This morning we joined a relaxed and friendly foraging class with author Johanna Knox. Her book 'A Forager's Treasury' is beside my bed and each night I have a flick through it, so it was wonderful to have a hands on lesson on foraging for food in our own surroundings.
I enjoyed seeing some wool fibres Johanna had dyed with plants.
~ Lisa and Hugo pondering if Kawakawa could be a natural teething remedy ~
~ Bonnie with pine ~
We then headed off into the fields to see what we could find.
Maybe one day he will be a photographer for the National Geographic.
He's using an original Elephant+bird wooden camera.
They take great [pretend] photographs, fits in his little hands, a button he can twist around and has a soft leather neck strap.
Oscar's camera is a like a polaroid camera. He takes his picture and instantly gives me a copy to see, which amuses me since I have a digital camera and he only sees my photographs of the screen or on the computer later on.
I asked Jo from Elephant+bird to tell us a little about their business.
Elephant+bird started from a love of illustration and trying new art forms. Myself and my partner Matt, design and screenprint all our products using eco friendly practices, here in Auckland.
My Dad builds all the wonderful wooden toys using practices and tools that were passed on to him from his Father, so it has become very much a family business and we love it!
Everything in our shop is designed to last and to celebrate the uniqueness of handmade.
Do you have a budding photographer in your family?
If you would like to win your own Elephant+bird wooden camera, just leave a comment here on Heart Felt. If you would like another entry become a 'liker' on Elephant+bird's Facebook page here, [just pop back to Heart Felt and leave another comment to tell me that you have done so.]
I will randomly draw a winner this time next week.
If you are interested in checking out their screenprinting pop over to their Felt Shop here and their website here.
Three friends and I have been organising an event which we have named "Makers at Home".
Basically it's a social evening of friends, mulled wine, shared food and shopping hosted at one of our homes. Loosely based on the concept of a Tupperware party, but instead of plastic kitchen ware we will be sharing our handmade goods for purchase.
Our first home shopping evening is tomorrow night.
We are hoping this will be the first evening of many more to come.
If you would like to come tomorrow night email me for details or visit our Facebook page.
"Like" our Facebook page here and keep in touch for future events.
Here's a little sneak peek of what to expect from "Makers at Home".