Wednesday, April 28, 2010

For Sale!

I've finally uploaded the new range up onto the Nothing Sketchy store. More to come soon!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Journals on Ink & Spindle blog

Lara from Ink & Spindle made a post about some Nothing Sketchy journals made using their fabric on their blog! Stoked!

Whisk Kid

Whisk Kid's blog is just drool-worthy. There are some amazing recipes - majority are desserts, but definitely not complaining! - and some beautiful images to inspire a spot of baking! And I LOVE baking!

Monday, April 26, 2010

A New Range

A quick preview of the new Nothing Sketchy range, made with hand printed, Australian made fabric. I would love to know what you think.

Ink & Spindle fabric

Kristen Doran fabric

Pippijoe fabric

Ink & Spindle fabric

Friday, April 23, 2010

Earth Day Fabric Giveaway

Ink & Spindle, along with 11 other fabric business around the world, are each having a giveaway to celebrate Earth Day! The prize is your choice of 4 fabrics (47x47cm pieces) from the Tamarillo collection. Their prints are amazing, so it will be well worth entering!

Visit the Ink & Spindle blog for more information on how to enter and on the benefits of using organic fabrics like theirs. You can also see the other participating businesses in the Earth Day Giveaway.

New Stockists

Two stores are now kindly stocking Nothing Sketchy journals!

Dorothy & Evelyn
81A Chapel Street
Windsor VIC

Milk Thieves
Shop 10A, 157 Crown St
Wollongong NSW

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

New material from Pippijoe!

New material that I ordered from Melbourne textile company Pippijoe arrived in the mail today! Made from hemp and organic cotton and hand screen printed with environmentally friendly inks...can't wait to turn this into a journal.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Owls Are Hunting

I am a huge fan of these vintage inspired lamps by The Owls Are Hunting. No two lamps are the same and they are made from reclaimed materials. They are so fun, pretty and cute and would light up any room (*that was a really bad pun that I didn't realise was there until I read this post over...cringe). And the styling in the photos is great too. Maybe I will ask for one for my birthday!


Anais Lamp

Evie Lamp 

Monday, April 12, 2010

Tea Party Heaven

I have so many Made It sellers that I want to rave about right now but I must pace myself. Kitty Robot has the most gorgeous tea party inspired jewelry. Amazingly, they are all handmade out of clay! How on earth do you do that?! And on such a small scale as well! Needless to say I'm a fan. I like the necklaces the best because I'm not much of a ring wearer. Visit the link for more jewelry and buttons too.

Wonderland Cards - Teacup cutie ring

Fairytale Princess tea cup necklace

Shabby Pastel Rose - Teacup cutie ring

Friday, April 9, 2010

Cookie Time

I made these Peanut Butter and Choc Chip Cookies for my friend Kylie's Easter lunch. They were quick and easy to make, and they were nice and soft. And no one died after eating them. All in all an epic win.

125g of butter
1/4 cup of peanut butter
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup of self raising flour
3/4 cup of plain flour
1/2 cup of rolled oats
1 cup of chocolate chips

- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C
- Combine peanut butter and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until melted and well combined
- Add brown sugar and egg and mix.
- Add flour, oats and choc bits and mix.
- Roll a tablespoon of mix into a ball and flatten onto tray, continue with rest of mix.
- Bake for 12 -14 minutes or until golden.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Salvo's: The Treasure Trove

My friend Martine and I went to visit the largest Salvation Army store I have ever seen yesterday. You can't really go wrong with the Salvo's: all the money goes to charity, you're reusing items that would have otherwise gone into landfill, and you find some awesome stuff!

Some lace ribbon that might come in handy for packaging.

An old teapot and saucer that I might use to challenge my limited visual merchandising skills at upcoming market stalls.

Some photoframes that remind me of being in a beach house.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Postman arrived!

I was excited to have a few things arrive in the mail today!

First came the business cards. They are 100% recycled business cards which I ordered from an Australian printing company called Krankn. I wasn't too sure about the colours at first - they didn't come out exactly as I would have liked - but I do understand that colour variations occur when printing and I also have to take into account that it's on recycled card. All in all I'm happy.

I also received the material that I ordered from Ink & Spindle, an Australian business that creates hand printed textiles. They use environmentally friendly, solvent free inks and the many of their textiles are made from an organic cotton/hemp blend.

I'm hoping to gradually make all of my notebooks using hand printed Australian fabrics that take the environment into consideration. It's a little more pricey, but worth it to support locally made products. And the prints are beautiful!!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Pretty Packaging

How to package my notebooks when sending them to a customer is something I struggle with. There's nothing wrong with sending something in an envelope/box/bag bought from the post office, but imagine receiving something in the mail that's been done up all pretty, with a lot of thought put into it. Customers of hand made objects especially would appreciate it - I know I would be excited!

Here are some inspirational (and beautiful) packaging ideas I found via Oh Hello Friend . Visit the link for many more pictures.

The Gilded Bee

Creature Comforts

Paisley Green

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Old Tom Foolery

Who needs Hallmark when you've got Old Tom Foolery?

Go to the link to see many more hilarious greeting cards. I had a difficult time choosing which ones to post on the blog because they were all so good! They are exactly my kind of humor - a little sarcastic and not too sappy but still get across the message.