Thursday 24 April 2008

bunny love...

Peg bunny has come to live with us...

New stockists for Hollabee fabric...



both these stockists have some of my Olive & Chocolate swirl fabric that is now completely sold out. I have absolutely nothing left of it and I'm not planning on re-printing it any time soon and if I do, it won't be on the same base super limited editions still available at Retromummy and Duckcloth.

...and remember that we're off to Holland soon so any orders placed in my shop from now until the 18th of May will be shipped on the 19th/20th of May.


Sunday 20 April 2008

Saturday 19 April 2008

Thursday 17 April 2008

she beat me...

I was going to blog about everything this lady just blogged click here to read about saves me typing everything up again ;)

Exhibition at Bamakko

new kid on the block Pippijoe (etsy shop)

Peg Bunnies by Jhoanna. Left to right: Shannon Lamden, Kristen Doran, Danielle Smeets, Lara Cameron, and Bianca Van Meeuwen.

Wednesday 16 April 2008


I picked up some colour sample swatches from the printer today... the story behind these colours is that I decided to jump out of my comfort zone and get some sample colours mixed in pastel tints...because there are people that like pastel colours...right? The colours are printed on a lighter base cloth of organic cotton and hemp. I'm not a pastel girl at all, but I'm quite happy with these swatches...what do you think?

still promoting the sale...and the Bamakko exhibition...

Tuesday 15 April 2008

Bamakko Exhibition

It's old news since both the other ladies have already blogged about it, but yes I will be part of the Bamakko 'Screened' Exhibition as well. The opening night is on Saturday the 19th of April 6-9pm, 358 Victoria Street, North Melbourne.

Here's some of the work I prepared for the exhibition.

colourful coin purses

one off Autumn Leaves canvas

...and then only one more week to go. On Saturday the 26th we'll be on a plane to Europe :) for a holiday. (there's a holiday sale on in my shop at the moment)

Sunday 13 April 2008


{Clay Brick Writing Set in Red}

Just letting you know that I will have a 10% discount in my shop until the 23rd of April. I will post the last order on the 24th of April and my shops will be closed until the 19th of May. Of course I'll still have products in the shops and you will still be able to order, but I won't be able to ship it until the 19th of May.

For your 10% discount on everything in my shop; type in HOLIDAY at the checkout. The first 5 lucky buyers who spend over $30 will receive 20 Clay Brick writing sheets for free [envelopes not included].

I'm trying to clear recent stock in my shop to make space for new exciting fabrics, which I will put up in the shop after I get back from my holiday.

Thanks a lot!

{mini packs}

Friday 11 April 2008

how cool... this

Today I went to visit Jenny at Amitie. It was my first visit ever and I have to confirm what everyone else has already said...this is the best patchwork shop I have ever been to. So many colourful and cute fabrics, especially the Japanese ones that you can't get anywhere else...of course I bought some...but I'll show them later.

Jenny told me about the feature that's currently on the Living Creatively website...about the Stitches & Craft show.

Go have a look for yourself...there are pictures of lots of crafty ladies and a great story on the show.

this is me...

Thursday 10 April 2008


I got tagged (again) by Fibo.

Here are the rules...which I am going to bend because I've done the tag twice now...and just because I can change the rules :)

1. Link to the person that tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself...I'm changing this to the 4 things meme
4. Tag six = now 4 random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
5. Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website

Four jobs I've had:
- stocking shelves in a shoe store
- sales person at the local butcher
- marketing coordinator
- program administrator

Four movies I can watch over and over:
- Dirty Dancing
- Lord of the Rings
- 2 Days in Paris
- Coyote Ugly

Four places I have lived:
- Asperen (tiny town in Holland)
- Arnhem (bigger city in Holland)
- Leicester, UK
- Melbourne, Australia

Four TV shows I love:
- Home & Away (please don't tease me)
- Brothers & Sisters
- Gordon Ramsay Kitchen Nightmares
- The Chef and the Cook (Maggie Beer)

Four places I have been on holiday:
- France
- Greece
- Italy
- Sunshine Coast

Four of my favourite dishes:
- Gourmet Pizza
- Fresh Fish & Chips
- Polenta with meatballs
- Paella

Four websites I visit daily:
- Kirin & Co
- Cheeky Beaks
- Skinny Laminx
- Bloesem
(my whole blogroll actually)

Four places I would rather be now:
- On safari in Africa
- Skiing in Europe
- With my family in Holland
- a trip in New Zealand

Four bloggers I am tagging:
- Lara
- Jason
- Leah
- Amy

Tuesday 8 April 2008


Some of you would have read about this on Kristen's blog already but I still want to mention it here and show you what I came up with.

Sproutdesign, which falls under the umbrella of One Small Room, asked a group of Australian textile designers to come up with new and fresh kids textiles. The range will be launched this August at the Life in Style trade show in Melbourne.

I submitted a few designs and this is the lucky one...a real boy's one...

Toy cars in blue for Sproutdesign - © Hollabee 2008

Toy cars in orange for Sproutdesign - © Hollabee 2008

These are not the final colour ways...just screenshots of what I created.

and here a picture of all the designs that will be launched at the Life in Style show.

(click on the picture to see a larger version)

Sunday 6 April 2008


Thought I'd share this with you because it was so yummie although it probably doesn't look's English onion soup with sage and Cheddar (which I replaced by mozzarella) from Jamie Oliver's book (jamie at home).

The recipe in the book serves 8 so I had to improvise and cook for 2. Here's what I used:

- knob of butter
- olive oil
- fresh sage leaves (8 for the soup, 2 for serving)
- 1 large clove of garlic, peeled and crushed
- 1 red onion, peeled and sliced
- 1 brown onion, peeled and sliced
- 1 white onion, peeled and sliced
- 1 shallot, peeled and sliced
- (jamie suggests leek, which I forgot)
- 5 cups of vegetable stock
- 2 slices of sourdough, 2 cm thick
- grated mozzarella
- Worcestershire sauce

First I put the butter, oil, garlic and sage in a non stick pan (make sure it's big enough). Stir this round and add the onions and some salt & pepper. Then you place the lid on the pan, leaving it slightly ajar, and cook the mix for about 50 minutes while you stir it every now and then. Make sure the onions don't colour too much. Remove the lid for the last 20 minutes so that the onions become soft and golden. Jamie says "Having the patience to cook the onions slowly, slowly, gives you and incredible sweetness and an awesome flavour, so don't be tempted to speed this bit up."

So when they're soft and golden you add the stock, bring to the boil, turn the heat down and simmer for 10 minutes.

I then cut some bread and toasted it in the oven on both sides. Take the bread out of the oven, put the mozzarella on the bread, put it back in the oven for a minute or so and then straight into the soup, which I poured into bowls first. Dip the 2 sage leaves in some olive oil and put them on top of the bread. Then drizzle some Worcestershire sauce on top et Voila!

Back home we normally put extra cheese in the soup...but I'm not sure if everyone does it becomes a bit of a mess sometimes.


for an upcoming exhibition...

and if you're in Melbourne, don't forget to check out the 400 or so Kodak Salon entries at the CCP in Fitzroy. Marcel is exhibiting three of his works until May 10th.

Thursday 3 April 2008

quilt & patterns...

my first attempt at making a quilt...

The following patterns are concepts only, nothing has been printed on fabric (yet)...I would really appreciate your feedback on the designs and would love to hear your colour suggestions...thanks a lot.

birds by hollabee © 2008

birds by hollabee © 2008

footsteps by hollabee © 2008

footsteps by hollabee © 2008

seeds by hollabee © 2008

seeds by hollabee © 2008

stitches by hollabee © 2008

stitches by hollabee © 2008

leaves by hollabee © 2007 the process of updating the shop with some more scraps...they're very popular and I can't keep them all...

Wednesday 2 April 2008

not much to tell...

...things are pretty steady. My new job is great, I'm learning a lot of new things, get to know heaps of new people and I have Thursday & Friday all to myself.

Today's weather has been crazy. Trees are crashing down all over Melbourne and some people got hurt because of crazy hurricane like winds.

Thankfully our postman did make it to the mailbox to drop off this gorgeous package from Kaija. Thanks so much, I absolutely love it!

I found this beauty at the op-shop last week...for a mere $25!!! Of course I'm going to rip off the fabric and put something nice on it...but don't ask me when...most likely next month. I've got a picture in my mind of what it'll look like after I'm done with it. More on that later.

Tomorrow I have to really get my act together and work on my new designs as well as re-printing some my fabric has finally arrived from the supplier.
It's kinda hard this week as Marcel is working night shifts and he sleeps during the day...which he finds very hard as it is, let alone with me being at home. It's good that it only lasts one week and then it's back to normal daytime hours. Our departure date is not long from now...I'm really looking forward to it.