Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas To All....

I hope you all have a wonderful christmas full of joy and love with your families and friends.

And to all a good night,

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My Creative Odyssey

When the lovely Jess from Epheriell Designs asked for people to take part in a blog hop of over 40 bloggers outlining our creative goals for 2011 I put my hand up right away. Following on from two wonderful inspiring posts yesterday by Messy Bessy and 74 Lime Lane, today I am blogging with Angela from The Artists’ House to share our dreams and plans for the coming year.

My mind is what the Buddhists refer to as a “Monkey Mind” or as I prefer to say my head is full of mad monkeys – what this means is: it NEVER stops! Plans, dreams, desires and schemes swirl around in a blur of colour and movement and it is exhausting. The upside: I always have a project to work on. The downside: I rarely finish them or ever start them. But 2011 will be different.
CREATE: I love making things and I always want to try everything there is out there. This is just not realistic so three things I really want to achieve in the creative department are:

  • THE FINE PRINT: I loved print making when I was at TAFE and I want to play around with it again. I would love to take a fabric printing course with Harvest Textiles. Also work on some lino cuts and gocco.

  • BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD: I want to sketch, draw, doodle. I loved to draw when I was little but now I am somewhat scared of it. I am my own worst critic, never happy with the outcome. I am going to jump in the deep end and just do it. I plan to keep a sketch book where I will draw often to hon my skills.

  • GOURMET DELIGHTS: Cooking is a passion of mine. My Grandmother (Marny) taught me how to cook when I was little and it is something I have always enjoyed. Because of this I am a subscriber to Delicious and Masterchef magazines, which are both full of beautiful recipes but all I do is flick through them and put them in a pile. So in 2011 I WILL cook 2 recipes a week whether it be from one of these mags or my collection of Jamie Oliver cook books. Now I have access to so much fresh produce here in Gippsland Victoria and we even have our own veggie patch so it seems a shame not to take advantage of the situation.
  • SEW-SEW: I know that a lot of us taking part in this blog hop want to work on our sewing skills. I was given a sewing machine for my birthday last May and have only used it a couple of times but I want to learn to use it properly. I have also just taught myself counted cross stitch which I LOVE and I would like to work on making some original embroidery artworks to sell.

CITYKITTEN DESIGNS: There is so much I want to do with CityKitten which grew from the most unlikely of beginning’s. I could never imagine when my life and heart shattered into a thousand pieces in late 2009, that the snowball effect of absolute disaster would turn something that was a hobby into a little business.

At the moment it is still really a hobby but I want to take it more seriously. Because I am at home all day I have developed bad habits of just doing what I want, when I want but this cannot go on. I need a schedule and I need to be organised. I MUST work on my website (it has been under construction for months now!) and I want to blog more often and make more friends and connections in the online handmade community. I need to run my business like a business and keep accurate records, keep up-to date on Etsy and and I also want to look at other outlets to sell my items.

Finally ME: I have some baggage, actually I have a Louis Vuitton Trunk and I need to let go. When you carry around all the yuck in your life it makes it hard to create beautiful things and it makes it hard to move forward. I need to be easier on myself instead of beating myself up when I make mistakes and I need to remember there really is a silver lining because that is what bought me CityKitten in the first place, so joy can come from heartbreak.

What are your Creative Goals for the coming year?

Be sure to visit Hickory Dickory and Scoutie Girl tomorrow to read about their dreams and aspirations for 2011.

Have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

MADE: Christmas Treats (and a recipe!)

I love Christmas! And I especially love Christmas Baking - but alas I am only from a small family (I'm an only child and single) and my mother does not really have a sweet tooth so to be able to satisfy my need to bake I decided this year to send little parcels of homemade goodies to my friends for Chrissie. I got some tins from the local $2 shop and filled them with these goodies and sent them off via Mr. Postman:


White Chocolate Dipped Shortbread

Super Rich Chocolate Fudge (recipe below)

So I thought I would share with you the Super Rich Chocolate Fudge recipe so you can spread some Christmas Cheer.


  • 100 gram butter - chopped
  • 1 x can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar - firmly packed
  • 2 tbs golden syrup
  • 100 grams of good quality white cooking chocolate - chopped
  • 200 grams of good quality dark cooking chocolate (preferably 70% cocoa) - chopped


  • Firstly line a baking tray with grease proof paper.
  • In a glass bowl put butter, condensed milk, sugar and syrup and put in the microwave on high for 1 minute.
  • Carefully remove and give it a good stir, add 100 grams of white and 100 grams of dark chocolate and return to microwave. Zap the mixture for 30 secs and then stir thoroughly. The chocolate should melt into the mixture. If it needs to go for longer give it another 30 seconds and check. Do not over cook it as the chocolate will "turn".
  • Carefully spoon into the prepared baking tray and refrigerate for two hours until solid.
  • Melt the remainder of the dark chocolate and use a spatula to spread evenly over the fudge. (I finished mine with a drizzle of white chocolate to make it look pretty).
  • Leave to set. Once it has set then cut into small squares (this is SUPER rich so the only need to be small) and wrap in baking paper and put in an air tight container.

A little tip is don't refrigerate the fudge because it goes super hard. I keep mine at room temperature. If you do need to keep in the fridge, remove it a couple of hours before serving.


Monday, December 20, 2010

MADE: Christmas Decorations Part II

So as promised I am back with some more simple ideas to make your own decorations. Alas the photo's did not come out the best but I will still share how I did them.

This one is super simple - I just got styrofoam stars from Spotlight, spayed them with a spray adhesive and then dipped them in Marth Stewart glitter and you have instant twinkly stars.

The next one is a real easy one too. You can buy DIY clear glass ornaments (they also have good quality plastic ones in you have youngens in your house). All I did was get some white feathers, sprinking them with glitter and poke them into the bauble. Easy!

And here is my finished tree, I just put on some lights and a few of my sentimental ornaments that I have collected over the years. I'm very happy with it, now all I have to do is make sure Winston doesn't climb up it!

Be sure to come back on Wednesday when I will be taking part in the Epheriell 2011 Creative Odyssey Blog Hop.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

MADE: Christmas Decorations

Hello everyone - sorry I have not been blogging lately, time seems to get away from me and then I realise a month has passed. Ooops :(

Time has gone so quick that I haven't even got my christmas tree up yet! So I have been working on that today and I have been making decorations for it this year so it has a nice handmade feel. Here is what I made:

These are so easy and fun that you can make them with the kids to keep them occupied in the first week of holidays (I don't have kids, I have cats and they also found this fun - by stealing them and using them as toys!).

All you need is:
  • Pack of Styrofoam Balls (I got mine from Spotlight)
  • Scrapbook Paper (but you could use anything - I think old novels would look cool)
  • Ribbon
  • A paper trimmer
  • PVA Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun.

All I did was measure the ball from top to bottom and cut strips of paper that wide and then cut that into 1/4" strips. Next you glue the paper strips onto the balls so the are sitting flush against each other around the middle and overlapping at the top and bottom (does that make sense? I hope so).

Once they are dry carefully put a dot of hot glue on the bottom and wrap your ribbon around. I cut one piece short and wrapped in one direction and another piece long and used that to go around the other side and tied a bow at the top.

If you own a hot glue gun you know it is an absolute nightmare and quite dangerous so I think if you are going to make these with kids that you should use strong double sided scrapbooking tape to adhere the ribbon.

And viola - christmas ornaments. Just put a ornament hook through the bow on the top and hang on the tree.

I will be back tomorrow with some more of my homemade ornaments.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Guift Guide - Tasty Treats Under $25

Food, glorious food! That is what today's Christmas Gift Guide is about and all these gifts are under $25 which makes them taste extra nice.
1. Tea Kit with DIY Teabags and Recipes by Cook Outside The Box
2. Spicy Maple Macadamia Nuts by Mara's Maples
3. Caramel Apple Preserve by Fogl's Kitchen
4. Mini Spice Kit by Purpose Design

1. Baked Goods Gift Box by Whimsy & Spice
2. Brownie Bites by Kay's Simply Homemade
3. One Gallon of Caramel Popcorn by Heavenly Sweets
4. Gourmet Hot Cocoa Mix by Teton Cocoa Company

I won't be posting a gift guide tomorrow because I am getting ready for the Modish Market on Saturday, so if you are in Melbourne make sure you head out to Malvern Town Hall between 10am and 4pm for some markety, handmade goodness.

Have a beautiful day,

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Gift Guide - It's Personal

Sorry I missed the gift guide yesterday, I have been busy preparing for this weeks Modish Market at Malvern Town Hall so time got away from me (again!).

Today's gift guide is all about personalised gifts and I think you will agree that something personal AND handmade is just the greatist gift you can get, it shows that it really is the thought that counts and that the giver put a lot of thought into it by getting something made just for you.

For the little ones:

  1. Christmas Decoration by Cut N Glue
  2. Decorative Cushion by Tiges & Weince
  3. Nursery Art by Graphic Spaces
  4. Brag Book by Flymama

For adults:

  1. Tile Coasters by Delightful Daisy
  2. Acrylic Necklace by Sugar & Vice
  3. Personalised Notecards by ME! (CityKitten Designs)
  4. Shaving Bag by Queen Bee 55

Tomorrow join me for some edible treats.

Have a beautiful day,

Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas Gift Guide - For Your Best Friend

Don't forget your Furry Friend this Christmas, and if yours are anything like mine they have great taste when it comes to handmade goodies. Harry and Winston have been hard at work selecting some goodies from Etsy that they think their kitteh and doggy friends would love to find under the tree on December 25.

For Kittehs:
1. Suitcase Pet Bed by K Grant Designs
2. Ergonomic Cat Feeder by Woodin' You
3. Catgrass/Nip Holder by Firecat Pottery
4. Catnip Fortune Cookies by Jake and Micah

For Doggies:
1. Mini Woof Rug by Ma Barker
2. Moe Collar by Murphy & Gert
3. Big Chicken Dog Toy by Wags & Wiggles
4. XXL Tough Dog Bed by Bow Wow Beds

I'll be back tomorrow with some more gift ideas.

Have a beautiful day,

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Christmas Gift Guide -

6 weeks until Christmas! 6 weeks!!!! I am sure the years are just going quicker and quicker.
Anyway this year I am doing my Christmas shopping "handmade" so I have been searching online and decided to put together a week of gift guides just for fun.

The first is full of Aussie talent from the wonderful Remember that just because we're in Australia doesn't mean we only ship there. Most of the sellers are happy to ship anywhere in the world and if they don't have a price for shipping to your location just email them and they will let you know the rate.

1. Babushka Toy from Mulberry Road
2. Hairpins from Citrus Pop
3. Soap from Bayside Rose
4. Fancy Dog Leash from Allana C

5. Lavender Scented Bird from Edward & Lilly
6. Jewellery Tree from Bird Of Play
7. Coin Purse from Lillie Kusine
8. Notebook from Nothing Sketchy

Have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Where does the time go?

Sorry I have not posted in so long, so much time has lapsed and I didn't even realise because I have had a secret squirrel custom project that I have been working on.

Here is a fabulous Etsy find that includes time and squirrels, one clock of many amazing creations from the mega talented Maiko at Deycolab:

Modern Animal Clock Squirrel

Anyway onto important business - I wanted to announce the winner of my shadowbox competition. (I am so late - sorry!)

The lucky winner is: Comment #33 - NATALIE who left this comment:

I love your Very pretty!

Congratulations Natalie you have won a set of 10 personalised note cards - please contact me at: to claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone who entered, I really appreciate it.

Have a beautiful day,

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

CityKitten {hearts} Fabrikate

Recently I met the wonderful Kate from Fabrikate at the Sisters Market in Brunswick. I instantly fell in love with her range of fabric covered bangles - especially the ones covered in Japanese fabrics.

She has recently got a new range of Japanese fabrics in stock so we can look forward to some lovely new creations from her soon. At the moment she doesn't have an online store but if you are near Melbourne this Saturday, you can see Kate at the Maldon Folk Festival Market. (or you can contact me and I will put you in touch with her).
Have a beautiful day!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday In The Garden

Today has been the first really nice day to be outside (when I was home) since I have moved here so I did a spot of gardening. I harvested some beetroot (beets) from the veggie patch:

I picked some wild flowers from the vacant lot across the road, which I put in a vase in the kitchen: I also found a neat little lead horse - such a fabulous found object now I just have to decide what to do with him.

Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

WANT! Oversized Tote Bag

If you're like me, and you shove everything into your handbag then you need a pretty big bag. And at the moment my want is a large bag to carry everything that is made out of beautiful leather to last the distance. Here are some of my favourites:

Tuquoise Leather Hobo Bag by Patkas.

Olive Green Cowhide Large Tote by Paulina Carcach.

Weekend Safari by Yoobu Handcrafted.

Green Leather Tote by Hedilu.

Leather Slouch Hanbag by Rib and Hull.

Have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Etsy: You Might Like...

Have you ever noticed the "You might like" suggestions on the home page of etsy? They come up with all kinds of goodies and a recent one that I love, love, loved was from Yellena.

This fabulous print was what Etsy thought I might like...
So I visited the shop and found so many beautiful works it was hard to choose which ones to share with you.



I adore the use of colour and the detail, they just take you somewhere else.

Have a beautiful day!

Friday, October 15, 2010

CityKitten {hearts} Foxes

I'm not sure if anyone has told you but Foxes are the new Owls! Well at least they seem to be and I am loving them. Here are some of my Etsy favourites:

Running Fox Wood Stamp from A Hue Of Duck Egg Blue

Fox & Tree Print from Carambatack Design

Handpainted Locket from Kharaledonne

Orange Fox Greeting Card from The Art of Helloheath

Liam the little red fox from Sleepy King

Have a beautiful day,