Tuesday, June 21, 2011

First sale, new projects & a market.


When an email came through from etsy shop that someone was interested in my colourful critter mobile, I felt like an excited little girl in a candy shop for the first time!

I am absolutely delighted to say that this mobile sold and is currently on it's way to Portland, Oregon!

New projects:

I decided I need to branch out a little and head into designing an owl and for a personalised door/wall hanging. Now if you read this post you will understand that it has been a very long time since I picked up a pencil and drew something, so I put it off and tried very hard to convince myself that I could actually draw!

So, here it is:

Since drawing this cute little owl, I went out and bought some felt and got on my way making a personalised door hanging for my daughter. I am very happy with the result and I am now selling this one as an example for a personalised door or wall hanging. I am in the process of making one for my son. I plan on making matching mobiles.

Available on FELT & ETSY.

A friend asked if I could make this owl in a smaller size so last night I went about making it half the size which is fine when it comes to the body but making the eyes, beak and feet took a little time due to the smallness of them... hehe. She will be making her new home in Australia soon.

And, I have decided to design 3 more cute animals, an elephant, giraffe and lion. This is just the drawing stage of course.

I have also decided finally pluck up the courage to use the sewing machine I bought and do a little sewing project. As a result, a little birdie was born and plan to turn it into a toy for babies. This can also be custom made. I currently have pinks, greens and blue fabric available in different patterns. I also plan on turning these into a mobile.

I have put together some gift vouchers in $10,$15, $20, $25, $30. Also available on my FELT and ETSY stores.

I am very excited to announce that a close family friend has a stall at The SENZ 2011 NZ Scrapbooking Cardmaking and Craft Expo which is being held in Manukau Telstra Clear Events centre this whole weekend and has kindly offered to have some of my mobiles on display!

So there you have it! On the up from here!!
(Would love your support on my facebook business page)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Silver Lining Butterfly Mobile

I love how light and beautiful this mobile looks. Silver and white in colour and actually makes me think of the snow queen from the movie Narnia!

This beautiful butterfly mobile glimmer and shines with it's glitter and diamond wings.

Capture any child's attention as it gently sways to just the slightest air movement with a deco mirror hanging gently down the middle.

Available on ETSY
You can view more photos on my FACEBOOK business page.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Elegant Rose Mobile in soft pink

I love making this mobile. I love everything about it. It's feminine, elegant  and sophisticated.

This mobile is wrapped in lush green ivy and 9 soft pink roses with clear light pink trim chandelier style jewels.

Hanging by shimmer pink ribbon and a heart shaped mirror delicately hanging down the middle with silver shimmer ribbon and beads.

If you have a any questions as to how to customize this piece, please ask. :)

$62 USD and is available here:
Elegant Rose mobile in soft pink

Saturday, June 4, 2011

My Etsy Shop

I am very happy to announce that I have started up an ETSY account! Not only have I got shipping costs to the USA from New Zealand but also to Australia and the UK.

So here it is :)


I also want to note that if you decided to buy a mobile to please allow for small variations in your mobile. As this is a custom-made, please allow 1 week to complete and 3-10 business days to ship to you, depending what country you are in.

If you have a any questions as to how to customise a mobile, please feel free to email me: lullabymobiles@gmail.com

~ Nicola

Friday, June 3, 2011

For a good cause

To my kiwi followers:

On June 3rd (TONIGHT), Mums on Top will host a charity auction for Lauren, a 22 year old mother who has cancer. We aim to ease her financial burden due to missing payments on her car, needing a ventilator at her home ($6K) and to pay for an injection ($4K) designed to help the effects of chemo not be as bad so she can care for her one month old daughter Isabella.

If you would like to bid, be online, ready with your $$$ to get some AMAZING products/services from FANTASTIC companies.

A chat line will open at 6:30pm and bidding starts at 7pm. Here is a slideshow of what's available.

Find more photos like this on Mums on Top - Social Media Mums!

I have donated the Black & Red Flutterby Mobile to this auction.

This went on Auction and sold for NZ$38! Feeling very proud that the money is going to a good cause.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

It's in my blood

Craft markets are in my blood. I didn't realise it till today. Since I was born, I have pretty much been to a lot of craft markets, more than I can really recall!

You see, my dear mom was an folk art artist. She loved to paint and she tried very hard to make money from it. She could painting anything she could get her hands and more! She took lessons and gave lessons and almost every Saturday we would pack the car and head on our way to a craft market, rain or shine. I can't recall how well she did or how much she sold, but now I understand my desire, my drive, my passion. It come from my mom.

She would paint into the wee hours of the night. She and I are both alike in this way. Both of us are night owls, don't even bother try talking to us in the mornings! I obviously try not to stay up to late because with two kids under 3 of which my youngest is still waking up at night, I would be too trashed the next day and I certainly don't have the luxury of sleeping in!

Whenever we moved house it had to be somewhere with a studio for her and ALL her stuff. She had a lot! As a result of her painting though, I took up art in high school for two years. I enjoyed it until it came to exams. I don't like pressure and I'm rather meticulous when it comes to something I make. I want it to be perfect! So I gave that up.

I tend to be good at almost everything I put my hand at, just not excellent at one thing. I was good at swimming, art, singing and whatever else I put my hand too. Jane of all trades :) In my opinion, it's a good and a bad thing. Good because I can try anything that involves my hands and being creative and it generally will come it great, I like the challenge. Bad because I always have to find something else more challenging. I get bored easily.

For example, I have made two birthday cakes now. A 3D duck cake and a ladybug cake:

I also enjoying making birthday invitations:

I have also done a number of pencil drawings which I ashamedly threw away when I moved to New Zealand. I've only kept about 3 oil paint canvases that are sitting in the garage at the moment. Shameful I know.

When I was 16 I discovered that I can sing. When I was 17, guitar lessons where offered and I took it up. 11 years later and I still love to play the guitar and sing. I studied vocals and guitar for a year and went on to become one of my music team leaders at my church. I taught guitar to kids for a small period of time before falling pregnant with my daughter.

Another love... photography! I love to take photos and I especially love to edit them!

So there you have it. Sorry for the long post, I didn't realise I had so much to share.

Lastly. Let me end off in loving memory of my mom. Love and miss you.

Red & black Flutterby Mobile

Another one of my mobiles that I have a love/hate relationship with! I bought an express cutter to cut out the butterflies and the black card felt was easy to cut, but when I came to the red.... for whatever reason, it just wouldn't cut through no matter how many times I went over and over it! Most of the red butterfly parts I ended up cutting by hand. I like the end result though :)

There are 4 larger butterflies and 4 smaller ones all hanging by clear thread. The butterfly cut out's are made from glittered felt card so it holds it shape really well compared to standard felt which most people double up, stuff and stitch together.

This is part of my "Black, Red & White Collection"

Available for sale here: http://felt.co.nz/listing/52476/Black-and-Red-Flutterby-Mobile for NZ$34 + postage

Colourful Critter Mobile

This is such a fun mobile and sure to bring colour to any room and delight to any child!

Made with foam animals that I put together myself. There is a frog, tortoise, chameleon and snake. They are all very friendly looking and hanging from neon ribbed ribbon!

I'm yet to have this for sale as I'm currently working out the shipping costs.

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Designer Paper Flower Mobile

The delicate paper flowers are black, red, white and silver in colour with a tear drop jewel at the bottom of each flower to reflect light.

It hangs on two strings rather than 4 and because of the weight distribution, the slightest air movement allows the mobile to gentle move and catch your baby's attention. The contrast of colour is great for newborn eyes.

I will also be making this in pink, purple and blue.

Available for sale here: http://felt.co.nz/listing/51872/Designer-Paper-Flower-Mobile at NZ$54 + postage

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Hide & Seek Feather mobile

I have a love/hate relationship with this one!

I had an idea in my head what I wanted to do with the feathers but when I went about trying it out... it just wouldn't work so I had to come up with a completely different idea! Thankfully it worked! I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out but I was pleased with the outcome :)

This is for my Black, red and white collection. Great for a baby's room! The contrasting colours is great eye play!

Made with black and white feathers stuck into white foam decor balls and has red glittered card felt spots!

Only hanging on two strings instead of 4 as the slightest air movement creates a lovely sway effect.

Available for sale here: http://felt.co.nz/listing/52027/Hide-and-Seek-Feather-Mobile at NZ$37 + postage

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Hibiscus Beauty Mobiles

I decided that this mobile along with the rose mobile, I would put them as a collection called the "Garden of Eden Collection"

This is a mobile is made with white shiny ribbon, white Hibiscus flowers with lush green leaves and a string of off white pearls to hang it with and a string of pearls down the middle.

For sale here: http://felt.co.nz/listing/52026/Hibiscis-Beauty-Mobile at NZ$58 + postage.

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