A tree for Tanya

  What is Lyndall drawing attention to?  Read on!    When I first started out making whimsical trifles, Tanya Carlson very kindly let me have some offcuts from her studio to use. Such beautiful fabrics!  They were so inspiring.  As a thank you, I made her a decorated Christmas branch! What a pleasure it has been … Continue reading

Angels and Christmas fairies

I’ve said in earlier posts just how much I enjoy making Christmas decorations.  High on the enjoyment agenda  are angels and Christmas fairies, not least because I often get to use the little kewpie dolls that used to be such an important part of A&P shows.  So many women tell me how much they wanted one, … Continue reading

Oamaru in November—I’ll be there

Atelier Jeux d’esprit will be at the Oamaru Victorian Fete on Sunday, November 18!!  I will have lots of white–lingerie, linen, handkerchieves galore;  lots of accessories–gloves, shawls and scarves, bags; and even some Christmas decorative items, such as this little red velvet angel. Details of the Fete are on the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust website: … Continue reading

Dance the night away in October

The Grand Gadgeteers are holding a ball to celebrate the fabulous Steam Heritage of Dunedin on October 21, at the Savoy in Princes Street.    http://www.steamfestival.org.nz/index.php/our-activities There will be a fashion promenade as part of the evening.  The Atelier has all kinds of accessories to help you finish off your outfit, whether you just want … Continue reading

Great Dunedin Events 2: Op Shop Fabric Sale June 16

The Op Shop Fabric Sale, June 16, 11–2 pm:  I’m dreaming about it now:  The queue outside Burns Hall reaching almost to the gates onto Moray Place by the time the sale opens;  the trestle tables loaded to overflowing with all kinds of fabric, neatly bundled and ticketed, the eager buyers feverishly searching for the … Continue reading

Great Dunedin Events 1: Regent Booksale May 25–26

This Friday is the date for the latest Regent 24 hour Booksale, a truly inspired fundraising idea that has brought in thousands to keep the fabulous Regent Theatre open.  From Friday midday to Saturday midday you will spot people up and down the main streets carrying little parcels wrapped in newsprint:  these are not parcels … Continue reading

Easter here and there

Easter in Germany, not even a month after I arrived there in 1979, changed my ideas of Easter for ever.  Being invited, as a rather proper 21 year 0ld, to hunt for eggs in the flat of hosts that I really hardly knew, that was challenging.  Easter eggs in my past had simply appeared on the … Continue reading

Baskets for Easter

Whether you hunt for eggs, or like to have a magnificent display, one of these baskets is for you. Decorating or lining baskets is a very satisfying thing to do.  Baskets are of themselves such gorgeous things, often featuring wonderful natural materials and creating inner spaces and outer shapes that call to something very deep … Continue reading