Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I'm so excited about this weekend.  Craig and I will be footloose and child-free in the capital, hanging out at the cafes and second-hand clothing shops on Cuba St, staying out late and sleeping in, you get the idea... 

But mostly we'll be there for Craft 2.0 of course! 2.0 is always so much fun and a great reason to visit Wellington and meet some new people.  This market will be held in a new venue though, not at the New Dowse but at the Chaffers Dock Building in Herd St in the city;  Saturday between 10 and 4.  Please come and say hi if you're around :) 

I am also happy to announce that I've had some more fabric screen-printed and there is a full range available at the Holland Rd Yarn Company in Petone. I will also have some on my table on Saturday, together with some new pocket mirrors, key-chain pouches, covered buttons and everything else I can fit into my trolley case. 


Organised chaos

We went away for the last few days of the school holidays and I thought I'd just show you one of the beautiful sights we saw on our way south.  These photos were taken in the Indian Char Bagh Garden in the Hamilton Gardens.  The wild flowers are such a colourful contrast to the formal pavilion at the far end, and I love too how the garden is symmetrically landscaped around a central fountain, yet the planting seems completely random.  

These gardens keep getting better, and if you've never been it's well worth a trip. There are quite a few themed gardens now, like the Italian Renaissance, Japanese, English, American Modernist, and my favourite, the Chinese Scholars garden.  Craig and I used to live opposite the gardens about 10 years ago and it's been so nice to return to what used to feel like our back yard.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


It's spring, and the weather is all over the place, going from warm sunshine to heavy showers in minutes. I took some photos when the sun was out last week: our wisteria in full bloom, new strawberry and tomato plants. we've never had much luck with growing tomatoes, but fingers crossed for this year.  I wish for plump red fruit that squash when you squeeze it, that smell of warm summer days and will carry the taste of summer into autumn and beyond in the form of passata.  

Speaking of sauce, I am utterly inspired by this little book at the moment: Preserves by Pam Corbin, part of the River Cottage Handbook series.  Although it has many recipes using fruit that we don't get here in NZ (or shall I say, get cheaply), I marked about 7 must-trys.  I made the first today, and it's beyond delicious.  I'm not a big fan of lemon curd, but the Bramley Lemon curd is made with about 4 cooking apples and 2 lemons, and tastes just like Ms Corbin describes: 'like eating apples and custard: sofly sweet, tangy and quite, quite delicious'.  Couldn't have said it better myself. There's a copy of the recipe on the River Cottage website.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Colour therapy

Joshua did a painting of a road the other day using some test pots I have in my paint box.  I wish I'd given him a canvas; he's got a natural feel for line and colour and I think his painting would look great on the wall. I dug around my button tin today and came up with a similar colour scheme of fresh spring colours.  Hope you have a nice weekend and start to the school holidays!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

First Thursdays

It's time for First Thursdays again! It's on tonight at St Kevin's Arcade on K'Rd between 6 and 9 and promises to be a good night out with live painting, a DJ and free printmaking workshop by Alphabet City. And that's just in St Kevin's Arcade; there's a lot more art events and happening around K'Rd.  Here's an event map and list.

I managed to make a few new key chain pouches today, so come and get yours tonight.  I even made something for the man in your life: a couple of stag key chains backed with some manly fabric.  I call this range 'Ruby's Man' :)