The “Friends who make things market”

Goodness life has been busying up and I’m struggling to find time to blog.  Sorry folks. Still active over on facebook and instagram though if you’re on those platforms.  I know lots of you have been asking when I’ll be posting the photos of Frog’s Fancy Nancy 5th Birthday Soiree and the answer is VERY soon, but in the meantime I wanted to quickly share about a market Goose and I attended last weekend…

Long time readers will remember a few years ago some friends held a gorgeous market in their backyard a few times a year.  You can see the pics from some of those markets here and here.  After a break for a few years, the market was back last weekend and at an even better location.  Look there is a rare pic of me!


A wonderful community vibe as it’s really only advertised by word of mouth and the stall holders are friends and friends of friends so everyone mills around chatting and they hand out sandwiches and baked goodies.  This year there were some gorgeous kids doing face painting and they’d made some salt dough decorations which you could paint on the day along with a sausage sizzle.


Goose and I had a stall each.  I made fabric covered cards, clay decos and 3D rainbow cloud garlands.  She made little DIY peg people kits along with all the pieces for kids to make their own peg person on the day.  She had such a wonderful time.  For a child who is hard to wake in the mornings she was up at 6.30am all dressed and ready to pack the car! 

She sold all 15 of her packs and has since had orders for 25 more, so she’s pretty chuffed!
All on her own she decided that she would like her profits to go to her friend in Rwanda. A girl whose education we support who shares a birthday with Goose from a school her Granny is involved in.  You can read about when Granny met her over here.


My fun and clever sister Clare had a stall selling vintage games that she had made.


The biggest hit by far was her fake vomit!!  Her husband made it using latex and dried soup mix!  Hilarious and far too realistic looking!  I’d love to give it a try!

My gorgeous friend Caroline who makes the most beautiful things was there also.  Those adorable little sausage dogs flew out the door!  Lucky for you she also has an online store so you can get in on the action also.  I purchased a few of her slip-cover headbands that you can swap and change as often as the outfit (among other things!).


Such a fun day!  Thank you so much to all of the lovely friends and family who came and supported Goose and I on the day.  It was much appreciated!  I’m also hoping to do one more market stall before Christmas and I’ll let you all know the details when that is confirmed.

As we’re still in the process of putting together packs to fulfill the orders, let me know in the comments section below if you’d like some.  $2.50 each or $3 each if you’d like them sent to you in the mail. They contain everything you need to make 2 magnetic peg people.

Have your kids ever had a market stall?  

Here are a few links to some gorgeous entrepreneurial Mums and kids that I know ….

- Jacqueline’s boys annual reindeer food shop.
- Simoney’s kids halloween lemonade stand to put a positive spin on halloween.
includes link to her tutorial on how to make your own rustic lemonade stand
- Kirra’s kids lemon-aid stand to raise money for a well through World Vision.  


P.S.  If you are really interested in craft packs for your kids, there is a great little company, run by two Aussie Mums, called ‘Kiddie Create‘ who deliver awesome little craft packs regularly to your door with everything that you need inside.  They even do customised kids party packs!

Handmade Christmas Cards

This year’s Christmas cards are made.  I can’t seem to get away from the fabric covered card.  I love them.  Simple, yet stylish and I find them very addictive to make!  I have updated the instructions on how to make them here if you’d like to give them a go.

As well as the ‘Made ‘n’ Thornbury’ market on the Friday night just gone, I will be selling my cards, as well as my paper garlands and clay decorations at the Wale St Primary Christmas Market in Thornbury this coming Tuesday from 6.30 – 9pm.  Love to see you!

A per usual if I have any left over, they’ll be my Christmas cards for this year.

Do you make your own Christmas cards?  Do you bother with Christmas cards at all?  

Ready to Rummage

Frog Goose and Bear will once again be having a stall at the Melbourne Suitcase Rummage at the Thornbury Theatre tomorrow from 11 – 4 if you happen to be in the area.  I’d love to say hi!  I’ll be selling lots of fabric covered Christmas cards, clay birdies and rainbow garlands.

Along with my gorgeous friend Candy who makes the coolest magnets around!

At the last suitcase rummage I was lucky enough to have a stall next to a gorgeous young gal who made soy candles in all kinds of funky containers.  I was inspired and we have been making some of our own.  Head over to Kidspot Village Voices for FGB’s next eggshell craft instalment!

Have you ever been to a suitcase rummage? 

To Market, To market…

I just can’t seem to help myself when it comes to markets at the moment…

 I have no time whatsoever to be doing things like this, but they’re so much fun and quite frankly I give so much of my life for others I need something just for me sometimes!

Here’s a sneak peak of just a few of the things that you can expect to see at Pascoe Vale Community Facility tomorrow night from 6.30 – 8.30 if you happen to be in the area… The lovely Brenda of Mira Narnie will be there too!
How do you like my new little tags?  You can get some of your own on etsy.  I got mine made by the lovely Michelle from Inked Papers.  She was very lovely to work with.
Frog, Goose & Bear will also be having a suitcase or three at the upcoming Suitcase Rummage at the Thornbury Theatre next Sunday 23rd Sep.


Do you have your own labels?  
Even though you only make for friends and family or the occasional market?  

What do you do that you really have no time for, but you make the time because it energises you?





P.S.  I will get around to that etsy store one day… one day… Just for fun.  I just need to find some time to take a few pics and upload all the details… but in the meantime if there is anything that you particularly fancy and you’re not in the Melbourne area, let me know and I’d be happy to send it to you!

DIY FABRIC CHRISTMAS CARDS

Christmas cards finally written & sent.  

This year, I used the same card making method as last year.  Ironing fabric onto card.  Simple, yet stylish I think.  Do you do Christmas cards?  
This year I did a big run and made 50.  I sold most of them at a fundraising market at my friends kids school, which left just enough for me to use myself.  I tend to only send to those who I don’t see regularly and live interstate & overseas and then use a few more to add to a Christmas gift or two.
If you’d like to give this method a try, this is what I do…
FABRIC COVERED CHRISTMAS CARDS

1.  Fold a piece of card* in half.  

2.  Round the corners with the corner punch if you’d like, or just leave it.  Up to you.

3.  Trace around your card using a pen onto Vliesofix giving a border of less than half a cm.  You’ll only need to cover the front of the card, with a few cm overhang on the back of the card.

4.  Cut around your pen mark giving about a centimetre border.

5. Place the Vliesofix onto the wrong side of your fabric, paper side up.  (wrong side to rough side) 

6. Glide iron evenly across the paper side of fabric for approx 10 secs. (longer for thicker fabric) so that they stick together.  Use a dry iron on a low heat setting.

7. Cut fabric to size, along the outlines of the Vliesofix.

8. Allow a bit of time to cool before peeling off paper carefully.

9. Place the folded card on top of the fabric, wrong side of fabric up.  You’ll be able to see the pen marks now ironed on to your fabric so line the card up inside the pen lines.

10. Keeping your card closed, iron the fabric onto the card.  Start by lifting the small bit of fabric over the back and ironing that on first, then turning the card over and doing the front of the card.  Always iron on fabric, never on card.  Make sure it is a dry iron with a low heat setting or the card will warp.

11.  Let it cool down for about 30 secs and check that it sticks really well everywhere.  If it doesn’t – iron some more.

12.  Trim the excess fabric from around the edges with fabric scissors.  Et voila!


*The card needs to be quite thick or the heat of the iron will warp your card.  I use 300gsm and it seems to work well.  You’ll also find that your fabric will adhere better if your card has some kind of texture and is not too smooth.

**Vliesofix is a double sided heat bonding material commonly used in applique.  The brand that I find the easiest to work with when making cards or notebooks is called ‘easyfix’ which I purchase from ebay, but I’m sure you could find it from an online or local fabric store.

Do you make your own Christmas cards?

1/12/12 – tutorial updated.

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