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!

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 *


Made for pets

31 08 2011

Ok, so I have been a bit crap at writing recently. There’s been a lot going on.

But, today I bring you a collection of cool stuff made just for pets. These images have been collected over the last 3 years so most of them are from places I don’t remember. I only thought of them today because I am busy trying to draw up the plans for a Rabbit Duplex so our Flemish Giants don’t destroy our new garden. 4 big rabbits + lawn = the bog of eternal stench.

Here we have cat wall boxes, cat window boxes, suitcase beds, cat wall art, grassy cat towers, goat towers, indoor and outdor cat ladders. Enjoy

Judge a book by it’s cover?

20 05 2011

Apologies for the long break, you know, earthquakes and stuff…

Today I bring you a collection of new craft related books, most of which are currently gracing my bookshelves. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you have no internet and intermittent power 🙂

* Art by Tattooists : Beyond Flash by Jo Waterhouse

* Making handmade books : 100+ Bindings by Alisa Golden

* Two from one Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott

* Indie Craft by Jo Waterhouse

* Literary Tattoos : The word made flesh by Eva Talmadge & Justin Taylor – original blog

* Paper + Craft by Minhee and Truman Cho

Colour me wonderful…

4 02 2011

I not really a fan of green as a colour… but some of these little finds are starting to make me reconsider that opinion. Possibly it’s because I like green as a concept, or it’s because it makes some of my favorite colours pop.

* Swarovski couch by Squint

* Double Dip quilt by Thimble Blossoms

* Tyranid Harridan by Forge World

* Forgotten Garden quilt by Jane Sassarman

* Village Terrarium by Botany Factory

* Rainy Days Monday by Moda Fabrics @ Fat Quarter Shop

* Extra Life Sheets by Aerie

* Poang chair cover by J Caroline Creative

* Brain Freeze yarn by Needle Food

* Kitty Castle by Sari via Modern cat DIY Projects

* Zala, hand dyed wool by Anjellah

* Bloom @ Fabric Online

* Heels from Irregular Choice

* Striped quilt from somewhere I have forgotten (sorry)

* Eggloo Terrariums by Botany Factory

* Pistachio Macaroon from J’aime les Macaroons

* Cherry Drop earrings by Cheekpinchy

Colourful Customs

2 02 2011

A slightly eclectic post today – the common theme seems to be bright colours…

* Absolutely fantastic macaroons from J’aime les Macaroons in Christchurch

* New Girl cushions by Jules at Click for Art

* Louis XV Upholstered  Ribbon Chair by Dransfield & Ross

* Recovered egg chair by Squint

* Paper craft, UK Johnny & Tentaclopse, by Jules