New photographic prints from Kara Rosenlund

Kara Rosenlund is an Australian stylist and photographer who has a gorgeous vintage caravan shop called Travelling Wares. She is passionate about and inspired by everyday Australian people and our vast landscapes, which she photographs on her travels. Kara has just released a small selection of her recent favourite photos as large scale limited edition art prints.

 

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Take a look at all Kara’s limited edition photographic prints, and if you follow Kara on Instagram you have the chance to win a copy of the Wild Horses print. Her Instagram feed is amazing by the way.

 

 

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Etsy and abcd Sydney craft party this weekend

Join us this weekend for a fun afternoon giving your old photos new life with collage, embroidery and watercolours. I assist Steph (of Bondville) in hosting abcd socials for creative folk and this Saturday we are excited to be collaborating with Etsy for their worldwide Craft Parties on Saturday 7th June 2014. Bring copies of old photos, share a pot of tea and conversation with other friendly creatives, and get your craft on. As always, abcd socials are free to attend.

 

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Tara from Dudley Redhead, Fiona from Fiona Kate and I will help you with techniques and ideas to transform photos into works of art worthy of framing.

Date:
Saturday 7th June from 3pm – 5pm

Location:
Erskineville Town Hall
104 Erskineville Rd
Erskineville, NSW 2043

RSVP is essential – head here to order your free ticket. If you can’t make it, look out for the #abcdsocial and #craftpartyAU hashtags on social media.

Our always popular abcd social goodie bag will have a craft twist for this event. Bring along some craft supplies from your stash to include in the goodie bag – your small crafty pack could include paper, yarn, fabric, tags… anything that will inspire others. Everyone who participates will go home with a bag full of crafty goodness. To participate in the goodie bag fun you must RSVP by this Thursday 5th June.
We will be just down the road from the Sydney Finders Keepers market, so you can walk on over after you’ve done some market browsing.

Be in the running to win a $100 Etsy gift card.
Simply share your Craft Party pics on social media using the hashtags #CraftParty and #CraftPartyAU and you’ll go in the running to win one of three $100 Etsy gift cards. This competition is open now until June 13 so start sharing your Craft Party prep pics today! Full terms and conditions

Hope to see you at the Craft Party!

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LOVING :: homewares store Shelter 7

I follow Stephanie Somebody (aka Stephanie Stamatis) on Instagram – along with 135,000 other people! – and when she posted a photo of the new Shelter 7 collection last week I was compelled to check out their website. These images were styled by Stephanie and shot by Tara Pearce and they make me want to jump right under those divine crochet throws, grab a good book and relax in the sunshine. I want to move in!

Shelter 7 curate and make quality products that are well designed, unique, and beautiful, as well as being ethically made. They have a shop in Geelong, Victoria, as well as an online store… don’t blame me if you make a dent in your credit card!

 

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Look at that luscious cream crochet rug! And I really love the crochet pendant light too. The beautiful simplicity of a restrained colour palette…

 

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TUTORIAL :: Sew an apron with a patchwork pocket

Make a linen apron for yourself or as a gift – it’s pretty and practical and aprons are cool in a retro revival way. This free sewing pattern uses lovely fabric and trims from Daily Like. I created the tutorial for them, so pop over to the Daily Like blog for the full how to.

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Head to the red thread blog craft tutorials page and be inspired to get creative this week.

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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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