August 23, 2015

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?


August 15, 2015

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

August 11, 2015

The Cake and Craft Show


Greetings!

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
Addington


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. 

August 06, 2015

It's all about your mojo

Somewhere along the way my MOJO just up'ed and disappeared... it left the building! And it has taken a long, long time for it to find it's way back.

I've been lethargic - No matter how much sleep I get the lethargy has maintained it's persistence.

I've had a serial case of procrastination - You know the 'I'll just do this first and then I'll...' but where the procrastination has spread it's wings over a series of weeks! Okay, sometimes months!

Nothing has been motivating or fun. Actually I lie, my old addiction of spending money at the mall has been fun. But beyond that I've been struggling to find fun in things that I sincerely enjoy.

It's been a case of wake up, put one foot in front of the other, go to work, stick to routine, go to sleep. REPEAT.

There have also been quite a lot of 'I'm fine' or 'I'm all good'. But actually just disappearing into the oblivion to avoid those conversations altogether.

This happened once before - I'd been on maternity leave for just over twelve months, similarly it was the middle of winter and for a period of ten days I just didn't leave the house, I didn't even venture as far as the letterbox!!

That time around I had a WAIT. WHAT. moment. As soon as I was conscious of what I was doing, my brain snapped out of the fog, I realised something had to change, I made the decision to put Brooklyn into childcare, sent myself back to work and launched Hazed magazine.

This time it's been a little trickier, I have been conscious of my behaviours, I have been conscious of the reason these behaviours have started, but it has been trickier to lift the fog and find my mojo again.

I finally listened to my Mother. Groan. And decided to visit a counsellor - and even though I walked away from the initial sessions thinking 'what a waste of time' - a lot of what the counsellor said has resonated to be true the more that I've thought about it.

This time it's been a case of accept your reality. Make the changes that need to be made. Grieve and accept those changes and my new reality.

Now, I feel the fog lifting, I feel the motivation, drive and ambition returning. My mojo is coming back and I feel ready to take life by the horns and achieve the success I desire in all aspects of my life... within my family, my career, my hobbies and here's hoping - in love.

So, why am I over-sharing on here? In a rambling and mostly incoherent post?

I thought you deserve an explanation for my absence.

And, more importantly I recognise that as creatives we are more temperament to the emotions that boggle our brain. That brain-boggling more often that not equals creativity and that maybe, one of the fellow indies who read this blog will understand this incoherent ramble and maybe just maybe relate to it?

Sometimes in life we loose our mojo, sometimes it takes a while to resurface. But once it does fabulousness like you've never seen can be achieved.

And I can only promise you that there is more fabulousness than you've ever seen just around the corner! x

May 11, 2015

Pay It Forward

I became involved with Pay It Forward about three years ago - when it was little more than a couple of people with a dream and a vision for our local community. Last month the store relocated into it's new site and I thought I would (finally) share some of my thoughts on the project and how it all came to be. 


It has been quite a journey from those humble beginnings - I frightfully put my hand up to give a speech at the opening - and followed on from some mighty professional speakers. I thought I'd share some of my notes that I'd written to help with my speech - although with the bundle of nerves I was carrying on the night I'm sure it was no where near as eloquent as this!




The Pay It Forward space has exceeded the expectations of what we built in our dreams three years ago - not only have we created a beautiful place for our community to come visit, shop and learn from. 

We've also created a beautiful micro-community of designers full of inclusion - where we mentor and support one another through the growth and development of our indie businesses. 

It's a space we as designers can come to be acknowledged, inspired and embraced by fellow crafters. 

Pay It Forward is a truly unique shopping destination - where else in Christchurch can you say that those behind the concept literally put their heart and soul into getting in there. 

Where else in Christchurch can you say that the shop and display was created with heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears of the community? 

Where else in Christchurch can you announce that each of the pieces were hand crafted by people from our fine city - with heart and soul?

So local - that some pieces were made within a block of the store!?!

Pay It Forward is quite literally built from the creative heart of it's community. 


Ginny Larsen is the gorgeous soul who brought the store into fruition - a true visionary and supporter of our local community. I feel lucky to be embraced and supported by her in all that we choose to do.


To be honest, the cutting of the ribbon was the first time I got to visit the newly refurbished site - it was super exciting to see it for the first time and feel it pulsing with the energy and excitement of others enjoying it too. 





Thank you to Centuri Chan for the fabulous photos. 

You can find the store at 47 Nancy Avenue, Mairehau. 
Monday to Friday 10am till 4pm
Saturdays 11am to 3pm 

April 15, 2015

HIBISCUS - Tassel Garland Necklace

Tassels, surely the new black. They've somehow morphed forward from the humble curtain tie back, to being a trend sensation, seen on the end of phones, in garland form on walls, cushion covers and bed spreads... So I figured - a tassel garland necklace - why not?


Supplies: 
  • Embroidery thread in chosen colours (one hank of thread will make approximately four tassels).
  • Scissors.
  • Fork.
  • Pliers.
  • Jump Rings. 
  • Necklace
(I purchased my necklace and jump rings from my local bead shop, but using an existing necklace you might own, and purchasing the match jump rings is also a fab idea). 

To make:

1. Using your fork, wrap the embroidery thread around it about thirty times. You could wrap more for a fuller looking tassel, but I found thirty was pretty optimum for what I was after. 





2. Once the excess thread is cut off, use the same colour thread to tie around the top two fork prongs. Tie this really tight!

3. Pull the tassel off the fork and cut right along the bottom. Tidy up all loose thread and tah dah - one mini tassel! 



4. Repeat until you have the required amount of tassel's that you are wanting to place on your necklace. 


5. Lay your necklace out and choose your tassel spacings. I started at the mid point (opposite the closure mechanism), and went from there. 

6. Secure you tassels to your necklace with your jump rings. 



BOOM! One very fine, individual piece that is sure to have everybody talking...




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

March 11, 2015

YOLO

I never thought I'd use that for a title, I was a late bloomer on the YOLO front - for the longest time I wasn't aware, nor did I really care what the acronym was all about - but that my friends, along with many other things in my life has changed. 

And YOLO represents me... and where I'm headed, in my life. Right now.

Explanation? 

So a lot of things have been going on in this neck of the woods... Pay It Forward is opening it's new store - I'll share lots of photos of the opening - and eek, maybe my speech after the event on Friday. Hazed in the Square is flourishing with a fabulous community of designers working towards the common goal of a successful inner city marketplace - again I can't wait to tell you more. 

And on a personal level, after twelve years - I've started dating again. Yes that's right - I one, Hazel Schreiner am now a 'single lady'. 

I'm not quite ready to share the story of what went down. It's kind of major. It's kind of emotional. And it's kind of not what you'd expect. 

We'd be kind of heading this way for the last six to twelve months, but it became solid and official just recently. It's kind of weird you know - you enter into any relationship with your best foot forward. You enter into a marriage with the understanding that this is the 'forever' you. You enter into the realm of parenthood with the understanding of a lifetime. 

But things change. Things happen. We grow. Life evolves.
So this where the YOLO comes in - I can do a lot of things - I can start a magazine and take it to print - I have been known to run successful craft markets - and I can take on a weekly market and scrub it and scrub it until it is shiny and bright - I can bank and lend my way to a successful finance career - and I'm a damn good Mum too - but when it comes to dating. Yip, I'm clueless. With out a clue. Not even a single clue. 

It's not like riding a bicycle ladies. You forget, you gosh darn go fall in love and forget. Last time I dated, I was 19, I was young, I was fabulous. I wasn't a workaholic single Mum. I guess I was in a 'YOLO' moment in my life and nothing was going to stop me and get in my way. It was easy then. 

I caught up with an old friend last weekend and she has challenged me to do three things this year - one of which is to go on at least one date by the end of the year. Challenge taken. 

I can do this, I can return to my 'YOLO' self! 

I set myself up for Tinder the other day - what was I thinking? People don't actually legitimately do Tinder do they? - I've had multiple 'matches' on the damn thing - admittedly most have been moron like - but I actually kind of 'dig' a guy. But even though that may be the case - I don't know to ask said guy out - I don't know how to get beyond 'small talk' and into the whole 'let's go out for coffee' thing... I just need to YOLO and ask the question. 

So whilst the tan line on my fingers is only slowly dissolving and the hurt is only slowly dissipating I'm getting on this YOLO bandwagon and I'm taking up that challenge - I've only got the next nine and a half months to make it happen!

How does this post relate back to 'craft' and 'made in New Zealand' - yeah, it doesn't really. But I'd like to challenge YOU to look at one thing that you are holding back on, one thing that you're not giving your full heart into and YOLO it. Take up this challenge and see how it changes for you! I'll keep you posted on my YOLO. 

SIDE NOTE: I'm not desperate and dateless. Just dateless. I am actually really, truly enjoying being me and just me. But I'd like to know that I can still 'do it', that it's not beyond me. Perhaps one day I will be ready to fall in love. Maybe, not just yet.