Timber Arts take the natural beauty of New Zealand's native wood and crafts it into gifts of distinction.
For 20 years, Timber Arts has been handcrafting items from native timbers with their work being enjoyed all over the world thus earning them a reputation for high quality workmanship.
The New Zealand forest is a production of nature found in no other land, and Timber Arts work with a range of 19 native timbers, using the different colours and grains to produce a unparalleled finish and unique pieces.
Wood has always been an important part of human existence. Today, the timbers of our forests are a treasured national resource and are justifiably protected. In creating works of art from each small piece of wood used, the Timber Arts craftspeople place a true value on our forest heritage.
Cynthia Baur's love affair with aroma began as a child; her mum baking bread, Frankincense in church, freshly cut grass on a summer's day. It is, therefore, no wonder that after a successful career in the fashion business, Cynthia turned her mind (and sense of smell) to making exquisite candles and ambient home aromas for everyone to enjoy.
Living Light has recently celebrated its 18th anniversary, but Cynthia's passion for candles, aroma, design and craftsmanship continues to blossom and evolve with each new discovery she and her Golden Bay-based team makes in the world.
All of their candles are made from 100% Soy, Plant and Beeswax, and they have spent literally hundreds of hours testing for the perfect cotton wick to match the fragrance and wax combination - now that's dedication!
When you buy a Living Light candle or ambient product, be assured that it has been crafted in New Zealand with love, care and excellence.
What do kiwi birds, sheep, dinosaurs, kangaroos and elephants all have in common? They all feature in Tarata's Balancing Act wooden puzzles.
Since 1983 these challenging puzzles have been handcrafted by a team in Christchurch from farm forested timber. Tarata's fun puzzles will challenge your skills, dexterity and patience as you try to balance them. It's simply a matter of holding your tongue in the right place!
Each set comes in a lovely gift box with full instructions and a challenging configuration card showing approximately 20 of the literally 100's of possible ways of balancing each set of animals.
Balancing Act puzzles are a fun and educational game that is suitable for all ages. A great gift idea as the benefits of playing with the animals are numerous and impressive, for both creative and scientific minds.
How many animals will you be able to balance?
Green is the new black!
And if it's not, it should be. We have some exquisite handcarved Pounamu pendants to suit every style and budget. Pounamu (pronounced poe-nah-moo) refers to several types of hard, durable and highly valued nephrite jade, bowenite, or serpentinite stone found in southern New Zealand.
Every shape tells a different story, so its important to get the right one to convey the message you want to share...
ReMaterialise was born out of a desire to create a cleaner, greener, plastic free planet by providing quality NZ Made reusable alternatives to disposable plastic.
Originally the business was mainly about recycling single use plastic bags into reusable bags and other accessories. Each bag is made out of 40 recycled plastic bags and last for years! Fi's bags have been sent all over the world and are highly sought after for their unique nature and durability.
The business has slowly evolved to include other unique ways to help people say NO to disposable plastic.
Beeswax Food Covers is another of those products, designed and handmade in Auckland New Zealand by Fi Leaning in her home studio.
Fi lives with partner Korin in rural Auckland and their two children.
Madeleine Ritchie skincare traces its proud heritage to the ancient spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England.
It was 1963 when Mrs Hylda Conway (Madeleine’s mother) first started making honey based creams from natural recipes discovered by her beekeeping husband.
In 1982, Madeleine Ritchie began to make the skincare products in New Zealand under the HoneyCreme brand. The formulas were enriched with pure NZ honey, local plant botanicals and pure NZ spring water. Madeleine pioneered the development of the world’s first skincare to contain Manuka Honey in 1988. And so the honeycreme story began, made of entrepreneurship and creativity, elegance and craftsmanship.
As a follow-up to our post about our wonderful Head Elephant, Lisa Caughey, we thought it might be a good idea to actually show you how the House looks these days. And if you're tempted by what you see, you should know that it's so much better in real life....
Working from her home studio workshop, Jan Cockell uses porcelain clay to make various shaped bowls, vases and boxes incorporating the universal patterns of nature carved, pierced and imprinted into the soft clay. The pieces are then dried, bisque-fired and then glazed with a matte white glaze.
The pieces are sprayed with oxide washes, although sometimes other glazes are used to produce different finishes. Crushed glass is then used to achieve subtle colour variations which come to life when fired in a kiln.
Jan is strongly influenced by the beauty of her bush surroundings, the beaches and the sea in the area she lives. Each handcrafted piece is unique and gorgeous to look at, which is probably why they make such popular gifts!
Ecolyte Soy Candles offers a range of exquisitely fragranced candles in beautiful containers which can be refilled time and time again.
The range was developed by Isha Edwards in 2006. As a practitioner of Wholistic Therapies in Auckland, Isha's focus is on using only natural and chemical-free products around her home and her clients. When you burn an Ecolyte candle you know that you are using a natural product that's not going to harm your environment. Only the highest quality fragrances are used and there is also a range which uses pure essential oils.
Isha’s mission: to inform people of the benefits of using soy candles and to offer quality products for sale at realistic prices.
With vivid memories of being a 4-year-old busily lining up her dolls and “teaching” them, Lisa Melrose of Fun Worxx Publishing wasn’t surprised when she decided to study Montessori Early Childhood Education as a career.
After many years of teaching, Lisa felt a strong pull towards equipping our little people with a healthy set of life skills and emotional awareness. Combine this with her love of all things patterned and colourful, it was the natural step to start creating a set of delightful picture books and activity books designed to help support children between the ages of 3 and 8 years old, in developing their skills in perceiving, understanding and managing emotions.
Characters include Penny the Princess, Ronny the Robot, Betty the Bee and so many more wonderful personalities that will keep children busy (and learning) for hours!
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