Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thursday Treasures - DUST SALE

Ok so this post isn't about one particular item, but the possibility of everyone finding something to treasure this weekend! What am I going on about?? This weekend IndigoElephant is participating in the Etsy DUST sale - no, not dust damaged stock from our recent dust storm - Australian etsy artists (from the Down Under Street Team) are banding together for a special sale this weekend!

So, check out the various sellers, and start your Christmas shopping before December! Not only will you be avoiding crowds, mile long queues and battling for car park spaces, you'll be supporting Australian (hand)made and receiving items you wouldn't find in retail centres. IndigoElephant will be adding more stock to the shop over the next two days, all you need to do is just add 'WEEKEND DEALS' in message to seller and save! Go on, start shopping!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Weekend Reflections 01

The last couple of days have been quite hectic with lots of cutting and sewing, to get my gorgeous new fabrics made up into bibs, while also trying to develop another toy for the shop, and keeping up with 'life'. And the great thing about so much sewing - apart from the satisfaction - is that it really gives me lots of thinking time!

Yesterday I was remembering back to my first ever sewing experience, back in year 7, facing one term of textiles & design, and having to make a peasant top, which later that year had to be modelled at the school fashion parade!! The peasant top was a bit of a disaster. You can view a pattern for a similar style here, but need to picture
it with short puff sleeves. It was too short, too tight and waay too ugly! Let's just say there had to be a bit of re-making before the fashion parade...

Fast forward about 18 years, and I find it hard to believe that I'm now making things, with a sewing machine, that other people like and want to buy. I'm feeling so fortunate to have found something that keeps me sane while being a stay at home mum, and allows for a bit of creativity in my life!

And for a sneak peek at some new releases for this week, see below!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thursday Treasures

Having been profiled on someone's blog last week, I've decided to share with the world some of the treasures I find whilst attempting to get some work done!! There are so many independant sellers out there with amazingly beautiful products, often created themselves. And I'm all for supporting that!

That said however, I'm starting out with something that isn't handmade, but I do love it, and think it'd make a great gift for my Atticus - maybe when he's a bit older!

Yes, it's a rare first edition of one of my all time favourite books! It was found on etsy in daisychainvintage 's shop (or you can follow Sandra's blog for an entertaining read). This would definitely be on the top of my shopping list if I had a wad of spare cash floating around!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Creating For A Cause

The other day I was catching up on reading some email newsletters from various places, and stumbled across the Softies for Mirabel charity crafting project, run by Meet Me At Mikes in Melbourne.

Mirabel is a wonderful organisation that supports the children of families affected by substance abuse. And this is something small I can contribute to help someone else out... not too sure what I'll be sending yet, but if you're feeling crafty why not send something along too?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Interview with an elephant!

IndigoElephant has been interviewed by fellow Etsian Nay, of moonangelnay, who is a great supporter of up and coming Etsy artisans, and a very clever photographer too!
Read the interview here.
You could also visit her shop to check out her work.

Meanwhile over at IndigoElephant HQ, I'm flat out making bibs and toys, with my first custom order of 3 elephants and 2 birds being finished for mailing out tomorrow. New bibs are also on the way, so stay tuned for mouth watering cupcake bibs, and some cute girly ones to come. Also being developed are some new toys, an owl and a rhinocerous, who will hopefully make it to the shop soon. So much to do and so little time...better get back to it!