To market, to market

Activity levels have been upped a bit in the past week to ‘as high as possible’ due to the upcoming ‘my first ever craft market’ at Coatesville on the 2nd of December – and again on the 16th for a twilight market.

There’s also a bit of a do up at The Cream of Matakana on Sunday for which they want my skincare range. Now that would have been easy, but a new certified organic preservative has only just last week come on the market and I’ve been waiting for that. So tomorrow is going to be one busy day. At least the hair care is ready and I’m bottling hydrosols today and Lavender is back in stock.


I’m having a massive Japan phase right now. My call for help to Japan did not go unanswered and I also found a service which is reasonably priced at for those who are interested. But as things go my usual sources turned up with some fabulous fabrics so I didn’t need to go any further. I just can’t wait for them to arrive. I’ve already used up half each of the two bolts that have come – making summery beach bags.


There’s a bolt or two of beautiful shibori fabric just waiting to become girls clothes. Astrid will be getting the first two skirts to come off the production line. Here’s the cut fabric sitting underneath a bunch of chirimen ribbon.


This whole shibori thing got me thinking I might dye some onesies because Astrid and white just do not go together. I did some research on indigo dye and found this – but still too much effort right now. So I found an indigo blue tin of Dylon and it looks pretty good to me. The red I think was a once off – but it actually looks really cute on!


Yars dahling, it’s not tie-die you know. It’s shibori dahling.


After spending days and days making these halter neck tops I decided I’d figure out an easier and faster way to make something similar. A simple 80cm length of yukata fabric, folded, sewn like a skirt with chirimen cord attached – and voila – an easy sun dress! All headed off to Coatesville craft market, and if not sold, then on to Matakana. If anyone would like anything here please email me as it won’t be going in the shop this time.


This is the best ever piece of yukata fabric I’ve found. I only got 80cm of it. I think it’s from around the 50s and the cotton is heavy, the weave a bit looser. Oooh it’s just divine. And I so love the colour. Here’s Astrid coupling the new dress with her indigo dyed onesie.


The Christmas project was started weeks ago. It’s so simple. All I need to do is cut out the lining and sew. But I haven’t got around to it yet. The blue linen is a vintage Swedish runner (of course) with natural linen from Martha’s as backing. I think I’ll just line them with white cotton.


Of course the Liberty delivery has been as well for the month. This is the latest loot!


The garden’s going great guns. The potatoes are huge and the tomatoes are growing like mad. The seedlings are all settled in now and I’m looking forward to watching them grow. It’s a bit hard to see, but things are happening!


Oh – and here’s the bunny I finished up at Sandy Bay.


Right. The printer’s about to come with a proof and then hydrosols await their bottling session. Hooray!







18 responses to “To market, to market”

  1. lies avatar

    Charlotte!!! You wonderful! Entrepreneurial miracle!
    Gosh your fabrics are yum yum.
    Now those Japanese bags will be in the shop eh? WANT WANT
    X Lies

  2. kimberlee avatar

    great everything. when do you have time to breathe?

    I am in the new house and I finally have a phone line (blasted telecom) so I have lots to catch up on.

    glad little orchard is doing so well though I am not surprised!


  3. Alison avatar

    boy you’ve been busy!

  4. Frances avatar

    Wow, you are so busy and everything looks great. Astrid has some cool clothes.

  5. Lori avatar

    good grief! no wonder you’re forgetful. ;^)

    slow down, girl!

  6. Nicky avatar

    Those beach bags are gorgeous! I am not a girly girl at all but I am drooling at all your bags.

    And your garden looks amazing. I’d love one just like it. Pity I suck at gardening 😉 How is your rainfall, I’ve heard that NZ doesn’t have the problems that Aus has. One of the reasons I’m thinking we should move there eventually (but we’ll get this move done first!)

  7. Max avatar

    Ravishing! Especially the wee halter dresses. Such nice work…

  8. itziar avatar

    busy bee!! i need to know what you have for breakfast: i want it too!! my god!! how do you manage to do such perfect things and so many?? (you should sell your secret: i’d buy it!)

  9. jen avatar

    wow you have been busy

    all the best for those events

    I like those beach bags.

  10. leslie avatar


  11. Steph avatar

    omg you’ve been so busy my head is spinning reading about it all. The fabrics are gorgeous!!

  12. Debra avatar

    All lovely, the delicious fabrics!!
    My friend runs the Coatesville and I’m there too occasionally. You’ll do well I’m sure – it’s a great market and well run of course ha 🙂

  13. Ravenhill avatar

    I see you love Japanese fabrics too! I think the bunny is so cute and the fabrics you have are so pretty. What a lucky lady to have all those Liberty fabrics!

  14. Emily/ Five Flowers avatar

    Wow, are you busy! And what treasures! I am green with envy… Thanks for the update!

  15. geek freeks avatar

    Hey love those bags and really dig your blog! We make plush toys too!!

  16. lesley avatar

    Wow you are busy! Good luck with your craft markets.

  17. LISA avatar

    Wow, you’ve been really busy. Love the colorful bags on the door knob. Beautiful fabric. Great pictures to browse too.

    Happy holidays!

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