Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Goodie Bags

OK, this little project has kept me busy for the last week or two - I've got 12 of these Christmas Gift Bags ready to go for the Titirangi Mum's Twilight Market tonight, and about 8-10 more that aren't completed yet but won't be far away.

Each bag contains a matching set of 6 mini gift-cards, a couple of candy canes, and of course the gorgeous matching carry bag.  Envelopes also available.

These are the ideal gift bag for a kindy or school teacher/s - a wee matching card for each teacher, and you can fill the bag with baking, sweets, craft supplies, packets of seeds or whatever tickles your fancy as the perfect gift for Christmas this year.

Due to limited stock, these are only available at the Christmas Markets!!  Don't miss out, come and see me at:

- Titirangi Mum's Craft Market, 1 December, 6-9pm, Kaurliands School, Atkinson Rd, Titirangi
- Crafternoon Tea, 3 December, 10am-3pm, Trinity Methodist Church, Kingsland
- Matakana Christmas Market, 9 December, 5:30 - 9:00pm, Matakana Village

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Markets

Some busy times are coming up for Tiny Kiwi!  I'll be doing 3x Christmas Markets in the next week or two, so for the last couple of weeks I've been a busy beaver making some exciting new christmas stock.  Still have a lot to do before the first Market on Thursday night if I'm honest!!!

Twlight Market, Thursday 1st December, 6-9pm at Kaurilands School, Atkinson Rd, Titirangi:

Crafternoon Tea in Kingsland, Saturday December 3rd, 10am-3pm:

Matakana Christmas Market, Matakana Village, Friday 9th Dec, 5-10pm:

I think that is enough excitement for one day, I will upload some new photos of what will be for sale at the markets tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Summer is on the way!

Summer is my favourite time of year.  I love the warm weather, long evenings, the lead-up to Christmas, the anticipation of a beach holiday, the smell of sunscreen or fresh-cut grass, special time with friends and family, BBQ's and salads and all things warm and good.  

But when I look at Christmas themed pictures, stories, goodies, even Christmas Carols - they're full of Northern Hemisphere images.  Snow-topped pine trees, snow-topped Gingerbread houses, Snowmen, Snowglobes, sledding and penguins in the snow - its winter winter winter!  I'm sure a White Christmas is quite magical (actually, I know it is, I spent a Christmas in Germany as a teen) but our New Zealand Christmases are really something special too.

This month I have released a range of 100% New Zealand Made tshirts celebrating the New Zealand summer season.  Jandals, Ice-creams, Cricket and of course a Christmas Tree!  I would love to hear your ideas on some other really kiwiana images you'd like to see on some clothing for your little ones.

Christmas Cards are on the way too!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Oh, For Crafts' Sake!

I am very excited to be part of a new 24/7 virtual Market-place for clever crafters, where buyers can shop from their own home, at any time of day or night. Oh, For Crafts' Sake! is a new initiative by a very talented and generous friend of mine, who has dedicated her spare time to to bringing together a selection of New Zealands awesomest crafty talents. Pop along and check out all the "tables" of fantastic wares!

Tiny Kiwi has the usual range of 100% NZ Made Onesies available, as well as my Gift Cards, invitations and flip-out albums, and a new selection of Patriotic Tees - perfect for any little All Blacks supporters out there!

Flip out albums, aka Brag Books, are a perfect gift for the Grandparents. This one is the one my husband received for Fathers Day, featuring photos and artwork from our daughters, it is double-sided, and folds down to a handy briefcase size (3x3"). Comes in a range of pretty cover papers and ribbons.

We are also going to be a the real-life Titirangi Mums Craft Market on October 8th.

And as if the year wasn't going by fast enough, I am starting work on some new Christmas items, since we're now less than 3 months from the big day. My kids are excited already!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fathers Day, and Halloween?

Just one week til Fathers Day, when we can show and tell the special men in our lives how much they mean to us. Hubby and I are lucky to have both of our dads still with us, so we'll need to get our thinking caps on this week to find that special wee gift for them - my usual "photos of the kids" gift has been back-benched this year due to an untimely breakout of chicken pox for all three girls - but of course, cards will be no problem this year.

The August market at Titirangi was a lot of fun, and I have signed up for the September market in a few weeks time as well. This month I had all my Fathers Day Cards displayed on the table at the market, as well as on my Facebook page, and I'm really pleased that I have sold more than half of the stock that I made up. With a week still to go, I'm going to try and sell off the last few in the next few days with a wee giveaway.

I also had jars of jellybeans labelled "Dragon Food" "Princess Pills" and "Magic Beans" on my table, and a stand of knitted cupcakes arranged on a cupcake tower. The goal was to draw the kids over to the table, with their parents in hot pursuit, and as far as strategies go, it seemed to be successful, so it will be repeated next month for sure! Just a shame that the unsold jars all seem to have mysteriously disappeared over the last couple of weeks!!!

I have a few ideas floating around my head about expanding the range of items that I can do my appliques onto. People love the designs on my Onesies and Tee's, but because they are made-to-order there is nothing for market-folk to take home with them on the day, which can be a bit offputting for the buyer. (Due to the range of colours, sizes and designs it is very difficult to hold stock of these items). So I wanted to add a few non-clothing items with my designs on them. I got wildly excited about the possibilities, but quickly realised my sewing skills aren't up to scratch, so I have signed my very clever mummy up to give me some sewing lessons in the near future and hope to add to my range soon.

Naturally I am still pottering along with making up new cards and invitations too.

This wee beauty is a new 'spider and cobweb' embossing folder that I bought last week. Mainly I wanted to add something boyish to my collection - there are *so* many options for girls, but not much out there for boys! I thought spiders were nice and masculine, but when it arrived the colours that sprang to mind were black and orange.... Halloween anyone? I am making this up in a few other colourways as well, it would be nice if it had a bit of versatility and not only appeal in October of each year (and mainly to Americans!)

Happy crafting everyone.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Where does your craftiness come from?

I'm curious, you other crafty people out there, whether you had a crafty influence in your life from a parent or grandparent, or other important person in your life?

My mother is a machinist, and growing up she would make all our clothes and costumes, bedding, cushions, etc. She also knits, crochets and embroiders, so all around her house (and ours) and in our drawers, are all manner of special things she has made over the years. In recent years she has added quilting to her repotoire, so all our beds are adorned with gorgeous handmade quilts.

She has always had a craft room, and as well as being allowed to play in her room as a child, I remember many hours spent visiting fabric shops and staring up in awe at endless canisters of buttons. Mum used to spend forever pouring over the pattern books, which we found SO boring, so we would hide amongst all the bolts of fabric, and drape ourselves with the prettiest fabrics.

The sewing gene has pretty much passed me by, but I do wonder if my creativity and love of paper and designs, patterns and colours has come from my many hours spent watching Mum be creative.

Once as a kid, I guess I was about 7 or 8, I complained to Dad of not feeling well and he thought I was just trying to get the day off school and shipped me off. A trip to the doctors later that day revealed tonsilitis, and such was dads guilt that he bought me home a blue stationery set with seagulls on it to say sorry for not believing me. I loved it because it was BLUE and had BIRDS on it. Up until then most of my experience with paper was of the plain white, ruled variety. From there I started writing letters to my Nanna and I got a few penpals as well, and my love of stationery blossomed.

Some days I used to go with Dad to his office on the weekends. He would unlock the door to the stationery room for me, and I would lose myself for the entire day sifting through the pads and reams of paper, boxes of pens and paper-clips and erasers. He would go away on business trips to Wellington, and bring us back lollies from the plane, and he would always choose me something from the bookshop at the airport, a writing pad or a pen or some other trinket.

Therefore, I now feel that it is my job as a parent to let my kids indulge in crafts as well and hopefully grow a love for creativity of their own. My girls are only small, so for now I prefer to leave the messy painting and stuff for kindy. But I do have a few jars of buttons on my shelf, which they joyfully spread out on the floor and arrange into piles and patterns. They love to sit down with me with their own special pens and do drawings and make cards for people. We have scrapbooks that we work on together, and their Nanna buys them things like pipe-cleaners and pompoms and coloured ice-cream sticks to add to their craft collection.

As I mentioned in my last post, my oldest daughter turned 4 this week, and she and one of her little friends (who had his birthday the same day) had a joint birthday party yesterday with a Neverland theme. My girls went as Tinkerbell fairies and Mum made their costumes, even down to the t-shirts and the garlands for their hair. My contribution was the birthday cake, which I must say was very yummy and a big hit. Aren't we clever??!

(this one would not wear her garland! Or her shoes, but that is another story)

Amongst her presents she received at the party were a make-your-own-doll kit, a make-your-own-picture-frame kit, a make-your-own beading kit and an activity backpack. I see that my friends have all got the same idea as me, and we shall have much fun making stuff together!

So, do you have a similar story to tell, of growing up with crafts? Please leave a comment and let me know!

Also, I am working on Fathers Day cards at the moment, there are only 5 weeks to go, so don't forget to show your dad you love him, and head on over to Tiny Kiwi on Facebook to check out the gift card album.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Finding Time to 'Make'!

Between my three children (the eldest of whom turns four tomorrow. Four!) and the mess and dirty washing they create, their need to be fed several times a day, the ongoing entertainment, as well as catering to their every whim, you can imagine that I don't get a lot of time for crafting. Even as I type this, there is a gorgeous wee 8-month old treasure gurlging at my feet and tugging at the ends of my dressing gown (yes, thats right, 10:13am and I am still in my pj's - its very cold, okay!!) and I can hear the chaotic sounds of a 2 and 3 year old jumping on their beds and pulling toys out of the toyboxes and throwing them around their bedroom with reckless abandon.

However, when the silence descends at about 7pm each night, after the dirty dishes have been put away, when the toys have been put in their rightful places (AGAIN) and the familiar opening notes of Shortland Street begin, thats when its time for me to surround myself with papers, cutters, inks and punches. Most nights I make cards, but when I have an order for a tee or onesie, I get out the fabric, sewing machine, iron and buttons. I'm knitting at the moment too. There are only a few hours each night in which to create, and I usually find myself staying up far too late, in order to make the pleasure of 'making' last just a little bit longer. Or, perhaps just to finish the job I'm working on and keep another customer happy.

This month I had my first table at a craft market, and though it wasn't the overwhelming success I had hoped it would be, it has given me lots of new ideas and inspiration. Next month will be epic. I'm brimming with ideas, but finding the time to bring these ideas to fruition is proving a challenge. But watch this space, I have plenty of ideas for cool 'stuff' coming your way soon.

Monster Birthday Invitations; These are the front side, the back will have the party details, and they measure about 5x7" (slightly bigger than a standard gift card):

My decorated Onesie's and Tee's. These garments are all proudly New Zealand made and are made to order (tailor made with your choice of design, colour and size).

Tiny Kiwi at the Titirangi Mums Craft Market in July. We will be at the next market on August 13th as well.

But for now, I need to go and get dressed! 8 and a bit hours to go until I can craft!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Going well!

Things are off to a great start! Thanks to a great following on my Facebook page (Tiny Kiwi) I have got quite a few custom orders rolling in, as well as orders from the stock that I have for sale. I'm busy trying to grow the stockpile at the moment, am managing to make a few cards each night after my kids have gone to bed. On the days that they don't have naps, bedtime is nice and early so I can get a bit more done!

TradeMe is proving pricey and fruitless, so most business is being done on Facebook at the moment, but I'm hoping to expand into a local Craft Market in the near future.

Meantimes, here are some new photos to share:

All of these cards are for sale now. Happy shopping!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Welcome to Tiny Kiwi Cards

You'll love the gift of giving with these fun, stylish and co-ordinated gift cards, gift tags and envelopes. Cards are blank inside for your personalised message, and can also be made to order in the colours of your choice.

Texture, colour, layers, shapes and patterns bring these cards to life and make for a lasting keepsake that your friends and loved ones will treasure. I use a mixture of embossing, stamping, die-cutting, punching and embellishments to make my cards.

Perfect for birthdays, congratulations, new babies, thank yous, weddings or any special occasion where you want to give an extra something special.

Feel free to ask if there is something particular you would like made or added to personalise your item/s.

To make a purchase, please check out my listings on (look for tinykiwi) or TradeMe (tinykiwicards), and check the Tiny Kiwi page on Facebook.

You can also leave a comment here, or email me at if you would like to buy/order something.

All of these cards are for sale now.

Individual cards with envelope - $5 each

Pears, Apples and Berries giftcard set, pink/peach/pearl - $20 for the set:

Pears and Berries giftcard set, navy/blue/green - $15 for the set:

Apples and Pears giftcard set, navy/grey/blue - $10 for the pair:

More cards are being made all the time, and will be added each week. Thanks for looking!