I Made It

I made it to the new Madeit store! Yay!

During the recent January holidays my family and I made the looong drive down to Sydney from the Gold Coast and back again to visit the family. On our return adventure we made a wonderful slight detour and headed straight for Yamba and the new Madeit Store.

Yamba is a gorgeous little coastal town on the northern NSW coast at the mouth of the Clarence River. I can definitely see why Bec- the owner & creator of Madeit likes to call it home.

 The beautiful Yamba I Made It

 

During my day here at Handmade Kids I get to browse through so many wonderful websites, Facebook pages, online stores and selling sites drooling over all the handmade goodies  I find- which is a perfect way to spend the day, right! But what an extra special treat to spend some time in a physical store choc-full of Australian handmade items and getting to not only look but touch them as well.

 

Bec has lots of plans for the store which now has a specially designed studio hosting an array of in-house craft classes too. At the moment there are ‘Learn to Macramé classes‘ (oh, I would love to learn that) and after school ‘Teen Craft classes‘ too.  The stock is always growing with new madeit.com.au suppliers on board all the time.

 

Here are a few of the beautiful products that were in-store during my visit  ~ are your products in any of these images?

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The new Madeit Store 7 I Made It

The new Madeit Store I Made It

The new Madeit Store 4 I Made It

 

Just beautiful!  Have you visited the store yet; are you lucky enough to live close by? Feel free to share your experience below.

 

Madeit.com .au  I Made It

Madeit Yamba Store I Made It

Visit the Yamba store

 

 

Meet the Maker ~ Evie & Liv

meetthemaker Meet the Maker ~ Evie & Liv

Today we meet the lovely Alicia from Evie & Liv ~

 

Tell us about your business:

Evie & Liv is a children’s clothing business, that focuses on upcycling and using organic fabrics to lessen our impact on planet Earth. I make mostly for girls (because I have two), but there are some items for boys too.

 

 

What inspired you to start your business?

Becoming a SAHM when my first daughter was born, I started to make some clothes for her as a creative outlet. After a while, she had more than enough clothes, but I wanted to keep sewing because I enjoyed creating so much. So I decided to start an Etsy shop 6 years ago.

 

 

Is there an interesting anecdote behind your business name?

I named it after my daughters Evelyn and Livinia, known around here as Evie & Liv, I just liked the sound of it for a business, and they enjoy seeing their names on my labels and tags.

Meet the Maker Evie Liv Meet the Maker ~ Evie & Liv

 

What is the most satisfying part of what you do?

Being able to repurpose fabrics into something useful, unique and beautiful. Sometimes I find clothes, doilies,tea towels, blankets, curtains etc that have stains or holes, or are shabby around the edges, and I can cut around the imperfections to create something new.

 

 

Have you tried something in business that didn’t work as planned, or on the flip side – worked out better than expected?

Having local businesses ask to stock my items- it’s the biggest compliment, but it can be scary to approach a business for fear that they might not like your product. Thankfully I had a great response, and people started to recognise my work when I met them at markets.

 

 

What would be your best tip for someone thinking about selling their handcrafted goods?

Try to focus on a small range to start with- this is something I struggle with as my head is always buzzing with new ideas, pulling me into all sorts of directions. Do one or a few things really well, do what you’re good at.

 

 

What is your favourite item you make? 

I make blanket dresses from woollen blankets and embellish them with vintage doilies. It’s fun matching doilies to the blanket colours. They are very warm for winter.

Evie Liv Blanket Dresses Meet the Maker ~ Evie & Liv

 

 

Any personal or business highlights in the last year:

Having two articles about what I do published in The Weekly Review and Geelong Coast Magazine. I was asked to do both interviews (one with a photo-shoot involving my daughters) within the space of a few weeks, which was a bit of a surprise.

 

 

3 things about you that people might not know:

  • I’m a qualified massage therapist and reflexologist
  •  We keep 6 chickens in our backyard
  •  I make my own soap

Do you have an Australian handmade business that you would like to see featured in our Meet the Maker series- why not drop us an email for our Questionnaire.

Fabulous Friday Finds

A lovely nautical theme for this week’s Fabulous Friday Finds at Handmade Kids.

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Coco & Ella Designs  ~ Under the Sea Party Printable Party Collection

Cloud Love Baby  ~ Waterproof Wet Bag

Down Grapevine Lane  ~  Personalised Bunting

Babes & Tots Designs  ~  Dummy Strap  

 

 

This week’s Fabulous Friday Finds at Handmade Kids – our weekly feature.

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It was all about Yellow..

All about Yellow It was all about Yellow..

January at Handmade Kids was all about the colour Yellow.  A happy colour associated with summer and sunshine and said to carry the promise of a positive future. Perfect for the new year, hey!

Here are a few of the lovely yellow products we discovered this month..

Rainbows and Whimsy It was all about Yellow..

Feature Crown Headband  ~ by Rainbows & Whimsy

Young and Moodie It was all about Yellow..

Retro Roller Derby Tshirt  ~  Young and Moodie

Iddy Biddy Boo It was all about Yellow..

Chevron Storage Basket  ~  Iddy Biddy Boo

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Did you finish getting all your back to school supplies?

Just in case you haven’t finished getting your million and one back to school products- here’s a few handmade goodies to help you out.

Billy Mac Clothing Did you finish getting all your back to school supplies?

Billy Mac Clothing ~ Personalised Library Bag

Billy Mac Clothing ~ Personalised Library Bag

 

AnK Bowtique Did you finish getting all your back to school supplies?

AnK-Bowtique ~ Back to School Hair Accessory Pack

AnK-Bowtique ~ Back to School Hair Accessory Pack

 

JuMi Creations Did you finish getting all your back to school supplies?

JuMi Creations ~ Pencil Cases

 JuMi Creations ~ Pencil Cases

 

Ted and Toot Bag Did you finish getting all your back to school supplies?

Ted and Toot ~ Library Tote Bag

 Ted and Toot ~ Library Tote Bag

 

One Crazy Mumma Did you finish getting all your back to school supplies?

One Crazy Mumma – Art/Paint Smock

 One Crazy Mumma – Art/Paint Smock

 

Pretty Little Petals Did you finish getting all your back to school supplies?

Pretty Little Petals ~ Hair Accessories

 Pretty Little Petals  ~  Hair Accessories

 

Two Little Monkeys Did you finish getting all your back to school supplies?

Two Little Monkeys ~ Pencil Case

 Two Little Monkeys  ~  Pencil Case

 

Thank you to all the lovely Handmade Businesses who submitted their products for inclusion in this Shopping Guide.

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DIY Travel Kits for Your Children

DIY Leather Pouches DIY Travel Kits for Your Children

Source: A Beautiful Mess – Leather Pouch DIY for kids

Travelling with children can be quite a challenge for parents. You constantly have to keep an eye on them, tell them what they should and shouldn’t be doing, watch out for their safety and comfort and most important of all, keep them entertained through the journey. Children will be children and they will always be bursting with energy and wanting to do fun things all the time. And the moment you, as a parent, start to feel that you’ve become adept at handling them, they will ambush you with something that you never saw coming!

 

We say, let kids be kids and let them do their best at springing surprises at you. Who says that these surprises always have to be unpleasant ones? With a little planning and preparation, there is nothing that parents cannot handle. Modern day kids amaze their parents with their independent opinions and thoughts on almost everything they are exposed to. So how about teaming up with them to create their very own travelling kits? The idea is to involve them in the various aspects of travelling so that they value its nuances, and learn about being responsible instead of being difficult about it.

 

In this post, we will be letting you in on some basic ideas on how you can get your kids to participate in putting together the whole paraphernalia that would eventually become their very own travelling kit. Read on know more.

 

The Right Travel Kit

That’s correct, bags for children are different from those for adults. If you go to the luggage store, you will see cute little luggage bags for children with strollers attached so that kids can drag them around on their own. If your kids are sporty, they could also opt for a small backpack or rucksack. Remember, this bag is meant just for tickling your children’s imagination and teaching them about responsibility and independence. So keep it light and do not try to pack too many items into it.

 

Alternatively, you can make a travel kit for your children at home. They’re pretty easy to make and can be put together using common household items. This makes sense as you can customize the kit’s features to your children’s specific needs, tastes and personality. DIY kits/bags are also more affordable than readymade ones. Here are a couple of examples of easy DIY travel kits for children -

 

Making a travel kit for kids using an old pair of denim shorts

You will need –

  • An old pair of denim shorts
  • Long and strong lace/ribbons
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Fabric paint and paint brush

Making the kit –

  • Simply cut the shorts to a desired size lengthwise. No need to cut them if they’re already the size that you want them to be.
  •  Stitch up the hem of the shorts, thereby creating two sections to store your stuff. Stitch up the zip in front of the shorts (if any) as well. Your old shorts are now a bag.
  •  Let the waist button remain as it is, as it can be sued to close the kit shut.
  •  To be able to carry this kit over your shoulder, attach the laces/ribbons on both the sides of the kit as handles. The pockets on the shorts can be used as sections to store/carry different items.
  •  Put your kids in charge of decorating the kit with fabric paint, laces and ribbons. They could also stick sequins and other embellishments on it. And voilà, the travel kit is ready for use!

 

Make your own bag DIY Travel Kits for Your Children

Source: Flickr- Make your own bag using Denim Jeans

Making a travel pouch for kids using an old cushion cover

You will need –

  • A cushion cover (small sized)
  • Needle and thread
  • Laces, fabric paint, glitter and ribbon bows for decoration
  • Glue

Making the pouch -

  • Decorate the cover by stitching lace on all sides.
  • To create more sections you could stitch a couple of pieces of fabric outside on the cover.
  • Ask your kids to use paint and glitter to decorate it further.
  • Stick ribbon bows on to the cover to add a feminine touch for a little girl’s pouch.
  • Use the cushion cover’s zip to open and shut the pouch. And the pouch is ready to be used!

 

Carry-on Contents for the Journey

Make sure that your children’s kit has enough sections to be able to carry a few games as per their interest that they can play along the journey. Besides these, they can also take along their story books, colouring books and crayons, notepad and stickers, and toys. There also needs to be enough space which can be allotted to dry snack items like granola bars, cookies, fruity chews, etc. to prevent leakages in their tiny bags.

 

Pink Suitcase DIY Travel Kits for Your Children

Image Source : Leuie – Pink Suitcase

The Packing Methodology

Take this opportunity to teach your kids the fine art of organising. Teach them how to pack their things without damaging them by placing the heaviest item of all at the bottom. Delicate items, if any, need to put into the bag at the end to prevent them from getting crushed under the heavy things.

 

Safety First

Teach your kids the importance of hygiene and safety by allotting a small section of the kit to their toiletries and common medicines. Besides a section for bathing soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, there needs to be pockets for keeping medicinal creams/gels, band aids, antiseptic lotions and so on.

Travelling with kids DIY Travel Kits for Your Children

Kids like to feel independent and want to do as many things as possible on their own. A DIY travelling kit may be seemingly unimportant but such simple things go a long way in shaping their behaviour and personality. Besides that, this DIY project is a great way for you and your children to bond by spending some quality time together and working towards a common goal.

 

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Guest Post - Author Bio : 

Shayna Smith has been working as a freelance writer for a long time. She has a diverse background in shopping, relationships and parenting. She loves sharing her opinions on the latest issues affecting women and is also an expert on deals direct coupons.

 

 

 

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