Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Handmade Markets are only a few days away now, and it has been raining fairly solidly since Sunday. I hope it stops in time for the market. I've just checked the Bureau of Meteorology website, and it's not filling me with confidence:
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Flib and I are looking foward to Handmade Market in just over a week ...... eeek!
Flib has just returned from a beach holiday, but I wouldn't be surprised if she snuck a bit of handsewing into her luggage, to keep her busy while she was away.
I'd like to say that I've had a productive few weeks too. But unfortunately Miss Goosey, who is about to turn two, thinks she's now a grown up, and wants to stay up til 10pm with Mum and Dad every night. So I'm not getting as much sewing done as I'd like to. I did manage to find a bit of time this week to sew a special birthday dress for Miss Goosey. She and The Gander are having a little birthday bash tomorrow (he turned four last week, and she is two next week), so I'll take some pictures of it and pop them on the blog.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
So where will I be, and when?
Friday, August 27, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
It's been a wonderful year, and we have had such fun designing products and getting out and about at markets.
It's been a busy year too, as my baby has grown into a toddler, and I've returned to work from maternity leave.
I'll be taking a break from markets for the next few months while I build my stock levels back up and get started on patterns for my summer range. My next market will be Handmade in Bloom on Saturday 11 September. I've still got stock at Shop Handmade, and am happy to take custom orders, between now and September.
Monday, June 14, 2010
My stock levels are looking very low, so I've been hunkered down at the machine trying to get more sewn for the Old Bus Depot "Kids in the Shed" market this Sunday, as well as catch up on orders from Handmade, and attempt to restock my rack at Shop Handmade (Mr Hen Pecked dropped off some long sleeve tops today).
So it's back to the sewing machine for now....
Flib and I will be at Old Bus Depot Markets this Sunday, 20 June, from 10am until 4pm. I'll be taking a break from markets for a few months after this one, to catch my breath, and get started on my summer range.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
The Market will be held at the Kamberra Wine Company from 10am until 4pm. Flibbertigibbet and I will have an outdoor stall, so I'm hoping that we have some lovely sunshine (or failing that, at least no rain!). The market will go ahead rain, hail or shine, so rug up in your winter woolies and come and visit.
I'll have two new pinafore designs for this market, as well as some funky appliqued tops for boys. I was hoping to have a post with lots of photos of my new designs, but although the sewing machine has been running hot, I haven't managed to take any photos yet. But I'm home from work today with a sick Gander and a sick Miss Goosey, so perhaps I might just have time to get some photos taken afterall.....
Friday, May 14, 2010
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Products on display will include handfelted garments and accessories; designer knitwear; millinery; weavings; funky beanies; and farm label knitwear. If you are into knitting there will also be a fantastic range of specialist yarns. Regional Guilds provide demonstrations of hand spinning, hand felting, and other traditional wool based crafts.
Check out the Old Bus Depot Markets website for more information.
It sounds like it will be a wonderful day, and I'm disapointed that we will be away this weekend, and won't be able to attend. I've had an obsession with baby hats since before I was even pregnant with The Gander, and I can never resist a cute knitted beanie!
And speaking of beanies, local business MissChief Maker, located at Rodney's Nursery in Pialligo, is running a Babies in Beanies competition. The competition is open to 0-5 year olds. Entry is $30 which goes directly to Newborn Intensive Care Foundation. MissChief Maker have a gorgeous range of new, handmade and vintage children's wear, so if you haven't already, then stop by and have a look next time you are in Pialligo.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
But with the success of Mathilda's Market in February and Handmade Market in March, followed by the opening of Shop Handmade in April, the boxes under my bed, that were once overflowing with stock, are now rather bare.......
So when I realised last week that the next Handmade Market is only a month away, I entered a mild state of panic. Luckily this was helped by a little online retail therapy, and before I knew it, over 40 yards of fabric was on its way to my front door...... nothing like new fabric to motivate a girl to get sewing!
So a-sewing I will be, creating lots of new pinafores, pants and appliqued tops, all ready for the Winter Warmer Handmade Market on 5 June.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
There are a lot of words I could use to describe Shop Handmade, but I think 'divine' sums it up best. I was expecting the Shop to look pretty schmick, but I was still overwhelmed by just how beautiful it was! The white fittings, furniture and display items give it a serene feel (well, that was until Miss Goosey started running riot and attempting to help herself to the 'pretties' in the jewellery cabinet). The feature wallpaper glammed things up a bit (and made me wish I had been brave enough to give it a go in our dining room). And the many, many products from the designers made it a treasure trove of handmade gorgeousness.
Of course, I couldn't visit without buying just one or two things. Miss Goosey did well as usual, with a cute little dress from Posie Patchwork. A lovely necklace from Rancho for a birthday present. And a treat from The Curious Chocolatier for Mr Hen Pecked and I to nibble on just as soon as I finish this blog post.......
If you haven't yet been to Shop Handmade, then there are plenty of photos for you to drool over on the Shop Handmade blog. And you can also check out the Posie Patchwork blog for some photos of Goosey Gander products in the Shop (see the photo fourth row down, on the left).
A huge congratulations to Rachel, Julie and the team - I hope you are proud of your efforts in creating such an amazing store.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Wow! Wow! Wow! Handmade Market was a marvellous day! So many stalls, so many gorgeous things, so many customers, and so many people who chose to take something home from Goosey Gander and Flibbertgibbet.
I did manage to squeeze in a little shopping of my own, including a gorgeous Bloss Doll for Miss Goosey.
And as if the success of Handmade Market wasn't enough, my wonderful husband (who we shall call Mr Hen Pecked), convinced me to apply for Shop Handmade. I'm very excited to be part of such a unique store in Canberra - a place where you can find handmade products from a range of designers, six days of the week.
I wonder if Mr Hen Pecked will regret his involvement, when I chain myself to the sewing machine over the coming days, to generate enough stock for the grand opening of Shop Handmade on Friday 16th April?
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Shorts were running out the doors of Mathilda's at just $10 a pair, but I still have a few left, so will continue this special price for Handmade Market.
Flibbertigibbet will also have a few new products in her range, especially for boys. So be sure to stop by and say 'hello' if you are at Handmade on Sunday.
Tess, being the young 20-something she is, suggested that it was time this 30-something got with the times and set up a Facebook page for Goosey Gander. So I did. Click below to check it out (or head over the Facebook and search for Goosey Gander):
Sunday, March 14, 2010
New to the range are bibs with colourful cotton fabrics on the front, and a fleece backing. They come in a range of fabrics for both boys and girls and sell for $10 each.
These bibs have two snap closures on the neck to make it adjustable:
Tag toys were added to the range late last year, and have proved to be very popular. With cuddly minky or fleece on one side, soft satin or flannelette on the reverse, and ribbons around the edge, they provide babies with a variety of tactile experiences. A link ring is attached to one corner to easily attach to the pram or carseat, making them the ideal portable comfort toy.
I still have available a limited number of extra large wraps in pink and purple. These measure approximately 140cm by 140cm, and are excellent for wrapping larger/older babies. I was surprised how quickly The Gander outgrew his wraps, and found it very hard to buy anything large enough to keep the little Houdini's arms contained. Wraps are currently on sale for $10 each.
Monday, February 22, 2010
I was very surprised to find a stall (Handle with Care) selling modern cloth nappies. When I first started using cloth nappies on the Gander three years ago, modern cloth could only be bought online. So it was great to see a local business out there promoting a fantastic product, so that potential purchasers can feel the nappies and see how they work before buying them. Although Miss Goosey already has plenty of nappies handed down from her big brother, I couldn't resist buying her a cute pink BubbleBubs nappy.
The next Handmade Market was held at the Yarralumla Woolshed. Flib and I (and Miss Goosey too) had a lovely time checking out all the stalls. And there certainly were lots of stalls to look at! As usual, I made a few purchases for Miss Goosey, incluing a cute litle singlet from the very lovely ladies at Sweet Sista.
While I hope the next Handmade Market is a busy one for Goosey Gander and Flibbertigibbet, I am also crossing my fingers that I get just a little time to shop as well!
The first market for the year is coming up on Sunday 28 March, at a branch new venue - the Kamberra Wine Company. With both indoor and outdoor areas, lovely green lawns, and plenty of gorgeous handmade goodies to admire (not to mention tasty things to eat) it is set to be a wonderful day.
At special request of the Handmade team, I will be focussing on my boys range for the market - shorts, appliqued tops and pants, along with tag toys and bibs in some gorgeous fabrics.
Flibbertigibbet will also have some new products particularly aimed at boys.
We hope to see you there!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
This year, Mathilda's will be in a new venue - the Hyatt Hotel - a beautiful location to sell such beautiful handmade products.
We hope you can come along to visit us at Mathilda's.
Meanwhile, it is back to the sewing machine for me, to get ready for our first Hall Market of the year, on Sunday 7 February.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
The last Hall market cleared me out of smaller sized pinafores, so stay tuned for some new designs over the next few weeks as I get ready for the next market on Sunday 7 February.