The next Fraft is almost upon us!

I’m gearing up for the next Fraft at the end of June. I love the mid-winter Fraft market. Winter can be so dreary and cold that it’s lovely to have an event to warm the cockles of my heart! The mulled wine helps too……! If you always mean to come and never get round to it, I totally recommend you make the effort this year. I know the feeling: often you just can’t be bothered braving the cold evening, particularly after almost a week of work —- but if you do summon some energy and come along, you’ll be really pleased you did. Why not arrange an evening drinks date with those friends you’ve been meaning to catch up with?
See below for details and head over to the facebook page for information on the clever people who’ll be selling their wares.


To market, to market

… buy a fat pig?
Well someone did, actually!
And someone bought a cow, and a ram, and a bull, and a horse, and a rhino, and a zebra, and so the list goes on…

Thursday night saw us at the Kingsland Fraft market where there was mulled wine, live music, clever makers, and many pleasant conversations. If you missed out, you are an unlucky sod! But not completely unlucky because here are links to some of the vendors so you can perhaps peruse their goods from the comfort of your sofa, so to speak.
Hunter Gatherer
Let Birds Fly
Made and Found Market
The Bread and Butter Letter
Middle Name Jane
Lisa F design

Then on Saturday, we spent a lovely day at the Auckland Art and Craft Fair sandwiched in between Run Cutie and Doppel – wonderful companions for the day.

If you missed out on something you had your eye on, send me an email at or have a squizz at the shop to see if it’s there. I’ve got a bunch of stuff on sale so you may even snaffle yourself a bargain!

That’s me for the weekend, folks! Hope it’s been a good one.

bear with….bear with….

You can be forgiven for thinking there’s been nothing to report on due to the lack of – well – reports. Au Contraire! Not only am I planning for the Collaborative Community Exhibition in just over a month, but I have been selected to show at the Auckland Art and Craft Fair on December 8th. Mark it in your diary, spread the word and come on down to the Aotea Centre and say hi.

As well as working towards these, I’m always uploading more stock to the shop. Here’s a selection of the most recent additions.

Unfortunately, as well as all the usual business busy-ness, my Grandad-in-law passed away last week so we had an unexpected trip to Christchurch to say bye to him. It’s always sad to lose someone, no matter what a great and long life they have lived. We had a lovely time with the family, though. I do like it that the T.V. doesn’t get turned on and everyone is right there in the moment, sharing stories and cherishing being together. So. Sad but happy. Life’s often full of paradoxical moments, right?

October competition

I’m doing a little experiment…I’m running a competition for the month of October to see what activity I get on my facebook page and my blog. Should be interesting! Sorry to anyone who’s not a NZ resident, this time I’m only opening it nationwide. Who knows – if it’s a roaring success, I might go international next time!

Simply follow these steps:
1. LIKE our facebook page.
2. SHARE this post.
3. FINISH this sentence “My favourite AVIVA product is ____”

Open to NZ residents only.
Competition closes 31 Oct 2012.
Full terms and conditions here.
Products can be found here on the website or See our shop for more products.

Good luck!


Collaborative Community Exhibition

I have been lucky enough to be selected to participate in this art exhibition, coming up in November. I have so many ideas buzzing around for it that I’m struggling to decide which way to go. Of course, I could make up a handsome tiki but it’s quite tantalising thinking of all the new possibilities. The exhibition is a great concept – Jeannie (the organiser) obtained a whole bunch of unwanted silk screens. She passes them on to the selected artists who all use this as their starting point. They’re delicious looking things…still sporting bits of paint pigment and faded order numbers. I think I’ll leave mine with all it’s personality rather than sanding it all off. Watch this space, I’ll post images of the finished piece once the exhibition rolls around. If you’re in Tauranga the weekend of November 23, I highly recommend you pop by. It should be a good one!