Wednesday, October 31, 2007

potholder v 2.0

I decided to have another go making a pot holder since the first one turned out so wonky. Instead of the stitch-right-sides-together-and-turn-out method, I tried just quilting the pieces together right way out and making some binding to go around the edges - much better!

Plus you can use the bias to make a hanging loop. Although I did like the Japanese linen tape used in the last one!

Monday, October 29, 2007

craftin' with mah birches

I've been fixated lately with the idea of making a bunch of stuff with my fabric and taking some fancy product shots. Lotta style. I plan to enlist a friend's fancy DSLR and rustic dining table and have a lotta (haw haw) fun with it.

These aren't an example of such 'fancy shots', just my feeble attempts to tide me over in the meantime:

I love the way these photos totally conceal the wonkyness of the potholder. Obviously I have a lot to learn about sewing with batting and quilting :)

Stitching Night!

I went to my first stitching night at Mikes last night and it was a heap of fun - definitely lived up to all the hype. And I got to meet some lovely people in person, including Bianca from Hollabee. Here's a couple o pics from the night:

Bianca doing her stitching - very cute.

Requisite cupcake shot and lovely freebies from Pip in the foreground (hedgie pincushion, scissors, pins and embroidery hoop).

Towards the end of the night. What a very cool shop - 'twas the first time I'd seen the Bridge road store.

The fruits o' my labour - bobbin girl still needs a stitchy speech bubble with something witty in it.

p.s. - I gave this blog a facelift the other day - for all those non-visiting subscriber folk out there who can't see it :)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

cotton/linen mix packs

I really had a giggly old time making these. I felt like for the first time I could put mix packs together where the colours and designs really complimented each other and made a nice little product.

I'm pretty sure by the time I finish writing this post they will mostly be gone from my shop already, as I only had enough fabric left to make a few of them. Next time I'm definitely putting more fabric aside for this!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Just saw this at the end of spicks & specs. Soooo cool!

Watch esp if you like animals :)


I've had so many fabric-esque thoughts going through my head of late. Dreams of Shinzi Katoh designs and cute shops in Japan, more dreams about Marimekko and Scandinavian design and Lotta Jansdotter and shapes and colours and ideas running through my head. A new design popped out - exciting. Will show you later ;)

I am soooooo eagre to get my next batch of fabric designs/colourways printed!! I've been waiting weeks for my fabric supplier to get more linen in, and finally it's on it's way to the printer. Now I just have to wait for them not to be busy. Damn it's so frustratingly slow this process. I need to learn to have a few batches in the works at once rather than consecutively.

Anyway, I got all giddy with excitement the other day when I fiiiinally got to make some fabric mix packs out of the cotton/linen fabrics! All orders and swaps out of the way, I could cut up the rest. And they'll be up in the shop tomorrow morning at 9:00am.

propigated golden jades
I love a plant you can propagate as easily as chopping off a branch and plonking it in a new pot of soil. Note said mix packs in background :)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Drawing, reading, painting

Its been my first relatively 'free' weekend in awhile, and I've been enjoying having the space to do some non-work creative stuff. Buying a watercolour painting kit and having a play (mmm I really like this medium) , starting to read The Artists's Way, and doing some drawing with a nice new technical pencil.

It's been aaaages since I've done any drawing - inspiration is few and far between for these. But I like how this one turned out, inspired by my obsession with lofty warehouse spaces. mmmm.


Friday, October 19, 2007

Mmm Shinzi Katoh

I'm going through a real phase at the moment of being obsessed with the Japanese designer Shinzi Katoh. I love his cute illustrations but more than that I totally respect and admire his use of colour.

1. SK - bento sun, 2. Can you find squirrel, 3. Mug mosaic, 4. Mary Mary, 5. Postcard - Orange Elephant, 6. Postcard - Bear, 7. Postcard - Biggest Animal, 8. Postcard - Almost All, 9. SK - slices of sweetness.

Mmm, a new Shinzi Katoh mug and homemade banana bread with morning tea - how can you go wrong?

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Fabric Notebook Cosy kits

Well, the fabric mix packs have all been snapped up already, but the fabric notebook 'cosy' kits are still available in my shop as of right now. *UPDATE* - oops sorry! They've all gone again already! I'll get onto making some more :)

I had fun putting these together and choosing the fabric combinations, and printing out the instructions in colour and guilt free with my new printer jigger!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Quick ramble

Man I have been such a slack blogger of late. I get a little stressed out about the fact that I don't have time to respond to all the lovely comments people leave. I hope I don't offend anyone when I don't. Gosh thats such a silly thing to worry about. I'm sure this lady would tell me off for such thoughts :P

Anywhoo, it feels weird to write a post without any pics so here's some shots of a new toy I have in my office, which some of you might find quite useful/interesting:

It's this cool little add-on to my printer called a CIS. Ink gets fed in to the printer from 6 large ink bottles, which makes printing SOOOOOOO much cheaper than those hideously expensive cartridges. Perfect for small business people like me who chew through lots of ink printing labels and proofs and things. More info here.

In shop news, some fabric mix packs and notebook kits are going up in the shop tomorrow morning :)

Oh and thanks for the great response to the Xmas designs - quite overwhelming! I'm not sure when they'll be up and available on the Moo site, but I'll let you know when they are!

Friday, October 12, 2007

A Very Moo Xmas

If all goes according to plan, a bunch of holiday season/xmas theme designs I just made for Moo will be available on their site - yay! You'll be able to turn them into gift cards, mini cards, stickers, and whatever else they have up their sleeves over there.

Gee I must say it's tough trying to make xmas stuff not look tacky and boringly cliché. Took me ages to come up with anything but once I got on a roll it was okay and I started to really enjoy it. Plus, put linen as a backdrop and anything looks 10x better, hehehe.

Here's a sneek peek:

Some pictures to fill the gaps

Finally made some more profesh looking bolts for my wholesale orders:

Textile designer Kristen Doran from Sydney just released these notepads and sent me one along with some of her lovely fabric. The notepads were only released as a limited run of 20 but hopefully she makes some more - lots more!

Kristen Doran's 'Peacock Garden' Notepads

Sunday, October 07, 2007

[sidetrack] logo competition

Hee how cool is this - my brother is holding a logo design competition for his software (webmin) and there are soooo many entries! a lot of them are quite good too, and submitted by some fairly well known design firms. It's nice to see one of my brothers involved in something designery.

I'm gunna have fun recommending a winner :)

Saturday, October 06, 2007

[coming up for air]

Man, i don't usually have super busy, stressful weeks, but this definitely was one. trying to get my fabric up in the shop within 48 hrs of receiving it probably wasn't the cleverest idea at such a time. but the response, again, was fantastic. i'm still really quite stunned at how quickly this stuff sells. it's always a surprise because I'm in it, not outside looking in - I can't really see things for how they are or how appealing they might be.

Check out this awesome post from Pip over at Meet Me at Mikes. All this 'real world' publicity for all the peeps in our little community - I'm so proud of yas all!

Tis funny, a few years ago it felt like all the artisans and crafters you saw at markets and in the paper were (somewhat intimidating), unknown people... and now it feels like we know them all and are all a part of our little community. Or maybe there's still heaps of people out there who I don't know, but because the community has expanded into this online world it doesn't feel so intimidating anymore. Hmm I'm probably not making much sense...

Meanwhile, here's a little contra job I did for my buddy Jeremy over at ImageScience. He needed a 1 year wedding anniversary present for his wife and the themes are clocks and paper. So he commissioned a birch forest clock!

It was fun to put together and it was nice to do something a bit different. Not too hard to make either. You can buy the clock parts from here, and I just got the design printed onto A3 paper and wrapped it (canvas style) around a few pieces of chipboard stuck together (A4 cut down to 21cm x 21cm ). The hole in the middle can be cut out with a cutting knife, or a drill I suppose, if you're careful.

Okay I'm off. Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

New Fabric!

Just a quick note to say there'll be some new fabric in the shop as of tomorrow morning! Sorry for the late notice and lack of pics - running a bit behind schedule but I should be able to post some proper pictures tonight. If you'd like to be notified earlier you can join my mailing list. Shop update is scheduled for 9:00am Melbourne time.

Oh and thanks for all the lovely birthday wishes :)

Monday, October 01, 2007

Lara += 1

Things I am grateful for today:

- That my birthday didn't fall on Grand Final day this year

- That my boyfriend doesn't need any 'training up' in order to choose wonderful birthday presents:

You can find them here

- That each day I sit down to a wonderful job that I enjoy, and am surrounded by so many lovely people who are infinitely supportive thru this little blog. Thanks so much :)

- That I got to spend the weekend surrounded by my closest friends, spoiling ourselves rotten on a Hen's weekend for my friend Karin. Winery tours, fancy lunch, pampering and then high tea (totally reminiscent of the mad hatter's tea party) at the Windsor Hotel grand ballroom:

Best viewed large (like our stomachs afterwards)

This was all insanely indulgent of us, and cost way too much money. But hey, it was a once off opportunity and I don't pamper myself often :)