Craft and handmade

November 28, 2013

Shopping in Melbourne: Spare Room Project and Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here 2014 Calendar via WeeBirdy.com

If you’re in Melbourne right now, you might like to pop along tonight to the historic Nicholas Building in the CBD (a Wee Birdy favourite) for the opening of the Spare Room Project. Hosted and curated by Melbourne designer Matthew Thomson of Mattt (another Wee Birdy fave), the shop-within-a-shop brings together some of Melbourne’s leading designer-makers including Beci Orpin, Ask Alice, Sandra Eterovic and Victoria Mason Jewellery.

Ask Alice Calendar 2014 via WeeBirdy.com

It’s perfect timing for picking up some lovely Christmas presents. You’ll also get to meet the makers and ten per cent of all proceeds go to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Super-lovely!

The shopping event will also coincide with the launch of the Ask Alice ‘Wish You Were Here’ calendar and print exhibition, which will be donating 100 per cent of all profits to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. If you’re a fan of Ask Alice’s extraordinarily sweet range of stationery and prints, you will love the 2014 calendar. Sass Cocker, the lovely lady behind Ask Alice, has brought together 12 international artists to illustrate the theme of ‘Wish You Were Here’ for her annual charity calendar.

Capetown from Ask Alice Calendar 2014-Jan
Sydney from Ask Alice Calendar 2014-Feb
Tokyo from AskAliceCalendar2014-Feb

I’ve illustrated this post with some of the artworks from the calendar, including Cape Town by Studio Muti, Sydney by James Gulliver Hancock and Tokyo by Masako Kubo. If you’re out of town, you can still purchase the calendar online here. I think it’s hands-down the Best Calendar for 2014. Nice one, Ask Alice!

matt SHOP
Third Floor, Nicholas Building
Corner Flinders Lane & Swanston Street
Melbourne

Opening hours:
Thursday 28 November to Saturday 30 November
10am to 6pm (9pm Thursday and Friday)


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November 23, 2013

My Etsy Picks for Christmas: Presents for Teen Boys

Teen boys can be a bit tricky when it comes to presents. It’s hard to find something that ticks all the right cool, fun and original boxes. Hopefully my round-up of the best Etsy buys will help, including a skinny knit tie, creepy/cool chalkboard skull and a little something for Big Bang Theory fans.

Click through on the image to see the full list.

Now is the time to order all your presents from Etsy if you want them in time for Christmas, so hop to it!

Head over here for all of my Etsy Christmas present guides. Do you have an awesome present idea for teen boys?

Disclosure: Wee Birdy is a member of the Etsy affiliate program.

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November 19, 2013

My Etsy Picks for Christmas: Presents for Teen Girls

Hmmm, this could very well be my own wishlist, so perhaps I’m projecting my inner-teen just a tad. But I really do love all of things I’ve cherry-picked in this wee collection of original presents for teenage girls. From the bargain confetti nail polish to the candy-print leggings, there’s a whole lot of handmade gorgeousness to love. Click through on the image to see the full list.

Now is the time to order all your presents from Etsy if you want them in time for Christmas, so hop to it!

Head over here for all of my Etsy Christmas present guides. What do you think?

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November 18, 2013

My Etsy Picks for Christmas: Presents for Babies


There is so much handmade loveliness for little ones on Etsy right now. Check out my full list of Christmas presents for babies by clicking on the image above. Happy shopping! Tell  me which presents caught your eye.

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November 18, 2013

Xmas presents to order now from Etsy: Rose gold

I’m back – and just in time too! Suddenly it’s November 18 and Christmas is scarily just around the corner. This time of the year always snowballs for me, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like they can’t keep up.

I feel I need to apologise for being kinda quiet on Wee Birdy this year. We had a few unexpected hurdles and life with my wee toddler man has taken precedence. I’ve also been editing the Craft section for Tuts+, and just a few weeks ago we up and sold our wee flat! And we’ve just bought a house … in the bush!

We move in just before Christmas, and in the meantime I’m a tad frantic with renovation plans and packing and moving.

But I couldn’t miss my favourite part of the Wee Birdy calendar – my annual Christmas present guides. I’ve been cherry-picking my favourite buys for the past few months, and I was super-chuffed when the lovely Etsy folks came a-knocking, asking me to put together my favourite Etsy picks for the brand new Wee Birdy Etsy page.

I can’t wait to share all favourite Etsy discoveries with you over the next week in my annual Christmas present guide.

For starters, I’ve chosen rose-gold as one of this year’s hottest trends for my present guide. Just click on the image above to check out all of my picks on Etsy. Let me know what you think!

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts. X

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August 11, 2013

Make something this weekend: a modern dreamcatcher

Make a modern dreamcatcher via WeeBirdy.com

Who knew dreamcatchers could look so fresh and modern – and dreamy! This wee beauty is the work of the very talented Lisa Tilse of The Red Thread, and she’s made an excellent step-by-step tutorial for Crafttuts+.

Lisa holds your hand through every step of the way, showing you how to hand-wrap the rings and attach the beads and feathers. It’s the perfect project for the weekend. Head over to Crafttuts+ now for the full tutorial.


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