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Merry Christmas

Only one more sleep to go………….




Merry Christmas to all the Handmade Kids readers and thank you for your support!


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Visiting the Etsy shop Hello Dollies propelled me straight back to my childhood and a love for Raggedy Anne Dolls.

This absolutely sweet cloth dolls are handcrafted by Dawn on the central coast of Australia and I am sure if you love this style of cloth doll then you will love these ones as well!

Whilst having a look at Hello Dollies, I also recommend you pop over to her 10yr old daughter Kates site, Kate Doodlez.  A young girls site that will definitely bring a smile to your face.

I really don’t know how long I am going to be able to resist not purchasing one of these, surely my boys would love one :).


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Many months ago I came across some examples of Japanese Felt Food and was quite amazed.  So amazed I decided I could make my own.  This resulted in buying some felt getting a pattern and attempting a sandwich.  My tomato slice wasn’t too bad, but my lettuce was deformed and I decided it was not quite so easy after all.

I really like felt food.  It is a fantastic alternative to plastic food toys for the kids, so much nicer to give them a lovely handmade set of felt food to encourage imaginative play than some plastic junk for the shop.

Sam McLean is one of those clever people out there who can make felt food, and she has some fantastic items in her Etsy shop, in fact checking them out did make me every hungry.


Here is my five minutes with Sam:

What inspired you to start your business?
I have always sewn and created, mostly for myself and my girls, and I began with some ladies clothes in the shop. Then last Christmas I made some felt food toys for my nieces and they loved them. I made some for my Etsy shop and they have been so successful that the clothes got moved to a second Etsy shop, Retrology.
What was your first sale?
I sold a ladies Blue Willow pattern skirt last January (the fabric was from a tablecloth).
What is your biggest seller?
I have a few items that sell well. Coming up to Christmas the jar of felt strawberries has been very popular, along with the jar of berries with the pot of cream. The meal sets (taco, burrito, fish dinner etc) also sell well.
What item couldn’t you live without?
That has to be my little old faithful Janome sewing machine. I use it every day and it’s never let me down. This new year I will be treating it to a service!
What is on your christmas wish list this year?
Hmm, I seem to be well set up, but we just bought a 1960’s teak frame lounge suite on Ebay that needs re-covering. That will be a nice Christmas / birthday / New Years gift for me! I also revamped my studio this year, so I guess you could say that Santa came early to me. Just to have a relaxing Christmas day with our families and remembering what Christmas is really about is my wish.



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I think as time is going on more and more people are starting to shun mass produced items for their children and turn to handmade, and it is great to see so many stores and creators out there in Australia.

Aussie Kids Boutique is another  blog showcasing some of the great handmade things that are to be found in Australia.  It is run by Kathryn from All You Need,  so pop over and support some more handmade items and their creators and tell them Handmade Kids sent you 🙂

If you know of any other blogs showcasing handmade, creators etc, especially for kids in Australia , don’t forget to let us know.

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I never win anything  ever.  I think I won a Christmas Hamper about 10 years ago full of food things and that would be about it, oh and once I won a $20 voucher at the Fruit & Veg shop.   I just am not a lucky person at all.

So imagine my joy when this afternoon I received a message from Ivy Designs to say I had won their blog competition, talk about making my day!


So thanks to Wynona at Ivy Designs I can’t wait to receive some of the gorgeous Ivy Designs items.

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You just have to go and visit Pants for Kids and have a play, it is such a great and different site when choosing a pair of pants for your kids. Pants for Kids is the creation of Queensland Mum, Amanda. 

You pick your style and then off you go to pick your choice of fabric and then you see your end result.  It is a great site as it is different from all the rest and for some reason I just have to keep on clicking to see all the styles. 

And of course it has some funky pairs of shorts and pants.

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If you are looking for bright and colourful artwork and stationary then I don’t think you can go past Crackers Art.  

Upon entering Crackers Art site you will find a fun and fabulous place to explore.

Sarah creates a really vibrant and fun range of paintings.  There are so many designs, colours and animals available it is certainly hard to choose only a few.

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These notebooks would be the perfect little gift to pop in a party bag or in the Christmas stocking this year and you can even team it up with a matching magnet or bookmark.


And even better some of those cute little characters are also available as plushie toys.


You can keep up to date at what is happening in Crackerland at Sarah’s blog.

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