I’ve ditched Facebook. But this is where you can find me.

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So a few of you have emailed in to say you can’t find me on Facebook. And the reason is I’ve decided to pull down my One.By Me For You Facebook Page. The truth is for months it’s been a thorn in my side. And I’ve just not been active there, and instead of stressing about it I decided to take it down. With that said I’d like to invite you to follow me on Instagram (if that’s where you hang out too!) I’m posting lots of behind the scenes snaps and work in progress shots. So if you like that kinda …

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The Shop is Closed Till 30 April 2017

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The boxes are packed. And almost all the goodbyes said 🙂   Canberra it’s been great but the time has come to say goodbye. Melbourne watch out we’re coming for you 🙂   No matter how many moves we’ve done I always seem to underestimate the logistics that goes into moving.   So I’ve decided to close the shop till we’ve fully settled in Melbourne.   As always I want to give you my undivided attention. And with a big move to a new city. Plus a holiday between. I’d be lying to myself and you if I said I could …

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What I’m doing (& not doing) in 2017

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Just before we wrap up the year. I wanted to write a final post for 2016. To fill you in on my plans for the New Year 🙂 I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s Resolutions, but one thing I know for sure? I’m hopelessly devoted to serve you! I’ve been listening closely, all year long. And the #1 thing you’re after more than anything else. Is finding unusual gifts for the person that has everything! That’s why I’m declaring 2017 to be the Year of YOU-niqueness. That’s right. I’m on a one-woman mission to deliver tailored experiences. That’ll make …

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My Inspiration for Her Collection

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In hindsight, this collection actually started when I was 13. When I hit my teens I was always altering my clothes. I’d try and make them look different to what everyone else had. It annoyed my Mum because I’d nag her to help me sew my redesigned clothes on her sewing machine. She never believed that they’d turn out how I wanted. But I insisted it would work. And in the end, she was always pleasantly surprised. I’d cut up my wide leg jeans and use the bottoms to make a mini skirt. Or I’d turn an old pair of shorts into …

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Why I’m Offering Free Repairs On My Creations

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Yes the rumours are true. Your eyes don’t deceive you. And there isn’t a glitch on my website. 🙂 So why have I decided to offer free repairs on my creations? Confession time! Over the last 3 years of being in business I’ve felt like a hypocrite. Here’s what I mean: On one hand as a product lead creative business I ask you to buy my creations. And as an environmentalist I ask you to stop consuming. So there you have my internal dilemma. I’ve felt like I was getting pulled apart at the core. It’s not felt right asking you …

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The Toy Box Collection Inspiration

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Like the Baby Collection, the Toy Box Collection started organically. I wanted to learn the Japanese art of amigurumi. And make ridiculously cute crochet toys! As I started to explore the world of three dimensional crochet. I practised my skills on my dear friends and family 🙂 As soon as I got wind of anyone having a baby I started making crochet toys! After a few years all the babies were old enough to play with their crochet toys. And their parents would send me the cutest pictures. Pictures of their kids playing with their new best friends and favourite toy! These photos would make my …

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How to Make A Reversible Drawstring bag

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A couple of weeks ago I shared a story on Instagram. It was about the making of the packaging for my baby booties. And lots of people messaged me to find out more about it. So I decided to write a blog post 🙂 I can’t begin to tell you how many iterations I’ve gone through. It’s been years of trial and error. And has developed as I’ve learnt more about sustainable design. The packaging started off as an origami box made with tracing paper. Then I decided to use various versions of gift boxes. And paper bags. Not loving these options I went …

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Fruit Cushions Part 4: Barry Banana

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Barry Banana is the last of the crochet fruit cushion series. He was the easiest to pull together. Because I used the identical process for Patrick Pineapple, Winnie Watermelon and Mandy Mandarin. Mapping Out the Design & Collecting Yarn: Like Patrick Pineapple, Winnie Watermelon and Mandy Mandarin. I’ve used thrifted, odd ball and vintage yarns. Because yellow is my favourite colour I’ve collected a lot of it over the years. Barry’s made with lots of scrappy bits. Here’s my sketchbook with the original designs.     Adding the Finishing Touches: I decided not to use sequins on Barry. Instead I played with …

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Fruit Cushions Part 3: Mandy Mandarin

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As I continue along my fruit cushion series here’s another behind the scenes post of my creation process. This is how Mandy Mandarin came to life. Mapping Out the Design: My initial sketches are the first step to bringing ideas to life. They help me workout how I’ll tackle my projects. By putting the details down on paper I start to see what the final design will look like. For Mandy I wanted a dome shaped cushion. I wanted it to look like half a mandarin. Collecting Yarn: Like Patrick Pineapple and Winnie Watermelon. I’ve used thrifted, odd ball and vintage yarns. But the story with …

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Fruit Cushions Part 2: Winnie Watermelon

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Last month I wrote about creating the first fruit cushion Patrick Pineapple. Next up is Winnie Watermelon. Winnie and Patrick are part of a series of 4 fruitastic crochet cushions made up of thrifted, vintage and odd ball yarns that would’ve eventually landed up in landfills. These behind the scenes blog posts give a bit more information into my creative process and how my creations materialise. I hope you enjoy the front row seat in my brain 🙂 Collecting Yarn: Collecting the yarn for Winnie actually took the quickest. Most of the yarn that created Winnie is vintage yarn from my grandmother’s …

We have a big announcement

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Over the last couple of months there have been a few exciting life changes for Chloe and she’s decided to step back from this creative venture. Although I’m pretty sad that I won’t be working side by side with my sister and best friend anymore. I’m pretty fricking excited (and a little jelly ;-p ) for the next chapter in her life.   As one door closes and another one opens… Let’s do a happy dance to cheer her on 🙂 as she embarks on a new adventure in the USA.   How does this affect you?   Over the next few …

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Fruit Cushions Part 1: Patrick Pineapple

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If you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ll have seen all the work in progress pictures of the creation of the Fruitasitc Cushion Series which is part of our Home Collection. The series of fruit cushions are made up of 4 crochet cushions: Patrick Pineapple Winnie Watermelon Mandy Mandarin Barry Banana Each cushion is made with thrifted, vintage and odd ball yarns that would’ve eventually landed up in landfills. I decided to do a 4 part series of blog posts capturing my process in a bit more detail for each cushion and share some extra bits and pieces that I didn’t mention …

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The Home Collection Inspiration

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The Home Collection came to fruition when I moved to Australia in 2013. Having lived on 3 continents the concept of Home has become rather interesting. As I head into my 9th year away from “Home” it feels a little strange to refer to South Africa as home because I haven’t lived there for almost a decade. As we unpacked our lives and settled into our new home down under, my conversations with new friends would go a little something like this: New Friend: ” Where are you from?” Me: “South Africa” New Friend: Looks at me quizzically Me: “I’m Chinese …

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The Baby Collection Inspiration

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The Baby Collection developed rather organically.  It began when all the people around me started having babies and I needed to get them gifts to celebrate the arrival of the delightful bundle of joy that promised indescribable moments of happiness and unconditional love. Of course not being a parent myself I had no idea what this is like but seeing my closest friends transform in ways I could not understand I knew that the gift had to be super special that would truly express my love and support for them. So I decided to personally make all my baby shower …

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My Wardrobe Collection – Recycled Fashion for Petite Women

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Over the past few years my shopping habits have changed dramatically. It all started back in 2011 on my journey to unravelling fashion. As I started asking the questions – Who’s making my clothes? And where are they coming from? I became more aware of the issues around textile waste and was saddened by the effects it was having on our beautiful planet. From my journey down this rabbit hole I made a pact with myself to be more conscious of my own shopping habits. And that’s where my love for recycled, vintage and handmade fashion began. The Conception of …

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Jandor the Protector

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Jandor the Protector came to be as I was looking through my stash for inspiration to make a present. My husband’s cousin in Canada was about to have a baby girl and I wanted to send a little something to let the family know that we were thinking of them from far far away. I knew I wanted to crochet a cuddly toy with loooong legs and arms. In my head I pictured a little girl dragging this toy by its limbs everywhere she went. Arms and legs would be chewed during teething and as they grew together they’d bounce …

This Floppy Pumpkin Hat Crochet Pattern Got Me Into Business

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During my time in Cambodia I taught a group of women to crochet. I noticed that they loved making wooly hats! Not sun hats but beanie style hats. A concept that I couldn’t wrap my head around (no pun intended). I couldn’t understand why you would want to wear a woollen hat when it was  35˚C??? But it was the item of choice and  they had a great time making them 🙂 Their love for making hats was contagious. I too developed this compelling need to crochet a hat! And so I designed The Floppy Pumpkin Hat Crochet Pattern. The …

Unravelling Fast Fashion

Unravelling Fast Fashion

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Unravelling Fast Fashion and how my journey began: In 2011 I decided that I wanted to start being more creative and to embrace my love for fashion. (Yes, it took me this long to actively start doing what I love!) I bought a couple of “how to” fashion books, signed up for a couple of workshops and proceeded to set myself a little style challenge – to wear a different outfit every day, but I wasn’t allowed to shop. From that I started to unravel the impact of fast fashion and the effects of consumerism. I became more conscious of textile …

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My Style Challenge

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I set myself this challenge about 18 months ago and it has been the beginning of my little venture… On the 31 January 2011 I decided that I wanted to be more creative. A bit late for a New Years resolution, but I guess it’s better late than never. So, I decided to set myself this ‘Style Challenge’. The Rules: Wear a different outfit everyday (weekends were optional as they are pajama days!) 🙂 No shopping allowed! Take a photo to document it (yes, a bit late on starting the blog!) I’ve managed pretty well so far, it’s been 297 …