Friday, 22 May, 2015

Getting the gear there

Got an active weekend planned? Make sure your sports or activity gear gets there in style and safety with a good quality gear bag. We have some great ones to choose from, recycled from interesting origins…

These colourful roll bags from Karkt are perfect for sports, the gym, work or weekender bags. They’re tough, durable, and weather proof – they had to be, because in their previous incarnations they kept goods safe as truck curtains!

karkt

karkt reverse

More great gear bags with recycled pedigrees can be found in the Felt shop of Gould Marine. Available in a variety of styles from big strong gear bags to durable totes, they’re constructed from very stylish-looking upcycled aramid sail cloth.

gouldmarine tote

gouldmarine sail bag

We’ve got bags galore for every purpose here on Felt, be it toting the team’s gear or taking your frisbee out to the park in it’s own recycled hessian frisbee sack. Discover your perfect holdall or find that ideal satchel in our bags and purses pages today!

fullywoolly

Thursday, 21 May, 2015

Five ways to treat your skin right this winter

Hands up who suffers from chapped hands and lips when the weather turns nasty? I sure do, but I’ve found some great balms to ease the ache and heal winter skin damage:

1. Irritable skin balm from Aporah

This gentle balm is packed with good healing herbs such as calendula and comfrey and rich oils and tallow for your skin. Not only does it soothe chapped hands wonderfully, it’s also fantastic for itchiness, rashes, redness, bruising, eczema and even itchy bites. (I can also report it’s a god-send for cold and flu-irritated noses…)

aporah

2. Gentle unscented calendula soap from BE Natural

This super-soothing soap with a triple-dose of calendula is great for gently washing irritated skin. Full of natural anti-inflammatory goodies and lovely moisturising oils, it’s also suitable for your baby’s bath.

justbe

3. Chocolate mint lip balm from Honey and Spice

Protect your lips from wintery blasts and treat yourself to chocolate at the same time! Honey and Spice’s lip balm is also available in other yummy flavours, and it comes in a tube so it’s great for a lip-protecting top-up when you’re out and about.

honeynspice

4. Bacon balm by Fat Spatula

Fancy a more savoury flavour to your lippy? Try bacon! Why? Because… bacon! Fat Spatula’s Bacon Balm is made from a blend of organic coconut oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, vitamin E oil, manuka honey and bacon fat. Andy of Fat Spatula assures us that only NZ Pigcare Accredited bacon is used – and then promptly eaten as it is delicious.

fat-spatula

5. Lavender hand salve from Alba Rosa

This wonderfully scented, wax-based soother is excellent for dry, rough or chapped hands and knuckles, and also works well on dry knees, elbows and heels. A little bit goes a long way so it’s great value.

albarosa

Your skin is the largest organ of your body, so make sure it gets the love and care it needs this winter. Check out our health and beauty pages for a mountain of luscious winter skincare treats!

ambassador

Wednesday, 20 May, 2015

Fresh on Felt

woodendiamon

gwenhendry

artsidestudio

 
From treasure baskets to chicken hats, and everything in between! Fresh on Felt has a fantastic smörgåsbord of new goodies to peruse this week, so settle in and start sampling.

designer decor and original art

woodendiamon – elegant wooden ornaments and homewares
rehome – unique and attractive repurposed furniture pieces
2craftytarts – detailed paper and mixed media art and accessories

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

gwenhendry – prints with attitude and pizzaz for kids’ rooms
picklepants – sweet and bright bibs and baby gear
ecmapparel – funky kids’ clothing with a motorcycling theme
lizzyknits – lovely knits for wee ones
abitsy – warm and practical littlies’ fleece leggings
capturdearth – treasure baskets of fun and stimulating objects for babies to explore
madeforbabe – beautiful knitted babywear for winter
bedheadnz – fresh and fun cot sheet sets

 

ecmapparel

chaingang

joshp

clothing, jewellery and accessories

chaingang – warm and chunky knitted accessories and decor items
milliemop – fabulously quirky woollen chicken hats
mwljewellery – lovely customisable jewellery
shjewellery – “shrunken heads” earrings for fans and free spirits

gifts and goodies

artsidestudio – stylish hand bound journals and sketchbooks
festivenz – gorgeous bunting for weddings and celebrations
foxandivy – luscious hand poured soy candles
rozzy72 – appealing illustrated pillow cases, fundraising for a school trip
joshp – amazing tiny hand cut paper art

 
milliemop

rozzy72

Monday, 18 May, 2015

Keep the kids cosy this winter

With temperatures all over the country up and down like a jack-in-a-box lately, it pays to make sure the whole family is prepared for any weather conditions. We have some great cool weather clothing here on Felt for keeping the kids warm and dry this winter – just have a look at this lovely selection!

piccalilli

nesting

Our childrenswear pages are bursting with snuggly winter outerwear for your little ones, so grab a warming cuppa and find some fabulous items for your family today.

lildelights

Friday, 15 May, 2015

Open the door on a tiny world…

Winged creatures, hobbits, fairies, pixies and pirates ahoy! We’ve got super cute tiny doors for the wee folk here on Felt.

janetteb

ingrainednz

nutmegfae

Wednesday, 13 May, 2015

The joy of a warm bath in winter

I can always tell when I’m just starting to feel a bit cold on a winter’s evening, because I find myself suddenly thinking what a good idea a lovely warm bath would be. There’s no better way to up one’s core temperature and wind down for a warm and restful night’s sleep than a good soak, don’t you think?

And it’s always nice to make a bath extra luxurious with all the right accessories. Of course Felt is bursting with delicious handcrafted bath and beauty products perfect for the purpose. The only difficulty is choosing which luxurious goodies to use tonight!

nellsknits

blackrobinnz

piazzaverde

Oh, I find much simple pleasure when I’ve had a tiring day,
In the bath, In the bath!

Where the noise of gently sponging seems to blend with my top A,
In the bath, In the bath!

To the skirl of pipes vibrating in the boiler room below,
I sing a pot pourri of all the songs I used to know,
And the water thunders in and gurgles down the overflow,
In the bath, In the bath!

Oh, the tingling of the scrubbing brush, the flannel’s soft caress,
To wield a lordly loofah is a joy I can’t express,
How truly it is spoken one is next to godliness,
In the bath, In the bath!*

Treat yourself, or someone in need of pampering, and find your bath-time happiness in the huge range of bathing goodies on our health and beauty pages.

*Marvellous bath-time lyrics by the incomparable Flanders and Swann. :-)

scenthut

Fresh on Felt

bizarro

mynamosaics

thebachbook

 
Gorgeous glass, stylish decor and accessories and even tin can ukeleles (!) feature in this week’s line-up of fresh new sellers.

designer decor and original art

minddesign – stylish wall prints and much more
mynamosaics – beautiful mosaic art and bijoux
pollyonk – unique and affordable paper decor creations
heartofjoy – appealing decorative wooden hearts, percentage of sales to charity
cuppawhisky – independent design for stylish Kiwi homes

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

hiljem – sweet knitting patterns for wee ones’ sweaters
hairprincess – curly ribbon “ponytail” hairties in gorgeous colours

 

louloubug

30glassart

penshop

clothing, jewellery and accessories

louloubug – handmade accessories for you and your home
pebblesandco – warm and stylish winter weight harem pants
30glassart – striking dichroic glass art and jewellery

gifts and goodies

bizarro – fabulous tin-can ukeleles
thebachbook – Kiwi-themed visitor books and notebooks
apilgrim – quality Kiwiana textile placemats
penshop – elegant rimu pens and kitchen utensils

 
Print

Monday, 11 May, 2015

Featured seller: Lulu Rose

Louann Sidon of Lulu Rose strives to find the ultimate balance between creativity and work. Alongside working three days a week in an art supply shop, she runs her small business from home creating original handmade goods. She sells online, in selected stores through out New Zealand and at the occasional market. One day she hopes to create from home full time, or open her own studio/store – and maybe even offer screen-printing classes!

lulurose pug

What do you make?
I design and make hand-printed homewares. I use environmentally friendly inks and print onto 100% natural fabrics like linen and cotton. My product range includes tea towels, cushions, journals and t-shirts and I am always adding new things to my collection.

How did you get into your craft?
I wanted to do some form of printmaking from home but couldn’t afford a printing press! That’s how I got into screen-printing. The equipment you need is very basic, and it offers so much as you’re not just limited to printing on paper.

Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
I have a Bachelor of Design in Visual Arts. I studied at Christchurch Polytechnic where I focused on printmaking and textile sculpture. I also studied interior design so my work is a blend of two of my favourite interests.

lulurose succulent print

Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
It’s really hard to choose just one! I enjoy drawing and coming up with new designs. It’s a great feeling seeing your ideas come to life and turned into a finished product that can be used in multiple ways. My favourite things to draw with are pigment liners, Faber Pitt brush pens and Indian ink.

I also enjoy the tactile quality of working with fabrics, and mixing inks to create new colour combinations.

What inspires you?
Most of my inspiration comes from nature and animals. I also love current interior design trends and Scandinavian design. Needless to say I spend a lot of time on Pinterest!

Is there a philosophy behind your work?
Not specifically, but a couple of years ago I developed rheumatoid arthritis that affects all of my joints – crafting became so painful I was unsure if I would be able to continue doing what I loved! I soon realised art was too big a part of my life to just quit, so my philosophy is to never give up doing what you love if it makes you happy!

lulurose at work 3

lulurose and delilah

Describe your workspace:
I have a love-hate relationship with my studio. It’s where I draw, print and sew but I don’t like being shut off from the rest of the house so I usually end up dragging all my things out onto the kitchen table!

Five words that describe your mind:
Wishful, imaginative, wandering, obsessive, daydreaming.

Your favourite feedback from a customer:
It’s not feedback as such, but I always love hearing when someone has bought something to send overseas. It’s a very cool feeling knowing a pug cushion is making its way to a couch in London!

I also hear a lot about other people’s pugs, which is awesome!

lulurose stall

What are you currently listening to?
King by Years & Years

Recommend an album:
If You Wait by London Grammar. I could listen to it all day!

What’s your favourite childhood book and why?
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. I could really imagine all the things she wrote about, fairies, magical lands and enchanted forests. I even remember writing a letter to Moonface because I thought he was real!

What are you reading now?
I have just finished reading The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. It’s about a young woman who receives a miniature replica of her house as a wedding gift. If I ever have time for a hobby I think it would be creating period houses to scale! I love creating tiny worlds.

A favourite quote:
“It always seems impossible until its done.” – Nelson Mandela. I have a postcard with this quote up on my pinup board. When ever I’m feeling overwhelmed or stressed out reading this calms me down.

Do you have any pets?
I have a cheeky but very adorable pug called Delilah and two tabby cats, Meiko and Pedro.

lulurose and delilah 2

lulurose screenprinting

Who is your hero/heroine?
My Mum! She is an artist and has always encouraged creativity. I grew up doing all sorts of art projects with her. She was the one who taught me how to sew. We still love to get together for craft days – sometimes we do batik dyeing or patchwork quilts.

If you were a crafty superhero, what would your name and superpower be?
Hmmm, maybe The Incredible Procrastinator? I can procrastinate on a super human level!

What was the last handmade item you bought and what attracted you to it?
I think it was a felt acorn necklace. It was so cute and whimsical and I liked that it was made entirely from natural materials, it even had a real acorn cap!

What’s in store for 2015?
I have a stall coming up at the First Thursdays night market (Thursday 4 June) in Sydenham, Christchurch. I am also hoping to have some new products and designs out in time for Christmas.

lulurose gold succulent print

To see more of Louann’s gorgeous screenprinted art, homewares and stationery, visit her Felt shop.

Louann has very kindly offered a prize for one lucky Felt blog reader: a beautiful limited edition A3 gold succulent print (worth $40), pictured above. This striking print has been hand screen printed in metallic gold onto 310 gsm archival paper, and is signed and dated. To win this lovely prize, leave a comment telling us what you like about Louann’s story and her work. The draw will be made on Friday 22 May and is open to New Zealand residents only.

lulurose delilah and tools

Thursday, 7 May, 2015

Extra Curricular 17 – The Messy Issue!

Extra Curricular issue 17 cover image

Issue number 17 of our favourite maker mag is just about here, this time with a celebration of mess! In this issue Millie Roberts investigates whether mess really is a sign of creativity and The Craft Sessions founder, Felicia Semple, discusses her Stash Less project. Emma Badeia goes off the beaten track to look inside three artists’ studios in the South Island, Joanna Davies speaks to five indie yarn dyers and Ellie Beck talks about creative life with a young family and weaving by intuition. Also, read about watercolours with cover artist Helena Leslie, brush lettering with Sarah Walden of Tales at Sea and get serious about tea with medical herbalist Hannah McMenamin.

Sneak preview of Extra Curricular issue 17

Sneak preview of Extra Curricular issue 17

Printed in full colour with vegetable based inks on recycled stock, Extra Curricular 17 is 68 limited edition pages of maker goodness. Order your copy now!

Wednesday, 6 May, 2015

Fresh on Felt

nadal

megepop

cindo13

 
We have lovely goods in everything from yarn to timber and even shells, as well as tempting goodies for makers and make-believers. Explore what’s fresh on Felt this week…

designer decor and original art

re-kindle – rejuvenated furniture and sweet accessories
nadal – stylish coffee tables made from upcycled pallet wood
cindo13 – decor items that celebrate the natural and human worlds
katiei – atmospheric original artworks on canvas
copperfox – fine macramé and copper plant hangars
miabella – original artworks and photographic art prints
heartsforyou – decor hearts made with appealing decoupage
stretched – quality customisable stretched artists’ canvases, boards and blocks

children’s clothing, accessories and toys

kiwiloren – gorgeous knitted make-believe food
bibbittybaby – colourful baby bibs and accessories
inspiredbaby – accessories to make life easier for mums
beaubands – pretty hairbands for littlies

 

re-kindle

stretched

kiwiloren

clothing, jewellery and accessories

megepop – appealing jewellery and accessories
fleurjardin – lovely vintage style aprons
molt – handmade jute and bead necklaces

gifts and goodies

rosewoodwool – yarns bred, grown, shorn, spun and hand dyed in the Waikato
thelilybug – cheerful and colourful paper creations
haamiscrafts – unique greeting cards

 
rosewoodwool