Friday, December 21, 2012

A Patchwork Apple Notebook handmade Cover for the Teacher!

 It was near to the end of year & my eldest daughter was about to finish kindergarten.....

I wanted to give something, different, creative & memorable to the two lovely teachers for the love & care they gave my daughter.
I could not get the notion of 'an apple for the teacher' out of my head!
Oh, what to do!
I considered an apple or pear pincushion but I did not want to assume they could (or would) want to sew!
It gift had to be appropriate but fun!

A denim notebook removable slip cover (with notebook) it was!
Yes, with a patchwork green apple!

The end result was not 'perfect', is was my first attempt, but I'm still happy with the end result.

I really like the patchwork apple. I think the 'embroidered' names were rather well done considering I do NOT have a machine that embroiderers!!!!! It was not easy & rather time consuming but worth it for the end result!

The final result!

 A personalised message done by my daughter!

 "Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String, These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things!
Oh....& tied up with a red & white Paper doily!

 Work in progress....

Monday, December 10, 2012

Merry-Go-Round Handmade Vintage Buntings & apron featured in Tickle The Imagination

♥ ✿ Yay! 

We are Featured in 'tickle the imagination' Online.

Our Vintage Yellow Bunting has been featured on page 29, Vintage Green Bunting page 32 & our "Wildflowers' Metro Retro Apron page 75! 

❀ This Online issue is truly STUNNING!

✿ 'tickle the imagination' Online Christmas issue...out now!

So grab a coffee, sit down & enjoy - You will love this!
A must see!

You can find my handmade items here:


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Merry-Go-Round Handmade Boys Bunting has made print publication - Tickle The Imagination ANNUAL magazine!

Yes, I'm just delighted that my BOYS Star Denim Blue, Red & Check Flag Bunting has made an actual printed publication.

Tickle The Imagination is usually an online magazine but for the very first time they have just released a printed magazine - an annual. It's just divine!

Just a few details about their online magazine, as stated on the TTI website
"tickle the imagination is an online lifestyle magazine celebrating all things handmade and creative in Australia.
Released bi-monthly, tickle the imagination aims to inspire creativity - by showcasing talented artists, crafters and designers, discovering emerging talent and sharing real-life stories and diy projects. inspired by gorgeous images, take a peek into the lives of Australian designers & makers and discover ways to include creativity & handmade into your everyday living".

Visit their Facebook Page:

The printed  Tickle The Imagination annual is out NOW!
"This special yearbook issue will be 120 pages of creative goodness and, staying true to our ethos, features Australian designers and makers and has been printed in Australia using an eco friendly approach.
Perfect for yourself, or a gift for any lover of handmade, it includes our favourite pages from online issues, as well as some new unseen material!"

To order your copy: 

More details about my Boys Bunting:Ideal for a Party, Birthday Present, hosting a Baby Shower, Photography Prop, Market Stall or just Decorating a room.

Total length is three (3) metres / about nine (9) feet approx.
Twelve (12) flags in various fabrics.
This set of flags is a lovely combination of Plain Denim, 'Fire Engine RED' with stars, Blue Check print fabric - simply stunning!
Double sided - can be viewed from front or back. There are no unfinished edges on these flags. 

 My handmade items can be purchased here:

Thursday, November 29, 2012

WIN a Christmas Giveaway Hamper inc One of MY Vintage buntings on

You can WIN one of my Vintage Buntings & MANY other quality handmade items just by buying ANY item from the website. 

All you have to do is shop on within the giveaway time frame & you could be the winner of the Mega Christmas Hamper Giveaway!

For more details visit  
Just 8 more days to go!

You can find more of my Buntings here:


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

BOYS Denim Navy Blue, Stripes & Check Flag Bunting on Front page of MadeIt website today!

♥ ✿ ❀

We have made front page on the website TODAY with our 'BOYS Denim Navy Blue, Stripes & Check Flag Bunting', along with many other great finds.

I love to use denim for bunting, it's not exactly easy to use but I love the final look.
There are not enough choices for boys bunting so now I have a number of 'boys styles' to choose from. In this bunting there is actually two different denims, one a medium blue & one a dark blue.

Today's theme is 'Made with Denim Finds'.

*** Please view our large range of Bunting, great as Xmas Gifts!

Ideal for a Party, Birthday Present, hosting a Baby Shower, Photography Prop, Market Stall or just Decorating a room.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Made It Feature with Bec Davies, my vintage bunting published in Family Circle Magazine CHRISMAS 2012

My Vintage bunting was included in a printed article, 'Crafting a new life'  -  Australian Family Circle Magazine 2012 - Christmas Edition!

I'm very pleased to see my vintage bunting in a printed publication but also it's great to see Bec Davies talk about her fantastic handmade online website than she created.

It's a great inspiring story of an ex graphic designer that built from scratch.
Bec lives in the beach side town of Yamba, NSW with her husband & new baby girl.
It's a busy but enjoyable lifestyle. I'm sure she is the envy of many crafters!
A great life, wonderful artists/designers to promote & a brilliant website, it sounds like the perfect job to me!

I'm proud to be part of this great website, Bec is very supportive. It a great handmade online website where you can buy great quality items directly from the designer that makes them.

I ask everyone to support handmade this Christmas & beyond!
And please support

oh..... and don't forget there is a sister site call
for all you crafting supply needs!

Merry-Go-Round Handmade Happy Kitty Cat Metro Retro Apron on the front page of Made It website yesterday!


♥ ✿ ❀
We have made front page on the website Yesterday (Monday) with our
'Happy Cat' Metro Retro Apron, along with many other great finds.
Yesterday's theme was 'Kitty Kats'.
*** Please view our large range of Aprons.

Each one is never to be repeated, never to be exactly the same as another.
The ideal handmade gift for someone special or for spoiling yourself.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Metro Retro Tea Towel Kitchen Aprons - Australian Wild Flowers, Kangaroo Paw & Blue Wrens

Just recently I completed a few more aprons from my tea towel collection.
I had to make up more Australian themed aprons as they are quite popular around Christmas time as they make great gifts.

'The ideal handmade gift for someone special or for spoiling yourself'. 

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.

Metro Retro Vintage Australian Kangaroo Paw Apron

Metro Retro Vintage Australian WildFlowers Apron

Metro Retro Vintage Australian Blue Wrens Apron