Liz McCready

showing off what I do and what I love

Goals: Keep Learning and Growing


So it may not seem a big deal to anyone else, but I just finished  6 weeks of night classes doing a fashion course at Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design. I learned how to draft a pattern and construct a tailored skirt out of linen. This was one of the goals I was talking about in a previous post – to keep learning and growing. The aim is to extend the sewing skills and start making some more complex pieces soon.

All The Frills – Event Styling

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Sharon and Cam’s Industrial Wedding









Ella’s First Birthday

All the Frills is an event styling business run by Melanie Holt. She is a super-talented lady. I helped out with the events above, and learned so much from her. Check out her fantastic website here: All the Frills

Fundraising Art Show for Iona College

Thistle wallpaper - yellow, white and grey



Iona College held an art auction/exhibition on Friday night to raise funds for the school. I was delighted to hear that my Thistle wallpaper and Teen Wifi Drop-out pieces both sold. Thank you to the curator – Lizzie Russell for asking me to be involved in this successful event.



2013 was a year of change for me – moving to the big smoke of Auckland, starting a new job in a very different school, making new friends… but I stayed in my comfort zone when it came to my art and design. After some decent prodding from a creative friend, I have decided to set a few goals for my second year in the concrete jungle. My hope is that I will actually follow through with these goals now that I have shared them with the online world.

  1. Make stuff all the time – just for fun and post it here. I’m in the practice of only creating things for exhibitions, markets or as gifts. I need to create “just because.”
  2. Get out there – I’m a bit scared of rejection, and Auckland can be a scary place when nobody in creative circles knows you. My aim is to find a way to get involved in exhibitions in the city.
  3. Read more – it’s so easy to waste time in front of the TV. My aim is to surround myself with inspirational design books and magazines, and read some novels.
  4. Keep learning and growing - I have signed up for some night classes, so that will be a good start.
  5. Be positive – look for the good things, rather than ranting about the bad things.

Keep stopping by to see how I’m going with the goals!

Christmas FRAFT Market



Thanks to everyone who came along and had a chat. It was a great night had by all.

Christmas FRAFT Market

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I will be selling my paper flowers at the Christmas FRAFT Market at Edge Kingsland this Wednesday night. Come along and check it out – it’s going to be a great night!

6.30 – 9pm, 44 George Street, Kingsland, Auckland.

See more here: FRAFT

Relay For Life

Another reminder: please follow the link to our supporters page, and donate to the Cancer Society:

English in Aotearoa cover

English in Aotearoa cover

English in Aotearoa back cover

I designed this cover for the NZ Association for the Teaching of English a while ago, and just received my copy in the mail today.

Relay For Life


Hi everyone. I just wanted to take a little break from posting about my Art/Design, and tell you about Relay For Life. Ormiston Senior College is putting together a Relay For Life team for the 2014 event. This is an event to raise money for the Cancer Society. Team members keep their baton moving around a track from midday Saturday 29th March until midday Sunday 30th March. Our team is dressing up as “Where’s Wally?” for the event, and our fundraising goal (which we must reach before the event) is $3000.  Please take a look at our team page and donate generously to the Cancer Society:


On the team page, I shared a post I found online. It is the story of a woman’s battle with breast cancer told through photos taken by her husband – Angelo Merendino. “He wanted to humanize the face of cancer on the face of his wife. The photos speak for themselves.”

See more here: thefreethoughtproject

Day 30 – Exhibition


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Funnily enough my final day of my 30 day challenge has consisted of doing work for my students, and having no time to sit down and catch my breath. But I’m going to claim this exhibition as being partially my own work, so it qualifies as part of the 30 day challenge. As much as my students frustrate me at times, I am really proud of them for completing this work on time to a decent standard. This 30 day challenge has been so good for me – it has helped me get out of a creative rut, and made me realise that even when I don’t feel like creating something, once I get started it can snowball into something pretty awesome. And that makes me happy.


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