When MOJO matters

Recently I posted about my lack of mojo and with it came a barrage of understanding from my fellow creatives, a general understanding that you know what I'm feeling and that you've been there too.

So, I had a thought - what if we started a monthly catch up.

Every 'Third Tuesday of the Month' I'll be at C1 Espresso at 185 High Street ready to 'hang' with whoever wishes to 'hang' from 7pm.

Come with your craft... or don't.
Come with your husband... or don't.
Come with your child... or don't.
Come with your mojo... or don't.

It'll be super casual, no need to book in - if no one shows up I'll be happy for the hour or two of peace and quiet.

I know I'm shy. I know I'm awkward in social situations. I know people think I'm a snob because I don't buy into 'small talk'... If you're like me and tend to avoid these sorts of things, don't stress - come talk to me and we can be awkward together!

The aim of doing this, is to provide a space where you can come with the aim of finding your mojo, finding your community and start breaking down those cliques.

First one - 20th October - I'll be there with my iPad looking lame and curious about who might show up, so come and surprise me.

Just not in a 'Tinder Date Surprise' kind of way!

NewCity Market

NewCity Market is seeking expressions of interest from stallholders keen to be involved in the return of a Central City Tourist Market/bazaar to Cathedral Square this spring/summer season.

Cathedral Square has always been the heart and geographical hub of Christchurch/Ōtautahi and long been seen as the most ideal location for an inner city market.

The buildings are down on the north and this unique tourist destination, bathed in all day sun is now available for those that consider they have the right products and determination and wish to seize this new opportunity. 

If you are interested email: newcitymarket@outlook.com

Contributing to Hazed

Our magazine not only features New Zealand's indie design community - but it is also written by the community. We accept a variety of contributions for the magazine from all sorts of indie designers throughout New Zealand.

If you've ever considered writing content for a magazine we offer a great opportunity to get your 'foot in the door' with an acceptive and encouraging community.

How does it work? Pitch your idea to our team with just a few simple paragraphs outlining who or what you'd like to do, by sending an email to: hazed@hazellovesdesign.com

The contributions we look for can be varied in design and nature - such as:

  • Features about local designers and projects.
  • Q&A's with fascinating members of our community. 
  • Craft labs aka investigative research into ways our designers can further grow their businesses. 
  • DIY's, recipes and tutorials to help our reader's to live creative lives. 
  • Plus so much more... 
Once your pitch has been accepted be sure to follow the guidelines below...

Each piece must have:
  • Column name - all contributors have column names eg. Anarashii Wisdom, Upcycle It, Creative Business, Craft Lab etc. 
  • Title - generally two words, no more than four. 
  • Writer/Interviewer - tell us who is responsible for the words.
  • Photography/Images - tell us who is responsible for the images. 
  • For features about a designer: we need to know where to shop, Facebook page & email address. 
  • For features/articles written by you and not about a designer: we need to know your website and/or Facebook page. 
Pieces submitted without this core information unfortunately can not be accepted. 

We have a preferred layout of our DIY's and tutorials:
  • Introduction - generally a paragraph long. 
  • Starts with a 'You will need' list of ingredients and/or project requirements. Each ingredient should have a capital letter for consistency across all contributors.
  • Instructions - should be numbered 1, 2, 3 etc. To make it easy to follow the instructions. 
  • Conclusion - generally a paragraph long - but not necessary. Some projects may not require this step.
If you have any questions - please feel free to ask. If this is your first time contributing, please don't be scared - if you get it wrong, we won't bite. That's a promise! 

Summer is coming...

The summer edition of Hazed is already in the early stages of preparation, with the blue sky outside we can't help but get in the summer spirit.

We have a few ways for you to get involved in the Summer edition - so thought it a prime opportunity to have a chat with you about the plans and reach out to see if you were interested.

Advertising - we still have a few spots available, but you'll need to register your interest soon.
Half page advertisement - $50
Full page advertisement - $75

If you are interested please get in touch before 31st September

Cover Shoot Giveaway - we are shooting our very first cover for the Summer edition, and we are hosting a giant giveaway to celebrate. We are looking for sponsors with yellow or green pieces who would be interested in sponsoring a prize. Your product will be photographed and featured amongst the giveaway spread within the magazine.

If you are interested please get in touch asap - all products are being photographed on 24th September so we need to have them to us within the next week.

Contributors - we are looking for contributors interested in writing an article for this edition. It may be a feature, it may be a Q&A with a local indie, it may be a tutorial or it may be a gazillion other fabulous things.

If you are interested please get in touch asap - pages are filling fast and we only have limited spots available.

The summer edition is due out mid November, just in time for Christmas.

Enjoy this gorgeous weather! We are sure looking forward to seeing loads more of it!

All good things should grow organically

Spring is almost here - my MOJO has found its way home - and I've got myself all excited about my space again!! For those that don't already know I am in LOVE with interiors, I enjoy nothing more than spending hours researching in magazines, Pinterest and even on shopping expeditions - where I walk away with nought but feel inspired by the spaces I see.

Happy camper enjoying his room and a lollipop

I've had this particular space in the pipeline for a while now... Brooklyn is in LOVE with superheroes at the moment - all of them: Spiderman, Superman, Batman, Hulk, The Ninja Turtles - you name it - he loves them!

Being that my favourite colour combo of the last couple of years has been black, grey and yellow - in all my wisdom I decided to create a Batman space when it was time to upgrade from toddler boy to his big boy room.

Alas - as all good things do, the space grew organically - although I initially introduced a few key pieces in the colour combo to match. The more the space grew the more it took on an evolution of its' own.

Firstly was the Mickey Mouse clock - something gifted him by his Aunty - and as he has had a long time love of Mickey Mouse we couldn't not include it in the space.

Next was the skateboard with his name on it - again it similar colours to Mickey - and the space began to evolve beyond the black, grey and yellow I'd initially intended - and into black, red and yellow. Blending two favourites - Mickey Mouse and Batman.

But then his birthday came along, and with it the introduction of his new favourite toys - all of his superheroes were now at his fingertips and rather than fight to always have them tucked into his toybox instead we decided to leave them on display for him to enjoy.

This is how the space has evolved to date - although we are still to change the curtains - ghastly beige truly doesn't suit. We (Brooklyn and I) are happy with how it is working at the moment...

The picture wall is evolving with him

One of my favourite corners of the space

The posters will eventually be framed

Can you tell we are LEGO fans?

Pirate Party

Cake by Crust Cakes and Catering
I very first became interested in the world of the 'indies' when planning parties - birthdays, engagement parties, work celebrations and not to mention Christmas and Easter celebrations. I was always on the hunt for a little something extra, or out of the box to bring our celebrations to life. 
It was through doing this that I first unearthed my love of Etsy, which then evolved into a love of blogging and from there the rest is history. 

When I was on maternity leave I tried my hand at being an Event Planner - until I realised I actually enjoying doing this for fun, and there was no way I could charge anyone for the number of hours I put into bringing these events to life to a standard of my satisfaction! 

I still enjoy organising events - and so I thought I'd share some pictures from Brooklyn's fourth birthday - a pirate themed event with some of his closest little pals...

Captain Brooklyn

The treasure map started from the letterbox

Gold doubloon treasure

Orange wedge pirate ships
Cookies by Crust Cakes

Cupcake decorating station
I'm already planning his fifth birthday - it'll be a dinosaur themed event! And I can't wait!! x

The Cake and Craft Show


I'm writing as I pull back into port (albeit briefly), in between adventuring around New Zealand in my exciting new collaboration with The Cake and Craft Show.

Formally Dunkly's Craft Show, it was sold last year and re-branded, and is back - bigger, brighter and better than ever - with CAKE!

(Did I mention there's cake?!)

I'm not much of a baker. Though I've dutifully decorated my children's birthday cakes for the past ten years, even being talked into throwing icing at a wedding cake a few years back, if only I knew then what I know now!

I wouldn't say I've been stalking the Go Bake stand. Just conveniently located in very close proximity. On multiple occasions.

Plausible enough?

As well as the cake competitions which hold entries you'll want to leave your day jobs for to try and recreate, there are conveniently timed free cake workshops throughout the day, for the three days the show is on. It's like a long weekend in craft and cake utopia.

Ambling the aisles, you'll find a sublime selection of New Zealand wares that will make parting with your pocket money too easy. I'm speaking from experience.

This weekend in Christchurch there are also a plethora of craft workshops for the offering. From learning how to cover a lampshade, to T-shirt stencilling and screen printing, so why not grab yourself a three day pass and immerse yourself.

Then, there is me.

I've had my workshop kit permanently packed for the past six weeks as I've toured with the show, teaching in Auckland, Tauranga and Whangarei. Fortunately for those reading from the Mainland, I am teaching workshops at the Christchurch event this week: Friday 14th August - Sunday 16th August.

It has been incredibly inspiring meeting so many people with the same outrageous view that adhering fabric to, just about anything, is an inanely ordinary thing to do.

I've created four different workshops ranging from my signature decoupaged furniture to simplistically delightful wooden spoons, so there really is something for every being.

They are turn up, learn, leave with finished piece type workshops (apart from the furniture one, for that I need you to bring your op-shop bargain/can't throw out but not my style family heirloom furniture pieces to makeover!)

It's all about spreading the fabric decoupage word and a GREAT opportunity to come along and take advantage of my years of experience.

We'll have the country covered in fabric from Mt Herbert to Mt Wellington in no time!

See you there x

Addington Events Centre
Twigger Street

Friday 14th August - Sunday 16th August.

10am - 5pm

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