Friday, January 30, 2009

Just a minute in January

I'm finally back into the swing of things with this monthly meme. So, here's my January in a nutshell:

Sewing... scented birds and new zipper pouch designs.

Growing... jasmine and basil joined the team this month, after five years of nurturing the Bird of Paradise finally flowered and little mushrooms unexpectantly popped up in the tomato plant (no, not the edible variety).

Watching... Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Slumdog Millionaire with my new movie friend (and Twilight is on the cards tonight with the Book Club).

Organising... with 3 other lovely Qld Prefects, the first Brisbane Brown Owls meet!

Joining... BrisStyle, or maybe I joined in December? I know it was definitely after I went to the BrisStyle Christmas market which was fabulous! Go check out the BrisStyle blog and all the other lovely members' etsy stores.

Anticipating... the release of Pip's book. Alas, we will all have to wait till March (I think), but you can pre-order here.

Spending... more time with a smaller crowd of good friends. My new year's resolution was to spend more time with people who have time for me. It may sound a little harsh but it's working quite well, it's brought unexpected friends closer and means less disappointment when no effort is made.

Appreciating... the love of my life.

Just a minute is a meme created by Jenaveve and it's a great way to stop and reflect no matter how busy things get. Pop over to August Street to sign up.

New Finds

Happy Friday! Here are some more (relatively) new finds:

Bespoke Press for lovely stationery and beautiful images
Bondville for all the latest Australian art, craft and design, and
Paisley Jade because her softies are so darn cute!

Hope you all have a great weekend (and hope the days get a little cooler for those down south!)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

My creative space

I'm whipping up this little one for a baby shower on the weekend. It's a Hilary Lang design from Joelle Hoverson's book Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts. Has anyone made it? Or anything else from this book?

There are more creative spaces over at Kootoyoo.

Also just want to say thank you to Chris for including my bird on her blog this week. If, like me, you love brooches then you must go and check out her shop.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Flickr Friend... kitty eden

Layers of pretty fabric, tiny buttons, flowers, applique, strawberries, hearts and embroidered cuteness are abundant on Kitty Eden's photostream. She works her magic with pouches, purses, phone holders, hair clips, cards, brooches, totes, anything that requires cute little embellishments. You can buy Kitty Eden creations here or have a go at making your own phone case using the tutorial on her blog.

Kitty Eden

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The kindness of others

A few weeks ago I had some great responses to this post about sourcing lavender locally. Linda from Two Pink Possums very generously offered to post me some lavender from her garden in Tassie, it arrived this week bundled together and tied with string ready to be hung to dry. Thank you Linda, your generosity will only bring good things your way I'm sure ;)

I also received a very sweet blog award this week from gretchenmist.

Proximidade is described as:
'This blog invests and believes in PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes for self-aggrandizement! Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers!' This blog award should be sent to your favorite eight bloggers and they, in turn should forward to eight of their favorites. You should include the text for Proximidade (above) in your announcement blog.
Oh, and happy Australia Day! I'm off to a picnic. How are you celebrating?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Saturday Shopping List

1. Which Rabbit Brooch from REread
2. Fathers Little Dividend - enviro resin brooch from Ruby2GoGo 10% of all sales go to voluntary organisations!
3. Superheroes Among Us from estasketch
4. cat on the bench (original giclee art print) from Mizu Designs

Shopping List Saturday provides an opportunity to promote the wares of fellow etsy sellers. Are you taking part? Head on over to Fancy Picnic to sign up.

Friday, January 23, 2009

New Finds

Happy Friday everyone, here are some links I'm likin' this week

penguin & fish cute cats and artist profiles till the cows come home
Life in Yonder for some beautifully photographed teeny stitches
The Selby this one came via Her Library Adventures (thanks Sophie, I'm totally obssessed!)

How about it? Stumble across any great finds this week?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

An important petition for Australian artists

The Resale Royalty Right for Visual Artists Bill 2008 provides for artists to receive a percentage of the sale price of their work each time it is resold.

Based on the government's election promise to introduce a resale scheme, artists expected the scheme to return royalties from resales that take place from the time the legislation takes effect. However, under the Bill introduced to the House of Representatives on 27 November 2008, artists will not be entitled to royalties until works acquired by the seller on or after 1 July 2009 are later resold.

The Coalition for an Australian Resale Royalty (CARR) has launched a petition to the government to amend the Bill so that artists can begin receiving royalties on resales sooner.

The petition is open for signature at

More information about resale royalty

My Creative Space

Last week when I posted a shot of my desk I think maybe everyone was under the impression that I am a super tidy crafter. Well, I'm not. The truth is that my creative space is the dining table so things get packed away into little containers and glad lock bags until I get a chance to pull them out and sew again. Believe me, if I had my own creative space there would be unfinished projects in every nook and cranny (instead they're crammed into every available bit of storage space). This week I'm back onto scented birds for the shop.
Head on over to kootoyoo for more spaces.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Want a cuddle?

There's a new Cuddly Cat in the shop now :)

Eye Spy ... A Taste of Summer

Summer is by far my favourite season. The smell of salt in the air, stone fruit, longer days, cold drinks, beach hair, being underwater... I could extol the Season's virtues all day long, instead I'm off for a swim.

Thank you Cindy for hosting Eye Spy and Anastasia for this week's theme.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

A week of colour: Stripes/Plaid

A huge thank you to Curious Bird for hosting a week of colour, it provided a much needed opportunity to take some time out and reflect on my surroundings.

Etsy Front Page

01-15-09_7-30amEDT, originally uploaded by getglassy.

Rose Scented Bird made it to the front page, I probably should have cropped the photo a little better but que sera sera it's off to a new home anyway. A big thank you to Christine for letting me know :)

New Finds

More (relatively) new finds

loops & stitches
Lou and her Chicken
incy wincy stitches

Go on, go check them out.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A week of colour: Pink

I couldn't do a pink post without including these pink loving ladies.

More pink over here.

My Creative Space

Going back to my sewing roots and working on some new Cuddly Cats. More creative spaces at Kootoyoo. What's going on in your space?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A week of colour: Purple

Flowers, both fresh and dried.

This little guy is still waiting to be packed away for next Christmas.
I've gotta say purple wasn't the easiest colour to spot today, I'm interested to see how everyone else went :)

Jasmine Scented Bird

Scented with locally sourced essential Jasmine oil. Available in the shop now.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Lavender Scented Bird

Thank you all for your kind and helpful comments on this post, I managed to source a small amount of lavender flowers with some more on the way. This lavender scented bird is in the shop now. Following advice from a few of you I am also making some birds with various scents using locally sourced essential oils. The air is smelling very sweet around here :)

Friday, January 9, 2009

New Finds

I don't think I'll ever run out of new blog finds, here are a few more that have recently made it to my reading list:

r e b e c k a
La Pomme

If you know of any other fabulous blogs let me know, I'm always on the lookout for a new read.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Eye Spy... My Best Memory of 2008

This is a tough Eye Spy because I could list about a million great memories for 2008 including amazing times with the big love, more travel, my adventures in sewing and blogging, good times with new friends and old friends, the list goes on. Adding a new niece to the clan takes position one. I mean, on top of bringing more love to the family, who could forget the ongoing saga of the first quilt. Thanks Cindy for a challenging Eye Spy, if you're not playing along head over here and join in.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

WIP... bird talk

Even though it's post-Christmas, I'm still getting a couple of orders for little bird tree decorations, it seems some people like them hanging around all year. So, this is where your advice is needed...

What do you think of little bird tree decorations becoming little bird scented sachets? They would be the same design, maybe different colours, and filled with dried lavender buds and a little wool stuffing to retain the softness.

And, does anyone know of any good suppliers of dried lavender in Australia?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Market Stall Callout

Moreton Bay Regional Council is presenting the QUT Urban Country Music Festival from 1-4 May 2009. Market stall applications are currently beng taken, the form is here and for more info about the festival go here.

Round One applications close 16 January 2009 so get in quick!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Brown Owls in Frankie

Did you see the lovely Brown Owls ladies in Frankie? They look so sweet in their pretty outfits surrounded by pretty things.

So come on Brisbane crafters, what are you waiting for? Let's get a Brisbane Brown Owls group going. For more info check out the Brown Owls blog.

As for me, I just survived the first day back at work after a wonderful Christmas/New Year break. Oh the heartache of turning the sewing dial to slow motion again...

...actually I probably shouldn't complain too loudly, I'm lucky enough to work in a visually creative environment during the day so all hope is not lost.

Flickr Friend... p hearts b!

1. soft blueboy wallet - upcycled!, 2. upcycled veruca handbag, 3. recycled green clutch, 4. green recycled patchwork purse

Could anything be cooler than p hearts b! There are so many more images I wanted to include in this post, like this green rabbit tote. I love that Pixie, the brains behind it all, describes in detail the materials used and construction process of each item.

Pixie takes custom and wholesale orders plus 25% of sales from her shop are donated to the Idaho Humane Society!! So get on over there and start the year with some fabulousness.

p hearts b! shop
p hearts b! blog
p hearts b! flickr

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Knitted Cupcake

A yummy treat arrived in the mail this week, a chocolate knitted cupcake and a little baby pink one from the lovely Elizabeth. Thank you Elizabeth, it's so lovely when a swap works out nicely :)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Saturday Shopping LIst

1. Little Anye Limited Edition Print from tsktsk
Shopping List Saturday provides an opportunity to promote the wares of fellow etsy sellers. Are you taking part? Head on over to Fancy Picnic to sign up.

Friday, January 2, 2009