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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Knitted Designs

While doing my weekly market stall, I have the most lovely couple next to me who sell beautiful hand-knitted scarves and hats. The style and design looks modern and is cozy warm. I couldn't resist buying my two favourite which are picture below:




Their lovely stall is called 'Knitted Designs' and they are located at the Fortitude Valley markets every Saturday on Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley in Brisbane.

I just love my new hats!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Lemon Birthday Cake

Yesterday I celebrated my 26th birthday, and my lovely fiancé baked me this delicious lemon drizzle cake with a lemon butter icing. The best cake I have tasted for a long time! He got the recipe from the popular New Zealand Edmonds Cookbook. Their recipes are fantastic!



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Blog Feature - Bax Cat & Co

I am a huge cat lover, so this week I am excited to be featuring the lovely Kelly from Bax Cat & Co. Kelly designs, sews and sells adorable little catnip toys and cat mats in her Etsy store www.BaxCatandCo.etsy.com which she opened in January this year.


In her spare time Kelly enjoys working on new ideas, going to art museums, hiking in the woods and hanging out with her husband and three cats.

Red Heart Catnip Toy http://www.etsy.com

When creating Kelly looks up to designers who go for what they believe in, and whose aesthetic can be appreciated by others. Kate Spade in particular worked hard, learnt a lot along the way during the beginning of her career, and now reaches out to people through her designs.


Her cats are her role models too! "They work hard - at sleeping, they play hard and are always willing to learn about new things - they investigate everything!." Her cats also remind her daily to keep her sense of humor, simplicity, creativity, and to let this show through the items she makes.

Leopard Print Cat Bed http://www.etsy.com

"Do or do not. There is no try." This motto said by Yoda, Kelly relates to most. Especially since opening Bax Cat & Co. For example, if she has an idea for a new cat toy or mat she will run with it; if it doesn't turn out how she wanted, at least she knows she has tried, and can work to fix it or move on to a new or altered design that will work better.


She also tells herself to "put one paw in front of the other".  Breaking down the process of running a shop into smaller pieces makes it much easier, instead of conquering everything all at once!


Cat Birthday Cupcake Toy http://www.etsy.com

If you are just starting out your crafting online business, Kelly advice in her words: "As an Etsy seller, I was given three very important tips: be patient, list list list, and stay active!  I would tell this to a new seller on or off Etsy.


It is very easy to become impatient when waiting for sales as a new seller.  By staying patient, you can be more focused and work on other aspects of your shop.  I remind myself that watching grass grow will not make it grow faster, so I need to stop watching the grass grow and go plant some flowers in the meantime!  The grass will grow, and you will have a good chance of making sales if you keep working hard at every aspect of your shop.
Regularly listing items in your shop is important, too. Listing will give more visibility to your shop, and will get more people interested in your products.



Thanks Kelly! You product is so lovely, I know my cats would love them!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Growing Grass for my Cats

Ever since moving house about 5 weeks ago, I have been buying a few nice little house plants here and there to brighten up the living room and make it feel more natural. Both of my parents are huge about gardening and plants but I never got that gene. I mean I do love plants, but everything I try to grow or look after dies on me. So I found this cute little tray of cat grass to grow, which looks easy enough. Apparently cats love it and it is good for their digestion, so I will give it a try.

Soil goes into the tray and watered until moist

Seeds sprinkled on top, then cover over 3mm with more soil

All done, now just stays in a warm place and watered regularly. Easy!