Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Life, don't talk to me about life.

It's March already?

Wow, this year is sailing past me. I've been super busy caring for a very sick child, trying not to neglect my other children, helping run our new family business The Sailing Shop and organising a junior Sailing State Championship. Sewing has fallen to the bottom of the to do list.
I will be back at That Dapper Market on 29th March, with my daughter Bel Short who will be selling her beautiful art work. I'll have a few cushions and a basket of purses and pouches for sale. That Dapper Market is a really cool evening; live music, great food, lots of stalls selling unique, hand crafted, locally made loveliness as well as lots of vintage clothes etc. Maybe I'll see you there?

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Busy Busy Busy

The last couple of weeks have been so busy, the poor house looks quite neglected. I promise to get the vacuum out tomorrow as long as it's not too hot. It was 43 here today! Just ridiculously, brain meltingly hot.

Last Saturday evening Bel and I had a stall at That Dapper Market. A small vintage and handmade market organised by the owners of Littlest Vintage. It was loads of fun - live music, great food stalls, the most amazing soda from Two-Bit Villians. The stall was mainly to promote and sell Bel's gorgeous artworks, but I squeezed a few of my handmade cushions and purses onto the end. You can see more of Bel's art here

I was tempted to buy a lot of lovely things, but kept my self under control and only bought a bar of beautiful smelling soap, from Shanghai Lil & The Scarlett Fez, for my mum's birthday and I simply could not resist this badge of Sam from Moonrise Kingdom.

Last week a fellow sailing mum contacted me asking if I'd customise one of my designs with her son's name for Christmas. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. I might set this up as a regular product line next year. I think quite a few kids would like their name on a cushion with a squirrel, heart, boat or cloud.

I also made up some pencil cases for my other business The Sailing Shop. The Optimist is the beginner sailing boat for kids 8-15 and there aren't too many gift ideas with Optimists on them, so I thought pencil cases might be good and I was right, they have sold very well. 

Here's my 8 year old in her little Optimist.

I'm now looking forward to some cooler weather, when the change comes on Friday night and having a bit of a break next week. We're having a small family Christmas day with my parents here at home - just the way I like it!

Thursday, 5 December 2013

It nearly Christmas aaaahhh!

Bel and I had a good day at the Penny Lane Market, it was a bit quieter than we thought it would be, but we made a reasonable amount of sales and met some lovely people. Including Abigael who has a gorgeous food business called Burdock Food - her muffins and brownies are delicious!

Bel's Christmas cards are available online here or at E for Ethel, Council of Objects and Matilda Bookshop.
My cushions etc. are at E for Ethel & Council of Objects too.

Once I've taken some better photos of my little zip up purses I'll put them in the All At Sea online shop.

Bel Short Design

All At Sea's side of the market table.

Friday, 1 November 2013

To Market To Market Jiggity Jig

Bel Short Design & I are slowly getting things ready for the Penny Lane Market and getting stock ready for Christmas for the shops we supply. As usual these things take longer than planned as life gets in the way; for me it's the sailing gear business I've set up with my husband and for Bel it's been school work. I'm making steady progress on cushions and Bel finally has her Christmas card and gift tag designs ready for the printer.

It's the first time she's had her work professionally printed. Up until now we've just done short runs on our home printer. We're quite excited to see the results. We found a printer in Adelaide who uses vegetable based inks and we've ordered recycled paper stock and lovely, made in Australia, recycled envelopes.
Here's a sneaky look at mock ups of some of the cards.

I've made some more cushions with my tree design, haven't done these for a while, but I love playing around, mixing up the coloured leaves. This design was inspired by a picture in a Lauren Child book.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

I'm still here!

After a much longer than intended break I am sewing for All At Sea again. Bel and I have been invited to be part of the Penny Lane November market which is a huge pre-Christmas market inside Cornerstone school gym at Mt Barker. Yay, inside - no tents blowing away and no rain!

I've started making cushions and pencil cases and zip up pouches in two sizes. Bel is painting the most gorgeous Christmas card designs . More photos soon but here's the stack of fabric cutout and ready to go and some of the appliques I'm preparing.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Mummy Bragging!

I'm so proud of my eldest daughter today (and every day!) - she won the Adelaide Magazine Annual Youth Cover design competition. She was the youngest entrant ever. We went to the announcement do last night and the room was full of all these hipster 20 something artists and designers. I  think some of them were a bit shocked when a fifteen year old beat them! The Editor said some really cool things about Bel's style of art. She's pretty busy with year 11, but she is planning on getting some of her designs printed up on cards and gift tags very soon. The photo below was taken at E for Ethel who stock her bookmarks and gift tags (and my cushions and zip up pouches).

Picture: SIMON CROSS Source: adelaidenow

Thursday, 23 May 2013

New Logo


Facebook Logo

Etsy Header
I love the new logos my daughter Bel has designed for me. She's only 15 and wants to be a graphic designer/illustrator when she grows up. You'll be seeing a bit more of her illustration work here very soon!