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!

New Blood

I’ve been a busy beaver lately, creating for the recent Kingsland Fraft market and adding new stock to the shop. Thought I’d just take 5 minutes to share a selection of some of the new “blood” for you to have a squizz at. Pictured are the PatchWerk fantail, button magnets, vintage button ring and card wallet. There’s more “arriving” daily so be sure to keep popping back for a looksie.