my creative space: ginger cats tote

It's been very busy around here with my Etsy shop opening on Monday! Phew! I have loved packaging things up and sending them off into the world... such great satisfaction and a bit exciting too! I have to get to and restock my shop now!

Thank you to everyone for all the lovely comments and support! I really appreciate it!  Thank you :)

In amongst all the craziness this week, I made a tote using my ginger cats screen print and I did french seams on the inside too! I think I am in love with french seams... they are so lovely!

Ginger cats grey tote bag
:: ginger cats grey - tote bag

I really love my new ginger cats grey tote and I think I am going to make some for my shop too! post note: I have made two for my shop... I couldn't help myself!

***Just a little reminder that you have only until midnight Friday 27th July (tomorrow) to receive the 15% discount in my little Etsy shop - do a bit ! Just enter the word "OPENING" into the "apply shop coupon code" section at check out. :)

Hope you are having a great creative week!
There are lots of creative people over at my creative space...

** do a bit** etsy shop is now open

Good morning, hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I can finally announce that I am now the proud owner of a little etsy shop **do a bit**... Hooray!!! So now you know why I have been making a crazy amount of pouches :)

It has taken me a little while to get it all together... who knew that there is quite a bit of work involved in setting up an etsy shop! I still have a bit of work to do on it but I am so happy that my shop is finally open!

And because it's my **Grand Opening** I am offering a discount to all of you, my dear blogging friends, family and friends! Just enter the word "OPENING" into the "apply shop coupon code" section at check out and you will receive a 15% discount. The discount will be available until midnight (AEST) Friday 27th July 2012 :)

Hope you have a great week!

lamina xxx

my creative space: hand printed cushion

Tomorrow is my gorgeous grandma's birthday and I was a bit stuck with what to get her, especially as she has everything she needs! What could me and my little man make for her (his great grandma)??? Then it came to me... a hand printed cushion... literally... with my little man's handprints!

hand printed cushion - front
:: hand printed cushion - front

hand printed cushion - back
:: hand printed cushion - back

I had a very definate idea in my head about how it was going to look but I didn't factor in, an experimental 3.5 yr old with paint and a devilish grin! Of course I let him go for it... we had lots of fun and got very messy :) I also screen printed a little heart and his name in the corner too.  We made a cute little hand heart card - using a tracing of my little mans hand -  inspiration from here. I just love this idea!

:: hand heart card - front

:: hand heart card -  inside

I am so happy with grandma's present... she's going to love it! :)

***Happy happy birthday my dearest grandma***
x x x

In others news...
I know I have been hinting at some BIG news the last few weeks, pop by on Monday and I'll finally be able to reveal all the mysteriousness... I'm very excited :)

Hope you are having a great creative week!
There are lots of creative people over at my creative space...

my creative space: tote bag

I received this gorgeous fat quarter from Diana from (Budapest Hungary) as part of the handprinted: a fabric swap II! Love her work!

:: Bimba fat quarter

I love the design so much and I couldn't wait to make something out of it! I really needed a bag to carry around all of my little man's bits and bobs... you know... water bottle, wipes, cars, sticks, dinosaurs etc. So I decided to retire the old nappy bag and make a new tote bag.

Tote bag - using bimba fabric
:: my new tote bag... YAY!

:: I love the little animal designs especially the hedgehog and the kitty

:: much better than a nappy bag :)

I am so happy with it and it's so much better than lugging around a big nappy bag!

Hope you are having a great creative week!
There are lots of creative people over at my creative space...

***Giveaway winners***

Good morning everyone! My little man and I had fun drawing the winners of the *** Giveaway*** for the pouches this morning! Thank you to everyone who entered. So lets draw the winners...

For "Poppies fuchsia" pouch....

.... drum roll ...

... and the winner is ...

***Sarah Gillanders***

And now for the "Grey cats fuchsia" pouch...

... drum roll ...

... and the winner is ...

*** Galit***

Congratulations to Sarah Gillanders and Galit.... Woo hoo! I will be contacting you shortly to get address details :)

Sigh.... little boys... I didn't realise how dirty my little man's finger nails were until I saw the photos... so sorry you had to see that! I'm off to give them a good scrubbing!  I hope your day is going to be little bit more exciting than mine! :)

my creative space: cushions

You may have noticed/or not, that over on the side bar under "a few things to do" that I haven't done anything about making the shibori cushion... for a very long time... yep I can hear the sound of crickets too! Well, I finally got my A into G and made it... hooray :) I used the fabric I made from the Shibori workshop  that I went to in March.  I'm so happy with how it turned out... LOVE it!

shibori cushion - 40 x 40 cm
:: shibori cushion - 40 x 40 cm

I was on a roll, so I also made a "grey cats ginger" cushion too! One side is mainly grey cats and the others side is mainly ginger cats. It's so bright and happy! My little man loves this one!

grey cats ginger cushion - front - 40 x 40 cm
:: grey cats ginger - front - 40 x 40 cm

grey cats ginger cushion - back - 40 x 40 cm
:: grey cats ginger - back - 40 x 40 cm

I forgot how easy making cushions was and how gratifying! It's so nice to have some new cushions for the couch... admittedly they don't quite go together but that's ok... we have two couches :)

Don't forget to enter my ***Giveaway***
You could win yourself a screen printed, handmade pouch made by me :)

Hope you are having a great creative week!
There are lots of creative people over at my creative space...


This ***Giveaway*** is now closed
Thank you for entering...

I have some really exciting news to announce next week but before I reveal what's been going on around here... let's have a little ***Giveaway***

You know those pouches I made last week... well... they have been sitting there looking at me!!! I think they want a new home to go to and it seems that a few of you, out there, quite liked them too! So, I just had to have a giveaway! Thanks to Sonia from Lionesslady and Galit from Slow Noodle for their little prod in the comments from my last post :)

It's also gives me a chance to say a big "Thank you" (and a few air kisses) to all of you (including my dear friends and family) for the amazing support you have given me over the past year and a bit of blogging about my creative adventures! I feel very lucky to be a part of such a supportive, creative and always inspiring blog community! Thank you... x x x :)

So... to the giveaway,  you can win either...

The very bright and happy - Poppies fuchsia pouch

or the super cool... Grey cats fuchsia pouch.

Both pouches have been screen printed with eco-friendly ink onto lovely, off white 50% cotton and 50% linen mix fabric. They have a metal zip with a grosgrain pull and the lining is 100%, off white cotton.

To enter:
All you have to do is leave a comment below and let me know which one you would like a chance to win (or try for either.. if you fancy). Please leave an email address so I can contact you.

Everyone can enter... Australia, international and of course, friends and family! The giveaway is open until Tuesday, 10th July 2012 midnight AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time). The two winners will be randomly drawn on Wednesday, 11th July 2012 from a bowl by the fingers of my little man and then results posted on this blog!

Thanks again for all your wonderful support... I really appreciate all the lovely comments and kind words!

Good luck everyone :)
lamina xxx