Sunday, February 28, 2010

Back home

We've been back from Splore for about a week, I was straight back into my sewing room to get more stock ready for Womad in two weeks... unfortunately didn't get many pics from the festival or our stall. We had a great time though, people liked my craft, the yoga pants were a hit and we were blown away by the festival. The setting couldn't be more idyllic, the music was great and the food super yummy. There was also an art trail and lots of activities for kids and adults alike. Tahi and I made a peace flag that was then hung on a pohutukawa tree along with many others made by festival go-ers. We saw a bit of a drumming workshop and there were so many more! Definitely would consider going again in a couple of years (with more stock this time!).
It was nice to be home though, and we've been very busy catching up with friends and going to birthday parties! I made those pants for a 4 year old friend of Tahi, I was pretty happy with the result, they fit her perfectly and look quite funky!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Announcing My Green

Do YOU Have one? - That's the simple idea behind this new environmental initiative being launched on March the 1st. Discover eco-friendly disposables and the modern cloth nappy. My Green Nappy is a site promoting 'Green' nappy options as a collaborative network featuring links to over 300 shops offering modern cloth nappies in Australia and New Zealand.
My Green Nappy has been created by Charndra Josling, a mum living in South Australia, who combines modern cloth nappies with eco-friendly disposables and baby pottying to reduce the environmental impact of her two young boys, aged one and four.
If you pop over there now you can join an Announcement List and be get a sneak peek of several of the unique resources of My Green Nappy, including the 100 Green Promise Nappies InitiativeModern Cloth Mini Trends and the Welcome screen.
You'll also be invited to an Early Bird previewing as soon as the site is ready, but before the official launch on the 1st of March. As is an extreme sponsor of the Cloth Nappy Hunt, you can enjoy following a mini-hunt during March to win great prizes; including two green nappies donated by My Green Nappy!
To check it out, visit:

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Etsy treasury

I finally got to make up my own treasury on Etsy. For those who are not familiar with that website, the treasury is a "member curated" selection of some of the millions of items for sale there. They are usually centered around a theme, mine was inspired by a song I love by Magic Dirt titled "I love the rain". Easy to guess what it's about.
It was fun and stressful at the same time, since it was my first time I was in a hurry to get all the items, in case there was a time deadline, plus Tahi (my 2 year old) was running and decided kicking the dog was great fun. I also had trouble with the technical process: I copied the whole URL code into the little windows and couldn't understand why no images showed up.In the end I found a very helpful post, and managed to get it going. It was a real pleasure to find so much inspiration and I'm sure there are many hidden treasures that would fuel just that one theme for pages and pages.
View it here .

Sunday, February 7, 2010

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Market prep

Only 10 days left before heading off to Splore , I'm in panic mode, running around like a headless chicken. It never feels like I've got enough stock and there are so many logistic matters to take care of (including looking after my 2 year old!). All of a sudden I wish it was xmas again and I had more time!
Luckily, the latest World Sweet World magazine has got a good article on how to be ready for craft markets and what I love best: a check list. This is only my second market, so a little help is more than welcome.
My range of kids' clothing has been selling quite slowly, I'm blaming it on my love of non-classic designs (maybe too different???) and the fact that people like to spend money on themselves... So I decided create a new range for adults and also get more into fused plastic accessories. Because I get so little time for myself to actually put that into practice, it' a very slow and painful process but I am seeing the fruit of my labour! Here's a sneak preview:

Patchwork style fisherman's pants (also called yoga pants), knee length. Those are great to make because you don't have to worry about sizes, one size fits most.

Fused plastic wallet and pencil case. I have also made a whole lot of box pouches, they're my favorite!