Craft2.0 is all about the Free

We all know Craft2.0 is very much a shopping mecca for those who love handmade.

But Craft2.0 is not just another craft fair, it’s also an all-day crafting party. Thanks to Hutt Valley Community Arts you can unleash your inner crafter with an entire dedicated space set aside for freestyle making. Share your ideas and learn from others in a laidback and relaxed environment that’s 100% free.

Turn up at 10am and you might be one of the lucky 100 people to win a free Cafe Reka Gift bag. Inside are tasty treats from Cafe Reka and a heaps of crafty and yummy extras.

But don’t worry if you miss out on a gift bag – until 2pm you can enter the prize draw to win loads of beautiful things from the Craft2.0 Crafters, TheNewDowse, World Sweet World and Felt. Added up it comes to about $100 worth of crafty goodies.

There will also be free face painting!

So get your shopping shoes ready and come along for a stress-free day of local craft and fun activities. All stalls accept cash, or CraftCash is available on the day. Remember to check out TheNewDowse exhibitions while you’re here, and stimulate your own creative impulses. See for crafter profiles and blog updates.

Crafty Waitangi

Can’t wait till Craft2.0 in april to get your shopping groove on?

Well no worries, becuase for those of you in Wellington this is a weekend of crafty awesomness…


First up on Waitangi Day itself, why not head out to Pataka and celebrate Waitangi Day and the Festival of the Elements with a spot of crafty shopping.

The Festival of the Elements is  being held at Te Rauparaha Park & Te Rauparaha Arena. The day starts with an  opening ceremony at 11am, with a wide range of arts and entertainment programmes continuing through until 7pm.

The festival uses the arts to celebrate the cultural diversity of Porirua, made possible by the Treaty of Waitangi.  The elements of Earth and Air, Fire and Water embrace concepts of significance to all cultures, concepts around which we can all unite.  Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti rejoice together on Waitangi Day by way of the arts.

Pataka is once again hosting a wide and wonderful range of quality crafts including jewellery, babywear, clothes, beads, lamps, cushions and much much more! You’ll be guaranteed to find something funky, cool, stylish that is made with ‘crafty’ loving care. Everything at Crafting is crafted in NZ and it’s a great chance to meet the person who created whatever you buy.

On Saturday head over the hill to Martinborough where the annual fair is being held. While some of Martinborough Fair is very much focused on imported stuff that might be cheap and break in a month, you’ll also find some really lovely and original handmade creations, many from lovely Craft2.0 crafters.

So have a fun weekend of crafts.

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We will be updating with you with the news of the winner in each category tomorrow but we’d just like to say for now that according voters Callum Of Green Cabs is your Wellingtonista Wellingtonian of the year.

Go Callum and Go Green Cabs!

Thank you for being the enviromentally friendly people’s transport of Wellington.

[Update: As Brett helpfully points out in the comments, if you can’t wait for the ‘official’ results to be published, head over to Twitter where the winners were broadcast in real-time].

One more sleep till Craft2.0

Craft2.0 springs into the shopping season by returning to TheNewDowse on October 11th with a Craftastic Craftacular

(don’t ask us what that means, but pretty much beyond fabulous is a good definition)

There are over 60 crafters this time round and as always there is a mix of returning favourite crafters and brand shiny new ones.

Craft2.0 October 2008

We guarantee you’ll find presents for all the family, and more importantly some special treats for yourself. Plus you can feel good about spending money on 100% original NZ made hand crafted creations instead of imported mass produced stuff.

Everything sold at Craft2.0 is 100% New Zealand made.
Everything sold at Craft2.0 is made by the person selling it.
Most items are unique one-off or limited edition creations.

This time round there are free making activitites. In association with Hutt Valley Community Arts, kids little and small young and old can create floral bouquets from buttons, cardboard and pipe cleaners.

everything is supplied all you need is your creativity. this is a great activity for all the family, but we warn you it is addictive.

Special Treats
the most awesome gift bag ever in the history of craft2.0 , courtesy of those amazing folks at Cafe reka are being handed out at 10am.
inside you’ll find, badges, crafty things, fudge and some other treats that we are keeping secret for now, but will probably gush about on the website the night before the fair.

Because we know that everyone loves Crafts so much we also have a prize draw, where you can win over $200 of Crafty creations and other special things.

Books, books, books, books…

and more books

wellington’s biggest booksale starts tomorrow. There are over 60,000 books being stacked as we speak for the Downtown Community Ministry Bookfair tomorrow.

It’s all being held at TSB area, entry is free, But the books, jigsaw puzzles, magazines, records, CDs and DVDs are not. however the prices are just the right size for anyone wanting to stock up on reading for the summer

as a mad keen collector, my favorite stop is the children’s book area. However i will also be spending quality time in the Science Fiction (usaully all sells out by about 2pm Saturday) DVD and vinyl sections. I also plan to pick up a truck load of magazines, hopefully a years supply of the new yorker.

Doors open at 9am on Saturday (closing at 5pm) and at 10am on Sunday (closing at 4pm).

Plus the best part every bit of money you pay for all those books, jigsaw puzzles, magazines, records, CDs and DVDs goes toward helping wellington’s most in need people.

it’s shopping and helping save the world all at the same time 😀

Crafting at Pataka

Tomorrow why not pop out to the very lovely PATAKA in Porirua for the Day.

Because as well as their very lovely Japanese garden you can have a bit of a shop and a browse at all sort of Crafty goods.

Why? Well it just so happens that from 10am till 2pm Crafting is being held.

Think fun, funky, unique and you’ve got an idea of the range of crafty things for sale at CRAFTING.

There will be jewellery, crochet, dolls, stuffed toys, cushion, clothes, badges, bags Russian dolls, and all sorts great things for sale from a bunch of crafty types from around the wellington region.

You can find PATAKA on the corner of Norrie and Parumoana St, Porirua.

And heck I bet if nothing else you’ll find some great inspiration for entering our competition to win a phone from Vodafone.

knit one, purl the other

Saturday 14th of June 2008 is Worldwide Knit In Public Day. As we all know knitting is not a crime, but very much an activity people mostly do on their own.

In Wellington why not fully embrace the outdoors and head along to the Bucket Fountain in Cuba Mall where the lovely Tash will be from 2pm with her needles (or at the Southern Cross if it’s raining).

Yay for knitting in public!

And speaking of knitting in public, how much are we all loving, loving, loving the urban knitting that is appearing around town. Finally Wellington is experiencing a fashion renaissance of the woolen variety. Every day I keep hearing and seeing reports of subversive knittyness around the city, and honestly I don’t think Wellington has ever looked more beautiful.

Sadly someone disagrees as nothing seems to stay up for too long.

Which makes me wonder, if you could see subversive knitting anywhere, where would it be?

books, books, books….

Collections for Downtown Community Ministry’s annual Book Fair Fundraiser are underway. I love the book fair, because you name a book and you’ll most probably find it there. Plus you get to go shopping and know that all you money is going to a good cause – like addressing homelessness in Wellington.

Scattered around town are wheelie bins for people to donate their unwanted books. Some of the current locations are:

  • St John’s Willis St
  • Wesley Wellington (Taranaki St)
  • St Paul’s Cathedral (Molesworth St)
  • Central Baptist Church (Boulcott St)
  • Aro Valley Community Centre
  • Newtown Community Centre
  • Kilbirnie CAB


If you’ve got a pile of books, DCM come and collect from Wellington locations, so why not have a mini book collection in your office?

DCM also collect DVDs, CDs and vinyl records as well. I can confirm their vinyl bins are always treasure trove of magical discoveries.

The book fair is one of the biggest in the country. It will be held on the 6th and 7th of September in the TSB Arena on the waterfront.

ooo shiny

There is nothing this girl loves more than checking out jewelry, because hello, it’s mostly sparkly and shiny.

Celebrating that very fact is Shine, a jewelry exhibition with a bit of a twist. Instead of your standard hanging from the walls and encased in boxes exhibit, Shine is a a performance exhibition where contemporary and burlesque dancers, actors and circus performers will all be adorned by the creations of six women jewelers from around New Zealand.


In their own words:

“It will be quite unlike any jewellery exhibition you’ve seen; glowing, luminous works will be presented in context, close to the skin, moving, in conversation with its human environment in a glorious evening of burlesque dance. Streams of pearls, gleaming silver chain-links quivering on skin; feathers tickling just underneath a chin… this is a performance that glorifies beauty, and welcomes the human form in all its shapes.”

When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 29 – 31st May, 9pm

Book at the Paramount 04 384 4080

* $30 Adult
* $20 Groups 10+
* $15 Concession


PechaKucha 2

On May 28th – that’s this Wednesday night – PechaKucha returns to Wellington for it’s second Wellington outing.

All you need to do for a great night out is head out to TheNewDowse at 45 Laings Rd in Lower Hutt.

PechaKucha WellingtonPechaKucha Night is an event in which presenters give brief presentations about a topic of their choosing accompanied by 20 images, each of which is shown for 20 seconds – giving a total presentation time of 6 minutes 40 seconds.

Doors open at 7.30 pm and the whole thing kicks off at 8.20pm. The bar is running all night, so you get to hang with great people, hear about some inspirational stuff and have some fun, all at the same time.

After the jump is the list of lovely speakers they’ve lined up for Wellington.