Saturday, 28 September 2013

We Love : Pietje's Cupboard

 Introducing.....Pietje's Cupboard 
by Katrina Wesseling.

Last weekend I spent some time with Katrina who creates an adorable collection of miniatures in jars called Pietje's Cupboard. Here's some of my photographs from the day as well as an interspersed interview for you to enjoy. You'll want to get your mitts on one of these creations by the end of it, I bet you.

How did Pietje's Cupboard originally come about?

Just before Christmas one year I decided I wanted to make snow globes. After looking for materials, I couldn't find anything suitable to put inside them so i thought of the idea of a terrarium inside a snow globe concept to begin with. The name of the company came about as Pietje, pronounced 'Peaches' was the name of my grandmother.  When i was little, my Oma ( dutch word for grandmother as my family is dutch ) would go to garage sales and find lots of crazy things & in the weekends all what me and my sisters would do is make stuff at her house; we would sew,knit,glue things and she had this amazing wood burner. So when i started making these crafts i started to think what name I'd give my business and i figured I'd name it and dedicate it after her as she massively influenced my creativity. She would just have this massive cupboard full of creative stuff- that's why it's called Pietje's Cupboard.

How does Pietje's cupboard fit into the rest of your life?

I have my fingers in many creative pies. I'm a performer and I create a lot of my own work. I'm currently creatively doing some work in Film & TV as well as keeping the rent coming in by drama teaching. My crafting fits between all of those things mostly when i have time and when I'm feeling creative. It's just another creative area of my life. At the moment my days are spent working towards a show and teaching. In the evenings I've spent a lot of time creating and making puppets and shadow puppets for improvising stories. 

If you could be one of the animals you put in the jar, which one would you be and why?

I wouldn't want to be a hedgehog because they always get run over and I like Foxes..although beautiful they tend to scream so I wouldn't want to be one of those. I think I'd like to be a deer as they're quite elegant and proud and when they're little they're all bouncy, fun and quite classic. How about....all of them, for one day each!

What themes do you pursue?

What I really enjoy about Pietje's Cupboard is everything in miniature. Anything in miniature makes me squeal.Ever since I was young I've been really interested in little worlds, especially fairies and I'd get little toys and create little words for them. So Pietje's Cupboard is about encapsulating a miniature world in a jar. I also like woodland creatures and am quite interested in developing that and exploring things like water.

What inspires your vision for Pietje's Cupboard?

Miniature themes and my love for good looking beautiful things. My Pinterest page inspires me a lot, it's a place where I can stack amazing images and things people have created to keep my inspired.The thing that keeps me going with Pietje's Cupboard is my passion for making stuff. I really enjoy sticking two things together with a piece of glue; there's something calming for me about that.I could spend a whole day doing that and being content.Also seeing peoples reactions to the things I make is really rewarding.When i first started making them I was thinking is it just me that likes them? and  of course when showing them to my friends they raved about them....but they are your friends. So, when I had them at my first art fair seeing peoples reactions and watching them crouching down to look, it was really rewarding knowing that what i think looks good in my head is also what other people appreciate.

What does being creative mean to you?

Being creative is really important and I've just really started to figure that out in the last year. This year I've let myself go free range and try out all the things I really enjoy and have been so much more fulfilled. There's so many more challenges and not so much money in what I'm doing but I'm finding what I'm doing is more rewarding as I'm finding myself at the same time. I think I'm lucky that I have the ability to be creative. So many people work 9-5 jobs and don't have the time to be creative.

Are there any other creative mediums you'd like to pursue that you haven't?

Dance. I really enjoy dancing, I'm not the most co-ordinated, but when it comes to dancing I love it. There was a theatre show on at the beginning of year where two versions - Terror Island and Terror Planet, all done in dance. I'm also really interested in set and prop design for Theatre and Film. With the show I'm doing at the moment I'm creating all my own set with cardboard etc so definitely an area I'm exploring more.

What superpower would you have and why?

I googled superpowers as I'm not a superhero nerd at all...and it came up with a list of superpowers. I came across time manipulation and thought it would be cool to pause time and go back in time.The idea to go back and revisit a cool experience from your childhood would be great, going back to nostalgic smells, experiences and things. I wouldn't necessarily go to the future, I'm very much a person that lives in the present.

If you could go back in time, what piece of advice would you give yourself?

Stop worrying about being cool.I was so worried about who my friends were and being cool and now I just don't care if I'm not cool. Be yourself. have fun, do cool stuff. Be friends with who you want to be friends with not who you think you need to be friends with.

You can purchase some of these wonderful creations from NZ online store Felt HERE.

Till next time....


Saturday, 21 September 2013

In The Neighbourhood : LOCALS // Can for a Coffee


The word on the street right now in the neighbourhood is LOCALS.
The world first 'coffee for a can' initiative is spearheaded by Brad Robinson, Oliver Johnston and Joshua Wong, supported by Caffe L'affare. One simply turns up to the location on 13 Rose Road,Ponsonby and exchanges a can of food for a delicious coffee with all the cans donated to the Auckland City Mission. We're wondering why no-one else had thought of this earlier!

My husband and I had a great morning with the crew and were struck by everyone's huge enthusiasm for the project; not to mention super friendly and genuinely interested in the community gathering around the initiative. LOCALS was launched as a 1 month initiative and with the great success so far  fingers crossed we see more of LOCALS and may more pop up across New Zealand. Speaking with Brad Robinson, he exclaimed that there was interest as far afield as Wellington and across New Zealand.He went on further to talk about the potential of establishing the initiative in the USA as a result of the US government slashing the food stamps budget, meaning more people in need. Brad understands that the Auckland City Mission needs approximately 170,000 cans a year to feed those in need, but he feels this number might be possibly closer to 400,000.

Why not kick off your weekend right, grab a can of food that you know has been sitting there since who knows when, and help the needy whilst sipping on a delicious brew from Caffe L'affare.

Till next time...

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

ADVENTURE: Matakana Markets

Leather Jacket // ALL SAINTS  Stripe Tee // NEUW   Scarf // Deena & Ozzy Jeans // ALL SAINTS

Saturday started off slightly hazy with some light rain, but turned out to be a pretty nice day, regardless. I caught a really nice photo in my husbands parents garden, right when the sun started peeping out.Proceeding this,my husband and some of my family took the hour long trip up from Auckland to a cute wee township called Matakana to attend the Matakana Markets. A blossoming town yielding to the demands of the Aucklander's who just can't really wake up in the morning at their holiday home without a warm cuppa of COFFEE SUPREME.
I mean, who can really blame them?

That aside, our aim was to enjoy some time at the festive Matakana Markets. I found some beautiful Waratah flowers, ate a delicious homemade pie and enjoyed some time out of Auckland with my husband and family.
My camera conveniently decided to die half way through the visit, but these are some pearlers of the area. This town has a lot of character,especially its buildings. 

 I thought I'd include a picture of my personal style, one of my favourite outfits. I swear I usually look a lot more smiley, I guess you could say i'm prone to sun glare in the eyes!You should also take a moment to awe in wonder of my husbands amazing beard. It is glorious! On another note, I have used some beautiful photoshop curves on all my original photos in this post, that I recently got my mitts on from the wonderful I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU Blog. Love em.

Till next time..
Sarah xx 

Thursday, 12 September 2013

We Love : ALL SAINTS // New York Spring Fashion Week 2013

All Saints are one of my most absolute favourite brands, hands down.Their garments hold an air of simplicity,energy, character and quality. I first discovered this gem whilst in SoHo New York with my husband earlier this year. We noticed the store with hundreds of sewing machines lining the entrance and were enamoured with the attention to detail of the instore design of exposed brick, weathered wood and meta;an aesthetic that carried all the way through to All Saints Film Production division that I then went on to discover online, with a recent feature of Kings Of Leon. There is nothing like discovering a store that feels like the clothing was made for you! Although the items come with a price tag,its all worth its weight in gold.

Working in digital media myself, I'm always on the look out of discovering companies worldwide who are integrating digital into interesting and imaginative forms. All Saints successfuly integrate fashion and digital, communicating their brand as more then just clothing. All Saints is a culture, with its film production division utilising, "music,style and street documentaries to cutting-edge moving installations." They see their brand interacting and reflecting cultural shifts within the fashion and alternative music industries and pull it off with flair.

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Here are some of my favourite pieces from the New York Spring Fashion Week Runway:

With my personal style, I love to mix my dreamy All Saints leather biker with flowy garments to keep my outfits simple but with some character and grit.

Another thing I love about this brand is their effort to fight human trafficking and end modern slavery, launching a partnership with the International Anti-human Trafficking Group Not For Sale in late 2011. It is becoming increasingly important for brands to think outside their own world and look to better the community around them, and All Saints does well. 

I hope you enjoyed drooling over these treats from NYFW as much as I did!
Till next time..
Sarah xx

Friday, 6 September 2013


Introducing...EMILY HAINES.

Canadian raised Emily Haines is the front woman, keyboardist and vocalist and co-songwriter of indie rock band Metric. 

It's not often I see someone in the public eye who's personal style I really admire and is similar to my taste, so after seeing Metric live whilst I lived in Nashville in 2010, I couldn't help but be impressed by not just her musical abilities but also her personal style on stage. Emily's style is a really classy mash up of rock n roll with a bit of everything else creeping in whilst keeping it simple with lots of blacks and whites. Somewhat effortless but also not forced like she's just walked out the closet wearing her grandmothers floral curtains. 

I discovered a really great article about Emily, her experiences with Metric and some personal details about her wardrobe including a mouth drooling leather jacket below and a fantastic multi-coloured sequinned jacket. You can check out the entire article on Refinery 29 HERE.

I have also created a mood board on Pinterest for my favourite Leather and Black garments, looks including a few of Emily Haines HERE

Since I've been listening to Metric a lot lately, I've been inspired again to write more music myself and take on some new personal style ideas from Emily. 

Till next time....

Sarah xx