Sunday, June 11, 2017

Modern Woodland Nursery, Gender Neutral fabric and wallpaper

Earlier today I posted a preview of one of my new nursery print collections: Natural Nursery, Fawn Meadow Collection.

Shop for these fabric and wallpaper prints via my Spoonflower shop, order from my Etsy shop (with free shipping) or visit my website to ask me about customizing these designs to fit your home decor project

Monday, April 17, 2017

Custom Made Macrame Plant Hangers from Thistle and Fox

I'm sure you have heard it is a proven fact that including living plants in our homes improves the air quality, brings a space alive and I believe it makes people happier. If, like me you have very limited floor space for plants and pots you'll need to make use of vertical space to display your favourite plants and one of the most beautiful and adaptable ways to do this is to use plant hangers. 

I started making knotted cotton plant hangers last year on a spur of the moment decision to re awaken a skill I'd learned in primary school days. So many of my childhood memories are very foggy and most of my school memories have all but disappeared. However, those few knots that were taught to me in a craft class way back when I was no taller than a house plant appear to still be there in my memory. It's amazing what the hands remember to do even when the mind seemed to have forgotten. 

Now I only have so much space in my house for plants (Yes, its very sad!) so when I'd filled every available nook with hanging planters and I still had a little rope left over I made a plant hanger for a friend and then another friend wanted to buy a few from me... a few more rolls of cotton rope later I added a single cotton plant hanger to my Etsy shop where I now sell three basic sizes, Small, Medium & Large and many different knotted designs and patterns suitable for hanging from wall hooks, ceiling hooks, rafters, curtain rails and anywhere you can find a hook or knob to hang a handmade cotton rope cradle for something leafy and living.

Macrame plant hangers are handmade by me in my studio in Upper Orara, New South Wales. 


hanging planter
up to 65cm long
holds pots up to 16cm wide
(14cm pot shown)


hanging planter
up to 100cm long
holds pots up to 22cm wide
(18cm pot shown)


hanging planter
100+cm long
holds pots up to 24cm wide
(18cm pot shown)

Wall hanging planter

designed to hang against a wall
aaprox 85cm long
holds pots up to 20cm wide
(18cm pot shown)

All of these designs and more can be ordered from my Etsy shop. Some are Made to Order with a 2-5 day production time, others are Ready to Ship within 24 hrs of ordering. Please make sure you read all the info in the description of the item before placing your order.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Etsy Makers, First Edition

Since I joined Etsy over 5 years ago, I've admired the work of many other creative makers and their beautiful Etsy shops. 
With the loss of the Treasury making feature on Etsy I've been feeling something is missing in the creative community. The sharing of other peoples talent should never be thought to diminish the success of your own work and I've always loved curating collections of some of my favourite makers from the Etsy marketplace. These makers and their shops deserve a mention here as some of the inspiration behind my own creative endevours. 
When I'm dreaming of making things with my hands, its these beautiful colours and textures I'm striving for. It's these shopfronts that inspire me to keep working at my creative business to continually improve my brand and skills in product photography and design. 

Keep doing what you're doing. Your work is wonderful 

Nearly September


Gardens of Whimsy

becca stadtlanter illustration


Ocean Swept

Eye Poetry Photography




Amber Alexander



Keep an eye on my blog - Etsy Makers Second Edition - will be posted next month. 

Until then, take care of yourselves and each other

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Making Your Own Sew In Labels for your Handmade Crafts

This post is a work-in-progress... Part 1 (below) is rather alot of fiddling about with computers and graphics to get the layout and design of your label right so you can get to the fun part of having your labels printed on fabric and then using them in your projects, crafts and for your handmade business!

While I'm still in the process of putting together a step by step tutorial for the way I made my own fabric labels, I thought I would share with you a list of some of the tutorials I have found helpful in the past. Scroll to the bottom of the post for links to other tutorials.


What You'll Need to Design Your Own Fabric Labels

  • Your Logo
  • A few basic skills in math (I know, what for right?) 
  • A few basic skills in Photoshop or similar image editing software (sorry, this one is important!)
  • Have a plan for the dimensions for your label eg. 2 x 2 inches when folded over
  • Eventually, you'll be using to print your label design in a repeating pattern so you can order as many or as few labels as you need.

For my own fold over and sew-in fabric labels I wanted them to be

  • Show my logo
  • include my website name
  • and a few basic words or phrases to describe my business and the items these labels will be used on eg. 'Handmade in Australia'

For my Fabric Composition /Care Labels I needed to include info about fabric composition ie. Linen-Cotton, and a few simple instructions for how to best care for the fabric/item eg. 'Cold or Warm Gentle Machine Wash, Line Dry, Warm Iron'. More about these labels later.

Whatever text you decide to include on your labels, make sure the size of the label will easily be able to accommodate the text and choose a simple, clear font so it is easy to read. Flourishes and script fonts might be lovely in theory but when printed in small sizes on fabric they could be completely illegible and what would be the point of unreadable labels?

When you are designing the layout of your tag be sure to look at the design in Print Scale so you can get an idea of whether the text is going to be too small or not bold enough. Depending on the resolution of your monitor, you may need to double check that the 'Print Size' you are viewing matches your label measurements by using a ruler held up to the monitor screen... demonstrated below in what I hope is an understandable way!




This is just so you can check that the text is easy to read.

But I'm getting ahead of myself! First of all we need to create a template for the label.

Let's use the 2 x 2 inches dimensions to begin with.
I'm using Photoshop but you can use whatever image editing soft ware you are comfortable with. The process is no doubt very similar.

1. Open program. Create NEW file (Ctrl + N)
We want to start with a file that is 2 x 2 inches, 150dpi.
This will be the FRONT of your label.

2. Create the BACK of your label by changing the Canvas Size to 4 inches high. It's best to draw a guide line to divide the front & back sides.

3. Create Text boxes for front & back sides. Choose a font that is easily read...but it should also suit your branding too.

If you have a logo, add this graphic to the Front of your label. Instructions below.

to be continued... PART 2

Tutorials from the Spoonflower Blog:

Fabric Labels for Your Handmade Goods

Design Your Own Quilt Labels

Tutorials From Other Crafters

Stamped Fabric Tape Labels

Print & Iron Transfer Labels on Fabric Twill Tape

Using Your Home Printer & Printable Fabric Paper *
*While this technique seems simple, variations in ink, fabric, printer capabilities (and many other factors) could make this technique alot more difficult than it looks. I have not personally tried it because I found an easier way!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Big Changes at Thistle and Fox Fabrics!

How would you like free shipping on all fabric orders?

For many months, I've been worrying over rising shipping costs and the terrible exchange rate of the Australian dollar and the effect this has been having on my little design business. Thank goodness for the amazing news I received today! Thanks to Spoonflower I can now offer all my lovely Etsy customers a much faster order turnaround time on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap printing. AND free standard shipping. AND discounted Express Shipping! 
How do I express how much this means to me? Dear Spoonflower, I wish I could bake you a great big cake and send it express right now.


Applies to all orders of FABRIC & GIFT WRAP from my Etsy Shop.

Fabric is printed to order & shipped worldwide by my fabric printing partner Spoonflower, located in the United States and Berlin (for European orders).
SHIPPING TIME* = 3-7 days in the USA, 3-7 days in Germany, 14-21 business days for Australia, UK, Europe and other International destinations.

* the time is takes for your order to reach you will depend on your location, local postal services and customs processes. Once shipped, the speed at which your parcel travels is not in our control. This aspect has not changed.

I live and work from my cottage studio in Australia. All handmade items are made with love in my studio and ship from me via my local post office. Made to Order supplies such as Fabric, Wallpaper and Gift Wrap are designed by me then printed to order by the professionals I carefully selected to work with.

If you live in Australia & would like your fabric to be shipped from my Australian studio, allow an extra 5 days (on top of the standard 7 day production + 14-21 days shipping time) for me to process and ship your order + you will need to add the Studio Upgrade** to your shopping cart before checkout. This lets me know you would like me to personally check your fabric order before shipping and wrap it up especially for you.

** Available soon. Contact me if you would like to add this option to your order now. 

Rest assured, that when your fabric is sent directly to you from the United States it is thoughtfully wrapped and safely packaged but it does not come gift wrapped with a handwritten note from me or my business card. Though it is still a very special parcel & I'm sure you will love it as much as I do! 

2. Faster Turnaround Time

All fabric orders will now be printed within 5 business days and ready to ship within 1 week of ordering.

That takes a full week off the previous production time! For my Australian customers this makes a big difference to how quickly you will receive your orders.

SHIPPING TIME* = 3-7 days in the USA, 10-14 business days for Australia, UK, Europe and other International destinations.

3. Express Shipping Upgrades

If you would like your order to arrive faster ie. within 8-12 business days of your order date, please send me a message before checkout & add the Express Order Upgrade to your cart then checkout as normal (more info below).

Orders within the USA will arrive in 8 business days.
Orders from Australia & other International orders will arrive in 12 business days.

Express Order Upgrade

There is a drop down menu. You will need to select the option that corresponds to the contents of your shopping cart. For example, if you are ordering up to 1 yard, choose the ONE YARD OR LESS ($10) option from the drop down menu.
If your order contains 2 yards or a large collection of fat quarters, choose the TWO YARDS OR LESS option from the drop down menu.

If you happen to choose the wrong option during checkout I'll contact you so we can adjust the order. If I'm unable to contact you or you don't reply to my message within 48hrs your Express Order Upgrade will be refunded and your order will be printed and shipped as a Standard fabric order.


Because I don't want to delay your order any longer than necessary and I need to make sure that the express shipping charges I will be paying are covered by the express shipping charges that you selected & paid for. Does this make sense?

How can you make sure that your order is processed smoothly? 

Stay in touch. Make sure your supplied email address is correct and that you look out for any messages via Etsy within 24 hrs of placing an order.

If you have any questions, please contact me.