Monday, 13 July 2015

Oh, erm, hi!

Soooooo, you may have noticed that I don't blog much anymore (my last post was 'Happy 2014', yeah, that's not even this year...).

To be honest, I'm not actively doing anything for Freedom Creative anymore. My shop is still open and fully stocked, but it's been ages since I've made anything new or done any markets. As I'm sure you're aware, life is busy and now I'm creatively fulfilled by my day job (being a graphic designer) I don't have the desire to craft as a side job at the moment.

I'm not sure if I've ever get back to posting regularly on this blog, but for now I'm going to leave it active. If you're still keen to follow me, I use Instagram to post snippets of life in Christchurch, food, work, craft and my travels.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

2014 is going to be great

Just popping to say that I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year, and I hope you had a lovely, restful break to enjoy summer (if you're in the southern hemisphere that is).

Thanks to all you (yes, you!) for taking the time to read my blog. I really, truly hope that 2014 is fun and amazing for you all.

I'm starting a new job in a few week's time (after being made redundant from the job I was in for eleven years, early in December). I'm a bit anxious, but also excited to be starting this year with something new and challenging. Does anyone have any tips for coping with first day nerves?


PS. My shop is open again now too, should you need any gifts or treats. 

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

New products now online!

I have finally had a chance to photograph and list a large number (75!) of my new products - brooches, rings, studs, earrings, cuff links, magnets and three styles of necklaces, ranging in price from only $12 to $34.

This range is a little different to everything I've done before - I've embraced my geo-loving side and started to use paint (mainly gold) to accentuate the beautiful Japanese papers. I love them and I hope you do too!

Check out the full range in my Felt Shop.

Geo-Washi Earrings
Geo-Washi Brooch - Large
Geo-Washi Cuff Links

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Supporting local talent - Rust+Stardust

It's not often I come across a pair of creative people that are doing things that are amazing and wonderful and I want to support them with everything I've got.... But Rust & Stardust... wow.
"As indie designers, maintaining authenticity and producing high-quality work with constant, tough production restrictions - location, volume, budget and even ethics - is an ongoing struggle. Outsourcing, especially overseas, requires too many compromises. We don't want to compromise anymore; we want to do everything, and do it in an awesome way.
Our mission at Rust & Stardust is ambitious but simple: we want to champion skilled craftsmanship, use fresh materials, create great designs and high end products, and have a hand in every step of the process. We are all about staying fiercely independent, self-sufficient, and being DIY in the most sophisticated sense of the term."

As they say, in order to make large-scale (awesome) products, they need a large-scale setup. They need funds, and you can get some neat things by supporting them. Check out their PledgeMe campaign so I can get the cushion I really want, or check out their blog with more information on the rewards. Be quick though - they need to reach their goal by 8pm on Monday!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Market time and a sneak peek!

The new range!

I've finally found my crafting mojo and am currently super busy trying to get prepared for a couple of upcoming markets. I'll have a whole new of jewellery with me and my old stock will be reduced to clear. I would love to see you there!

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Saturday 16th November 2013, 10am - 3pm
CPIT Student Union, Madras Street, Christchurch

Craft Love Festival
Friday 29th November 2013, 5pm - 9pm
Mairehau High School, 440 Hills Road, Christchurch

If you can't make it along to say 'hello', don't forget you can still get
30% discount on all old stock in my Felt shop.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Freedom's Felt Favs

After a rather crappy week at work ('proposed' redundancy right before Christmas, sounds fun huh?), there's nothing that makes me happier than browsing the listings on Felt. I love finding talented new designers and artists and seeing what New Zealand's talented folk have to offer. Here's a few of my favourite recent finds:

'Allium' Bloomers Collection Limited Edition Print by Crafty Love Studio Ltd
Large Flying Birds Pattern Yellow Notebook by The Paperbird Society
Gold Donkey Wooden Hanging Jewellery Rack by Ariele Art

The Little Tree - Children's Book by Faery Sarah
Big Bunny's Rocket (Salad Greens) - Seeds by Big Bunny
Ze Panda Hand-Printed T-Shirt by Zenipa

Keith Cool Sweater by Rabbit
Felt Ball Garland by KM2 Creative
Thank You x 1,000,000 Card by Papermint Studio