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:
Monday CLOSED
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!







Saturday, October 18, 2014

Vintage Retro Spring Floral Flag Bunting ideal for a Wedding, Tea Party, etc - Made in Melbourne . MADE in AUSTRALIA


It's Spring in Australia, the sun is out, the birds are singing, a time to get out and catch up with friends,  a wonderful time of year to party too.

If you are celebrating a special occasion, we have a large range of flag bunting to help you celebrate in style.
Flag bunting can be used indoor or outdoor and can be used at:
Weddings, Engagements, Hens Parties - Bridal Showers, High Tea or Garden Parties, Christenings & Birthday's, etc.
Lovely as shabby chic decor or a perfect finishing touch for a girl's bedroom.
Bunting can be used time after time for other occasions for years to come.

All of our bunting is 'Ready to Post' and can offer custom buntings in a range of colours & lengths.
I sometimes have quantities of buntings not listed, so if you have any questions, just ask :)
My bunting is handmade with care.
It's made here in Melbourne, Australia.





I have a range of flag buntings with lace too!
















Please visit my stores Madeit or Etsy.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Handmade Christmas Flag bunting decoration now available.

Yes, it is getting to that time of year.
Again I'm stunned to think Christmas really is around the corner!
Well, I'm not going to complain, it is one of my favourite times of the year, having a young family makes it rather enjoyable. I love the look on my girls faces Christmas morning.

I love Christmas traditions.
Putting up the tree, sending greeting cards, gatherings of friends & family, etc.
And........ I always have my Christmas Bunting up!

This year I have some designs that are favourites with buyers that have been done a few years running & some new designs. I'll continue to make more in the next month or two.

Handmade Christmas Flag bunting decoration now available.

My Bunting is available from my Madeit and Etsy store.













Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Two of my Handmade Upcycled Tea Towel Aprons feature in a book - Art Without Waste

Well, this week I'm super excited!!!!
Two of my Handmade Upcycled Tea Towel Aprons feature in a book - 'Art Without Waste'.

Many months ago I was contacted about two of my aprons. Patty Wongpakdee had seen these: either via a Google search or possibly in one of my online stores.
Patty asked if I could supply 'high res' images of the two aprons as she was collecting images for a book she was working on.
This week I got the news that both aprons appear in this printed book! I'm so delighted.

"Art Without Waste features 500 upcycled and Earth-friendly designs from cutting-edge designers, illustrators and artists around the world. With a broad scope of alternative uses for discarded items, such as bottle caps, gas cans, and skateboards, the designs featured in this book also explore new uses for sustainable resources such as wood, straw, and paper. This is a gorgeous and inspiring collection of works from artists whose approach often incorporates eco-friendly principles such as upcycling, with sustainability as a central goal.
Find inspiration from an array of non-traditional artists and designers. Some have invented new techniques, while others have harnessed a creative passion into manipulated materials, resulting in dynamic forms that encourage audiences to perceive discarded items in an entirely new light. So don't just throw away that bottle or plastic cap- recycle it into your own exciting art projects."



 Art Without Waste is available now from QBookShop
and Amazon from the 1st of October 2014






My aprons can be purchased from my online stores: Madeit and Etsy

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.
If you like something you see, purchase it NOW - 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.


I love to upcycle and give a new life to something that had an intended previous use.
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.
I try to source my tea towels from all around the world, Australia, United Kingdom
& the USA, to just name a few.


 

 

About the Author

"Patty K. Wongpakdee is a graphic artist based in New York. She is an Assoc. Professor of Graphic Design at New York Institute of Technology. Prior to teaching, Patty was a Senior Designer/Art Director for Ernst & Young. In that capacity, she designed the artistic components for business proposals, brochures, and invitations for corporate functions. She has given lectures about graphic design in Bangkok, Thailand, and has presented at academic and professional design conferences in the United States and Europe. Her work has been featured in various print and online publications.In addition to teaching, Patty is committed to her own artwork. She merges her graphic design sensibilities with traditional paint-like qualities. To further this concept, she sometimes prints her digital images directly on to canvas and in some cases applies paint directly on the printed canvas.Patty received her M.F.A. in Computer Graphics at Pratt Institute and her B.F.A. at The School of Visual & Performing Arts, Syracuse University."
http://pattykwongpakdee.crevado.com/


Monday, September 8, 2014

Bespoke magazine Issue 14, Spring Must Haves - Editor's Favs includes my vintage floral bunting!

The latest issue of Bespoke Magazine Issue 14, is out now!
I'm loving it because it is the Spring Issue - Adornment & Embellishment. So many 'pretties' in this latest print issue.
Spring is most certainly my favourite time of year.
I love the sun, the burst of blooms, a great time of the year to get out with friends & family.




My Vintage Spring Floral Bunting is on the Editor's Fav's page!
This print issue is (as quoted) "Filled with beautiful and informative articles this magazine is sure to make you feel and see the freshness as Spring erupts and the trees and flowers bloom with their sweet fragrance and colourful flowers."



Vintage Retro Pink / Green / Purple Floral & Doily Lace, Floral Flag Bunting.

Ideal for a Party, Birthday Present, hosting a Baby Shower, Photography Prop, Market Stall or just Decorating a room.Would look very pretty at your next Garden Tea Party / BBQ!







Celebrate in Style!
Bunting makes a pretty decoration at a Wedding, Engagement, Christening,
Garden Tea Party, High Tea, Anniversary or any other special occasion.
Eco friendly, can use over & over.


Please visit my online stores:

www.madeit.com.au/merry-go-round

www.etsy.com/shop/MerryGoRoundHANDMADE



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Vintage, Retro handmade Holly Hobbie & Friends girl's bedroom Flag Bunting decoration - A new design available

I remember being in love with Holly Hobbie as a young girl back in the late 1970's.
I wish my parents had of bought me Holly Hobbie bed linen, a tin suitcase with matching flask and HH swap cards.
I never got them, however I did get a few cast iron HH miniature items as a treat.
No wonder I'm slightly obsessed with Hollie Hobbie!

A number of weeks ago I completed a new Holly Hobbie  Bunting design. I've called it 'Holly Hobbie Flag & Friends'.
Total length is 3.3 meters / 330 centimeters / about 11 feet approx.
Eleven (11) flags in various fabrics.
There are two Holly Hobbie Flags. Three cute vintage 'friends' flags & two vintage turquoise Broderie Anglaise flags and four vintage floral flags!
This set of flags are made / upcycled from original preloved/used, vintage fabrics.
The bunting flags are larger than my usual bunting flag size.

Single sided - can be viewed from front only. Holly Hobbie & Friends fabrics are only on one side.
There are no unfinished edges on these flags.














I have a few HH girl's kitchen aprons available too!

www.madeit.com.au/merry-go-round
www.etsy.com/shop/MerryGoRoundHANDMADE

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Folk Art Symbols Handmade Apron in Tickle the Imagination Magazine

I'm 'pleased as punch' to have my handmade Tea Towel Apron featured in the 'What's Cooking' section of Tickle the Imagination Magazine.
Folk Art Symbols (of the Pennsylvania Dutch) Apron is a One Of A Kind Apron - OOAK.
Made from a linen Tea Towel purchased online from the USA.

The new Winter Edition is out on the 3rd of July in selected newsagents & shops around Australia & available online (hard copy or full online version).
The theme is 'Eclectic Folk'.
I'm loving this edition, I'm enjoying the variety of items, the bold colours - it brightens up my winter, & the sense of fun! I guess it reflects well on the style of aprons and bunting I make.

So what is in this issue?
well, my apron of coarse!
page 33 see here

and......

inside issue 16 | eclectic folk...
feature stories * eclectic folk * channelling frida * natural remedies
* close to nature * favourite things


create
chocolate fudge brownies * vintage tea towel pillow
* hand embroidered drawstring bag * free motion hoop art

meet the maker

measure twice - lewisdean carpentry * 5 minutes with the woodsfolk
meet anna scott * soul cleansing - cleanse with benefits

shopping
what's cooking? * alisha visits blackbird corner
regular features
editors letter * tickle team * contributors * gallery wall * creative escapes
on our bookshelf * this issue was made possible thanks to...
designer & maker directory * explore - creative calendar
creative marketplace * business toolkit - get more productive 








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