On the About page of this website you can read how I fell in love with the jacarandas in 2007, our first year in Brisbane. These gorgeous trees only flower for a short time every year; from mid-September until the end of October. Which means, of course, that they are in flower now!
So today I got on my bike to ride around our neighbourhood and took photos of the most beautiful jacaranda trees. And when I had to pick up my son from gymnastics I made a detour to snap even more jacarandas :-). Here are a few pics for you to enjoy!
I love buying handmade presents for my loved ones – which isn’t always easy if you have sons that are not babies or toddlers anymore. My eldest son got an Nintendo 3DS for his birthday in February, and we soon discovered that it would be useful to have a case for it. Ha! Handmade opportunity! On Etsy I found Kickass Cases, a shop that sells awesome DS, PSP and Kindle cases. Seller Ki and his girlfriend live in Christchurch, New Zealand, and started their shop after losing their jobs following the devastating earthquake in February 2011. They did find new jobs eventually but the shop had become so popular that they continued to run it.
My son loves his case and it is sturdy and well made; so when my youngest son got a DS on his birthday last month, I of course bought another Kickass Case! (he loves Luigi)
His brother (yes, I have three sons) will get one on his birthday, three weeks from now! Better make sure he doesn’t see this blog before then… 😉
Although I really do not want to think about Christmas yet, it can’t be avoided… 😉 So I made these Burlap Christmas Cards, and a Burlap New Year Card:
They would be perfect for the colleague you always have coffee with, or your favourite barista… Of course I can make a card with the text of your choice, or personalize one of these cards.
I also made this Burlap Halloween Mini Card (ACEO), just for fun. Halloween isn’t a big thing here in Australia, nor in my home country the Netherlands, although in the last few years you do see more and more Halloween stuff in the shops. My second son has his birthday on the 31st of October, so we have had some Halloween parties for him that everyone enjoyed. This year he is going to see the movie Hotel Transsylvania with a few friends. I’m looking forward to taking them to the cinema! Here is the Call me Mavie song – we love it!
Today I received a belated birthday present from my brother-in-law and his girlfriend in the Netherlands. They asked me if there was something I would really like and I said yes, a cover for my new smartphone! I got this gorgeous felt case from Studio BIG, a Dutch Etsy shop. I love it!
Almost a year ago I made my first burlap item – a Beach Pillow for our caravan at the beach. I loved the material so much that I have been making a lot of burlap items ever since; they have become an important part of my shop. The most popular burlap item (and the best-selling item in the shop) is this pencil roll. It was on Etsy’s front page twice and it was also featured on the Illustration Friday blog. Very exciting!
On my birthday in September my darling hubby gave me a smartphone, and I decided to make a burlap phone case for it. This is how it turned out:
Not too bad, but I think the design needs some tweaking…
With the leftover bits I made an ATC/ACEO:
(what is an ATC/ACEO, I hear you ask? ATC stands for Artist Trading Card – a small (2.5 x 3.5 inch) art card that is traded between artists. As an art quilter I have made and traded many – see here. If you sell these cards they are called ACEO – Art Card Editions and Originals. I sell Dutch Houses ACEO in my shop and am always happy to trade!)
Welcome to the new Blue Jacaranda blog!
I started Blue Jacaranda in July 2010 – initially as a hobby, but after I lost my job, in June 2012, it has become a full-time enterprise. Share my ups and downs on the way to success here!
My Dutch Houses print, stretched in a hoop in the photo above, has been one of the most popular Blue Jacaranda designs from the start. It prompted my motto:
Blue Jacaranda – handmade in Australia, with a Dutch accent!