Wednesday, 26 November, 2014

Gifts for style fiends and fashionistas

From unique accessories to handmade haute couture, Felt is a goldmine for style leaders and the fashion conscious. So if you’ve got a serious style fiend or fabulous fashionista to buy for this Christmas, you’re in the right place!

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Gorgeous jewellery will always go down well with a fashion fiend, and we have all sorts of unique and stylish pieces to choose from.

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Our range of clothing and accessories is also bursting a the seams with gorgeous skirts, frocks and headwear like these beauties.

And if you need to fill a fashionista’s Christmas stocking, how about some lovely lippy?

Make a fashionista’s Christmas with unique, locally made fashion from Felt. Have a browse of our Gifts for Fashionistas page for heaps of fantastic gift inspiration, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our Christmas Gift Guide and Christmas Catalogue on issuu too.

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Fresh on Felt

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Wow, what a gorgeous grab-bag of goodies we have this week! As always we have something for everyone, so make sure you check all our fresh new sellers out.

designer decor and original art

brightpearl – creative and mysterious photo art
wyandoz – fun cushion covers with vintage inspiration
lairka – imaginative photographic prints on canvas and timber
inkostudio – gorgeous limited edition prints with a Polar/marine theme
lisafphoto – attractive floral and still life photographic prints

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

vintynz – baby bibs with a vintage twist
jenjenks – fun, personalisable wooden puzzles and building blocks
mimosababy – cards to celebrate baby’s milestones in photography
ralphie – gorgeous quilts and bunting for babies
tomiandroo – boutique babies’ and children’s clothing and accessories
little-deer – bamboo and organic cotton bandana bibs and natural teething rings
prettypetite – handcrafted interchangeable headbands for your wee ones
bluesbaby – bright and fun baby accessories
juliescrafts – childrens’ toys and accessories made from retro blankets
meerkat – super anodised aluminium coat racks and shelves for kids’ rooms
ellacute – eco-friendly baby onesies screen printed with love
missmaster – fabulous skirts for wee ones
littlies – gorgeous leggings and pants for little legs

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clothing, jewellery and accessories

smine – exquisite scarves and shawls made from luxury yarns
dollyromeo – gorgeous, original necklaces and earrings
lydia01 – sweet hair accessories and headwear for special occasions
adrica – minimalist, affordable jewellery
melish – beautiful beaded and knotted jewellery to appeal to all ages
tvdesign – colourful and cheerful bucket bags

gifts and goodies

emmaldesign – wedding sets, birthday invites, cards and custom graphic design
wigleyware – ceramics with a spidery surprise!
coroflavour – attractive volume of Coromandel-inspired cookery
inspirated – a wide range of art, clothing and goodies
celsart – lovely cards printed from vibrant original paintings
herbertwilks – striking artistic cards with a flapper inspiration
mddesigns – typography, paper and all things lovely

 
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Monday, 24 November, 2014

Featured seller: Needle & Nail

Needle & Nail || Wooden Toy Sewing Machine

Earlier this year Waikato couple JR and Dee Rolston took the massive step of pursuing their dream and making for a living. They started Needle & Nail in May, and after six months they haven’t looked back. JR is the genius with wood, while Dee is well-known for her beautiful dolls, created in between homeschooling the couple’s five children. Dee gave us a little glimpse into the story of Needle & Nail.

What do you make?

JR makes amazing wooden toys and I make fabric dolls.

How did you get into your craft?

JR trained as a furniture maker and doll making was a happy accident that completely snowballed!

A couple of years ago JR lost his job and felt so uninspired by the thought of just working to make money. While he was doing odd jobs we’d often talked about making for our living, but taking the step was always a bit too scary. We grew tired of waiting for “something to come up”, and at the end of 2013 JR had surgery on his back, so while he slowly recovered it was the perfect opportunity to start building up stock. We finally opened Needle & Nail in May this year. We are 6 months young and have already achieved so many things we could never have hoped or imagined.

Needle & Nail || Wooden Toy Chainsaw

Needle & Nail || Wooden Fishing Set

Is there a philosophy behind your work?

We’re aware of trendy kids products that seem to be more of a decor item for the parent than an interesting item of play for the child. We insist on making items that look nice AND that a child will genuinely enjoy playing with. We love seeing kids using their imaginations and getting outside to play.

Needle & Nail is more than just a business, it’s our family and our lifestyle all rolled into one. We love this creative, flexible life. Spending more time with our young family was one of the strongest deciding factors in wanting to sustain an income through working from home. We are very aware that these years with our family – all together in one home – are so fleeting and precious, and we hope to never look back and regret time wasted.

Your favourite materials, tools and processes?

My favourite is being gifted fabrics from older women who used to sew all the clothes for their families. It’s so satisfying to lay out all those old fabrics into gorgeous combinations and to make them into dolls. I love knowing that the chances of anyone stumbling across the same fabric that has been used in a doll is very slim – it makes them even more unique.

Dolls by Needle & Nail

Dee's workspace

Dee's workspace

What inspires you? Making beautiful things that our kids love inspires us.

Describe your workspace:

We’re so fortunate that our home has a workshop attached to the garage where JR does all his wood working stuff. The kids are constantly popping between the house and the workshop. I either sew at the dining table or in a small nook in our spare room.

JR's workspace

JR's workspace

What are you currently listening to?

John Legend or Bob Marley (I’m trying to convince summer to arrive).

Do you have any pets? We have so many animals! Too many.

What was the last handmade item you bought and what attracted you to it?

A tea towel by Little Laneway that says “I’m dreaming of a red Christmas” with a pohutukawa flower. I love that! (The Christmas=Winter association gets tiresome.)

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Visit Needle & Nail to find beautiful Christmas gifts for the littlies in your life, and if you’re in the vicinity, pop by Shed 10 and say hello to Dee and JR at Auckland Fair on Sunday 7 December!

Dee and JR have very kindly offered us this lovely mini doll (below), worth $65.00, as a prize for one lucky Felt blog reader. She’s a cute wee 25cm high with a hand-painted face and hair made from boiled wool. Her star-embellished dress features gorgeous lace from a vintage wedding gown. To win this little sweetie just leave a comment telling us what you like about Dee and JR’s ethos and creations. The draw will be made on Friday 5 December and is open to New Zealand residents only.

needleandnail mini doll

Gifts for makers and crafters

You just know Felt is the place to shop for the makers and crafty folk on your list – we’re a creative type’s natural habitat! We’ve collected up some inspirational crafty bits and bobs for the makers amongst your friends and whanau.

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Whatever your favourite maker makes, we’ve got something that will put a smile on their face and have them doing those “gimme” grabby hands, be they seamsters, yarn wranglers or workers in wood, metal or paper…

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Storage of that stash, as well as tools of the trade, is always an issue for a maker, so check out these nifty storage solutions – what a great gift idea!

Our gifts for makers and crafters page is just one of the tailor-made solutions to your Christmas shopping conundrums in our helpful Christmas Gift Guide. Don’t forget to peruse our gorgeous Christmas Catalogue on issuu too.

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Thursday, 20 November, 2014

Taking pleasure in the ritual of creating

Extra Curricular magazine issue 16 – order yours now!

The summer issue of Extra Curricular comes out on 24 November (that’s Monday!), with cover art by Julia Trybala. Order yours now to get it hot off the press.

In the Ritual & Ceremony issue are stories behind some treasured hand-me-downs and a tour inside a historic bed and breakfast. Learn to slow right down with Gretchen Carroll and Joanna Davies, and hear from artists and artisans who take pleasure in the ritual of creating.

Extra Curricular is 76 pages of full colour, printed with vegetable based inks on 100% FSC Certified stock, and it’s the perfect size to pop in your bag for impulse reading at any opportunity – it even has stylishly rounded corners, so no risk of dog-eared pages!

Order your copy now and it will be on its way to you fresh from the printers next week.

Gifts for culture junkies

Bookworms, wordsmiths, drama enthusiasts, musicians and lovers of all things arty – if you usually find yourself giving up and resorting to book tokens or cold hard cash for the culture junkies in your life, why not go handmade and find them an original cultural treasure this Christmas?

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We’ve got treats for lovers of heraldry and history…

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Libraries and literature…

…and music in many forms.

Make your favourite culture junkie smile this season with a handmade piece of cultural gold from Felt, your home of local handcrafted goodness. And don’t forget to have a wander through the rest of our Christmas Gift Guide and our Christmas Catalogue on issuu while you’re there!

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Wednesday, 19 November, 2014

Fresh on Felt

 
It’s a mixed bag this week, with more fun and fabulous creations from new sellers on Felt. There’s something for everyone, so make sure you check ‘em all out.

designer decor and original art

niccola – exquisite Japanese temari ball decorations
sosewjojo – attractive tree and child-themed textile decor items
cre8ivegeek – one of a kind abstract paintings
georgesand – beautiful, modern animal-themed prints
mildolbaby – bold cushion covers with your choice of embroidered monogram

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

rachyconn – cool kid-friendly dinosaur pillow cases – can be coloured in!
carlyle – colourful children’s crochet accessories
scallywagnz – quirky and humorous nursery art
c_and_a – unique children’s and babies’ clothes using vintage fabrics

 

clothing, jewellery and accessories

sws – gorgeous hand stamped jewellery and stacking rings
helenesch – lush, elegant fabric flower brooches
pettil – delicate and fun necklaces and earrings
bygrace – handcrafted bold beaded jewellery

gifts and goodies

pepetuna – unique Christmas cards from original paintings
testpatern – vintage stationery, postcards and other paper goodies
alejandranz – beautiful mosaic pieces for your home and garden
aoteaembrace – natural soothing calendula balm
sharkknives – hand crafted knives made from recycled saw steel

 
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Fab Lab XCHC presents: Maker the Movie

Fab Lab XCHC presents: Maker the Movie

At 7.30pm this Sunday, Christchurch’s new creative innovation workshop, Fab Lab XCHC, is hosting a special screening of Maker, a documentary about the maker movement.

The maker movement is sometimes called the third industrial revolution, and subverts traditional manufacturing by building on innovative concepts such as open source, local manufacturing, crowd funding, and digital fabrication. Breaking the hobbyist movement stereotype, “Maker” delves deep into this ecosystem of design and manufacturing in the internet era. The film explores the ideas, tools, and personalities that are driving the maker movement – and returns with a timely snapshot of one of the transforming influences of the current age.

The movie is being screened simultaneously in Auckland and Wellington in association with Mindkits and Makers.org.nz. Auckland tickets have already sold out (sorry guys) but Wellington still has seats. There are only 50 seats available for the Christchurch screening so don’t hesitate – tickets are $10 (including complimentary popcorn and soda, sweet!). Get yours now!

This is also a great chance to see Fab Lab XCHC in action!

Monday, 17 November, 2014

Postable pressies

International mailing dates for Christmas are just around the corner and it’s always hard to find suitable presents for sending to friends and family overseas, so we’ve picked out some small, light and not too breakable gift ideas you can pop in the post this Christmas.

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Calendars are a good bet and we have some gorgeous ones to choose from. Or how about some jewellery or accessories?

Whoever you’re sending to this Christmas, you’re sure to find the perfect postable pressie here on Felt. Make Felt your one stop shop and get your Christmas mailing sorted – don’t forget you can even ask our sellers if they’ll send direct for you!

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For a whole santa sack of gorgeous handmade goodies make sure you check out our Christmas Gift Guide and our Christmas Catalogue on issuu.

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Thursday, 13 November, 2014

Super secret Santa gifts

Looking for a super secret Santa present and all out of ideas? Feeling the pressure? Put your feet up and have a browse through our handpicked selection of quality gifts for under $20 – what workmate wouldn’t be delighted with a handmade, original secret Santa surprise?

If there’s a bit of wildlife in your workplace how about some of these goodies? We’ve got some personality-filled creatures in wall-friendly form that are sure to delight.

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Or perhaps you’ve drawn that workmate who could do with a bit of subtle (or not-so-subtle) workplace etiquette education? If you’re feeling evil you could try these… (Mwa ha ha ha!)

Our Christmas Gift Guide and Christmas Catalogue are brimming with original handmade gift ideas, and with all the great under-$20 gift ideas on our Super secret Santas page, you’re bound to find something that will make that Christmas workplace “do” a fun one. Cheers!

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