Thursday, July 28

my creative 'garden' space

as many of you would know the past week and a half have been a bit sad at no.4 baker st with the passing of my beloved 13 year old chocolate brown kelpie -- jackie brown

she spent most of her final days laying in the sun in the backyard, so the past week i've had a little bit of garden therapy... spending lots of time poking and pondering and just 'being' in my kitchen garden instead of in the printing shed.

so today i thought i might share this space with you
no captions, no words just visuals...

ok, some words now...

this is JB's new resting place in our garden...
river rock placed in the sun... her ashes scattered around.... native australian daisy's in flower

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Wednesday, July 13

how long does it take to make a fabric covered button?

i love fabric covered buttons... they have that vintage charm from the 70s don't you think? 

... do you remember that little flower stamp on those tiny shipping tags that was featured in last weeks post? well it was actually designed with the aim of making fabric buttons.... BUT i just have not had the spare time till now to finish making them.

you see i am one of those people who really like to finish something they start... & preferably in one or two sittings. being a new mum, i have had to simply let go of this concept and learn to grab hold of mini snippets of time and 'make'. 

anyway, i am blabbering. so, a few months on since idea conception... here they are!

in blue.

in red.

in orange.

and a leaf print in green.

so there you have it... a simple product that does not look like its got much work in it hey?

...well it really does take a lot more time, thought and love than using mass-produced printed fabric to cover buttons.

:: hoping to expand this range soon with some brooches and mini buttons...would love to hear your opinion :)

ps:  each set is available in my shop now. happy days!

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Thursday, July 7

making my own stationary -- swing tags & stuff

nothing pretty to show off this week...rather its about being practical. 

i like to make everything myself... you could call me stubborn, but i guess i am just a little bit frugal in life.

... plus i just want to make sure that when someone buys a BIRCHseed item, they get a little bit extra handmade goodness, that tells a touch more about what i do.

a few weeks ago, i decided i needed (wanted) a BIRCHseed stamp i could use for letter head, business cards, on the back of envelopes etc. 

but i did not want one of those ugly mail-order self inking rubber stamps. so i got my carving tools out, and after a bit of freehand carving in reverse (not so easy!) i ended up with this. 

and i here are some individually hand-pressed business cards using this new stamp...

... and had to make some more swing tags for my retail sales

... and some name tags stamped with a flower

...and some stickers (its the leaf block you saw above) used to seal the wrapped BIRCHseed items, instead of sticky tape.

... and some cards to write nice messages on.

mmm, things have come a long way since my first attempt at a business card last year when i began BIRCHseed. 

oh,... i do make my own cotton clothing/product labels too.

... in a few weeks i will pop up a free tutorial, that reveals the ins and outs of 
how you can do this at home too :)


:: is anyone as crazy as me and makes their own 'everything' things?

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