, and don't forget to visit her Facebook Page and say hi!