Thursday, December 5, 2013

Merry-Go-Round Christmas Bunting featured in Bespoke Magazine

I was lucky enough to have my Christmas Bunting featured in the latest issue of Bespoke Magazine.
It's always great when you get an email request for an image for a magazine but to see it in print is a thrill!
My bunting was featured in 'the best handmade products to wear, decorate with and gift this holiday season'.

Bespoke magazine is an Australian magazine, a collection of artisan stories, handmade products, indie business and creative projects.
Issue 11 is out now

In this issue:

  • quick, easy and delicious recipes for Christmas and summer entertaining
  • the best handmade products to wear, decorate with and gift this holiday season
  • creative gift wrapping ideas
  • must-have handmade products for camping
  • crafty books to read this summer
  • creative ways to plan for the year ahead
  • and for those who are running a creative business there are also business tips for managing your online store over Christmas

 A link to their Facebook page

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Merry-Go-Round Handmade Christmas Flag Bunting Decoration available for purchase

Well, its getting very close to to Christmas, I can't really believe it!
Where has the year gone???
I guess it goes quick when you are busy, for me it's family life & crafting.

Just thought I'd mention there is a large range of Christmas Bunting in my stores.

I love Christmas, its my favorite time of the year.
I love getting together with friends & family - and a glass of Champagne!

Actually I can not wait to put the tree up, the decorations and of coarse my Christmas Bunting!
My little girls just love it!

You can find my Bunting in my Madeit and Etsy stores.

Christmas Red OWL Nordic Style Flag Bunting

Christmas Red / Green Retro Kids & Gingerbread Man Flag Bunting

Christmas Red / Green Gingerbread House & Candy Cane Flag Bunting

Christmas Red / Green Flag Bunting

Christmas Red Owl Nordic Style Flag Bunting

Christmas Red White Nordic Style Flag Bunting

Christmas Red TREE Nordic Style Flag Bunting

Christmas Red / Green - Bird & berries Bunting Flag Bunting


Image credit:  Sweet Chilli Philly Photography - Adelaide Photographer


 Madeit advert for 'tickle the imagination'online 'free view' Christmas Issue

Monday, November 11, 2013

Vintage fabric & Doily Wedding / Garden Party Bunting - a new style.

For quite some time I've been meaning to create a Doily bunting.
I did not want to create a bunting that was only doilies, so many of these around so I decided the new design had to be 'teamed up' with the traditional triangle fabric flag.

I've been collecting Doilies for many years, I have a huge container of them & too many large doilies, hence the reason for this new design.
I'm happy with the result, Its a little different to what other people are doing with their doily buntings yet its an extension of the type of doily bunting I do.

I've created a bunting that is 4.5m - over 14 feet in total length, light coloured floral flags & white / off white doilies, no two doilies are the same on the one bunting.

Perfect for a Wedding. Decorate a wedding venue or use as a photography prop for a Wedding.
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 Party / BBQ!
In fact any excuse will do!  

Now available in my Madeit & Etsy Stores

Vintage Shabby Chic Doily & Fabric Flag Bunting. Wedding, Garden Party

RETRO Vintage 'Doily Lace & Fabric Flag Bunting - Garden Party' Flag Bunting. Ideal for Wedding or Kitchen Tea

Friday, November 1, 2013

Merry-Go-Round Handmade in She Knows Australia - Etsy Entertaining Finds

It's a lovely surprise to see Merry-Go-Round Handmade in She Knows Australia.

I understand She Knows Australia is the American 'sister' company to
We have been selected along with a few other creative Australian Etsy Sellers to appear in their online article 'Best of Etsy  ONE-OF-A-KIND ENTERTAINING'.

as quoted by She Knows Australia
"With the afternoon barbecues and balmy nights well and truly underway, now is a great time to start stocking up on outdoor entertaining items. From place settings and doilies to candles and decorations, the Australian Etsy creatives have all your entertaining needs covered. We've trawled through lots of stores to bring you the very best in homewares. You can thank us with an invite!"

You can read my interview here:

Please take the time to view the other Etsy creatives featured:
Domun Vindemia, Marley and Lockyer, My Bearded Pigeon, Kanimbla Clay

Photo credit (two images below): 'Tickle The Imagination'

Friday, October 18, 2013

This week I am guest Banner picker for the Madeit Facebook page!

Quite some time ago I put my name down to be guest Banner picker for the MadeIt Facebook page.
Also used on MadeIt's seller page: Madeit Sellers Sales, Offers & Shop News

It's great to see that every week a MadeIt seller gets chosen to pick items, usually based on a theme.
It keeps the facebook page fresh with new items & gives buyers an opportunity to visit the stores of the featured Sellers of the items shown.

I decided to choose 'Holly Hobbie Inspired' finds.
well, why not, I thought.
I love the Holly Hobbie character, so sweet.....  & I can not resist vintage florals!

Holly Hobby is a childhood favorite of mine and I have a few handmade items that are 'Holly Hobbie Inspired' in my online stores MadeIt & Etsy.

 The finds I found were made by these great handmade sellers on MadeIt:

Top Left to Right

Bottom Left to Right

Curently I have these Holly Hobbie Inspired handmade items (below) in my MadeIt store:

Holly Hobbie Girls Vintage Retro Fabric Kitchen Apron.

Holly Hobbie Vintage & Floral Pink Flag Bunting

Holly Hobbie Vintage & Floral Flag Bunting

Metro Retro Vintage Holly Hobbie / Sarah Kay GIRL style Apron

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

WIN my Vintage Handmade Rainbow Floral Bunting!

❀✿❀ WIN This Vintage Bunting! ❀✿❀

Competition entry is via Mayhem Magazine email.
See Issue 13, page 7.
Yes, you will find that the magazine publication is online as well!

Answer this question: Where will you hang your bunting?


(Competition entry for Australian residents only) 

Looking to purchase a bunting similar?

Please visit my online stores:

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Holly Hobbie girls Aprons using all vintage fabrics - Vintage Playground Showcase 1st Sept

My Holly Hobbie girls Aprons have been completed for a few weeks now and just recently been uploaded to the Vintage Playground Facebook Page.

Recently I mentioned my Holly Hobbie Vintage flag bunting was made & posted to the Vintage Playground Facebook Page.
So now I have two items in the showcase - using different HH fabric.

This time around I was looking for something 'different to make for the showcase yet not too different to what I currently make & sell in my handmade online stores, Madeit & Etsy.

I have plenty of the HH fabric and I thought of doing these aprons many months ago but as usual I was not to motivated to make them until I heard about the Vintage Playground Facebook Page.

I have to say, making these aprons are VERY time consuming. They will not become regular items in my stores. They are all One Of A Kind.
I have made five Holly Hobbie vintage aprons, each with a different HH front 'panel'.
I'm pleased with the result. I'm loving the bright & cheerful contrasting colours of the vintage floral fabrics used. They all have a little white lace apron front which looks rather sweet.
Best fit is girls: 6 - 9 years old, approx.

I have decided to only showcase two of these aprons, the other three will either be sold on my FB page or in my stores.

I hope you like them!

The showcase starts on September the 1st at 8.00pm EST
It will run for a week but you will need to be quick to 'snap up' a divine purchase.

Click here for a direct link to the showcase of vintage handmade items made for the showcase.

The following two will be available in the showcase

The following three will be available AFTER the showcase 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Holly Hobbie Vintage Pink Flag Bunting for Vintage Playground Showcase.

Last week I finished my first item for the Vintage Playground Showcase.

Early this year I purchased a lovely baby crib sheet set from Canada (I love Ebay for such finds!), it was a Vintage Pink Holly Hobbie set, new in pack (made in Canada).
I had put it away for a little while knowing that I'll make something special when 'that time comes'.
Well..... that time has come!

I guess I always new it would be probably turned into Flag bunting. I did not do it earlier as I already had a Holly Hobbie bunting in my Madeit & Etsy stores.

I was contacted by Anya at the Sherbet Tree. She was getting together a collective of creatives that love working with vintage materials. Yep, that's me!

A little more about Vintage Playground:

Vintage Playground ... a Showcase of handmade wares made from vintage materials for little ones.

Showcase launching on 1st September 2013 @ 8pm AEST

Buyers can BUY from the showcase, many items are One of a kind, and made especially for this showcase so don't miss out on buying a gorgeous creation from the showcase.

All items are made using vintage/retro/upcycled or recycled materials ONLY.

So here is it is!

Holly Hobbie Pink Flag bunting.
3m (9.9 feet) in total length
All vintage fabrics, Holly Hobbie, 1960's Floral, pink Broderie Anglaise and white Doily Lace.

The submissions are starting to come in, they are looking amazing, so many talented people out there!
Most creatives are from Australia but there are a few International ones too!

My second submission will be finished very soon - another Holly Hobbie item!
Details are coming soon.

I don't expect to make much in the way of sales. For me the exposure of being part of this great showcase is just wonderful. A great place to see 'like minded' creatives who love to work with vintage retro materials, just like myself.

So don't forget to add this date & time to you diary & give Vintage Playground a big like!

Showcase launching on 1st September 2013 @ 8pm AEST

Holly Hobbie Bunting in my stores

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Custom Vintage and matching Cake Bunting Topper

I was asked if I do custom buntings - I certainly do!

A four metre vintage flag bunting in Purple toned hues was required for a special occasion.

The process was rather simple, I just asked the client, what fabric she preferred (and the ones she did not!).
An image of the selected fabrics was shown for approval, the end result, a lovely custom bunting for the client's special occassion and a bunting that can be used & cherished for future celebrations.

I was asked if I do Cake Buntings, well actually I don't normally offer these 'Toppers' as an item in my stores but I thought, why not!
A Cake Bunting Topper was created using similar vintage fabrics to the 4m custom bunting.
The client wanted Red/White twine to colour co-ordinate with other decorations that were being used.
Considering I'd never done one before, I'm rather pleased with the results!

As a special extra - a small thankyou to the Buyer, I gave some cupcake flag 'toothpick' toppers in the same fabrics. I think they will look super cute!

Looking for bunting that is similar, You can find Vintage Bunting in my stores, just like this one below.