Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Madeit Sellers Christmas Gift Guide: The Ladies

Mums, sisters, aunts, nannas and besties - there's plenty of fabulous gifts here to choose from for the women in your life. Or send hubby in this direction to find a great gift for you!
The links to all these lovely treasures can be found here

Other gift guides:
Baby Girls 0-2
Boys 2-10
Christmas Cards & Decorations

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Madeit Sellers Christmas Gift Guide: Menfolk

I have to admit, men are a hard group to buy for in the world of handmade, but I think we've managed to put a great gift guide together for the husbands, brother, fathers and all the other special guys in your life
Find them on my Pinterest board

The other gift guides so far:
Boys 2-10
Xmas cards and decorations
Baby Girls 0-2

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Madeit Sellers Christmas Gift Guide: Baby Girls 0-2

Our biggest gift guide yet! And WOW, isn't there some pretty stuff for the littlest girls! It's not all pink either. I have to admit that while I love girls in pink, it's great to have some other options

Links to all items can be found on the Pinterest board here

More gift guides:
Boys 2-10
Cards & decorations

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Madeit Sellers Christmas Gift Guide: Xmas Cards & Decorations

I'm making a slight deviation from the regular gift guides to feature some beautiful cards and decorations.

The tradition in our family is to put the tree up on the 1st of December, but I have to admit I rarely last that long. Last year it went up in mid November, and due to a rather large event at the end of next month, I suspect I'll do the same this year!

When does your tree go up?

Find the links on my Pinterest board here

Find more gift guides here:
Boys 2-10 years

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Madeit Sellers Christmas Gift Guide: Workmates

Gifts for Workmates

Jewellery, stationary, home wares and more. There's even some great gifts for the men in your workplace. Buying for your workmates just became a whole lot easier and, even better, you're supporting local handmade businesses! Once again, you can find the links on my Pinterest board

The gift guide for boys aged 2 to 10 can also be found here

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Madeit Sellers Christmas Gift Guide: 2-10 year old boys

Madeit Sellers Christmas Gift Guide: 2-10 year old boys

Need some gift ideas? The Madeit sellers group has come to the rescue! Every few days we'll put together a list of fab present ideas for various different groups such as best-friends, teen boys, work mates etc and share them with you on Pinterest, facebook, and blogs.
Just our way of making Christmas shopping that little bit easier, and sharing the handmade love too!

First up is the 2-10 year old boys!

There's really something for every little boy here, from clothing and toys, to jewellery and decor, and even more! And don't forget to check out each sellers store too (there's even more great stuff to discover)
You'll find the links to each individual item on my specially created Pinterest board
Next up we'll be featuring some great gifts for your work mates!

Tuesday, 26 March 2013


It's another themed week for Madeit's front page and this time it's movies. I have to admit movies are not my forte. I rarely watch them, and the last time I went to the cinema was for the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (Yes, I'm another Harry Potter tragic!). I think that was around a year and a half ago...
Actually, apart from HP, the last three movies I've seen on the big screen were rated PG. Yep, kids movies. If there's any genre I know, that's be the one. It's a side effect of having children, I think! My personal fave is Shrek. I've never seen a kids movie with so many adult in-jokes. We laugh harder than the kidlets! Then there's Toy Story, Ice Age, Madagascar, Finding Nemo, Brave, Astro Boy, Rio, Cars, Monsters Inc, Tangled, Happy Feet and many more (plus their sequels and spin-offs) that I pretty much know word for word. Only two can make me cry (can you guess?) and only one can do it without any words: Up.
So here's my picks for Up

From top to bottom:
Bunny & balloon print by Billy & Scarlet
Cloud earrings by Epheriell
Cloud trio mobile by Milbot & Chooky
Cloud mobile by 1000 Pretty Things
Daydreamer skirt by Little Leaf
Plane print by The Whimsical Bird
Nappy pouch by Piggledee
Singlet and nappy cover set by Little Lilies

And here's a round-up of other Madeit sellers personal movie picks. I love seeing what movies are chosen and the various interpretations of each!
i made this for you 
Studio Astratta
Creative Wishes
Studio KVB
Squiggle and Stitch

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

The Enchanted Wood

It's a Book Title themed week over at Madeit and I'm joining in the fun with one of my own childhood favourites. Who doesn't love the Faraway Tree and all it's it's quirky inhabitants? And all those crazy worlds at the top of the tree? For that matter, who doesn't love all of Enid Blyton's sweetly old-fashioned characters? 
Here's my "Enchanted Wood" picks
From left to right, top to bottom:
Wooden Leaf House Puzzle by Raw Toys
Rainbow Amigurumi Crochet Toys by Rosieok
Little Boy Night Light by Sage Design
Illustration - Lively in the Forest by Nomuu
The Original Laser-Cut Jewellery Tree by Bird of Play
Woodland Little Red Fox Girl by Joyfoolery
Fox on the Run Archival Print by Bellablackbird
Fairy Dress by Hannah Banannas
Felt Fairy House by Snuggles and Smiles
Woodland Notebook by Misiu
Kawaii Chocolate Brown Squirrel by I Made This For You
Wooden Autumn Acorn Set by Raw Toys

Check out i made this for you's clever picks for Charles Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop here

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Ideas, Ideas, Ideas!

One of the things I love best about this little biz of mine is coming up with new designs to create. It's also one of the most frustrating! The amount of new ideas I have in my head is unbelieveable. Sometimes it's just a tweak on a pattern I've already made, sometimes it's a 'start from scratch' kind of project, but either way, I simply can't keep up!

I have managed to complete two new designs this week. Both fall into the 'tweak' catergory. The first is a boys jacket. I made this pattern up last winter, but I only ever made up one for Mozzie (hopefully I can actually get a few listed in my Madeit store this year!). The only real tweak was 'machine sketching' (not sure of the real name!), but it's something I've wanted to try for a while. And I have to admit I think it turned out pretty well.
The second was an Easter version of the Oblongs - something I intended to make last year, but typically ran out of time.Pretty cute, huh?

Thursday, 14 February 2013

It's been a while...

About eight months, in fact. But I'm back to give this blogging thing another go! I've deleted a handful of posts and now I'm pretty much back to square one. I figure I'll just start with what I've been up to...(I'll keep it short and sweet)

So my Madeit store is looking pretty full and I have have a stack of new designs, which I'm pretty pleased about :) And then there's December...
December is one of my favourite months, anyway. The start of Summer, the build-up to Christmas and the big day itself, Mozzie's Birthday, and usually a camping trip over New Years - I love it all. But this year was especially great. This year December was big for Mozzie and Mac
One of my dresses was selected for Madeit's Mega Giveaway. A pair of shorts were chosen for Madeit's 'My Child' magazine ad. I organised a Handmade Showcase for Madeit sellers, which was fun (not sure how successful, but anyways...). Oopsidaisi put Mozzie & Mac on her list of handmade labels that had impressed her in 2012 (a pretty big deal for me, as she is hand-maker that I respect enormously) and my facebook page likers increased dramatically - for the little page that I have, at least.
But the most incredible event in December? Being chosen to feature in Madeit's Designer Spotlight (thanks Bec!!!). There's no way to describe exactly how it made me feel to picked - excited, a little bit nervous and incredibly honoured  is as close as I can get. And good. Really, really good. It's so easy to doubt yourself and your skills in the world of handmade and just to be chosen feels like a big scoop of validation: yes, I CAN do this, yes, my work IS good enough. And add the feedback and support from fellow Madeit sellers (who are a fantastic group of people) and I'm feeling pretty positive about what I do!

Now I'm off to do a little more sewing :)