22 April 2010

My Creative Space 'Mother's Day G I V E A W A Y' & a handmade book opportunity

Greetings all,I’ve been stretching my creativity lately in a few directions, mainly craft with children, as you do in school holidays.  So i'm offering up a Mother's Day G I V E A W A Y of a few things i'm playing around with - an applique book bag with a cute girl (if you can't softie it, applique it), 3m twine, fabric card, badges, hair ties & 2m washi tape flags.  All you have to do to enter is become one of the 'fun people who like posie' by following this blog (if not already) & leave a comment - say something nice about your mum, something she taught you, why you love her, her favourite recipe . . .
i'll kick it off with what i'd say to enter "my mother's catch cry was 'not the good scissors' as she could feel us using her good scissors on paper, card, hair, herbs . . . from 50m away".  To be drawn 1st May, i'll pick my favourite, all welcome!! 
. . . i'll even throw in a set of un-drawn-on Paper Dolls to play with the prize . . .
i know, this is not from the Master's Collection from Musee D'Orsay, common mistake, it's 'paint & texta on card, circa 2010 by many children under the age of 10'!!  They were done on a pile of newspapers, i know my husband freaks out about texta on carpet.
Getting back to slightly more sophisticated craft . . . along came this amazing opportunity to be in Handmade Living - a gorgeous new hardcover designer book full of amazing design inspiration from clever creative types.  Riding on the incredibly successful Handmade ‘must-attend’ Market & it’s retail space Shop Handmade, here in the heart of our nation’s capital city . . . comes THE book!!
Now I’m a super fan of Tania McCartney who is the mastermind & have a copy of every single one of her books (grown up & for children) so I know she’s an awesome writer, but she’s also beautiful, talented, fun & super stylish!! Remind me not to stand next to this blonde-amazon-former catwalk model in a photo for the newspaper again!!  I am NOT that tall, 'twas wearing sky high heels. 
The twine is heading to Shop Handmade, so handy to have nice twine on hand don't you think, even better on a dolly peg, non??  The washi tape flags are something i've been playing around with for months, with my growing collection of tapes in pretty colours & patterns.  Check out the pretty Handmade Living logo below . . .
 
Tania’s brief goes something like this ‘the more outside the square your design, the more likely we’ll choose your idea’ so it’s thinking caps on, tight!!  It’s also made me go back to where I started to get serious with craft & design in the 90s . . . hand stitching, applique & ribbon detail mixed with today’s gorgeous Japanese printed fabrics & cool styling.  Thus the giveaway, i'm playing around with different materials, felt, fabric, ribbon, thread . . . i love being pushed by a challenge like this.  What to submit, what to detail, where to start??  I think i'll do patchwork as that's me to the core, but i've entered a few different categories.  Stay tuned for next week, i might actually have some direction . . . me thinks quirky ribbon detail, but on what??  FYI interstate handmade designers welcome, just like you're welcome at Shop Handmade!!
PS Birthday Girl Rachel loved her purse from the last post, yippee, smiles all round.
Happy Creative Spacing everyone, check out more over at Kootoyoo today, love Posie

27 comments:

VintageVicki said...

I love my Mum because she's wonderful. Plus I nearly lost her last year in a car accident so that has made me love her more (if that is possible).

Heidi said...

Oh how exciting, I love love love it.. Have a great day!

I can't wait to look into the other talented designers you love.

Missy AKA Little Messy Missy said...

My mother taught me to pretend... she gave me permission to use my imagination freely and daily. I was never just Missy I was "Queen of the Raspberries, Emperor of the Rocks, and Ruler of the Little People".
I am still all those things I just happen to be 35 years old and have 2 teenagers!

Tania McCartney said...

You are incredible, you know that. LOVE right back at ya, babe and you are BEAUTIFUL - don't believe a word she says, readers!

Thank you so much for once again supporting handmade living - it is SUCH an exciting creative project - I'm in love.

Mwah!

Tx

m.e (Cathie) said...

aww, Posie, you are so very sweet!
I love my mum because she helped make me the person I am today, she instilled in me morals & love and I guess I like who I am most of the time :)

74 Lime Lane said...

So much loveliness. Glad the opening went well!

Stacey said...

My Mum's a real "woman behind the man" kind of person. Growing up, I always thought my Dad was steering the family ship as he's a real "personality" type of guy whereas Mum's much more reserved.
It's only these days, as a Wife and Mum that I realise Mum is the real strength in the relationship.
She's a notoriously bad cook - most of her recipes start with a packet of chicken noodle soup or a can of cream of mushroom. Urgh. Perhaps from her I learned how cooking *shouldn't* be done!!

plushka said...

My Mum is my biggest inspiration. The fact that she is so far away still stops me from feeling myself completely at home in the new country. My home where she is and it's 14 hours by plane. I am very proud of my mum for brining me up by herself and having an enormous courage to let me go so far away from her. She supported me all the away in what ever I've chosen to do and this is including leaving home to follow my dream.

Missy_Minzy said...

Wow. Your post has always been so happening & colourful to read! :)

beck said...

What a busy post Posie! I love my mum because she is always there for me, she has always supported me & given me so much love & kindness. I couldn't have a better mum. I'm off to check out the Handmade website xo

Chasing Purple Dreams said...

I love that twine on the dolly pegs, just adorable!

Kylie said...

I love my mum because against all odds she bought us into the world. She also taught us good morals and not to turn up to someone house empty handed and only when invited.

Looking forward to seeing what you have been thinking up under that thinking cap.

Love K.

life and the memoirs said...

Hi Posie how busy are you!
My mum with her European parents exposed me to such a variety of foods. She loved to cook and has passed the joy of cooking onto me. Long before the days of celebrity and reality cooking programs we'd spend our weekends in the kitchen. Twenty years ago cooking and food didn't have the attention and focus they do today.
Have a happy day :)

Steph said...

How much do I love a doll paper chain. Sooo lovely! I love my Mum because she is loves life!!! She is never fased by anything and loves a laugh. She is a mean cook and a brilliant Nanna! She's my bestest friend! :)

Sally said...

My mother is a narcissist, so I suppose it is good that she has taught me not to be.

Kate said...

Such a lot going on in your space as usual Miss Posie! I adore my Mum because she is ace! Because she encouraged us to be creative individuals and because she is increadibly inspiring.

clare's craftroom said...

Maybe I can't enter because there are no words for why or how much I love my Mum . I just do !

Tania said...

Hold on to your hat, or what! You put my busy to complete shame! My Mum is the one I always run to. There is nothing as safe as unconditional Mum love.

Bianca Jae Makes Stuff said...

Why yes! You are having a mighty fine give away! Would love to win!
I get my creativity from my mum. Whether it be sewing or been able to go to the pantry with next to nothing in it and still make a great family, it's all her! She taught me that there is know such thing as perfect and all we can ever do is our best, because that's all we can do. Oh I do love my mum :)
Thanks Posie :) xox

Mom Walds Place said...

Well Hello!

I had to come visit you after reading a comment you left over at Kitschen Pink. What great timing, a give-away!

I love the fact that I'm old enough now to choose my mom as my friend. (I think the scissor thing is genetic along with eyes in the back of your head.)

I find myself telling people "My mom always said you have to watch out for the quiet ones!" a lot lately.

I like how you introduce yourself by what everyone calls you. YOU are so creative!

Jessica Cangiano said...

You are so wonderfully kind, thank you very much for offering us all the chance to win this delightfully lovely prize!

I really do believe I could write an entire book about my mother. From the countless lessons she taught me to the recipes I learned at her side, the ability to face even my greatest fears head-on and to never accept second best, she has been my rock, a treasured friend and true blessing in my life throughout every breath of air I've drawn.


Scores of hugs & thanks!
♥ Jessica

bellabello said...

well, I dont know much about my mom because she already past away five years ago. something that i know is she like to craft, cooks, and she is a workaholic. and she not a shopaholic..

Karens Hopes said...

My mum tried to teach me how to knit and crochet she was a beautiful knitter but at that time I wasnt really interested..you know how it is when you are young boys and all that seemed so much more important. Sadly I have recently lost my mother and I realise now the opportunity I have lost to learn these skills from her.
If only we could go back......
So cherish your mums and learn everything you can from them so that you can pass it on to your children.
Karen

Linda said...

lovely giveaway Jen. I couldn't fit in here why I love mum. She is an amazing woman, brought us up on her own since I was 6 in the days when there was no Govt support, she taught me to be independent, to garden, to sew, to knit, to bake and that a woman can do anything she wants to. It breaks my heart to see her so unwell these days xx

Susan L (lily40au) said...

i'm already a follower ... that was so amazing. And my mum. She's the best at so many things: cooking, knitting, being supportive. She's so good I plan on going on holidays with her to the Blue Mountains for a week.

Brenda said...

Hey Posie, I love my mum for so many reasons, she is loving, creative, funny, boils the veges until they're dead.....I could go on and on, but the big one is that mum and dad adopted me when I was only a few days old, gave me a beautiful loving home, brother and sister ( also adopted )and every opportunity in life they possibly could!
I wouldn't be the mother I am nor the creative person I am without her!

Simone de Klerk said...

I love my mum, because she became our mum when our first mum died. We were between the ages of 1-10, five kids. Imagine. She has been my mum for 44 years now and I admire and love her very very much. She taught us to be there for others, even in difficult times and especially for those who can be difficult to love!
The bag you made is very cute!