Thursday, December 22, 2011

From little things...

Seems not that long ago that I was stressing out about my little girl making friends on her first day of primary school and today as the bell rings for the last time, I'll be thinking about how sad it will be for her to say goodbye to all those friends she has made over the last seven years.

Today's last day of school not only marks the beginning of summer holidays for my girl, but the ending of Primary school. A time of transition into so many new things. High school...a whole new bunch of kids and teachers to meet, a whole new routine to greet each day... all whilst growing up from a child to a young adult.

She seems to be handling it all o.k. albeit with a touch of sadness in knowing, that only one other person she knows is going to the same high school as her. But with social media what it is today, mobiles and such it's so much easier to keep in touch with old friends, so we'll do our best to maintain old friendships whilst new ones are formed.

On Monday night the event was marked with graduation.

A night to reflect on old times, appreciate all they have achieved and receive there graduation certificates.

School had put together a touching video, showing footage of the kids as preppies interspersed with the class answering questions asked today about there highlights, challenges and hopes for the future.
So nice to see responses from 'I dunno' and 'I always wanted to be a garbage man' to 'I'll be a lawyer' or 'I want to go to university'

The children are our future ... and sometimes amidst making sure they are fed, clothed and arrive to school on time I sorta forget that they are growing up sooo quickly and forming there own opinions on the way this world works and there place in it. BIG STUFF.
Really big stuff.

So I'm so grateful for days like these, that bring it all home. Celebrate achievements and offer wishes for our kids future. Next year is gunna be huge and my little girl is sooo ready for it.

Me though, I sometimes think she's still such a little thing..

Jay xx

The doll house...

After a crazy two months of preparing stock for Christmas, December has been all about birthdays and making presents.

We have two birthdays this month. My niece and my father in law.
F.I.L was born on Christmas day, so I can't spoil the surprise by showing his gifts yet, but for our spunky little niece we have had a project on the go for months.

The 'doll house'

Completely made by hand, via the uber talented F.I.L, then a major group effort in painting and decorating.

Sorta felt like renovation rescue, when we were handed a shell on a Wednesday with a few days left to completely decorate and fit out, ready for gift giving.

From the check tiled kitchen complete with disco balls and flying ducks, to the couch upholstered with vintage tea towels, it certainly has turned out to be OOAK.

Let me give you a tour.

Bathroom complete with shower curtain, towels and even a grandpa on the toilet.

Kids room, with draws and handmade bed.

Master bedroom, so chic....



and lounge.

Such an amazing amount of work went into making it and I'm sure at some stage we all said...maybe we should have just bought one.

But the end result is something so much more then money could buy.
Yay, for hand made.
Jay xx

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Just a little show n' tell of the pieces I came up with for the 'Flight of the ducks' exhibition over at Gleaners.

I went with jewellery as that's my thing...

and found an old Morgans street directory of Melbourne that I cut up.
I used page 44... the best bit of town of course.
It Covers the area from my house to Liz's lovely shop on Ballarat st.

Then I cut some duckies out of black card stock and embedded them in resin.

Too cute.
Jay xx

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Calling all ducks...

When the lovely Liz put out the call for crafty peeps to make ducky things for her first Gleaners exhibition, I just couldn't refuse.

Didn't matter that it was my busiest making month of the year, that I was in the middle of an e-course, had an upcoming open studio and high school orientations to attend.

Nah... not too busy, She'll be right.

Well, in retrospect I did possibly over commit, but Somehow... god knows how...I managed to make the time to sit down and design/make some awesomeness for the first ever exhibition to be held at Gleaners.

I can't spoil the opening by showing you my offering, but I can invite you to come see for yourselves the duck extravaganza...

Sydney Rd has much to offer on opening night too...

After the opening of 'Flight of the ducks' why not head down to the late night 'Sisters Market' at Brunswick town hall and then on to Olive Grove studios for our late night shopping....shops open till 9 Yay.
A night positively jam packed with handmade delights.

Might see you there.
Jay xx

Monday, December 12, 2011

Open studio on Wednesday....

This year I'm lucky enough to be part of an open studio event over at Tinniegirl's.
The perfect opportunity to have a sticky beak at the artist studio and original works.

We'll have a mini market set up offering a range of goodies
from Curlypops, Tinniegirl and Moi.
Perfect for dropping in after work and
hopefully crossing a few things off those X-mas lists.

I'll mainly have clothes and cuddlies, so please do drop me a line
if you'd like to see something in particular from my range.

Original Artwork by Tinniegirl

Everyone is welcome
just check the details below to get the address.

Open Studio & End of Year Celebration

Wednesday 14th December 2011
4 – 9pm

Prints, Cards, Jewellery, Stationary, Clothes,
Original Artworks, Cushions & More

Special Guests, Camille Condon {CurlyPops}, Jaylene Juanita {Finki Handmade}

It's a great opportunity to celebrate the end of the year, get together for a glass of bubbles, have a peak into my studio and creative process, and do a little Christmas shopping if you feel so inclined.
If you'd like to come along
please email me at tinniegirl/at/
and I'll send you my street address.

All welcome.

Hope to see you there,
Jay xx

Friday, December 2, 2011

{finkigirl} market debut....

The entire {finkigirl} range of jools and works of the artist celebrated,
the fabulous Cathy Kirwan...
will be available tonight at the lovely Made n' Thornbury market.

So if your in the neighborhood, passing by on your way home from work or just looking for a great way to start some handmade Christmas shopping, do pop by.
It's an evening event running from 4- 8pm.

We'll have all our goodies in Silver and gold, the fantastic new lockets
and our new celebrated artworks 'Shine' and 'Journey'.

Hope to see you there.
Jay xx

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Boy oh boy have I got a lot to show n' tell...

I've been in overdrive getting all my goodies stocked up for the craziness of December.
So I won't be too wordy with this post, just lots of lovely pics of all the fun stuff coming out of my studio these last few weeks.

Our latest additions to the {finkigirl} range feature the artwork 'Shine and Journey'

We have also extended the range to offer silver and old gold in every piece,
including these fab new lockets that are just running out the door...

Bit of re stocking in the men's corner. Cuff links, bags, cards and badges.

Necklaces galore, from fabric covered buttons and scrabble tiles to tea cups and resin.

New 'Hello Dolly' skirts and 3/4 sleeve cardi's

Totally restocked all my resin clippies, brooches and earrings.

Made some cool screen printed cuddlies and girls singlets.

Finally got round to using some of my cool laser cut shapes for necklaces and a few other tidbits.

and lastly earrings galore.
Resin hooks in silver and old gold, ceramic birdies,
wire wrapped Czech beads and a splash of silver.
All available down at Olive Grove.

Whew...think I'm gunna sleep now.
Jay xx

Monday, November 28, 2011

Another year over...

....and a new one's just begun.

Ti's the time of year for cake, candles and changing that little number in my profile blurb.
Another year older and wiser and still loving my thirties much more then any other decade.

I continue to learn more about myself and my place in this world every day.
Learning, growing and playing.
I hope I never stop learning or stop wanting to.

I won't reel off a list of this years activities, achievements and bridges crossed.
Just know, it was a good one.
One that gives me great enthusiasm for the year to come and all it has to offer.

My day, or weekend really... has been a whirlwind of,

Yummy things,

little things,

crafty hearty awesome things,

and funny things,

A man of many words, this is the inside of my Birthday card from the littlest.
He actually didn't want to write anything.
He just wanted to give it as is, cause it had a cool dinosaur on the front. Hee hee...

All I could wish for and more.
Thanks for another year.
Jay xx

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

It sure is...

For me this brings a certain amount of mixed emotions. Well I'm sure it does for everyone matter of fact.
My scenario is, the inevitable excitement of shopping... did I mention I love shopping! Then I also have the job of making sure people have things to shop for.

So on the work front it is crazy busy with a list bigger then I could possibly wish to achieve. But so long as I tick something off every so often and have that sense of achieving something, then it's O.K

A few ticks this week go to...

Firstly, getting some bunting done.
I was thinking for tree trimming but I like it so much that mine has become a permanent fixture above my desk. Mum the master of faster crochet than I, did all the lovely stars for me then I got to sit and join them all together ready for the shop.

Next I ticked off the task of having some new men's tees done...

'T-rex takes Melbourne' is the title of this fun shirt.

I did for a milli second contemplate just having the fabulous Melbourne city skyline as the feature print, but in true Finki form, I had to add a little quirkiness or it just wouldn't be me.
I decided my philosophy with men's tee's would be, 'Ask yourself Jay, would Sheldon wear it' For those not up with eccentric geeky dude Sheldon cooper of Big Bang Theory you may wander 'What the'.
Well what I mean is my style, I have come to realise is bright, bold, fun and sometimes a little retro. Similar to the stylings of our adorable geek Sheldon.
So as much as Melbournians, my home town, do love their black, I shall be trying my darndest to break that mould.

Moving on...
Ladies tee's is the the other thing I can tick off my list.

I did a run of 'Sweeping swallow' in four great summer colors.

So yay for ticking things off the list, makes me feel a little more prepared for the craziness that is Christmas.

Now time for some more shopping.
Oh....and it's not all Christmas shopping. I just find ALL stores focus on stocking there shops to the max with awesomeness right NOW. So it is the best time to shop, for upcoming birthdays e.t.c. Give it a month though and you'll be starting to see the shelves bare as they move off summer and X-mas and start getting ready for Easter!
Maybe not that dramatic, but you catch my drift.
Jay xx

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A new range...

Finally I can spill the beans on the secret squirrel business I have been working on of late.

It's been a crafty collaboration a long time in the making.
Not so much that we had been planning it for a long time, more so that when we met so many years ago during our first foray into markets I knew... I just knew that this day would come.

We were both just beginning to take our craft seriously and wonder if we could make a business of it. We both struggled with self acceptance and forms of expression. Wanting to create but not entirely sure what path it would take.

I do believe we are still both on a journey, a creative path that for each of us is so different but has led us to this point in time, this T- intersection in the road that has found us both standing at the same spot at the same time. Confident in our own abilities and creative talent and wandering which path to walk down next.

Well I tell you, the path we have chosen is very exciting and I'm very proud and all tingly to share the results of our first collaboration.


Brought to you by Cathy Kirwan (aka Tinniegirl) and I.

Our first range, celebrating four pieces of art titled
Grow, Acts of love, Abundance and Surrender,
are available in store at Olive Grove studios
or online at Tinniegirl.

Working with my love of colors and Cathy's amazing use of color in her artwork has been an absolute joy.
The range so far incorporates earrings and rings,


and pendants.

Image via Tinniegirl on etsy

I just adore every piece we've made, and hope you do too.
Hooray for crafty collaborations.
Jay xx

Monday, October 31, 2011

This is the end....Blogtoberfest day 31.

Beautiful friends, the end....

Image via : here

Ahh nothing like a bit of J.M to help say goodbye, farewell, adios amigos...this is the end.
The end of another great Blogtoberfest.
A month full of blogging, daily adventures in craft, life and love.

It has been lovely to share a little more of me with ye'all and in return to learn a little more about so many of you. I still plan on sitting down with the big list of participants on Tinniegirls blog and making it a point of dropping by every single one. So please keep the list up Ms T, I have some great reading ahead of me.

I have to say, thank you to all the real bloggers I visit every other day. Some blogtober participants, some not...People like Michelle of button tree lane, Thornberry, Cath of Chunky chooky and Cathy of Tinniegirl our hostess with the mostess.

Art Journal page by : Teesha Moore.

By real...I mean, these are woman who talk about heart and soul, share there losses and sorrow, who show themselves in leggings and half made frocks and who are not afraid to just be themselves.

You all remind me that even though we like to share the joy, craft and happiness in our lives, we all relate to each other on a whole different level when we share the other parts of our lives that aren't so candid and glamorous.

You ladies have made me smile, made me cry, inspired me and humbled me.

Through this wonderful journey of Blogtoberfest, each year I grow a little and remember that I am not alone in this big old world.
Most importantly I remember how important it is to keep it real.

Happy end of Blogtoberfest everyone. Didn't it go fast.
Jay xx

Sunday, October 30, 2011

First excursion...Blogtoberfest day 30.

On Friday the wee one had his first ever excursion.

When his childcare centre asked if we were coming to the excursion, you could have knocked me over with a feather. What the ! He's only 3. How will you manage twenty under 4's on an excursion, were my thoughts.

I can't even manage one sometimes.
Alas, parents come too. Whew... Yep, he can go .

The excursion was to see a puppet play at the arts center in the city.

Didn't matter where it was really, the most exciting part was catching a train to the city.
Little man has many a time pointed to the city skyline from the car
and said "go there daddy"' So he was hyped about just GOING TO THE CITY.

The train ride there, was mainly a little boy staring out the window
as the city got bigger and bigger and closer and closer.

Once we arrived we headed the the little park near the center for our picnic,

where the sculptural black waves were much more fun then sitting down and eating lunch.

The play all about zoo animals, was just perfect for our groups age and the most exciting recollection of the day from the mouths of babes was... the city is huge (pronounced hooj) and the elephant did a poo on the stage!

Gotta love him.
Jay xx

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Skirts to match...Blogtoberfest Day 29.

The rest of the story to go with yesterdays cardi's,

are these new a-line skirts...

Well not super matchy, but tonal and super good looking all together.
Yay, for another step forward in finishing my sewing for the year.

Next I'm working on some awesome dresses and cardi's for November.
Jay xx