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Gorgeous finds at handmade markets...

Gorgeous finds at handmade markets…

This year I made the commitment to a Year of Ethical Fashion (check it out here).

As part of this, I have been exploring and supporting all things handmade.  Alongside the design and production of my range for This Grand Life, I am a huge fan of handmade.  I am happy to chat about, promote and support other artists and designers. It is (for the most part) a big supportive crafty community.  The support and love of artistic endeavours in all forms is one of my favourite things about the creative community.

As one of my lovely sisters put it, ‘oh, you’ve found your people!’.

She is spot on!  This year I have taken my family along to some of my favourite markets: Perth Upmarket,  Market Girl, The Finders Keepers, The Mummy Tree Markets, Brisstyle and the Rock a Buy Markets.

We have found fabulous handmade puppets, sand art, gorgeous hand-made clothes, eaten delicious cupcakes, sipped tea and throughly enjoyed ourselves along the way.

With Christmas coming up fast, why not make your own commitment to buy something handmade this year?

Enjoy xx

I am basking in the glow of a daydream come true. After years of sewing /creating for my own pleasure and for my little tribe, I decided to take the plunge and start a boutique design label. Featuring fab frocks, sunny sun dresses, cool shorts, super cute totes, brooches…and a whole lot more, This Grand Life, the label became a reality.
This weekend I braved The Finders Keepers market in sunny Sydney, and it was…wonderful, terrifying and inspirational all at the same time. Within minutes of opening, my nerves disappeared, and I didn’t stop smiling all day.

Hello from Finders Keepers!

Have you got a daydream? A dream trip? A great idea?

Enjoy xx

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A fab party frock from my new collection for This Grand Life...

A fab party frock from my new collection for This Grand Life…

I am super excited about this. No surprise really as I tend to get super excited about a lot of things (that would be that Pollyanna streak).

Spurred on by my family and friends I am in the process of designing and making a collection of fab frocks, gorgeous gear for little boys, sweet teeny baby gear and some other lovely treasures.

I have thought about doing something like this for years, but with working (I have a career in science), raising my little tribe (as gorgeous and wonderful as they are, four kids takes up a LOT of time) and trying to be a half-way lovely partner (thanks for the patience Big A), well there was not a whole lot of time left. For me. Or for a new project.

Or so I thought!

A few months ago I made the decision to start making the time, because this was important to me.

Turns out it was pretty easy once I made the commitment.  I have cut down internet time, tv time and streamlined things on the home-front).

So today, I am happy to announce I am now well and truly into it, and have been busily designing, making, photographing…

Stay tuned, photos and details will be posted here and on my Facebook page (duck over to this side—–> of my page to click ‘like’).

Have you got a project on the go or are you still waiting for the ‘right’ time?

Enjoy xx

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