Saturday, May 29, 2010

In a Bind!

Oooh i’m using Windows Live Writer! Thanks to the tips from the Australian Contemporary Handmade Alliance I would never had known about it!! Check them out if you are a crafty like minded person for some great tips!!

Ok well it’s been a bit quiet in Selkieland, My little puppy has been sick, but she is on the mend, thank goodness! I have completed some custom orders over the last week and now i’m going to spend some time getting stock together for Billycart Markets on the 26th June. I’m working on an idea I’ve had for a while. I’m designing some binder covers for both “Kids Art Portfolios” and also for a “My Recipe” Binder. The covers will be removable for washing as we know a) kids are messy and b)chefs are messy!! Well i am! I also want to have a detachable pencil pocket for the art binders and the same for the recipe binders for a notepad and pencil.

I also used my embroidery part of the sewing machine last weekend with a bit of trepidation, but it was much easier than I expected. Although from the pic below you can see it doesn’t have much flair, i’ve bought lovely coloured embroidery thread for the real thing, so I can personalise the binders! So if you want it personalised then you can place a custom order with me!

Ok well for the moment I only have a very cryptic photo of my idea but I will post it to give you some idea!005

Of course I have some great fabrics in my stash for both styles of binders and I can’t wait to use some of my Retro 50’s inspired fabric for the recipe binders! I hope to have the Recipe Binders ready for Poppyseed Markets in July!

MM - 018 Home Ec 50's Style Take care,

Selkie xo

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Selkie Smith's First Market Stall


As usual I've been super busy. Over the last couple of weeks i've been making stock for my first market stall at Poppyseed Markets. I had a great time and met alot of lovely people who made some lovely comments about my bags and boards and a few sales too! I learnt alot on the day and greatly appreciated help from my lovely friend Kylie and Mr Selkie Smith. He built the lattice work for my memo boards and the tree I bought was great for hanging up the bags.

I'll be back at Poppyseeds in July, but coming up next will be Billycart Markets in late June. Before that I will be looking at making a few new bag styles, a laptop bag, a nappy bag and a clutch, wish me luck!

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet, and will post up a pic of my stall, I'm pleased with my mini tree on the table that I was putting together at 1am the morning of the markets! To say i'm exhausted is an understatement!

Selkie xo

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Collaborating with Saffron Craig


I can't believe its May already...this year is flying by, and this is the month for birthdays! My Dad, Mum, Brother, Daughter, Sister in Law, and I all are born in May...busy busy....

But thats not what i'm actually going to talk about today. I'm very excited because I have finished all the bags for the collaboration with Saffron Craig, and now I can proudly say they are up on her website I made some of my standard bags, a tote, Porkiepie satchel and a Yorkiepie satchel, but with Saffron's fabrics they look absolutely gorgeous!! I also made a Hobo shoulder bag with her Birds in Leaves - Black and a Market Bag in her Aqua Elk Landscape. I'm very happy with how these turned out and even happier that Saffron loves her bags! I will look to releasing the Hobo in September and the Market Bag early August. As you know I love using one print, so it was out of my comfort zone for me to use the panels for the Birds in Leaves Tote, but i'm happy with the outcome, so I will definately look at making this design again.

I will load up some pics that Saffron has kindly given to me, she has done a terrific job of the pictures on her website..

Also check out her blog..for my first (and possibly interview! Saffrons's Blog

Ok I must get going as I have Poppyseed Markets in two weeks I have to sew like the wind!!!

Selkie xo

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