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Getting personal: Zelmar Creations


If you are looking to get a gift for that special someone that reflects how much they mean to you – make it personal. Lezel Broodryk of Zelmar Creations works her magic to ensure your gift is truly one of a kind.

 

 

“Clients are loving the fact we can customise our products. One of our most loved products are our family trees,” she says.

Normally taking five to seven days, cake toppers, money boxes, keyrings or even night lights can be crafted for customers. And everything is locally made in New Zealand.

Visit the store in Northlands Mall on Main North Road. To get in touch email info@zelmar.co.nz or phone 027 205 0460.


 

Xmas wrapped up


Wrapping gifts can be one of the funnest parts of Christmas – from choosing stylish paper, ribbons and gift tags, to thinking outside the box.

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This year, why not pass on non-recycled paper altogether and opt for more sustainable gift adornments. A favourite idea is to use fabric – or even tea towels like the Citta ones pictured – to swaddle the present.

Purchase fabric off cuts from your local fabric or second-hand store, pop it in the wash, and get creative.

If the fabric doesn’t lend itself to being tied, use yarn or pegs to hold it in place. For gift tags, explore items around home which can be repurposed: Cardboard with a lick of paint, more fabric with cardboard glued underneath, or a coffee sack from your local coffee shop.

After all, sustainability is the gift which, quite literally, keeps on giving.


 

Homegrown in the Lab: The Artisan Lab


In the four years Narielle A’Court ran her market stall at Akaroa, too often customers related their experiences of buying so-called New Zealand made from giftshops, only to find when they got home that it wasn’t.

 

Their stories inspired the glass jewellery artist to open The Artisan Lab at Little River.

“I thought there had to be an easier way to showcase genuine New Zealand works. We’ve so many talented people out there.”

True to its business ethos, The Artisan Lab is 100 percent Kiwi made, with over 30 Banks Peninsula artisans showcasing their woollen, ceramic, painting, glass jewellery, earthquake-recycled rimu ware and so much more.

How’s that for championing local while extolling the unsurpassable distinctiveness of organic Aotearoa art?


 

Loving local: Industria


It’s said that out of bad comes good, and if there’s one thing we Kiwis have embraced during these Covid-challenged times, it’s showing our support for all things local.

 

 

Giftware and homeware store Industria showcases curated artworks of paintings, ceramics, sculptures, garden art, jewellery and so much more from the cream of Aotearoa artisans.

Stunning Kiwiana imagery from 100% New Zealand; exquisite handcrafted jewellery from Julia Huyser Design and Rainey Designs; sustainable steelworks from Lisa Sarah Steel Art, and gorgeous garden birds from Metalbird, gives an indication of the fabulous NZ brands instore at Industria.

With two stores – at The Colombo and Rolleston Square – there’s every reason to plan a great day out, browsing the best of authentic, organic New Zealand giftware.


 

Art show extravaganza: Windsor Gallery


It is a stellar representation from the art world’s finest taking part in the Open Weekend and Art Show on November 7 and 8 at Windsor Gallery, 386 St Asaph Street.

 

With over 130 pieces in the show and over 30 artists represented, from Aotearoa to Dubai, this promises to be one of the most exciting events for lovers of art.

Photographer Andris Apse; sculptors Anneke Bester and Matt Williams; and artists Joel Hart, Bruce Stilwell, Belinda Nadwie, David Woodings, Svetlana Orinko, Philip Beadle and Ivan Button (paying homage to Jackson Pollack), gives an indication of the high calibre of artists being showcased.

Whatever your taste – urban or abstract, photographic or sculptural – this art show speaks to all ages and all periods of life.

For those captivated by an exhibit, be assured every artwork is for sale.

Open 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday November 7 and 8. See online and Facebook below, or
@windsorgallerynz on Instagram.


 

Start with wall art


Unless you are someone who walks around the house with their eyes closed, you are going to notice what is on the four walls of your humble abode. Whether you are a DIY diva or a pay and walk away type, Metropol has put together some tips for wowing your walls.

 

BOHO BEAUTY: A macramé wall hanging (like the one pictured) is something that from afar with its neutral colours appears simplistic but a closer inspection showcases the intricacies of the bohemian style goodness. Not to mention, they can easily be tailored to anyone’s design style.

PICASSO PRODIGY: Unless you are living in the Louvre your art doesn’t need to be by a famous artist. Our September 3 issue ran an article about getting creative with Resene paints. In short, paint your masterpiece yourself or enlist the help of the little ones to create some abstract artwork.


 

Basket case


Baskets are an easy luxe, warm and timeless décor addition to any room. Use your chosen woven as a fruit bowl or coffee table decoration or sit them on the floor to store plants, dried flowers or blankets.

Or, take inspiration from Instagram blogger Lisa Leonard and start your own basket wall.

Thrift for woven baskets to paint yourself or show your support for fair trade by purchasing similar pre-painted woven baskets from places such as Trade Aid.

Your basket wall is also something you can add to over time.


Preparing for alfresco living: The Crowded House Furniture Company


It may be winter, but it only takes a few warm nor’westers and a couple of 20°C days for us to start planning for sunny days and al fresco entertainment. So, it’s no surprise September is one of the busiest months for The Crowded House Furniture Company, purveyors of stylish and competitively priced outdoor furniture.

 

Since launching in 2011, the company has sourced and imported its own brand of New Zealand-designed furniture to Kiwi specifications (generous proportions, tough enough to handle sunshine and snow).

Dealing directly with manufacturers keep prices competitive, as does its no-showroom, viewing by appointment model.

Ranges of mix-and-match dining settings, lounge suites, and large bar and stool combos are constructed of UV resistant polyethylene rattan over solid powder coated aluminium frames, in classic black and brown, complete with cushions.

Call Jodi on 0275332298 to arrange a viewing, or shop online.


 

A local favourite: The Ivy


If you’re looking for a reason to venture over to Sumner, we have just the place for you. The Ivy continues to be a local favourite after six years in business, and just by one visit it’s easy to see why – being greeted by Karen and her faithful golden retriever makes for a pleasant experience.

 

 

She really wishes to thank everyone for the ongoing local support and is proud to say, “The Ivy has been bustling and busier than usual for this time of the year.

“Borders being closed hasn’t slowed availability of our carefully curated range of both imported and locally sourced items.”

The range includes everything from kitchen to garden, books, homewares, clothing and accessories, baby and children’s, and of course, home fragrance.

The shop itself smells divine with a combination of a beautiful range of locally produced and imported candles, diffusers and more – including the ever popular Lyttleton Lights candles.

Open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and weekends 11am to 4pm. Follow @theivysumner on Instagram and The Ivy on Facebook.


 

Live, shop, love local: Coco Gifts


‘Support local’ are the current buzzwords right now and we are betting that they’ll stick around for a while. We caught up with Liz Bloomfield from Coco Gifts who is arguably the queen of supporting local.

 

She employs locally, with both of her teammates (Andrea and Blossom) living in St Albans.

She also donates to local schools and organisations and buys stock from local people and wholesalers.

But whilst it’s commendable everything that Coco Gifts are doing, it is also important to remember to share your support with them.

Go in, have a browse, shop around and say hello – the friendly team will welcome you in with open arms (and a safe distance).

Liz also adds, “Thank you so much for all the support over the lockdown period”.

“I appreciate all the messages of encouragement, the online orders, and community love we have received over this difficult time.”