Adorable Handmade Soft Toys

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From the super cute to the super creepy-cool! This is a lookbook of my favourite handmade soft toys sourced from Pinterest. I searched “simple handmade soft toys”. With Christmas right round the corner I think its time to plug in my sewing machine and have some fun!

Out and About: Moral Fair Ground @ Federation Square

I met my friend Kemmy in the city at Moral Fair Ground Ethical Market at Federation Square today. The weather was pretty inclement and windy. Big shame. I know many of the stall holders from other markets and events and it would have been great to have more foot traffic. But hey! There is still tomorrow, so try and get down there to support people who are doing their damndest to change the world. Great bunch…
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I want this radio! Completely hand built from a number of gorgeous sustainable Javanese timbers, the Magno Wooden Radio is a piece of fine art.

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Darling cinnamon Christmas decorations and trinkets made by villagers in Kenya for Afrikiko. Smelt like Christmas.

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These handcrafted, ethical softies are made in Bangladesh for The Little Sparrow. Megan, one of the two founders of The Little Sparrow, is pictured below.

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This is the Etiko stall where you can buy cool and ethically produced footwear, tees and underwear. Really edgy  designs.

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Seven Women work with disadvantaged women in Nepal to produce a range of softie products. Volunteer, Laura (pictured below), is tireless in her support for Seven Women.

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Designer Kaitlyn, (above) works in partnership with traditional carvers and potters in Bali for her initiative Koa. Loved her modern colours and designs!

Shhh! I did buy some things. I left Kemmy in the sustainable Eco food tent watching cooking demonstrations. She was so happy.

Out And About: Post Industrial Design

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I will make a promise to you all. And we all know a promise can be difficult to keep. But I do confidently promise, if you venture into West Footscray, in Melbourne’s inner west, and visit Post Industrial Design on Barkly St., that you will be in love. I cannot tell you exactly what will capture your eye (and thus your heart) but some item in Mary’s shop will beguile and seduce you. That is my promise.

I have loved Post Industrial Design ever since its doors opened three years ago. Jewelry, home-wares, curios… or maybe it is just the wonderful Mary Long. Here she is, pictured below.

IMG_3135Mary commissioned her husband, Jos, to create this years Christmas window, which is a  “moving wonderland, an artistic impression of the Melbourne’s cityscape viewed from Melbourne’s West. Made entirely from up-cycled materials, local sculptor, Jos Van Hulsen wanted to create a world that brought wonder and magic back to Christmas. “As an artist you cannot ask for much more than watching a sea of children, hands pressed to the
glass, mesmerized,” said Van Hulsen. “It beats any exhibition I have ever had! Just to see people so engaged and fascinated gives me such a thrill. This is what I aspire to when developing a work.”” The photograph of Jos below is by Aaron Maguire.

Christmas Window with Jos Van Hulsen

Mary supports many local makers and social enterprises. She stocks Greeves St. products, such as our Christmas decorations, and my own Andie scarves, pictured below.

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Cool shop, cool vibe and cool people. Get down here if you want the people you love to love their Christmas gifts this year!

Contact

Mary and Jos
638 Barkly Street, West Footscray, Victoria 3012

Ph: 03 93627703

Opening Hours

  • Monday : Closed
  • Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 5.30pm
  • Sunday: 12 – 5pm.
  • Or by appointment 0424055652