Susan Simmons 448418 https://www.greenleas.nz en-nz Susan Simmons 30 DECEMBER 2019 https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/850950 I hope everyone has had a very Happy Christmas. I am very sorry that I have not been in my corner in the Creamery at the Old Dairy Factory these past 2 weeks and I won't be there tomorrow either. I broke my wrist and now am sporting a bright blue fibre-glass cast. HOWEVER I intend to start back on 4 JANUARY, so I hope to see you then. As well as my lovely kiwiana items I also have colourful children's cot/play quilts and unique, one-of-a-kind wall hanging art quilts. In addition to these I have a small gallery of paintings. So HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my customers and visitors, I hope to see you soon. Susan 052, 27 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/850950 SEPTEMBER 2019 https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/845334 It is less than 2 weeks now before I begin my new Summer Season at the Matakana Market on 5 October. I hope you will visit me there in the Old Dairy Factory building. I have some new fabric ranges which will be available as well as the favourite table mats featuring 4 different NZ birds. There will be a range of Children's Quilts which are really colourful and happy. As usual I will have a range of contemporary Art Quilt wall hangings, all original designs for that unique piece of art for your home. I look forward to seeing you and of course you can always get in touch with me from the CONTACT US page. All the best Susan 039, 24 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/845334 JUNE 2019 https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/831756 Well Winter is now upon us and I have retreated to hibernate in my workroom surrounded by fabric and paints. It will be a colourful winter! I now have 4 months to restock. It has been wonderful meeting you all - past customers coming to have a chat and new customers buying my creations. It has been a pleasure to meet you. I will not be at the Old Dairy Factory in Matakana again until the first Saturday in October which is the 5th. I will look forward to seeing you some time during my summer season. I can always be reached via email or phone - see Contact Us page for details. All the best Susan 023, 5 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/831756 MARCH 2019 https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/824731 For those of you who have been visiting but have found nothing changed or updated on this website, I am sorry. My husband was extremely ill in hosptai for some months and I spent my days with him. He is now home and recovering and I am back at the Matakana Market in my usual corner. But for the rest of my season - until June - I will be there only every second Saturday. I now have a small painting gallery in my space so I have one wall for quilted things and the other for paintings. I look forward to seeing you at the Market again. Susan 012, 18 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/824731 JULY 2018 https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/794709 We are certainly well into winter now and I am on my Winter Break from the Matakana Market. My season runs from October to Queen's Birthday in June and then I have 4 months off to make new items for the next season and to take a holiday in the Sun! Thank you to all my customers - local, New Zealand-wide and International. It has been a pleasure meeting you and being able to provide you with just the right item for your own home or as a gift for family and friends. I have really enjoyed our conversations and lots of laughs as well. There are some new fabric designs for the coming year as well as new batiks. I am in the process of updating this website to have examples of everything I have to sell - kiwiana table mats, table centers, long table runners, wall hangings, pot mats, quilt art wall hangings, children's play quilts as well as paintings. 027, 1 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/794709 FEBRUARY 2018 https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/775557 Somehow the months have whizzed by and I haven't taken the time to update this little blog. However a few of my customers reminded me that it is now February! It has been wonderful to meet many of my past customers at the Market again this year. It is so good to be able to catch up and to get your feedback on what styles you would like added to my range. Thanks to a couple of customers at the end of last year who said that they would like a set of table mats with 4 different birds in the set. It seems that others wanted the same as Four NZ Birds is the fastest selling table mat style - they keep flying off the table. I vary the combinations of birds, but of course I can always make to order. This past Saturday was one of our wettest days, but inside the Old Dairy Factory the atmosphere was upbeat with music, conversation and more than a dozen stalls of handmade goods for sale from my Kiwiana items and paintings to wonderful leatherwork - belts, bags, wallets; colourful custom-made shirts, hand wrought silver jewellery, lotions, potions and jams, leadlight angels and beautifully crafted cutting boards and kitchen trolleys ...and a whole lot more. Time for another visit even if it is wet! Till next time Susan 007, 11 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/775557 OCTOBER - I've moved inside https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/761069 It was great to meet so many people last Saturday and I now have items winging their way to the USA, the UK and as a housewarming gift in NZ. Starting October 14 you will find me inside The Creamery which is the building at the right of The Old Dairy Factory. It is a building filled with character and now is the venue for lots of NZ art and craft including me and my quilted items and I will have a little bit of display room for my paintings. Landscapes, flowers, and sometimes old buildings and sheds in acrylic and watercolour. So now I will be able to combine my two loves - quilting and design and painting. I look forward to seeing you. 041, 10 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/761069 THE START TO THE 2017/2018 SEASON https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/757786 After the dreadful weather of Winter, Spring is here and that means a return to the Market at the Old Dairy Factory in Matakana for me. I have new kiwiana products which make wonderful gifts to send overseas or of course for yourself. They are very well made, original to my own designs, and the domestic items such as table mats and table runners wash and wear extremely well. I also have a range of children's quilts - some traditional, others funky and colourful - just right for that special child. So I look forward to seeing you at Matakana - the Old Dairy Factory. 038, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/757786 2017 OFF TO A GOOD START https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/716063 004, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/716063 Spring heading into Summer https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/704398 045, 30 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/704398 The Start to my 2016/2017 Season https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/696264 It is Spring at last and 1 October is the beginning of my 2016/2017 Season at the Old Dairy Factory in Matakana. If you haven't visited the Old Dairy Factory in Matakana, now is the time to come. There are so many artisans, most of them local, who make and sell their original creations at The Old Dairy Factory. 038, 17 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.greenleas.nz/blog/696264