Saturday, February 27, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I am having a garage sale!
No fabric, but plenty of costume jewellery, retro homewares, clothes, shoes, handbags, more kitsch than you can poke a stick at and a few weird and wonderful "how the heck did that get into my house..." items.
Plus TheShortFolk are having a toy stall. They are already plotting what they are going to spend their millions on. I feel a life-lesson looming...
Saturday 27th February
Aylesford St, which we say is in the suburb StAlbansShirleyMairehau, or if you are a real estate agent you'll know it as East Merivale East,
8am signs go out and doors open. I'm not saying the street number as some cheery soul always decides it is a great idea to arrive at 6am. They tend to meet TheOtherDeidre. The one TheShortFolk refer to as BigChiefGrumpyPants.
Then when you are done at my place, head through the pathway near my house to a giant garage sale, craft stall, sausage sizzle, cake stall event over at the
Christchurch Football and Squash Club
250 Westminster St
Sadly TheNewMinimalistDeidre is going to have to resist going to that one.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Pictured above are some of the donations received so far for the upcoming market, including some gorgeous fabrics donated by the the woman who interviewed me for Zest(Food,Fame & Fashion section of The Press) before the last Stash reHash market (thank you and all the best in your new life).
Donations can be accepted up to Friday 9th April. For information about where and when to drop-off donations, please phone Arthritis NZ on 366 8383.
Monday, February 15, 2010
It was only afterwards that I felt like a very bad mother when I realised that my youngest child has a zero birthday that day. I've tried to convince my son that there couldn't possibly be a more fun way to spend a day than a clothes swap followed by a workshop session involving printing, refitting and remodelling those clothes and sharing skills with other like-minded people. I just know I'd go home with a sore face from all the laughing and talking. Sadly though my son is not convinced, so I can't make it to Swap-O-Rama-Rama this time.
If you can and this sounds like your idea of a good time, then here is some more information:
NZ’s first SWAP-O-RAMA-RAMA
Saturday FEB 20th, 11am-4pm
Lyttelton Recreation Centre, Winchester St
Entry cost $10 plus a bag of clothing for the clothes swap
A clothing swap where you can create new delights from old treasures. Workshops, design stations plus a cat walk if you are keen. This event is sponsored by Singer (sewing machines) and Yudu (screen printers).
Part of the Lyttelton Summer Festival.
Have fun and think of me while I have a small boy's idea of a great day out!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The Christchurch premiere of Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design, a documentary by Faythe Levine, will be on Thursday 4th March at the Hollywood Cinema in Sumner – doors open at 7pm and the movie will start at 7.30pm.
Tickets are $20 each and include a glass of wine and nibbles on arrival.
I've got my ticket, go get yours at Miss Millie's Felt shop here. One screening only so no time for muckingaround!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
All over Interwebland people have posted photos of their fabric stashes and workspaces. Some are styley and amazing, some are embarrassing bombsites, some are just huge and some have such amazing fabrics they make me green with envy.
I never manage to keep my stash tidy and organised for long. Usually my fabrics are piled so high on my worktable that they resemble the lounge-mountain Richard Dreyfus made in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, only cleaner. If a visiting small child poked them we'd have to call in search and rescue to dig them out from the resulting avalanche.
But today I had a jolly big sort out as the first thing I'm selling on Trademe in preparation for moving is my "current projects" cabinet. If my fabrics are out of sight then I tend to forget about them so this cabinet has been great for reminding me of what I have on the go and inspiring what I intend to make next. Looks so cute I feel like keeping it! Just out of shot is my lounge-mountain with the other 99% of my fabric stash.
I'd love to see what your fabric stash and workspace look like. Fancy showing me?
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
This time around it has been like herding drunken monkeys to get everything arranged, but I'm happy to say the next Stash reHash fabric market will be held on Sunday 18th April, 11am - 2pm at the Scottish Society Hall in Edgeware (same venue as last time.)
If you would like to have a stall then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with stall-holder in the subject line. I'll send you all the details. Old or new fabric, remnants to rolls, yarn, buttons, notions, haberdashery are all good and welcome!
Two stalls are already booked. Arthritis New Zealand will be back with a huge assortment of donated goods. And I've booked myself a stall as soon afterwards I'm leaving on a jetplane, don't know when I'll be back again. It finally is time to get seriously ruthless with my stash.
Well... unless any Lucienne Day fabric (as pictured above) turns up. I can think of quite a few household items I'd happily Freecycle to make room for a length of that in my shipping container!