An artist living abroad turning socks into family.
Author: Gus & Ollie
Hi there. My name is Jess. Artist originally from Melbourne, Australia now lovingly hand-making Gus & Ollie Softies and accessories in Hamburg, Germany. Each day in the Gus & Ollie studio is different, which is why I love my job. Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email me.
A huge thank you to all those who came out, on this freezing second Sunday of Advent, to support us at our Christmas Pop Shop event last weekend. You made our afternoon fly by!
I was so busy enjoying your company and wrapping up lots of sweet Christmas gift purchases, that I didn’t even have the chance to take any photos! None. Not even a post on Instagram.
So I can’t share our lovely afternoon with those of you here online – but I can tell you it was lovely. We had visitors from lots of different pockets of friends, who brought their families and friends along too. Thank you all so much for braving the freezing temperatures and sleet to enjoy a warming drink with us!
We also had some new faces stop by who I hope to see again soon. Thank you so much for coming down those three stairs off the street into the warm glow of our studio space.
We had Christmas music playing in the background, candles were (mostly) staying alight against the wind, there was hot tea and Glühwein for our guests to stay warm. There were also lots of delicious homemade Christmas cookies from cookie-making extraordinaire Elissa, of McNe Designs, who was also selling her lovely jewellery as a guest artist for the day.
I walked home as the snow fell rugged up and warm with happiness. Living and working in this beautiful neighborhood makes me so grateful for our life here. Thank you Ottensen. Thank Hamburg for making us feel so at home here.
It’s extra magical covered in this cold white stuff.
It’s that silly season time of year again, so my crafty friends and I have decided to open my studio doors THIS Sunday, for some festive fun & you’re ALL invited!
I will be there with my Gus and Ollie Family and accessories for children. Other guests include handmade jewellery by McNe Designs and quirky cushions and arty extras for littlies by Bingo Badgers Circus Collection.
We hope many Hamburgers or those visiting our beautiful city are able to pop in for a Glühwein, enjoy some homemade Christmas cookies and meet the artists behind our handmade wares. It’s a great way to support the local community and get your Christmas shopping done at the same time!
Can you believe it’s already the last Thursday in June? I feel like I wrote my Taking Stock for May only a week or so ago and yet, here we are. How can a Summer month fly by, while some of the Winter months drag along so slowly?
The weather here is finally heating up and looking spectacular. Hamburg is such a different city in the sunshine and feels like the population doubled overnight!
It seems everyone feels as I do during Winter. I like to be home where it’s warm and cosy. But as soon as that sun comes out – so does everyone else! Hamburgers are like moths to a flame and I am no different. Worshipping the sun in all it’s glory, every chance we get. There’s nothing like moving to Europe to appreciate sunshine.
Today is another edition of Meet Up Monday and sock elephant Gideon is hot off the press and looking forward to meeting you. This yellow elephant makes me happy. Don’t you just love his colouring?
With my trademark; one small eye, one big eye and long hot pink lashes, one can see Gideon’s friendly persona shining through. I love how expressive their eyes can be.
And yes – he’s covered, head to toe in candies! Or as they like to say here in Germany – SWEETIES!
In Australia we like to call them lollies – which covers a wide range of candy, including the chewy ones, the one’s that nearly break your teeth, the ones on a stick and the ones covered in chocolate. We don’t discriminate when it comes to lollies back home and as a self proclaimed sweet tooth, I pretty much love them all.
Gideon’s arms, legs and ears are all covered in lolly pops, gummies, gum balls and liquorice sticks. I can almost smell the lollies from here. You can see from the back, there is a sweetie smorgasbord as well.
And just like all my other Gus and Ollie toys, his butt adorns the handmade stamp of approval – so you know it was me, myself and I who created this little guy just for you!
You can find Gideon in my Etsy shop right now. Simply click here and please feel free to share the link with someone you think just might need a lolly-covered-sock-elephant in their life 😉
Enjoy the beginning of your week and I’ll see you tomorrow for my June Taking Stock!
I hope you’ve all had a lovely Monday. It’s a public holiday here and we’ve been simultaneously recovering from a wonderful day & night of friends, fun and games, to celebrate my Hubby’s birthday while enjoying what may be our last sunny day this week. Thus apologies for squeezing this post in at the eleventh hour literally, but I think this little cutie is worth meeting tonight.
Alistair is super soft to touch and loves cuddles! He’s made from a pair of baby socks, in the sweetest combination of blues. Did I mention I love blue? His ears and back are covered in tiny puffy spots, which make for an extra sensory experience. Continue reading “Meet Up Monday : Alistair”→
I thought today would be a great day to do an Instagram round up of all the photos I’ve posted to my Instagram account, for the Fat Mum Slim Photo-a-day Challenge for the month of May. Do you know about it? It’s such a great way to get you posting and a lovely way to connect to the greater Instagram community.
It’s not easy to keep up with these prompts sometimes, but I was pretty determined this month not to miss one. Such great prompts once again from the lovely Chantelle. I love how they really make you look at your world differently each day. I try to look at the prompt early, then keep it in mind as I go about my day.
So without further ado, here are my 31 posts for the month of May:
Thousands of people around the world now join in every month over on Instagram and you can too! Just follow the prompts for June below, tag your photos #FMSPAD. Check out the #FMSPAD hashtag to see all the other photos; like them, comment on them.
Then you can check out @littlemomentsapp, where a Fab Four is picked for every prompt, from the photos shared under this hashtag. I have been lucky enough to be featured twice so far!
Here are the prompts for June and if you plan to join in, be sure to let me know!
I look forward to connecting with you over on Instagram!
Today, like most weeks, I spent some time naming some of the latest additions to the Gus and Ollie clan. Sometimes a name jumps right off the page and fits perfectly, other times I search and search, trying to find the perfect name to fit those cute little faces.
The questions I am asked the most about my process are How do you name them? And how do you remember which names you’ve already used? Well, the answer is pretty simple.