Fabulous Friday Finds – Australian Handmade
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Are you lucky enough to be in Sydney for this event?! A very special Christmas shopping experience at David Jones with Etsy.
Over 40 Australian sellers will be there with their amazing handmade goodies ready for you to shop up a storm. Not only is there shopping; you can also book in for a hands-on creative workshop or watch Etsy sellers create their goods at the live making demonstrations.
Workshops range from Macramé making, make your own tea blend, make a dreamcatcher, to kids workshops making pop up creatures.
All the finer details can be found here – the event runs from the 4th – 7th December.
Like a sneak peek of some of the creative sellers you’ll find displaying at the event?
Created in ink, pencil and watercolour, Billy & Scarlet’s prints are a soft and dreamy addition to nurseries and children’s rooms.
bRainbow use classic materials to create something unusual and fun, including their amusing range of 3D wooden products, drawing inspiration from ’80s retro and contemporary designs.
unique, hand woven homewares such as lamp shades, wall hangings, framed weaves and candle covers come in delicious colour combinations like sherbet, indigo ocean and other playful pastels.
creating award winning indoor play tents, accessories and home decor for children and families.
Their range of products include cushions, tea towels, modern quilts and fashion accessories including hand dipped tassels, storage bags, leather wallets and clutches
Mintchi is an eco friendly brand of handmade home decor and soft toys.
Etsy marketplace at David Jones this Christmas
This December 1 we are kicking off a new tradition at our house – the Christmas Countdown Advent Bunting.
We had a few different ideas in mind when we decided to create this project; there are so many wonderful variations of the countdown calendar out there. However when we discovered the adorable little advent numbered cards from The Paper Birdcage we knew exactly what we needed to create.
Each day in December in the countdown to the ‘big day’ we will draw a card from our little fabric pockets and do a ‘festive activity’.
Here’s how you can make your own bunting countdown calendar:
Supplies you will need:
- felt for bunting flags
- heading tape (available from Spotlight or similar)
- Christmas fabrics
- fabric or felt to create bunting numbers
- countdown cards from The Paper Birdcage
- sewing supplies- thread, sewing machine, iron, pins
How to make your bunting:
- Measure out your flags on the felt – we used these dimensions – 28cm long x 10cm wide rectangle. This includes a 1cm seam allowance on the sides of the flags. Obviously you will need to cut out 25 flags for the countdown.
- Measure and cut out the Christmas pockets- we used these dimensions – 8cm x 8cm square. This includes a 1cm seam allowance on each edge. The pocket will be 6 x 6cm when finished.
- Fold the felt flag in half and iron in a crease – this will help to correctly position the fabric pocket for sewing.
- Fold over and iron a 1cm seam on the Christmas pocket edges. To make it even easier to get an even shaped pocket square we used a 6cm square of cardboard as a template when we ironed over the seam edges.
- Pin your pockets onto your flags. Make sure to leave an appropriate gap at the top of the flag to attach your bunting numbers and space to attach your heading tape.
- Sew around the pocket to attach it to your flag; leaving the top pocket edge open.
- There are many ways to create your fabric numbers. We traced around paper numbers that we created using the Brother ScanNCut machine. Firstly we ironed Heat & Bond onto the back of our felt, then traced out and cut out our numbers. Then easily ironed the numbers into place on our flags.
- Turn your flags right sides facing in and sew up the two long edges- using a 1cm allowance. When finished, turn back out the right way, carefully pushing out the corners as you go. Iron flat if needed- and now you are ready to attach to your heading tape.
- If you don’t have heading tape, you can use bias binding or even a wide ribbon.
- Carefully pin bunting flags along the heading tape at intervals that suit your space. We used a 2cm gap between each flag and a 10cm space at each end. Sew all along the edge of the heading tape, approx 1/2cm in from the edge to secure the flags to the heading tape. Turn the ends back over and sew down to make a loop for hanging.
- Depending on how much space you have or where you are going to put your bunting you might like to divide the project into 2 bunting lengths like we have or simply just have one long length.
- That’s it; the sewing is all done. Hope you are happy with your creation.
Advent Countdown Cards & activities:
- Now that the sewing part is all finished, time to put on the thinking cap for ideas for some ‘festive activities’ to add to your countdown cards. Each day we will be doing, seeing or making something festive on the count down to Christmas Day.
- ideas can be aimed at the little ones or can include the whole family. Look ahead at your family calendar and add in events that you are already booked in for, like end of school or kindy parties, local carols or fireworks and other free events.
Gorgeous Countdown Advents Cards from The Paper Birdcage
Here’s a few of our ideas so far. What else would you include?
- decorate the Christmas Tree
- make your own Christmas cards
- donate a present to a local charity – like the Kmart Wishing Tree
- clean out your toy box and donate a few toys to a local charity organisation
- start wrapping presents
- bake some Christmas cookies
- watch a Christmas movie
- learn a new Christmas carol
- write a letter to Santa
- walk around your local neighbourhood to see the Christmas lights
- Visit your nearest city/town to see the Christmas Tree and lighting display
- go and see the Myer Christmas window display
- go to a Christmas market; handmade market- even better
- get a photo with Santa
- read a Christmas story book
- write a Christmas card for your teacher
- make your own decorations
- make cookies for the reindeers
- help mum with the Christmas shopping (we can dream, right?)
- look through Christmas cookbooks for ideas
- take your own crazy family Christmas photo to send out with your Christmas cards
- make some chocolates using Christmas shaped moulds
- have a family slumber party under the tree one night
What festive Christmas activities would you add to your countdown list?
Welcome to Day 12 of our Christmas Gift Guide series- our lucky last festive shopping guide in this series. Today we have some wonderful dreamy pastel finds from Simply Type.
1- Dreamy Star Garlands from Little Puddles- How sweet are these? So many little people would love this in their room (and I’m sure big people too!)
2- Pink Flamingo Art Print from Yorke Lee Kids Prints- How can you go wrong with a flamingo???? I recently received this print and it is absolutely divine!
3- Happy Girls quote decal from Wondermade – Beautiful quote for any little girl’s room… It is such a perfect sentiment!
4- Vintage baby Romper from Talking Red – Swoon! These Vintage baby Romper’s are just ADORABLE!
5- Concrete Planter from Coral & Herb -I absolutely love Coral & Herb’s planters… They all make a statement, I especially love the pastel ones!
6- Caravan Brooch from Bok Bok B’Gerk- Vintage pastel Caravan Brooch… LOVE!
Simply Type creates bespoke timber signs with recycled & new timber…. Sweet quotes & custom designs…. And don’t forget the unique Shelfie range to add that extra something to your shelf!
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Hope you enjoyed Day 12 of our – 12 Handmade Elves of Christmas. 12 Days of handmade gift guides – lets shop Australian Handmade this Christmas. #12handmadechristmaselvesHMK
Welcome to Day 11 of our Christmas Gift Guide series. Today we have Games to Go with her wonderful collection of wooden creations perfect for a special Christmas present.
1- Wooden People Key Holder from Miss Bold Design-
Our house is full of love and I bet yours is too. Never misplace your keys again with this gorgeous set of two wooden magnet people. Fiona, who is a fellow WA handmaiden, is flat out making the most amazing custom laser engraved goodies for your home and is well worth a look. She has some beautiful personalised Christmas tree ornaments too, but you have to be quick to get your order in before Xmas.
2- Handpainted Timber Block Set from Habitue Design-
Kristy is an interior designer who makes handmade items for children and interiors, and these handprinted blocks really pop! I am a huge fan of blocks. Their simplicity and open ended play are so vital for a young child’s development. This set is so so bright and colourful, they would make a beautiful heirloom set to be passed from generation to generation.
3- Rainbow Gnomies from Folkwood –
I swoon when i see the lovingly handmade items at Folkwood. Every piece Sandy makes at ‘The Folkery’ evokes such wonder and imagination, they are a perfect addition to any wee one’s toy box.
4- Love Birds necklace from One happy Leaf –
Anna, like myself is a scientist by trade, but have both stumbled upon the wonderful world of the handmade. She makes the most lovely laser cut jewellery which are uncomplicated with clean minimalistic lines. I think most women we know would be more than happy with a piece or two in their stockings this Christmas
Games to Go by Mollydag Made! Unique handmade wooden children’s games.
Hope you enjoyed Day 11 of our – 12 Handmade Elves of Christmas. 12 Days of handmade gift guides – lets shop Australian Handmade this Christmas. #12handmadechristmaselvesHMK