Wednesday 31 December 2008

the year is ending...

As the year is coming to an end it's time to think about what has happened over the last's amazing how many things happen in a year and what you can achieve in such a relatively short period of your life.

pelicans at The Entrance, NSW

Last year I was still working full-time. I had only just started Hollabee and only printed two patterns. Now I have printed multiple patterns and am part of Ink & Spindle... printing my own patterns :)

I have been very fortunate in the past year. I'm especially grateful for meeting Tegan & Lara... my friends and business partners :) Girls, you rock! (but you knew that already)

Nobby's Beach Newcastle, NSW

I would also like to thank you, my readers, for all your support and lovely words. Even though I cannot always find the time to reply to your comments, I definitely read and appreciate everything you write. Thank you!

The ending of the year is also a time to make plans for the new year. For hollabee this will mean more patterns and more outlets from which you will be able to buy hollabee fabrics. For Ink & Spindle it'll be an exciting year as we will start printing for all designers out there who would like their patterns printed on fabric.
We will keep you up to date through the Ink & Spindle blog... but now we're enjoying the last few days of our holiday :)

Marcel & I at Coogee Beach, NSW

I wish everyone a Happy New Year! Cheers to a crafty 2009!

ps. the pictures are from our recent holiday to the NSW Central Coast & Sydney, where we spent our Christmas with Marcel's family.

Sunday 21 December 2008

Tea towel swap...

Before I shut down the computer for a blog break and holiday, I want to share the tea towel I made for Leah's tea towel swap. The recipient will find this tea towel in her mailbox now, as we just dropped it off (sorry we scrunched it in your mailbox, it wouldn't fit otherwise).

Hope she'll like it :)

Summer holidays...

Ahhhh... It's so good to have all the hectic stuff over and done with... we can finally take a deep breath and relax.

I've already started my holiday, even though I still have 3 more days to go at work (our office doesn't close until the 24th). I've been cleaning our apartment and re-arranging our furniture with newly found inspiration from blogs and magazines. I'm scanning ebay for good furniture finds, reading magazines, reading more blogs, cruise on the couch, eat ice cream with friends, sit in people's backyards and just generally doing all the things I never have time for...

We'll be flying to Sydney on Christmas day to spend the festive season with Marcel's parents. On boxing day we'll drive up the coast to spend some time on the New South Wales Central Coast... somewhere I've never been. I'm soooo looking forward to it.

Before we close up shop... we're actually opening our studio. It's on Tuesday the 23rd of December (this Tuesday!!) from 6pm til 8.30pm. Please join us to celebrate the festive season with drinks and nibbles :)

Our studio is located at:

Younghusband Wool store
Suite 206
10 Elizabeth Street
Kensington VIC 3031

Hope to see you there!

Monday 15 December 2008

No time for sewing?

... no problem at all. I've done the work for you.

These yummie cushions are now available in the shop.

excl. inserts

Thursday 11 December 2008

Preview & more markets...

It has been a while since my last blog post but I haven't disappeared... in the time that I haven't been on this blog I managed to finished my Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (yay, I am now allowed to teach) and I have been snowed under at work (while my buddy is on holiday). I have a part-time job at a training institute and we're taking enrolments... So I'm trying to do a full-time job in the 3 short days that I work... crazy I tell you!

Luckily I had all of my fabric printed before all of that started... and this is what it looks like :) I will put it up in the shop soon, promise!

Bloem in Gold

Seeds in Olive

Bloem in Plum

Seeds in Teal

Just to let you know...
We're doing another market this weekend, in Yarraville.
Please come and visit us :)

Friday 5 December 2008

Shop update...

Are you shopping for Christmas presents?

Well... I have just updated the shop with lots of crafty goodies such as mix packs, fabric basket kits and lace notebook cover kits. Perfect for Christmas!

mix packs

fabric basket kit

lace notebook cover kit

Monday 1 December 2008

Olive Seeds

Olive Seeds fabric is now available in our shop.

We printed this fabric just before the design market, it was part of our backdrop and I had some left for half metre packs... there are a few left and they're in our shop now.

Sunday 30 November 2008

Melbourne Design Market

Here are some pictures of our stall at the Melbourne Design Market.

A big thanks to all of you who came to visit us, it was lovely to meet you! Please keep an eye on our blog, there will be more exciting news from us soon...

We're off to bed.

... and for everyone who couldn't make it to the market... I have just updated the shop with some of my bloem & seeds fabrics :) To find my fabrics, click on fabric by the metre - hollabee.

Sunday 23 November 2008

Sprout in our shop...

For everyone who has little boys, nephews or just because you love it... I've put some Sprout Design mix packs in our shop.

A cold, rainy and windy day...

It was a very cold and rainy day yesterday, the day of our market.

We all huddled together with our hot water bottles and we were all wearing our winter jackets, boots and gloves.

Despite the cold weather the market went really well, and we'd like to say thanks to those who braved the weather and came to say hello and bought some of our stuff.

I'd like to share some pictures of our stall with you...

Friday 21 November 2008

Market 3031 - 22 November

Come see us tomorrow at market3031!

Saturday 15 November 2008

now in the shop...

They're all in the shop now. Bloem in Charcoal and Burnt Orange and Seeds in Charcoal and Green Tea.

The amounts are limited at this stage, but I will add more soon.

Bloem in charcoal has already sold out, but Bloem is still available in Burnt Orange. Seeds in Green Tea and Charcoal is also still available. To buy my fabric, visit the shop and go to 'fabric by the metre' and then click 'hollabee'.


... or at least trying to get everything ready for the markets we're doing. We have been busy cutting, sewing and printing at ink & spindle and we're putting together a nice range of goodies for you.

Come and visit us on the 22nd of November at market3031 or on the 30th of November at the Melbourne Design Market.

These cushions are made of some 'older' fabrics, that are still available in the shop for anyone who is interested.

Tomorrow ( I'm hoping to start on some products using my new fabrics and I'll also try to put some fabric up in the shop. I know you've all been patiently waiting for them and I just got my Bloem in Charcoal and Orange back as well as Seeds in Charcoal and Green Tea. They're on their way to the shop ;)

Tuesday 11 November 2008

Green House @ Federation Square

Today I went to Greenhouse on Federation Square, it's a temporary project featuring floors of old shipping crates, tables made from fire hydrants and a feature wall of wild strawberries. It's designed by Joost, and he's done a fantastic job! The rooftop has a vegie garden with potatoes, tomatoes, red berries, dill, parsley. You name it, it's there!

Go check it out for yourself if you're in Melbourne, it's great... I just looove that wall of strawberries. Yum!

Friday 7 November 2008


Bloem in Deep Red

Bloem in White

Ink & Spindle Online Shop

Lara has said it all... she has re-branded her online shop to an ink & spindle shop where we can all sell our goodies in one place. It was really a logical thing to do, especially with you [our customers] in mind. You will now be able to find all our fabrics and products in one location, you will save on shipping as we will combine all orders and you will only receive one package... because we care about the environment :) handy right? Just in time for Christmas...

We'll be doing some more printing today, so hopefully we can show it to you tomorrow and we're sewing, cutting and packing away for our two upcoming markets. We hope to see you at market3031 and/or the Melbourne Design Market.

Tuesday 4 November 2008

Now that we've started printing our own fabric, I will not re-print my old designs... If you'd still like to own a piece of 'history'... now is the time. Just so you know ;)

Friday 31 October 2008

Seeds in Charcoal...

More printing today...

Seeds in Charcoal

this will be my last run before it all gets sent off to be heat set.

I'm hoping to have it back late next week so I can list some in my shop :)