Monday, January 24, 2011

Giveaway Winner - Sisterhood Sewing

Congratulations to Laura, who is the winner of a brand new custom designed handcrafted Owly friend.

Please email with your postal details.

Thanks so very much to the lovely Ellie from Sisterhood Sewing for her generosity, if you would like to get an Owl of your very own, check out Sisterhood Sewing here: 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Giveaway - Sisterhood Sewing

Hello, here I am yet again, and you must be too if you're reading along.

This time, I'm here to announce, cue the trumpeteers.... a giveaway!

Ellie from Sisterhood Sewing has generously offered up one of her cute-as-pie Owls to be given a new home with one very lucky fan/follower/reader, however you would like to term that.

Here he is, little darlin' ...

Just look at his big Owl eyes, so full of hope and anticipation, ready for you to love him all up.

You need to be a fan of Sisterhood Sewing on Facey to enter the giveaway, so click here to do that, then come back and leave a comment under this post for your chance to have a scrumptious new little Owly friend.

Thanks so much to Ellie for her generosity

Much love
Hatch ..xx

In their own words - Sisterhood Sewing

Hello again,

I prepared a lovely post for you all, featuring an interview with the lovely Ellie from Sisterhood Sewing and yesterday it was supposed to appear on the blog for your reading pleasure, but it somehow got swallowed up by the great (and sometimes quite unfriendly) web monster.  I wonder where it went, certainly not here that is for sure!

So, here today, I bring you an interview with darling Ellie, an apology for this not arriving as expected, and a note to say that I will also be posting the wonderful and exciting Sisterhood Sewing giveaway today, in a separate post.

So read, enjoy, be inspired.

Thanks to Ellie for taking the time to share with us, and be sure to check out her lovely wares, and show her some support and on Facebook here

When did Sisterhood Sewing begin? 
Sisterhood sewing began 2009 . I belong in a group of fabulous women from Generation Church who have monthly events called Sisterhood.  One night we had a guest speaker from teen challenge queensland ( which helps young people to get free from addictions).
I  thought how can i use what God has given me to help others,,,, from there my mind was flooded with creative ideas and i started my first range of babushka dolls. once my friends knew what i did they started ordering them and telling their friends.

How did you learn your craft?
mainly self taught, trial and error.

What was the motivation to start creating? What was the push that saw you decide to start selling your items? in my spare time, ha ha ,being a stay at home mum i had made a stock pile of babushkas and owls. My sister helped me run my first market stall at the coolangatta beach markets. it did sell products but it was so exhausting that it took me about  year to do more markets.

How did you decide on the best forum for showcasing and selling your wares?  Which have you found the most successful and why?trying different local markets to see which ones attract my kind of shopper.
The village Markets are great because they promote their stallholders and advertise well.

What are your favourite materials to work with?beautiful cotton fabric,luxurious furnishing fabrics.  and my personal fave Cool VINTAGE fabric which i find so hard to part with.

Where do you get the inspiration for your pieces from?i look for trends eg babushkas and owls at the moment and i try to make mine a bit different and extremly cute.
i  have lots of creative friends of all ages and they often have some fantastic ideas and i work on the pattern. for example the pirate owl idea was from a friend who is a graphic  designer.  I made 5 of them for her nephews for christmas with their initials sewn on the wing.

Who do you imagine to be a buyer and lover of your items?my range at the moment is ALL ages. i have people buy mainly for themselves but so often for gifts for friends and family of ALL ages, to people tracking me down for baby gifts.

What has been the highlight for you since it all began? What about the most challenging bits?
 the popularity of  handmade has helped, and FACEBOOK is the best way for showing people what you are up to.

What was the last thing you created?am in the process of a vampire owl.... stay tuned.

What new things will we be seeing from Sisterhood Sewing in 2011?different styles of owls

What is the best thing about living a creative life on the Gold Coast? so many markets to choose from
meeting other friendly helpful creative stall owners

What is the most Challenging?most challenging is keeping work, life, family balance.

Thanks Ellie!

Much love
Hatch ..xx

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Showcase Wednesday - Sisterhood Sewing

Yes, yes, I do realise that today is Saturday, and my timeliness on posting this is all whacked out, but we have been very busy behind the scenes with efforts for the Queensland Floods, so I do hope you will forgive me. But that is for discussion at a later date, as I don't want to detract from the joys I have to share with you right now.

I am infact here to introduce, to those of you who haven't already heard, a lovely lassie by the name of Ellie, who is the creator extraordinaire behind Sisterhood Sewing

Ellie is not originally from these parts.  She grew up in a small town in South Australia called Laura where her first ever job was in a sewing shop over the school holidays at the age of 15. This, she found far more appealing than the Child Care work experience she had already done, in her words "love kids, have two exceptionally gorgeous ones myself, and admire anyone who could be in a room with 30 of them all week"
And there, in that sewing shop, the seeds of crafting passion were born.

Then, when she went to visit her dear Grandma in the big smoke of Adelaide and they went on an excursion to Spotlight, Ellie thought that she had found fabric heaven.

This developing passion for creating was willed to blossom by Ellie's darling mother who  encouraged her and her two sisters to pursue the things that they enjoyed, which for Ellie of course was "sewing and FABRIC"

And how could you not love fabric like this!?

She recalls her mother taking their one little television to the op shop, but never missed it as she was quite content to while away the hours on a sewing project instead of watching the tube.  I tell you, every child needs a mother just like this, to encourage you to create like this...

And this....

Not to mention these little beauties....

After finishing High School, and being excepted to Uni, she decided instead to take a job at a soft-furnishings company. It was there that she learned to tools of the trade, and how to wrangle an Industrial sewing machine. As she says "hold on tight, those things go fast!" And from then on, there was just no stopping her.

And in the process of creating, Sisterhood Sewing was born.

You can find Ellie, and her amazing Sisterhood Sewing Creations in the following web locations:


If you want to meet her and her treasures in person, you can find her
(on a nice day) at the Gold Coast Beach Markets
On the first Sunday of every Month at The Village Markets

And there are currently four shops on the Gold Coast stocking her wares.

She is already somewhat of a celebrity, and her treasures have even graced the pages of Frankie mag...

Tomorrow we will be sharing an interview with this darling lady, so be sure to head back and find out what makes her and her sewing machine tick.

And, on Monday there will be Sisterhood Sewing goodies up for grabs! Hooray!

Much love
Hatch ..xx

Savage Kitten Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Maddo, you are the lucky winner of this wonderfully generous, and truly gorgeous prize pack from the lovely Kim at Savage Kitten

Please email your postal details to

A great big thanks to Kim for her great generosity, and thanks to everyone who entered.

This week's intended showcase artisan has had to be postponed due to our efforts to raise funds for the Queensland flood victims, but we will be sharing some wonderful posts, including a giveaway really soon, so be sure to check back.

Our thoughts are with all the people affected by the flooding, we hope you are all safe.

Much love
Hatch ..xx

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I shot Myself on Tuesday

Sometimes, and especially on grey and rainy days like today, it feels like you are the only person in the world, but today it appears that I might actually be the only person in the world, how very lonesome indeed....

Here is me, all on my own for I shot Myself on Tuesday.

Hatch Ling

Please don't leave me here all by myself!  Feel free to join in the picture taking, self-reflective fun.

Find all the info here

If I am the only person in the world, who am I hoping will read this?

Love Hatch ..xx

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Giveaway - Savage Kitten

Today is your lucky day! Why is that? I hear you say...

The darling Kim from Savage Kitten is one generous gal indeed! And it is you dear reader who gets to reap the spoils!

Kim has offered up a great stash of goodies which you get the chance to make your very own.

Thanks be to Kim!

Here are the goodies that you might just get to be the lucky owner of....

My oh my, look at all those treats!!

The pack includes a felt pin brooch, matching earrings, ring and hair slides. Yummo!

It is a condition of entry into the giveaway that you are a fan of the Savage Kitten Facebook Fanpage, which you can find by clicking here.
So make sure you do that before you enter (I will be checking you little rapscallions!)

When you head over there be sure to give Kim and Savage Kitten a great big cheer for their generosity and their brilliance.

You can find more Savage Kitten goodies in the following places...

The winner will be drawn next Saturday by

Good luck you clucky ducks!

Love Hatch ..xx

Friday, January 7, 2011

Giveaway Winner - Alipink

Congratulations to Bextarose, who is the winner of the Alipink clutch purse, please email us with your postage info

Thanks so much to Alipink for her generosity!

p.s. (congratulations to me, who finally figured out how to take a screenshot! Duh!)

In Their Own Words - Savage Kitten

Oh Helloooooo!

Sorry to have been absent from this space yesterday, I know, I was supposed to share with you an interview with the darling Kim at Savage Kitten, but all number of weird, wacky and downright interruptive things kept me at bay from the keyboard. 
One of which, involved removing an itsy bitsy gecko from a banner that was hanging on the wall, to which he had crawled into drying paint, and found himself well and truly stuck!

But, enough about me and Mr Gecko, onto far more impressive and inspiring things...

Today, Ladies and Gentlemen, I WILL bring you an interview with the darling Kim from Savage Kitten.

Read away, be inspired....

How did Savage Kitten all begin? What was the lightbulb moment when you decided to sell your goodies?
Savage Kitten started in a much different form to its current form. I used to make felt logo’s and sew them on t-shirts. Funny story about how that came about, but I think my audience has changed from those days. To be honest I have no idea why I started making jewellery, but somewhere about 2 years ago there was a lightbulb moment and it just happened organically. 

How and when did you learn your crafting skills?I have never had any formal training as such. I remember in school getting high marks for cross stitch, sewing, all that kind of thing. I think I just had a knack for it. I love hands on. My mum and I used to sit in our laundry and sew on an old Singer sewing machine with a foot pedal that was pretty cool.

What inspires you to create?Everything… I visualise things a lot. I did a drawing course about 2 years ago and it taught me persistence more than anything, but it also seemed to give me an artist’s eye. I def see the world differently since opening up this side of my brain. I can’t go outside without seeing a photo opportunity!

What was the last thing you made? What will be the next?The latest thing I have made is what I have called hair-candy. These are hair accessories made from felt, with buttons and beads. I have had quite a few requests for hair accessories.  I think these have an art nouveau look to them.
What’s next… well I would like it to be dresses, everyday dresses. That is the plan, but we’ll see. I have started to group some of my items under a sub-heading of wardrobe by Savage Kitten, so I hope to explore this is 2011.

What do you wish there was more of for artisans on the Coast?A dedicated, indoor (!) artists markets that does not sell second hand, vintage or mass produced items.

What has been the best moment since it all began?Feedback. I have received the most extraordinary feedback and it just blows me away. When people get what I am doing it is all worthwhile.

What about the most challenging moment?I find trying to sell, analyse, get numbers of followers and general number crunching to be so tiresome. It can also put so much pressure on you. Last year I wanted to throw it all in as I think I had become obsessed by all of this. I had to stop and remember why I do it and enjoy that. I prefer to create and do not like making on the premise of selling, tis a difficult balance for a business, tis perfect for the artist.

What is 2011 bringing for Savage Kitten?As I mentioned I would like to work on the wardrobe side of Savage Kitten, this includes my scarves and felt brooches and hair-candy. I would also like to see SK in some stores and to work on my art and maybe start to sell prints etc.

Thanks for sharing with us Kim!

You can find out more about Savage Kitten below:

Tomorrow (and I promise it WILL be tomorrow) there is going to be a giveaway generously donated by Savage Kitten, so be sure to check back if you would like to get your hot little hands on some SK goodies.

Much love

Hatch ..xx

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Showcase - Savage Kitten

Well hello there you!
Don't you know I have something brilliant to share with you? I hope you are as excited about it as I am!

Today, I am delighted, and so very excited, and you are invited to take a peek at the wonders of...
(are you ready for this!?)

Savage Kitten
  Yay! Hooray! Hoorah!

Kim Wheeler is the brains, beauty, and creative brilliance behind the joy that is Savage Kitten, and Oh, what a joy it is! 

Kim is an Australian born artist, designer and creator. She has always been a 'maker of things' from her self stated early obsession with scissors, through to today, and her love of all things creative. 
This includes painting, drawing, photography, and baking.

If Savage Kitten is anything to go by, let me assure you, this woman will most definitely whip up a mean choc brownie!

She refers to her passion for making as " the creativity monster inside" something I think all creatives understand, as it never lets up, but Kim and her creativity monster seem to get on just fine, and she would be rather empty inside without him.

In Kim's words, "Savage Kitten is currently about jewellery, pins, scarves and accessories, oh and the occasional manly item.  I have very strict quality controls and everything in the range is made solely by me. I have heard people describe SK as pretty with an edge, this is exactly what I am trying to achieve"

You can find Savage Kitten on the Webby at the following locales:

Savage Kitten Blog:
Kim's Blog:

Tomorrow we are going to share an interview with Kim, so be sure to check back for a big dose of creative inspiration, and a little look into the mind of a wonderful Gold Coast Creative

Thanks so much to Kim, and Savage Kitten for letting us share.

Much love

Hatch ..xx

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The first ever - I Shot Myself Tuesday 04/01/2011

Here my fine friends are the wonderful contributions for the first ever I Shot Myself Tuesday.
To participate, find the info here

Hatch Ling

Savage Kitten

Asha Kidd