Monday, December 21, 2015

Instagram Photo Prop

I've spent the morning creating a Instagram photo prop for some upcoming community events - "Make Healthy Normal Family Fun Days".

I started off where I usually do for such things looking at pictures in Pinterest.  There are some cool instagram props on Etsy but as this is a community thing I wanted to keep the prices down.  I did come across a psd download on "Taking the Leap and Learning as you go" blog but I wanted to change things up a little.

Taking inspiration from the download I used my ipad to take screen prints of Instagram and I cropped various elements down using picmonkey.

From there I opened up PhotoShop Elements and created a blank document (45.7 x 68.6 cm).  I added the cropped elements, added text etc and voila I have a cute Instagram.

Here is the final result, which I'm pretty impressed with.

Now all I have to do is upload this to Vistaprint and wait for it to arrive!


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Updated Cable Beanie

Now that the mad rush of winter is over I've been spending some time reviewing some of my patterns.  I created this crable twist pattern a few years back, it's based on my basic pattern, which I use for all my beanies so I can get consistent sizes.

This was my initial Cable Beanie.

Since then I've added the the ribbed detail at the base of the beanie which I thinks completes the look. I've also played with the pattern, I've opened up the centre of the cable slightly and I've made its slightly longer so you get a 'slouch' at the back.   Finally last night after speaking with my sister I've added a pop pom.

What do you think?

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Do you make beautiful things for kids?

I've been a member of the Handmade Cooperative since its humble start in 2009.  I have had the pleasure of seeing the blog grow and become a great place to meet and support other makers in the handmade industry.  

The Handmade Cooperative is currently running is Membership Drive, the only opportunity this year to join the Cooperative.  If you make handmade goods for children I urge you to apply.

From the Handmade Cooperative Blog:

"Bringing together a select group of 70 businesses that create handmade cloths and gifts for kids, at Handmade Cooperative we work together to support our dynamic community and to help spread the word for Australia's truly inspirational handcraft marketplace. 
Our community has a two fold purpose: 
(1) to celebrate and promote the best in Australian handmade kids clothes and gifts, and 
(2) top provide a safe and supportive network for like-minded businesses. 

Numbers are limited to 70 members in order that Coop members can easily interact with one another. In September each year we run a membership drive to restore our numbers. - See more here"

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Instagram Update - July

A collection of my instagram photos to show you what I've been up to in July.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Its been a while

You can tell it's the school holidays because I've actually got some time to update my stores (madeit and website) and write a blog post.

While I've been quiet I've been busy working on blankets for Four Ducklings at Gerringong.  If you are heading down the South Coast of NSW I suggest to take the turn off to Gerringong and pop by this delightful store full of beautifully selected baby and kids items.

I've also been filling wholesale orders for Quirky and Quaint. This year I have an exclusive range titled "Into the Woods".  To my surprise the Koala and Kitten beanie have been pretty popular.  They are great fun to make and I love the fact that I came up with my own version of animal beanies - there are so many types of them out there, so it was hard coming up with a design that no one else had come up with.

NB:  The Fox beanie pattern I use was designed by Unravel Me Designs.  I have played with the ears so that they are double the thickness and have a 3D effect so they stand up. I also use my own basic beanie pattern to make sure my sizes are consistent.

Apart from that I've been working 4 days a week at my day job.  This coming term I need to complete a qualification so I have dropped down to 3 days, hopefully this will also enable me to create and blog more.

Til next time,