Monday, November 26, 2012

The Birthday girl

Julia is now Miss 6 and she couldn't be happier! She has told me her favourite number is now 6, and she feels a bit taller too. I'm not sure about taller, but she is definitely looking more grown up! 


Julia's birthday dress was made by Cindy at HannyLach Handmade Kids Wear. The colours are just wonderful! 

Christine xx

Monday, November 19, 2012

The perfect birthday book



Miss Julia is turning six next week. She loves books, and loves reading. 

My own business, Jelly Bean Books, specialises in personalised children's books, so Julia has quite a collection of her own personalised books. Most of these commemorate some important dates in her life. 

She received "Santa" for her first Christmas, "Teddy Bear Land" for her first Easter, and "God Loves Me" for her baptism. She treasures her birthday books - "Little Mermaid" (first birthday), "Beauty and the Beast" (second), "Batman" (third), "When I Grow Up" (fourth) and "Circus Star" (fifth). 

In each personalised book she is the main character in a story with fairy tale characters that she knows, as well as new characters that develop imagination. Her friends are in the stories too, and are different in each book as her friendships have changed each year. In the front of each book I have also included a photograph of her taken at each of these dates. 

As this was Julia's first year of school, I think "School is Fun" would be a good personalised book for this birthday. It will have her teacher's name and the name of her school included in the story so she will think it's just great!

School is Fun
Deluxe Personalised Children's Book
$21.50 each with free shipping for delivery within Australia only.
Available now from Jelly Bean Books.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Mini-Me Handcrafts - Summer Holiday fun!

The creativity continues here, with three more showcases starting this week! I have made two items for each so I will share one from each showcase:


Get ready for summer holiday afternoon tea time with this crocheted watermelon tea set, complete with a delicious selection of mini fruit tartlets. Available to purchase at the "Summer Holiday" showcase at Handmade Boutique Showcase which starts 13th November 2012 at 7.00pm. 


Summer fun! This gorgeous short & sweet baby sun dress, size 6-12 months, is crocheted in cream with a rainbow trim. Available to purchase at the "Summer Days" showcase at Calm Boutique which starts 14th November 2012.  


Summer days at the beach, strolling around the markets, or lazy sunny days at the pool will be perfect with this beautiful crocheted beach bag with matching crochet bead necklace in my favourite summer colours. Available to purchase at the "Colour My Summer" showcase at Two Little Loves Boutique which starts 18th November 2012. 

These items will all be available to purchase at the showcases, along with many more wonderful handmade creations. Please take a look through the showcase albums on Facebook and be quick to snap up your favourites and support Australian Handmade! 

Christine xx

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Gallery - Autumn


Joining Sticky Fingers for The Gallery... the theme this week is Autumn.


When Autumn comes, the leaves turn from green to gold and red - a beautiful sight. Then they turn brown and fall from the trees, and the wind blows them to our back door. Little Miss Julia tried to help us sweep them up, but she really just liked the scrunching sound they made underfoot. 

Christine xx

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Mini-Me Handcrafts - Ballerina and Alice dolls and more...

The showcases are continuing, with two more starting this week. 

The first is "Pastel Pink Ballerina" at Bella Rosa Designs. Such a pretty sounding theme - how could I resist? I have made two items for this showcase which starts 7th November 2012 at 8.30pm.


This ballerina wrap cardigan would look gorgeous on your tiny dancer! Size 2, hand crocheted in soft designer cashmerino in dusky pastel pink. 


This beautiful ballerina is ready to dance! She is 45cm tall and comes with three gorgeous outfits in pastel pink and white. 

The second showcase this week is "Alice in Wonderland" at Serendipity Designs, which starts 8th November at 8pm. This story is a favourite in our house so I have tried to revisit the nostalgia of the classic tale in my two showcase items. 


When Alice visits Wonderland discovers a bottle on a table labelled "DRINK ME", the contents of which cause her to shrink too small to reach the key which she has left on the table. A cake with "EAT ME" on it causes her to grow to such a tremendous size her head hits the ceiling. Alice is 45cm tall and comes with her small bottle and cake.


It will be tea-time all day with the Mad Hatter's tea set. This 16 piece set comes with a delicious selection of mini cupcakes, the Mad Hatter's top hat and the dormouse. 

These items will all be available to purchase at the showcases this week, along with many more wonderful handmade creations. Please take a look through the showcase albums on Facebook and be quick to snap up your favourites and support Australian Handmade! 

Christine xx

Monday, November 5, 2012

Calisthenics - A little girl with a huge trophy

It has been a monumental year in Calisthenics for my little girl. Julia (Miss nearly 6) had her annual concert and presentation day on the weekend. 

She was overjoyed to receive a gold medal for her hard work in her Tinies team again this year, but then she topped it off with a huge trophy for Junior Clubperson of the Year 2012. 


This is the first year that this award has gone to a member of the Tinies team! I am so proud of her commitment to the sport, from practising hard to supporting others. Her award is a magnificent achievement, and proof that hard work and dedication do not go unnoticed. 

Her coaches Kirsty and Kari have always her encouraged her to try her best, and deserve a huge thank you for their own dedication to their teams and the sport. 

She has enjoyed working with both the Tinies and the Sub-Junior teams this year, but she is looking forward to moving up to Sub-Juniors next year and performing in the solo competition as well.

If you'd like to find out more, please take a look at Calisthenics ACT if you are in Canberra like me, or Calisthenics Australia for more information about Calisthenics in other states. 

Christine xx