Monthly Archives: March 2013

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More Etsy Purchases

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Things here at BJ HQ (Blue Jacaranda Headquarters) are a bit quiet, as I have just started working in a new job (editor at a quilting magazine; a dream job!). I do have some more Etsy purchases to show off though – since I decided to only buy handmade presents for my loved ones from now on, I often get to shop on Etsy! I bought this gorgeous necklace from TrincarUvas as a birthday present for my BFF in the Netherlands and was happy to hear that she loved it :-).

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This ACEO-sized* Giclee print mounted on wood from Flor Larios Art was a present for my sister-in-law, who celebrated her first birthday as a mother. I thought she might appreciate it and luckily she did :-).

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And this was a little present for myself ;-). I’ve had my eye on it for a while and after finding a new job I decided to buy it. It is an ACEO made from copper, created by Chris Zielski from Copper Leaf Studios. I love it!

*ACEOs are art cards; 2.5 x 3.5 inch or 64 x 89 mm. Read more about them here.

Have you bought any handmade treasures lately?

Take care,
Linda

Star Wars Craft

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My three sons, aged 10, 8 and 6, love Star Wars. Last year we watched all six movies with them and ever since they are mad about anything Star Wars. So when I discovered this book, I knew it would be the perfect Christmas present. They marked all the projects they wanted to do and today we made a felt Yoda:

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Next on our to-do list is Han Solo frozen in soaponite! 😉

May the glue gun be with you,
Linda

More Etsy Purchases

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Spending so much time on Etsy I sometimes can’t resist buying stuff… Here are my latest purchases. For a while now I have been buying handmade soap instead of those supermarket pumps, and this soap dish from Portugese shop Azulado is just what I needed to keep the soap in.

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I just had to buy this Triple Circle Necklace from The Zen Muse. So simple and stylish. I like to think of what the three circles could stand for – past, present and future? My three children? The holy trinity? The virgin, the mother and the crone? 🙂

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In January, my brother-in-law and his partner in the Netherlands had their first baby. I had promised to make a quilt, but wanted to send a present straightaway (I didn’t start on the quilt until the baby was born – I like to know who I am making a quilt for). I have decided to only give handmade presents this year, so I searched Etsy for an Australian animal softie – and found this adorable koala from Luna Bird Art. I had him sent to Holland, so didn’t see him myself, but my sister-in-law tells me that it is a lovely, well-made toy and that the baby is intrigued by that black and white thing in her cot!

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Looking at all the softies on Etsy made me want to try and make one myself, so I bought this Platypus pattern from Funky Friends Factory, a Brisbane-based Etsy shop. The instruction were well written and easy to follow, and the  first platypus I made turned out really well:

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I sent it to our little niece along with the finished baby quilt. My youngest son was very sad to see it go, so I made one for him too. He chose the fabrics:

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Robbie named this platypus Luke, after his hero Luke Skywalker! I entered him in the MakeMyMonday draw on the Funky Friends Factory Facebook page and was delighted to hear that i was the winner! I got to choose a pattern for free, and Robbie and I decided on the cockatoo:

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Isn’t he just too cute? I hope to show my version soon!

Take care,
Linda