Posts Tagged ‘gifts’

I do… Me too!

Monday, July 31st, 2017

We think this hand stamped, vintage silver-plated knife and fork set (two forks, two knives) from Etched is just the perfect gift for a wedding or anniversary. Each vintage silver piece is hand selected for its character, design and charm, and then lovingly hand stamped one letter at a time to create a special and unique gift.

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Wired for silver: the Canterbury crafter who discovered a new passion

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Debbie of Wiredlove is a full time office worker, busy Mum to two teenage daughters (and one chocolate furbaby) and wife to Chris. Debbie creates her individual wearable art works in her spare time and dreams that one day her creations will adorn the necks and fingers of the rich and famous…

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What do you make?
I make handcrafted jewellery items using Sterling silver, copper, brass and mixed media.

How did you get into your craft?
I have always done crafty things, be it clothes, or toys for my children or family or friends’ kids. But in the last four years I have gotten into jewellery – this started with a friend giving me some artistic wire and some beads and it went from there.

Do you have formal training or qualifications in your craft?
In 2014 I attended a level 1 and 2 silver course with The Silversmiths’ Guild of Canterbury, who run courses at The Tannery in Woolston, Christchurch. From my very first lesson you could say I was hooked – I enjoyed it so much I became a Committee member on the Guild! The SSG run monthly workshops for members – so I’m always learning new techniques.

Your favourite materials, tools and processes?
I love mixing silver and copper in my creations. Both metals react differently once heated – over-heat silver and it will melt!

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Tell us about the techniques involved in producing one of your jewellery pieces:
Where do I start? Designing, handsawing a piece of silver plate, heating, forming, soldering, filing… not my most favourite job, but must be done!

What inspires you?
Everything inspires me. I love everything to do with nature, shapes… the list could go on. I also love looking at fashions overseas to see which way the trends are going.

Describe your creative process:
Sometimes I will wake up with ideas and sometimes just looking at something will give me an idea. I can’t say I have certain look to my jewellery (i.e. a range) – I’m forever trying new ideas out.

Describe your workspace:
Cluttered, disorganised and a work in progress. I currently have my work station set up in our office and my soldering station set up in our garage. My dream would be to have a bright airy studio in my backyard or at least a jeweller’s bench, which I’ve been waiting a couple of years for my brother-in-law to make, LOL!

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Your favourite feedback from a customer:
Just seeing the customer’s face on seeing an item is feedback enough.

What are you currently listening to?
Imagine Dragons – Thunder.

Recommend an album:
Imagine Dragons – Smoke + Mirrors – they are my favourites at the moment.

What are you reading right now?
Nora Roberts – Whiskey Beach.

A favourite quote:
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

Tell us about your pets:
An eight year old chocolate lab named Rusty – he’s finally starting to get out of the puppy stage! :-)

What would your advice be for those starting out in a crafty business?
Never give up on your dreams.

What was the last handmade item you bought and what attracted you to it?
Some beautiful body butter by Inga Ford Soapmaker, in Peachy – smells divine and leaves my skin feeling beautiful.

What’s in store for the rest of 2017?
I’m currently working on some commission work which I love doing. Perhaps some markets once the weather warms up, and The Silversmiths’ Guild have an exhibition later in the year – so I’ll be working towards this.

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Debbie has generously offered a sweet prize of a stamped Sterling silver adjustable bracelet with either ‘Aroha’ ‘Love’ or ‘Kia Kaha’ stamped on it, valued at $45.00 (see above) for one lucky Felt reader. To be in to win this beautiful bracelet, simply leave a comment telling us what you like about Debbie’s story and her creations. The draw will be made on Friday 30 June and is open to New Zealand residents only.

 

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The Felt Mother’s Day Gift Guide is here!

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Here at Felt we love our mums and we love combing our collections for the perfect treats for them. Our Mother’s Day Gift Guide is packed with ideas to spoil your Mum this Mother’s Day, sorted into collections to suit your budget.

Hop on over to our gorgeous guide today and get your Mother’s Day sorted with Felt.

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Bringing the love

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

The Valentines Day Gift Guide is here! What gift says “I love you” better than something made with care and love, chosen thoughtfully? That’s what we’re all about here at Felt, so we’ve brought together a beautiful selection of Valentines gifts, all made with aroha here in Aotearoa.

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We’ve got inspiring gift selections for guys and gals, sorted to suit your budget. Plus, we’ve also got a great range of cards for your sweetheart, ideas for a romantic night in, and (we’ve had so much evil fun putting this one together) our very own anti-Valentines range for those of you who need a bit of a romantic antidote. :-)

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Anyway, the big day is only two weeks away! Best be getting on to it…

 

Find the perfect Valentines gift here »

 

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Sea something fishy?

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

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Okay, we’re calling it – this is a definite contender for Most Awesome Christmas Present of 2016: we’ve got marine life merging with rap superstars in a dope calendar project by Miribel Oliver of All Your Stars Are Out.

What started as a game of clever pun one-upmanship (pun-upmanship?) between friends eventually became My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasea, a 2017 calendar of fabulous fishy musicians, featuring work from a school of international illustrators.

From Tupac Sharkur to Troutkast (and let’s not forget the Beastie Kois!), the twelve puns selected for this calendar are the top dogfish of aquatic hip-hop stars.

 

Reel in your copy today! »

 

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It’s hip to shop local – and support the little guy!

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

Hipsters – they’re hard to buy for. A keen sense of irony and an eye for the ultra cool is a tough combination when it comes to choosing gifts. We’ve selected a few slightly left field items with a good helping of humour to get you started…

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1 Clay horse pendant by Art by Ira | 2 Cake Knuckles hand painted vintage plate by Odd One Out | 3 Daisy Chain necklace by Nannestad & Sons

 

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Christmas confidential: acing the office secret Santa gift

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

The Christmas office party season is almost upon us. Are you looking for a secret Santa gift and feeling the pressure?

Relax, Felt is here to help!

Put your feet up and have a browse through our handpicked selection of quality Kiwi made gifts for under $20. Here’s a taste…

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Find the perfect secret Santa gift now »

 

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Just sayin’

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Snicker. Are you doing a bit of honest self examination, or do you need a gift for a friend with a REALLY good sense of humour? Poster Guy has just the thing…

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Easter treats so sweet they don’t need chocolate

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Personalised wooden Easter egg by The Elves and the Woodbotherer

Easter treat bags by Mimi and Rufus

Personalised ceramic bunny rabbit by The Little White Box

Easter door decoration by Gabriela

Personalised wooden Easter egg by The Elves and the Woodbotherer | Easter treat bags by Mimi and Rufus | Personalised ceramic bunny rabbit by The Little White Box | Easter door decoration by Gabriela

Need a last-minute gift for a crafty friend?

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

If you’re running late on your Christmas shopping and you need a gift for a maker or crafter, you’re in luck! Felt has a great range of pdf patterns for sewing, yarncraft and embroidery. Here are just a few gorgeous projects – find more by searching our leisure and activities section for “pdf”.

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Treat your maker friends and family this Christmas and sort those last minute gifts the easy way with a pdf pattern for a great new project. How great is that?

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