Sunday, July 24, 2011

People Who Inspire: Madeit happy hookers

Because I've been so busy this month with my orders, markets, editing the Handmade Cooperative, to name a few, I've decided to combine my monthly Shopping Guide with my People Who Inspire post.

Did you know that an affectionate nickname for those of us who crochet is "Hooker"?  
Its because we use a crochet hook not a needle. 

This post is devoted to the sellers who crochet and inspire me.  These Hookers make wares that are gorgeous, unique and beautifully made. 

'Disco Diva' - Sequins and Crochet on Silver Ribbon
by the black sheep 
Owl Phone Slip
by Boutique Creations

Lacy Crochet Capelet - LUXE mohair wool - pink by Mel P Designs

 PS:  I have this in cream and green, its divine!
Hoot the owl from Giggle and Hoot. 100% cotton toy
by Twinkle Kids

Boutique Hand Crocheted Pink Girls Baby Cot Blanket
Bumble Bee Designs 

Alice luxuriously soft headband or waistband
by Loopty Loop

Friday, July 15, 2011

Design your own Beanie Compeition

Baby its cold outside! 

Would you like to win your own custom made beanie?

In July C Percy Designs is holding a
where I am asking my supporters to design there own unique beanie. The winner of the competition will receive there very own beanie.


Competition is open to Australian residents only. Please show your support of C Percy Designs by becoming a blog follower ( and/or facebook fan (

The following is required in your submission:
1. Written description based on the traditional beanie of your UNIQUE design. NB:  See below for competition's definition of unique.
2. A suitable name for your beanie eg. Skater Boy Beanie
3. You contact information.
4. Your preferred size - Newborn, Baby, Toddler, Child, Tween, Adult
Optional:  Include drawings or images that help your design submission. 

Round 1:

Submissions are to be emailed using the subject "BEANIE COMP" to by the 29rd July, 2011 (Eastern states).  One entry per person.

Round 2:

I will select my favourite designs.  This  will announced on Facebook on 5th August.  Prototypes of these beanies will also be shown on this blog. The submissions will also be listed on this blog so Facebook Likers and Blog Followers can vote for there favourite beanie.

Voting closes on 12th August with the winning design being announced on this blog on 14th August.  The winner will also be contacted by email.

The winner will receive their Beanie 7 business days after the winner is announced. 

The beanie created by C Percy Designs based on the written description will remain the property of C Percy Designs.

UNIQUE DESIGN:  For competition purposes designs are based on the traditional beanie that uses a colour combination not used by C Percy Designs.  Unique could mean the use of a  Cap style beanie with a different use of buttons (covered, number, colour etc) or a different type of flower or motif. 
We suggest that you have a look at your child's favourite outfit and base your design on that. 
EXAMPLE:  A beanie that is square in design, its top is made to look like a folded over granny square.  At the tips of the fold have tassels attached.  The Beanie is to be Baby blue with white being the contrast colour and the tassel colour.  It is to be called the Espy Beanie and I would like it made in Newborn size.
Be creative. Be Fun. Enter Now!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Seven Questions in Seven Minutes: Winnie&Clem

Name:  Anita Keith

Company Name:  Winnie&Clem


Online storefront/s:



1.    What is your favourite Colour?  Watermelon pink

2.    What is your favourite font? Comic Sans MS

3.    Who would you like to be stuck next to on a long haul plane trip? 
JK Rowling, what an amazing creative business woman!

4.    Who taught you the basics of your craft? My mum


5.    What is your favourite item in your range?  Why? 
The Ella Rose Reversible Sunhat, this was my first truly unique design hat after launching Winnie&Clem and it was my inspiration to move forward and make more of my own designs.

6.    What is your best seller?
It is almost even between the Charlie Caps, Ella Rose Reversible Sunhats and the Cloche hats.

7.   If there was an academy award for handmade and you won it, to whom would you thank?
I would thank my husband, my kids and my mum who all offer support and guidance and in the case of my kids especially, patience. I would also thank the absolutely amazing handmade community (mostly online) who welcome new businesses with open arms and offer so much support. 

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Anita is one of my online friends.  We are both members of the Handmade Cooperative - Australian Handmade for Kids.  Being an accesories maker I've have followed with interest the development of the Winnie & Clem range.  I love Anita's use of colours, fabric and buttons.  I'm really looking forward to her online store opening later this month so Miss H and I can get some W&C of our very own.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Winners are Grinners decided that the following person's are the winners of the Lucky Dip

1. Raelene
2. Neatsie
3. Nic
4. Kerrie B
5. Jeanie
6. Sarah

Could Neatsie, Nic and Kerrie B please send me an email with you postal address so I can send these lovelies to you next week.


Friday, July 08, 2011

'No' isn't a dirty word

'NO' isn't a dirty word. In the past I would bend over backwards for customers and sometimes making items which were not within my defined scope.

This year I've decided saying 'NO' isn't a bad thing, actually I've turned this negative word in to a positive one because saying 'No' has enabled me to really focus on what I want to make, what type and quality of yarns I want to use etc. Sure I've lost some sales because I've said "No I won't copy that beanie", "No I'm not going to make that in acrylic yarn", "No I'm not going to sell it for less than its worth".

I smiled this morning when I said NO to an email request because I was really saying YES to keep my brand integrity and YES to spending time with my young family.
REMEMBER:  Enter into my lucky dip by leaving a comment at the botton of my LUCKY DIP post.  Lucky dip includes a Smiggle sheep and either a set of hair clips, headband or brooch.  You have to be in it to win it.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011


We have reached the 800 Facebook Likers milestone! 

To celebrate  I'm giving away 6 lucky dips which will include one of these cute Smiggle sheep, which are just as cute as Barrnie and Barrbara who are the sheep in the C Percy Designs Logo, and a little something else.

To be in the running to receive one of these lucky dips simply leave a comment below.  
Good luck!

1. 1 entry per person
2. You must be a Facebook Liker (I'll be checking)
3. Lucky Dips will be drawn by random draw on Sunday 10th July

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Busy Busy Busy

Well its winter and its my busiest time.  This year has been a great one for CPD, it seems that all my hard work in the past 18 months has started to pay off.  My 'Ashleigh' beanie still remains my best seller with the 'read all about it' cap and 'Dino' beanies a close second and third.  I currently have a waiting list, which is nice but a tad stressful! 

Added to that I have temporary taken over the reigns of the Handmade Cooperative - Australian Handmade 4 Kids.  It is more work than I thought it would be but it has enabled me to gain a few more skills, such as creating animated GIFs.  This is one I created the other day for the Shop Contemporary Handmade blog, which the Coop is sponsoring this month.

I thought I would share the blurb I put together about me for the the HCH4K's About page.

Christine Percy:  C Percy Designs

Christine is married with three cheeky kids, two boys and a girl.  She lives on the shores of St Georges Basin, which is located on the South Coast of NSW.  Christine is primarily a stay at home Mum, who works casually at the local public school, volunteers at the Lady Denman Museum and is an active member of the Australian Breastfeeding Association.  She fits her love for all things crochet in between her family and her external commitments.

Christine started C Percy Designs in 2009 after the birth of her third child when many of her friends suggested that she could sell the baby gifts she was making for friends and family.  CPD items are available on and selected boutiques on the South Coast. In 2010 CPD expanded into to making crochet flowers which are sold on Craftumi, and she now teaches crochet at her local wool shop – SewGood, KnitToo Sanctuary Point.  C Percy Designs’ focus is  creating and designing unique, cute and practical crocheted items for babies and children that are wholly Australian made using 100% Australian grown and spun wool.