I am very excited to have been chosen to be part of Festive Collective, the end-of-year exhibition at Reverse Garbage (where I source my coffee bags). I am working hard now on a collection of burlap items for the exhibition – these Christmas ornaments are part of it.
The exhibition will showcase jewellery, soft furnishings, home wares, fine artworks, paper goods and gifts for the eco-conscious buyer. It kicks off on Saturday 24 November with an opening party that I am really looking forward to!
It was a busy week here, with hubby in New Zealand, so I didn’t get to do too much creative stuff. I did manage to make this burlap apron and am very happy with how it turned out. My eldest son (9) made the photo – I think he did a good job!
I’m now working on some more burlap Christmas items… Hope to show them here soon!
Today I spent most of my time writing the very first Blue Jacaranda Newsletter and setting up a mailing list. I plan to send it out once a month so as not to clog up inboxes. If you subscribe you will automatically go in the draw to win a beautiful Blue Jacaranda prize each month. This month the prize is a set of three Burlap Christmas Cards (see photo) with a text of your choice (in a language of your choice)!
In the newsletter I will tell you about what’s going on at Blue Jacaranda – including new items in the shop, where I hang out, and other things I think you might like to see.To read the first newsletter click here.You can subscribe on that page as well, or go to the Newsletter tab at the top of this page.
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!
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!)