October 16, 2014

Cathedral Square Market

We are super excited to announce that the Hazed team will be running the Cathedral Square Market when it re-launches later this month. 

Cathedral Square Market is going to be developed into an 'indie market' including a carefully curated selection of handmade, vintage and ethical stalls presented by Cantabrian's artisans. To add to the intensity of the festive environment we anticipate inviting buskers and paid entertainers to actively participate with visitors to create a festive market zone Canterbury can be proud of. Encouraging visitors to linger in the square and appreciate the evolution and change taking place in Christchurch and bridging the gap between the ReStart Mall and New Regent Street. 

Applications of interest for the Spring season are open now. We thought it best to share our ideas and guidelines here, so you can take a peek inside our heads and get a feel for the type of market space we are launching and why...
  • DAYS: Initially the market will run on weekends and high traffic week days - public holidays, school holidays and days when the cruise ships are in port over the hill at Akaroa. Eventually the market will be open seven days a week during the busy season and reducing down to weekends over the winter months. Please see the application form for the initial market dates.
  • HOURS: The market will run from 10am to 4pm on the days we are open with set up starting from 8.30am. 
  • WHERE: The site the market is to be held on is beside the Millenium Hotel astride the tram tracks in Cathedral Square. 
  • HANDMADE, VINTAGE & ETHICAL: Do you produce your product? Do you source your products locally? Can you tell us who makes your products? Do you carefully curate your selection of vintage products? Are you products well priced and relevant? Do your products have a unique point of difference? What are the travel miles of your product? These are all the types of questions you should be able to answer if you want to sell at the market. 
  • CURATED: It's not a huge site, we will only have room to showcase 20-25 stalls per day. We want this space to showcase the very best of Christchurch, Canterbury and New Zealand to our tourists, whilst also remaining relevant to our local community too. Curated essential means we have the option to say no if something isn't working or doesn't fill our niche. 
  • ROTATIONAL: There is nothing more annoying than revisiting a market and seeing the same set of stalls that were there last week, and the week before that, and the week before that. It is intentional that not all stalls will be in attendance every day, every weekend or every week. 
  • ENTERTAINMENT: We are now taking registrations of interest from entertainers who would be keen to entertain market goers it a busker-style capacity, unfortunately there is no electricity in the area of the market at this time. 
  • WEATHER: A decision will be made on the day as to whether the market will be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. In the event of a cancellation a refund and/or credit will be issued.
We'd love to hear what you think, are we on the right track? Do you have ideas as to how you envisage this market taking shape? And most importantly of all - don't forget to register your interest to become a stall holder.

October 15, 2014

HIBISCUS - Washi Tape

Washi tape and mason jars are one of those pairing that fall into the same category as blue cheese and pears, new potatoes and mint. 

They just work. 

So today I bring you my take on pantry storage, using recycled bottles, jars and a few rolls of tape.

Those that know me, know I shun consumerism. They also know I value our world, and in particular, recognise that the waste we create needs to be radically minimalised, for us to go forth and inhabit our vast and magical Earth space.


That, and I can't afford Tuppaware. 

Our pantry has been given a mighty overhaul of late whilst coming to grips with a sick child (gluten intolerance), and a growing awareness of what is actually in our food. 

I've gone all Mama Bear protective, immersing myself in knowledge and resources, and ultimately, along the way - overhauling all of our diets. 

My pantry was screaming out for some organisation and I needed a clear way of differentiating the gluten containing foods, to the ones that were safe for my daughter to eat.

I have been collecting glass bottles and jars for eons, mostly for my Summer preserves, and since we have made our way through the majority of them over winter, my glass shelf was overflowing to the point of inundation. 


Enter washi tape. 

Together, they make a great storage option. It's temporary enough for me to change some contents with every shop, and clear enough that lunch box making is a breeze for Sailor, and I now feel comfortable leaving her to it. Except this morning when she tried to sneak in uncooked pasta...

I particularly like my Barker's bottles (we may have a slight fascination with their refined sugar free fruit syrup), and the fact that they are tall over wide, and allow me to fit more in my weeny space. 

The before and after photos say it all! 


As I write this - a courier parcel has just arrived a the door - wrapped in recycled plastic packaging from a purchased sheet set (you know, the really sturdy stuff). Now THAT'S what I'm talking about world! Recycling at it's finest.

I have to admit to being really happy with my new pantry, as is my Chef Husband - phew! It's a total environment/Mama happy win. 

Happy Sunshine x Kirstee

You can discover more of Kirstee and her upcycling ethos on Facebook, and also shop the Hibiscus range on Felt

October 09, 2014

Love and inspiration

From the land of the blogs I've discovered a few fabulous reads for you this week...


Over on Little Baby Garvin they're talking about Summer Bucket Lists - okay that's not entirely true - they were talking about Summer Bucket Lists - but they're American, so this post is a little bit old now! Like six months old, but it is timely for us here in the Southern Hemisphere! 

So, I wondered - have you created a Summer Bucket List? I've only just started creating this one, so I am sure it is going to evolve a little grander than what you see here...
  1. Make home made ice cream.
  2. Make home made slushies.
  3. Have a picnic at the park. 
  4. Eat fish and chips at the beach. 
  5. Log off - get outside and don't touch the internet for a couple of days. 
  6. Go berry picking. 
Did anyone else pick up on the theme - that almost all of them revolved around FOOD! Yum! Get in my belly!! 


I'm not a drinker - living the life of sobriety has become very important to me over recent years - but when I spot a recipe like this one, I can't help but think it could be worth a try! Garden Fresh Sangria! Maybe I should add this to my summer bucket list! Yum!


Or maybe this bad boy? A Strawberry Basil Lemonade - I bet I could recreate it as a mocktail too! Yum! Could be perfect after the afternoon spent berry picking that I suggested above. 


Getting outside is one of my all time favourite things about summer - I'm often spend my Sunday's at the park with Brooklyn getting out on his bike - working on my tan - or not, for those of you who know me and my Princess skin more likely to burn than tan! At the moment I have a real affinity with my sneakers - and I'd love to own these gorgeous pink bad boys! 

Now with the sunshine in mind - I'm heading off outside to enjoy it - oh, and hang out the rest of the washing! LOL! 

I'd love to hear what you have on your summer bucket list! x

October 07, 2014

In The Loop

Last month I was lucky enough to attend the 'In The Loop', to present and discuss a project very near and dear to my heart 'Pay It Forward' - the group was created by the fabulous Hannah as an informal and positive networking group for those of us involved with the arts and creative industries in Christchurch. 


I personally had a few 'oh wow' moments during the event, there were so many different creative pursuits I had absolutely NO idea were going on in this city - and I thought I had my 'finger on the pulse' when it came to the creative in Christchurch. 

I have a visiting friend in town tomorrow night, so unfortunately I can't attend tomorrow's event, but I definitely recommend popping along - they'll be meeting at Chambers241 and The National Gallery for a tour of their spaces and an introduction to their work as well as guest speaker Harry Knight of The Chamber Sessions. 

The group meet once a month at different venues across the city - it's all about sharing the creative spirit. 

If you want to know more, contact Hannah - 0221994884.

October 03, 2014

Evolution

A new look is coming and it has already started evolving over on our Facebook page, we are slowly starting our re-brand into 'Hazed' as we've become more of a community, and a large part of our focus is on the work that we do with our magazine, it just made sense.

We have so much more to offer, and can't wait for the evolution to really take place in 2015! Thank you to Inkee Press for the fabulous job of re-creating our logos, as always it was a pleasure to work together. 






October 01, 2014

Pay It Forward - Handled with Care


Luscious lotions now available at Pay It Forward. Koral Fitzgerald’s Handled With Care range features at Pay It Forward, corner Nancy Ave and Weston Road this month. Koral says, ‘It came about as an extension of a hobby making natural goodies for myself, friends and family. Most Christmases, those nearest and dearest to me would get something created by my hands - baking, crafts or products to use on themselves or around the house. I am a wife, proud mum to a gorgeous toddler and have had a career working in the health and not-for-profit sectors. I thrive on challenges and actively live life.’

The brand name originated from the ethos Koral has around what we put into and onto our bodies - with so many additives, preservatives, petroleum, SLS and often long chemical names on ingredients lists these days, we miss the message that Mother Nature has something for everybody, for every ailment. It just needs to be selected and prepared appropriately, that is, handled with care.

‘Connecting with Pay It Forward after a friend of mine introduced me to the shop, I have chosen my favourite few products to market and sell, with the goal to expand in due course,’ says Koral. ‘My keystone product is Calendula Salve. This all-purpose preparation is made from organic dried flowers of the calendula, and is macerated for 4-6 weeks in oil to extract the healing properties of this fabulous plant. It can be used on almost all minor skin complaints including eczema, chapped lips and burns.’


Other products include a natural lip balm tinted with freshly cooked beetroot, a coffee/coconut oil/cinnamon body scrub to awaken your senses and a fresh lemon hand and foot scrub. In addition to the treats for humans, Koral hasn’t forgotten our beloved four-legged friends! Taste-tested on many canines, she makes two varieties of pooch treats that can be used as a training tool, or simply a natural indulgence for your dog.

Koral’s products are free from synthetics, additives, detergents and parabens. As they are also preservative-free, most products will have a shorter shelf life than store-bought equivalents, however they don't usually get to sit around for long! Look out for new products in Koral’s range coming soon - other salves, scrubs, ointments, oils, soaps, balms and bath treats. So do your body some good and treat yourself (and your pooch) to these natural products.


We were lucky enough to sit down with Koral and ask her a few questions about her creative journey...

Koral, you are actively involved in Pay It Forward, what do you enjoy most about being involved with this project? The Pay It Forward co-operative is an amazing creation for like-minded artisans, and I am very grateful the Neighbourhood Trust had the insight and energy to run with it! I enjoy meeting other artisans, chatting to them about their products and their journey so far creating beautiful items. Looking after the shop is also fun, especially being able to help customers find what they need and to educate them on who we are and what we do as a group. To this day, each time I have done a shift I leave having purchased at least one item! With that, I love being able to support my peers in the group, as the range is so diverse it is a fabulous location to purchase birthday and Christmas gifts.

What does an average day look like to you? I am a busy mum juggling a part-time job and caring for my one year old son. As most people do I'm sure, I look forward to the weekends - time to spend as a family, catch up on some chores, see friends and most importantly, have fun! I put aside time every fortnight to work on projects needing my attention, including 'Handled with Care'.

Who do you consider to be your muse? Mother Nature. 


What does your creative look like? I have a lovely ring-bound A4 notebook which journals my creation of 'Handled with Care', including many pages of sketches of how the logo might look, page references for recipes I have seen in books or magazines to try out, costings of ingredients, and many recipes either jotted in or cut-and-pasted from elsewhere. I have a bookshelf full of books and magazines regarding natural health and beauty - flicking through these gives me inspiration when I make new things. 

What is the best piece of advice you've learnt on your creative journey? It may not be perfect the first time around: review, learn, adapt and do it all again!

Where to next? I would love to have my items available as an online store and expand my range to include all the goodies I love making at different times of the year. As time permits, I hope I can chip away at this goal over the next year. 


Pay It Forward is a Neighbourhood Trust community development project, with support from the Christchurch City Council and The Canterbury Community Trust. Shop hours are 10am – 4pm Mon-Fri; 11am – 3pm Sat.

September 30, 2014

Updated media kit

We've been busy updating our media kit, with lots of different options for advertising in Hazed and our social media platform, further it provides the information on how to become a Hazed stockist. The Hazed Media Kit is also online, so check it out!