A photographic tour
When you walk around a busy craft market, you don't often get the chance to take everything in. There are so many amazing things to see that it can be a sort of sensory overload. This feeling is why I always recommend that people take one walk all the way around first, then come back for a second, more detailed look. If you only go around once, there's so much you can miss!
Filling in the gaps
We're going to break up our visit into manageable chunks. This post will cover the last 13 stalls in the hall (in yellow).
Continuing from the last post, we will finish working around the walls, then go back around the stalls in the centre of the room.
The first stall belongs to Sandra, owner and designer of Eildon Rocks Jewellery. Eildon Rocks creates and sells handmade gemstone jewellery. All pieces are unique, showcasing nature's beauty.
"I've always had a love for natural gemstones, intrigued by their history and the variety of colours, texture and patterns created by nature over time. I created Eildon Rocks about 5 years ago when I realised that I could make these beautiful stones part of every day life. All my pieces are unique, as often I let the stones take on a life of their own. Quite often the pieces I make end up very different to what I had in mind. Come and see for yourself!"
We also do commissions and are always interested in creating something special to meet our customers' needs.
You can find out more about me and my creations here:
Next, we visit Helene's stall - Heysmartypants.
All products are designed and printed in New Zealand using vivid, archival quality inks for longevity and papers made from sustainable forests.
"I'm a graphic designer by day – graphic artist by night. I LOVE all things connected with paper, and being able to illustrate and design my own range of paper goods – is just the best!"
"New Zealand's unique native flora and fauna has always been a great source of inspiration for my illustrations and designs. I usually work in sets of 6 or 12 designs per series, that is then made into a range of posters, cards, calendars, colouring books and flash cards. I'm always looking to add new and fresh ideas to the range."
Want to find out more?
The last stall along the walls is Naya's Fuxicos - on the right as you enter the hall, on your left as you leave.
"I handmake mainly Fuxicos (pron. “foo-she-kos” Brazilian word) or Yo-yo flower accessories and other felt & fabric crafts. All my products are hand-made and sewn using the best quality products in a smoke & pet free home."
Into the centre
We've completed our first circuit of the room! We will now reverse our clockwise loop, going back anti-clockwise, facing inwards towards the stalls in the centre.
Our first stall in the central block is O Sew Crafty with Toni and her fun, practical creations.
"I love the New Zealand fabrics and they form the basis of most of my products. I make hand towels, 'tubes' , bunting, tea pot cosies, needle books, stitching tidies, 'sc'ats' tooth fairy boxes, bookmarks etc. I'm always trying new products - some work and some don't!"
"I did my first craft market in the UK when I was pregnant with my son who turns 30 this year. I am married to Tony and we have 2 children and 4 grandchildren whom we love spending time with. We also enjoy travelling and I like to walk most days - this is my ME time!"
jinglebugs and Make it
Jann, with jinglebugs and Make it, is the next stall.
Jinglebugs are felted wool goodies for children and home: needle-felted New Zealand bird ornaments; nests; hedgehog and ladybird pincushions; brooches; felt envelope and stamp play sets; felt and button hairclips.
Make it! are craft kits for cool kids: rolled candles; felted pictures and geodes; stamps; bunting.
Michelle is next, with Cotton & Clay.
"I have an online business selling handcrafted homewares, decor and lifestyle products sourced from small artisans in New Zealand and South Africa."
Find me online here:
Next to Michelle is... Michelle! from L:uminous Distinctive Indulgent Soy Candles.
"I make hand-poured, distinctive Indulgent Soy candles and melts."
You can find my Facebook page here:
The last stall on this side of the centre block belongs to Kylie with Scarlett and Grace.
"I started Scarlett&Grace just over a year ago in order to be a stay at home mum to my two girls and to also make my super skinny eldest daughter clothes that actually fit her properly. I love creating fun and funky clothes that stand out from all the other clothing in stores."
I make funky harem pants, t-shirts, sweatshirts, dresses and underwear for kids. I'm also starting to make jogger pants for women, too.
Check out my Facebook page!
The first stall on the way back around the central block is Solly + Moss. Emma gained her degree in Textiles back in the Cretaceous period and her children Solly and Moss don't mind giving her time to sew as long as it's dino-related.
Hand stitched dinosaur tees/sweatshirts (baby - 6 years mainly, but orders taken for the grown ups.)
Number tees, also in te reo.
NZ map tees.
100% cotton baby bibs.
She has spent the last two years perfecting the art of hand stitching and patience, and loves seeing her work adorning little bodies out and about in Wellington.
Next to Emma is Vicky with Little Duck Gifts.
"At the moment, my passion is knitting! Somehow I have acquired quite a stash of gorgeous fibres, including super snugly merino wool and even a merino/possum blend. With a little patience something special emerges! I make beautiful bootees and hats for beautiful babies, plus a few other funky fashionables!"
You can find out more about me here:
Next is Kylee from The Clean Collective, with her delicious gluten- & dairy-free food.
"I lead a gluten & diary free lifestyle due to intolerances, and I know first-hand how hard it is to find suitable snacks & treats - so I decided to start making my own. About 18 months ago I decided to share my products and knowledge of gf/df foods by starting The Clean Collective."
"I make a variety of gluten & diary free treats including bliss balls, flavoured popcorn, flavoured almonds and baked items such as chocolate brownie, banana & coconut mini loaves and granola.
I can assure you that although they are gluten & dairy free, all products are very tasty!"
Visit The Clean Collective on Facebook for more delicious ideas:
Next to Kylee is Lora and Take A Moment Designs. Lora designs and makes graphic prints, greeting cards, notebooks, candles and keyrings.
"I am a graphic designer who is currently at home with her little man. I had always wanted to create a small business where I designed and made great gifts and stationery, and so that's what I did."
You can find out more about what I make here:
We finish our second circuit with Jill and Made Up Shop. Made in a small home studio in Wellington, the Made Up wool wrap jackets can be bought off the rack or made to your specific requirements.
"Every woman should have a beautiful piece of clothing that makes them feel good. I'm constantly told how many compliments people get for their jackets, usually when a customer comes back for a jacket in another colour."
"In an effort to help battle the disposable fashion culture, I also make toys and ottomans from recycled jeans. The ottomans are filled with fabric scraps from my own work and other local creators."
Wool wrap jackets
Upcycled demin toys and ottomans
Vintage style head bands
and more :)
Find out about me here:
The Outpawed Raffle
One very lucky lady won the raffle, filled with amazing prizes donated by many of our stallholders, and other wonderful people in the community, including:
Thank you for visiting!
Feel like taking a second wander around? Click on an image to visit that part of the hall.