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".
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.