Miss Honey Joy – the new home of cake bunting and other gorgeous handmade things

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At the end of last year I decided I didn’t want to make my cake bunting anymore. But having invested so much time in creating the products, photographing them appealingly, discovering they were popular and subsequently gaining such a lot of good press, I couldn’t bring myself to just let it fade away. It seemed a bit of a waste.

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I began to consider who, if anyone, might want to take the reigns.

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About 2 years ago a gorgeous girl called Julia contacted me to say thanks for my cake bunting tutorial as it had enabled her to make some gorgeous decorations for her sister’s wedding. She was kind enough to include some photos and they were lovely.

mr & mrs cupcake flag by Miss Honey Joy

When I responded she mentioned she was toying with the idea of starting her own crafty business but was not quite at the point yet – she imagined it was something she might do if she one day had a baby and was on maternity leave. And we left it there.

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Some 2 years later, when I began to mull over who might take on twirling betty cake bunting, the lovely Jules popped into my mind. I had no idea what stage she was at in her life but thought it couldn’t hurt to put the proposition to her. And, serendipitously, she was newly up the duff and starting to contemplate a crafty biz with more focus! I LOVE it when stars align like that. It was totes meant to be.

Miss Honey Joy screen printed card

So, I am delighted to introduce you to Jules’ gorgeous Etsy shop, Miss Honey Joy. As you’ll see, it’s packed full of cake bunting and banners but also other lovely things: hand stamped gift bags and cupcake toppers, screen-printed cards and tags and larger garlands too.

Miss Honey Joy jute and twine garland

Jules’ products are beautifully made – she REALLY cares and it’s evident. I cannot even express how happy I am that not only did I find someone I could trust to invest the same level of care and effort as I did but that is also just a gorgeous human being.

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Please do pop over and have a browse in Miss Honey Joy and, if you do order from Jules, let her know I sent you.

Miss Honey Joy garland

And you can follow her on Pinterest – she has the most exquisite taste.

evie is one bag by Miss Honey Joy

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Can you feel the love?

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Hope your Valentine’s Day is chockers with love my darlings.

Someone thinks I’m super. And a star.

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If you’re not already familiar with it, Cut Out And Keep is a treasure trove of amazing craft, fashion, beauty and food tutorials; a repository for heaps of awesome stuff. And I am totally honoured and flattered and pink in the cheeks to be their most recent Crafty Superstar.

Here’s a link to my virtual trailer. In case you’re wondering, it’s quite a large trailer with heated toilet seats and a well-stocked bar. Knock loudly if you’re coming in, the plush carpets tend to mute outside noise.

Cut Out and Keep has a great online mag called Snippets.

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Every day this week the lovely Cat, who runs the joint, will be posting a different twirling betty tutorial. And there’s a bit of a blurb about me as well. Including an embarrassing musical taste admission (although it’s not so much the music as the man himself) which for any long-term readers of this blog will come as no surprise but may make others vomit a little into their mouths. The thought of which, in turn, makes me giggle.

I hate the word “giggle” by the way. What am I? A 5 year old? But chortle makes me sound like Rumpole of the Bailey and laugh is too general. Maybe snicker is what I’m looking for. Only without the mean connotation. Any and all suggestions for the appropriate word gratefully accepted.

You know what I mean.

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Just go on over and look at my superstarry-ness will ya?

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2 other things:

1. Remember these Due Punti rings I posted about a while back? Kate from Bensimon Diamonds saw that post and got in touch to let me know they have an introductory offer of 2 due punti rings for $99. That, my friends, is a good deal. I’ve already availed myself of it and two more friends have Due Punti rings in their future. Preciousssssss rings.

2.  I posted about our family photo shoot recently. Fi Mims, photographer extraordinaire, has posted some more photos of our family on her blog. I highly recommend Fi if you’re in Melbourne and in search of someone lovely to take some family snaps.

And just so we are totes clear, as always, those are not sponsored plugs. I just think 1. is a genuinely good deal on something I love and 2. is a doll who takes great photos.

Although if any cool company wishes to sponsor me….I’ll be in my trailer. In a negligee. Listening to Slippery When Wet.

twirling betty in the press and on the Made It blog

twirling betty had a lovely little  feature in Australian Home Beautiful magazine this month. I LOVE Home Beautiful magazine but it stresses me out to read it because I covet almost everything in there. And I’m not generally a covetous kind of gal, but Gaga gag me if there aren’t lovely covetable things on every page.

Yes, esCHEW.  Bless you.

I was also very flattered  to be asked to answer some questions in Made It’s ongoing blog series about Made It sellers who blog.

If you’d like to the know the whys and hows of blogging (my bloggin, at least) and browse some links to some of my favourite blogs then please do giddy up on over to the Made It blog.

Look how people are using twirling betty bunting

Okay, so the title of that post may have led you to believe I was about to showcase an exotic array of photos featuring the use of twirling betty bunting in never-before-seen ways. The truth is, most people are sticking ’em in cakes. And they’re sending me gorgeous photos of aforesaid cakes like the one above and like this:

She made that cake herself! Those last two shots are custom orders I made but this next set was sent to me by a lovely lass who made hers herself using my tutorial for the dessert table at her sister’s wedding.

So very sweet.

And I’m loving the gorgeous banners too – especially the way she has used coloured fabric (or ribbon?) and pinked the edges. So effective.

But there’s always one in every group isn’t there? The one thinking outside the cake. The one in this case is the inimitably crafty Ashley from Under the Sycamore. She got some twirling betty bunting as part of a goodie bag from a crafty weekend she attended a while back and has extrapolated on the theme by popping one in a terrarium.

Along with a lego Luke Skywalker AND R2-D2 who I feel add a certain je ne sais quoi.

The crafty force is strong in that one.

You can read all about how she made the terrarium with her kidlets here.

Thanks to everyone who sends me photos. They completely make my day.

twirling betty packaging

Packaging is the kind of thing I lie in bed at night and consider. Not in a worried kind of way. In an “I can’t sleep so instead I’ll brainstorm packaging ideas” kinda way. Yep, me and Stephen Hawking; lying awake at night and contemplating the big things.

When I started twirling betty a couple of years ago, I chose packaging that had very natural, neutral tones. They’re hand-stamped unbleached paper bags with black stamps and standard beige swing tags. I liked the simplicity (and biodegradability) of my packaging but as I’ve headed on down my own little creative path (all the while waiting for someone to tap me on the shoulder and order me back to my desk in the law firm as they ask me who I think I am making things) I’ve developed the annoying habit of falling in love with some new design or colour combo or technique on a regular basis. In other words, my taste is continually being informed by all the wonderful stuff around me: fabrics, amazing blogs, Pinterest etc.

So I want new packaging. I want bright, colourful packaging that is in keeping with my new-found confidence with and love for colour. The only thing is, having ordered in bulk I now have a veritable shite-load of brown paper bags.

While I did momentarily toy with the idea of pulping the lot and embarking on some new packaging folly, the design of which for me would be as pleasurable as any task, I sighed and made a commitment to use up what I had first. Gawd, I’m SO middle class.

To make the pleated crepe paper I take a whole streamer roll and just manually fold it into pleats while letting it run through my sewing machine. It takes a bit of practise to coordinate your hands and to ensure the crepe paper doesn’t tangle but it’s strangely therapeutic once you get in to a rhythm. Then I simply sew a bit of streamer onto the top of each bag to close it up.

Will my packaging date? Yep. Am I bovvered? Nope. Because I look forward to the next late night packaging brainstorm.

Phew, lucky Stephen Hawking is occupied with theoretical physics because I don’t have a spare second for that kind of thing at the moment. I’m busy sewing pleated crepe paper streamers on to brown paper bags.

What do you think my darlings? What other colours of crepe would go nicely with that natural brown do you think?

New twirling betty visors now in store – and a giveaway to celebrate.

I’ve just finished loading photos of twirling betty visors in my new (southern hemisphere) spring 2011 fabrics to my Etsy and Made It shops. I hope you like the new fabric. (PS: She’s not sunburned, it’s a reflection of the orange fabric!)

All the old favourites are still available – in particular the polka dots in a range of colours:

but I’ve retired some less popular fabrics and even updated my thumbnail swatch that shows you the fabric options you can choose from.

It’s been a LONG day. I started at 5am this morning and it is now nearly 8.30 pm and I am still going.  So I will bid you all good evening or good morning (tick whichever applies) and go and neck a bottle of wine. I’ve earned it.

To celebrate the new range, I’m offering twirling betty blog subscribers the chance to win this visor.

To enter:

1. you must be a subscriber. So if you already are, fab. If not, then sign up for my posts to be delivered to your inbox or through your preferred feed reader. You’ll find buttons to activate both of these options at the top right of my home page.

2. Leave me a comment just saying hi and letting me know how long you’ve been a subscriber. (Longevity of subscription will cement my adoration of you but won’t, I’m afraid, give you a greater chance of winning. I’m just interested).

Entries close this Sunday TUESDAY evening (30 August) at 6pm Australian EST. I will post the package  anywhere so overseas subscribers are welcome to enter.

EDITED TO ADD: It was brought to my attention that I should give all readers the full weekend to enter so I’ve extended the date for drawing the giveaway by a couple of days so my readers in the Northern Hemisphere have scads of time to see the post too. Scads. What a great word. xx END EDIT.

ENORMOUS thanks to the lovely Lucy for modelling my new range. Isn’t she gorgeous? She is even more beautiful on the inside than the out. I know, what a beeyatch. She’s my treasure.