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1. Vidastyle    2.  EmBelISH Hairclips     3.  Little Red Bear     4. Jetta’s Nest

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In celebration of Australia Day, here are a few handmade finds that are very “Australian”

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1.   Kurrajong Aboriginal Products Aboriginal Elder Doll

2.  Ollie Rose Kangaroo Onesie

3.   Urchin Designs Boy Thong Shirt

4.  Ponz Handknitted Koala Bears

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 1.   Please Eloise      2.  Little Babushkas      3.  Vintage Vibes        4.  Vintage Chenille

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One Red Robinis another totally divine Australian store on Etsy who make gorgeous toys.  The detailing and artistic creation that goes into making these is amazing, I think I could stare at them all day.  How would you ever choose which one you wanted to take home.

One Red Robin is the creation of Jhoanna, and from the sounds of her bio on her site One Red Robin, is one very busy mum.

If you are looking for a very special handmade gift then I think these would make an outstanding one.

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Some blog award love!

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I am extremely flattered that Louise from Buttons by Lou Lou has chosen Handmade Kids for her blog award -aaaaawhhh!  If you look off to the side, you will see Louise’s store as our Store of the Momment.

Proximidade is described as follows:’This blog invests and believes in PROXIMITY – nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes for self-aggrandizement! Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers!’This blog award should be sent to your favorite eight bloggers and they, in turn should forward to eight of their favorites. You should include the text for Proximidade (above) in your announcement blog. And so I award the following eight blog pages for their Proximidade attributes:

So hard to choose as there are many many blogs I visit, but here are a my 8

Badskirt  – I love checking out what Amy has been up to

Miffy’s World – And I always get a lovely song to listen to whilst reading

Handmade Bits & Pieces – always love a check in to see what cute Chenille creations are happening

Little Bubble & Tree – one my new fav’s

Sara One Day – always entertaining

Knitspirations – I have several of Jen’s work, and love seeing what she is creating

Crackerland – such a lovely blog to look at with those bright artworks

Craft Blog – so much for crafty people

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Wow 100 comments!

Congratulations to Louise on being the 100th person to leave a comment on the Handmade Kids blog!

Because you left a comment on my Red & White post about wine, here is a lovely virtual glass of wine for you to enjoy as your prize!

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Gigglberry Creations, is home of the great decorating gadget of fabric flag banners.  I love these banners as it is an inexpensive way to make a great impact in a room and the choices are endless, as you will discover when you visit Amy’s store.
You can also read about all things Giggleberry on the BLOG, so go say hi!  Pssst she also mentions a give away for some gorgeous gorgeous fabric on another blog you might just want to see!
Recently I caught up with Amy of Giggleberry Creations and here is what she had to say:
What inspired you to start your business?
When I was at the final two weeks of my pregnancy I had started maternity leave and wanted something to keep me busy as I’m not good at sitting still… so I started to think of fun ways to decorate my daughters room without having the time to do anything major. My mum had made a cot quilt ready for when bub arrived so I asked for all the left over fabric and began sewing… before I knew it I had made Giggleberry’s first ever set of flags!!
I hung them straight away and loved how they looked so made some for all my nieces and nephews. I then had friends and extended family asking for sets so after I came home with my new baby girl, who slept so well from three weeks old that I had lots of free time in the day, I did some market researching and found Etsy. I love having the flexibility this business gives me to work and play!!
  
What was your first sale?
The very first day I listed on Etsy (I started with 3 sets only) I had a custom order placed!! I was still so new to the site I had to ask the customer how to set up a custom listing LOL!!! Lucky for me the buyer was amazingly helpful and friendly and had been looking for flags just like mine for her market stall, so by the end of that week I had finished her order and had it off in the mail!
 
What do you hope to achieve in 2009?
Hmmmmmm….. this year has many things planned for my family and I starting with a bubby due in late Feburary!! 
Business wise I have just started my second wholesale contract with an online children’s boutique and can’t wait to see how it goes. I have also just introduced a new line of fun and bright cushon covers to the Giggleberry range for the new year so I see my self and my sewing machine spending allot of time together…. 
 
What was the last handmade item you brought?
I strongly stood by my Buy Handmade Pledge for my Christmas shopping and bought so many wonderful things for my daughters and family but the most recent item was a decal that I have stuck on my sewing machine cover… it’s of a cartoon girl wearing glasses with the words ‘Crafty Geek’ underneath her…. it gives e a giggle when I set up or pack away my sewing machine for the day!
 
What item couldn’t you live without?
oohhhhhh good question! I had to think about this one…. but the item that just kept popping back into my mind was my boomerang pillow – you know the one that is shaped like an ‘L’. I LOVE my boomerang pillow and just can’t seem to sleep the same without it! and If I don’t get a good nights sleep I struggle through my day.

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