Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Temptations of the Tangerine Temptress

Felt cassette tape brooch "mix tape 4" by FELT-TASTIC

An old friend contacted me today via Facebook.  He found some old letters from me circa '94-96 back when I had just left the safety of high school and I was facing the confusing adult world which involved boys, emotions and hormones.  Back then there was this re-occurring theme, it involved a gorgeous and intelligent boy; this boy, who is now very much a man, kept popping in and out of my life, he tugged on my heart strings, messed with my head, expanded my world and loved me.

He was there when I met my best friend Andrew and there again when I met my Husband.  I have changed a lot since then but the confusing, fun, impulsive and intense memories are still very clear in my mind. 

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

May the Peace and Joy of Christmas last throughout the year!  
Thank you for all your support in 2010.

Christine xox

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Secret Santa

I was delighted to received these divine handmade earrings and lovely handmade cards as part of a DUST Team Secret Santa. 

These lovely items were made by Vicki of 'And all things nice'. Here is a collection of Vicki's items from her Etsy store


... and all things nice

I wore the earnings to my eldest Son's School Awards night where I got some lovely comments.  Thank you so much Vicki!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Gift Guide - For my Brett

Brett loves coffee, mac devices, wargaming and me!

He can be a little hard to buy for but I was able to find some great things on Madeit what would be ideal. 

Who said Madeit is only for women and children!

Crochet Cup Holder/Warmer by Moon Flower
iphone / ipod touch deskmate by Small Designs
Steampunk Cufflinks - vintage jewelled watch parts medium holey rotor by Red Zebra Designs
The Greatest View hand printed men's t-shirt by Likewise

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Gift Guide - For Christina

I have an amazing friend called Christina who lives in an amazing house down here on the South Coast and who has amazing taste.  She loves to garden, the colour red and to look after people, including my eldest son who is a little hard to take at the best of times. 

So this collection of items found on Madeit.com.au is for you Christina.

Santa Stop Here Garden Marker by KABWARES
Hand crocheted recycled sari silk rose lariat necklace or belt by Plumfish


Banksia Wood Engraving by M Read-Devine by BassBower

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Christmas Gift Guide - For Alexis

This gift guide is for my little friend Alexis who is 5 and is likes Barbie as much as I do!

Iszle - Pocket Mirror - Barbie Girl
Beads2Bracelets2U - Pink Barbie Ponytails
ChelleBelle - Barbie With Hearts Pencil Roll
Laugh Land - Barbie princess cotton drawstring bag 
C Percy Designs - Fashion Doll / Barbie Party Dress in Teal

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Gift Guide - For Asher

For the next few weeks I thought I'd put a gift guide together of some great things that can be purchased on www.madeit.com.au 

If I didn't have a budget I would definatly purchase all of these items for my delightful and only nephew Asher!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Family, lack of sleep and only one Coffee

An in-law made the following comment about my products in an email to me this morning
"overpriced toddlers wear probably brought from Target and re-labeled"
WTF!  Are you kidding me!

This was my email response
All items made by C Percy Designs are made by hand by me using quality (aka expensive) Australian grown and spun Wool and Cotton.  My pricing is based on the skill, materials used and the time it takes to make - for example it takes 20+ hours to make a baby blanket and it takes an average of 3-4 hours to make a beanie. 

How would you like to be paid $28 for 4 hours work! 

Not overpriced, under-priced!  My items are unique in their design, colour choice and more importantly quality of workmanship - my products are NOT cheap and nasty mass produced Chinese knock offs that you will have to throw away in 6 months time.

Okay maybe I shouldn't of sent this but after approx 4 hours sleep, looking after a sick 1 year old, dealing with Mr 6 who is a complete nightmare and only having one coffee so far this morning, this email gave me the sh*ts!

It was only the other day that Teresa, the talented and inspiring person behind Art of Crochet, blogged about Appreciating Hand Made Crochet - Crochet Pricing Recommendations. This email just proves her point!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I want this dress!!

I enjoy reading Polka Dot Rabbit's blog!
I espeically like her "Things I Like Today" posts.
Yesterday she had the above dress in her post
- isn't it beautiful!!
There are so many talented people in the Melbourne handmade community, sometimes I wish we still lived there just so I could be near these amazing people.
Check out Polka Dot Rabbit today - you won't be disappointed.

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UPDATE:  To see more photos of this amazing dress go to http://www.100layercake.com/blog/archives/6562

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Mrs Percy, what was that again!


“Tell me and I'll forget;
show me and I may remember; 
involve me and I'll understand.”  
Chinese Proverb
This is my type of shop!!
Last week I taught my first ever crochet class at SewGood, KnitToo.  I had 4 great mature students who were funny and enthusiastic to learn about Crochet, a skill they always wanted to learn but didn't get around to till now.  I had a great time and so did they.  I never thought I'd like teaching but I do.

SewGoo, KnitToo
Shop 4/200 Kerry Street
Sancatury Point. NSW 2540
Telephone:  02 4443 2228

Thursday, November 04, 2010

I think I spend more time on the computer than crocheting!

I conducted my first sale last night and it was a ... flop.  Yeap that's right a complete flop.  A sale would have been good.   I didn't really expect much of a response as it it Summer here in Oz and who wants to buy a beanie in this weather. I also wanted to test out my Ecwid storefront, which in a way was tested.

I've been pretty impressed with Ecwid  until today. I've had no issues with it, its very easy to use, I love its format and the fact that its free.  By putting my sale items on Ecwid I got to know the program better and I was very impressed with my efforts.  I have been wondering lately why people haven't been using my Ecwid storefront and upon investigation this morning I realised it was my postage calculations.   I thought I had it all worked out but noooooooooooo!  The bloody thing has been overcharging the postage costs, in some cases it was more than the item.  No wonder I didn't even have a sale, who would by something for $3.80 and pay $10.00 in postage!! 

So today I spend most of my spare time (aka house cleaning time) trying to sort it out and I think I've got it to work.  Which has led me to think
"I spend more time on the computer than crafting
- can this be right?"
How many of us are taken away from doing the things we love, the thing that inspires us and that helps us get through the other challenges that come our way.

Today was a great example, its a beautiful wet day here, just perfect to pull out some wool and make something cute but as you already know that wasn't the case.  I'd really like to know the secret on how to better balance the housework, crafting and the business/computer work. Admittedly I quiet like blogging (so typing this isn't arduous) and I am a little addicted to Facebook (okay a lot).  And to be honest I also love playing in Photoshop, but, yes there is always a but, all of this computer based stuff does take me away from the hook. 

How do you do it? You know, get the balance right.

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UPDATE:  since writing this post and fixing the postage I've had a few sales.  Yeah I'm feeling a lot less deflated.  2 of the sales were local, which I think is great, it means my efforts in the real world are working :)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Percy Petit PP is the Winnter!!

Thanks for all the great name suggestions.  In the end we came up with our own name which was inspired by Dianne from Little Fish Creations and Melanie from Wiccked.

Percy Petit means Little Percy. 
The PP stands for philanthropy project.

Initially I liked  I liked PocoPercy PP as I thought it meant Little Percy.  I liked it because this project is, in a way, a little sister to C Percy Designs.  But Isabel promptly informed me that  "Poco" means "little as in quantity few" which sounds a little degrading in Spanish.  

Isabel noted that "The word you mean would be pequeno/a or chiquito/a  but as a brand it doesn't sound as good as in English".  Isabel suggested Petit, which sounds great in both English and Spanish - who would of thought it would be that complicated!

So here we have it, Percy Petit PP.  The logo is an abridged version of the C Percy Designs logo which was crated by the amazing Tamara at Tamara Sirl Designs.

Check out what Tamara had to say about creating my logo at

Saturday, October 02, 2010

WSML Photo Shoot

Last Saturday Dad, Liz and I did a photo shoot of Liz's When Sarah Met Liz stock using Miss H as our model - isn't she cute!!

Miss H had a great time wearing Aunty Liz's clothes and I was pretty impressed with how the photos turned out.

To purchase any of these items contact Liz at whensarahmetliz@gmail.com.  
More items are listed on the WSML Facebook Page.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Reduce Recycle Reuse

Size 2.5 mm hooks are very slim and I have a son who thinks that bending them is fun @#$%!!

The other day I had an order to make a Fashion Doll set and I really needed my 2.5 mm hook but even thought I taped it together there was no way I could crochet with it.  What to do?

That same day I was reading one of my favourite blogs Isabelle Kessedjian - okay I wasn't reading it, I was just lookng at the photos because its in French, yes I know about Google translate - anyway she had a post about reusing spent plastic pen casing to make crochet hooks easier to hold. 

What a great idea, but an even better one was to use the casing to make my bent hook reusable again.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Whats in a Name?

These are my favourite names.  
I wonder what Isabel and Maribel will pick?