Thursday, March 31, 2011

Flowers From My Garden

I picked some flowers from my garden the other day, which would have looked pretty scrappy if I tried to make a bunch out of them, instead I display them in my collection of vintage bottles, which looks rather nice I think. I pick the bottles up from the markets, op shops and the Woolloongabba Antique Centre always has a nice selection (I cheat a little, there are a couple of  new bottles in there that were too pretty to put in the recycle bin!)

Monday, March 21, 2011

My Newest Obsession.....Macrame

I probably shouldn't say my 'newest' obsession, because I was big into it in the 70's....I still have an awesome owl lurking in boxes somewhere. Now don't worry, no daggy pot holders, I have been making necklaces out of some nice recycled cotton twine and some lovely colourful hemp.

lovely natural fibres

bright red hemp

not sure if you can see in this photo, this hemp has a strand of real copper through it

This red hemp necklace was a present for my lovely sister-in-law, Happy Birthday Megan x

a natural creamy colour cotton
You can find them in Thousand Island Dressing or at my stall at The Mummy Tree Markets this Sunday. I will also list some in my Etsy and Madeit stores this week sometime. I hope you like them, I really enjoy making them :)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Let's Go Shopping! with BrisStyle

My favourite time of week, joining in with BrisStyle's 'Lets Go Shopping' fun.
This week a random selection of what has made it into my favourites list. There are so many great items in all of these shops, so follow the links to check them all out :)
poppy pillow cover with ribbon ties in pink
Poppy pillow cover by Moon Spirit Studios

Vinyl Wall Art Decals
Vinyl Wall Art Decal by Tezis

Mr. and Mrs. Sweet Pea Cake Toppers
Mr and Mrs Sweet Pea Cake Topper by Lesley Wellington

Retro Robots Collection
Retro Robots Collection by Indie Laser

Pocket Pixie PDF Pattern - Help Japan
Pocket Pixies PDF Pattern by Gingermelon

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Inspired Card Making

cars and trucks, number cards are great as long as you can remember how old they are!
I am so lucky to be able to work in two of my favourite shops House and Doll (because I am a big kid!) and I have just started at my local scrapbooking shop Stamp and Scrapbook Madness , which is so inspiring my head might explode with ideas.
This is Jack and Jill...aren't they adorable!
Jack again-coloured with my Copic markers
Jack caught a big fish
Beautiful butterflies
Fairies are always popular at House and Doll(Otherwise known as 'The Fairy Shop')
Many people are now waiting to find out the sex of their new baby, this is a  card that could be for a boy or a girl 
I love this 'Tiny Type' lettering from Cosmo Cricket
Most of the papers, embellishments, stamps and Copic markers I have used are available from Stamp and Scrapbook Madness and the finished cards are headed to House and Doll and Thousand Island Dressing this week. I will try to list some on my Etsy or Madeit sites this week as well :)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Let's Go Shopping!

This week I am again showing you my childish side as we go shopping with BrisStyle. This week my favourite handmade rag dolls.

Jane Doll
Jane Doll - by Retro bird
she is proudly displayed in my work room

Fabric Doll (78)
Franny- by Moose and Bird

Teenager Bushka with rattle
Bushka doll by My Girl Design

BrisStyle Handmade Ark Flood Appeal: Miss Scottie
Miss Scottie by Made by Maisie
Miss Scottie's sister sits on my spare bed

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Let's Go Shopping!

My favourite day of the week, Let's Go Shopping on Etsy with BrisStyle! Actually everyday is window shopping on Etsy day, but today I get to share what I have found :)
Card Brooch - Fruity
fruity card brooch by Ali Pink

This week I thought I would show you some of my favourite greeting cards.

True Friend Card
I love all of Kathy's cards from Sweet Simplicitee

Set of 6 Handmade Cards
Set of 6 cards by Kathy Panton

Circle cards Set of 3
Set of 3 Circle Cards by MiuAndUmi

Wedding Card - Cherish
Wedding card Cherish by Able and Game
I used this one for our wedding invitations last year

Geeky Card - I would give up my superfast internet BOY VERSION
Geeky card by Able and Game
I am not sure if my husband would :)

Friday, March 4, 2011


Kewpie dolls are one of the cutest dolls ever made! They were originally featured in a comical strip like illustration in Ladies Home Journal 1909. The illustrator Rosie O'Neil was also a clever business women who recognised the appeal of these cute 'cupid' like dolls and went on to produce figurines,paper dolls, postcards, talcum powder boxes and salt and pepper shakers. There have been many variations since and most are highly collected and some very valuable.

At work, House and Doll Bulimba we stock a very cute plastic range from Japan. My daughter and I did a photoshoot some years ago with our Kewpies, we had so much fun!  I make badges, pocket mirrors and cards from these photos, which are available on line in my Etsy and Madeit stores or again in House and Doll

badge  available here
kewpie tea party

'What a Feast!'

'my new house'

bikini and tu tu made by Nana

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

More Miniatures

To follow along with Saturday's Let Go Shopping post, I thought I would show you some miniatures I have been making :) Most are available at House and Doll in Bulimba.
little macaroons

jars filled with little treats for your dolly

yummy cupcakes

my little birdy likes cake too!

my shadow box at home
This last picture is my shadow box on my lounge room wall, shadow boxes can be hard to find, so I have used a draw divider insert from Ikea...I love to display my collection of miniature things!