About Me

I love to create, whether it be sewing a patchwork quilt, documenting memories in a scrapbook, working in my art journal, or painting a mixed-media canvas. I love to use vintage ephemera in my art – lace, fabric, ribbons and buttons, old book pages and sheet music, doilies inherited from my grandmother, broken jewelry, trinkets, and vintage greeting cards.

I also love to write and have self-published several novels. My books often include craft themes, such as the Wattle Lane novels, which are centered around a scrapbooking shop in the small New Zealand town of Kerrigan.

My other passion is gardening and growing organic vegetables, as well as herbs and flowers to use in my art and in homemade body care products.

I live with my husband, Nick, and our beloved dog, Finn, in the Art Deco city of Napier, New Zealand, surrounded by sunshine, beaches, orchards and vineyards.

Thank you for joining me on my creative journey.


35 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Kristah,
    I have been looking for plain brown tabbed A5 notebooks for ages! Where did you find them?
    Would love some. Thanks!


      • Thanks so much Kristah! I don’t believe we have Whitcoulls here, but will check out their online site.

        Have a lovely day, won’t you? And keep up your great work!

        Best Regards,



  2. Hi Kristah

    Can you please let me know what breed Finn is? I found your blog by accident and spotted Finn. He is very similar to our rescued pooch, and we’ve little idea what breed he’s crossed with. Obviously Jack Russell cross but that’s about it. It’s nice to see pictures of Finn as a puppy, which gives us an idea to how sweet our little boy would have been a few years ago as a puppy, which unfortunately we weren’t lucky enough to have experienced as he was about 4 or 5 when he was abandoned and we took him in.

    Thanks Paul


    • Hi Paul

      Finn is a Jack Russell crossed with a Fox Terrier/Bichon Frise cross. He is 4 years old now and is a very sociable little dog with a lovely nature. He loves to be around people and other dogs. He has quite thick fur, but he doesn’t moult very much, which is good as he goes everywhere with us in the car! Have a great day!



  3. Hello Kristah, Thank you for following my blog. I was very happy to find yours: as a Kiwi living in Australia, I’m interested in seeing what bloggers are doing in NZ. I was born in Wellington and had many happy summer holidays in and around Napier….Ocean Beach, Waimarama etc. Your blog is lovely and I look forward to reading more of it.


    • Hi Jane, I love to see other people’s gardens – the plants and the wildlife that visits. Your garden is beautiful! I grew up in Wellington, too, (Linden) and we used to come to Hawke’s Bay for our summer holidays before we moved here. I look forward to reading more of your blog, too.

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  4. Hi Kristah – I just wanted to drop by and say thank you so much for following my blog 🙂 Your blog is lovely read and I especially loved the steampunk Halloween book! 🙂 Hope it is warmer in New Zealand at the moment than it is in England!


    • Thanks Steph! It is very warm in New Zealand right now – too hot to feel like doing anything. At least all the sunshine is making the garden grow. I look forward to seeing more yummy recipes on your blog!


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  6. Hey thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post for Red Velvet Cake. I hope you are able to make it some time and let me know how it turns out. As it happens, I’m going to be making it this week and will post up some new pictures of it along with a couple of other cakes.


  7. Hi Christine,
    Thanks for letting me know such a beautiful web.
    It’s wonderful!!
    I am really enjoying reading and seeing , you are such a clever girl .
    Today, I told some people at work about you and gave your web site.
    Looking forward to finding you more at your web.

    Thanks again



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