29 January 2011

No More Telephone Books Thank You

If, like me, you haven't used an actual telephone book for years (and simply dump them in the recycling bin as soon as they arrive), you can now tell Sensis directly that take you off the delivery list!

Please take the time to click and fill in your details; this initiative will greatly reduce the amount of phone books that are printed, and that end up in land-fill (let alone take up valuable resources in a recyling plant).

Click here to go to Directory Select, and go to 'cancel books'. YAY!

Images: Sensis

28 January 2011

BrisStyle Handmade Ark for QLD Flood Relief

The amazing cooperative of designers in Brisbane with Etsy stores (known collectively as BrisStyle) have pulled together to raise funds for the QLD Flood Relief. I've already mentioned their Handmade Ark project on the Shop The Flood! post, but there are so many generous artists giving above and beyond, that I wanted to highlight a few more for you. Thank you wonderful BrisStylers for your extreme generosity!

3 GIRLS + a goat (Donating 100% proceeds from entire store)
Gorgeous handmade stationery and paper garlands. I had no idea, but this lovely store is owned by the very special Steffen Tuck - an old Flickr buddy of mine who is obviously supremely talented in the craft area too!
3 Girls + a goat Etsy store

Beckybean (Donating 100% proceeds from entire store)
Beckybean are very close to my heart; I own two gorgeous pieces (a clutch and a bag) made by Bec and Jade and the quality is lovely. You'll have to be quick as this store is quickly selling out.
Beckybean Etsy store

edward & lilly (Donating 100% proceeds from entire store)
You've seen Rebecca's embroidery and craftwork on Bondville many times before and here's your chance to snap up her handmade products for a great cause.
edward & lilly Etsy store
edward & lilly blog

made by Maisie (Donating 100% proceeds from entire store)
Another Bondville favourite; these made by Maisie dolls are exquisite and make much-treasured gifts.
made by Maisie Etsy store

SMBoutique (Donating 100% proceeds from entire store)
Sandrine Marsh sells accessories with HATittude. Love this little peak cap with crochet detail.
Sandrine Marsh Esty store
Sandrine's blog

WarmSigh (Donating 50% proceeds from entire store)
Divine handmade vegan soaps for little people, big people and furry ones too.
WarmSigh Etsy Store

Wimcee (Donating 50% proceeds from entire store)
Check out the bright and breezy Wimcee's whims and chickadees for fun kid's clothes, aprons and other crafty goods. These Rumba headbands are fantastic.
Wimcee Etsy store

Find many more great Flood Appeal handmade goods from BrisStylers on the Handmade Ark on Etsy. Some BrisStyle stores will also be donating proceeds from sales at the BrisStyle Twilight Market in Brisbane for the year on 25th February, 2011. Keep an eye on the BrisStyle blog for details.

26 January 2011

Australia Day Pavlovas

I hope you all had a fantastic Australia Day holiday, wherever you are. We celebrated with friends at the beach in the morning and then Mr Bondville cooked up a storm with prawns, asparagus, chicken and corn on the BBQ in the afternoon, followed by my red, white and blue Aussie Day pavlovas. Cute huh!

Image: Steph Bond

Australian Kids Designers Rally for Style MILK Flood Appeal Auctions

Happy Australia Day! Today I wanted to send a huge thank you to the special Australian kids designers that are donating beautiful products to the Style MILK Flood Appeal Auctions on Facebook. Jen from Style MILK is doing a fabulous job pulling together the donations and running the auctions to donate money to the to the Variety QLD Flood Appeal. Go Jen!

The auctions close at 10pm AEST Friday 4th February, 2011 and are for Australian residents only. Here are the designers participating... get bidding!

Olive's Friend Pop
Kitty Coat + Norma Hat
Auction link
Olive's Friend Pop website

Tie dye Playsuit
Auction link
Fabrik website

Little Miss J
Tea Party Dress
Auction link
Little Miss J website

Eeni Meeni Miini Moh
Pirouette Dress + Yoga Legging + Wings
Auction link
Eeni Meeni Miini Moh website

Habitat Baby
Single Duvet Set
Auction link
Habitat Baby website

Team Kitten
Auction link
Team Kitten website

Minni Mittsie
Eva soft elastic headband
Auction link
Minni Mittsie website

Little Branch
Umbrella Love print
Auction link
Little Branch website

Pram Rock

Baby T-shirt
Auction link
Pram Rock website

Itch Design
Tee + Boardshorts
Auction link
Itch Design website

Bitty Birthstone Pendant
Auction link
Lovestamp website

... more to come - watch this space!


Thank you Jen for all your hard work putting these auctions together.

For more amazing auctions and Australian creatives donating proceeds to the QLD Flood Appeals, check out the Shop The Floods! listing here on Bondville.

25 January 2011

Kristen Doran for The Wall Sticker Company

Well last year, the post about the The Wall Sticker Company collaboration with Lara Cameron was one of your favourite stories, so I thought I would share another partnership that Fiona and Jen have just announced with one of my favourite designers - Kristen Doran.

Sydney-based Kristen always has her finger on the pulse and creates beautiful designs for fabric and is a favourite here at Bondville headquarters. We have matryoshka-appliqued onesies, matroshykas integrated into my big girl's special quilt, and little matryoshka softie dolls that I have sewn and stuffed for playing with.

In a similar style to the matryoshka dolls, check out Kristen's kokeshi doll design for wall stickers. Too cute huh! But the really mind-blowing design for me are the crochet granny square wall stickers. Kristen, you are a genius!!!! So many of us are labouring over our crochet (or too timid to try) and now we can get the look with your nifty sticker designs. Fab-o.

You can find Kristen Doran's wall sticker designs at The Wall Sticker Company website. While you are there check out her other gorgeous designs.

24 January 2011

Hip Products: Ah-Tissue

Did you happen to notice the tissue paper poms featured in the Shop The Floods! auctions? The fluffy pom decor kits are from the lovely Daneve Frankish from Ah-Tissue (and also from Chicuff by Daneve - featured here on Bondville).

Daneve has done a fantastic job of making it very easy to add poms to your own event/house/nursery/space with perfectly pre-cut, pre-folded and strung poms in every colour of the rainbow. All you need to do is fluff (with accompanying instructions and practice pom).

Of course these flower-like balls look amazing at weddings and parties, but are also a great every-day decor item. Get yourself some tiny clear 3M sticky hooks (used for fairy lights) and pop them on the ceiling - it's really so easy.

Creative Daneve has taken the pom concept and run with it; she also stocks a range of pom celebration sticks, mini poms, doily poms, pom garlands, pom cupcake toppers (my favourite!), tiny poms for napkins, tables and wrist corsages, and her original pom paper art.

You can find Brisbane-based Ah-Tissue paper poms in the online store. Wishing you all the best Daneve!

Image: Ah-Tissue

23 January 2011

Your 5 Favourite Posts of 2010

Last week I was compiling your favourite 5 posts of December 2010 for the Bondville newsletter the and thought it would be fun to see what your favourite posts were for the whole year.

You all loved the For Kids category - by far the most popular section on the site. Some of the bigger posts from the last few years were still extremely popular - the tissue paper pom trend (still going!), the Australian cupcake directory, Kristen Doran's matryoshka doll craft panel fabric (another trend that's still strong) and the opening of Donna Hay's general store.

But let's look at what you loved from new content that I was writing in 2010 while managing a new baby and a toddler. Here we go!

1. Bondville Big Girls' Bedroom: with a new baby it was time for our big girl to take over the guest room, and boy did she do it in style with a divine new quilt from Nanna and tissue paper poms (again!) hanging above.

2. Bondville 3-year-old Birthday Party: my big girl's pink extravaganza for her 3rd birthday. Everyone loves a party pic or two!

3. Hip Products: MOZI Cockatoo Lamp: I'm glad that you all love cockatoos as much as I do. I'm kind of obsessed. Which is why this lamp from MOZI is perfect for me.

4. Lara Cameron For The Wall Sticker Company: Last year The Wall Sticker Company were clever to partner with some amazing Australian designers and release limited edition wall stickers using their designs. I love Lara's birch tree design translated to wall art.

5. Hip Products: Bholu Wallpaper: Another clever company collaborating with Australian designers (and I'm all about that) is Porter's Paints who last year released a fantastic selection of Bholu-designed wallpaper for adults and nurseries. I have a small corkboard in our baby's room that I covered up with Majorie the Duck wallpaper in papaya. It's gorgeous.

Loved your picks! Let's see what 2011 brings us.


21 January 2011

Stylish Kids: Trellis Design

I have found so many amazing Australian kids clothes designers through the Shop The Flood! appeal for the QLD floods. One brand that really stood out was Trellis Design - a Brisbane-based label featuring gorgeous handmade clothes and accessories for girls age 1-6 years.

The detail in Trellis Design clothing is spectacular. I just adore the ruffles, yo-yo's and swirls. And how about that playsuit (tell me you had one when you were a kid too!). Most of the Trellis Design clothes are one-of-a-kind creations. If you see something you love, you'll have to snap it up quick! You can also contact Trellis Design creator Penny directly for specific size and availability requests.

Look out for a boys' collection coming soon. You can find Trellis Design on MadeIt online. Check out the Trellis Design Facebook page for more details. Congratulations Penny on a gorgeous label for kids!

For more great Australian-designed clothes for kids, check out Bondville Kids.

Images: Trellis Design

Lah Lah's Big Live Band at The Famous Spiegeltent

Have you seen The Famous Spiegeltent at Hyde Park, part of The Sydney Festival 2011? Built in Belgium in 1920, it's a fantastic antique "European Mirror Tent"; one of only a handful left in the world. Inside the circular tent it's all cosy saloon seating around a circular central dance floor and stage.

The spiegeltent just seems custom-designed for cabaret, circus, and burlesque. It reminds me a lot of the venue for Teatro ZinZanni that we saw in San Francisco (oh look - that was a spiegeltent too!). It was a thrill to step inside and feel the vibrations of countless shows and late nights from all over the world.

We were lucky enough to enjoy a rollicking show by Sydney's own Lah Lah's Big Live Band - a brilliant jazzy band for kids. Check out our favourite song:

I highly, highly, highly recommend getting along to a Lah Lah's Big Live Band performance if you can (there is a show in June 2011 at the Sydney Opera House for years K-6) - they are fun to watch, energetic, the music is brilliant and the kids adored it. Ah, Sydney in summer!

Images: The Famous Spiegeltent

20 January 2011

Thank You

Flowers for you! Thank you so much for having patience with me while I have had terrible technical difficulties with Blogger. This may even prompt a move over to Wordpress. I have been locked out of the site for over a week (and still am) but have managed to find an ultra-sneaky work-around so that I can edit and create posts again. Hooray! It's been frustrating, to say the least.

I'll now update the Shop The Flood! post with lots more fabulous designers donating goodies, time and effort to the QLD Flood appeal. In the meantime, I've been posting over at Bondville Kids (super cute ruffled bloomers and heavenly dresses for little girls) and Steph Bond.

Oh, and the flowers? The very last bunch of hydrangeas from our garden. Just for you.


The Last of the Hydrangeas

We are soooo lucky to have gorgeous hydrangea bushes in our garden - mostly white with a slightly pink or blue tinge. As they age, they turn a lovely vintage green. This is our very last bunch. See your fluffy heads next year :)

Image: Steph Bond-Hutkin

14 January 2011

First Birthday Cupcakes

Sigh. My baby is not a baby anymore. She's a sweet, funny, happy one-year-old with four teeth and no hair. Too cute. We were at Nanna and Pops' place for her birthday, just after Christmas, and celebrated with rainbow cupcakes and cherries. Happy Birthday little one!

12 January 2011

Shop The Flood! QLD Flood Appeal

Hip hip hooray for the Australian design community who is rallying around to raise money for the QLD Flood Appeal. Don't spend your money at the mall - shop the flood! Check out these Australian designers below for donations they are making to the QLD Flood appeal - every item sold counts. Hop to it! (this list will continue to be updated)...


Truly amazing artists donating their gorgeous works for the QLD Flood Appeal Art Auction. I'm bidding on Madeleine Stamer's bird print. And my friend Kim Wallace has a gorgeous ceramic brooch up for grabs. Last Lot #3 closes 31st January 2011. Go get 'em!

20% of every online sale until 31st January 2011 at Polli.com.au will be donated to the QLD Premier's Flood Relief Appeal. You really can't go wrong with Polli jewellery - everything is gorgeous.

The BrisStyle "Handmade Ark" Flood Appeal is a huge collection (614 at last count) of donated goods from BrisStyle members (cooperative group of Brisbane-based handmade artists selling on Etsy). Some super-generous BrisStylers are donating proceeds from their entire stores, and in many cases, 100%, to the Flood Appeal. Read more about these special artists here on Bondville.

Etsy Down Under Street Team

The Etsy Down Under Street Team have set up a page on Etsy showcasing products with 100% of proceeds going to the QLD Flood Appeal. Some amazing contributions from designers including modern lamps from Electric Firefly, Jorpin softies from Emily Orpin, resin jewellery from DEL-icious Designz, origami earrings from Joji Creations, and many, many more. New items being listed all the time.

Craft Relief (Stitch by Stitch)

A great collection of crafty goods for sale from Australian designers non-profit cooperative Craft Relief (Stitch by Stitch) including craft pack by Aunty Cookie (a Bondville favourite), Ink and Spindle (more Bondville favourites) and beautiful art prints by Jennifer Kate. Money raised will be donated to the Premier's QLD Flood Appeal and the RSPCA's QLD Flood Appeal.

Style MILK

Jen from Style MILK has pulled together a great group of Australian kids fashion designers to donate beautiful clothes for a auctions on the Style MILK Facebook page. All proceeds go to the Variety QLD Flood Appeal. The auctions close at 10pm AEST Friday 4th February, 2011 and is for Australian residents only. Gorgeous pieces include lots of Bondville favourites including an Olive's Friend Pop coat and bonnet, eeni meeni miini moh pirouette outfit, jewellery from Lovestamp, Team Kitten gumboots (we love you too Team Kitten!), more gorgeous headbands from Minni Mittsie (did I mention how much I am dying over those headbands?) and more. Find all the designers and auction items here on Bondville. Love your work folks!

Tickets For Coco

Gorgeous new indie fashion label Tickets For Coco by former Magnolia Square maven Brooke Murphy is offering a huge 50% of all online sale proceeds until 8th February, 2011 to the QLD Premier's Flood Appeal. And, postage is free for all Queensland addresses. You can find more information on the Tickets For Coco blog. Head over to the online store and treat yourself to something fabulous.

Cool limited edition A1 poster created especially for the QLD Floods Appeal with 100% of proceeds donated to the Premier's Fund. Toben is a Sydney-based graphic design and art direction studio. Get your poster here - quick, there are only 250.

The Hungry Workshop
If you are in Brisbane, head along to the Powerhouse in February 2011 (date tbc) for the Queenslake exhibition organised by The Hungry Workshop featuring letterpress prints designed by a group of fabulous Queensland artists including Rinze, Kevin Finn, The Letter D, Inkahoots, Spew Corp, Listen To The Graphics, Bright Yellow, The Hungry Workshop and more. Keep an eye on the website for more information. You can buy the prints for $50 each with 100% proceeds going to the Premier's Relief Fund.


My Sweet Prints

I adore the nursery and birth announcement prints from My Sweet Prints. The lovely Janette is offering 10% of profits from all prints sold between 12th January and 26th January 2011 to the QLD Flood Appeal. More info on the blog here.

The wonderful Lisa Tilse of The Red Thread (in conjunction with Shelley of Sew Much Easier) is holding a HUGE giveaway on her blog for Australian readers who donate $10 to the QLD Premier's Flood Relief Appeal. First prize is a brand new Janome sewing machine worth $899 and a range of The Red Thread sewing patterns and sewing kits and fabric packs from Posie Patchwork, Retro Mummy and Lisa's own private stash (total prize worth $1,200). Three runners-up will receive the Ooshka Babushka Pattern Kit and Hello Birdie Pattern worth $34. The giveaway ends on January 26th 2011 when the winner will be drawn. Head over to The Red Thread blog right now.

Absolutely massive Auction from Friday 14th January to Monday 17th January 2011 from Handmade Kids and Rudy & The Dodo. 100% of proceeds are going to the QLD Premier's Flood Relief Appeal. Lots of fantastic donated products from designers including Rabbit & The Duck, Lovestamp, Trellis, Skookum For Kids, Candy Land Handmade, Minni Mitsie, How Tweet It Is, Love Henry, Imaginart, Princess Allure, Monkeys Over The Moon, Appleberry Kids, Indy and the Ninja, Sebastian and Sienna, Giggleberry Creations, Sophie and Jack, Ulli Clothing, Mrs Fickle and the Loopy Pair, Holly and Eddie, Adorable Child, Plushka, Ah-Tissue, Halle Jay, Tilly Tom, Little Toot Creations, and many, many more.

The Oz Material Girls in conjunction with Make It Perfect will be holding an enormous number of auctions to raise funds for the QLD Floods. Check out the Master Auction List on Make It Perfect. You'll find handmade toys, dolls and softies, handcrafted jewellery/accessories, quilts, sewing patters/books/mags/zines, handcrafted clothing/bags, prints/paper goods/art/photography, fabric/sewing/art supplies, sewn/crafty items. The Auction will start on Monday 17th Jan 2011 and run for a week. Keep an eye on the Facebook auction site here.

Online auction from Jewels By Lulu who has also pulled together a huge number of donated goods for auction. Auction begins Friday 14th January at 8pm. Closes Monday 17th January at 8pm QLD time. You'll find lots of handmade goodies including lovely girls' dresses from 1 Puddle Lane, Patooties Boutique, Isla's Cottage, kokeshi rattle dolls from Milla Ruby Designs, personalised applique t-shirts from A Little Bit Fancy, a beautiful Marimekko Pieni Unikko Cushion cover from I Just Love That Fabric, sweet apple applique singlets from Mad Stitches, art from Tracey Potter (more!), Spotty biodegradable straws from Mon Tresor, the cutest-ever Tilly Whistle baby ballet slippers from Little Sparkle and many, many more. For full details, check the Jewels By Lulu Facebook page.

Itty Bitty Butts
Online auction from Itty Bitty Butts who has gathered a host of handmade designers, starting Saturday15th January 2011 at 8pm. You'll love the Itty Bitty Butts bloomers, as well as art from Tracey Potter, gorgeous bloomer, bib and bow sets from SofiBOO, divine hair accessories from Miini Mittsie (again!), cute girls' outfits from CNS Designs, Chasing Butterflies and Lil' Moo Designs among others. Find the preview images for the auction on Facebook here.

$5 from every full price item sold will be donated to the QLD Government Flood Appeal. Check out my favourites - the long shorts, the bloomers and the hard-wearing hats. Everything handmade on the Sunshine Coast.

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