Friday, 19 December, 2014

Last minute gifts – help is at hand!

Stuck for a last minute gift when you’ve run out of delivery time? There’s still time to order a gift voucher or digital or pdf gift from a range of Felt sellers. These great sellers all offer gift vouchers for their shops, so you’re bound to find something to suit just about anyone:

polli-prints – colourful and attractive prints for all ages and every room
bold – fabulous statement lampshades and cushions
pigeoncrafts – quality appliquéd cushions made from upcycled cushions
objectify – functional, understated and striking clocks and homewares
koro – attractive and fun jewellery
ironweed – kiwiana garden art made from recycled steel
ingrainednz – personalised jewellery inspired by nature and art
nectar – beautiful bath and body products made with organic ingredients

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And if you’re looking for a gift for a maker or crafter, you’re really in luck. All these sellers have a great range of pdf patterns available, sent to you via email in 24-48 hours. How brilliant is that?

susanna – patterns for stitching and patchwork
littlecute1 – “felt food” toy patterns
honeycakes – original knitting patterns for you or your cherished little one
thestitchsmith – contemporary needlepoint, embroidery and cross stitch patterns
jensjems – artistic and inspirational cross stitch patterns
amiana – gorgeous knitwear and crochet patterns
geesprojects – sewing patterns for sweet toys
cherryparker – fabulous patterns for fantastic felt birds
vintagemadge – cute knitwear patterns for 0-2 years
biglittle – patterns for great children’s clothing.
feltedstitch – traditional and New Zealand flora-inspired embroidery patterns
bellabags – practical and cute kids’ messenger bag pattern
popsadaisy – intricate counted thread embroidery patterns

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Finally, you could finish your printed gift with these gorgeous printable gift tags from Sweet William – just lovely!

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Phew, you’re sorted! Last minute gift panic averted at the touch of a printer button. Now you can relax and enjoy an eggnog. Happy Christmas!

Wednesday, 17 December, 2014

Fresh on Felt

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What a harvest of fresh new sellers we have for you this week! There’s a bit of everything: Christmas goodies, lovely art and decor pieces, adornments, and delights for the wee ones. Put your feet up and finish that Christmas shopping in comfort, right here.

designer decor and original art

quirkybird – quality furniture reinvented with fine upholstery materials
ibbetson – luxurious antique Kilim carpet-covered armchairs
bakergface – striking hand-drawn geometric animal artworks
millavanilla – original drawings inspired by the whimsical side of nature
bonniebonbon – fresh, on-style cushion covers
chunkypony – vintage lampshades with a sleek, modern twist
whiteshell – nature’s patterns turned into intricate artworks
woodchipper – wooden blocks with images from nature and contemporary culture
jc_artist – hand-drawn wildlife art and animal characters with personality
ctrlxctrlv – whimsical giclée prints, originals, jewellery and resin ornaments

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

suziloo – sweet and original children’s clothing with a retro feel
hellogeorge1 – funky prints for your little guy or gal
pogglespatch – colourful children’s hats and toys
nuttree – natural rustic wooden educational resources
rideontrain – fabulous wooden trains for wee ones with railway ambitions

clothing, jewellery and accessories

peque – beautiful and intricately woven beaded jewellery
orchidbluenz – lovely jewellery made from vintage cutlery and silverware
mintjewelry – gorgeous rings, earrings, pendants using New Zealand coins
ardournz – elegant woollen felt cloche hats
diamond – sweet mother and daughter aprons and elegant fascinators
yaffa – beautiful one of a kind earrings
usdesign – bold and colourful earrings, necklaces and bracelets

gifts and goodies

xmaskiwi – bright and cheerful personalised Christmas stockings
foxheirlooms – cute Christmas sacks in traditional designs
bramble – intricate decorative ceramics with an air of nostalgia
bystacixo – sweet handcrafted cards and gift tags
yod_cookbook – You’re on Dishes! A cookbook of cheap, healthy and easy meals
underwood – cute folded paper dresses and paper dress bunting
charlys – organic oils and balms for beards
buttonsnbows – sweet paper dress bunting in cheerful colours
honeybfresh – practical and pretty organic beeswax food wraps

 
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Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

Calendars! We’ve got calendars!

We all love a calendar of beautiful images or practical handiness to get us through the months, and here at Felt we have a gorgeous variety to choose from for the coming year.

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Whether you’re looking for a gift, or you’d like to snaffle one of your own, any of these calendars can be winging their way to you in a trice – just click on any images you like and you’ll be taken to the maker’s listing page.

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Some of our makers even had several gorgeous designs to choose from, so make sure you have a browse around their shops to see everything they have to offer, or search our paper goods section for “calendar” to see them all.

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And don’t forget there’s still time to wrap up the rest of your Christmas shopping on Felt – see our Christmas Gift Guide and Christmas Catalogue on Issuu for New Zealand’s best local, handmade gifts.

Monday, 15 December, 2014

Christmas gifts from the weird side…

We all know one (or perhaps we are one!): those loveable people who walk on the weird side, whose sense of humour is kinda off-beat and who seem to be just… living on a slightly different planet. There’s always someone quirky, geeky or oddball on your list who’s impossible to find a gift for, so we’ve compiled a list of left-field presents to help you find something perfect.

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There are all sorts of characters out there. I mean, we all know someone with a combined love of Star Wars and My Little Pony, don’t we? Don’t we? Or is it just me…?

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Unleash your will to be weird and take a wander though our Gifts with Quirk Factor page in the Felt Christmas Gift Guide. Don’t forget to nip on over to our Christmas Catalogue on Issuu too – it’s bursting with gorgeous handmade gifts for everyone.

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Friday, 12 December, 2014

How to make a well-stuffed stocking

For youngsters (and the young at heart) the stocking is one of the most anticipated traditions of Christmas. While usually stuffed with goodies that are small in size and in monetary value, a Christmas stocking packs a big punch in terms of surprise and delight. So if you’re helping Santa out this year, we’ve picked out some perfect little surprises for the wee ones on Christmas morning.

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Historically stockings are filled with toys, sweets, fruit or coins (or, for the naughty, a lump of coal). At Felt we’ve collected a gorgeous sleigh-full of traditional and not-so-traditional goodies to help you create stockings that are packed with handcrafted delights.

So, to whip up a superbly stuffed stocking…

1. The essential housing

It pays to start with one sturdy and capacious Christmas hosiery item. Our clever makers have come up with a stocking to suit everyone.

2. The basic ingredients

An orange or a clementine is traditional – or you could nip to the dairy for a 50c mixture or sherbet dab – whatever’s fashionable in your neck of the woods.

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3. The personalised flavourings

Add something to catch your little one’s imagination – are they builders or imaginers? Performers or adventurers? This is the flavouring that really makes the stocking for them.

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4. The garnish

Finish it off with a sweet decoration or a spicy topping, and leave it to rest overnight – if your young recipient can wait that long!

Take a wander though the Felt Christmas Gift Guide’s collection of Fabulous Stocking Fillers, and check them out in our Christmas Catalogue on Issuu too – you couldn’t make a happier handmade Christmas morning.

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Wednesday, 10 December, 2014

Five ways to gratify a gardener this Christmas

Got a gardener on your Christmas shopping list? We’ve picked you our top-five bunch of garden-inspired goodies to appeal to green fingered friends and whanau.

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1. An arty garden

Bring the handmade goodness outdoors! We have something to suit every gardener in our range of garden art and ornaments.

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2. The seed of a good idea

Seeds, seed saver envelopes and plant markers all make great little gifts to hang on the tree or stuff in a stocking…

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3. Bring the garden inside

A bit of plant life inside is good for body and soul. How about one of these stylish hanging planters? Or perhaps you could adorn the walls with some beautiful botanical art

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4. How about garden-inspired jewellery?

Every garden goddess can do with a bit of bling after a day of carting compost or digging spuds. Make them feel glam again with a beautiful piece of jewellery, inspired by things green and growing.

5. …and make sure they get some pampering too.

Al the end of the day every gardener needs to look after their skin and rest their bones. We have just the thing…

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Whatever species of gardener you know and love, you’ll find something to delight them on our Gifts for Gardeners page – it’s a hotbed of inspiring goodies! There’s lots more to choose from in our Christmas Gift Guide for other loved ones too, so have a browse – and don’t forget to check out our Christmas Catalogue on Issuu too!

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Fresh on Felt

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ebdolls

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We have some beautiful, tactile examples of fibre creations for the wee ones this week – wouldn’t they make gorgeous Christmas gifts? If you’re still gift hunting for other members of the whanau though we have plenty more goodies from our fresh new sellers – just take a look at this lot, and don’t forget to check out our Christmas Gift Guide too!

designer decor and original art

planetclaire – fun cushions, bright cushions, cute cushions
cardock – stylish folding rimu cookbook holders
rubywatson – high quality digital prints of original ink and watercolour works
withthewolves – distinctive and striking prints from pen and watercolour images
luciekalinga – rainbow-coloured glass solar lamps and candle holders
ainsleyds – interesting, insightful and authentic photographic images
sugoi – elegant photography with Kiwi urban and nature themes

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

evelynruth – colourful felt and papier-mâché creations, story-telling mats
woodlands – sweet wee fairy dolls made with New Zealand wool
ebdolls – gorgeous Waldorf dolls of knights and princesses
theblanketco – quirky toys, pillows and decorations made from recycled blankets
bubsbibsnbob – cute and fun baby bibs and teething rings
denisem – cute knitted baby clothes and tea cosies
mubs – practical baby capsule covers and cute giraffe rattles
tinabeanz – stylish baby bibs and home decor items

clothing, jewellery and accessories

heyman – quirky yet classical bow tie designs
thestudfarm – comfortable and appealing stud earrings created from sterling silver
mayflyminnow – a lovely “all natural” range of bags and belts
we3daisies – delicate and beautiful chain hand jewellery
jennylee – glass-dome earrings with whimsical and appealing imagery

gifts and goodies

textilebron – beautiful Christmas stockings made of 100% cotton
me2u – gorgeous calico and lacework gift bags
merelrimke – gorgeous bookmarks and unique handcrafted treasures
torigraph – sweet Christmas decorations and accessories
minniej – practical and cute dog-bed toppers
candlecafe – delicious-looking candles in jars
janettehu – stylish lino-cut printed cards
 
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Monday, 8 December, 2014

Featured seller: Badgers Hollow

Carragh Knapp of Badgers Hollow is a part-time sculptor, part-time gallery minder, and part-time crafter with a love of handmade. The things she makes play with texture, tactility and contrast.

badgerhollow bunting

What do you make?
I make unique handmade items that I would have in my own home, and can see in the cosy homes of family members. Clay Christmas decorations, carefully hand-painted bunting and happy home decor.

How did you get into your craft?
My mother and grandmother were both crafty, so it’s in my blood! I took a community pottery night class while I was at high school, which fed my love of ceramics, and sewed for fun in my spare time.

Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
I have just finished my Bachelors’ degree in Fine Arts (Hons) last year. That said, my craft and my art run separately. My art practice has a focus on the handmade, and is primarily in ceramic sculpture with some furniture design. Badgers Hollow is influenced by this, but acts as more of a way through maker’s block – as a creative outlet.

Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
Clay has a certain appeal for me, the way it can take the print of a hand and be moulded into something new. I enjoy processes in which the human interaction with the material is intrinsic to the value of that item. Bunting carefully sewn and hand painted, clay rolled and sanded. Items that then gain a handmade story of their making.

What inspires you?
Materials, beautiful design, and family.

Is there a philosophy behind your work?
I like to think that customers will find pleasure and delight in my handiwork, and in turn a fresh perspective on the handmade and independent makers. I believe handcrafted objects are often under-appreciated – there is a unique beauty in an item that has been hand-crafted.

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Describe your workspace:
I work from home, so coffee cups, clay, loose threads and crafty tabletop mess.

Five words that describe your mind:
Creative, considered, romantic, critical, organic.

Your favourite feedback from a customer:
There was one customer who had bought an item as a gift, but contacted me to say she had fallen in love and couldn’t give it away! That was a great compliment.

What are you currently listening to?
A mixed selection of Bon Iver.

Recommend an album:
States by The Paper Kites (2013).

What’s your favourite childhood book and why?
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis was a key series for me. I think The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was my favourite of the set, but it’s a close call.

What are you reading now?
I’ve recently finished Miranda Hart’s Is it Just Me?. Next in the book queue is Oscar Wilde‘s Collected Plays.

Do you have any pets?
A very troublesome and rebellious ragdoll kitten called Banksy, named after Banksy the street artist. He’s already huge for his age, so I’m expecting him to be a supernaturally massive beast by the time he’s fully grown.

Carragh at work

A favourite quote:
“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.” – C.S. Lewis.

What was the last handmade item you bought and what attracted you to it?
A couple of hand-poured soy wax candles from the Wellington Underground markets. The fragrances were Poached Pear and French Vanilla, so obviously the smell was irresistible!

To see more of Carragh’s gorgeous creations visit her Felt shop Badgers Hollow. And if you’d like to see some of Carragh’s creations up close she will have a few clay items in the In Good Company Space exhibition, ‘Gift It’, which will be running during December at 166a Cuba Street (upstairs, above Matchbox) in Wellington.

Carragh has very kindly offered us this gorgeous wee hanging gold ceramic Christmas tree decoration (below), as a prize for one lucky Felt blog reader. To win this sweet little prize just leave a comment telling us what you like about Carragh’s story and creations. The draw will be made on Friday 19 December and is open to New Zealand residents only.

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Handmade in Birkenhead

The Birkenhead Artisan Market is a great little Auckland market, selling artisan foodstuffs and an amazing array of textiles, jewellery, homewares, clothing and art.

A mix of a farmers’ market and an upmarket handmade market, it’ll be a great way to sort your last-minute Christmas needs, with a Christmassy market day planned for Saturday 20 December.

You’ll find unusual, beautiful products, fine foods, craft, clothing, accessories, plenty of street parking and a great atmosphere. We spotted the work of a few familiar Felt makers amongst the goodies:

The market is located at Highbury House, 110 Hinemoa Street in the heart of the cafe strip in historical Birkenhead, and runs from 9am – 1pm on 20 December. The first 2015 market will be on 21 February and market days are on the third Saturday of each month thereafter.

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Gifts for the guys this Christmas

Stuck on what to get a guy for Christmas? Failing to find that lightbulb moment of gift inspiration? Here’s an illuminating treasure trove of manly gift ideas for fathers, brothers, sons, husbands, best friends and boyfriends. Of course this isn’t a guys-only stash, but we think the men in your life will be pretty wrapped with something from our Gifts for Guys page.

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While we wouldn’t dare go down the socks and underwear route, we have got some other smashing (and a bit more visible) accessories for the fashionable man about town:

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Or how about something for the guy who’s not afraid to show his soft and cuddly side?

Star Wars is all the rage again with the announcement of the new movie, so a stormtrooper or two might be just the thing!

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And then there’s the “gentle hint” kind of gift… or maybe your man already scrubs up well and would just like some more manly products?

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We’ve got your gifts for guys worries sorted here at Felt – we’re pretty proud of the range of guy-friendly goods our clever makers come up with. Our Christmas Gift Guide and Catalogue on Issuu are bursting with lots of other gift ideas too, so put your feet up and do some of the most leisurely Christmas shoping you can imagine!

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