Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Harriet's Asian Themed Party

The Invites
(by Pretty&Print)
The Dress
(Kimono Dress by Em&Femme Designs)
The Banner and Party Inspiration
(by Ben and Jess on madeit)

The lanterns
The Thank You gifts
(Kokeshi Doll pattern by Amigurumi Friends on Etsy)
Something to Decorate

See more pictures on my Pinterest ideas page. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Handmade Finds: Summertime

So far its been a beautiful summer here on the South Coast of NSW, so to celebrate that I've put this little collection of handmade finds together.

A Day at the Beach
(magnetic clothes set to fit 'Children of World" dolls)
by Amarias Paper Work

You Are My Sunshine Print (Yellow)
by KathyPanton 

Wanderlust Aline knit Skirt black lurex
by Miss Fancypants

366 Days of Summer - fine art photography desk calendar
by mylittlepixels

Wide Resin Bangle - Beachside Range
by Prickles Designs

Summer Set - White
by Verily 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pillowcases for Oncology Kids

I'm so very proud to be part of the Handmade Cooperative's Great Pillowcase Challenge.  We have a number of members taking part and it looks like its going to be a great challenge.

As you know I don't sew, but I know people who do.  So I'm going to make some large doilies and get them to sew it onto a pillowcase for me.  Hopefully I can get them to make a pillow from scratch as well so the entire thing is handmade.  I'll post photos of the pillowcase as it takes shape and the finished product.

For more information about the Challenge go to the Handmade Cooperative webpage.

For more information about Pillowcases for Oncology Kids go to their Facebook page.

If you would like to be part of this challenge contact the Handmade Cooperative.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

People who inspire: Plushka

Today I had to smile.  I've been a fan of Plushka's work for a while now, many of the Handmade Cooperative members have chosen one of her items to be part of their Sensational Six posts.  I think it has something to do with the fact that her work is unique, beautifully made and well photographed.  
Felt elephant toy by Plushka
So why am I writing about her? How has she inspired me? 

Well it all started today when I was auditing my Craftumi store before it reopens again next week.  I was checking on my online dopalganger and I stumbled across the crocheted flowers that Puluska has on offer in the her Plusha's Makery Craftumi storefront.  

I looked at her flowers and I smiled.  I loved the fact that you could see how well made these flowers are and I love the fact that she has found a way to photograph these items in her own unique style. 
Crochet flowers in red by Plusha's Makeryl
I also love the fact that she has made flowers that as yet have not been offered on Craftumi (from my own experience that probably won't last) and she has found her own unique way to photograph these flowers.  

Thank you Katia for raising the bar, for inspiring me to take better photos of my own crocheted flowers in my own style and for resorting my faith in the handmade community.


Friday, January 06, 2012

Things that make you go hmmm

"Take a deep breath in ... and let it out"

"Get an original idea!"

"Think happy thoughts"

"How can I find the silver lining in this?"

Copying another businesses' colour combinations, unique designs, photographic style, Facebook or Twitter posts etc is just uncool.  Its rude. Its dishonest. It pisses me off.  Its copying.

"You copy cat, you dirty rat,
You stole my mother’s baseball bat.

I'm not sure if I'm alone on this one but I personally think that when you choose to buy handmade you are choosing to buy an ethically made item, as Tania from Chicken Ink Creative puts it "an item made with love".

When you buy handmade you are choosing to buy something that is unique, not a copy.

When you admire a photo of someone's work on the internet, you don't admire it because it looks like everyone else's photos.

When you follow someone on Facebook or Twitter you follow them because you like their business, their voice, their take on things, and not the fact that they can copy and paste well.

Be original.  Be creative. Be yourself. Find your own voice. 
Running a small handmade business is a lot more fun when you do!

.... And for those of you who haveC+C Music Factory's song "Things that make you go humm" running thought their heads here is it for your listening pleasure.