Friday 29 February 2008

exciting weekend...

Tonight we're going on a girly shopping spree, feed ourselves with yummie pizza and then we're going to this exhibition...

where we are going to admire the work of this and other great artists...

Tomorrow we've got an exciting secret meeting, then a birthday and the rest of the weekend I'll be busy finishing designs and do some sewing...and maybe there's time to relax...

and guess what...Aunty Cookie joined the clan with her awesome prints now available on a linen/cotton blend. Be quick to visit her shop, or it's gone...

Marcel just called me to say he bought this since we're always fighting over the one we already have. So now we can both do our work at the same time...much better :) He's donating the iMac to me and he'll be working on the MacBook with a proper colour calibrated screen...especially for printers and photographers apparently.

Wednesday 27 February 2008


I participated in the give away that SQUID37 posted on their blog...and I won...whoot!

Look at this pretty package

a big envelope full of goodies such as a t-shirt (loooove the t-shirt), cards, brooches, magnets, fabric and a beautiful necklace. Thank you so much!

and here's my op shop buy...for $1...aren't they cute

and a big thanks for all the lovely comments...the knee is getting better and I'm trying to be less clumsy :)

Tuesday 26 February 2008


Yesterday evening clumsy me bumped her knee as I was walking out the balcony doors...don't ask me how I did it, but I did it. After a while the knee got bigger and bigger and walking was becoming more of a problem so I decided to go to bed as I was pretty much useless anyway. Marcel suggested putting 'emu oil' on it, which sounds like something Australian but it is actually Chinese. Well, fine...bring it on.
Not sure if that was such a good idea. It did bring down the swelling but during the night I pretty much reached the highest temperatures ever reached by mankind. I couldn't sleep most of the night because it felt like my skin was on fire... I got up a few times to put ice on it which helped for a little while. I'm still not sure if I have a fever or if it's the 'emu oil'...let's hope it's the last, but I'm feeling pretty weak today and I still can't walk properly. booo

Luckily the postman cheered me up with a delivery...

pretty lotta fabrics from the goodness shop

a japanese bag making magazine, also from the goodness shop

and my very own print gocco...from here Thanks Leslie!

I'm still offering a free A6 notepads with orders over $60 until the end of March. Remember I only have 5 to give away...which is 4 now...

...and be quick with the mini packs as there are only 1 or 2 available of each and I won't be putting them up for a long time.

Monday 25 February 2008

mini fabric packs...

I put some mini fabric packs up in the shop...for smaller craft projects...

... and then I figured that I forgot to take a picture of the choc autumn sorry for the evening pic... I'll fix it tomorrow

Sunday 24 February 2008


More 'trial' photography...

... I made this Japanese inspired bag a few weeks ago and wanted to practise using my camera a bit more. I opened up my Japanese craft magazines and with inspiration from their photos I tried to set it up with props etc. I still have a long way to go, but it's fun setting up for photo shoots. I should ask Marcel to help me...

oh and I've been ironing that linen underneath for about half an hour and can't get the creases out...any tips?

Saturday 23 February 2008

never ending...

playing around with my camera...taking photos of the never ending supplies of chillies that we get from our chilli plant.

...of to the neighbours for dinner now

Friday 22 February 2008

more bricks...

I just put some more olive and orange bricks up in my etsy shop. There's only 50cm left of the orange in my etsy shop and 1m in my bigcartel shop...and there's still a fair bit left of the olive & chocolate...

and have a look at Lara's gocco printed wrapping paper...what a great idea for handmade wrapping paper. I love the sia's village print and I have to say I'm one of the lucky people who has this print hanging on their inspiration wall.

Wednesday 20 February 2008

interior design...

Rebekah from One Small Room sent me these pictures for a job she recently did, decorating a luxury house boat. I'm over the moon and so was the owner...simply stunning!

don't forget about the free goodies in my shop when you spend $60 or more

Tuesday 19 February 2008

japanese inspiration...

some bag making going on here... I got the inspiration from a japanese craft book...

Monday 18 February 2008

free goodies...

Just a quick note to say that I will be giving away A6 notepads if you spend $60 or more in one of my shops. * does not include shipping * I have 5 notepads to give away in total, first in best dressed *

my etsy shop (in US dollars)
my big cartel shop (in AUS dollars)

so if you're buying two meters of fabric, you will receive an A6 notepad with autumn leaves in green for FREE!

Some of my new fabric is already sold out in my etsy shop, so be sure to check the big cartel shop for new handmade goodness.

...and because I'm not keen on photo-less blogs...I will post a snippet of my new patterns tonight...

here it is...unfinished...

Sunday 17 February 2008


We were at the Williamstown markets today. It was my first ever market and I quite enjoyed it. The weather was great and I made some sales, which gave me confidence in signing up for another market.

Kloth & Bolt stopped by on her visit from Sydney...I love meeting other bloggers, it's great to put a face to a name. Thank you for everyone else who stopped by, it was lovely to meet you.

Friday 15 February 2008


He's here, he's here...

I bought him a while ago on etsy and yesterday he finally arrived. Now he sits above our bed to make the bedroom look a bit 'cooler'. We have bright white walls and it's so hard to make it look 'cosy' when everything is white. I love him, he looks cool!

Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday 14 February 2008


Bridget from Brid Bird tagged here we go...

the rules:

- Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.

- Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.

- Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.

- Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1. We’re going to Holland for 3 weeks in April and I’m already thinking about what to pack and what to buy there

2. I grew up in a tiny village in Holland, studied in a small city in Holland, did my exchange year in Leicester UK and then moved to Australia to complete my work experience…this was actually going to be 5 months only…and I’m still here

3. I just received my permanent residency…yay!

4. Right now it’s 12.40pm and I’m super hungry!

5. I haven’t had a haircut for 2 months

6. Sometimes one of the ladies at the post office doesn’t charge me enough (or forgets to charge me for something she processed earlier) and I don’t say anything (bad!?!?)

7. On Sunday I’ll be at the Williamstown market having my first ever market stall

Time for lunch now..I won't be tagging anyone because I've done it before and I really can't think of anyone to tag now.

and here's a pic of the shoes I bought online because I don't like posts without pics. I'll have to wait till April before I can wear them though, they're in Holland and there's no point in shipping them here because we'll be there in April.

Tuesday 12 February 2008

30 of 30

The best photo of the whole new fabric...yay!

I had fun doing this 30 day thing, although I did find it quite difficult at times. I don't really have an exciting life...I figured out :( I go to work, come home, craft, go to bed, etc etc. I enjoyed looking at other people's photos, it's fun to share bits and pieces of your life.

Marcel picked up the new fabrics for me today, while I was at home with a tummy bug :( and I couldn't really stay in bed all day so we (Marcel's the best helper) listed the fabric in the shop...go have a look...It's printed on the same base cloth Lara uses. The natural one. Thanks Lara!

I also got nominated, again, for a 'you make my day award' by Kotkarankki and Mizu Designs. Thank you both so much, it made my day for sure! Since I nominated five bloggers a few days ago, I won't do it again...

Bridget from Brid Bird tagged me...and I'm not forgetting about this...I just need some time to think about it so more about that later. In the meantime, have a look at Bridget's 7's amazing in how many countries she's lived.

Monday 11 February 2008

29 of 30

re-arranging the spare crafty corner is becoming to small so I'm extending into Marcel's room...

Sunday 10 February 2008

28 of 30

us at the cricket today...we left early because it was getting a little cold and I'd seen enough of it...I'm not really a sports person...not cricket anyways, we don't play that in Holland so I don't really understand it

Saturday 9 February 2008

27 of 30

Today we went to the Yarraville festival and I bought this cute Kokeshi doll...then we went to pick up two eBay expedit bookcase and 4 herman chairs (which cost me $10.50 bargain) we had a very productive day and tomorrow we're going to the cricket (not sure if I like this)...

Friday 8 February 2008

26 of 30

on my book shelve...

Homebody Launceston

Lara & Shannon went to Launceston yesterday and took some pictures of my products at Homebody. Thanks girls!

I love seeing pictures of my things in a shop environment, it makes it look so much better. The last picture has a tutti fruiti cushion made with my looks great when it's all together.

and don't forget the launch of Mixtapezine issue 3 tonight at Sticky. See you there!

Thursday 7 February 2008

25 of 30

a very sad day...the view from my office window...

you make my day award...

The awards are going around...and Danielle from Of Paper and Thread awarded me...thank you so much Danielle.

Anyway here's the rules:
1. Write a post with links to 5 blogs (or 10 according to some) that make your day.
2. Acknowledge the post of the award giver.
3. Tell the award winners that they've won by commenting on their blogs.

I could probably copy & paste my bloglines subscription here but that would be a bit too much, there are just too many good blogs.
I tried to make a selection of great bloggers that haven't been awarded yet (I think) we go...

- Brid Bird
- Sophik
- Red Dog and Jude
- Hyena in Petticoats
- Charlie Motel

Wednesday 6 February 2008

24 of 30

we saw the socceroos play was my first soccer match (can you believe I'm from Holland?!?)

Monday 4 February 2008

23 of 30

Marcel got his driving license today...

he surprised me with flowers...for letting him learn in my car...

and I surprised him with strawberry tart...because he passed his test (and because I love it so much ;)

Sunday 3 February 2008

22 of 30

the last of my first batch of olive & choc swirl fabric packs are up in the shop now, I will not print on this fabric anymore so this lot is the last of its kind...

A custom order I just finished

Me & Lara also went to the Melbourne etsy meet today, which was fun. It was a great sunny day and everyone made or bought lots of yummie food (unfortunately the ants thought the same thing). It was great to meet everyone :)

21 of 30

dinner party at a friend's place...'cannelloni de mama' and pina colada...

Friday 1 February 2008

20 of 30

more notepads...these are A6 with Autumn leaves and are up in the shop now...


I was trying to come up with some original gifts, which of course had to be handmade and I decided to expiriment with colours on the computer after seeing Lara's cool prints... I like the result... Hopefully the receiver likes it too...

I really like doing this so I might design some more... maybe for the bedroom wall...