Friday, 8 November 2013
It's that time of year again, the time when I clear out the excess bits and pieces kicking around me studio. I held this sale on November 1st last year and planned to do the same this year (as it's the anniversary of my launching Maze & Vale in 2011) but life and work just seem so crazily busy this year, I had to bump it forward a bit. How can things be so hectic when I don't even have any markets to prepare for this year?? I do not know but hectic they are and based on how this sale was received last year, I expect that the last two weeks of November will be a frenzy of packing orders and post office visits. Because I'm not doing any markets (missed a couple of application deadlines while I was overseas in August and then decided to cut myself some slack), this sale will include a bunch of leftover market stock - only a couple of tea towels (although if I have time, I may print a few more) but lots of linen cushion covers, which I've never offered online before, and a few bags plus a batch of 8 or so oobees (and a ton of diy oobee kits) along with the usual bundles of misprinted fabric, sample stock and some Sample Packs. Oh I may even offload a couple of quilts if I can bear to let them go... hope you all find yourself a few nice treats anyway!
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Oh man, how can I sum up the pure excellent-ness that was The Craft Sessions? How can I convey the warmth, the joy, the excitement, the comraderie and general sense of belonging that surrounded every moment of the entire weekend? And how can I do it without creating a pathological degree of envy in any and every one who wasn't fortunate enough to join in??
I just can't.
It was amazing. It was wonderful. I met so many gorgeous people who created so much gorgeous handwork in a huge variety of mediums, from embroidery to knitting to dyeing to sewing garments and, of course, patchwork and block printing. I could not have asked for a better introduction to teaching and I could not have enjoyed it any more. I'm going to share a few more photos from the Block Printing on Fabric and Freeform Patchwork workshops that I taught and I apologise in advance for the envy :)
Thank you so much to Felicia and her fabulous crew of pals who pulled this weekend together, it was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. xx
ps. if you weren't able to make it to my workshops and would like to try Block Printing on Fabric, I'm teaching a workshop with Handmaker's Factory on November 16th and there are 2 spots left!
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
I'm excited to announce another stamp carving workshop I will be teaching in November with Handmaker's Factory! You can learn about the tools used to carve your own stamps, what inks and basecloths work best and then get to work carving your very own stamps to play with and take home (along with some fancy stamped fabric that you yourself will create during the workshop) - how fun does that sound?? You can find all the details and registration info right here, hope to see you there!
Sunday, 6 October 2013
I've been having a ball ordering supplies (like the new condition, vintage Speedball classroom kit I scored on eBay and had shipped from the US - so exciting!) and working on my lesson plans for the workshops I will be teaching at The Craft Sessions in three short weeks! Registration is open until October 10th so you have four more days to decide to treat yourself to a weekend of inspiration, creativity and all around good times (I've heard the food is going to be pretty great, too). There are still a couple of spots left in my Block Printing on Fabric (where you'll get to use the super cool tools above) and my Freeform Patchwork workshops plus a ton of other great workshops to choose from!
Friday, 20 September 2013
So a few of you may have noticed a new basecloth in my new shop... ? Yes, that is right, I FINALLY found a quilting weight organic cotton that I am happy with and can actually afford to buy and print on regularly! It is pure white, a perfect weight and takes ink beautifully - I could not be happier with it. So what does this means for my still relatively new hemp/organic cotton basecloth? I will be offering it by the meter for the designs I can (currently only my two colour Many Moons prints but I have a couple of new ones up my sleeve, coming soon-ish) as a solution for light upholstery and homewares projects but will no longer be printing on it by the panel. I'm slowly adding these new organic cotton panels to my Etsy shop and aim to have it all updated by the end of this weekend but you can see them all in my new shop right now. I will have more new panels soon as I'm expecting delivery of another new basecloth in the next couple of days - a gorgeous organic linen/organic cotton blend will be replacing my current linen/cotton and I hope to be printing on it next week (if school holidays allow).
The other surprise newness is the return of my DIY Advent Panels, now digitally printed on a gorgeous linen/cotton canvas and now available in four colour choices. My advent panel screen got irreparably clogged with ink last year (all those tiny holes!) and since I also wanted to slightly reduce the size of the numbers, I decided to get them digitally printed instead of getting a new screen made (with even smaller holes). As such, I can offer them at a much lower price this year and in two new colours, Silver Grey and Golden, perfect with natural linen for a neutral advent calendar to match any decor.
And my apologies on anyone who missed out on Sample Packs this week! As usual they were snapped up pretty quickly but because I have been printing so much (and will be printing so much over the next couple of weeks), I have lots of pieces available to make up new Packs. I will have more in the new shop by September 30th!
Sunday, 15 September 2013
my new website is now live! It's long overdue and was a lot of work with a huge learning curve but I am so happy with the end result. Please check it out and take advantage of my shop opening special: flat rate shipping on all orders! A mere $3 within Australia, $5 to New Zealand and $6.95 to anywhere else, no matter how much you purchase. And yes, there are Sample Packs a plenty to be had :)
Saturday, 14 September 2013
I am so excited to be SO close to 1000* likes on Facebook!! Why wait to celebrate? Use coupon code 999YAY for 25% off everything in my Etsy shop until tomorrow, Sunday, September 15th. There are lots of goodies in there that I won't be reprinting so this is a great chance to snap them up! (ps. if you liked my page on Facebook you actually would have gotten this code two days ago before a lot of things were sold out - see there are plenty of benefits!)
Also happening tomorrow is the launch of my new website and shop! I'm working furiously to get all the bits and pieces in order, here is a sneak peek:
And YES, there will be Sample Packs available :)
*actually at 1005 now! Yeehaw!
Monday, 2 September 2013
Woah. Have I seriously not posted here for SIX WEEKS?? How is that possible when I was all, 'yep, I'm going to revive that blog, sure am"? I was sure I'd posted right before we jetted away to North America but it must have gotten shoved off my to-do list in favour of organising and recovering from a five year old's birthday party and then packing suitcases and getting the house in order for being shut up. We got home on Saturday after four great days in Anaheim/Disneyland and then two and a half weeks soaking up the good times with my family and friends in Canada. They really need to get a move on inventing teleportation, I don't know how many more sad goodbyes I can take, especially with the kids getting older and more aware of what and who they are missing. But it was splendid to get home to Melbourne this weekend and be welcomed by blossoms everywhere and the scent of jasmine filling our yard.
I'm straight back into work, my Etsy shop is open again and I am hard at work setting up my new website which will contain a stand-alone shop (my Etsy shop will remain open but the new shop will have all one of a kind items like sample packs and quilts, if I can ever find a decent way to photograph them). The new website is going splendidly after a few initial hiccups (first time working with style sheets can throw anyone) and I'm looking to launch it on September 15th, stocked up with new advent panels and yes, folks, Sample Packs aplenty (I'm actually hoping to have the Sample Packs stocked pretty regularly for the next few months but we'll see how it goes). I've got two new designs that I'm hoping to launch next month and The Craft Sessions workshops to prepare for (have you registered yet?? Excellent Christmas present to yourself, methinks), then hopefully a Melbourne market and a Sydney market to finish the year off. Oh and my Second Annual Misprint & Sample Sale on November 1st to celebrate two years of this fabulous hand printing gig! Never a dull moment around these parts, my friends.
Saturday, 20 July 2013
Wow, five plus hoirs of measuring and listing fabric and my destash sale is now finally LIVE! These are bits and pieces and yardage from my onegirl days so most are out of print and a few quite hard to find indeed. They are all lovely and obviously I stashed them for a reason but I need the room for Maze & Vale stock these days so have parred down my designer quilting cotton stash from two shelves to one (it was hard and a few were squeezed back onto the shelf even after I had photographed them for the sale!).
So here's the full scoop: I have opened a new shop outside of Etsy and this is where the majority of my stock will be listed starting in September. I have no plans to shut my Etsy shop, it has been oh-so-good to me (over 1200 sales in 18 months!!) but it will only contain things that I have available in multiples, like fabric panels and diy oobee kits so that I don't have to worry about overselling between my new shop and Etsy shop. There are many reasons that I am making this move but mainly I have noticed a lot of people buying from me who have never purchased off Etsy before, meaning they have come from my blog or markets or word of mouth, and I feel bad for making them sign up to yet another account just to buy some fabric (although it is great to introduce them to the dangerously wonderful shopping experience that is Etsy).
I am heading to Canada/US for most of August so both shops will closing August 1st, the new shop will officially open in early Sept and will be the new www.mazeandvale.com (I still have a lot of work to do setting it up properly). For now the new shop only contains the Destash Sale stock so any Maze & Vale goodies will still need to be purchased through my Etsy shop until the end of July but I will combine shipping between the two and will refund any excess shipping charges via Paypal.
Now get shopping, I need some extra cash to pay for princess dresses at Disneyland next month!
Thursday, 18 July 2013
Just a quick pop in to let you all know that I'll have a bunch of Sample Packs in my Etsy shop tomorrow morning (Friday, July 19) at 9am, Melbourne time! I'm also destashing a bunch of my older, designer quilting cotton on Saturday in my new (yet to be officially announced) shop but I will combine the shipping between the two - full details on that one Saturday morning!
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
I have been very remiss in not posting about this until now but school holidays always catch me by surprise - so much to do and so little free time to do any personal stuff. The workshop details are now available on The Craft Sessions website and I am secretly (or not so secretly) jealous that you guys get to experience so many great classes and I can't!! How I would love to follow Jules around the Yarra Valley, learning about which plants can be used for dyeing or learn embroidery from Melissa! But because I'll be teaching all day Saturday and Sunday, I instead get to teach my very favourite things in the world to a like minded group and really, that is going to be pretty damn awesome too. I am so very excited about my workshops and hope I can make them as inspirational and fulfilling as possible.
I will be teaching Block Printing on Fabric, which is obviously very close to my heart. This class will cover the basics of creating a design suitable for block printing, how to transfer a design onto the carving block, how to carve with a lino cutter set, what paints and ink are suitable for stamping on fabric and what base cloths work best. There will be time allotted to work on a simple design, my workshopees will then carve their own stamps and can have a play with stamping using supplied inks and cloth. I will be bringing a wide variety of material for inspiration, some books and beauty collected from nature - seedpods, seashells, oh so many things - and will talk about finding the simple lines within each. I LOVE having this extra excuse to forage for bits of treasure from nature and already started this past weekend, even though my current collection would probably suffice. I cannot wait to see what is produced by these workshops (I'll be teaching two half day sessions)!
The other two half day sessions I'll be teaching will be on my Freeform Patchwork technique. This is the improvisational patchwork style that I've created over the past 5 years, piecing scraps together to create one-of-a-kind quilt tops without stress or precise measurements. I'm bringing my own (rather insane) supply of scraps for this one but participants are welcome to bring their own fabric or scrap box too. This is such a fun technique and one that I wholeheartedly enjoy, I can't wait to share it with others!
The Craft Sessions blog has a little interview with yours truly on their blog right now and are giving awaya set of six Maze & Vale handprinted fabric panels to go with it. Head on over to their website and sign up for the mailing list to be eligible, they are drawing a winner from the mailing list this Friday - good luck!
Monday, 1 July 2013
I wanted to put together a little Canada Day pressie for my fellow Canadians so for today only I'm offering free shipping to Canadian addresses. I've popped two gorgeous red and white prints into the shop too, just perfect for the festivities : )
Shop away, my lovelies!
Also, I have a great post I want to write about gluten free cooking/eating but Instagram is not letting me share my photos to Flickr since the latest update! Hopefully they get it sorted out soon - anybody have any other ways of sharing Instgram pics on a blog?