Saturday, August 29, 2009

Stitches & Craft Wrap Up #2

OK so I am a bit late with this post, but I wanted to make mention of some of the ultra groovy stuff I picked up from the talented crafty chicks at the show!

It was awesome to meet Michelle from Shelbyville, and I just LOVED this collection of stories and her awesome Illustration + graphics about...laundromats! I will never look at a laundromat the same way again. I had to buy two of these coz I have a special friend in Canada who I hope will love it as much as me!

I LOVE this lined pouch by Lily Pad Designs. Having made a few lined pouches in my time, I had a deep appreciation for the flawlessness of this little creation. And that fabric! Divine. I bought this pouch on Day 1...just couldn't resist.

How groovy are these silk screened cards from Surface Art? So lovely! I think I might even frame them...

I've always loved Julie Paterson's work from Cloth...and summer is on the way so I think I will make a skirt with this lovely fabric pack. I chuckled when Julie said she was not a good sewer. She's pretty good if you ask me!

Just loved this print from Kristen Doran. It will SO be a panel in a skirt. Another skirt! I have way too many skirts. But they are so easy and quick to make: I don't reckon you can ever have too many if you make them yourself!

And how could I not come home with a bundle of delight from my lovely neighbours, Ink & Spindle? And instead of cleaning my house this weekend, I finished my Ink & Spindle "Wonky Trio"....that I hope to feature on the front of my wonky pattern that will be available SOON.

If its possible to imagine, I do have a few other show goodies but I think I will post about them when they are being turned into creations! Until next time....happy stitching! xo

Monday, August 24, 2009

Unbelievable the Show is Over...For Now!

All I can say is WOW. Actually I have HEAPS more than just that to say! But it will take a few entries no doubt to say everything I need to. In a nutshell: the Stitches & Craft Show was the most rewarding, inspiring and fabulous experience. I am positively HIGH on all the amazing people I met, all the incredible talent out there on display, and I can't wait for the Melbourne Show! I hope I never lose the level of enthusiasm and passion I have for creativity that I feel RIGHT NOW!
OK I'm sorry for being a self-promo NERD but for everyone who didnt make it to the show, here is a pic of me with some of my goodies:

and here is my gorgeous mother Mazzy who was such a massive help, and so selfless throughout the show (and before!) and I was delighted to share the experience with her:

I wanted to get pics of everyone else in Incubator but of course got side-tracked every time I went to venture out with my instead I will share my finds: (and it will take a while to get them all up here!)
Check out my sock monkey! I did a workshop with the lovely and hilarious Kristie from Rourke and Henry: my sock monkey had the most "junk in his trunk" (i.e. those were Kristie's words coz his butt was kind of big!)

A big highlight for me was meeting the lovely Nanette from Rummage and her gorgeous mother Joan...Nanette was making these exquisite little peg dolls and I originally bought one, then two, then thought of getting a few for gifts....ended up with five and I honestly don't think I can part with ANY of them. This little redhead was perfect for me! She has a daisy on her dress, and I am self-professed daisy CRAZY! I just loved them all.

And look at this one! SOOOOOO SWEET!

It all went so fast and before I knew it I was packing up my ute again to head across the mountains back to Bathurst. In the five days I was gone, the cherry blossoms have started blooming. YAY. Spring is in the air!

I got heaps of other goodies and will write more later. How lucky was I to get neighboured with the Ink and Spindle girls? They were even lovelier than their fabric, and that is off-the-richterscale lovely. More about them and my latest I & S stash later.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came by and showed their support. xoxxx

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Dig the Dog debut at Stitches & Craft Show

I am so grateful for my brother. He rocks. Not only is he a mega-talented illustrator/designer/multi-media KING, he is a ridiculously excellent bloke. About a year ago we collaborated on a tshirt project: designing tshirts for kids under the name Dig The Dog. It was a fun mix of both of our styles of drawing. After months of R & D we finally found a great supplier of transfers that don't crack or peel after being heat pressed onto the t shirt. Another recent exciting development was finding a good supplier of baby tshirts. They're so cute! Teeny tiny itty bitty little t-shirts!
Check out our nerdy promo shot: it was so hard to remain semi-serious during our self-timed photo shoot!

His drawing style is fabulously PUNK. His style has been a hit with people looking for kids tshirts a bit edgier than your average baby/kids gear. I had some fun creating some designs with some of his drawings (i.e. skull tshirt on far right):

And of course Juicy Roo's tshirts are as warm and fuzzy as it gets:

I'm excited to say that all the t-shirts will be available at the Stitches and Craft Show NEXT WEEK! I am so excited to be part of the Incubator section at the show, with all the other uber-talented designers and creationists! We're up on Level 4 at the exhibition centre at Rosehill Racecourse. I am at stand 176. Be sure to drop by and say hello!!! Whew. That was quite the post.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Isis the Wonder Cat

Here is my favourite furry girl, and if she could speak, she would complain that I have not been playing with her enough because I have been completely obsessed with preparations for the Show next week. I am also doing an experiment as I have just discovered that its possible to blog directly from Flickr. Late year resolution: populate my flickr page! Until next time....

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Display Items for Stitches & Craft Show

Holy production frenzy! I thought about putting a disclaimer on my products saying “no slave labour was used to create these products with the exception of mine and my mother Mazzy’s”!!! Without her help last week I would not be able to say today that ALL 160 kits are complete and ALL 100 wonkies are ready to be packed.

First ever wonky kits! What a nerdie self portrait. I do love my teal wall though.

Here is Mazzy assembling a wonky kit! Thank you Mazzy! You are HIRED!

All of Mazzy's help allowed me to focus on getting the tshirts going, and also play with some packaging ideas:

My handy Dad “Tricky Micky” got a production-frenzy-guernsey too – and after an email exchange of schematics brought down this clothesline inspired apparatus for my display at the Stitches & Craft Show. Brilliant! My craft nightmares are subsiding. I think I was having them largely because I was uncertain how this would work. (Excuse the mess in this photo!)

And while there is something slightly unnerving and seemingly cruel about hanging wonkies from their ears....I think this clothesline display will be great for showing things vertically:

Now I have to finish the drop cloth…but I got the Juicy Roo sign last week and am very happy with it.

Tricky Micky made this grid structure too, which was brilliantly designed to be assembled on site...but the plywood tightened a tad after being after seeing him whacking it into place with a rubber mallet, I decided I did not need the additional stress of trying to tackle that, and have this thing breaking on me come August I think I will throw it in the back of my trusty ute as is, and rest assured it will be a fabulous place to display wonkies.

Now. Where was I? Oh, thats right: greeting cards and tshirts. More about them later!