Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas everyone.  Have a safe and happy holiday with your loved ones, and all the best for 2013!
Image courtesy of zirconicusso / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Monday, December 3, 2012

Thanks!

Over the last couple of months items from our Etsy shop have been included in some really lovely Treasuries.  So, as a way of saying Thanks to those artists that have included my creations, I've put together a Treasury featuring some of their gorgeous creations.   Enjoy, and don't forget to stop by their shops to see more really lovely gift ideas :)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Shipping in time for Christmas

Yes ... Christmas is not far off now. And for those of you still thinking of gifts you need to purchase, don't leave it too late as shipping dates are closing soon!

Image courtesy of Digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Below is the last day you can order from us to ensure your purchases reach their destinations in time:

Delivery within New Zealand    Wednesday December 19
Delivery to Australia                    Friday November 7
Delivery everywhere else           Friday November 30

And now is a great time to buy from us, as we have a 15% sale on in our Etsy store.  Sale ends November 26, which is perfect timing for delivery before Christmas.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Gift Certificates

Are you looking for a unique gift but are not sure what to get?
Need a last minute gift?
Maxies Knitwear gift certificates are the way to go!



Head on over to the Shop Section on our website, and follow the prompts after clicking on the Gift Certificate button. The certificate is electronic, and will be issued to you or the recipient courtesy of Paypal.  If you decide you'd like a Card (like the one above) to be posted either to the recipient or to yourself, email me with all the relevant details. Just remember to allow up to 10 working days for it to arrive. It's that simple! 

And the great thing about the gift certificates purchased on our website?  They are redeemable only on our website, making them convenient for you and for the recipient.

And of course ... they make fabulous gifts for Christmas!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Discovered: My Sisters Hope Chest

If I wasn't so busy knitting, the crafts I'd love most to get into are making cards or scrapbooking.  So naturally, these are the items that attract my attention when I'm browsing Etsy, Pinterest and blogs.  While looking around recently I came across My Sisters Hope Chest, and instantly feel in love with the items there, and the shop's creator (Liz) has kindly agreed to tell us a little about herself.  


Please tell us a little about yourself:  

I am from Michigan originally, but have lived in the Chicago area for the last 8 years. Five years ago I married the love of my life, Andy; we have a crazy dog named Jackson, and a house that is a continuous project. I work full-time in the field of publishing, and I love it! When I'm not working or trying to keep up with life, I am working on projects and scrapbooks. You can read more about my projects over at my blog http://herestohandyandy.blogspot.com/.



What/who inspires you in your creative process? 

I love spending time with family and friends, I also love pictures of those times with family and friends. That's what inspires my projects. I like to create scrapbooks that will showcase all the pictures of those special times.


What is your favourite thing to make / sell? 

I love making scrapbooks!


What’s your favourite item currently in your shop?  

My two favorite items are the Autumn Leaves Scrapbook:



and my Upcycled Travel Journal:




What are your hobbies outside of crafting?  

I love spending time with my husband and family and friends. I also love to read, and I enjoy running and being outside - especially in the fall!


If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go & why?  

I would love to go to Ireland. My mom's family is Irish and I hear is absolutely beautiful there!


Don't forget to visit Liz's blog - Here's to Handy Andy Blog, to find out about all the fabulous projects Liz is working on.  And that's so much Liz, your items are gorgeous!  

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Knitting for Christmas

My blog has been a little neglected lately, due to a number of projects I've been busy working on.  One project was to start preparing for a couple of Christmas markets coming up at the end of next month.

Since it's spring here in NZ I've decided to steer away from scarves and hats, and knit a few novelty items that aren't seasonal, but would make great gifts ... not just for Christmas but for all year around.

Hair Clips

What little girl doesn't love something pretty in her hair?  The Bow clips are complete, but the flower clips  each need a little rhinestone inserted in the middle.  The plan is to knit as many bright colours as I can find in my stash of yarn!
 

Tea Pot Cozies

These cozies have been knitted for a 6 cup teapot, and smaller ones (for a 2 cup pot) will be available as well.  Making these has been really enjoyable. My favourite is the 'face' as it wasn't planned, and just kind of looked that way when I first placed it on the pot.  Cute eh?!


Coffee Cozies

Coffee Cozie Gift Sets
I'm also knitting some extra Coffee Cozies Gift Sets, - these make fantastic gifts for those who love their takeout coffee. You can fill the little bag with yummy goodies, and when the goodies have all gone the bag can be used to carry small personal items in.   There is a selection of coffee cozies and gift sets (like the one pictured above) already available on our Website and in our Etsy shop.

Okay, so what do you think?  I'd really love some feedback.  Also, feel free to leave a comment and let us know what new items you are planning to offer to Christmas Shoppers.

Have a fabulous week!

Monday, September 10, 2012

New Cards

I've been shopping again for new cards.


These little cuties (shown in the above cards) are commonly known in NZ as a Pukeko (or the NZ Swamp Hen).

The cards were made for me by Carol at Chocolatandco.  Carol takes stunning photos of nature and animals as she walks around her local beach and reserve, and then turns her photos into beautiful artwork, cards, bookmarks, journals and Magnetic shop lists.

Head on over to the Chocolatandco Facebook Page and have a browse - I'll sure you'll love Carol's creations as much as I do!  

Also Carol blogs about her walks and antics the of her animals and their friends, so you can read all about that on the Chocolatandco blog.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Introducing: Hope for Binati

I'd like to introduce you to a lovely shop on Etsy called Hope For Binati.

Katie is a student who has setup the Hope for Binati shop to help provide funds for food, education and clothing for Binati, a beautiful orphaned girl in India.  100% of the shop's profits go towards sponsoring Binati, who Katie and her family met in India last year. You can see a photo of Binati on the shops banner.

Below are some samples of Katies gorgeous work:

Birthday Card

Hand drawn Greeting Card

Handmade Necklace
So why not head on over to visit Katie's shop ... say hi and checkout the other cards and jewellery on offer.  Don't forget that all profits are donated to help someone else - that's my favourite kind of shop!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Nostalgic Moments

Over recent years I've organised a charity knitting group, which has meant lots of wool, needles, patterns and unfinished projects donated for the ladies to knit.  

Since finishing my full-time job a couple of months ago, I've had a chance to sort through the excess bits and pieces we've received and I've found some pretty cool stuff ... things that I'd really love to share with you over the coming weeks.  


I found this Beret pattern in an old pattern book - unfortunately there wasn't a date in the book but my guess is it's from the 1960's.  Isn't that just the cutest face? I'm not so sure if I like the beret, but I love those cheeks!   

The pattern called for 'fingering yarn' which I'd not heard of before.  Apparently it's referring to yarn of a certain weight, and is often called sock yarn.  The needle size means this beret would be soft and delicate ...just suitable for this cute little one!


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Versatile Headbands

As you know I love to knit headbands, but have you seen our Cord Headbands?
 

These Cord Headbands are the perfect versatile gift for a teen girl.  Since they tie together at the end, they can also be tied around the wrist and worn as a bracelet or (as a friend's daughter showed me recently) ...


around the ankle as an Anklet!   You can checkout the cute colours available by heading on over and visiting our website.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Handy Hubby!

I must admit it's been very enjoyable attending local Craft Markets over the past few months.  It's been great getting to know new people, and to see all the creative goodness that is on display in our lovely city.

One thing that really impressed me at the markets was other crafter's amazing display stands.  Mine was looking a bit sad (just everything laid out on the table), so I enlisted the help of my lovely handy hubby to find a way to display our products better.  And this is what he came up with:

Display easel for Scarves

Loaded with Scarves

New Display for ... 
Fingerless Mittens!

And lastly ....
Headbands display
He's done a great job eh?  So now my table doesn't look as boring as it did before, and I've noticed a lot more people stopping to look at the scarves or to finger the headbands.

And if you live locally and have some free time this Saturday (21st), how about stopping by and saying hi!  We will be at the St Heliers Market, Tamaki Ex-Services Assoc Hall, Cnr Turua & Polygon Rd from 10am - 3pm.  I'd love to see you there!


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Photo Shoot

A few weeks ago I took a chance at doing a photo shoot with my friends 2 1/2 year old daughter, Zahra.  She's adorably cute (as you can see) and such a fun gal.  I knew she'd make a fantastic model, so armed with camera and an assortment of headbands and hats, I arrived early in the morning at the home of Zahra and her family.  


We were incredibly organised (me and Zahra's mum) but as anyone with a 2 year old will tell you, things don't always turn out as planned.  The model had other ideas that morning so we never made it past 2 headbands.  But that's okay as I found it a little difficult focussing the camera on the headbands with such a cute model.  Below are a couple of pics ..... isn't see adorable?





Thanks Zahra (and Gillian) for being such good sports!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Discovered: JS Designs

One of the fun parts about attending craft markets is meeting other incredibly creative people.  At a market recently I had the privilege of meeting Julia from JS Designs, who creates the most gorgeous cards and jewellery. 




  • Please tell us a little about yourself:

I was born in the UK in a town called Newbury which is west of London.  I moved to New Zealand in September 2004 after traveling  around the world - it was a great adventure for me as an individual and for my creative mind.

I live in Auckland with my wonderful husband Scott and Indy our awesome chocolate labrador.  He is our baby!   I work part time as a Senior Business Analyst/Project Manager.

  • What / who inspires you in your creative process?

 I get my inspiration from life, moments, my family and friends.  My new drawing collection greeting cards are inspired by memories from my childhood and my grandparents.  

  • What is your favourite item to make/sell?

Well this is hard, I love making my greeting card collections, this is my passion at the moment.  However designing and creating silver jewellery is a completely different passion and the satisfaction and accomplishment never ceases to amaze me.




  • What's your favourite item currently in your shop?

 My drawing collection greeting cards.  These are a new concept for me as my scrap booking collection are all hand done.  The drawing collection gives more flexibility to branch out into invitations, however still using my designs.




  • What are your  hobbies outside of crafting?

I enjoy walking, Indy and I walk everyday - it is a great way to start the day.  Cooking is another passion of mine too.  I started writing a couple of books; one about a period in my life and the one about my great grandparents elopement to England. I hope to finish both of these one day.  

  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I have been extremely luck to have travelled to lots of places in Europe and Africa.  I would love to go to South America and Canada.  The draw for South America Peru and Machu Picchu it is mystical and would be an adventure.  Canada, I would love to take Scott there in the winter as he is an awesome skier, he has skied since he was 3 years old. I would watch and keep warm drinking hot chocolate all day!


Thanks so much for sharing with us Julia.  You can find the rest of Julia's creations on her website here, and don't forget to visit her Facebook Page and say hi!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Fingerless Mittens

It's been a little cold here in Auckland recently which suits me as it means I get to wear my lovely fingerless mittens.



These mittens are so cute that I've gone a bit crazy and knitted a whole lot more.  




You'll find these latest colours in our Etsy and Facebook shops.



And ... I'm really excited about this ... they are also all available on our brand new Website!!   Please head on over and checkout the new site and feel free to let me know what you think.




Monday, June 11, 2012

Discovered: Patchwork Family Art


Recently I discovered a wonderful shop on Etsy called Patchwork Family Art.  The shop's owner has a heart for families, which is reflected beautifully in her artwork.  Below Ruth-Mary shares a little about herself and her work:

Mother & Baby

• Please tell us a little about yourself 
My name is Ruth-Mary and I'm wife to a wonderful husband and 3 beautiful daughters. I am a mum through overseas adoption, natural  birth and foster care. I count my blessings every day!

I live in Sydney' northern beaches Australia. Apart from my creative business, currently I work one day a week in the preschool attached to my daughters school.

• What/who inspires you in your creative process?
I am inspired by motherhood and my love of vintage. I like to combine these into the things that I create. I use my vintage sheet stash as inspiration for beautiful flowers.

• What is your favourite thing to make / sell?
Painting, painting , painting- love it and feel a sense of loss if I know it will be a few days till I will have time to do it. I have lots more ideas than I have time to create so if hubbie and I get a night to relax in front of the tv, I sit there with my journals and scribble away.

• What’s your favourite item currently in your shop?
Wow I'm battling a bit with this one, but I guess I would probably pick " Bunny Prayers" as a sentimental favourite.


Bedtime Prayers


• What are your hobbies outside of crafting?
To be honest with a hubbie, 3 girls ( one with special needs), a job and my creative business I don't really get that much other hobby time. If I had more time free I would love to do more thrifting through vintage stores and markets which I love to do but don't often get the chance.

• If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go & why?
We have been saving for 3 years for a trip to Taiwan to take my eldest daughter and show her her country of birth. We are hoping to go early next year . Apart from that I have a secret longing to visit France but may have to store that one up for many more years!!  


Typewriter


Head on over and visit Patchwork Family Art's shop - it can be found here  or if you'd like to follow the blog, click here.   Thanks so much for sharing your art with us Ruth-Mary, and I hope everyone has a fabulous week!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

New Designs

It's been busy here at Maxies lately ... preparing for Saturday markets and also for a home party that my friend is hosting soon. 

I've also been knitting a couple of new designs and though you'd like a sneak preview ....

Pixie Hat

Hooded Scarf  

Hooded Scarf - chunky knit
These should be available in our shops at the end of May.  Don't forget we also take custom orders, so if you'd like one of the above if in a different colour, feel free to let me know!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Mother's Day Gifts

Looking for something for mum?  Checkout these beautiful gifts.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Headbands

Lately I've been knitting a few headbands and I wanted to share them with you.  Have a look and let me know which one you like best!  

Firstly there's the winter ear warmer kind that are warm and soft for winter ...


and then there are the 'sporty' style ...


don't forget the pretty ones for spring ...



and of course, there are the cute ones for little girls ....


A few of these have gone to happy homes already, but there are some still available in our Facebook Shop (children's and adults),  while we only have the adults/teens sizes in our Etsy Shop.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Introducing: Little Studio Jewels

As you probably know by now, I am passionate about giving to those in need.  So I was really pleased when I discovered Little Studio Jewels  ....

Marie Antoinette Pink Cluster Ring


As well as creating beautiful jewellery, Meghann gives 10% from sales each month to a different charity. These are chosen based on the "personal" factor. Having had relatives who've battled cancer, a neighbor with MS, a friend who owns a 501(c) non profit horse rescue, a love for polar bears and rescuing cat's on the side of the road ... Meghann finds it hard to keep to just one charity per month! Since 2005 she has raised over $3000 for charities via sales at Little Studio Jewels.
Black Lantern Gold Earrings
And you also probably know I am rather fond of jewellery ... so what could be more fun (for me that is!) than finding a shop that donates to charity and makes beautiful jewellery.

Swarovski Pearl Birthstone Necklace
A list of what charities supported each month can be found on Meghann's profile in her Etsy shop.  So, head on over and checkout all the lovely goodies in Little Studio Jewels, and don't forget to say 'hi' while you are there.   And Meghann your compassionate heart is really inspiring - keep up the good work :)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Discovered: The Candy Tree

Have you ever found a shop online so full of variety and wonderful treasures, that you can't seem to stop visiting?  The Candy Tree is one of those shops; so full of gorgeous items that it normally takes more than one visit!  So we asked Emma of The Candy Tree a little about herself and her creations.




Please tell us a little about yourself  
My name is Emma and I am a legal secretary by day and a crafter by night.  I have been crafting since about 2005 when I made my first pair of earrings after being inspired by a handmade pair I had bought online.  Ever since then I have expanded my repertoire and also make bracelets, necklaces, fabric rings, knitted scarves, patchwork cushions and cross stitch.  I live in Livingston, which is a town just outside Edinburgh, Scotland, with my partner Craig and our hamster Binky.  I love everything related to crafts and my dream is to one day have my own boutique, possibly with a tea room on the side!         


What/who inspires you in your creative process? 
I am inspired by nature (especially trees) and colour.  I think this is why one of my favourite materials is freshwater pearls for their unique shapes and vibrant colours.  


Both of my grandmothers have also inspired my creative process and my love for crafts in general. My dad's mother used to knit for a living and I remember receiving knitted jumpers when I was young with patterns of ducks and other cuteness on the front.  My gran sadly passed away a couple of years ago and I inherited her sewing machine which is one of my most precious possessions.  I love using it, even if it's just to edge my cross stitch designs, because it makes me feel close to her. My mum's mum recently gave me her collection of buttons, knitting needles and a pair of pinking shears which I really enjoy making use of.  I think it's important to pass these tools on to future generations to allow them to carry on the creative traditions, plus these are often much nicer to use than new tools bought on the high street.

What is your favourite thing to make / sell?  
I find this question difficult to answer because I'm a multi-crafter and go through phases of concentrating on different crafts depending on my mood.  Saying that, I think my favourite thing at the moment is my ruffle scarves - they seem to be really popular and come in a variety of gorgeous colours.  The purple design is my favourite and I've made an extra one for myself which always gets a lot of compliments!
Purple Ruffle Scarf

What’s your favourite item currently in your shop?  
My favourite item is the pink fabric ring.  It is so adorable and I think the blue button finishes it off perfectly.  The great thing about these rings is that they're a bit of fun and add a splash of colour to your outfit.  The variety of different patterns and colours mean you can team one up with whatever you're wearing.
Pink Fabric Ring

What are your hobbies outside of crafting?  
I enjoy walking - there is a lot of countryside to explore where I live and I'm trying desperately to get more exercise!  I also do  a lot of reading and baking - I have such a sweet tooth and love to bake cupcakes (especially getting to lick the bowl afterwards!)

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go & why? 
There are quite a few places I would like to go - I've only been outside Europe once to New York for my 21st birthday and had such an amazing time!  I would like to do a tour of the western coast of America - starting in San Francisco and working my way down towards South America.  I'd also love to travel around India, Thailand, Vietnam and China - these parts of the world are so full of colour, flavour and diverse culture and yet so completely different from each other I think visiting these amazing countries would give me an amazing insight to different ways of life around the world. 

Where can we find you? 

Thanks so much for sharing with us Emma ... and also for making your shop such fun to visit!  

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Favourites: Jewellery - Necklaces

Last weeks favourites were earrings - this week it's my favourite necklaces.


Beauty Spot
 
Funky Glam

Little Studio Jewels

Moags and Smeet

Little Bits of Faith
Aren't they gorgeous?  Each one is unique and you can see the attention to detail in each piece.  These designers are fabulous, so head on over to their shops and checkout their other treasures ... you won't be disappointed!