Saturday, August 06, 2016

Spotlight

I'm in the spotlight this week over at Madeit.com.au blog.  I've been selling on Madeit since 2009 and this was the first time they have featured me.  Click here to see the interview.




Thursday, July 07, 2016

Making beanies for Four Ducklings

I've been kept busy lately making a range of beanies for Four Ducklings.  It's been lovely seeing my beanies on display in a bricks and mortar store and then seeing them in their Instagram feed.

Bear Beanie, made using a Speckled Frog Crochet Pattern

Cable Beanie - using my very own pattern 

Fox Beanie - based on Unravel Me's pattern 

Another Bear beanie, this time in cream.

If you would like to have my products in your store, please contact me at cpercydesigns@aanet.com.au

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Find us at 4 Ducklings

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This weekend I dropped off some beanies and a blanket to 4 Ducklings, a gorgeous children's' boutique in Gerringong.  I adore this store and are honoured to have my beanies stocked there.


4 Ducklings are about to go online so those not on the South Coast of NSW can visit virtually. 


Monday, June 06, 2016

Featured on Handmade Cooperative

Our Ella beanie was featured on the Handmade Cooperative blog on Friday. Thank you Alison from Sweater Doll for choosing our beanie.


Friday, June 03, 2016

Shelfie

Recently I took part in a cute Shelfie project.  Here are the fantastic results.  Thank you, Emma, from Squiggly Monkeys for taking these great photos.

Panda Beanie by C Percy Designs
Panda Softie by Skinny Malinky Designs
Shoes by Anomaly Leathers

Panda Beanie by C Percy Designs
Mask by Ebony Shae Designs
Shoes by Anomaly Leathers

Rose Pink Cable Beanie by C Percy Designs
Cloud Softies by Skinny Malinky Designs

Rose Pink Cable Beanie by C Percy Designs
Monkey by Squiggly Monkeys

Rose Pink Cable Beanie by C Percy Designs
Monkey by Squiggly Monkeys

Panda Beanie by C Percy Designs
Panda Softie and bib by Skinny Malinky Designs
Shoes by Anomaly Leathers

Panda Beanie and Cable beanies are available for purchase through Quirky and Quaint Australia or by contacting me directly.  

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Top Tips to making play dough

I make a play dough a lot.  This weekend I'll be making a lot of playdough as a giveaway for an expo I'll be attending. While I was getting ready for this undertaking I thought I would share this on the internet for other Mums/teachers/childcare workers doing a late night internet search


Tip 1:  Dissolve the salt in the hot water.

Tip 2:  Grind the salt!  By grinding the salt down into a powder you will get lovely smooth playdough that looks like the shop bought one.

Tip 3: Homemade playdough is way cheaper than store bought and you won't cry when the kids mix up the colours. 


Tip 4:  Shake it up - add some food colouring, add some essential oils*, add some glitter.   I like to add the essential oils and glitter when I'm kneading it at the end. 


Tip 5:  Make inside dirt aka brown playdough.  I like to add leftover coffee grinds to give it that dirt texture.  You could also add some Vetiver** to make it smell like the right thing.  Add some plastic dinosaurs, cars, twigs etc.  Hours of fun and cleaner than playing with real dirt.


* A tip from The Oil Nurse is to match the label colour of your essential oil to your food colouring and DO NOT USE hot essential oils as children handling the playdough may rub their eyes, eat the dough etc.

** You can purchase Vetiver and other essential oils through DoTerra. Vetiver has a calming, grounding effect on emotions and some immune-enhancing properties.  I personally adore the earthy smell.  


Here are the two recipes I use.

Christine’s no-cook Playdough  

(the recipe I use at work) 


2 cups plain flour
4 tbsp cream of tartar
1 cup salt
2 cups water
2 tbs cooking oil
food colouring

1.    Boil water and place in a heatproof jug/bowl.  Add salt and stir to dissolve.  Allow to cool off a little.
2.    Add all ingredients into the bowl, mix together to combine.
3.    Turn out onto a floured work surface and knead to form playdough. 

Thermomix Playdough 

(based on FatMumSlim's recipe)


1 ½ cup boiling water
100g cooking salt
1 tbsp cream of tartar
2 1/3 cups plain flour
1 tbs vegetable oil
Food colouring of your choice

  1. Place salt in Thermomix bowl and blitz on Speed 9 for 3 seconds. 
  2. Add cream of tartar, then add water and food colouring.  Heat for 3 minutes at 60 degrees on Speed 3.
  3. Add flour and mix for 20-40 seconds on Speed 3.  
  4. Add vegetable oil and knead on and off to combines oil into the mix.
  5. Turn dough onto the bench, allow to cool.  If the dough is a little sticky, place flour onto surface and knead.*

Suggested colours and essential oils

Yellow – Lemon
Purple/Blue – Lavender/Serenity
Brown – Vetiver
Orange – Citrus Bliss/Wild Orange
Pink – Grapefruit

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Latest creation - V-Stitch Infinity Cowl


After my last blog post I actually felt like crocheting.  Alison from SewGood, KnitToo in Sanctuary Point gave me some yummy bamboo blend yarn for my birthday and I decided I make something for myself.

Using a 6 mm hook I created a simple V-Stitch Infinity Cowl based on this pattern by makesandtakes.com.  I didn't count rows I just used 2 skeins and joined one end to the other using a double stitch (dc) [US sc).  Its very warm and not too itchy.

Yarn:     King Cole Bamboozle
Colour: Denim
Blend:   48% Bamboo, 44% Wool,8% acrylic yarn.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Have I lost my Cro-jo?


I’ve lost my desire to crochet. There I’ve said it.  So what do I do now?

A few months ago I had a fall, yet another one.  The fall I had about 2 years ago saw me with a black eye and a slight crack in my skull.  I also lost some sense of smell, which is helpful when you work with small children who have a habit of filling their pants. This time around when I fell over I hurt my wrist and I took a month of crocheting due to the pain. I can now crochet without any pain but I still have issues picking up heavy objects etc.  While I’ve had an enforced break I’ve also seemed to have lost my drive and desire to spend my time playing with yarn. 

Maybe it's my slight addition to playing The Sims. 


Maybe it is because winter hasn’t hit yet, it has been a long hot summer and to be honest playing within wool during an Australian summer isn’t fun.  

Maybe some orders will inject some enthusiasm.

Maybe it is time to take a break, I'm incredibly busy with work and at home.

Maybe I'm just lazy and I should get my butt into gear and finish some UFOs.

What is crojo?  Just think mojo for Crochers.  I've lost my crochet mojo = cro-jo

Saturday, March 05, 2016

To the kid shat in my Autistic sons tent at camp … I feel sorry for you.

My Son is by no means perfect, he can be annoying, he can come across as rude and yes he’s odd. He frustrates me and drives me wild. In his short life, all 11 of them, he’s been teased, called names, made fun of, humiliated, provoked, as well as physically assaulted all because he doesn’t conform to what society says he should be, because he has Asperger Syndrome, a form of Autism.

To the child who shat in my son’s tent at school camp I feel sorry for you.  
You must be truly a sick individual. You are a coward for not coming forward when questioned and for not taking responsibility for your actions.  You are a disgusting individual.   You truly need some help.  You are a sadistic piece of work.  I really feel sorry for you.

What you don’t know is that this is just one of many things that happen to my son on a daily basis.  My son's comment to me when I found out about this disgusting act was “someone mustn’t like me much”.  This was said lightly and with a smile. Thankfully his Autism hasn't allow him to process this fully, what this act signifies but it will one day. 

But it will one day!  
My husband and I are very fearful of that day.  The day when our beautiful kind hearted boy, who only wants to have friends, puts two-and-two together.  When he adds up all the times he’s been shoved, humiliated, laughed out, decimated against, left out and much, much, more.  What will he do then?

Will he consider suicide? 

Will he turn to drugs or alcohol to numb the pain?

Will he finally lash out?   Will he attack or threaten another person? Will he take a gun to school? Will he damage property? 

We hear it happen and usually society blames the parents, they blame the education system, they blame the government. 

Do these abusers stop of a second and think about my son's life? Do they think about all the other people who hurt my son on a daily basis?  

Do they blame themselves?
All those people who have

  • put a person with a disability into the too hard basket
  • who rolled their eyes when they think the person isn't looking
  • who are blatantly rude or simply ignore people with a disability
  • who laugh at the disabled person's expense
  • who pulled a humiliating pranks
  • who purposely do things to get a reaction out of a person with Austism
Do you ever think that what you are doing is wrong and harmful?  What if someone did this to you on a daily basis?  Would you like it?  

So to the person who shat in my son’s tent at camp, I ask you to consider your actions. 
Consider his family.  His crying and deeply upset Mum.  His Dad who wants to protect his son but who can’t be at school everyday to stand guard.  His brother and sister who do not have a disability but have a disability-by-proxy.  Jon's siblings have to deal with the fall out and at times face the brunt of your actions, my two other kids get teased and excluded because of their brother.   

Lastly I want you to know that while you live your so-called normal life, where you will never face the day to day struggles my son faces, the following is happening in the Autism community.
  • Almost 40% of the autistic population was treated for anxiety versus 17% in the general population.
  • The numbers for depression were a close second – just a couple percentage points less.
  • Suicide attempts were the most troubling – near 2%.  Can you believe almost one in 50 autistic adults attempted suicide at least once in that five year period?

    (Taken from Look me in my eyes
So next time you think about taking a dump in someone tent or anywhere for that matter, I hope you think about what the impact of your actions will be.


Further reading:




Autistic Symptoms Make Higher Risk for Substance Abuse