diary date: made by us market

June 25, 2012

I've just looked at the calendar and remembered that I'm doing a market this Saturday. Yes, how organised am I! It will be Rabbit & the Duck's last market in Melbourne until October sometime, so if you can stop by the Malvern Town Hall on Saturday to say hello we'd love to see you!

winter woolies giveaway!

June 23, 2012

Brrr it's cold in Melbourne at the moment, I've been wearing my favourite scarves + hats + gloves and keeping warm with hot cups of tea and extra blankets on the bed.

I've been attempting to knit a new scarf for oh, the past year, and I think I've finally realised I'm not a knitter at heart. I do enjoy knitting, but somewhere along the line I missed the patience gene. I'm more a 'start and finish in a day' type of crafty girl.

So, this morning I was going through my knitting stash and found this Rowan pattern book. It's full of fun projects but I'm pretty sure all of them would take me longer than a day so I've decided the book needs a new home. If you'd like to win this book please leave a comment on this post letting me know your favourite ways to spend time during Winter. The giveaway is open until midnight Saturday 30 June. I'll post Australia wide (sorry to my international readers). I may also include some bits and pieces of pretty yarn to get you started : )

And don't forget - our 40% off sale has only 1 week left to go. Pop over to our online store to take a look.

Happy weekend x

UPDATE: Comments now closed. The winner of the giveaway is Comment #7 from Karen - congratulations Karen! I'll be in touch to get your details for postage.

what really goes on in the rabbit & the duck studio

June 20, 2012

As much as I would love to say that I wear a pretty frock and always have my hair and makeup perfect while sewing, the reality is that I'm usually in tracksuit pants and ugg boots with my hair tied up in a messy ponytail. 

Today's sewing soundtrack was from the 1980's. While searching for a video to include with this post, I found this great clip of a classic 80's hit by The Communards, which has been used as the soundtrack to some wonderful dance routines featuring Gene Kelly. A delight to watch! 

sunny days and baked treats

June 2, 2012

It's amazing what a sunny day does to ones general mood. I feel happier, lighter, and more inspired. 

To celebrate this unusual burst of Winter sunshine I decided to bake a custard tart. It's currently cooling on the kitchen bench, it's my first attempt at gluten free pie crust but so far I'm happy with how things look. Well, perhaps not 100% happy with the crinkled tea towel in the photograph, but it's too nice a day to be inside ironing....

Have a lovely weekend wherever you are x

hello winter! it's sale time.

June 1, 2012

It's the first day of Winter but instead of feeling gloomy we're happy to announce that we're on sale! From now until the end of June take 40% off all stock in our Made It store. Hooray!

And it's not just our snap wallets that are on sale - you'll also be able to pick up any of our other products for a reduced price. Including our new cushions!

Happy weekend x

simple living: the price of materialism

Today I wanted to share this short video on the price of materialism, and some of the things we can do to move towards a happier, more sustainable way of living. 

I like how the video talks about social and community values. How spending more time with each other, and connecting with our local community, is the way forward. I like to think that I am making an effort in this area by supporting independent local businesses, and buying handmade or second hand when I do need to make a purchase. But I know I still have a way to go! 

I'd love for you to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below! 

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