LATELY IN MY LIFE :: Byron Bay Holiday

I have a lot of things that I’ve been meaning to post that seem to slip through the blog cracks after I’ve shared little bits on Instagram. Our road trip to Byron Bay in the last school holidays is one of them. We rented six beach houses with four other families (and extended family members too) which were grouped together in a gated area right on the beach just outside of Byron. It was perfect. There were four 10 year old kids – all only children – who had such a fun time hanging out during the day and having sleep overs at each others houses at night. We took turns at cooking dinner and hung out together on the deck at night. There was swimming, beach combing, sand sculpting, walking, kite flying, board games, sparklers and glow sticks, and water bomb fights.

The weather was a bit patchy but we didn’t want to hang out in the sun all day, so it was perfect.

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I bought this gorgeous big hand carved spoon at the Byron Bay markets.

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We visited the Crystal Castle which has the most divine lush gardens and a labyrinth with an amazing calming and peaceful energy. The kids and a couple of the mums spent an afternoon horse riding on the beach.

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And I spent a morning teaching children to felt, and an evening teaching a workshop making woven fabric vessels, both at Meet Make Create, hosted by lovely Nikki of Paper Runway. Her studio space is light and bright and the perfect space for workshops, especially because it is upstairs from the fabulous cafe 100 mile table. If you’re up Byron way check out Meet Make Create for creative workshops, and keep an eye on Paper Runway for the fabulous events Nikki runs.

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There was a mandatory visit to the Big Banana at Coffs and the Byron Bay light house, as well as lots of cafes and a few local markets.

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All of which made it the perfect family road trip.

 

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Armadillo&Co :: Weavings auction for charity

Last week I went to Australian rug company Armadillo&Co’s 5th birthday celebration and the opening of the ‘Collage Collection’ exhibition. Armadillo&Co are a company that I admire and respect, not just for their beautifully designed and made rugs, but for what they stand for. Every Armadillo & Co piece embraces Fair Trade practices, is crafted from sustainable natural fibres including pure wool, jute, cotton and hemp, and all purchases benefit local schools in their weavers’ villages in India. They are working through The Anganwadi Project to ensure that the children ‘thrive, not just survive’.

The Collage Collection exhibition showcases 20 unique weavings based on collages created by children in Anganwadi pre-schools, and woven by artisans in India. There was a silent auction on the night with all proceeds going directly to building a school for The Anganwadi Project. A huge $10,000 was raised – enough to build two new preschools in Gujarat, Ahmedabad in India.

 

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There are an additional 15 original woven artworks that are now being auctioned on eBay. Once again all proceeds will go directly to the The Anganwadi Project to build another preschool. The framed weavings are graphic and beautiful in design and craftsmanship. The auctions end in a couple of days, so go and take a look at the Anganwadi Project Charity Fundraiser and get bidding. It’s such a wonderful way to give children in the slums of India the chance of a nurturing environment, an education, hygiene and nutrition.

 

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The Anganwadi Project provides simple, safe, environmentally sustainable and beautiful learning spaces by sending volunteer teams of qualified design professionals to build schools and centres.  It relies solely on donations from individuals and companies for funding. Volunteers pay their own way and give their time to the project free of charge.

 

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TUTORIAL :: Make the cutest Easter bunny softies from socks

Easter doesn’t have to be all about chocolate – skip the sugar rush (and the aftermath!) and give the kidlets these sweet little Easter bunny softies. Start with a pair of baby’s cotton socks, follow the tutorial, and with a bit of hand sewing you’ll have handmade gifts in no time.

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Hop to it (sorry for the pun) and get making for Easter. All the children that have seen these sock Easter bunny softies have adored them… maybe add a couple of little Easter eggs and you’ll have a guaranteed hit.

 

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TUTORIAL :: Sweet Easter bunny costume and egg hunt bag

It’s so sweet to see little children hopping around pretending to be bunnies at Easter. Amp up the cute factor with my tutorial to make a bunny ear flower headband, matching fluffy tail and a little bag that’s perfect to collect chocolate treats in.

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I created this tutorial for Dailylike using their gorgeous fabric and trims. Head over to Dailylike to see all their fabulous products including fabric tape, self adhesive papers, gift boxes and wrapping supplies, and a whole lot more. For the full Easter bunny costume tutorial click here.

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Thank you to M, the cutest little poppet for being my model. Isn’t she adorable? And she is a champion at bunny hopping too.

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I have more Easter tutorials coming up, and you might like to check out my free printable to make cute carrot-shaped treat bags and my tutorial to make origami bunnies. Happy crafting.

 

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TUTORIAL :: Make your own superhero softie

Look over there in the playroom… it’s faster than a speeding Thomas the Tank Engine, able to leap tall Lego buildings in a single bound! It’s your child’s own super hero soft toy, lovingly handmade by you! Just download my free sewing pattern, follow the step by step instructions and make your own girl or boy superhero.

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Just head over to Tuts+ for my full tutorial and free sewing pattern and get started making your own customisable superhero soft toy.

 

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