Sunday, May 24, 2015

Do you love upcycled handmade items? We will be one of the participants in the Sustainable showcases. May 27th

 We will have some bunting & apron entries in the Sustainable showcases facebook showcase.

"Sustainable showcases...where handmade pages come together to showcase their creations. We pride our selves with using upcycled, reclaimed, recycled, sustainable fabrics, fibres and materials."

✿ ❀ An online showcase ✿ 27th May ✿ 7pm AEST

Featuring many handmade crafters, just an example:

Lil' Popet
Fabric - Scissors - Hook
Upcycled Princess
Nancy Jeannie Handmade

Apple & Rose
Ziggy High Design
Vintage Glorybox
Tootsie Handmade
Aunty Nat's Knits

dream a little

Vanja's Design

Anahata Handmade
Pea Green Sea

 and MANY more!!!!!

 oh, and me! Merry-Go-Round handmade :)

I love to upcycle and give a new life to something that had an intended previous use.
For example, some of my tea towels are brand new but many are retro vintage - that is 20-40 years old! They are in excellent condition as they have never been used for their original purpose.

Metro Retro Aprons are all OOAK - that is, One Of A Kind.
Each one is never to be repeated, never to be exactly the same as another.
All of these aprons are handcrafted originals and unique!
The ideal handmade gift for someone special or for spoiling yourself.

Metro Retro Aprons....Fun & Funky Designs - Expect the unexpected!
Vintage, Retro Design with Modern & Practical Use.
Unique, One Of A Kind - just like you!  One Size Fits Most.
Most of my Metro Retro aprons have a 100% linen tea towel front panel and the side panels,
straps & binding are vintage cotton - usually 100% Cotton.

Vintage Retro Floral Upcycled Fabric Bunting

Cheer Up your favourite space, a study, craft room, etc - all year round!
'Colour your world' with this lovely bunting decoration of rainbow colours!

RETRO Vintage 'Multi-Colour Garden Party' Flag Bunting adds charm and style to any room!
Total length is Three metres (3m) / about 9.9 feet approx.
Twelve (12) flags in various new & retro preloved fabrics
This set of flags is a lovely combination of Multi-Colour Florals, retro new & preloved upcycled fabric - Just Divine!
This Flag Bunting is double sided/reversible - can be viewed from front or back.
There are no unfinished edges on these flags.

I am often asked....Do I make custom flag buntings?
Yes, I do make custom bunting in requested colours / lengths.
It depends on the fabrics you request & what I have in stock, etc
Contact me, to discuss more.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Sleepy Bum Australia bedding review

I have collaborated with Sleepy Bum Australia to introduce their fun range of manchester bedding.

So who is Sleepy Bum?
If you don’t know about Sleepy Bum, you should!
An Australian online company based in NSW.
Not a new company but a trusted brand that has been around for sometime now.

They have a wonderful range of products to suit all of us.
The best thing about the Sleepy Bum brand is the variety of designs for every member of the household.
Actually, Sleepy Bum bedding is a great way to spoil yourself or spoil mum this Mother’s Day.

I chose  the Rose De Provins cover set, I truly love it. It’s just so pretty!
This ‘vintage style’ shabby chic pattern is gorgeous, I also like the fact that it is 200 thread count – 100% cotton.

From a styling point of view, you could team it up with one of my buntings with a Sleepy Bum quilt cover. 

Union Jack, Stars & Stripes Flag Bunting


Sleepy Bum Australia - Anthea in Baby Pink Cover Set

New bedding is an inexpensive makeover – no need for expensive new furniture – new bedding will give you a whole new look without the big price. In fact, as I post this, Sleep Bum Australia are having a sale!!! Yay!

Sleepy Bum Australia - Roman in Red Cover Set

BOYS Star Navy Denim Blue, Red & White Flag Bunting


Please Note:
Bedding is available from Sleepy Bum Australia - website/online only.

Bunting is available from Merry-Go-Round Handmade -  Madeit and Etsy website/online stores

Sunday, January 11, 2015

I'm in the Designer Spotlight on the handmade website!

Yes, I was lucky to be chosen for the 'Designer Spotlight' on the handmade website!

"Designer Spotlight: Madeit interviews designers about their art & craft, advice for success and much more". 


I have been a Madeit seller since 2011. I love Madeit.
Why? It's an Australian website selling handmade items to buyer all around the world.
Madeit has been supportive since the time I got started, featuring my handmade items on the front page over the years.

As stated by 'Madeit': " is Australia's premier online buying and selling destination for handmade & independently created items.
We showcase Australia's most creative art, design & crafting talent. Lovers of amazing handmade and independently created products can purchase items on madeit direct from the sellers with products ranging from fashion, art, homewares, accessories, stationery, toys, children and babies clothing and much much more

"We are different to other online retailers as we only promote quality local independaet Australian talent.
Buyers can shop on madeit knowing they are supporting independent designers & crafters as well as the whole Australian made industry at large".


I'm thrilled to be chosen. If you view the interview,  you can read about me, my items & I have a few tips for selling handmade items too.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Far Fetched Designs Pop Up Shop New Updated Christmas Opening Hours!

Well it's only four weeks until Christmas!!!!!!!!!

The Far Fetched Designs Pop Up Shop has now updated it's hours which is ideal for a some Christmas shopping!
There is also a special VIP night on Wednesday the 10th of December - Open until 10.00pm!

Far Fetched Designs pop-up shop is a co-operative run by Rachael from Frock Swap and Orcwood and Belinda of Mr Moo Designs
130 Gamon st, Yarraville. Vic. 3013

It features a “curated collection of unique handmade items from local artists, makers and crafters".

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Far Fetched Designs - A Pop Up Shop in Yarraville by handmade artists. Ideal for Christmas Gift Shopping!

Recently I have decided to be part of the wonderful Pop Up Shop in Yarraville called Far Fetched Designs.

Far Fetched Designs pop-up shop is a co-operative run by Rachael from Frock Swap and Orcwood and Belinda of Mr Moo Designs
130 Gamon st, Yarraville. 3013

It features a “curated collection of unique handmade items from local artists, makers and crafters".

This store is temporary and will move to different venues throughout the year. It's the second phase of the venture (they were in Anderson st, Yarraville mid this year for about two months).
Each location brings new handmade artists and and some regular artists with high quality items and Australian made too. Actually, mostly made in Melbourne!
They call it a "a gift paradise", I have to agree.  It's certainly a visual treat!

Christmas is getting closer, now is a great time to visit Far Fetched Designs!
"Be organised and pop into Far Fetched Designs to get the perfect gifts for babies, kids, Sisters, Friends, Teachers, Mums, Aunts, Nan, the next door neighbour, Nieces, even Dads and Brothers (maybe even for hubby)  And we even have cards and wrapping paper too.  Too easy!"

No mass-produced items here!
Just Unique and mostly One of a Kind (OOAK) items.
Remember, when you buy handmade you are carefully selecting that 'special something for someone special in your life'.
A gift to say that you have really thought about them & that you care.

If you're looking for an original handmade gift or something special for yourself you're sure to find something here, I did, a number of times, shhh.... don't tell my husband! ;)

You can now find Far Fetched Designs:
✿ 130 Gamon Street, Yarraville

Opening hours:
Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday 10am to 5.30pm
Thursday 10am to 5.30pm
Friday 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm

Closing: Wednesday December 24th (Christmas Eve) 2014.

You will find a range of Merry-Go-Round Handmade Cards, Aprons, Taggies & Bunting along with handmade items from more than 30 other handmade crafters!