On Sunday I had my first ever stall at the Titirangi Village Market. It was a great day: good turn out, beautiful Spring weather… I enjoyed myself!
Above is a box of matryoshka cushions and sock toys ready to be unpacked. Sock Donkey, Sock Horse and Sock Zebra are display examples for my new Sock Horse and Friends kit. I will have them available from my Etsy store shortly!
A shoe box of mini matryoshkas and matryoshka keyrings ready to be unpacked.
This Sunday I’ll have my regular stall at the Devonport Craft Market.
I love my little collection of traditional Chinese-style scissors. Each one tells it’s own story.
The cane-handled pair belonged to a friend’s mother who died suddenly. The mother had been a hoarder her whole life and I helped my friend sort through her belongings, giving many things away to charity and selling others at a garage sale. I never met my friend’s mother, but I think of her every time I use these scissors. The silver ones with the engraved bird come from Wah Lee, one of my favourite shops here in Auckland. It’s an old-school treasure trove of a shop, piled high with all sorts of curious and enticing things.
I bought both the pairs of mint handled scissors (small in the top photo, big below) when I was in Vietnam. I’d become irrationally obsessed by a similar, very well-worn old pair I’d seen belonging to a shopkeeper. I even fantasized about offering to swap her scissors for my Swiss Army knife, I’d fallen so hopelessly in love with them! Fortunately soon afterwards I found my own pair in a market in Hanoi.
I can’t make out what is engraved on the handle – even whether it is letters or some kind of symbol or logo. What do you think?
I love the handcrafted feel of each of these pairs of scissors. They have beautifully sharp and efficient blades too.
You might have gathered by now that I have a thing about taking pictures of my feet in different locations. This is a series of photos I took of tiled floors in Vietnam, mostly in the imperial city of Hue and in the old traditional Chinese houses and assembly halls of Hoi An.
This little postcard of me on the Mekong is to let you know that at last I have now set up a Lucy Patterson Facebook page for my creative work!
I’ll be posting photos on there, letting you know about giveaways and special promotions, announcing new projects that I’m doing, and where you can find my creative goodies in shops and markets. It will be a place for discussion and creative community too, so do drop by and say hi! I’d love to see you there. Lucy x