Hands On – Hydrangea Ranger

Another Hands On sitter with a fabulous brand name! Bella has a sunny studio in her home where she works with tumbled gemstones to create beautiful dream-catchers and necklaces. (She also has a great range of botanically-themed calendars if you are after something to organise yourself this year!).

A friend of mine has bought one of Bella’s dream-catchers to use as a mobile for her daughter and it is just lovely – what a pretty thing to look at while you (hopefully) drift off to sleep.

You can also find Bella’s throughout Auckland in Widdess stores, but just in case you want to look without leaving the comfort of your home, here is a link to her website.

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Goodbye 2016

I know that around the internet there is a lot of talk about kicking 2016 out the door, and I get it. A lot of very nasty, very sad, very hopeless-seeming things happened this year. But there are good things too and I hope that more of those come with 2017.

To those of you who have had too much sadness this year I hope 2017 is a gentle year for you. To those who have celebrated good things, here’s to many more!

So here is my farewell to this year, a picture walk of our family holiday to a family home.

Happy New Year’s Eve and welcome to the New Year (I’ll be in bed by midnight so I always say it early).

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Hands On – Tyke and Co

Tyke and Co is the brand created by Amy Partridge (great name). Amy is a young graduate of fashion design and she is putting her skills to good use creating hand-sewn leather and fabric items. These include baby wear, and a gorgeous range of dolls that are full of character (and exquisitely finished).

Amy sells her work through various markets in Auckland but she also has a Facebook page where you can see her work. Just search for Tyke & Co and leave her some words of encouragement if you like her work!

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Hands On – Happy-go-Knitty

When I turned up for the Hands On shoot with Helene of Happy-go-Knitty it was pouring with rain and I hadn’t brought any lights with me. However, Helene was very willing to stand outside (under cover!) with armfuls of yarn so that I could get the light needed to take her portrait.

Helene dyes yarn in various bases (cotton, silk, merino, and on and on – all of them soft and lovely to work with) from her kitchen. Her dyes are bright and vibrant and some of the skeins are splattered with rainbows of colour, done by hand using a paintbrush or syringe full of dye. Needless to say, I came home with a few skeins and I am still looking for the perfect pattern to match them with.

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Hands On – Eloise White, Illustrator

Eloise has a bright, sunlit studio almost on the beach at Piha. From her front room she creates beautiful illustrations and designs that are influenced by what she sees out of her windows, and the surrounding bush.

While I was there to take her portrait, Eloise was working on the beautiful bird drawing that is pictured here. The little dog, whose outrage at being left out of the sitting was too cute, managed to photo-bomb the shot of pencils and paper.

You can find Eloise White’s work on Facebook if you would like to see more of what she does- and her portrait will be on show in February and March at Studio One in Ponsonby, as part of the Hands On exhibition.

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Franklin Road

This year we took Molly to see the Christmas lights on Franklin Road.

They were beautiful (and quirky too). I hope you have a wonderful Christmas if you celebrate.

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Hands On – Heavenly Nature

One of the women that I photographed for Hands On is Tanya Ji. Her company is Heavenly Nature and she makes cosmetics and soaps, from scratch. All ingredients are organic and locally sourced where possible and her workshop is quietly, compellingly scientific.

Here are some shots of Tanya’s workspace. (I got a little obsessed with her pots of colour pigment – so pretty!)

You can find more of Tanya’s work on her website. It’s worth a look as her photos are as beautifully styled as her soaps.

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