Monday, December 14, 2009

Lucky Penny on Holiday for January

Wow the festive season is nearly upon us, and I'm busy checking things off lists and getting through those last minute jobs right about now. I hope you guys are preparing for a nice relaxing holiday...? Thats right, holidays. Just to let everyone know that the Lucky Penny Crafty Club is taking a break for January as we realised that you, me and just about everyone we know will be on holiday. Soooooo... the next Lucky Penny will be held on Tuesday 2nd February 2010- same place, same time. Have a great holiday!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Last one for the year

We had a lovely bunch of people at Mezze last night, where a blanket was being knitted, a cupcake pincushion constructed, and a few Maxes stuffed and stitched. Lots of cake consumed, and of course good conversation all round. It was such a perfect early-summer's evening, with Durham Lane all festively lit and people sitting outside, Ellie and I had to try the sangria. Highly recommended; next time I'm taking a taxi... I got some photos, but given the light, they're not fantastic. You get the idea though, hey: it's a cool place to be :)
Just in case you feel like coming along next time, it will be in February. See you then!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Lucky Penny December!

Wow its nearly the festive season again, and its time for the very last Lucky Penny of the year! Can you believe it?! 2009 has gone veeery quickly and Lucky Penny is definately one of the more positive things to come of it- craft is so much more fun when you share it. And who doesn't like a bit of chit-chat and yummy goodies!

Catch you there! 7.30pm Tuesday 1st December, Mezze Bar Durham Lane, Auckland. Yay!

PS: Ellie will bring some Extra-curricular magazines along, so you can get your own one. see you there!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Extra-curricular launch

One of our very talented Lucky Penny members, Ellie Smith, has single-handedly put together a beautiful new publication called Extra-Curricular. It's a magazine about creative people who do their projects in their spare time: after work, when the kids are in bed, that sort of thing. The launch is this Thursday night, and the magazine will be on sale there for the first time. There will be cupcakes and creative people, among other things, and YOU are invited! Thursday 19th November, 7pm, DOC 352 K' Rd, Auckland. See you there...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Lucky Penny Four

Hello! This time, for Lucky Penny, we had managed to make a sign. Fancy, no? Lucky Penny night went really well, with a host of new faces and some mean looking knitting needles! We even took over the couches and the little tables this time… crafters in the corner! Lots of chatter and crafty design-y conversation ensued over cake, hot chocolate, wine and soup (mine). A few familiar faces were there- I’m talking about you Jessica, Jamie, Jason (all ‘J’ names by the way) and some new knitty and crochet-ing ladies from out west (I’m sorry if I did not catch your names!) And of course organizers Anna and Heleen. There was a bit manic knitting and crochet going on- a scarf was rustled up in the space of an evening on some very large needles- goodness! I felt very empty-handed…! Some interesting things happened- I got word of a creative Christmas ornament swap which I am keen to join- but be quick, you need to sign up by the 6th November. I’m thinking of ideas now… but like we say, there is nothing like conversation with like-minded people to inspire you!

A big thanks to the lovely lady who makes these fantastic crochet flowers!

Next Lucky Penny: Tuesday December 1st. Don’t forget to mark your calendar!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

November Lucky Penny

It's nearly Lucky Penny time! Next Lucky Penny is on the 3rd November from 7.30pm onwards at Mezze Bar, Durham Lane, Auckland. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Auckland Craft Collective

Something very exciting is happening: a craft business and networking group is being set up by the very motivated and resourceful Jessica Whiting and Kylie Richardson. The Auckland Craft Collective will start in March next year and will be in the form of monthly meetings with all sorts of experts speaking on topics like intellectual property, book keeping, branding, marketing, etc. What a great idea and something our budding little industry really needs! Will keep you updated here closer to the time.

Lucky Penny the Third

No pictures again, so this one will have to do: Jessica's gorgeous crochet circle. Only one of the many things that happened last night. Coffee, wine, cake and tapas; some crafting; some show and tell; mostly lots of conversation. We had a full table, about 10 of us at the back of a very full Mezze bar. Next time I promise to have a big prominent sign, so you don't have to study every person in the place looking for signs of craftiness :) We had two brave new recruits doing just that (well done Jason and ... possibly Vicky; I'm terrible with names). Also Karla (the sewing half of Geekbooteek) and City (NZ Cupcake Queen) collectively AKA Kraftbomb, Bronwyn (Ran with Scissors), Sarah (Cotton Kiwi), Jessica (Bam Bam Creative), Jamie (Porcelain Rove), and of course Anna and Heleen. It was a really great night out, thanks guys!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Even more markets...

There's some more craft market goodness about. Going by their blogs, the latest two are both possibly more in the Kraftbomb/Craftwerk genre, using words like 'funky' and 'alternative' to describe themselves.

Crafternoon Tea is on Saturday, 17 Oct in Kingsland. Times are 10 to 2 and tables are very cheap: $20 for full and $10 for half.

Love Handmade Craft Market is on Saturday, 14 Nov in Takapuna, 9 to 12.

That's all I know; check out the blogs for more information.

Monday, September 28, 2009

lucky penny now on facebook!

Lucky Penny is now on Facebook! So if you are on Facebook too, please join and we can send you nice remind-y messages for the next one!

Ta for now!

ps. see you Tuesday, 6th October, Mezze Bar from 7.30pm onwards...

Monday, September 7, 2009

Vintage Textile Fair

It's time for the annual Auckland Vintage Textile Fair! It's a huge market where you can find treasures like vintage clothing (think feathers and beads), fabric, buttons, and all sorts of beautiful things under one roof. It was so popular last year, they got themselves a new venue. Here's the details:

This coming Sunday, 13 Sept , 10-5pm
$5 admission
Alexandra Park Raceway (corner of Greenlane & Manukau Rd, Epsom)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Lucky Penny Two (no cheesy pictures this time!)

Last night was our second Lucky Penny... on the first day of Spring.

In typical Anna-style I was dashing from one creative venture to the next, and somehow missed about half of those who had turned up due to my lateness. Oops! (So much for being a good organiser...)
Mezze Bar was quite busy that night and this time we had got ourselves a table in the midst of it all. Lucky Penny people are quite easy to spot... keep an eye out for yarn, crafty books, and an occasional project... So I was joined by co-organiser Heleen, Bron from Ran with Scissors, Helene who knits plus some new faces ...for coffee/wine/craft/chat/nibbles- yay! Lots of inspiration abound.

Cos that's what Lucky Penny is all about. Catch the next Lucky Penny on Tuesday 6th October, same place, same time.

Monday, August 31, 2009

This Tuesday

Hope to see a few more faces at Mezze Bar tomorrow night! Please look for us, we'll be on the couches in the back. My props will be a crochet book and hook, but I won't be doing any crochet because I don't know how... so hopefully there will be somebody who can help. I'll buy you a coffee if you can :)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

To market

It's the business end of the year, with markets popping up like mushrooms. This week I've been contacted about two new markets in Auckland, so thought I'd better let you know about them. Both are looking for sellers of high-quality handmade items. While I'm talking of markets, the mother of them all, Kraftbomb, is turning one this Sunday. To celebrate and cope with demand, they're opening a 2nd room this month. Hope to see you there!

The Ruby Square Market will be held on Saturday 31st October, 14th November, 5th December, 12th December. "The concept behind this market is to provide a range of products that are original, stylish and of a premium quality. We envisage the products offered for sale will range from items designed and made in New Zealand to quality imported items.There will be a variety of stalls ranging from homeware, clothing, accessories, textiles, and craft from designers, artists, retailers and crafters." It will be held at the Greyfriars Church Hall, 544 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden. The contact person is Debbie van Dijk.

The Royal Oak Market is hosted by CCS Disability Action, a not-for-profit organisation which supports people with disabilities. "The Royal Oak Market - building sustainable communities - will be held on 22 November 2009 at 14 Erson Avenue, Royal Oak. It will be a melting pot for the community, incorporating artisan products, fresh local produce together with craft, art, fashion and design. We are interested in providing a venue for innovative makers of contemporary craft, design, art and fashion to sell their work. The market will be held once each season and will include an inside area specifically for craft, design, art and fashion as well as stalls for fresh local produce, food and other products. We expect that there will be a wide range of customers so you will have the opportunity to sell your work to a whole new audience." Contact Linda Blair for more information.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Lucky Penny One

Last night was great fun: Handmade Nation really inspired those of us who went along, and the coffee, cake and conversation ( crafting! gasp! shock! horror!) afterwards was just as inspired. Here's a few pics:

above: Anna, Bronwyn and Helene.

above: Steph and the two Sarahs.
above: the culprits behind Lucky Penny- Anna and Heleen.
We are busy thinking of new things for the next Lucky Penny (Tuesday, 1st September) and hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Handmade Nation

It just so happens that the only Auckland screening of the very popular documentary Handmade Nation starts at 6.30 next Tuesday, just before the Lucky Penny Club's first get-together. It's at the Academy, pretty much around the corner from Mezze Bar. Perfect timing for a few post-movie coffees, don't you think?

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Welcome to the first post of the Lucky Penny Crafty Club blog. Lucky Penny was the idea of Anna and Heleen after they thought it would be nice to have a place where they could catch up with fellow crafty types. So here's the plan: we meet the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm at Mezze Bar in Durham Lane. It's got a nice lounge with comfy couches where you can do some crafting over a coffee and some cake, or sangria and tapas, whichever takes your fancy. Everybody's welcome of course. You don't need to book or anything, just come along.

This blog will be where we remind you of the next get-together, but also to advertise anything of craft-related interest in the Auckland region; so let us know if you've got anything to share.

See you at the first Lucky Penny, 4th of August!

Ps: you don't have to do any crafting there either, the get-together is primarily social :)