Firstly, thanks everyone for your encouragement and positive meant a lot! Nice to see you Heather & Neil and Helen and Ronga. Although we didn’t make enough money to wine and dine last night we had a blast! Preparing and setting up with Pete was team work from loading the car the night before so we could arrive at the site by 7:00 am to dismantling, packing up and heading home by 2:30 pm. On arrival we found our designated 3 metre X 3 metre plot and proceeded to assemble our pop-up gazebo with a little help from our neighbours. We were not in the main drag but there were enough people wandering up and down our way.

We are 2nd from the left.

Gazebo up!


Pete settling into his chair!


Getting ready for business!



Ladder with sets of 3 reusable bags.

Oranges, feijoas and potatoes in bags as an example!





Our first customers!


I learned something during this first sale. Instead of having the sets together I should have them separated so customers can choose the designs and colours they like. This lady enjoyed looking through them and choosing her own. I guess the choice makes the experience a bit more personal. So from that moment I separated the sets and made 3 piles of 3 different sizes.

How to Make or Not Make a Sale

There must be a knack in hooking people in for a sale, because as Pete said, “It’s like fishing, there are plenty of fish out there but you’ve still got to hook them in!” For example, how to you judge or sense how to relate to potential customers? Do you eyeball and smile, or do you say Hi, Hello, How are you?, Isn’t it a lovely day? If they stop and linger, how long do you wait before they speak or do you initiate a conversation? Do you move or change your display? Do you make your prices cheaper? It’s feels like a game.


Anyway, as the day went on I started to feel quite comfortable chatting and approaching people. Nothing to lose. Still, it was not easy to get people to part with their money! I sense most people are wandering around to look at everything first before they dive in and buy …at least that is what I do! The lady next door who was selling gemstone pendants and crystals was super busy and she wasn’t even trying. $$$ The other couple who were selling oil lamps told us that they didn’t sell anything on their first market day. And the woman next to them only sold one handbag. So there is a science to these craft markets. But surprisingly I really enjoyed it even though sales were slow. The conversations with other sellers and customers made for a fun day.

Not sure where to next but I was pleased to have tried something new and different. Guess what everyone’s getting for Christmas? Ha ha!

All’s not lost. We played golf today and I broke 100 for the first time in NZ with 93 beating Pete by one…maybe I’ll go on tour?





My sewing journey has been long but exciting from spending hours shopping in Chinatown and Chatuchuck market to sewing bags and pillows and clothes for Juni. With pillows and bags surrounding me I finally challenged myself and applied for a stall at the Little Big Market. On Tuesday I was accepted and now I only have one day left to get ready. It’s crazy to think how much you have to do to actually set up your stall before you even get to the market! I woke really early on Wednesday morning so I made use of the time and sewed 3 banners to add to the one I made earlier. Never thought I would ever be making these!

4 banners

Today we bought a table from Mitre 10 so I set up a mock stall in the dinning room with 2 ladders, 2 chests, a rug and a couple of chairs. I wonder what it will look like in the stall?

3 metres X 3 metres stall size


Pillows and Bags

Treasure chest filled with  African Wax fabric cushions

Pom pom and vintage Thai trim cushions










Fabric painted vegetable and fruit prints

small medium large

shopping for produce

set of 3


Next update….Saturday market day!!












I loved this bright orange fabric…so Summery! I found this pattern on thestichingscientist. I had the ‘summer’ trim already from another trip to Chinatown. I wanted some orange buttons so I threw the dress in my bag on my next trip to Chinatown. I couldn’t find buttons I liked so I bought white snaps! Meanwhile I had an iced coffee in a local mall to escape the heat and put my cup (with coffee dregs) in my bag. It wasn’t till I got home I saw large coffee stains on the dress…managed to remove some of it! Juni got to wear the dress a few times…but it was a little small!



Winter Overalls

I wanted to make Juni something for Winter so here are my first pair of overalls!

I found this free pattern on Shwin&Shwin. It was for a newborn size so I had to enlarge it for 9 month to1 year. Once again I used covered buttons! It is along way to make the trip to Chinatown to find the perfect buttons, so covered buttons is a good option. I had fun hammering the snaps!


Goat dressNaCyNtHntZCx-586be460469b4ebebb692df5b5a9f7e5A-line Lined Denim Dress with Embroidered Goat

I found this sheep on Every Little Day blog which led me to Made by Joel website for the design. I loved the design and wanted to use it some how. So, because it is the year of the sheep I decided to make an A-line dress for Juni. I chose denim for a more casual look. It was not as easy to embroider on as linen and also I used a thicker thread which made it a bit more difficult! I still love covered embroidered buttons. I used snaps under the button so it can be reversable. I am pleased with the result! I will post this dress to Korea tomorrow with all my other recent creations.



Linen Ruffled Jacket

My daughter-in-law Janet pinned a similar ruffled jacket on her board. There was not a pattern avaliable but I found this jacket pattern on peak-a-boo. I made a few changes to the pattern so it would have a curved front. I matched one of my Japanese fabrics for the linning. I have never made ruffles before and learned that cutting the ruffle on the bias would prevent the fabric from fraying! I did not have any suitable buttons and didn’t want to do covered buttons. After looking around pinterest I decided to make rosettes for the first time. After trial and error I managed to make two that looked similar! I think they look good with the ruffle. I used the sew-on variety of snaps. This pattern is size 12 months so it will be a little big for Juni at the moment!



Juni out and about with mum an dad wearing the linen jacket!

Linen Dandelion Dress

I enjoyed combining linen and embroidery for this dress. I couldn’t find a pattern so I bought the yellow dress at the market and copied the style with a few changes. I removed the pleats from the front and added the bottons at the top. I found the dandelion picture on the internet and used Sticky Fabri-Solvey to transfer the dandelion. I embroidered dandelion seeds on the covered buttons. This is probably 9 months size and I was thinking it could used as a winter or summer outfit! Wait and see if it fits!


African Wax Cotton Dress

I was excited to make my first outfit with the African cotton. I found a pattern on smalldreamfactory blog and I used the 9 month size. I thought the arm holes would be too small so I made them a little bigger. Luckily I had some green cotton that matched so I used it as linning to make it reversible. I wanted to incoporperate some stitching so I embroidered on the lines of the covered buttons. I’m really please with the results so now I have to wait to see if it fits Juni!


African Wax Cotton Dress

Chatuchak market is large bustling market that I always managed to get lost in but I do discover new and interesting shops! A few weeks ago I rediscovered a fabric shop and bought some West African Wax Fabric from a lovely lady called Phorn. After I showed my friends (who already have a love affair with African fabric from their days of living in Africa) they wanted to visit this shop too! It was fun choosing more pieces with my friends. I was looking for fabrics for todder dresses and they were buying for table cloths, cushions and napkins! I wonder which one I will sew first!