Friday, April 30, 2010

Its Friday.. Where did the week go?

I have had the busiest week ever. All work stuff but some exciting stuff too..I have a new retailer so I have been working hard on delivering a large order for them... I will spill all details over the next few days!

This weekend is the 1st Birthday of The Devonport Craft Market. I am really proud of the work that Sarah and I do to bring sellers and shoppers together in a relaxed environment. The market philosophy is that there is 'something for everyone' and I think that we have stayed true to that, and that our supportive community would agree with that.

Now I wasn't there in the beginning as a seller or as an organiser. My first market was in June last year and then August Sarah asked me to help. I was only too happy to oblige. We are a great team! Big props to Sarah for her vision and for sticking to that vision. Check out our Meet the Seller featuring Cotton Kiwi this month on the Devonport Craft Market Blog

Hope you can make it to the Market - it would be great to see you.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Monkey and Squirrel

One of the blogs I enjoy reading is a US based blog called Monkey and Squirrel. So named after the authoresses cats... well sort of - there is a third cat whose name didn't make it to the title read about that here.

This blog is filled with inspiration, of all types. Its worth a look.

The clever little authoress also has an Etsy shop with some wonderful bits and pieces. Check out some of the bits and some of the pieces below.





Sunday, April 18, 2010


It has turned BRRRRRRR.

See below some lovely warm bits and pieces from Felt.

Just what I need. Sx

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Busy weekend

Hope you have all been having a lovely weekend. I noticed the winter chill this weekend, properly. The heater came out and so did the socks!

I have had a busy weekend. Cat and I had a calligraphy lesson by the lovely Emma from Bella Calligraphy and I have been practicing my little heart out since then. Calligraphy, I have discovered, is very meditative and therapeutic. It reminds me to slow down and take my time. Patience, i think it is called.

I also held a 'photo shoot', if I could be so bold as to call it that, this morning. My Felt store is now loaded up with goodies. Things I have been meaning to load for an age. Now it is done. Check out some of the images below. I am not really a photographers big toe but I took some advice of this post from Helene at Ruby in the Dust and i think they worked out ok.

This week brings a trip to Mixt to drop off some cards, work, craft social and a morning with old friends catching up. I am looking forward to it.

Hopefully I will drop in some posting of some of the inspiring things I have been finding around the interweb.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and now that my secret is out 'Go Alonso'





Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Soooo Happy

Two Reasons.

One. You may have seen my 'introduction' post - and you probably thought it was a bit weird that I was introducing myself... well it was all in the name of Lovely Blogging.... I am now officially a Lovely Blogger! YAY. Thanks to Rachel over at Lovely Clusters who has put together a list of Lovely Bloggers. The introduction was in the name of that! Check it out. There are some great blogs to add to your list of daily reads to be found there.

Two. The lovely Erin of Erin Carver commented me yesterday to pass on a Beautiful Blogger Award. OK Now my head is getting really big. So exciting, right?
Part of the deal with the Beautiful Blogger award is for me to tell you 7 things about me - some you may know, some you may not know. So here goes:

1. If there is Singstar around - you had better be holding on tight to your microphone...... I say no more.
2. I am a mad cat lover and like Erin, can see myself having been a crazy cat lady in a former life
3. I am Auckland born and bred. There really aren't many of us... well I don't come across many. In fact my work office is about 10m from the maternity suites where I was born. Thats random.
4. My surname (before marriage) was the name of a bird. See 1. and add bird and that is how I came up with Songbird Designs.
5. This one is a little embarrassing. I am addicted to reality TV - GOOD reality TV (Survivor, AI, The Amazing Race, Project Runway, ANTM etc). Yes I know.
6. I follow Formula 1. The Husbands fault. I am now hooked.
7. I can't stop. There is always something new to do. Well I can stop, when F1 is on and any reality TV programme.....

So now you know a little more about me. Deep dark secrets. Hope I haven't scared you off.

I still haven't gotten to my 'things to blog about list'.


Monday, April 12, 2010

Its a Round up!

It's been a while - sorry folks. I was busy organising Songbird for the market - oh and there was the market organisation as well, plus a busy week at the job and a fantastic night out seeing James Taylor and Carole King. But I'm back.

A list of things:
First. A big THANK YOU to Emma from Freedom Creative. I was the very lucky winner of her "200th Felt sale" giveaway. The prize was a $40 voucher for product from Freedom Creative and a Frankie Magazine. The $40 voucher was used immediately to purchase gifts for the Mother-in-law and also for the Husband's cousin. Perfect timing! The Frankie magazine stayed within Chez Songbird as the whole family are fans and our mits were staying firmly upon it.
Check out the LOVELY Freedom Creative makings that we redeemed with our voucher below.

Second: Another Big Thank you from Sarah of Cotton Kiwi who gave us a special mention alongside her giving of a Sunshine Award. I feel very honoured. My list of 12 inspiring blogs and bloggers below.

Dandelion and Gray
Lily's Make Believe & Auckland Street Style - two blogs, one blogger = within the rules :-)
Cat Taylor
Bam Bam Creative
Emma Walsh Design
Miss Pickering - makes me laugh every day!
Simple Pleasures
A little Vintage
Daydream Lily
Wolf and Willow

When you receive this award, you need to:

1. Send a thank you to who gave it to you.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you.
4. Pass it along to 12 other people who brighten your day!
(some of these people have already received the award before, but I figure that's okay cause I think they are great!)

Three: The Devonport Craft Market was on last Sunday. It was moved to the second Sunday of the month due to Easter falling on the first. It was a REALLY nice day. There were some new crafters to meet and some old ones (not in age!) to say Hello again too. It had a nice vibe.
I purchased - a lovely tatted 'necklace' from AW Designs and some lip balm and moisturiser from Pure Extracts. Nice. There was heaps of other things I could have purchsed (and probably will do at some stage - my will power is not that great) but I restrained myself.

Four: Some Songbird Designs gift tags were part of the Blendy Yarn Sampler box, for the second time! Yay. These went on sale on Saturday. I think there may be a couple left. If they are, you can purchase them from Felt or Etsy. This time there is a mini box as well as the standard sized sampler box.

There are so many other things on my 'must blog' list. I will work through them and flick up some posts over the next few days.

In the meantime, have a lovely week.


An Introduction

It seems strange to introduce myself. But here I am, introducing myself. I am Songbird hear me sing? Or something like that.

Sarah is my name. I am a wife, mother of one, crafter and in my other life a Strategic Human Resources consultant (I can hear the HR jokes from here people!!).

I started Songbird Designs about 4 years ago, wanting an outlet that was all mine. I started creating gift tags then moved on to button accessories, Jewlery and now moved back into stationary.

I am inspired by colour, shape, floral patterns and birds. My styling is romantic and vintage at its core. I am overwhelmingly inspired by the blogging and creative world. Some of my must reads are Decor8, Oh Hello friend, Lovely Clusters, Wolf and Willow, Daydream Lily and Paper Crave. The blog that inspires me to ‘keep it real’ and provides me with my daily source of belly laughs is Miss Pickering.

You can check out Songbird Designs at

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Felt Favourites

I have had a lovely morning looking through Felt and finding some of my Favourites for Easter.

Check them out below. Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend. Easter signals the end of summer for me and the weather has obliged but turning to Custard for the end of the weekend!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Scrumptious Images

Check out some of the lovely images in Alice B Gardens Etsy Shop. I came across this after seeing a post over at Creature Comforts


Craft Love