Sunday, April 25, 2010


Meet Ottavio! Ottavio is a very nervous little guy, with wide eyes trying to watch everyone at once. He needs some little octo friends to keep him company and listen to his worries!

He's my very first little Octopus. I intend to make a whole range of them and then try to make a baby mobile out of them too. The only downside is just how long it takes to make each one! I'd like to try and experiment with different sizes too, I think a large one would look quite cool!

Introducing Rodolfo! Rodolfo is a cheeky little wolf, who likes to sneak around teasing poor Little Red Riding Hood by stealing her cape and wearing it! He thinks he looks quite dashing and isn't sure he wants to give it back!

I've also been experimenting with my hair clips. I've got a penchant for pinwheels, so tried to create a few fabric hairclips.

Here are some smaller ones in different colours.

Some fire engine red ones too. I'd like to make some brooches, rings and hair bands out of these too. I'm attempting to make a variety of different bunting and thought pinwheels could look quite unusual too. What do you think?

Here's a sample of my felt rosette hairclips, I make these in a variety of colours as well as in rings too.
There are lots of other things in the works for Little Bird Designs, including bunting with a twist, Parties in a Box as well as an update on my proposed Craft Domination!

Most of these items will be listed on my Felt store soon, so check back often!

Little Bird :-)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


I want a cupboard that looks like this.....
So I can turn into a Craft cupboard that looks like this.... (found here)
Jealous much?! Craft spaces and rooms are hot topics at the moment and there is so much inspiration out there, I thought I'd share some with you! One of my favourites has to be Heather Bailey's, oh my!
The reason craft rooms are fascinating me so much at the moment, is not only do they inspire me, but because I don't have one. Or any workspace really. Our place is so small that our lounge doubles as my workspace, the coffee table is my workbench and it is unorganised and slightly chaotic, I'll post pics soon! But in the meantime, check out these craft spaces:

(Found here.)
I love this idea, small spaces into craft spaces! Kinda makes you look at your fireplace and wardrobes in a different light huh?!

(Found here)

Find out how this clever lady transformed her tiny cupboard into this incredible craft space here.
There's plenty of craft room inspiration out there, and it's certainly got my creative juices flowing, which is fab because in a weeks time I get my very own craft room!!! Talk about excited! Our flatmate is moving out and instead of getting someone else in, her room will become my craft room and guest room. I've already started buying furniture from Trademe, which isn't the smartest move, as there's no where to currently put it!
I'll keep everyone updated with photos as I start to create my new creative space!
What does your creative space look like?
Right, off to the Lucky Penny Crafty Club meeting tonight, come along!
Luisa :-)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


It has been a ridiculously long time since I last wrote. So much has been going on and I've only been able to keep one blog up to date! But, I'm now back and back with a vengeance! This is a year for blogging and for change. Keep an eye out on the blog over the next few days, as I'll be updating with pictures of my new creations, details about new packaging, I'm redoing my whole brand, plus more info on the upcoming Auckland Craft Collective night (super exciting), new tattoo's, and most exciting of all, plans for Craft Domination, but more on that later!

Luisa x

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Eeeeek! Where does the time go?!!! I have finally finished writing my reports, they've been given the nod by the powers that be and it feels like a huge weight has been taken off my shoulders.... only to be replaced with the organisation of the Christmas market! Which I actually love doing, so it's not so bad! The November Crafternoon-Tea has been and gone and even though it was quieter than the first one, I still think it was a great a success! We had loads of new vendors and it was great to meet so many new and talented people.
Preparations for the Christmas market are well under way, we're advertising in World Sweet World, doing a massive flyer drop in local areas (help out by dropping flyers in your area!), advertising in all local newspapers and school newsletters, the Grey Lynn festival is on this weekend and I'll be there handing out flyers, plus a massive email flyer going out to as many people as possible. If you can think of any other way to get the word out, let me know!!!
I'm hoping to get a lot more things made before the next market, but time seems to escape from me! This weekend is the Grey Lynn festival, then on Sunday my cousin and his girlfriend are arriving from London and I'm picking them up from the airport. Next Wednesday I'm off to see Anika Moa at the Monte Cristo Rooms which should be awesome, then my brother arrives from London, Trent and I will do a mock lay-up of the school hall for the market, applications close, flyer drops need to be made, it's CRAZY! You can see why they call it the silly season!
Luisa :-)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Where the wild things are...

Things have been super, crazy busy at the moment what with organising the next two Crafternoon-Tea's, making stock to sell at the next two Crafternoon-Tea's, writing school reports, updating blogs and so on! But I love it! I popped around to the Devonport Craft Market on the weekend, which was fantastic, seemed really busy and I loved the massive new sign outside, can't miss that! As usual, I wore out a few of my new creations to see what kind of response they would get and whether or not I should make more. Well Olivia from lilysmakebelieve loved my Max, from Where the Wild Things Are, brooch so much, that I just had to give it to her. Olivia then proceeded to take Max on his own little Wild Adventure, check it out on her blog! Here's a sampling of some of the other items I made, I've already taken an order for 3 of the Facebook badges! Yay!

Monday, November 9, 2009


Wow! I've been crazy busy lately, trying to make new and different pieces while at the same time trying to make simple stuff to build up my stock before the market. Which brings me to the market! Organising both the November and December markets is frantic, but I love it! I've got so many new ideas for marketing and promoting Crafternoon-Tea, that it's distracting me from the other important things I'm supposed to be doing!
On top of all of that, I've just been sent my list for the Christmas ornament swap organised by twentycentmixture. I have 6 people in my group, including me and the wonderful Kylie from Skipapple. Now I just have to decide what to make! I'm always worried that people won't like what they get! Here's some of what I've been working on recently:

A tree decoration for a tree!
A leaf necklace! This took so much longer than I anticipated, it's completely hand-sewn and looks quite funky on. If I did another one, I might make the end leaves come in a bit more so it sits slightly differently.

A snowflake christmas tree decoration. I quite like this one, I might try making them in different colours, background and thread.

My interesting attempt at a Pohutukawa flower! Not quite sure about this one yet!
Holly! I love this, it's a brooch and slightly oversized to make a statement. I might wear it to work tomorrow.
This tree will probably end up being a brooch too. There's something quite appealing about this guy, I'm going to try and make a smaller one to be a necklace maybe?
Back to the kiwfruit! I made several little kiwis and thought I'd use one as part of a hairclip. Kinda cute! I'm definitely going to make more of these, not just kiwifruit!
Kiwi-fruit earrings!

That's it so far!
Luisa :-)

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Over the weekend I popped into the Devonport Craft Market to say hi and have a look around. I met some of the new vendors for Crafternoon-Tea such as Kylie from Skipapple and of course I couldn't resist purchasing one of wonderful necklaces, she had such an amazing range that it took me 10 minutes to choose! Here's what I bought:

Wandering around I met Mel from Black Swan Designs, her creations are truly amazing and I'm gutted that she doesn't live here in Auckland, having made the trip up from Christchurch. However, you can buy her stuff online and I've already convinced two of the ladies from work to buy some of her necklaces! The one I bought is pictured below. Mel has promised to try to come back and visit Crafternoon-tea next year, YAY! Next to her was Lucy from Felt, another wonderful lady with such a clever idea, she'll also be back next year and is a valued supporter of Crafternoon-Tea, you can find a whole host of New Zealand's crafty people selling their goods on her website, check it out!

All this craftiness has motivated me, so here's a sampling of what I've been up to lately: felt and hand embroidered hair clips, super cute and really easy to make, I'll be creating a whole lot more of these for the next market!
MONSTERS! I drew one and it just took off into a little family, I think I'll make a few more. I love this little guy the best because he just looks so worried!
This guy just looks like he's having a good time! The monsters are all brooches by the way!
Looking a bit crazy here, could be why the other guy looks so worried!
This guy is the first one that I made, so I have a bit of a soft spot for him.
Here's the whole gang just hanging out!
KIWIFRUIT! The large kiwi is a brooch and the little kiwi is a ring. I had such a positive response to these when I wore them out on the weekend, that I've made a whole fruit salad's worth for the next market. I'm also attempting to make some earrings too.
Here's the brooch.
So I'm currently crafting like mad trying to build up stock before the next market, but I keep getting distracted with school reports and organising the coming Crafternoon-tea and Christmas Crafternoon-Tea. All very exciting! I'm thinking about making some christmas ornaments, but might leave those til after the November market. There's just not enough hours in the day!

Luisa :-)