Saturday, August 2, 2014

Supporting Pretty Handmade.

Hi lovely readers,

Hope you are all well. Its pretty cold here in melbourne today. Although the sun was shining so it made the winter trees, new flowers and green grass really pretty.

I wanted to share with you some other pretty things in my life. I have been doing a bit of handmade shopping over the past few months as really, Im so in love with so much I see and really want to support handmade. I also can't expect people to support my handmade business if I don't support theirs.

Ever since signing up for theHandmade 365 challenge, it's given me extra reason to be on the look out for new bits and pieces to wear. Not only for the challenge but for good. I love these pieces I have bought, and hope I have introduced you to some new makers that you can perhaps support.

These cute garlands were bought from the Belgrave South Community Market

Hair slide and embroided brooch from Winifred and Delilah, miniature embroidery hoop from Dandelyne

Cute vintage book postcard by The Crafty Squirrel

Bought this brooch at the Craft and Quilt Fair

Love this DIY necklace kit, from BLANK

This cute crochet collar is by Thread the Love

Cute buttons by Shabbyshack at the Craft and Quilt Fair

Hankie bunting by The Barefoot Seamstress

Handpainted brooch by Elliot My Dear bought at Markit at Fed Square

LOVE this upcycled vintage belt buckle and button brooch by TiggyandTo

Tree of Life necklace handmade by Tess and Trix

Cute crochet necklace by Little Wise Owl bought at the Northern Regards Market

My very talented sister made these handmade hair slide, brooch and peter pan collar at Lola and Joy

This oh so colourful neckline by Daisybee Necklines

Loved this brooch bought from Round She Goes Market

A vintage woolen banket bunting...perfect! This was bought from a local crafter at the Park Orchards Primary School Fete.

Have you found any new makers selling some lovely things?. I'd love to know some of your favourites. 

Yay for handmade!

Taz x

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Swapping handmade kids clothes!


Hope you are all well. We all are. I totally forgot to do this blog about the clothes swap I took part in a month or so ago. It was Jenny from Make and Mend New that organised the sweet swap, and I was teamed with Alyna from Thrifty Gifty. Percy recieved such delightful clothes and I was excited to make something for both her son and daughter. Here's some pics..

I made this woolen blanket vest for Alynas son..

And this dress for her daughter!

Wrapped it up in colourful paper and added a paper garland for the kids room.

Percy's package came wrapped in cute tshirt material that I will turn into one for him..

cute shorts..

and cute the pocket fabric!

Percy also got this wonderful paper and pencil carry bag..he loves it!

It was such a fun swap, and so cute knowing little Percy would be wearing something made just for him!

Thankyou Alyna and Jenny..I look forward to the next one! 

Do you know of any interesting swaps happening? Or joined any fun ones yourself?

Taz x

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Our weekend in Ballarat

Wow..two blog posts in a row! Our computer is being silly. Past couple of days it didn't want to turn on and now its working fine. So may as well churn these posts out while I can!

On the weekend, the 3 of us packed our suitcases and drove to Ballarat for 3 nights. We stayed in the same very cute cottage as last time, Lalor Cottage Ballarat. I went with a good list of things I wanted to do, see and eat. I follow quite a few online people from their blogs to instagram and facebook, and had found some cute looking places that I knew I wanted to visit. The weekend did not disappoint. Cafes were delicious, opshops amazing, and the creative side of things...had no idea how many cute craft and handmade shops were about, so it left me feeling very motivated and inspired! Here are pics from our weekend.

Flowers and vintage teapot perfection at The Retro Church Cafe

Inside this building was an opshop!!!

Inside the retro church cafe. Met some delightful locals.

Cake from Cake Bake Shop

Homemade soup and irish soda bread still warm from the oven

Cute paper flowers I found at The Crafty Squirrel

Opshopped. Brand new. I am still in shock.

Bought some bits and pieces for a garland

Opshopped 20c teacups

I plan to make the middle dress in this opshopped fabric

Some lovely finds in Dayelsford

50c clothes

A bib I plan to attach as a pocket onto an item of clothes

Loved this the floral skirt. 

Have you been to Ballarat?

Hope you enjoyed the photos. See you soon.
Taz xx