Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Vote for Gold

The lovely Esther Anderson with Logie courtesy of here.
The lovely Esther Anderson has been nominated for a gold AND silver logie for her work on Aussie soap Home and Away.  Here are three reasons you should vote for her:

1.  She's from Geelong. Yes, she is.
2.  She is the star of Mainichi's catalogue shoot.
3.  She is a sweetheart.

I probably haven't voted in one of these things since I was a teenager. But I'm a bit biased in this case. Apparently online voting hasn't opened yet. But stay tuned.
Go Esther!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dedication to a crafty Mum

Decoupage table with handpainted details by B.Mills, photographs by Mainichi

Etsy were recently calling for submissions for Mother/Son or Daughter crafty teams. This got me thinking about the creative collaborations over the years with both my Mum and my Grandmother. That's one of my Mum's recent decoupage projects above.

My Grandma taught me to sew on an old Singer treadle sewing machine. I used to make clothes for my dolls. That was after I graduated from the Holly Hobbie sewing machine (which I told my Mum and Dad was the best Christmas present EVER).

Our school holidays used to be filled with projects like placemats cross stitched with scrap wool on hessian, colourful wool wrapped tins and bottles, plaster casting and painting.....

As I got older I remember particular projects we made together.... such as the Macrame Owl; together we picked out special glazed pottery eyes and a beak from the craft shop, and found a piece of driftwood for him to hang onto.

Then there was a little mouse house, made from a pattern we bought at the sewing shop, complete with little felt mice and fabric furniture....

And a fifties inspired dress with a big skirt, made from metres and metres of irresistible fabric we bought together.  I remember it distinctly, it had a creme coloured background and tiny dancing clowns all over it.

Another favourite was making tiny birds from coloured cotton wool balls, felt and googly eyes, or sequins! And collecting all the plastic lids from containers to join together with string to make robots and other critters....

And the huge toy clown I made at highschool for my Home Economics subject; it was taken from one of those Women's Weekly sewing project books.  He was about 2/3 my size, and he had the most gorgeous mop of red hair made from Mum's leftover Macrame cord.

And as I got older there were loads of stretch fabric clothing projects, made when I got sent off to the local Knitwit store for school holiday sewing workshops. Damn, I had a great wardrobe of clothing in the mid 80's. Tube skirts and dresses and oversized tops.....one year we even tackled making our own swimsuit (colloquially known as togs or bathers, depending which state you grew up in).

Really there were so many crafty pursuits in my childhood, I'm not surprised I've ended up where I am, making jewellery and working in design.....these are some of the other things I fondly remember:
String Art
Latch Hook
Lite Brite pictures
Knitting Nancy
Loom weaving
Lego houses

It's so much fun to continue this crafting tradition now with the wee one. So here's thanks to my Mum (and Dad, and Grandparents) for inspiring me then, and continuing to inspire me now.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mushi Recycled Leather Brooches

Some new additions to the range - "Mini Mushi" recycled leather brooches.
They are a pair - a pair to share!

Coming to the Etsy store soon. In stock at Craft Victoria and Little Shop of....

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Serene Faces

It seems felt is my weapon of choice at the moment, can't get enough of the stuff.  Only the a la naturale wool based version of course...none of that nasty crafty felt that has an awful synthetic sheen about it...blegh. And these have been stuffed with wool, if you please!
Yes, these babies left home to reside at "Little Sparrow" in Orrong Crescent, Caulfield North for a time, until they hopefully find loving new homes on dresses and blazers and scarves, or wherever!
If you have not been to Little Sparrow on your adventures in the great South East of Melbourne, then let me tell you it is a delightful place for kiddies (mine can't keep his hands off anything in there!) and grown ups too.
There are lovely handmade wooden and felt toys, kids books and some crafty supplies for the big people (and the wee ones too). It's the go-to shop for us when we need a birthday gift. And now you can get a Mainichi Felt Face Brooch there too, only $25AU. Off you go. Or you can stop by the online shop for other natural toy goodies.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Little Houses and Little Hens

I've been a bit lax on the ol' posts lately, haven't I?  Well, not much to say about that except...moving right along...Here's an update on what I got up to over the rainy weekend.

We decided to build the wee one a cubby house. That was scheduled well before we knew Melbourne was going to be inundated with a once-in-a-100-years rain storm! This is how far we got on Saturday, until the threat of rain stopped play:

The "big" house fared ok in the storm, a bit of a leak through our kitchen ceiling, but that's about all. Our local "shops" got flooded, as well as many others throughout Melbourne. The hail slamming down on the tin roof reminded me of the hailstorms from my childhood in Queensland. Says alot for what is going on with the weather patterns these days.

While the wet weather continued on Sunday morning I left the blokes to their own devices and headed off to the local Steiner kinder to sit with a bunch of lovely ladies for three hours and stitch to my heart's content. This is what I made for the wee one's enjoyment (and three hours of bliss for Mum! These days it's like a slice of heaven to start and finish a sewing project in one sitting!)

Since then the family has expanded to include Mumma hen, and more baby chicks. As you can see the wee one is quite protective of his chicken family and their basket home....didn't even want me to take their photo and kept insisting they were NOT my chickens they are HIS!

And the other addition to this lot is Mr Bunny, who I think is very adorable:

That's a wrap! The cubby is almost finished, roof goes on this weekend, I'll post more photos after that happens. Hope you fared ok in the wet weather and have been enjoying this Autumn crispness (I love it!). Dx