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Introducing: Sonni Lou

The concept of Sonni Lou was born way back in 1974 when I attended kindergarten and discovered a love of craft.  Being an only child I didn’t have siblings to play games with and my parents weren’t overly flush with cash (or affection, but that’s a story for another day), so I needed an activity to relieve the boredom and to channel my inner creative goddess.

Fast forward 31 years when I suddenly found myself stressed from working in the corporate world, plus diagnosed with depression and anxiety, I needed something therapeutic to occupy my frazzled mind.  I knew it was time to get reacquainted with my trusty craft box.

I started off making jewellery; earrings, bracelets, necklaces and if I say so myself, they looked pretty damn good.  I’d always had a flair for colour and design and I really got a kick out of seeing a box of beads, buttons and other random bits being turned into something wearable.   After much nagging from work colleagues I took a stash of my wares and set up a mini stall in the lunch room.  By morning tea I had sold out and made $300.  As Oprah would say, this was my ‘light bulb moment’.   I quit my job that day and decided to take the plunge into being a craft-entrepreneur.

Nearly 10 years later you’ll still find me regularly selling my wares at craft markets, arts festivals, country shows, school fetes, pop up shops and online.


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Fabulous Friday Finds

This weeks Fabulous Friday Finds is a wonderful collection of blue home décor pieces. All handmade in Australia.

Handmade Fabric Basket – by Syd and Me

Hand woven Geo Lampshade – by Fizzy Lime Creative

Blue Cloud Mobile – by Stef Collections

Concrete Planter Trio – by Nothing But Vintage


Fabulous Friday Finds – Australian Handmade

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Fabric Finds: Forest Critters

Perfect fabrics for an Autumn project – forest and woodland critter fabric from The Oz Material Girls.

Forest Critters Fabric

Woodlands forest friends by Timeless Treasures quilt fabric

Friendly Forest fox, owl stripe by SPX quilt fabric

Woodland Critters stripe with owls, fox fabric by SPX Fabrics

Friendly Forest owls on green by SPX quilt fabric


Find these great forest & woodland themed fabrics at The Oz Material Girls.


Do you have a project in mind perfect for these fabrics? Share your ideas in the comments below.

7 Ways to craft with a Hula Hoop

7  Ways to craft with a Hula Hoop

Inspired by a creative mini-session I attended recently, hosted by the lovely handmade business My Aunty Anna and the super crafty organisation BrisStyle its had me thinking – thinking outside the traditional ‘box’. Kate from My Aunty Anna discussed her thoughts on today’s craft resurgence and how to get your craft-on using different everyday items. Why does craft, art, sewing, knitting and crochet have to be done the traditional way!

So inspired by her huge weaving and macramé creations I’m on the search for different ways to get crafty with a kids Hula Hoop.

1- Make a colourful Rag Rug

Make a Tshirt Rag Rug

Make a colourful Tshirt Rag Rug

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Make a Bead Easter Bunny

Easter is a fun time for kids craft. There are so many craft products and supplies you can use to create a festive Easter themed project.  Why not make- a basket for your egg hunt, colour and decorate some eggs, make some cute little Easter chicks or decorate a hat ready for your school Easter Hat Parade.

Today we were very lucky to have one of the great Easter themed ‘CleverKits’ from CleverPatch to play with – the Easter Bead Bunny CleverKit.

Make an Easter Bead Bunny

Make an Easter Bead Bunny with a CleverPatch CleverKit


What a cute little bunny and so easy to make. This CleverKit comes with everything you need to make your little creation – with full step by step instructions and all the supplies needed. It’s a perfect little craft for your little one.

Here’s a quick video of our final creation – what do you think?


For more great kids craft kits and craft supplies why not pop over and see CleverPatch – a 100% Australian owned company with a combined 75 years experience in the craft industry.

What’s your favourite Easter Craft project? Why not try our this DIY

- Dye your own Easter Eggs.

Fabulous Friday Finds

Handmade Fabric Basket – by Syd and Me

Rainbow Bauble Hair Ties – by Smukie 

Always Follow Your Dreams Dream Catcher Wall Print – by Ollie’s Room

Handcrafted Wild Jars – by Made by LT




Fabulous Friday Finds – Australian Handmade

This week’s Fabulous Friday Finds at Handmade Kids – our weekly feature.  Australian handmade goodies perfect for a special gift.

Like to be involved? Contact us for a copy of our Media Kit.

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Welcome to Handmade Kids! My name is Kylie, self confessed handmade addict, fabric hoarder and mummy.

Here you will find the very best of Australian handmade. Handmade products for babies, kids and families. Enjoy!

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