Welcome, and thanks for visiting. I have to keep my creative juices flowing, so these are some of my creations!
If you are a miniature or fairy garden enthusiast, like I am, please visit my Facebook page, Away With The Fairies, for ideas and inspiration.

Friday, March 2, 2018

I'm baaaaack . . .

Yes, it's been a long time since I posted here, but we've been travelling and also house and pet sitting for the past 7 months so our lives have been rather nomadic.  We are now back in New Zealand and although we'll be housesitting in various places (mostly farms), I have my trusty old sewing machine with me and will continue to make applique and free motion cards to give away or sell at markets when the opportunity arises.  
This is a new card I made to send to my 102 year old motherinlaw in Canada, depicting the beautiful coastline near to where we are currently house and dog sitting on the Coromandel Peninsula, not far from Auckland.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Surfer chicks!

Hello again from my happy place! 
I've been distracted from card making recently, concentrating on knitting winter woollies for my grandchildren, and sewing dolls clothes for a baby doll we've got for our 2 and a half year old granddaughter for next Christmas.  Yes, I know it's only the 1st of June today, but we'll soon be off travelling for a few months so I need to be "Christmas-prepared" well in advance!
However, I have made a few commissions that turned out happily!  I enjoyed making these cards, the 2 surfer girls set at Mangawhai beach, for 2 sisters whose Mum gave me the colours of their surfboards and their hair.  
The other card was for a special 11 year old's birthday, set at the wharf at Port Albert, where they live and where he goes fishing with his older brother and their labrador.  As with a lot of the cards I sell, these will be put into frames.
I love these challenges and the creative process involved to get them "just right".  And yes, it takes ages, and no, I don't charge nearly enough, but the fun of choosing the right fabric or textile scrap and colour combination is payment enough for me.  It may not feed my belly but it certainly feeds my soul!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Inspiration on my doorstep

Yes, this is only a few minutes away where we swim every day and where I get inspiration for my cards, Mangawhai, 90 minutes North of Auckland.  Aren't I blessed?