Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Happy 300!!

Yay, we made it to 300 'likers' -I still can't get used to calling it that- on Facebook today, and as promised here are the details of the celebratory giveaway:

Up for grabs, is one Dribble Bib and one Feeding Bib, of the winner's choice, which can be chosen from what is currently available in the madeit or Etsy shops, and shipping to wherever you are.  All you have to do to enter, is leave me a comment on this post!  Can it get any easier??

Entries close on Friday 3rd September at 8pm AEST and the winner will be announced on Facebook.  Good Luck!

Friday, August 27, 2010

New Release :: Dreaming of Summer

There's just that hint in the air of warmer days to come, and these new bibs remind me of summer... great holidays by the beach, the smell of sunscreen and salt on your lips!

Tropical Fish Dribble Bib

Under The Sea Feeding Bib

And they co-ordinate beautifully with the Bermuda and Beach Ball Pram Blankets to make a great gift set!  All the items are available in both shops.

Bermuda Pram Blanket

 Beach Ball Pram Blanket

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Retail Therapy.

For the last couple of weeks I have been flat out, busily preparing for the second Hide & Seek market as well as dealing with snotty and croup-y kids.  As a reward I decided to go shopping and treat myself to something for me, but it is never fun to actually go shopping with a 1.5 and 3 year old, neither of whom enjoy the pleasures of shopping.  So when I stumbled across this gorgeous brooch on Etsy, I just had to order it!!

Eco Felt Flower Brooch from Lupin Handmade

It is beautifully made, all the petals are handcut and handsewn together, I love wearing it...  and while I was ordering  the brooch I also ordered myself some of these pins...

Aren't they the cutest?  They are long, like 5cm, so I use half as many when pinning things together before sewing.  They make me smile!  A successful shopping trip, don't you think!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Hide & Seek Market August

Yesterday was spent at Hide & Seek Market, another beautiful sunny day with lovely shoppers and friendly fellow stallholders!  Here are some pics for those who wanted to see what the stall looked like, but couldn't make it to visit in person!  

There are lots more pics to come but for some reason blogger keeps importing them rotated the wrong way, even though they look fine in my photo editors?!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Staying Warm!

This blog has been a little neglected lately...the kids have been sick -again - and my sewing machine has not been playing nicely - again.  On top of that I've been trying to complete some orders and prepare stock for the next Hide & Seek market this Sunday.  So if you're around Sydney, pop by and say hello at Wrights Rd Community Centre, Kellyville from 10am - 2pm.

The pram blankets were very popular at the last market so I've been making more, despite heading towards warmer weather!  The August winds are quite strong, and while great for drying washing, not so good for bubbas out and about in the chilly winds.  Most of these pram blankets are one of a kind and once they're gone, I can't be sure of finding the same fabric to make another.  The blankets are so lovely, I wish I could keep them all!! 

Monday, August 9, 2010

New Release :: Bumpy Road Bib

Isn't this fabric gorgeous? This Dribble Bib is the latest addition to the shops, made using Riley Blake Design's Wheels fabric.  It's available at madeit and Etsy and will tie in with a co-ordinating Feeding Bib in a different Riley Blake fabric!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Creative Mums :: Kim - Kaboodle

Kim is another of our playgroup mums,  and the creative force behind Kaboodle Baby Essentials and Kits for Kids. With two kids as well, I'm in awe of how productive she is!  

Kim makes the most gorgeous craft kits, cooking kits, aprons, nappy wallets & chalk mats, and I'd highly recommend checking out the Kaboodle website.

Grey & White Nappy Wallet

I can personally recommend her nappy wallets, they're fantastic for easily transferring some nappies, wipes, hand sanitiser, nappy sacks & rash cream between bags, while keeping it all together - so you're not rummaging around your handbag for the wipes while trying to hold down a half changed baby!!  They're also great to have your supplies in the car if you're getting to the end of the nappy stage and no longer need to take things everywhere you go.

Chalkmats in action!

The chalkmats are another great product, that I'm looking forward to trying out!  Designed to keep the kids entertained while out and about without having to drag around a bag full of toys, they roll up nice and small, and come with a little pouch for the chalk and a duster to wipe them clean!  These will be available at the next Hide & Seek Market on Sunday 22nd August, at Wrights Rd Community Centre Kellyville.

Kids Aprons

There are also a great range of aprons, and craft kits, which make wonderful creative gifts, and keep the kids entertained, so head over to Kaboodle and check them out!
Kim is having a sale tonight (Thursday 5th August) on facebook, so become a 'liker' and you might be able to pick up a bargain!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

New Release :: Bloom & Grow Bibs.

We enjoyed the most gorgeous spring-like winter day here in Sydney today, which made me want to list these new bibs - in honour of the coming season!

The fabric is Bloom & Grow by Riley Blake Designs, featuring lovely, birds, flowers, leaves and vines, and is now available in the Madeit shop.


Creative Mums :: Belinda - Snow White Meets Belle

As I mentioned yesterday, I feel very fortunate to have some creative mums at my kids playgroup, (and also many more amongst my friends) but today I'd like to introduce Belinda.  The talent behind the very new Snow White Meets Belle jewellery range.  With two little girls, it's easy to see where she came up with the shop name!

Belinda has a background in graphic design, followed by a few years mummy-ing, before the need for a creative outlet led to the opening of a Madeit shop stocking her gorgeous jewellery!  

Matt Black Leaf Earrings
Raindrop Pearls
Currently the range includes pieces in silver, matt gold and matt black, in earrings and necklaces. But keep checking back regularly as more items are on their way.

Pink Jade Drops
Matt Gold Marquise Necklace
 I'm looking forward to seeing her girls jewellery range, which will be available at the next Hide & Seek Market on August 22, at Wrights Rd Community Centre Kellyville.  But if you can't get there, just keep an eye on the online shop and join the facebook page for updates!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Creative Mums

After my first Baby Elephant was born, like lots of other first time mums, I went along to our local Early Childhood Clinic to join a mothers' group. Admittedly feeling a bit nervous after hearing and reading plenty of horror stories about competitive mothers, and other general nastiness around similar groups, I was so happy to meet others who were down to earth and very, very normal!  There were about 17 or 18 mums in that original group, and once the formal sessions were done with, we formed a playgroup.  That was about 3 years ago, and our playgroup is still going strong. 

 Baby Elephant #1 and a very pregnant me playing with goop!

Icing and decorating biscuits.

It's through playgroup that I've gotten to know two very creative mums, Belinda & Kim.   They each run their own online shops, and I'm really pleased to share their products and shops here this week.  You won't be disappointed!

Etsy Currency Changes!!

Yes it's finally here! Etsy has just rolled out the first changes to enable viewing the site in your local currency!  At the moment you can set your currency and see approximate converted prices while shopping, but still have to make the purchase in USD.  It does mean that viewing the prices in your local currency isn't as neat and rounded as viewing in USD, but helps with keeping a tally on your spend!