Archive for August, 2008

August Competition Winners

Congratulations to Mel for winning the Ollie Rose bib competition with this simply gorgeous entry of Oliver in his owl shirt.  He looks so cute I have commissioned Kobie to make one for my baby immediately, and you can spot him on the homepage

Hopefully I will get a chance to show you some of the other entries we received over the next week as it was hard choosing.

And not forgetting……..

Congratulations to the winner of the $10 voucher –  J Gardiner.

 

August 30, 2008 at 2:47 am Leave a comment

Behind the Scenes

When designing a shirt our outfit probably the most time consuming part is all the behind the scenes work.

Wash day is a long but necessary process to make sure everything is preshrunk. My most dreaded part is the ironing of the meters of fabric afterwards. Groan!…

I also have a mock shirt where I do test runs of stitches, fabrics and ribbons to check they will hold up in the wash. I sew examples of the designs to it and it gets thrown in the wash about once a week so I can check how things are washing.  If they pass that test then I am happy to use that technique or material on designs for the shop. 

For creating the designs I usually start with a few sketches and scribbles of the idea in my head. I carry a notebook around with me when I can. Otherwise I just use whatever bit of scrap I can find to jog something down on. I have done a great deal of idea sketching on car trips to Geraldton. With hours to sit and think it is nice to watch sketches develop into designs for clothing and shirts.

I then start to make my sketches into outfits.   Choosing the fabrics that work best together is probably the hardest part. This could have something to do with all the gorgeous fabric choices I have….too many choices! 

It is the fabric that really helps tie the design together and make all the difference of a well designed piece as opposed to a few bits of scrap thrown on a shirt so I find this step quite time consuming.  Once I am happy with how it looks away I go.

Often I will only make one or two in the same design as the idea will evolve or change and I see it become something else. I wont usually do more than about 6 identical ones but with each one being hand cut and sewn anyway there are always slight differences to make each one unique.

There is so much behind the scenes work that goes into everything so some days I feel like I am not achieving much, but I might have spent the whole day washing, ironing and testing products. Which is pretty much what happened today! I have  nothing to show but a nicely washed, ironed and folded pile of blank shirts and new fabrics.

So as you can see we spend a great deal of time perfecting our patterns and designs and working hard to provide you with original designs.  It would appreciated if you see our items you would afford us the same respect and not directly reproduce our designs as your own.

 Kobie

August 30, 2008 at 2:24 am Leave a comment

Monkey Faces and Painting

If you ask Sabre what she wants for lunch, without fail she will ask for a Vegemite and cream cheese sandwhich…..EVERY day…..the same thing….EVERY day. Today we made the usual sandwich a little more interesting. Not only for my sanity but because it was a little bit of fun too. We made it into a monkey face.

Sultana eyes, polony smile, Vegemite and cream cheese. Trouble was after I cut away all the bits there really wasn’t that much sandwich left so we had to make quite a few monkey’s in the end.

He was quickly gobbled up though.

After monkey making we did went out to collect leaves for crayon rubbings. I remember LOVING doing this as a kid. Sabre didn’t quite have the dexterity yet but with a bit of mum help (read-push child out of way and gleefully grab at crayons and relive childhood memories of crayon rubbings. Sabre was happy to watch on whilst her mum was temporarily possessed.)

Then in the afternoon we did some painting. Mum was very carefull to just stand back this time and let the budding artist go for it. She loves feeling the paint and squishing it all around with her hands. There was a brief painting on the patio lattice when I had to duck inside but all in all at least it managed to stay mostly contained.

Note her art smock! One of Dad’s old work shirts. I have been debating about making a smock for ages but there is something about wearing one of Dad’s old shirts that I think kids sorta like. I know I did as a kid.

In amongst the artistic day I managed to finish a few sets for a lovely regular customer. Love the way they turned out and hope she will too.

  

Oooh just though I should point out that the pant legs of the helicopter pair are different lengths because I rolled one cuff up to show they can be adjustable….they are not grossly uneven! hhehe

Kobie

August 26, 2008 at 9:22 am 1 comment

LMNOP feature

The latest issue of LMNOP Magazine is now out and if you look closely you will see our Timberdoodles lovely baby rattles have been featured.

August 25, 2008 at 12:14 pm Leave a comment

Just Lounging Around

 

We are very excited today as our new range of Lounge Sets have arrived, make sure you check them out.  They come in some gorgeous fabric and styles.

 

            

August 25, 2008 at 4:49 am Leave a comment

I have been bitten

It would seem that I have been bitten by a bug or virus or suffered a fatal error on my computer shorlty after 1pm today.

All of my emails have been deleted. I am devestated and dont quite know where to begin. I would like to please ask for your patience if you are waiting on a reply from me as I may not get back to you. If you are waiting to hear back from me I please ask that you email me again.  With only one possible fix it man in town I am waiting to hear back from him if he can help me. Hours of research on the web has left me more confused and devestated as it doesnt look like I will be getting anything back.

Today’s orders are up to date and I am receiving emails as of 1pm, it is just my inbox and subfolders before that.

I will keep you posted.

August 22, 2008 at 9:24 am Leave a comment

Featured Item: 1girl1boy’s Hand Dyed Funky Shirts

Have you seen 1girl1boys hand dyed shirts yet on our site?

These shirts really are a unique and individual shirt, no two will be alike. Every shirt is hand dyed and printed by Stacey & Mark.  With Stacey designing, printing and sewing and Mark mixing inks and cutting blocks, they really are a great team.

Each shirt is hand dyed using 1girl1boy’s own dye recipes and printed using blocks designed & hand. To achieve a soft “hand” to the printed surface water based inks are used. Finally a design is appliquéd on. The appliqué is Ultrasuede that has been block printed, hand cut, & machine sewn.

Each shirt is unique. The block printing process gives the shirts a “handmade” look that is different from traditional silkscreen tees. The character of each print is different. Some may be light, others darker, depending on the material used for the block, amount of ink rolled on the block, & even the pressure used to print.

If you are wanting a truly unique handmade item, then these shirts are it!

August 19, 2008 at 5:02 am Leave a comment

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