Thursday, June 20, 2013

Auckland Art & Craft Fair

Next week I'll be taking Made Time to the Auckland Art & Craft Fair.  It's a fantastic fair held in the foyer of the Aotea Centre in Auckland. 

There will be nearly 100 artists and crafters showing their wares, and is a wonderful shopping experience. 

You can read about me in an interview on the Fair blog.

Nearby Aotea Square will have the ice rink up - a fun day out in Auckland City perhaps?

Monday, May 6, 2013

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Have heard a bit about Bloglovin' recently, so am in the process of moving my reading list...  liking the daily updates, and the interface...

Friday, November 16, 2012

a good start

The last month has just flown by in this house - it's been a never-ending run of tummy-bugs, viruses and other ailments along with the usual frenzy of activity that comes at the year draws to a close.

Ballet Pink Bed Set  Pink Apples LG CU

My mind has been largely occupied with stocking up the Made Time shop.  I'm not talking dozens of sets, but just a nice mix and a few different sizes to get things going.

Ted in bed

I was rewarded with several sales in the first two weeks which for me was hugely encouraging... one order led to some custom made mattresses too, so here's hoping for more like that with Christmas coming.

Sold - Summer Blue set

The range has expanded with sheets, custom made mattresses, and a fashion doll size, which has all been an enjoyable process...

Pink Sheets  Mattresses

... and you can now visit me on Facebook too!

Sunday, October 7, 2012


In a moment of madness this week I rescued this old pram from the bonfire pile at my mum-in-laws.  It's the family pram - my husband and his siblings rode in this in the early 70's.

"Pedigree" Pram - probably 1960's

I thought I might try to "fix it up a bit" and use it as a prop.  Or sell it on.  Or give it away.  Or something....


But I couldn't let it go on the Guy Fawkes bonfire, could I?


Thursday, October 4, 2012

made time - finally

The last few weeks have seen me officially "launch" (if you could call it that!) my little venture - "made time".

As I mentioned back in March (!) I've made time to make some sweet bedding sets for all those beloved dolls and softies out there. Put them to bed in style... I use quality cottons, ginghams and modern prints from popular designers to create these quilt and pillow sets.

I had a bit of a false start earlier this year - my plans all went on hold while we packed up and moved house.  I thought I should get it all sorted and hopefully capture some Christmas shoppers.

I have started a Facebook page - which I will keep updated with all my current designs and sets. I'll be doing sheet sets and even some little refurbished beds complete with bedding too.

I have a some styles listed on HERE on Trade Me, and this is a little showcase of my current wares on Felt

"Pink Apples" Doll Bedding Set

"Summer Blue" Doll Bedding Set

"Pink Apples" Doll Bedding Set

"Red Apples" Doll Bedding Set

"Bubble Dots" Doll Bedding Set

Friday, August 3, 2012


It's Friday at last.  It's sunny, at last, after a damp, couch-sitting Olympic-watching week.

The view today

I've been outside today, into the garden to cut some flowers.  Our new garden has revealed these beautiful camellias. 

Camellias  Camellias 

I went to check the mail, and saw that there is a magnolia with fat, furry buds ready to bloom near the driveway.

Magnolia buds

I am looking forward to what else this garden will offer up in the coming moths.

Untitled  Untitled

I visited the hens.  Many eggs being laid by the girls lately - spot the double-yolker!

Spot the double-yolker   

I decided to bake myself something delicious - a batch of these lovely buttermilk scones - filled with apricots, cranberries and currants.  The recipe, by Annabelle White, can be found here.


(and I am sneaking in a bit of knitting before I start some work!)

Knitting baby socks

Sunday, July 15, 2012

book bag

If you have kids in junior classes in NZ you'll know all about those "book bags" that they take to school, to bring home their readers and work in.

Book bag

The standard issue bags from the school office or stationers are made of a plastic backed rip-stop type fabric.  After a few months of being squashed into a school bag, the plastic backing starts to crumble and ends up through everything.

Book bag - drawings

I knew the time had come to sort this out and make something more durable and personal. A few months back I went to Handmade 2012 in Wellington and did an applique workshop with Nin McKay.  I asked Carly to draw me a picture, and I would applique it for her.  She drew a lovely simple little butterfly, which I traced and made a pattern from.  Carly chose some fabric scraps for the design.

Book bag  Book bag

I had an old pair of Lee jeans saved (I had worn through the knee in one leg).  I thought the denim would make a great backing for the applique, and also a good strong and washable bag.

Book bag  Book Bag

The legs of the jeans yielded enough fabric to make the book bag, and I used left over fabric scraps for the binding and a lining inside the top flap.  The velcro was snipped from the original book bag.

Book bag - finished

We're pleased with the result, and it's all packed ready for the start of Term 3 tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

this is why...


... there has been such an absence lately:  We have moved.  Not far, but moved all the same. 

A chunk of our recent lives has been spent sorting out, packing up, moving, unpacking, sorting out etc.  I have been living somewhat under a rock for the past 3 months or so.

But it's behind us, the dust is settling, and when school and kindy goes back in a couple of weeks, I might even find some time to get back to the things I love.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

made time

I've been busy lately - making time to make some sweet things.

For all those beloved dolls and softies out there - I've made some stylish bedding to tuck them up in at night.

walk in the woods

Making these has been lovely work for me... playing with some gorgeous fabrics and thinking about what might make little girls (and their mums) happy.

Red Apples cot

I also wasn't very happy with what I'd seen around to buy, which wasn't much.  I know that crafty mums will have it covered, but my sets will make great gifts.

Bubble dots CU

I've been using a range of cottons, ginghams and lovely prints from the "Walk in the Woods" range by Aneela Hoey, and "Cape Ann" by Oliver+S.  Ruffles and ric rac add the finishing touches. 

Visit my Felt shop to see more...


Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Recently we got some new hens.  Lovely Black Leghorns, three of them. 

Today I discovered these beauties tucked in the back of a nest.  There's been no laying whilst they've been settling in.  Fern's comb is bright red and floppy again, so she's the one.  Aren't they lovely milky white eggs?

Here are the girls.  Fern, Oprah and Emerald.  (Emerald is in front there, with the lovely green feathers on her back - she reminds me of a Tui.)

Black Leghorns

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