Friday, December 31, 2010

Last craft for 2010...

I had an idea in my head from this morning and I decided to create the idea using materials I had sitting around my studio.

I used thimbles, buttons, and key charms to make pendants. I really like the idea of having a pendant which is suited just for my crafty personality... I am now on the hunt for a tiny sewing machine charm to complete the look!

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year and enjoyed 2010 as much as we did!!

See you some time in the new year!

xo Steph

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Isis Little Tea Zine Is Here!!

A little while ago now Isis put a call out to all tea lovers to contribute to an indie zine idea she had bubbling away in her wonderful imagination.

I was lucky enough to have been part of this process and also pulled some of my creative friends on board too so look out for a lovely sounding story with an evil twist too!

The zine contains 40 pages of recipes, tutorials, stories, facts and all things tea, contributed by tea-lovers all over the world and comes with a free badge!

They are a limited print run, on 100% recycled paper with a 100% recycled cover. The zine is black and white, with coloured artists' pages in the centre.

You can purchase The Little Tea Zine from Isis shop for $5 which would be a great gift to go with some tea for the perfect tea loving Nana, sister, Aunt, Mum... Uncle... you get the idea!!

"Ain't no party like my Nana's tea party" badge.

My contribution was an up cycled tea cup pin cushion tutorial.

Now because the majority of the zine is b/w I just have to show you that my dress really does match my tea cup which is quite funny seeings as it's a treasure shop tea cup purchase...hehe.

My snazzy pins are also from June at Noon. Her shop is filled with wonderful goodies too.

While you are here you should call past Isis' Ethical Clothing Pledge. We have been part of the pledge for over a year now.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Handmade Christmas Part 1...

This Christmas we decided to go completely handmade for family and friends. We wanted to do something a little extra special for the MooBear Uncles though.

So we put our thinking caps on and thunk really hard!

Carlos suggested making them MooBear tees. So we match up one design each which fitted their personalities perfectly and got to work.

So let me introduce Anthony and Steve who are the most supportive big brothers a sister could ask for.

Steve was there for the birth of our children. Anthony was living in England during that time but I was chatting to him via email when I went into labour with Bear at midnight. So in their own way they were part of something very special which no one else outside of Carlos and their father has ever been part of!

They are also equally the favourite uncles to Moo, Bear and Bubble. So much so that their names are completely interchangeable.

I would do anything for these 3 men and although I have been out number for years now I am happy to have them all to myself. Although I wouldn't mind being an Aunty either.

There might just be adult MooBear tees available in the not too distant future...

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

Woohoo it's Christmas Eve!!

We celebrate the South American way and have a huge feast at about 11pm tonight then open up all our presents at midnight. Then tomorrow the kids wake up in their own house which will be the first time ever and see what Santa has left for them...YAY!!

I really just wanted to share the paper I found to wrap our handmade presents in... Oh and our hand knitted Santa from the Treasure Shop $7 baby yeah!!

I used pattern paper to wrap up some of our gifts along with the stashes of ribbon I have hidden away and all over my desk. The orange paper I used to label them are from an envelope GemmaJoy send with gifts.

The awesome retro paper I bought from my local Treasure Shop for $1.50 which gave me 9 rolls to play with. To be honest I didn't really want to use it because it is so awesome hehe.

So there you have it!!
The boys have arrived with more food gifts and hugs to I am off to enjoy my day. They also do all the work for tonights feast and I sit back and relax!! Not a bad gig if you ask me!!

Merry Christmas you crazy people!


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Winners are grinners...

Sorry it has taken me so long to get around to drawing the winner of my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway hosted by of course Sew Mama Sew!

All names were placed into Carlos' hat.

Jumbled up and mixed about...

I can never have just one child help all 3 have to be part of the process!

Each of those names were stuck to a coloured ball...

I proceeded to juggle all 3 balls and the winner would be the ball I dropped first.

Stephu ended up being the winner.

Unfortunately Stephu didn't leave me a way to contact her so I'll give her 3 days to contact me.

(Thanks to the networking skills of myself and a little bit of facebook Stephu managed to find out she was the winner...YAY!)

If I do not hear from her then I shall send the loot to the person on the ball which fell 2nd... which would be Beth.

So there you have it!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The MooBear & Over It! Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Loot...

We are joining in the big Sew Mama Sew giveaway this year along with our blog friends GemmaJoy, harrysdesk and This is sew my life. There are more out there so be sure to check out the giveaway list on their blog.

This is going to be the biggest giveaway we have ever had on our blog so lets see what one lucky person could win shall we...

Yep all of these handmade, up-cycled, refashioned and recreated items by none other than our ethically made and enviro friendly labels MooBear Designs and Over It!

Are you excited? I am...
So lets give you a quick run down of the loot.

1x Gina Purse
Made from recycled denim, doilies, scrap fabric and button valued at $30.

1x Recycled denim baby bib
Made from recycled denim, scrap fabric and button valued at $15.

1x Pink Plated Jersey Knit Necklace/Belt
Made from recycled jersey knit valued at $12.

1x Zip It Headband made from recycled zippers and button valued at $12.
1x Denim Zipper Brooch made from the off cuts of all zipper creations and denim valued at $6.
1x Eye Patch made from off cut felt and elastic valued at $8.
1x Zip It Pocket Pal made from recycled zippers and denim valued at $15.

And last but not least a MooBear Tee...

...One of our original launch designs Moo's Rocket to be exact valued at $40.

That's a whopping $135 worth of Eco Friendly goodies!!

What do you have to do to win this loot of handmade recycled goodness?

Pop past our SHOP and then leave a comment
(1 entry per person) on our blog mentioning your favourite MooBear Design tee and who you would share your loot with.

That's it.

If you are after an extra entry you can call past Over It! on facebook and leave a comment on our wall with the secret password "I am so Over It!"...

If you feel like spreading the love then you can blog, facebook and twitter it till your hearts content but you don't have to.

- Entries close 17th Dec 2010 12midnight AEST
- Will post internationally
- Winner will be chosen randomly by method of coloured balls in our back yard.
- Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you directly if commenting on this post.

Good Luck and if I don't speak to you before Christmas have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year xo Steph

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sunscreen and Bubble...

Bubble makes me laugh so much.
This photo of her takes the cake... Literally.
She was eating chocolate cake till she decided to use it as a hair and skin product.

She may look really happy but she has also had a really bad reaction to sunscreen which is why her face is all red and puffy. She was itchy all over where we applied it and was up for a few nights from discomfort.

I wasted no time in contacting Rebekah to see if she knew what was causing the reaction and if there was a natural sunscreen out there somewhere we could use.

Instead she made up an all natural sunscreen sample with absolutely no preservatives.
I am happy to say Bubble still has a great smile and uses chocolate cake as hair gel. Only now she has no reaction to her sunscreen.

A big massive thank you to Rebekah for having the best natural soaps and skin care range in the world...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Felt Flowers and Markets.

I came across the bag of felt off cuts in my stash again and swung into felt flower mode this time. These flowers are big and chunky for dramatic effect. They will be made into rings and brooches and will be available at the next Red Lantern Night Market.

They will be available in green, red, black, purple, yellow and blue... So far.

I have also been making more eye patches.

Remember when I made Bear his very own? Well I went ahead a made a few more to take to market. They were so popular I have had to restock! Gotta love that...

So we have a huge range of colour combos with eye balls and stars to choose from.

I'll also be at Ettalong Bowling Club for the Christmas Shopping Night
Thursday 2nd from 7-10pm.

There is a complimentary glass of Champaign and mini manicure to help get you in the Christmas shopping mood!! So if you are a local be sure to stop past and say hi.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sometimes, the stars just don't align...

This blog post is my vent to the universe...

I am always a happy person. Everyone who knows me will tell you I am. I surround myself with happiness. With the things and people I love.

Sometimes though the stars just don't quite align...

My Alice in Wonderland inspired party was suppose to be a celebration of love and womanhood to share with my friends and the people I rely on. It was my first ever child free event and I had the whole event planned and played out in my mind.

Unfortunately, the months of preparation, donations of decorations, the amount of food and alcohol went to waste...

Because there was no-one here to enjoy it.

I completely understand that things happen in other peoples lives which they cannot ignore. It doesn't change the fact that I hurt and am so sad.

I'll leave you with some of the photos from the preparations of the evening to enjoy.

My Alice in Wonderland book from 1981 and my personalised birthday badge by GemmaJoy in the Alice theme.

Carlos had the bar set up in the studio to serve cocktails of every kind. Bar fridge, drinks, glasses, blender, salt and sugar.

Lovely bunting donated by Rachelle after her daughters 1st Birthday Tea Party. Rachelle even printed out my name and 30th to replace her daughters.

Thanks Hun!

A quick garage sale visit in the morning for Bear and I. We bought the last item on our cocktail list for $5. Very cool and very retro glass blender.

A very special puzzle book with beautiful illustrations Carlos picked up for Moo back when she was a baby from a treasure shop.

View from the studio outside.

Doily bunting and table set up along with a mannequin dressed in a black 'Alice' t-shirt wearing my brand new reclaimed satchel by Little Wise Owl.

I was sharing some lovely refashioned items on my facebook page which I was looking at buying myself for my birthday. Rebekah and Jazzy snapped the satchel up before I had time to buy it only I didn't know until I received it on Friday. Yes I cried when the postie handed the parcel to me...

Carlos made Brenda and I frozen strawberry margaritas.

Brenda called around earlier in the day with her family to finish of my cake she made and to spend some quality time with me. I have a few new personalised Gemmajoy brooches to add to my collection including a sewing machine... I love it so much girls!!

The cake Brenda made just for me *tear* Brenda girl I miss you so much!

She even made 'eat me' cookies... how sweet is she?!

So I leave this blog post in tears because I am so grateful for what I have. Carlos I love you and you truly are my lighthouse. Thank you for making everything better and not calling me a sooky baby...

Right now I could do with a hug...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

MooBear 3 Day Sale Starts Now...

To thank you for supporting kids clothing with a conscience and for making us Australia's fastest growing and favourite eco-friendly, independent kids t-shirt label, we are having a 3 day sale especially for our facebook 'likers' just in time for Christmas.

All our Big Kids Tee's are $30 but only for 3 days so be quick.

SALE starts 7.30pm Wed 23rd November till 7.30pm Fri 26th November 2010.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Boring? Tea Towels? I think not...

Back in March I went to a garage sale across the road and bought a few items really cheap. Thrown in there were some very new retro tea towels which were unused. I sent them straight to CurlyPops because she love a tea towel or two for refashioning!!

Just look at them now!!

These a definitely worth checking out over at CurlyPops today... or tomorrow. You can find her selling her handbags and yummy goodies at the Daylesford Makers Market on Saturday November 27th so do say hello from me!!

I have a few I kept hold of which I really must refashion. It's a crime not to when they look this delicious.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Some Christmas Face Washers...

Rebekah and I have been doing some brain storming. Well actually it's more like excited jumping around the craft shop with a spontaneous craft idea to add to Rebekah's soaps for Christmas. I decided to help out and make her some Christmas tree decorations/face washers to go with her soaps for our markets this weekend. We'll both be at The Red Lantern Night Market on Saturday and then the Handmade Craft Market on Sunday.

They are a little quirky with lots of handmade love.

What do you think? I have put one away for us to add to our tree too... hehe sshh don't tell Rebekah although I am sure she wont mind.

Christmas Handmade Craft Market...

This is where you find me this Sunday 21st November.

I'll have Gina purses, eye patches, zip it brooches and headbands as well as all our MooBear Designs tees so be sure to stop past to do some Christmas shopping.

Hope to see you there too!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Central Coast to Sydney iPod Play Lists...

When we all take the train trip to Sydney we make sure we take our iPods along for entertainment. Today we popped into the annual Newtown Festival to meet up with family and friends. It's amazing how much quicker the trip is with music...

These are just some of the songs playing on our to Sydney and Back.

Can you guess who was listening to which music?