Sunday, January 23, 2011

People who Inspire: Choose to Thrive

As part of my blog made over I've decided to share with you the blogs that inspire me.

This month I selected Choose to THRIVE because this blog actually got me excited about Christmas this year.  I was introduced to Nike, the blogs author, via U Create (another great blog), when they featured Nike's B.D. Inspired Christmas Centerpiece Tutorial.


Miss H (23 months) is a human whirlwind, she has this great trick of turning any room she enters into a a bomb site. There was no way we could of had a tree, real or fake, this year as all the decorations would be pulled off and strewn all over the house in a matter of seconds.  So Mr D (4 yrs), Miss H and I went down to the park and collect some twigs.  When Mr J (6 yrs) finished school for 2010, our first Christmas activity was to make and decorate what we called our Twig Tree.  Instead of making the container like Nike, I used a Stewart Crystal Vase that a good friend gave us for our wedding. I love this vase but it doesn't get used enough.



Another thing I love about Choose to THRIVE is the 'Rock what you got' philosophy.  I especially enjoyed her "My Son’s Wearing A Skirt At Walmart …." blog post which included her fabulous and funny The 12-Days of Christmas: Dirty Half Dozen Style photos.  The day I read that post I was a little overwhelmed with the kids and her comment really resonated with me.
"I bet no one else’s cards looked anything like this. This was just The Dirty Half Dozen … just our family embracing that this is “us” and this is where we are."  

I don't have a half dozen, only a quarter dozen (aka three) but they and their Dad are my world.  So in true THRIVE style I'm rocking what I've got - 3 crazy, unpredictable kids who, as you can see by the pictures, were truly embracing their Percy-ness. 

Thank you Nike - you ROCK!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Being true to me ...

I just read this interesting article in Crochet! Magazine Newsletter title 'Making Crochet Pay'.  What I found most interesting was this tid bit.
Crochet patterns are protected by copyright like other published material, so you need to adhere to certain rules if you want to market a design. Patterns you wish to sell must be your own original design. You cannot copy something made by another designer and just make a minor change. If you do get inspired by something you saw in your favorite magazine or on the Internet, you can create your own version, but there must be at least three major changes other than the color to avoid copyright infringement.
I've heard a lot about copying of late and I think its brave when people are passionate about their businesses and stand up for themselves.  Our little businesses are our babies and its only natural that we should bee very protective of them.

I've been lucky, I haven't had any direct copying of my designs but I'm always on the look out.  I must admit I keep my design drawings, which are all dated, and I usually double check Etsy and Madeit.com.au to make sure that I haven't created something exactly the same as someone else by sheer coincidence.

Updated Alexis Beanie in Cotton  by C Percy Designs
Child Size $28.00 plus postage


I love coming up with something new - copying is boring, there is no thrill in it, their is no flair, there is no branding the item with my style.

Have you been copied?  How did you deal with it?

*Unfortunately this blog has been edited.  One person's support has been misunderstood as abuse by another. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Been Busy

And here I was thinking that January was going to be a quiet month.

I got these great Crochet books for Christmas - 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet,
Crochet Designs for Kids: 20 Projects to Make for Girls & Boys

and Hello My Name is Amineko: The Story of a Crafty Crochet Cat

'100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet' is full of great diagrams,
'Crochet Designs for Kids' is amazing, Lucinda Guy's
designs are divine and I love how the clothes are shown. 
Lastly 'Hello My Name is Amineko'is a funny weird Japanese
Amigurumi book - I think I like it best because Hubby got it for me.


I finally started a blanket for my new niece Eva


I added 7mm and 12 mm Plastic Headbands to my
Craftumi storefront

I also added 48mm and 35mm silver alligator clips to my
Craftumi storefront


My Sunhats have been selling well at my local wool shop
- gotta love cashed up tourists. 
This is new design which has a roll up brim, which naturally
holds itself up.  I love the flower!
A Newborn Sunhat in Pink and Blush.
A Christmas gift for dear little Casey - it looks better in real life,
the green hasn't photographed well.

I've been playing with my new Alligator Clips, recycling some
Christmas ribbon and using up some leftover cotton to create
these sweet little clips.
And to top off the month I was proud to be part of Summerblossom* Handmade Queensland Flood Appeal, where I offered up a custom made Ashleigh beanie with a matching scarf (RRP $54.00).

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"... but could not see or hear for jealousy" Pet Shop Boys

Kewpie Surprise by Lovers and Dreamers
I find myself surprised by my slight feelings of jealousy when I look at photos posted online by my childless friends.  At 34 I though my life would be so different.  Their lives seem so exciting, glamorous and carefree.

Then I look at my wonderful husband and my 3 kids and I remind myself that I've replaced glamour with casual and carefree with responsibility (which isn't a dirty word).  I wouldn't swap my life, but a fabulous day off with just my Hubby would be nice.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Kate Inglish Designs - Seven Questions in Seven Minutes

Name: KATE INGLISH

Company Name: KATE INGLISH DESIGNS

Website: www.kateinglishdesigns.com.au

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Kate-Inglish-Designs

Twitter: katesKID

1. What is your favourite Colour?
Vibrant/fuchsia pink

2. What is your favourite font?
Century Gothic

3. Who would you like to be stuck next to on a long haul plane trip?
Anthony Keidis from Red Hot Chili Peppers, I could listen and watch him the whole time and not get bored...sorry hubby :)

4. Who taught you the basics of your craft? 
Myself

5. What is your favourite item in your range? Why?
My newborn gift boxes, as they are a beautiful keep sake item for the little one when they grow up to look back on and think "OMG I was that small once" 

6. What is your best seller?
The Jungle theme, for boys and girls

7. If there was an academy award for handmade and you won it, to whom would you thank?
My family and friends 1st for all the amazing help and support they given me and the loyal fans who have bought and continue to buy from Kate Inglish Designs and the other "crafties" out there like yourself who support amazing mum's working from home!

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I was fortunate to meet the talented Kate at the Shoalhaven Baby and Toddler Expo in 2010.  Its been an honour to get to know Kate and to network with her and other South Coast business women since the Expo. 

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Seven Questions in Seven Minutes

This year I've decided to do a monthly guest spot from a fellow handmade craftperson. To kick off I thought I would go first.


Name: Christine
Company Name: C Percy Designs
Website: www.cpercydesigns.webs.com
Online storefront/s: http://cpercydesigns.webs.com/onlinestore.htm
Facebook: www.facebook.com/c.percy.designs


What is your favourite Colour? Be specific 
My favourite colour changes each year.  Green is my all time favourite but in 2010 I was in love with Vivid Orange


What is your favourite font?
Century Gothic

Who would you like to be stuck next to on a long haul plane trip?
That's hard, I know I should say my husband but honestly I wouldn't mind sitting next to my friend Kieran because he brings out my silly mischievous side.

Who taught you the basics of your craft?

My Mum.
 

What is your favourite item in your range? Why?
My mock crocs because they were my first that I sold on Etsy.  Also because they are just so cute.


What is your best seller?
My Ashleigh beanie is my best seller with my Skater Boy Beanie in Lake a close second. I think it has got something to do with the cute photos - Miss H and Mr A look so cute in these photos.

If there was an academy award for handmade and you won it, to whom would you thank?
"I would like to thank God, the Academy and my Husband for putting up with a messy house and crappy and/or late dinners."





Stay tuned for the next installment.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!

"Happy Bullish 2011!"Custom Crocheted outfit by Street Artist Olek
I love this, okay not the yarn choice, but more the amount of time it would have taken to execute this piece of Street Art - I cannot fathom how long it would of taken to measure the bull, create the pattern, create the many pieces and than sew these pieces around the bull!

I wish you all a great 2011, one full of laughter and joy!

For more information go to:
http://gothamist.com/2010/12/27/spotted_wall_street_bull_warms_up_w.php
http://www.agataolek.com/home.html

**** UPDATE ****

Thank youYarnBomb Genny  of the Ladies Fancywork Society for sharing this YouTube link on Facebook



I just love the dance of joy at the end!