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We do consultancies, teach workshops, present and create handmade wares. Workshops for children and adults in art/environment/wellbeing...

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Junk Love, Wednesday

Hello to you today,
I have a wonderful piece of junk to share this morning.  Found this little 60's cupboard on the side of the road - no really!  A man was selling it out the front of his house - you know how people put things out on the footpath...I love that tradition I wonder if it's an Aussie thing or a global practice?  Don't want it ? Pop it out on the footpath (verge).  Some one will pick it up !

Any rate, love its groovy styling and the way the drawers slant into the middle - and look at those handles.  Veneer finished.  Love it!  It has now replaced my entertainment unit (hence why there are lots of cords in the picture!) and there are lots of drawers to house all of those dvd's and bits and pieces!

Do yo have a special piece of junk you would like to share, we'd love to read about it!

If you like upcycling, recycling, 2nd hand ...Pop over to Emmaroseart to join the 'Junk List' to share your 'Junk' story.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wonderful Handmade Kids review

What a wonderful day.
Lucky Lillipilli Lane xx has a review of our boys shorts up on the Handmade Kids web page!
Its a good read! If you aren't familiar with this organisation, they host the Handmade Stores Top 100 list(see the link logo the the right) and promote and feature lots and lots of wonderful handmade kids wares.  Pop over for a visit and add it to your favourites links.

Thanks so much to the team at Handmade Kids, we'd love you to pop over and read their review on our boys shorts:

Handmade Kids Lillipilli Lane review

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Boys Shorty Shorts Sale!

Visit Lillipilli Lane handmade clothing Facebook Shorts Sale
on Monday 29th March 2010, 9.ooam for our sale on boys shorts - 25% off.  These cute and practical little shorts usually retail for $20.00.  Buy on Monday for a special $15.00! Sizes 1- 4.  Made from quality cotton fabrics...

Visit our online store Handmade clothing at Lillipilli Lane Online Store beforehand to find out more details about these shorts before the sale begins.

Sale starts Monday, 9.00am sharp.  Each short will be listed, its size and how many available. First to comment will buy : )  Pop over to FB and see the post for Shorts Sale to view what we will have available...more to be added before Monday. Numbers of shorts are limited, due to their handmade uniqueness.

RSVP to join us o rjust turn up on the day!

Friday, March 26, 2010

My Creative Space, today...Painting, sewing reflecting...

Hello everyone! I missed yesterday's creative space which is a shame as I *love* to play this game. You know how you get a tad busy and can't quite squeeze everything in that you would like to?  Hmmm....
Anyrate, so what has been occupying my creative space?

A bit of house-painting, with all the rain gone, its a chance to get back onto the tressels!  On goes the undercoat to prep the surface (I *love* undercoat and Porters is so nice to use - what a base to work with), and then two lovely top-coats of 'Donkey Grey' for the walls, 'Milk' for the trims & 'Malt' for the window sills - all Porters Paints. 

If you aren't familiar with these paints they are low VOC's (volatile organic compounds) & the most glorious range of colours, they have an amazing quality to them they 'bloom'  have a peek at their website Porters Paints ...

I love the mix of our new colours so peaceful, calm and relaxing and goes so well with the purple tibouchina's and orange ixora's in the garden.  A nice change from the orange/apricot heritage red and greens. What a lift!

Then its a bit of sewing for two wonderful women!  A couple of pregnancy skirts, and some Mamma's skirts...(see our Online store for details www.madeit.com.au/LillipilliLane)... Lots of planning, shopping, designing to get it all to come together...Working on quite a few little projects at the moment an defining my juggling act ; ) & its all fun.

And of course, making that all important time to 'stop & smell the roses', one of my favourite sitting places to relax, reflect and enjoy - breathe :)  Taking the time to enjoy these beautiful Autumn days.  Spring & Autumn are my favourite seasons - I love the quality of the lighting during these times...

How's your creative space...Love to hear about it...
To join in 'My Creative Space', and view others Creativity, pop over to
Kootoyoo's blog on Thursdays.

all the best to you and yours, til next time.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Junk Love, Wednesday

I found two of these very retro chairs (circa - perhaps 60's ?) in a local junk store, for my dining table.  I really love their simple neat lines...A polish up and some new upholstery and they will look great - wish I had four more!!

Tell me, what do you think for the upholstery?  I am picturing some gorgeous red fabric...with white print...hmmm

Have you got a special piece of junk love this week? 

If you like upcycling, recycling, 2nd hand ...Pop over to Emmaroseart to join the 'Junk List' to share your 'Junk' story. We'd love to read about it.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Face Book, thanks to our 100 fans

Wonderful news, our recent baby steps into the land of Facebook, has seen 100 customers, potential customers, friends and peers come along and join our page as 'fans'.  A Big Thank you!  There is a litte gift (the above vintage hairclip) as a celebration to our 100th fan.  Congrats to Sarah W.  Email us at info@lillipillilane.com.au for details of this wee gift & thanks again to everyone! 

You are welcome to pop by and visit us at FB - you can follow the link Lillipilli Lane's Facebook Page to get there...

happy Sunday

Thursday, March 18, 2010

My Creative Space, today...Calico dreams

Today as the morning sun comes streaming through my room, I am setting up to create a handmade 'flower girl's' skirt.  I love this one - this is the second one I have made. I have a few morning chores to do first though!

This little frock is made from calico, with a fine light overlay, and a fabric flower to embellish...I hand-make a calico ruffle and really like the natural look and texture of the calico with the fineness of the little overlay, love the tea-stained look too : )

What are you creating today...love to hear about it...
To join in 'My Creative Space', and view others Creativity, pop over to
Kootoyoo's blog

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

'Junk Love' Wednesday

I *love* this little retro stool.  I picked it up at a local bric-a-brac dealer.  The man said it has a special type of wicker that the seat has been woven from -can't recall the name. 

It's a vintage piece circa 60's or 70's. It's a really handy little size for sitting at my sewing bench and sewing on buttons etc.  Special little features - note the slight curve at the top of the legs and the sweet little covers on the feet.  Nice details and great workmanship -  have stood the test of time.

Have you got a special piece of junk love this week? 

If you like upcycling, recycling, 2nd hand ...Pop over to Emmaroseart to join the 'Junk List' to share your 'Junk' story. We'd love to read about it.

Monday, March 15, 2010

A handmade needle box...

Happy Monday,
I have been wanting to share this beautiful little box with you, isn't it lovely.  All carefully handmade.  I love the colour and the trimming.  It was a Mother's Day present, last year.  Lucky me...(I guess its not that far off again )

So, what to do with such a special present?  Aha, a wonderful place to keep all my sewing machine needles.  Some place that I can use it and enjoy it's beauty regularly : )

Friday, March 12, 2010

New Australian Handmade 4 Kids Cooperative

Australian Handmade 4 Kids is a brand new cooperative to "open the door to the awesome, creative world of Australian handcrafted items for your children!" Each week they release a shopping guide through their blog.  They have a different theme each week, this week is Rock n Roll Baby!
Lillipilli Lane has been lucky to featured this week with our 1950's inspired girl's twirl skirt.

Pop over and have a look.
Handmade Cooperative - Australian Handmade 4 Kids
Handmade creators for kids wares are welcome to join the cooperative.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

My Creative Space, today...

Today we are working on a few proto-types for our new winter range - 'Warmies for Mamma's & Littlies' Lots of fun, here's a sneek preview ...

Recently completed - a lovely Women's Shawl Scarf  and a very cuddly one for the littlies. I designed these last year, with the help of my littly, after finding it very hard to find kids scarves (kiddies need to be of the age where they can manage them safely - e.g. over three). Seems to be more of a range this year...
We road tested last year and loved them. (love to road test - isn't it a great way to get a feel for how 'wares' 'wear' and 'wear 'over time!)...So have just done them up yesterday and sold one already. 

Ok thats my five minutes to blog - now off to create : ) An A-line skirt, and a swag of littlies skirts for a new online shop...coming soon...

Have a happy day. Look forward to reading about your creative space today. To join in 'My Creative Space', and view others Creativity, pop over to
Kootoyoo's blog

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Junk Love Wednesday, wuthering heights

Hello everyone,
hope you are having some of this lovely sunny Autumn weather - just gorgeous after lots and lots of rain.
I missed last weeks Junk Love Wednesday, a bit going on...happy to play again this week.

Today's treasure is a lovely dress given to me by a very kind friend to upcycle.  They were part of her wedding wardrobe.  Thank you Jenny.  I am not sure what I shall do with it yet, but am enjoying the beauty and vintage/retro styling : ) Very wuthering heights...The red is a Gorgeous colour! 

They fit me :)  Perhaps I could do a hem adjustment , add a handmade rose and voila a new going out dress for me...Any ideas?  Love to hear about it...Pop in and leave a comment.

If you like upcycling, recycling, 2nd hand ...Pop over to Emmaroseart to join the 'Junk List' to share your 'Junk' story. We'd love to read about it.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Of Droughts & Flooding Rains & Market baskets!

Well here we are back on blog, sorry we've been absent this week - lots of wet weather, power outages etc. Just want to start by sending out 'well wishes' to all affected by the flooding rains, especially our friends on the land who may be dealing with flooded crops and ag etc and those who have been isolated for days and weeks on end. We wish you well. 

Weather that heads towards to 'extreme' end of the spectrum oft reminds me of the poem 'My Country' by Dorothea Mackellar...

"I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,

Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains,

I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel sea,

Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me...

(Ref: Dredge, C.K.M.  and Strong, B.K. 1988, Child and Associates Publishing Pty Ltd, NSW)

On another note, I wanted to share this beaut little handmade basket I purchased a little while ago for my market trips (Farmers markets - for lots of yummy organic and handmade produce). I love it - took me a while to find 'just what I was looking for' - the round shape is perfect for sticking lots and lots in - heavy produce on the bottom, soft fruits etc on top! Doesn't matter if it gets wet - its just improves the shape and the handle is great, carry over arm, or with one's hands!

Do you have a fave basket you like to use instead of plastic Bags? Would love to hear about it...

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The effects of the monsoon...

Not going anywhere today...I guess that means its a good day for sewing : )
How's the flooding in your neighbourhood?
Just started a Lillipilli Lane fan page on Facebook, pop over for a look...
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