Charity · Handmade · Taking Stock

Taking Stock for June

IMG_1996_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.

Well, without further ado…. Continue reading “Taking Stock for June”

Handmade · Meet Up Mondays

Meet Up Monday : Gideon

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Happy happy Monday Friends!

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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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!

IMG_2274You 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 ūüėČ

Doesn’t everyone?

Enjoy the beginning of your week and I’ll see you tomorrow for my June Taking Stock!

Love Jess

 

Meet Up Mondays

Meet Up Monday : Alistair

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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.

Meet mini monkey Alistair!

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”

Meet Up Mondays

Meet Up Monday : Georgie

 

IMG_0968Well if you can believe it, it’s already Meet Up Monday once again and today I want to introduce you to sock monkey Georgie. Isn’t she just the cutest?

Georgie hasn’t been with our Gus and Ollie family very long, as I only finished putting her together last week. She is technically a mini monkey – but has extra long arms and legs – making her a little cuddlier than the normal sized mini monkeys. 

Continue reading “Meet Up Monday : Georgie”

Fun One Friday

Fun One Friday : Advocating for colour

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* Colour Alert *

Is it just me, or are things for kids these days lacking some wild and wonderful colour?

It seems to be the in thing at the moment, to furnish children’s spaces with light pastels ¬†or¬†monotones. One search on Pinterest brings a myriad of examples in whites and off white, pale pink, blue or yellow and not forgetting the metallics, grey and even black! Continue reading “Fun One Friday : Advocating for colour”

Fun One Friday

Fun One Friday : Thank You Sale

 

15% OFFWow! How exciting! Thank you!

Gus and Ollie has reached over 600 followers on Instagram!¬†Thank you all so much. It’s such a joy sharing bits and pieces of my world here with you all. Sometimes often, sometimes not so much. From toys I’m making, to kitties, ice cream, nature and more – it’s a mishmash of my colourful world here in Hamburg and beyond.

To celebrate, I have taken 15% off EVERYTHING in my DaWanda Shop, for all my lovely European customers and followers!¬†I haven’t forgotten those of you in Australia, the United States, Canada or elsewhere! Simply visit my Etsy Shop and use the coupon code: SPRING15 at check out for 15 % off everything there too. Continue reading “Fun One Friday : Thank You Sale”

Handmade · Instagram

Studio Life : Meet Minky & Jed

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Hi there,

How are you all today? I thought I would let you all in a couple of customs orders I have been working on, because nothing is more rewarding than giving life to someone else’s vision and these were no exception.

These were two extremely different, but equally sweet monkey orders I received, that each had very unique requirements.¬† Continue reading “Studio Life : Meet Minky & Jed”