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KCH Wallets, the latest offering from the Kitty Came Home studio

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

The newest design from the Kitty Came Home studio, The KCH wallet, is for boys, girls and the environment. Hand made from 54% reclaimed PVC, this wallet is functional, well wearing and easy to clean. Available in clear or as one of four screen-printed designs, when filled the KCH wallet becomes unique to you: cards, currency and wallet wares can be arranged for display or hidden away.

KCH Wallet architecture in box

KCH Wallet architecture in box

Check out more pictures of the KCH Wallets there are 4 different designs plus a clear version.

Want one now? Check out the Kitty Came Home Shop Finder page for a store near you!

I love my new Kitty Came Home clutch! Jewellery bling fabric

Thursday, July 30th, 2009
Kitty Came Home clutch

Amazing gold jewellery bling fabric with jewel encrusted button!

This fabric I salvaged from a rather large ladies dress shirt that I found in an Adelaide opp-shop.  There was only just enough fabric for me to make 5 clutches, each of course  different with a specially selected button.

Yep, this one I must keep  for myself folks!

Long live the toilet roll doll – Thanks Nanna Connie!

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Taking centre stage in my bathroom, this pretty little blue frocked toilet roll doll  is the latest piece of home crafted goodness that my Nanna Connie whipped up for me!

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Nanna Connie's toilet roll doll

Connie (Constance Elaine Weber) is my master crafter super Nanna! Years ago she used to run her business from home making the most elaborate wedding dresses & bridesmaids gowns.

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Elaine Weber - Brides Catalogue Advertisement

This is an advertisement that she took out in the Brides Catalogue (from the 1970’s I think). I found it when helping her clean out the sewing room before her & my Pop moved into a retirement village about eight years ago.  She advertised herself under her middle name ‘Elaine’ as she thought it was a more elegant sounding name that her first name, Constance.

Now days she is happy to make a few bits & pieces for her grand kids & great grand kiddies too. My next order is for a few more fancy padded coat hangers, they are the best for keeping your clothes in good shape.

Connie & Katrina

Connie & Katrina

This is my Nanna (drinking a shandy) and I (drinking sparkling red wine). I love that we are both co-ordinated in navy blue 🙂

fräuleins playthings exhibition

Friday, June 5th, 2009
fräuleins playthings exhibition

fräuleins playthings exhibition

fräuleins playthings is an exhibition that I have been busy making goodies for over the last few months. Exhibiting along side seven other talented Adelaide based crafty, arty & design ladies.

Showing until  June 28th at Urban Cow Studio, so if you didn’t manage to make it to the opening on Wednesday night, you still have plenty of time to go and take a peek!

Recent happenings at my jewellery work bench

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

After thinking about it for way too long without any action, I finally got started on a brooch that I wanted to make as a gift for Britta.

A multitude of amazing vintage buttons have come my way thanks to Britta. Initially from her own collection at home when we first met in 2005, even at first glance I knew I was in button heaven!

Once I was back in Australia a package arrived at Christmas, loaded full of home baked Christmas cookies, chocolate, liquorice, heaps of other delights plus another excellent stash of buttons!

Thanks to Australian customs, the next package took about three months to travel from Germany to me, apparently somebody there felt that buttons might be hazardous to our natural environment! Lesson learned – no more posting of precious buttons.

Last time I was in Germany we visited a couple of flea market’s (flohmarkt) and Britta helped me buy more buttons from various stall holders. My grasp on the German language was pretty much non existent, although I picked up the word for ‘button’ in a flash – knöpfe.

Anyway! As any fan of Kitty Came Home would know, each Kitty clutch purse comes with a specially selected vintage button that is used as a closing mechanism in combination with elastic. Hence my obsession and love of fine buttons 🙂

Some of the buttons that Britta has given me are collectables, especially the glass ones, so I have been saving them to make jewellery with. I have made rings and pendants before and this is my first attempt at making a brooch. I hope she likes it!

Now here are some pictures for show and tell 🙂

glass buttons plus my letter & number stamps

Glass buttons plus my letter & number stamps ready to go at my work bench.

3 antique glass buttons and their brooch pin setting

3 antique glass buttons and their brooch pin setting (lot's of soldering to make the setting)

brooch back detail

Brooch back detail with 'Britta' stamped on. This green button looks a lot like a smartie I think.

finished piece, HOORAH!

Finished piece, HOORAH! I oxidised the sterling silver to give an antique look

Fun times in the Kitty jewellery studio!

Making my first mark on the clean white page. Eeek!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Oh, the pressure! What to write for my first blog post ever?

This reminds me of school days, at the beginning of the year when I had a stack of new work books that I had spent carefully covering in Contact adhesive the week before. The perfectly covered books, in combination with the new packet of precision sharp pencils I had neatly packet in my new pencil case, made me oh so apprehensive about ruining that first clean crisp white sheet of paper!

Actually, it’s all flooding back to me now, and I think I resolved this very dilemma by getting out my glue stick (also new), cutting out a picture that I liked (hopefully relating somewhat to the class subject) and pasting it in – problem solved! Once I had the ball rolling, each consecutive page  became less daunting for some reason.

Usually as I progressed through the book and particularly towards the end things became a scribbly mess (warning for future posts).

Anyway! In order to jump over this initial hurdle, I am going to do as I have done in the past and paste in a picture 🙂

vintage wind up toy - bearded blue cat

my blue cat vintage wind up toy

Hmm… a cat with a beard. Interesting.

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