Friday, 21 June 2013

Matariki Crafting Linky

My original plan was to open the Matariki Crafting Linky next Wednesday, after all of the blog hop posts have been posted, but do you know what?

It seems like you lot are an impatient bunch and I have had several emails and messages from people asking where it is.

I had a wee think about it and decided that there was no reason to wait so here goes. Please link up and show us what you've been up to and what you are working on.

It can be something that you started from scratch this year, or something that has lain in a cupboard unloved since last winter- I'm not fussy! Projects should not be limited to things that you have learnt on the blog hop, but I can promise that the girls who have slaved away writing tutorials would love to see that you have made use of all their hard work!

Projects should preferably be finished, but if it is a massive project (such as a crocheted blanket or a quilt) and you need some encouragement, feel free to show us what you've achieved so far.

Prizes will be handed out on a random basis to those who link up (so saying that your crafting is "not good enough" is no excuse!). This is about inspiring, supporting and encouraging each other - the more the merrier!

Each person can enter up to 3 projects (of which at least 2 should be finished). They should have been completed recently. Please mention Matariki Crafting in your post so that others can find us and join in the fun too.

Everyone is welcome to link up, but prizes will only be sent to NZ addresses- sorry! That said, there are a few PDF prizes, and these could be emailed anywhere in the world if necessary.

Please visit each other and comment if you like what you see- remember we're encouraging each other here!

Here's a wee recap of the prizes that are up for grabs:

Tiny Happy Book
Firstly, what better way to start the prizes off than with a great bit of Kiwi crafting inspiration?!
Melissa Wastney of Tiny Happy has generously offered a signed copy of her new book.
(For rave reviews of this book see here and here!)
3 people can win a voucher from The Make Cafe each worth $20
Whatever your creative passion you should easily find something to catch your fancy here- fabric, books and magazines, yarn, general craft and scrapbooking supplies or (if you're based in Christchurch) workshops, yummy freshly baked food and great coffee)

Nicola from Buttons for Benji has kindly donated two sets of her beautiful handmade buttons. 
The winner can choose any two sets from the ready right now section of her site.
Go have a look- she has some gorgeous stock!

If sewing is your thing, then I've got just the thing for you. Lisa from Big Little has offered three people the chance to win one of her beautiful patterns.
Her childrens clothes patterns are so beautiful and inspirational- I know that I for one would love to give some of them a try!

Finally the lovely and multi talented Nin of Larks Wing has put together a gorgeous Winter crafting package to keep you smiling as you craft through the winter! It consists of :

  • heart handwarmers (These miniature wheat bags are just the right size to pop into overcoat pockets and hold onto on chilly mornings. They are made of thick wool/polyester blend fabric which is soft to the touch and will stay warm in your pockets for hours. )  
  • An upcycled wool/applique pincushion 
  • the latest copy of homestyle.
Incase you have missed any posts on the blog hop, I encourage you to go and check them out- we've had some great creativity and lots of tutorials.
Tuesday 11th June- Lisa - Big Little
Wednesday 12th June - Louana - NZ Green Buttons
Thursday 13th June - Stella - The Golden Adventures of a Very Dark Horse
Monday 17th June - Laura - HOOTNZ
Tuesday 18th June – Rhiannon - Toast and Life
Wednesday 19th June - Dee - Dee*Construction
Thursday 20th June – Miriam – Create Hope Inspire
Friday 21st June - Leonie – Sunshine x 3
Monday 24nd June - Roz - Squiltz
Tuesday 25d June – Holly- Hollymayb
Wednesday 26thJune - Juliet- Right here!
Wednesday 10th July- Linky Party Closes
Friday 12th July- Prize winners announced

So what are you waiting for? The linky is open and I can't wait to see what you've been up to.


  1. Good timing since matariki is officially tomorrow!

  2. Juliet, even though I mentioned the Blog Hop on my blog, I don't think I've thanked you yet for hosting it, I've really enjoyed reading everyone's contributions so far.

  3. I can't seem to get the code for your button to copy properly. Help!

    1. I got it in the end - the painful way of typing out the code. For some reason when I copied and pasted the code in your box I got:
      - See more at:

    2. Not quite sure why that happened Claudia, I know that it doesn't help to say but it works for me... If anyone else has problems let me know and I'll keep looking into it.

    3. I have exactly the same problem! :-(

    4. I've remade the button using a different method so it should hopefully work now... fingers crossed

  4. Have LOVED reading all the posts but am yet to get my A into G and do a post *bad blogger*
    Such talent out there !

  5. Ohh exciting! Cant wait to see all the creations!

  6. Up to my eyeballs in bunting, can't wait to share my ideas!

  7. I tried to comment yesterday but I think it may have become lost in all the spam.
    Thanks for running this, it's been great to find a few other kiwi bloggers and sewers. I'm looking forward to seeing the links as they go up. This is my first linky! Very exciting!

    1. Great to have you join us! Glad to hear that you have found a few new blogs to follow through this- that was the whole idea :-)

  8. super cool prizes.its a great way to meet Kiwi Bloggers


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