Vintage (ish) headbands

Otherwise known as an excuse to take photos of two of my favourite girls.

These hand-knitted (by me!) headbands are made from the softest Angora wool and each of them features unique embellishments including some vintage crochet flowers and trims. These four plus a few more will be for sale at a Facebook Market Night (click the link to the right for my FB page) in the next week or so. Each headband will be one of a kind so make sure you’re there to pick up a unique piece for your little lady.

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Bianca - I so want the cream one for Maddie…Gorgeous!

Winter Garden Party

Market night coming soon over on the Facebook page (click the link over on the right) with all these goodies and more!

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Autumn Days – a market night preview

I spent this morning oohing and aahing over these two gorgeous little girls. I get so excited seeing my creations on real little people (putting dresses on Jonty does NOT count) and even more so when I get to dress Jonty’s “twin” sisters. Well they’re not really twins, or sisters, but the three of them were all born only a few weeks apart and are the best of friends. We hope they are for many years to come!

So anyway… onto the clothes!

Here’s a preview of just some of the girls items that will be up for sale at my upcoming Market Night on Facebook. If you haven’t already, make sure you pop over and “like” the page so you can be the first to know when these (and many more goodies) are going up for sale.

And for those with little men, don’t fear! there will be some v. cute items for them too. I already think those scarves are looking like they could be on a Little Miss or a Little Mr!

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Warming up with Audrey

Ok, I’ll admit it. This blog post is as much about not being able to choose between photos of my little model as it is about the scarves she’s modeling. But she’s just so darn cute!

So just in time for winter I’ll be whipping up a pile of these Audrey Scarves to keep your little people warm this winter. I say “people” and not just girls because I suspect that the navy and grey ones that I’m planning might look just as cute on a little man as a little lady. They are a circle scarf, made long enough to go around twice and not choke (!). The circle seemed ideal to me so there are no ends to drag behind in the mud! I’d love you to browse through these pics and let me know which is your favourite. Do we like the multicoloured version, or is it best to stick with block colours? Any feedback appreciated:)

(and apologies in advance for the nose picking from my charming son)

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Janelle Falkingham - These are super cute! Would love to get a couple for my little girl, when will they be available for order?

jess - Hi Janelle! Hoping to have market night in the next week or so – keep an eye out on facebook for updates!

Jonty’s new (again) room

So… considering a third of the year has already passed (argh!) I thought it might well be time to get back on the blogging horse (hang on, maybe there really is a horse that blogs? does anyone know??). To welcome in the “new” year I thought I’d share some pics of Jonty’s “new” room!

We’ve been in our home now for just over a year and it’s taken me a while to really get my head around what to do with his room. He was in a well worn (and bitten) cot until Christmas time, so I thought I’d wait til he had his (tiny) big boy bed before I really put some thought into the room. He absolutely thinks he is the King of the Castle in our home at the mo (he is 2.5 after all) –  a fact both Chad and I are happy to dispute.

Some soft friends watch over Jonty at night – his “Spencer” bear bought from M&S in London when I was pregnant with him, his talking bear and his well loved (and falling apart) Lamby.

Here are some of the nitty gritty (bargain!) details:

Shelves and bookcase: Ikea – both bought on sale, Bed: Target (has a drawer under it too) also bought for 1/2 price, Ottoman: (for mumy and daddy to rest their bottoms when consoling toddler at bed time) bought on sale at Cotton On Kids for $5, Rug: from Spotlight on sale for $60 (was $199!) and Plane: Daddy (Chad) made this for Jonty for Christmas 2011 – it also has a rocker that it sits in.

I had the “J” below in his old room, but it’s now been (badly) painted with leftover blue from the wall stripes and the monkey canvas I made for Jonty’s very 1st room in the weeks before he was born.

One of my favourite friends and WAHMs on Facebook is the very clever Shannon from Milly Molly Mandy. If you pop back to my Christmas blog post you’ll see just how much I love her work! I picked up this felt garland from her a couple of months ago. I love it as an alternative to bunting (although I still love bunting!) and just having it in the room makes me happy:)

Another fav WAHM is Jo from Little Village Handmade. I was very lucky to be one of the first to pick up one of her Little House Cushions (below right) before the Facebook world went NUTS for them and they are almost impossible to get a hold of anymore! It’s not quite as perky as when we first received it but that’s only because it’s been through a lot belonging to Jonty! Proof that her cushions will survive MULTIPLE washes in the machine and dryer!

My very clever friend Sarah firstly taught herself to crochet and then just whipped up that Hoot softie! Jonty (and I) love him sooo much – I think he’s much more handsome than the ones from the ABC store. He’s only on the shelf at the mo because I’m trying to rotate Jonty’s bedtime toys to ensure some longevity.

I’ve been looking for an affordable quilt cover for Jonty’s bed for ages and had almost given up, thinking instead I’d just look for some fabric and make one myself. THEN I saw this gorgeous set at Ikea and had to have it! It was a single bed size (yet cheaper than their cot size covers – what’s that about?) but that didn’t phase me – I just snippped and stitched and voila! a cot size cover. I still have lots of left over fabric from which I think I might make some floor cushions or curtin tie backs (if and when we put curtains in here!).

And so that’s it! I still think I’d like to put a BIG artwork on the wall next to the bed, but as we may end up having two share this room later in the year I think this will do just fine until then. Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Disclaimer: The only reason this room looks this neat is because Jonty is at Kindy today…

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Chad - The camera is very forgiving of Daddy’s craftsmanship! Loving the room though!

Steph Bond-Hutkin (Bondville) - Jess, you truly are a genius. You KNOW I want this room tour!

Narelle Stephens - Love seeing what you are up to next Jess. You certainly have a talent and an eye for colour and flare. I’m sure Jonty loves spending time in his room playing. Hope you are feeling much better. Love Narelle

wendy hill - Hi, I just came across from facebook at little village handmade and I adore the little J with a boy on it also the ‘oh’ over the boy. Sums things up nicely I think!
One beautiful room..