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Giveaway from Saponify and Frank and Dean! March 31, 2011

Posted by Sarah in art, giveaway, Rosa-May, Saponify, stationery, The Frank and Dean Co. Ltd.
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Hi there,

Sorry for the absence from this blog of late – I’ve been super busy with my business, planning a trip overseas, and packing up our house for a move.  Many exciting things are happening here at Chez Craftyllama right now!

I’m just popping in here to let you know that there’s currently a giveaway happening where you have the chance to win some of my Saponify goodies, plus a whole lot of awesome stationery made by my super talented friends Rosa-may and Stella from The Frank and Dean Co. Ltd.

You might like to click here to see what’s on offer, and how to go about getting yourself into the draw.  Entries close on April 7th, so there’s still plenty of time to enter.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic week!


Hand stitched Netbook sleeve March 14, 2011

Posted by Sarah in backstitch, bag, buttons, cosy, cotton, Craft, fabric, hand made, home made, Letters, Pattern, recycle, reuse, Saponify, sewing, thrifty, wool.
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Finally – I’ve actually managed to take a photo of something I’ve made and post it on here!

This little Netbook sleeve was made by me last night while sitting on the couch watching television.  I stitched the entire thing by hand, as we’re in the process of packing up our house for a move and I can’t find the sewing machine.  Even if I could find the machine, finding a flat surface to use it on that’s not covered in curing soap for my business would prove to be quite the challenge!

I’ve held on to this piece of fabric for about 4 years, waiting for the right project for it.  It is a sample piece by Kvadart, called Letters.  It’s quite thick and strong – made from a blend of 50% cotton, 42% new wool and 8% nylon.  Perfect for keeping our tiny new Netbook safe from scratches and bumps.

I pinned the fabric right sides together with the Netbook inside, and then backstitched up the sides with embroidery floss.  I then used my pinking shares to cut off the excess fabric, turned it right side out and slid the computer into it’s new sleeve.  I added the button and tie to prevent any unfortunate accidents of the laptop-sliding-out-of-pretty-new-case-and-heavily-hitting-the-ground variety.

Fabric – gifted
Button – gifted
Embroidery thread – $0.15
Yarn tie – $0.01
Total cost for this project – $0.16!

Surry Hills Festive Markets re-cap December 20, 2010

Posted by Sarah in business, christmas, craft fair, hand made, home made, homemade jam, jam, markets, Saponify, sewing, Shop, soap, Surry Hills, Surry Hills Christmas Markets, Surry Hills Markets, Sydney, whale.

Saturday’s Surry Hills Festive Markets were great!

It was such a lovely relaxed day, and the other stallholders around me were lovely.  I’ll definitely be looking to do this market regularly in 2011.


More photos from the day here

Surry Hills Christmas Markets December 17, 2010

Posted by Sarah in business, christmas, hand made, home made, homemade jam, jam, markets, Saponify, soap, Surry Hills, Surry Hills Christmas Markets, Surry Hills Markets, Sydney.
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(Image via)

Tomorrow I have a stall booked for the Surry Hills Christmas Markets.

I’ll be there from 7am (!) with all of my usual Saponify goodies, as well as many, many jars of my delicious  home made jams and relishes.  Do be sure to pop by and say hello if you’re out and about.

Surry Hills Christmas Markets
7am – 4pm
Saturday 18th December 2010
Shannon Reserve, Surry Hills

Christmas Markets at the Reservoir Bazaar December 10, 2010

Posted by Sarah in business, hand made, home made, markets, Reservoir Bazaar Markets, Saponify, soap, Surry Hills, whipped sugar scrubs.
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Tomorrow (Saturday 11th December 2010) I have a stall at the Reservoir Bazaar Christmas Markets.

I’ll have all of my Saponify range available, as well as some hand made soft toys and other bits and bobs.

I’m looking forward to hanging out with my friend Leonie, who makes the most beautiful jewellery.  Yay!

There’s a write up about the market here, and a couple of links to some other designers that will be having stalls tomorrow.

Make sure you pop by and say hello if you’re in Surry Hills tomorrow!

Saponify market stall garland December 7, 2010

Posted by Sarah in beautiful, blue, business, christmas, Craft, fabric, hand made, home made, ric rac, Saponify, sewing, Shop, soap, Store, Surry Hills, vintage, vintage fabric.
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I’ve just made this pretty garland to act as signage for my Saponify market stalls.

This Saturday I have a stall at the Reservoir Bazaar at The Winery in Surry Hills.  If you’re in the area make sure you pop by.   It’s a great chance to grab some last minute Christmas gifts, and a fun day out to boot!

Reservoir Bazaar
The Winery
285A Crown Street
Surry Hills 2010

10am – 2pm Saturday 11th December.

Reservoir Bazaar Markets at The Winery November 16, 2010

Posted by Sarah in business, christmas, markets, me, Saponify, Store, Surry Hills.
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I’ll be having a stall at the Reservoir Bazaar Markets this Saturday (20th November).

All of the products in the Saponify range will be on display, so this is the perfect time to come down and stock up for Christmas!

The market is on from 10am – 4pm, so please drop by and say hello if you’re in the neighbourhood!


Image via The Winery

Calico and Co. Blog features Saponify! November 1, 2010

Posted by Sarah in business, Saponify, Shop, Store.
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Good morning!  Last week, Amanda from the blog Calico and Co. interviewed me about my business – Saponify!

The full interview is now live on her site, and you can read it here:  artisan-love-saponify.html

This morning I’m ordering more containers to fill with the ever popular Rose Geranium, Lavender and Mandarin Hand and Body Butter.

I’m expecting a big delivery of Essential Oils, Cocoa Butter, and Organic Shea Nut Butter to be delivered today.  I’m very much looking forward to creating some new goodies for the Holiday season.

I have some very exciting things in the works for Saponify in the coming months.  Stay tuned for more info!

Getting it done October 18, 2010

Posted by Sarah in black, blackboard, business, fabric, lists, Saponify, thrifty.
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Last week I went to the Better Homes and Gardens LIVE event with my friend Helen.  I scored some free tickets from the lovely Amanda at Calico and Co.  We had a fun day out, it always is fun hanging out with Helen!

While we were there I purchased a piece of chalk cloth from Me Too Please.  Already it’s been used at a menu board for the dinner party we hosted on Saturday night.

It’s now in use directly above my desk.  A totally useful, and environmentally friendly blackboard.  Awesome.

I just need to get myself some new chalk now.  I’m writing with tailors chalk at the moment, which isn’t really ideal.  I’m hoping to pop in to Reverse Garbage after boxing one day this week and pick myself up a box.  Fingers crossed they still have some available!

Frocktober (day 6) October 6, 2010

Posted by Sarah in apron, business, clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, hand made, home made, me, recycle, Saponify, sewing, thrifty, vintage, vintage fabric.
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Today I’m wearing a little stretch cotton dress that I made last year.  Super comfortable, but quite short!  It’s a wear-with-shorts-or-leggings kind of number.

You can see right behind my behind there’s a couple of my handmade soaps.  I’m just setting up to take some product shots so they can go into the shop this afternoon.

Dress:  Handmade by me with fabric found in my Mum’s stash
Apron:  Most probably made by my Nana, given to me by Mum last time I visited home.  It’s awesome fabric, I love it!  It’s fraying on the tie at the back and is badly in need of some repairs, but I that’s part of what I love about it.  The wide waist band makes this apron so comfortable to wear.  It’s great when I’m photographing my products as it stops me getting tiny pieces of soap all over my dress.

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999