The lovely Skye and Philippa from Kyoto General Store have another very special offer for you - Nifty November, but first some news from them plus info on their Christmas bundles (in their words):
Christmas shopping is a breeze at Kyoto General Store. We are excited to announce that we have 2 beautiful Christmas Bundles for you to choose from.....Christmas shopping made easy! For just $39.95 you can choose the divine Winged Wheel bundle that contains a letter sheet box set, a boxed note card set and a boxed mini card set or for $22.95 you can have fun and buy a Shinzi Katoh bundle that includes a clear file, a letter writing set and a gorgeous pen. We happily gift wrap all parcels and can send gifts directly to the recipient for you. Go to "gift vouchers" to purchase your Christmas Bundle now!
Now for the Nifty November special (which is so, so good):
Also, don't forget there is still a teeny bit of time to enter their give away - I will announce both winners here on my blog next week:Offer 1 - Leave a comment "We love Kyoto General Store" to go into draw to win one of two $25 gift vouchers.
Offer 2- Mention Kyoto General Store on your blog, then 'contact us' to let us know for a second entry in the $25 gift voucher draw.
And now a few photos of some very yummy Kyoto goodness that arrived in my mailbox through the week:
Bella loves her new Shinzi Katoh file folder. It's being used as I type to store excess stickers. The house design is super cute.
An apple green note pad - equally as beautiful on the inside as it looks on the outside.
A sweet postcard and some yummy growth happy decorative tape (on the envelope). I love the deep red shade of the tape with the little people along it - very nice!
And some very beautiful Winged Wheel notecards. These are really sweet - so tiny and perfect for little notes.
Start shopping at Kyoto HERE.
More new wraps from the lovely Bianca. Available in her store HERE. Just a reminder that there are only a couple of days left until Bianca's opening November special ends - after that all wraps will be $30.
Here are a few of my favourite picks from her store - this first one really kills me, the print is so sweet and I love the pale pink with the red/denim:
And some more cuteness:
Today Fiona and I are each doing a post on Christmas cards. Above are some cards that I created recently for the Aussie Scrap Source blog using some yummy Hero Arts stamps (large Christmas circle) and some Cosmo Cricket 'Jolly by Golly' patterned papers and embellishments (how cute is that range?!). I'm especially fond of the stamps - they come in a pack of four and you can sneak a peek at the other stamps in the set HERE (plus close ups of the individual cards).
I also hand stitched a simple Christmas tree onto felt (adding some beads for baubles) to create a few of these:
And here are a few of my favourite festive cards from Etsy:
Merry & Bright, available HERE.
Merry Christmas, available HERE.
Seasons Greetings, available HERE.
Christmas tree, available HERE.
Christmas happiness, available HERE.
Ho ho ho, available HERE.
Don't forget to check out Fiona's post on her blog HERE.
I have a very, very cute post for you today!
Some divine calico Christmas trees created by the super lovely Jill. If you'd like to make some too, they're super easy. Cut two teeny triangles of calico, add some buttons and/or other embellishments on the front and hand stitch the triangles together (adding a little stuffing). Stitch on a calico loop at the top with a button to hold it in place and you're done.
I think the calico and neutral coloured embellishments combined with the aqua stitching just looks so pretty.
You can check out Jill's blog HERE - please do - Jill takes the most gorgeous photographs and shares so many projects on her blog filled with beautiful textures.
Right, I'll see you tomorrow with Fiona and some Christmas cards :)
Here are some lovely images out of the latest Cotton Time magazine (my most favourite Japanese magazine). Retro Mummy is restocking some more issues of Cotton Time very soon too - so if you'd like a copy keep an eye on the Retro Mummy store over the next day or so. There is also a fabulous giveaway over on Corrie's blog for 12 fat quarters of the beautiful grandmother's flower garden fabric!! Go HERE to enter.
From now until Christmas Fiona and I will be sharing some inspirational crafty Christmas projects and ideas. We'll be posting every Tuesday and Friday until Christmas.Fiona and I thought we'd start our festive ideas with a post about Advent Calendars. I had very good intentions of sewing an advent calendar for the post, but time got away from me! But, you must check out Fiona's two beautiful calendars.
A very sweet and easy felt advent calendar. More pics and full tutorial HERE.
A lovely paper advent idea. This would be nice to pop Christmas love notes inside or to slip in a chocolate frog here and there. Download the cute number templates HERE.
Some little advent drawers that I found HERE on Etsy - a very clever idea for holding December treasures.
Another Etsy find - isn't it pretty?! To peek behind the doors, go HERE.
Darling, darling, darling! 24 advent pouches, also from Etsy. You can choose your own font and ribbon too. Go HERE to see more detail.
From memory I shared this beautiful advent calendar last year - but it's so good that I want to share it again :) Created by the lovely Lina from Linaloo.
And the last one for sharing - simply gorgeous! Image from Flickr HERE.
Thanks for visiting! I'll actually be back tomorrow to share some very cute images from the latest Christmas issue of Cotton Time.
P.S. Cotton Time is available from Retro Mummy HERE.
I have one word for the new laminate by Rosalie Quinlan (for Lecien Fabrics) - YUM!
I'm starting work tomorrow (gasp, after 3 years of being a full time stay home Mum) and really wanted something eco-friendly and cute to take my lunch in. I knew that the laminates would be perfect for the project, but I didn't know just how easy they would be to sew with - they glided through my sewing machine like butter, even through three thicknesses of the fabric at the top hem!!
Presenting my new lunch bag:
Now that has to be cuter than a brown paper bag or a plastic lunch box....
When the fabric arrived (available HERE at Quilt Fabric Delights) it was slightly creased from being folded in the package. I gently ironed the reverse of the laminate, which worked perfectly and removed the creases.
I was also impressed at the lovely soft texture of the laminate - I guess I was expecting something quite stiff, but it's definitely not. I have more projects planned too - I just need to find the time to get them started!
We've been saving our organic walnut shells (have you ever had organic walnuts? They are SO good) and talking about lots of different crafts we could make with them. Walnut babies have been high on the priority list, but we need to acquire some little wooden beads for their heads first.
Bella is definitely not patient when it comes to crafting and waiting for new project materials to be purchased, so off she went outside with a couple of balls of wool and came back in 10 or so minutes later with a little woollen girl. Isn't she sweet? She made her somehow with the wool between her two big toes - I love this girl so much for her ingenious ways. She can make anything she sets her mind too on most days.
All good woollen girls need a bed ofcourse and two minutes of cutting into her fabric stash created the essentials:
It looks quite comfortable in there:
And a doona to keep her warm on chilly nights.
Hooray for walnut shells, wool, fabric and creativity!
See you tomorrow for the first day of some Christmas crafting!
This year James has been playing his cornet in the Hobart City Junior Brass Band and today they celebrated the end of year with a concert at the Hobart Town Hall. After dropping James off for rehearsal we headed down to Jam Packed at the wharf for hot chocolates, cookies and ice cream (for Bella).
The concert was fabulous, I love hearing them play and also to see how far James has come in the last year with his instrument.
Ofcourse we're back home building more Lego creations now!
Bella has been saving for the last 6 months on and off for a camera. She was only two pocket money weeks away from her target, but that all went pear shaped through the week when both kids decided that they wanted to spend every last cent they owned on Lego. Armed with their own money they bought Lego and managed to talk Rich into adding some of his funds in for bigger sets.
You should see our lounge room. The other day it was being slowly taken over with Lego, well...it's completely covered now and apart from all the cities and 'bad guy' zones that are already built, the loose lego is everywhere!
James and Bella both have new Christmas lists now too - full of more Lego sets that they're both dreaming of. At the moment we're trying to find all the pieces to an old castle that James has had for years - there may be some Lego meltdown moments soon though.....Bella has a city full of good people and James is intent on wrecking it all with his new Power Miners set. I love that he's 13 and still enjoys Lego - I know his Dad was still playing with Lego @ 17 years old when I met him and he still gets equally excited by it now....(shhhh, I may be in trouble for typing that LOL).
Long term readers of my blog will know that for the past two years (during December) I've blogged 30 days of purely Christmas posts - Christmas crafts, tutorials, cooking & all things Christmassy.
This year the lovely Fiona and I are joining forces and bringing you some inspirational Christmas posts every Tuesday and Friday until Christmas, starting next week! I'll try and squeeze in a few more Christmassy posts in-between those days too and there will also be my normal day to day blogging as well.
I hope you'll join us both for the Christmas fun :)
Here are a few of my most favourite stocking fillers from Kyoto General Store - all for under $20.
Yummy 3 little pigs set writing set by Shinzi Katoh. It includes paper, envelopes and a strip of sealing stickers - all in a cute clear file. $12.95
This beautiful Winged Wheel boxed set includes sheets and envelopes - isn't it pretty?! Winged Wheel products are all of most gorgeous quality too - these would be a perfect gift idea for friends, Mums, Grandparents and/or a special treat for yourself. $17.95
I LOVE this little red riding hood pencil case by Shinzi Katoh. $16-95.
Another beautiful Winged Wheel boxed card and envelope set. $15-95
Totally adorable memo pad with four different designs. Also by Shinzi Katoh. $14.95
A little message from Skye and Philippa too - they would like to thank everyone so much for all the beautiful comments that they've been receiving on their website.Also....For customers who love Shinzi Katoh products, Skye and Philippa can provide their full range including, bento boxes, melamine wear, thermo cups, bottle covers, ipod covers plus more - let them know if you would like to see any and they can supply these to you!
Don't forget the special launch offers too (see below):
Offer 1: Go and leave a comment saying "we love Kyoto General Store" in the "contact us" section (over at the Kyoto General Store shop) and be in the draw to win one of two Kyoto General Store gift vouchers, both valued at $25.00
Offer 2: Put a link on your blog to Kyoto General Store (www.kyotogeneralstore.com), let Philippa and Skye know in the "contact us" section (over at the Kyoto General Store shop) and receive a second entry to win the two $25.00 gift vouchers.
Offer 3: Place an order and mention my blog at checkout to receive a multi pack roll of decorative tape!! The tapes are fun, versatile and sure to make you smile...oh and they are totally cute.Go HERE to start shopping. All offers valid until 30 November 2009.
I live with my husband and 2 children in Tasmania, Australia. I love to make nice things, spend time with my family, travel, bake yummy treats, read pretty craft books, give handmade gifts, toast marshmallows in our wood fired oven & live a lovely life.