Booky books

11 10 2012

Left to right, top to bottom:

* Maude: the Not-so-noticeable Shrimpton by Lauren Child

* How to be Danish by Patrick Kingsley

* The Fox’s Tale: The First Christmas by Nick Butterworth

* The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

* The Woodland House by Ben Law

If you are thinking of building your own house or pursuing a self sufficient lifestyle then Ben’s journey is an utterly inspiring one. Beautiful photographs and useful tips for all.

* One Big Rain: Poems for Rainy Days compiled by Rita Gray

* Do your ears hang low? sung by the Topp Twins

* The Rapture of the Nerds by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross

I have recently finished reading this book and, though mind watering, it is brilliantly written. If you enjoy reading William Gibson, Neal Stephenson or Bruce Sterling then will enjoy this novel too.

* Knit your own Zombie by Fiona Goble

Cute patterns for toy zombies that snap apart and reassemble in multiple ways. A kookie Christmas present perhaps?


Craft round-up: Viking Love

23 03 2012

Apparently vikings are the new cool, well that’s great for me because it means I am spoilt for choice when buying a gift for my partner (who suffers from delusions of becoming a Viking King). So here is my Etsy Treasury of viking related stuff, there is something for everyone, even the dog!

Handmade Jewelery

9 02 2012

I just received my second parcel from Bones & Glitter and I must say, I am super happy with my purchase! So, I thought I would do a wee plug for them.

One of the best things about Bones & Glitter is the number of ways you can find products and order them. They also do custom orders at little or no extra cost. If you can imagine it, they can probably make it. My most recent purchase was 2 hairclips to help hide my silly fringe (you can see them below being modelled by 2 of my rabbots – November and Romeo). Before that I got a skull braclet and a zombie cameo ring (bottom).

* Bones & Glitter on Facebook

* Glitterskull’s Shop on Felt

* Bones and Glitter on Etsy

Next Christmas

6 01 2012

Have I gone mad? Yes, quite possibly…

We have only just finished one years Christmas season and I am already planning the next one, in terms of decoration anyway. I was looking at the After-Christmas sale table at the local department store and inspiration hit me – BACON!

I think I was in bacon mode after finding bacon band-aids for my partners Christmas stocking. So now I’m covering red baubles with bacon printed paper, saving and drying out chicken bones to paint white later and doodling pictures of what it will all look like (see below).

Tidal wave of fluffies

14 12 2011

Our big boy, Mr Possum, has apparently been doing the rounds. Currently we are up to 19 rabbits on our property – 14 of which are less than 3 months old. So it was defiantly time for new escape-proof accommodations.

Take one box pallet, 3 rolls of chicken wire, various recycled materials, a 1 litre bottle of whiskey and a builder friend, and you get the Rabbit Duplex! It has 2 levels, a small outdoor run, side doors for access and deep eaves to provide shelter from sun and rain. Possum gets one side to himself, Lily & Sparkle share the other with alternating “free-range” days. I will be painting it soon to seal the plywood but that’s a minor detail.

Thanks Dean – you’re a star!

Yummy yarns

6 12 2011

It’s officially summer which always helps get me back into creating. But today is wet and cold(ish) so I find myself looking at yarns. Etsy has some great yarns in evey colour of the rainbow, but doesn’t have the handy built in Share-a-link feature that Felt has. So I have had to take a screenshot to post here and add a link. Pift!

Local Steampunk

19 09 2011

With so many skilled crafters in NZ I’m kinda surprised there aren’t more steampunk crafters. There are a few though, and here is some of their stuff. Don’t forget to check out Dr. Gordbort’s Rayguns, League of Victorian Imagineers and the Steampunk Emporium (overseas) too.


Cleopatra Antique Earrings


Victoriana Pendant


Window Locket Pendant - Steampunk Cogs


Victoriana Pendant


Vintage watch movement in filigree Silver - Steampunk Inspired timeless relic


Different Typewriter Key in Green! Shift Lock Pendant. Great Steampunk look!


Steampunk Inspired Fantasy Cuff - Cogs and Antiqued Silver Dragonfly


Pocket Watch Pendant - Vintage Steampunk Inspired - Timeless Relic


Awesome octopus pendant in bronze


Steampunk Golden Stag Necklace


Filigree Ring with vintage watch movement, Antiqued Dragonfly and Swarovski - Steampunk Inspired


Vintage Typewriter Keys into amazing rings Steampunk *  Adjustable * Upcycling *