Hello!

It’s been over a year (!) since updating this website, whoooops! I’m still active, still here, still alive (kind of?). It’s been a hectic year, and looking up to be the same for this year.

You can still find me updating much more regularly on:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makemonsterco/ (you will occassionally get pictures of my dogs, which I think is an added bonus)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/makemonsterco/

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/makeMonsterCo

Minimalist Wallets

I’ve spent the past few weeks furiously scrounging in as much time in the workshop as possible, in between all the other normal 9 to 5 responsibilities.

I love the Minimalist Wallet Pattern by NoodleHead because they are easy to piece into various parts (cut one night, iron one night, sew one night). They’re also a massive upgrade to the simple zipper pouch (and I get to use some weird pattern combinations).

Here are a few I’ve made recently. The mustard oilcloth one has sold but plans are in the works for making a few more– the oilcloth is SUPERB and really durable.

Etsy Shop – Cat Wallet

Etsy Shop – Camera Wallet

A Few Changes

You may have noticed a few changes around here and on the Etsy:

A new spectacular logo and theme from the lovely Letty Ly @ Letty Loy Designs!

Things are coming together with this new cohesive theme, and look waaaaay more professional than my secondary school-level Photoshop skillz.

The Brand Guide gives me everything I need to keep the style consistent and cohesive:

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When life gives you lemons, make some lemon cakes because you’re absolutely amazing

As the title maaay vaguely suggest, I haven’t been very on top of my game lately. But rather than focus on the negatives (throws glitter into the air): I have repurposed the Kraft-tex material I made a while ago into something completely new!

I didn’t really like the zipper pouches (the zips were meh and didn’t match), so I took them all apart and have let them sit on my desk for a while. Just sitting there. Some unsewn little bits. Wondering what to do with them…

So after a “bit” of time (re: 6 months or so), I have finally found myself with some key fob makin’ bits and a bit of free time. A few hours later, and I had some brand new key fobs!

So what is the lesson here? Hoard things for months and months and stress over them until finally you crack and tear them up (THREE TIMES!!!) and then finally understand their true calling?

Maybe not. But anyways, I’m out of wisdom so here’s a link and a pretty picture to the aforementioned fobs. Have a good holiday everybody and see you in 2018 where I may even get my crap together!

Paper Leather Key Fobs by makeMonster

Velvet Cactus Plush Keychain

Who doesn’t need a velvet cactus plush keychain? (Say that five times fast)

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Velvet cactus plushie keychain with flower!

I made these a while ago, hence the reference to my Etsy shop, but I really enjoy the little cactus dude 🙂 They’re now up on the MadeIt shop, with super awesome updated keychains that I randomly found while clearing out my craft room. Just click on any of the pictures to be taken to it!

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Button Earrings!

Okay, okay… I know they’ve been done 1,000x before… But I had such cute fabric, and they turned out so adorable!!!

Button earrings on button earrings!
Button earrings on button earrings!

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Close up of the vintage Japanese kimono fabric

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Navy striped and gold button earrings! (psssst, these are in my MadeIt shop)

Small update and miniature embroidery hoops!

Oh gosh, it’s been a while! My real job seems to have gotten in the way of doing anything on makeMonster, so I’ve had a backlog of things to write/update for a while now.

My meager efforts so far have bee building a Facebook page and uploading many random photos my Instagram.

So not a lot.

But but but! I have made some progress on this little pet project:

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This has garnered more effort in terms of sourcing supplies than I would care to admit… Who knew trying to buy tiny metric screws was going to be so frustrating?!

The hoops themselves have been cut using a laser by Online Laser Cutting, out of sustainable bamboo. They’re absolutely perfect and I have a few more projects in my head that I’d like them to do!

(As a side note, if anyone needs any assistance re: buying a particular type of screw, nut, or bolt, let me know because I am not a self-professed expert.)

So this one is just a prototype so I could see how I went with the Dremel and the initial screw sizing. Way too long. And I am terrible at using the Dremel.

I’ve got some different screws on order, and I think they’ll be much more appropriate. Looking forward to using up some of my beautiful fabric stash for these babies!

Madeit Storefront

In an effort to just get out there, I’ve listed some things on my Madeit storefront! makeMonster @ MadeIt Currently I just have a few plushies and some embroidery art for now, but next weekend should have some jewellry up, and possibly I’ll get around to finishing some wallets or other Kraft-Tex things I’ve been working on 🙂 Preview: madeit, makemonster, store, I may have to work on the old photography skills… CSC camera =/= instant photographic talent. My favourite is the Lovely Octopus!

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Look at those wee nobbly feet!!!

I decided to go for MadeIt instead of Etsy, mostly due to the Australian-centric base of MadeIt which tends to stop re-sellers. It feels a bit more like a community, not unlike you’d get at a local craft fair! If you’ve never been to MadeIt.com.au, I would suggest just popping over and having a look. There’s some really talented artisans on there, and may have even seen them at your local craft show.