Welcome to my blog. I work full time and creating is my sanity. I like to use many different mediums and was a finalist in the Fire Mountain Beading Contest in 2008. I am a passionate blogger, and a promoter of handmade goodness.

I love : my husband, my fur kids, family, music, sunshine, creating, chocolate, handmade soaps, the DUST Team, gardening, friends, Triple J Radio and photography. Comments welcome, I hope you enjoy the adventure with me.

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made with love.........................maddabling xox

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday Friends - DUSTy Divas - Australian Makers - Ruby Tombstone

Happy Friday readers - welcome to a new edition of Friday Friends. I hope your working week wasn't too hectic - it feels like it really was five working days jammed into three! Today it is my absolute pleasure to reintroduce to you all a Friday Friend, DUSTy Diva and Australian Maker - meet Ruby Tombstone! 
Ruby Tombstone provides a fabulous array of handmade and genuine vintage goodies - let me share some with you now. I do adore this MAD Rabbit Necklace, Pastel Bunny HoopLa with Lavender Polka Dots, it really is One of a Kind! 
I was also quite taken with the bright patterns of this SWIRL Bracelet in red and pink made from fabric and wood Mod Vintage Beads.
And if you are looking for a really unusual vintage piece check out this 1950s Nightie in Pastel Peach Nylon with Tan Lace.
Dear readers, I now invite you to take some time out to read the story of Ruby Tombstone in "Every Piece Tells A Story." Have a wonderful long weekend - and remember it's ANZAC day today, Lest we forget. xo♥ 
"Every Piece Tells A Story"
"Ruby Tombstone is an ageing hipster living alone with her cat, Swanky, and wondering just what the hell she's doing in the tropics anyway..." 
I have only just re-opened and re-vamped my Etsy shop after taking a 2-year break. Actually, I moved up here to Townsville from Canberra during that time, and two years later I'm still adapting to life in the tropics! This time around I have more time to spend working on the shop, so when I'm not being interrupted by things like goannas, cyclones or the cat starting a pop-up butterfly house in the kitchen, I'm actually getting a lot more craft done.
I think I have a knack for spotting interesting things and piecing them together in beautiful and unusual ways. I find inspiration in such diverse areas, including in all things vintage, and I really like the contrast between very different aesthetics. So I've been collecting materials and objects for many years, assuming that one day I'll find the right use for them. At least that's how I think of it. Others have pointed out that this looks a lot like an excuse for compulsive hoarding, but without the house full of cats. 
Every hand-made piece in my store is a one-of-a-kind item - I don't mass-produce anything, and I don't bulk-buy huge amounts of cheap components. I use the materials that I've collected and treasured over the years - maybe buttons from my mother's button tin, vintage beads from a broken necklace, fabric from some vintage kitchen curtains or novelties from a circus that closed down in the 60s - and put them together when I find the right combination. I also experiment with different techniques using the materials at hand, hoping to find just the right effect. This means nobody else in the world will ever have the piece that you're wearing, and at the end of the day, it's a lovely one-of-a-kind treasure which has its own unique story. 

I love jewellery and accessories that are changeable, that will adapt to fit my mood and my style each day. "HoopLa" necklaces are my own design, made from segments of ribbon slotted onto hinged coloured hoops. This makes each piece really versatile, allows for adjustable sizing, and even lets you mix and match the components. You can turn the necklace around for a round, square or pointed neckline, swap the position of the ribbon segments, add charms and pendants, join the hoops up with other ribbons or scarves, double up on the ribbon segments - the options are literally endless. So with one piece of jewellery, you're getting a lot of different looks!
I've recently started making magnetic cardigan clips, which are also really versatile. Made from wooden rectangles with swatches of beautiful fabrics and joined by a chain, they can fit together really well as one big geometric brooch, or be worn as cardigan clips on the necks of cardigans, on the collar of shirts, to fasten shawls, scarves or capes... anything!
Since the backs are magnetic, there's no way to damage your clothes with pin-holes, and you can place them anywhere for all sorts of different looks. 
While I was making the cardigan clips, I experimented a lot with different sealants and adhesives, trying to get a more organic effect - as if the fabric was actually growing from the wood. I frayed the edges of the fabric, then layered up the sealants, sanding them back each time to try and get to this point. In the process, I came up with these earrings which have a much more faded-in look. A local cafe saw these and asked me to produce another batch for them to sell in their space, which I'm really excited about. I love doing custom requests, because it gives me a concrete challenge to work on.
Along with vintage jewellery components, I have been a keen collector of vintage clothing for many years. I tend to buy these pieces for myself, but alas - they can't all fit me. Those which don't will hopefully find a loving home through my shop. I think of my Etsy shop as a collection to be curated, so only my best vintage pieces are listed here. I do a lot of background research on each piece before I list it, not only so that I can authenticate it as genuine vintage, but so that I can tell the story behind it. I have a great expert on Australian vintage garments who I can email for help, and I look for background information on the labels, like any vintage advertising that's around for each brand, so that by the time I list a garment I have a story to share about it: the brand's history, trends at the time, the materials, how it would have been sold or worn. Again - you're wearing a garment which has a story to tell. 
I love my horror movies, zombies in particular, so there will always be a place for the creepy, kooky and spooky in my store. My zombie memento mori pieces are so much fun for me to make, as I get to create a whole character and tell their story too. I give each character in the portrait a name, include a scrap from their dress, maybe some beads they were wearing, make the piece a little memento of their passing.
To celebrate my return to Etsy, I'm having a 20% OFF EVERYTHING sale. The Coupon Code is "NEWRUBY20", which will give you 20% off your total purchase excluding shipping. I'm still adding new pieces daily, so please keep checking back, or follow me for updates:
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Poppies for Remembrance - Wednesday Wishes

Quite simply, this ANZAC day, the inspiration for the 
Wednesday Wishes is Poppies for Remembrance.
Lest we forget ♥
Red Poppies - Original Acrylic Painting - 50 x 40 cm from BluePeriodArt
Pink poppy clutch with chain from sirtom
LEATHER RED POPPY flower pin brooch from Galelina
Red Poppy Necklace, Photo Pendant, Flower Jewellery from BelleBabette
DONATE to Legacy - ANZAC Day poppy 'April Bloom' greeting card, proceeds go to veterans' charity from WaiJingDesign

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Eggs and Art in the Park.

Easter weekend has now been and gone. There is no recipe to share this week as our cooking facilities went somewhat pear shaped over the long weekend - such is life. Never mind, I still share with you Easter Eggs and Art in the Park. Happy Reading :)  
Easter Eggs
Easter gave me the opportunity to finally make something with some wooden eggs that I have been hoarding in my craft supplies. 
With a coat of paint, some acrylic matte sealer, washi tape and ribbon, six sweet eggs were created. 
Add to a single egg ,a tiny teacup bunny called "Lulu" - lovingly created by Jodie at WishsongCreations and we had the perfect chocolate free first Easter keepsake gift for our granddaughter. I know that she will treasure little Lulu and the wooden decorated egg in years to come. 
Art in the Park
For the last 13 years, The Friends of the Porongurups have been presenting the Art in the Park Sculpture exhibition, set amongst the natural bush of the Castle Rock Day Use area. This runs from the 18th April to the 26th April and if you haven't been to see it yet, you still have time. I will share with you now some of the snaps I took today, a virtual visual journey if you like. 
Dear readers I hope you enjoyed Easter Eggs and Art in the Park. See you all on Wednesday for a new edition of Wednesday Wishes xo♥

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Friends - Local Makers - Tam Made This + Becky Made That

Happy Good Friday dear readers, I hope this blog post finds you well. What have you planned for the Easter long weekend? Maddabling intends on meeting up with her market buddy and we will hit the Denmark Arts Markets and have a spot of lunch somewhere nice. Maddabling will also head to Art in the Park at the Porongurups - hoping to get some snaps to share with you. 

This week I introduce to you some new Friday Friends, local makers and the dynamic seamstress duo Tam Made This + Becky Made That
I just LOVE their work and have purchased lovely things from them for gifts in the past. Here are some faves that I have picked out from their lovely facebook albums. Firstly some super pretty flag bunting ♥
Secondly, some darling Girls Pinafores - so so sweet! 
And last but not least, how divine is this Peace Cushion - LOVE! 
Dear readers, I invite you to sit back and relax, even if for a short while and enjoy The Tam Made This + Becky Made That Story. Have a fantastic long weekend x♥o 
The Tam Made This + Becky Made That Story
Hi, we are Tamara and Becky and we stitch under the guise of Tam Made This + Becky Made That and our superpower is sewing. We both come from creative families, especially our mums. Becky has a background in florist and Tam in Have-a-go.
We are two mamma's that love to sew, create and have a huge passion for colour. That passion has lead us down the path of a slight addiction with fabric. We harness this addiction together by turning those lovely pieces of cloth into a huge range of sewn goodies.
We love making quilts, pillows, fabric boxes, a few softies here and there, with our latest order a batch of camels off to Broome. We really enjoy helping people out with custom orders and have used this for a few lovely lounge room/deck makeovers with fresh cushions and throws that our customers have provided the fabric for, or have chosen to match their new decor. 
At the moment we are into using recycled jeans, hand cutting and stitching back into quilts and pillows and making some heirloom pieces with dollies added as well. We also have between us a rather large stash of vintage sheets, these have been source mostly locally with many a day scouring our op-shops and we are starting to incorporate these more and more, old and new into our quilts, pillows and women's dresses and tunic tops. 
We bring our goods to the renowned Denmark Markets, that will next be on Easter Saturday 19th April from 10am-4pm.  

We are also a frequent feature of local markets, the next being  The Vancouver Street Fair that will be held on the 3rd May at the Vancouver Arts Centre and this will coincide with the Great Southern Art Award and is part of the Western Australia Heritage Trail. 
For the coming year we hope to have some of our quilts, cushions and possibly women's clothing into some independent stores that support local handmade goods. It gives us strong sense of community working along side other creatives with the shop local and handmade ideals.
Check us out on Facebook, we regularly post new creations, this is the ONLY media outlet we use, for we would rather be sewing !! https://www.facebook.com/TamMadeThatBeckyMadeThis