Here's one of my newest card designs - a thank you card for all monkey-lovers and those born in the year of the monkey (that's this year!). I couldn't find a thank you card that I liked for my obstetrician, so this was the result. A "thanks a bunch" from our cheeky little monkey who is due to arrive any day now! You can get your hands on a copy here.
Aside from the Color*Away collection, there are three more designs in color that will be turned into tea towels in the future. Have mastered the basics in sewing recently, so that's a good start I think!! :)
They're here...the Color*Away fabric collection! I have a small stash of each pattern in lovely organic cotton sateen that I'm hoping to turn into tea towels at some stage. A wee bit more is exclusively available through Piggledee as little pouches, bags and totes with plans to offer small fat quarter bundles later in the year for those who have their own projects in mind. Can't wait... imagine the hours of fun for you or your little ones trying to decide what colors to use and where to color in! :)
I've been settling into my new home at Redbubble these past few weeks and am loving it so far! Have you heard of it before? I can't believe I haven't until now!!
Having the freedom to see my illustrations get translated into tangible objects like phone cases, baby onesies, notebooks, scarves and other things has been really great. (They make great presents at this time of year!!). I also love that its headquarters are on local soil in Melbourne and was co-founded by fellow Aussies. It also helps that my Sushimania design was featured on Found (Nov 18th), a daily sampling of curated designs that Redbubble features.
If you've got an itch to customize something with your own work of art, there's no harm signing up for an account for yourself! Or if you'd rather browse other artists' designs, there are plenty to choose from that's already there! Come and have a look now! (And no, this isn't a sponsored post. You know I wouldn't have that kind of stuff on here! I just really like it so far and am excited to share.)
My friends at Piggledee and I decided to have some fun with the pattern-mania that was Inktober 2015. We printed up a mini storm of fabric in luscious stretchy organic cotton and a thicker cotton canvas. I must say, am very pleased with how they turned out!
They are in the process of being turned into all sorts of cute bags and pouches in classic Piggledee style and I can't wait to get my hands on some once they're up for sale on the Piggledee site!
Inspired by recent adventures in pattern play. Plagued by a horde of barking dogs and rowdy cats howling through the day (and night) recently. This is what resulted:
Are you a fan of all things pretty, glamorous with a touch of fashion thrown in? Then you'll love the artistic genius that is the brains and brawn behind Wolfgang & Rose, Australian artist Rose Miller.
She paints gorgeous works of art like this..
Hooked yet? I am! I was lucky enough to meet Rose late last year when we both were part of Unwrap Etsy. She's even more gorgeous than her lovely painted portraits in person! Aside from portraits, Rose offers painting and drawing classes in fashion, floral and other types of illustration.
Rose composes her portraits by mashing up several sources of inspiration and adds a splash of her own personality into the mix. It's so hard to pick a favorite piece ... every one has such charm and personality and each is totally unique!
If you've got an eye on any Wolfgang & Rose masterpiece, send Rose an email or snag one of them up from her Etsy store.
Have you heard of GREAT.LY? Well.. if you haven't, you're in a for a treat! It's made up of little online boutiques stocked full of the most gorgeous goodies, each one handpicked by the boutique owner (known as Tastemakers). Think of it was a virtual shopping mall of quaint little shops. Each one's just a tad different and reflects the quirks, tastes and personalities of an individual Tastemaker. The GREAT.LY team explains how they work quite well, so I'll let them do the talking:
So.. now that you know all about GREAT.LY, you'll understand why I'm thrilled to announce that Oh, What a Gloriousmess! now has our own boutique as a GREAT.LY Tastemaker :) Woohoo!
It's not realistic for me to open a brick and mortar store at this stage, but one of my big dreams in a future far, far away is to have a physical space where I use half of it to stock beautiful artisan products and dedicate the other half to a studio classroom. In the meantime, GREAT.LY I've been having a blast stocking the shop full of beautiful goodies! Come have a look (referral link) and let me know what you think!
Disclosure: I'm genuinely thrilled about GREAT.LY and was not paid by them to write this post. That being said, all links in this post leading to GREAT.LY have my referral code attached. Clicking the links with this code will earn me 5% of all purchases you make on the GREAT.LY site regardless of Tastemaker boutique for 90 days following your first visit.
Belinda Saville's eponymous handcrafted jewellery oozes modern, timeless elegance... just like the lady herself :) I've been quietly admiring her work for some time now (see her beautiful 14k gold and turquoise ring in one of my previous holiday round-ups!) and had the chance to meet her as a fellow creative artisan last December thanks to Etsy's pop-up event at David Jones.
Being close neighbors at the event had some perks... I finally got my hands on a trio of her sterling silver stacking rings and they've probably spent more time on my fingers since December than my wedding rings (shhhhh! Don't tell the Hubbs that!).
All of Belinda's jewellery is created by her own two hands in her Sydney studio out of recycled precious metals & sterling silver and some are paired with stunning gemstones to create some pretty special modern heirlooms.
I know you're dying to see Belinda's collection of shiny gems and precious metal, so clicky clicky here to shop her website or browse through some of the offerings in her Etsy shop below!
:: Disclaimer :: Missy Messy tries to support her fellow creatives and local businesses as much as possible. Every so often, she'll flaunt her handmade finds when she can't contain her satisfaction about a new purchase. She uses the opportunity to promote the artisans along with their products and doesn't receive or gain anything other than possibly a new friendship from writing up these shout-outs. All images that don't belong to Missy Messy have been used with permission from the artisan who created them.
I'm so excited to be participating in Etsy Australia's wonderful Valentines partnership with Meals on Wheels. Hang on, you say? Valentines. Meals on Wheels. Etsy. The three don't seem to have anything to do with each other, but in true Etsy style, they've concocted a beautiful event to give a memorable Valentines' Day to those using the Meals on Wheels service.
You can make one card or five hundred. It's the thought that counts and you have until February 5th to mail your cards in so Etsy and Meals on Wheels can organize deliveries.
Aside from cards being right down my alley, I jumped at the chance to help, seeing that Meals on Wheels are involved. Yes, I've heard of whines and negative impressions of Meals on Wheels, but I've also seen first-hand how much help they can be to people who otherwise wouldn't be able to get regular meals. During my time working in hospitals, I've often been grateful to find out that patients were going home with a Meals on Wheels service in place. It's one less thing for both patients and I to worry about, even though most of us take meals (and meal prep) for granted most times.
Instead of cards, I turned mine into little bookmarks so that they hopefully be enjoyed in more ways than one :) If you're feeling crafty or just curious, find out more on the Etsy blog and have oodles of heartwarming fun if you decide to join in!
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