Woodbotherer is a collaboration between Sam and Fil, showcasing and selling the crafty goodness they like to make. Parents to two kiddos, they were inspired to make durable, unique toys for them from natural materials. They are now happy to be able to make them available to you through their Felt shop.
Fil loves to work with wood (hence woodbotherer) and was inspired by his grandfather growing up spending time together in his workshop.
Sam originally trained as a potter but fell in love with doll making after she made one for her daughter and they both loved it so much. 'I love seeing the personality of each doll develop as they are made. They are all unique.'
For more on us, and weekly updates on what we are making visit our blog at
Sam and Fil would like to offer one of their very cool handcrafted wooden shield and sword sets to one lucky Heart Felt reader.
A small sword and shield set just right for a little knight!
Hand made in pine, the shield is made from plywood with a solid wooden handle. The sword is light a sturdy made from solid pine. The wood is left unfinished so that it can be painted and personalized if you wish.
This sword and shield is quite small and designed for 3 - 6 years old.
Dimensions are Shield L: 17.5 cms W: 6cms H: 2cms
Sword L: 27cms
To enter: visit the Woodbotherer's Felt shop here ~ come back to Heart Felt and leave a comment telling me what's your favourite Woodbotherer item is.
(giveaway only open to New Zealand residents)
I will randomly draw a winner in a week's time.
But wait there's more.... if you just can't wait and you want to purchase something from the Woodbotherer's shop now, enter the code HEARTFELT at the checkout you will get a 10% discount on a single purchase (Offer expires on the 7th May)
Oscar loves his Woodbotherer sword and shield, really sturdy and safe to play with.
He's had lots of fun and loads of exciting adventures.
It's been a year since offering my photographing services to friends and family. By no means do I call myself a professional ~ because I'm simply not. I just love my camera and enjoy capturing children in their natural environment and also experimenting with various looks and styles.
With winter looming and the baby due soon, I'm just starting to wind up and trying to squeeze in the last few bookings.
It's been challenging photographing other people's children, but I've learnt a lot..... and capturing those 'perfect moments' has made all worth while. Just wanted to say 'thank-you' to all my friends and I appreciate your encouragement and support.
I will look forward in starting up again in the spring.
Sadie has the best class at school with an inspiring relief teacher who teaches the class every Tuesday. This term she's been teaching the children about measurement with a pirate theme.
To celebrate the end of term they had a pirate day where the children were allowed to dress up as pirates. They were asked to bring a plate of food to share for lunch and Sadie wanted to take gingerbread pirates!
Sadie received some cookie cutters in her Christmas stocking and was keen to use them.
She iced them with a pirate and mermaid theme.
and took them to school in her pirate treasure chest!
We feel very lucky that we are able to revisit the farm where we first lived when we shifted to Greytown. We have such fond memories of our summer there, it's the house where we bought Oscar home as a newborn, we were spoilt with the most fabulous views and Charlie and Sadie enjoyed exploring the farm land as pre-schoolers.
In the weekend we revisited the farm with Oscar.....I felt a bit sad that he doesn't remember living here, especially when it just feels like yesterday to me.
But it's nice to be able to show him the photographs of when he was a baby here.
While we were there we foraged for the first mushrooms, they were small, but it's still exciting to find them.
and then we collected some sweet chestnuts from the ground.
There were still plenty on the tree yet to fall.
The best way to extract them from their prickly casings is to stomp on them with your boots and then carefully collect them.
We have yet to roast them, but Daddy has big plans for them.