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Collaborate for a Cause – Cotton Candy Collection

Hi there!

What a wet and wild winter it has been here, I didn’t even realise Adelaide was capable of this much rain and cold, we even had snow in some parts! And the storms! I am a lover of winter, unless I am out and about it in it. The Gods took pity though and even though we play a lot of sport year round we managed for the most part to stay dry.

One morning I woke and staggered into the kitchen to make my morning coffee. I glanced out into our sodden backyard and it took me a while to realise something was missing. It didnt always look that …. bare. Then the moment of panic when I realised our 16ft trampoline was missing! I think Peter and I both ran out there at exactly the same time. A  quick glance around revealed the grim truth –  doors down our trampoline was upside down and moving fast! Nothing like a bit of drama before the caffeine has even hit. We have a new one in the shed ready to go, kids need a trampoline, but we are dragging our heels a bit and watching the weather forecast like crazy things.

Anyhoo I got completely distracted from the purpose of my post today which was to tell you all about the amazingness that is Collaborate for a Cause! This is one of the highlights of the Australian handmade calendar and I have been proud to be involved since its very inception in 2011. Over the years I have worked with some of the best in the business and raised thousands for charities around Australia. It is a super cool feeling to not only make new friends, create amazing pretties and raise money at the same time.

The first collab I was asked to be part of was collated by the gorgeous Bel of My Little I Designs who makes the most divine girls clothing. You can shop here for her pretties. She is a lovely friend I have had the privilege to get to know this past year and she pulled together some incredible talent. Like seriously amazing. I was blown away as I watched it all come together.

Introducing our Candy Candy Collaboration for #c4ac2016 – let me introduce you to the amazing girls behind it and their pieces:

First up those crowns! Ofa from Avierley Boutique is a genius. I dont think I have ever seen anything so pretty and considering I live in the handmade world that is a big call!
Next up is that divine dress by Bel of My Little I designs – it is so sweet and lets not forget the fact it has pockets people – pockets!

How divine are the butterfly wings from the amazingly clever Xanthe of Wife-Made. Such a clever idea and so so loved.

See those sweet little dollies – they are made by one of my handmade faves Nat from Squirrel and Fink. I am yet to own one of her divine wee diamonds but they are next on my must have list that is for sure. I covet thee!

And tucked away in the corner is the sweetest wee peg dollies by Jacinta of Two Little Loves. The perfect size for wee hands and guaranteed to give hours of creative play. My kids loved tucking wee things into pockets and going on adventures. And when not in use how sweet on a shelf while they wait for their next outing.


And of course the quilt made by yours truly. I wanted something simple but striking and as I am in love with triangles at the moment it is probably no surprise I headed that way. I added some solids too to make it less busy and am really happy with how it turned out. I can see many many stories told on this little lady.

Now a quick word about our amazing model Harlow and her mum Sarah who took these photos. What a darling little lady she is and so photogenic. I never ever could have got my girls to be that still and that well behaved for so long. She can find Harlow on instagram at harlow_ever_after and if you are on the Gold Coast and need amazing photos then her mum Sarah is your go to girl. You can also find her on Instagram at my.heart.project

Last but absolutely not least is the fabric. This range is is Cotton Candy by Dashwood Studio and it was the perfect choice! We were so lucky to have it donated to us by Cristy at Muddy Ruffles who has an incredible fabric shop, one I frequent and attempt to empty regularly. I love the fact that we can purchase more and more amazing fabrics here in Australia, it has only been the case in the last few years.

For our charity this year we chose Autism Queensland who are thoroughly deserving of all monies raised. Autism is a huge part of my life with two of my gorgeous kids on the spectrum so it is great to support an organisation that is doing an amazing job for lots and lots of families out there like mine.

Right now for the details! Collaborate for a Cause kicks off tonight over on Facebook. You can find our submission right here if you would like to place a bid. Make sure you look at the rest of the album too because it is phenomenal. The world is a better place with Handmade being a part of it.

One more collaboration to share tonight with you all, equally beautiful and equally amazing. Have I said before just how much I love my job and being part of Handmade?


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