For the last few months Jenna has been selling her art at the Petone Indoor Market and I've been helping out. This market is run by the Outpawed Rescue Trust. The money raised from the markets allows them to organise foster homes for cats and kittens who are homeless.
Having adopted four kittens myself from this type of programme (not all at once - we only have two living cats), this is very close to my heart.
The Petone Indoor Market runs on the first Saturday of every month from 10am-2pm. If you’re in our area, come on down.
If you would like to donate to the Outpawed Rescue Trust please do so via their website.
Today I thought I’d share some of the fabulous talent that you can find at the market, should you decide to visit.
Obviously, Jenna is the top of my list. She is a very talented artist. Her work has a unicorn theme.
You may remember Jenna's unicorn painting from our Master Bedroom Reveal.
Jenna has also written a children's book called Cocoa to help children 'feel the fear and do it anyway'. It's about one of our cats, Cocoa, who didn't want to come out from under the bed. It's available to read online or to purchase.
You can see more of her work, or order online at her website.
The amazing thing about Inner Light Candles is that they make their soy wax candles and melts and donate profits to mental health organizations in New Zealand. Their candles smell divine.
If you can’t make the market, you can contact them via their Facebook page so if you would like to purchase some candles or melts, please think about Inner Light Candles first. It’s such a good cause, especially in these trying times.
If you decide to purchase one of these candles - they would make an amazing Christmas gift - then you are supporting New Zealand Mental Health as well.
Dunny’s wonderful whimsical art is a breath of fresh air. His art is very topical and has a distinct New Zealand flavour. He’s also a very great guy who is inspirational and generous. If you would like to see more of Dunny’s art check out his Instagram page.
Jo Robertson from Boutique Gifts is another incredibly talented artist. Her medium is fabric. She makes quilts, bags, sock toys and baby blankies along with many other bits and bobs. Her work is excellent. You can see here a range of her Christmas gifts which I’m sure she will be selling on Saturday.
You can check out more of what Jo makes on her Facebook page.
The description on Atelier Arcadia’s Facebook page is ‘Surprising the world with abstract art and jewelry. Feeling fancy’, and it’s so true.
They sell the most amazing pendants made from tiny works of art and encased in resin. They are just incredible.
If you can’t make it to the market, you can always shop online at their Etsy shop. Wouldn’t this make an amazing Christmas gift for someone.
While we’re on the subject of jewellery, Sophie at Pinehaven Creations makes the most beautiful silver jewellery – rings, earrings, necklaces.
Something from this range would also make a wonderful Christmas gift for that special someone in your life.
Helen is a full time artist based in Lower Hutt. She paints a series of New Zealand themed artwork with bright, vibrant colours.
I absolutely love this painting of our New Zealand native Tui bird. If you would like to see more of Helen’s work please take a look at her Facebook page.
Don’t you just love this knitted tea cosy? I just might have to put this on my Christmas list!
Retro Tonic prides themselves on selling locally made and locally sourced fabrics using retro and vintage fabric where possible inspired by crafts our mothers would recognise.
They have so much more to offer so check it out.
Oh my! I have personal experience of these products and they are delightful!
More Bang sell a range of handcrafted bath bombs, soaps and body products that just smell delicious.
These are the perfect gift for Mum.
I must admit, this is the one stall I avoid when I’m at the market. The delicious delights beckon me from the other side of the room are so hard to resist.
Ross and Trish from The Confectioner’s Kitchen make all these beautiful chocolates by hand. They are passionate about combining their love of Belgium chocolate with other ingredients to produce amazing chocolate products.
There are lots of other stalls at the Petone Indoor Market including several ladies who do hand knitting.
It’s well worth a visit if you’re in the Wellington area on the first Saturday of every month. It’s such a good cause as well as helping local artisans sell their products and gain exposure.
Please support the Outpawed Rescue Trust by coming to the market or giving a donation.
If you would like to volunteer to become an Outpawed Rescue Trust foster parent, please contact them via their website.
If you don't live in New Zealand, it's not too late to be ordering for overseas shipping. I always try to support local artists so please join me.
November 5, 2020